Birchbox Review May 2017

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This months Birchbox theme is

‘It’s All In The Details’ it’s so true that the small things really matter.

So this months box is all about the little things we can do to make a big difference in our lives.  Im in love with the marble and rose gold box definitely my favourite birchbox box.

This month subscribers had the option of choosing between two shades of mineral eyeshadow, Fifty Shades or Vanilla Frosting. So first item is –

Marsk – Mineral Eyeshadow… (Full size).

I choose Fifty Shades which is a gorgeous grey colour its a beautiful silky shadow which works well for lots of different eye looks.  I suggest using a small amount on your brush and building it up to create the look you want instead of applying loads to start because a small amount really does go along way.  If you prefer a really intense look pack it onto your lid using a wet brush. Its 100% natural so even great for sensitive eyes.  I’ve also added a tiny bit on top of a smokey eye to give it a bit of dimension. Due to the fact that you don’t need to use a lot this will last a while making it a great purchase. RRP £14.49

Doucce – Punk Volumizer Mascara (Birchbox Exclusive) Travel size.

Everyone received this mascara in their boxes and its a great match with the Marsk,  It has a jumbo fibre wand which separates the lashes with ease and thickens and lengthens giving the look of false lashes.

This is a travel size mascara and because it’s so small and i have problems with my hands i didn’t get on very well with it. If it was full size id have been fine.  I prefer a smaller brush for my bottom lashes too so this has gone to my daughter and she really loves it. (Full size RRP £18)

Beauty Protector – Protect & Volume (Birchbox Exclusive) Travel size.

This is the product you need if you love extra volume and have to use loads of different products to achieve it. This is vegan friendly and paraben-free no nasty chemicals and smells lovely.  This will add volume and shine leaving your hair looking fabulous.

This wasn’t really the product for me due to having such this hair i really don’t need any extra volume but if used it on my daughter’s hair and it does add a lovely shine without looking greasy. Full size RRP £18.50.

Whish – Firming Body Cream (Birchbox Exclusive) Travel size.

Use this to firm and tone the skin great if you have any blemishes or marks on your skin, It has a blend of organic shea butter, green tea and cocoa seed butter so smells gorgeous and is also really moisturising for your skin.  Using a small amount massaged into your skin daily.

Unfortunately I’m not able to use this product it caused my skin to break out so im not able to give you my honest opinion because i havent used it only did a skin test.  I will be passing this onto a family member and i will give you their opinion when I have it.  Full size RRP £27.00.

Doux Me – Pure Spring Mist (Birchbox Exclusive)  Travel size.

Lastly is actually a totally shock for me as I never thought I’d be saying this but i actually like it and use it daily.  When i first saw it I was a bit gutted to be honest with you but ive changed my mind totally here’s why….

As you probably know about my health problems im not going to bore you with it again, because of those health problems im bedridden and im not able to move at all most days so I have my husband care for me. Everything has to be brought to me and I have to rely on him and my two fantastic kids and family to be able to wash  (using a bucket most of the time)  anyway if my husband and kids aren’t hear and i feel like I want to have a wash and freshen up im not able to until they get home.  So i thought id give this a try along with my Nivea Cleansing cream wash  and wow it really did help. So now i have this on the shelf next to my bed along with the wash and a towel and I can freshen up at anytime. Believe me when you’ve been stuck bedridden for all the years I have it makes you so thankful for those little details and to be able to freshen up without having to rely on others is a big thing and im so pleased this was in the box and im so pleased i tried it.  I literally use it everyday now and will be buying it again.  It really showed me i shouldn’t judge it until I’ve tried it.  Full size RRP £16.

So overall this was a good box for me even though im only using the spray and the mineral eyeshadow those two alone cover the cost of the box.

Unfortunately this is my last Birchbox for a few months just like Roccabox im going to miss these boxes.

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Roccabox Review April 2017

Roccabox April 2017

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Roccabox is a new beauty box to the market launching in March and they’ve certainly made a fabulous entrance.  For just £10 plus (£3.95p&p) you’ll receive 5 beauty products from makeup, skin care and hair care chosen by one of the beauty world’s biggest personalities

This months curation has been chosen by the wonderful Gabriella Pisani founder and editor of Pretty Ugly,  Gabriella has chosen 5 of her favourite beauty products which includes a bit of everything. Hair, Nails and make-up.

Smith & Cults – The Lovers Shinning Lip Lacquer in a gorgeous coral colour perfect for spring and summer, This gives your lips a glass like shine and plumps up your pout perfect to wear alone or over your lippy.  Giving your lips a beautiful shine a beautiful shine. A must have for your makeup bag. RRP £23

John Friday- Frizz Ease Original 6 Effects Serum. I get so stressed out by frizz ive tried everything and until I tried this nothing had helped.  This contains a unique blend of silicones, silk protein and thermal protectant that tames your frizz and leaves your hair silky smooth and also protected against the heat from hairdryer and straighteners etc. It doesn’t leave your hair feeling greasy and totally eliminates the nightmare frizz. RRP £6.99

Nails Inc – Gel Effect Nail Polish.  This is fantastic it has the look of a professional gel polish but without the need to goto a salon and is also loads cheaper.  It’s really easy to use with a wider brush which covers most of the nail bed, it contains a Plumping agent which levels out any imperfections making application easier. Also there’s no need for a UV lamp or Soak-Off.  Meaning you can take it away with you and do your nails wherever.  RRP £14

Crabtree & Evelyn – LA Source Hand Therapy. This is a luxurious hand cream which is a lot like a body butter, Containing Hyaluronic acid and Antioxidant-rich green seaweed extract which are hydrating leaving your hands feeling super soft, moisturised without any stickiness or greasy feeling left behind. It smells divine a real treat for your hands. At a fantastic price RRP £8

Last but by no means the least is kure Bazaar – The Natural Pedicure Ritual. This is the best foot treatment ive ever used, The luxury foot mask filled socks and the nail file and cuticle stick this home Pedicure treatment is just the thing to get youre feet ready for those beautiful sunny days of spring and summer.  The mask is highly moisturising and very hydrating and after 2 days my feet are still silky smooth and no dry skin. Your feet with feel super soft and refreshed and you can relax in the comfort of your own home. Or even pack one in your weekend bag or suitcase. It doesn’t take long and you’ll have happy feet ready for wearing sandals. At a bargain price RRP £4.50

Overall this box has just blown me away, with 5 full size beauty goodies that are just what you need for the spring coming those lovely British summer days. Roccabox have definitely made it to the top of the beauty box list with curations like this month im looking forward to May’s box. I definitely recommend Roccabox.

If you sign up use the code MYFRIENDSAID when placing your order you’ll receive 10% off you’re first box.

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Glossybox Review April 2017

Glossybox Review April 2017

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This months edit is all about busy women who want beauty products that make life a bit easier.

I like all the products in this months box.  I’ll start with my favourite which has to be without a doubt…

Rodial Glamolash XXL mascara– I absolutely love this mascara and its now my number 1.  I don’t have an eyelash curler anymore so ive not been able to have gorgeous curled eyelashes until now…This mascara curled and lengthened my lashes after the first application. I usually apply 3 coats of mascara to get the length i like but with this i did one full application and then just added one coat onto the ends of my lashes, only one coat to my lower lashes.  Using this really widens up the eye and there’s no need for false lashes. I’m so pleased this was in the box and its a nice travel size too so will last a while.  I’ll be purchasing the full size for sure.

Elgon Deliwash Cleansing Conditioner – This co-wash conditioner is fantastic and is great for giving your hair a moisture boost and leaves it super soft. The main reason I love this is that its perfect for people with physical disabilities and the elderly as it saves so much time.  Because im bedridden i have to rely on my husband (my carer) to wash my hair on the bed and as it takes so long it causes a great deal of pain for me, this cuts that time in half and also rinses a lot easier than shampoo. Also meaning im not in more pain than I have to be.  I’ll be purchasing this again.

Merci Handy Love and Hand Cleansing Gel – Aswell as being a great hand sanitizer this also has micro pearls which hydrate the skin as they burst.  Hydrating and killing bacteria at the same time.  These are great to have at home, the car, your bag especially great if you have kids.

Modelco Contour Stick – This was the sneak peek from last months box so everyone received this.  I love the fact that not only is it great for contouring but makes a great eye shadow, blend it out softly and it works with a nude look, but if you pair it with a bronzer you can create a gorgeous sun-kissed look especially when you use it as a lipstick. When i use it for contouring i use it lightly as im fair-skinned and i build it up if needed, i also like to use a bronzer over the top just to give it a glow.

Sport FX Duo Definition Eyeliner – I like that its double ended and black and brown, I used this as a lipliner and also for my brows which both worked well. I love using brown on my water line to create a subtle eye look and great for the day if you prefer a softer eye.  The liners are very thin so create a delicate line which you can build up to the look you prefer.  The black isn’t a dark black either so also works well for a softer eye.

So overall im really happy with this months box and im pleased im able to use everything.

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Birchbox Review April 2017

Birchbox April 2017

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I am totally loving this months Birchbox they have collaborated with Uk clothing brand Boden Clothing,  This month is all about “The Bold And The Beautiful”

I am really pleased with this months box, Subscribers we’re able to choose between to Manna Kadar full size products this month. Either – High Definition powder or Radiance Split pan Bronzer and Highlighter Duo Both £27 RRP

I chose the HD Powder because id never had a finishing powder before so was excited to try it after hearing great things about HD powders,  It is very small for a full size item but ut is a lovely powder so velvety and feels lovely on the skin and keeps makeup in place for hours and create a lovely matte finish. I really like it but ill be saving it for those special days with it being so small.

Baijaparis – Crème Moana, This is my favourite product in the box, It’s a luxurious body cream which leaves the skin feeling moisturised and beautifully soft and silky. It smells absolutely gorgeous and its a smell that reminds me of good times summer holidays in the sun, family day so out and i just love it ill be purchasing the full size for sure.

Luseta Conditioner with keratin,  My daughter tried this and she loves it. She has highlights and so her hair is dried out from the bleaching. After using this her hair was lovely and soft and not dried out it’s a great her hair felt bouncy too.

Modelco Eyeliner This is a lovely liner for the waterline it’s not a dark black so suits a subtle makeup look. I have used it to do my lid and cat eye and it was easy to use.

Polaar Ice Pure Gentle Scrub with Arctic Cotton – This is a great exfoliator and also moisturisers the skin leaving it feeling super soft. It’s also really gentle on the skin too.

Overall i really like this box and between myself and my daughter Jade Nicole we are enjoying using each product.

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Glossybox Review March 2017

Glossybox March 2017

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Here’s the March Glossybox,  I’m very happy with this months box.

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1. Sleek eye and cheek palette – (All Day Soiree 30). This is Full Size

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This is a great little palette perfect for your bag, The packaging is as the name says Sleek. I like that all the shadows can be used together to create a pretty look. They’re not really dark and blend well. The 2 blushes are pretty but the lighter one just doesn’t show up on my skin even when building it up because my skin tone is the same colour. It would have been good if it was a highlighter but it’s a matte finish.  Might be good as a base coat on my lid.

2. Nip+Fab Soften moisturiser  – Kale Fix Moisturiser

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This is the first product im not able to use, my daughter uses it and loves it and so its being used which is great. She really loves it.

3. This Works – In transit camera close up

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This is the other product im not able to use which makes me so sad, i was really looking forward to adding this to my skin care routine but ill pass it onto to one of my sisters.

4. Figs and Rouge uk – Hydra-activ day cream.

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This is a lovely cream, it doesn’t feel heavy on my skin like others ive tried and i have noticed a difference to my skin.

5. schwarzkopfprouk BC Bonacure Hair Therapy Oil Miracle – Brazil nut Oil Pulp Treatment. For all hair types

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I’ve swatched it on my neck to see if im ok to use it. Unfortunatally ive had to pass this onto one of my younger sister as it caused my skin to become very irritated which is such a shame because it sounded like just what i need

6. oollution eye love – Eye Contour   This is full size RRP £30

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I’ve tried this a couple of times and i think its very hydrating around the eye and ive not had any problems with it.  My eyes feel smoother and wider  and less tired, it takes away the puffiness and also helps with the fine lines.  It’s definitely a hit as i don’t get much sleep due to pain and my eyes are always puffy and tired and feel very heavy.

Overall this box was a 50/50 for me because of the breakout’s, which is a shame. I’m loving the box and packaging very nice and like opening a suprise gift each month a special treat.

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Birchbox Review March 2017

Birchbox March 2017

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This month the theme is Signed, Sealed, Delivered.  Taking a journey back to where Birchbox first began as this is only my 2nd box it was great to recieve a box the same as the original boxes.

Im really happy with this box just like last months, all these products are new to me and id only heard of the Benefit Lipstick. So it was great to try some new products the same reason I joined birchbox.

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So ill start with my favourite.

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Benefit They’re Real-Double the lip liner and lipstick and liner in one. Subscribers were able to choose between two shades and i chose the Pink Thrills which is a lovely colour. There’s no need to worry about finding you’re lip liner as the innovative custom teardrop top, Just apply as you do your normal lippy for the top lip and turn it 180o to apply the bottom lip.  This is the perfect lippy for a night out popping it in you’re purse or bag and you can easily top it up.

My 2nd favourite. Rituals Cosmetics – The Rituals of Sakura Foaming Shower Gel.

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This is fantastic, Have a luxury shower with this gel which transforms to foam when in contact with water its so creamy and smells devine with cherry blossom and organic rice milk which cleanses and soothes the skin.  Leaving you feeling like you’ve just been to the spa.

Balance Me Beauty – Instant Lift Primer,

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This is the perfect primer which blurs fine lines and smooths and tightens the skin its 99% natural with a blend of Hyaluronic acid and acacia gum.

Batiste – Invisible 2in1 dry shampoo and conditioner,

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If you’re a fan of dry shampoos then this is all you love with the added bonus of a conditioner to prevent your hair from drying out.  To prevent your hair feeling greasy when using it make sure to shake well and spray from arm distance away.

Caudaline – Vine(Activ) Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum,

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This is a great product and does exactly as it says. Im 33 and use it and love it, it really does make you’re skin feel refreshed and gives you a lovely glow without looking like grease i have also used it on my mam and it really made her face glow in a good way. Like a facial in a tube.

Last in the box was a drawstring bag great to pop a few things in for a night or weekend away.  Very handy to pop a few products in and they’re all together without taking up loads of space.

Overall im really happy with the products i received.

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