What’s in my June Birchbox?

Can you believe we’re already in June?! I swear this year is going by so quickly! Ever since we got married in February the days are just flying by. So I’m now 3 months into my Birchbox subscription and I loved doing my last blog post on what was inside May’s box (you can read that post here) so I thought I’d share what products I received this month….

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This is such a cute product! I absolutely adore cream products as I think they look a lot more fresh and natural looking on the skin. I remember years ago when I first started out with make-up I was always told to stay away from bright shades like this and I remember there being a photo of me in the school play looking like a clown with bright pink cheeks! But as I’ve grown up and learnt to apply make-up properly (if you like) I do love a flush of colour!

The colour is definitely intense and the product is very pigmented but you can sheer this out by using the SMALLEST amount on your cheeks to give a natural looking healthy glow to the skin. This product can also be used on the lips – and we all know how much I love a multi-purpose product so this is a winner for me!

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I particularly like the formula of this product as it’s very hydrating which means it’s not going to make your cheeks or lips look wrinkly and dry. The instructions for use say to blend onto the lips then use the excess products across the apples of the cheeks and to be honest that would be exactly what I would do.

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You can buy the product here for £17.95 with free shipping 🙂

 

Percy & Reed Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray

I’m so pleased that I’ve received another hair care product this month as I’ve not been disappointed by any that I’ve tried so far. Plus I love getting mini samples as they are great for travelling and throwing in my bag. To be honest I don’t really stray too far away from my Ellnet Precious Oil Hairspray as I find that it does a good enough job for what I need it for, however this hairspray is really nice.

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The description claims an “ultra-fine, humidity resistant, crunch free” spray which is going to allow you to brush out and restyle your hair should you wish which I always find handy especially when I’m playing with different hairstyles which I quite frequently do when I’m bored! DSC_0050

The packaging is nice and so is the nozzle, it feels quite “high-end” for a mid-range product and I would definitely consider buying a full size. If you’re interested you can purchase the full size (250ml) here for £12.

 

Huygens Le Gommage Visage Face Scrub

Before I go any further in talking about this product I’d just like to clarify that this is a face scrub! My husband always tells me I need to be more specific in blog posts (even though it says it on the photo?!) as I tend to ramble on about products – automatically presuming people know what I’m talking about but apparently not everyone “knows as much about beauty as you do!” Oh shucks, Stu. Thanks. Moving on…

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Even though my preferred method of facial exfoliation is to use a chemical exfoliate, sometimes it is nice to get into those nooks & crannies with something gritty! Exfoliating your skin is very important if you want you make-up to sit nicely on your face and it also helps to reveal the new skin cells that make you look more glowy and alive. This scrub is suitable to use on a daily basis as it is quite gentle. If you do suffer with sensitive skin, maybe only use this two or three times a week. It is quite creamy in texture and the “beads” are made out of rice powder particles (no microbeads, yay!) and really helps to purify the skin, giving you a deep cleanse.

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It does have quite a strong scent, I think possibly a mixture of citrus & lavender? I’m usually rubbish at trying to describe smells so if you do know what it is please let me know! You can purchase it here for £17.90

 

Whish Coconut Milk CC Body Cream

I wasn’t expecting to like this product much, but it has surprised me a lot.

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When I first got it out of the box I looked at it thinking “what on earth?!” but surprisingly it’s actually a very nice product. It’s a body cream with shimmer running through it. It makes me think of those shimmer sticks you used to have as kids where you’d just roll the glitter all over your entire body (lol). Isn’t it amazing how your childhood can even put you off beauty products?!

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You can sort of see the subtle shimmer in the picture above. It is becoming more popular at the moment, particularly now its summer, to use shimmer on the chest, shoulders and legs to give a healthy glow whilst you’re out in the sun. It can also be used to highlight the areas of the chest to give you more prominent collar bones and an enhanced cleavage.

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When you first rub the product into the skin it’s very creamy and has the slightest tint to it. It smells heavenly (so heavenly) like coconuts and holidays. But it blends out to give a really subtle glow to the skin – as seen below.

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I can’t tell you how good it smells. It’s worth a look at simply for the smell alone! You can purchase it here for £24.70 – however I do think it’s quite a steep price for only 142ml of product.

 

Absolution Le Nettoyant Purete Cleanser

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Last but not least, let’s talk about this cleanser. From the packaging I was expecting it to be more of a cream cleanser but once I opened it I realised it was a gel. It does foam ever so sightly but it claims to not leave the skin feeling dry after you wash it off. I haven’t used it yet to test this theory but if you would like a more in-depth review just let me know. It contains natural ingredients such as chamomile and oats which are naturally softening. It does have quite a strong herbal scent – definitely not my favourite but I’d be willing to see past the smell if the cleansing properties deliver.

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Probably the product I’m least excited about this month. But if you are interested in reading more about it you can purchase it here for £26.

 

 

So that concludes the blog post! I’d say my favourite products are definitely the Fig Jam pigment, the Whish CC body cream and the Percy & Reed hairspray.

I hope you enjoyed reading this, if you subscribe to Birchbox let me know what you got in your box. If you do try out any of these products let me know what you think!

Until next time…

~ Lucy

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May Favourites

Hello lovelies!

As the month of May ends and we’re already two days into June (how did that happen?!) I thought I’d do a round-up of my monthly favourites – products I loved and used a lot during May including make-up, skincare & body care.

Without further ado lets begin…

Make up

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation, £9.99 from Superdrug

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I’ve gone back to this foundation over May after not using it for a few months, I love the Bourjois Healthy Mix serum but I like that this foundation has a bit more coverage. It has a great fruity smell as it is infused with fruit extracts to give skincare benefits. I find on my skin it has a medium coverage that’s definitely buildable. I have dry skin and I don’t find this settles into my lines or clings to dry patches – even if I set it with a powder which I normally do if I’m going to work. This is a great every day foundation and is fantastic quality for the affordable price.

 

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette, $14.50 (approx. £10) bhcosmetics.com

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I’m still loving this palette you guys, it’s just so perfect! The palette comes with 10 eye shadows and 4 highlight colours – the quality is stunning, the packaging is lightweight yet very pretty. The eye shadows are perfect to create every day looks and there are a few smokey shades which you can use to vamp up your make-up during the evening. The highlight colours are especially beautiful. The first two colours are great for paler skin tones and the last two perfect for darker skins – although I do like to mix the last two with my bronzer for a sun-kissed glow being the pale skinned girl I am.

 

Stila eye-shadow in the shade “kitten” £12.00, boots.com

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I discovered this beauty in my make-up collection right at the tail end of May but I just HAD to include it in this blog post because it’s such a stunning product – I can’t believe I forgot about it. What I love about it most is that it’s so universal – it makes a GORGEOUS cheek highlight colour, very intense…so if you like to look very glowy then I really think you should give this a try. I also use it in the inner corner of my eye, the bridge of my nose and on my cupid’s bow for the same purpose. It’s also great just as a wash of colour all over the eyelid if you’re in a rush. It’s a beautiful champagne colour and I just think it’s perfect.

That concludes the make-up faves…onto round two…

Skincare

Body Shop Oils of Life range, purchase products here or send me a message for discounts and deals. 

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This range continues to amaze me, since becoming a Body Shop at Home Independent Consultant a couple of months ago I’ve enjoyed testing and trying out their products – and for me this is the range that stands out. I’ve always been a fan of using oils on my skin (blog post coming soon!) and the Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil is stunning. What’s even better is that 99% of the oils in the product are from natural origin. It hydrates my skin very well but does not feel greasy at all – and you only have to use around three drops for your whole face so the bottle will last you for ages.

The cream is another favourite – it’s quite thick in consistency but feels lightweight and moisturising on the skin. I use it as a night cream and sometimes in the morning as well if my skin is extra dry.

The essence lotion has surprised me a lot – I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I do. It’s a mixture of oil and water so you have to shake it before use. You use it like you would a toner – to remove final traces of make up after cleansing and to prep the skin for products. I find that it makes my skin so soft and hydrated and that it would be really nice for people with slightly combination skin.

All the products in the range smell very good and are a mid-range product. Definitely a luxury treat but one you will not regret buying!

Moving on to round three…

Body Care

Body Shop Pinita Colada Body Butter £14.00, purchase here

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This was released mid-may and it was highly anticipated but us consultants. Set to be the Body Shop’s best selling summer product – this Pinita Colada body butter does not disappoint. The scent is a mixture of pineapple and coconut and is very much a summer/holiday fragrance. Of course the formulation is divine as are the other butters by the Body Shop. The texture is so light and whipped and feels incredible on the skin. I love slathering it over my whole body. I tend to get dry skin on my body in the summer and my skin hasn’t been the same since we got back from our honeymoon in March and this product has been my savior, will definitely be using this going into June as well!

 

Imperial Leather Foamburst body wash gel RRP £3.09 (currently on sale for £2.00) from Superdrug

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This product was given to me by my Grandma (thanks grandma, I know you’re reading this) and I just think it’s lovely. I have two of these both with different scents. I’ve not used anything like this before, it’s kind of like a mixture between a shower gel and a shaving cream/mousse texture. Weird right? When you squirt some out the bottle the gel foams up – so you only need to use a very small amount so I’m hoping the bottle with last me a long time. It’s very soft feeling and hydrates my skin as I use it. I find it good as a multi-purpose product as I do shave my legs with it as well. I’m extremely lazy when it comes to that stuff and I rarely buy products specifically for shaving so it’s great that this covers all bases. The smell is divine too. All round great affordable product that I’m glad I’ve come across.

I hope you’ve enjoyed having a nosey into what I’ve been loving and using throughout May, let me know what you think of the post, if you have any of these products or if you think you’d like to try them.

Until next time…

~ Lucy