Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Happy 5th Birthday Birchbox!



June 2018 marks the fifth birthday of subscription box service, Birchbox in the UK. Birchbox are celebrating in style, and, each subscriber has received SIX products, in a beautiful floral designed tin. 






The first product is the Ella Eden Compact Eyeshadow in the shade 'Julia'. This is a neutral coloured eyeshadow, which will be perfect for a subtle eye look, or, as a highlighter for the brow bone. If you use a wet brush the eyeshadow looks much bolder on the eyes.






The next product I received this month is the ARROW BOOST Colour Enhancing Lip Balm in the shade 'Berry Busy'. This is a lip balm which enhances the natural colour of your lips and adjusts to its pH levels. I've actually received one of these lip balms in a previous Birchbox I received last year, however, it was a different shade. It's amazing what effect it has on the lips! It's also worth pointing out that this product is vegan, paraben- , cruelty-, and gluten-free!





Another product that I received in my June Birchbox is the Number 4 Jour d'automne Smoothing Balm. This is a balm which reduces frizz -perfect for those hot, sticky days where hair gets unruly with the humid air! This product also restores softness, and protects against heat damage.






The Lord & Berry Strobing Highlighter Pencil also featured in my box. I've never used a highlighter pencil before, and my initial concern was if it was going to feel scratchy on my face, but I'll give it a go, and see how I get on!






The last beauty product I received was the GLAMGLOW SUPERCLEANSE. I've tried the GLAMGLOW masks before, and they've worked wonders on my skin, so I'm looking forward to trying their cleanser, and seeing what effect that has on my skin. This cleanser has a blend of three charcoals, and is a cream-to-foam cleanser.






Last but not least, Birchbox have included an extra little treat in celebration of their fifth birthday. There are three Whittard of Chelsea tea bags in the flavours; Earl Grey, Mango & Bergamot, and Lemon & Ginger. I'm looking forward to putting the kettle on, putting my feet up, and enjoying these sometime!



Happy Birthday Birchbox!




CarrieFi x


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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

M&S Summer Beauty Box




M&S have recently unveiled their exclusive summer beauty box, available for a limited time only, worth £135, which is full of some amazing products - perfect for pampering yourself with over the coming summer months. 



So far, there has been plenty of excitement over the box and I can see why! If you spend over £40 on clothing, beauty & homeware either in-store or online, you can pick up this box for £15! Considering that the beauty box contains products from brands such as Origins, Percy & Reed and Nuxe - I think that it's absolutely incredible value, and well worth taking advantage of the offer.


I recently spent over £40 in M&S, mainly because there were things that I needed to pick up from there, but kind of because I really wanted this box! There's so many great products in the box that I'm so excited to try, and so many new products for me to discover!





The full list of products included in the M&S Summer Beauty Box 2018;


  • Leighton Denny Nail Polish in the shade 'She's In Fashion' (12ml)
  • Nuxe Refreshing After-Sun Lotion (50ml)
  • PUR Fully Charged Mascara (5ml)
  • Ren Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash
  • Origins Ginzing Energy Boosting Gel Moisturiser (30ml)
  • Prai Ageless Throat & Décolletage crème (15ml)
  • Color Wow Dream Coat Mini Supernatural Hair Spray (50ml)
  • Eos Active Pink Grapefruit with SPF30 (7g)
  • Ultrasun Ultralip SPF30 (4.8g)
  • Percy & Reed A Walk In The Rain Shine & Fragrance Mist (75ml)
  • Philip Kingsley Coconut Breeze Elasticizer Tree-Shampoo Conditioning Treatment (40ml)
  • This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (5ml)
  • Autograph Sheer Radiance Eau De Parfum (6ml)
  • Autograph Lasting Colour Intense Liquid Lipstick in the shade 'Mulberry'
  • Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream (15ml)
  • Autograph Rainy Day Makeup Bag (H 17.5cm x L 23cm x W 0.5cm)





So lots of wonderful products to sample throughout the summer, and they're a perfect size to pop in your luggage if you're going on your holidays! Be warned that the Summer Beauty Box is a very popular product and won't be in stock for very long, so if you want to get your hands on one - be quick!




CarrieFi x
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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

June Beauty Wishlist!

Well here we are, in June already! It feels like we're flying through this year. Summer is well and truly here, so it's time to make the most of the warm weather (hopefully!). As is tradition on the first Tuesday of the month, I have a new monthly beauty wishlist!



The first product on my wishlist is a MAC Lip Pencil in the shade 'Stripped Down'. You all know by now if you've been reading my blog for a while that I love my nude toned colours, and this MAC Lip Pencil is a perfect shade! Apparently this lip pencil looks great with the MAC 'Honeylove' lipstick.


The MAC Lip Glass in the shade 'Oyster Girl' is another MAC product to make its way onto my wishlist in June. I don't normally wear lip glosses, however, the shade of this is absolutely gorgeous. What normally puts me off a lip gloss is the stickiness, but I've been reliably informed that the MAC Lip Glass is not a sticky texture at all, so it's a winner for me!


Like I said at the beginning, summer has arrived, so it's a time of year where I don't want to be caking on too much makeup and feeling like my skin can't breathe. I've been looking into using a tinted moisturiser, as a replacement for wearing foundation in the warmer months, and the one which I've read great things about is the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser.


I suffer a lot with dry skin, and a lot of body moisturisers don't really do a lot for me. I've recently been made aware of the Aveeno Dermexa Emollient Cream. It's great on dry itchy skin, which I suffer with, but it's also good for any eczema sufferers too.


Recently, I was watching one of Lisa Eldridge's videos on YouTube, and in one of her makeup looks she created, she used the Huda Beauty Farah Lashes - they looked incredible! As soon as I saw those lashes I knew I had to put them on my wishlist straight away.


Next is the Sudocrem Skin Care Cream. I actually wrote a review for this back in January, but I'm now nearly finished my tube of it, and will need to repurchase at some point. I can't sing this product's praises enough! It makes such a difference in any skin problems/irritations you may have, and dramatically reduces them.


The Emma Hardie Moringa Renewal Treatment Mask also features in June's Wishlist. I've heard so many great things about the Emma Hardie products, but I'm yet to try any of them! This is definitely one of the first ones from the brand that I want to try!


Now onto nails, and I've included the CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in the shade 'Skin Tease'. This is another product which I have heard lots of good things about. I'm particularly impressed by it's staying power - it's supposed to last on your nails for at least seven days, which is amazing!


Lastly, is the MoroccanOil Glimmer Shine Spray. This is a finishing spray for the hair, which is said to encourage shiny hair. I've been dreaming of shiny hair for a while, and am making necessary improvements to the way I look after my hair in order to achieve that. The scent of MoroccanOil is so nice too!





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CarrieFi x






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