Birchbox Favourites January – April

At the beginning of the year I decided to subscribe to Birchbox after toying around with the idea for a few months. I looked at a lot of different brands of subscription services and decided to go with Birchbox as it seemed like one of the most popular and also the most affordable. If you want to know more about Birchbox you can read about it here.

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So far I haven’t been disappointed with the products, there are only a few which I haven’t used because I don’t like them for whatever reason, but since they’re only samples I don’t feel bad for not using them. Since January I have received four boxes, some featuring a theme and one which didn’t have a theme. All of them have had some really lovely products so I thought I would talk a bit about them. I haven’t reviewed any products on the blog before and I thought this would be interesting for anyone who likes the idea of a subscription box but isn’t really sure what they’d get and if they would like them. When you sign up you fill out a profile, stating the things you would like and wouldn’t like etc. So you shouldn’t get anything that isn’t to your fancy.

I can’t  remember exactly which products came in which box because I use them frequently so I didn’t think to keep the little card that comes with the box which tells you about the products.  If you’d like to see monthly reviews of each box then please let me know and I will do them.

These are my favourite products so far:

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Dr Jart+ Clear Away Gel

I really like this product. It came full size which was really exciting because I was only expecting samples when I signed up. My skin loves this stuff. Since using it my skin has been clearer and a lot smoother. Goodbye spots!

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

It makes me sad that this only comes in a tiny tube! I’ve been using this sparingly because I don’t want it to run out. Whenever I use this my skin always looks and feels really hydrated. My make up goes on so lovely when using this. I wish it didn’t cost £45 to buy a full size! I can’t justify spending that much on one product. If you know of any great affordable drug store serums please let me know down below.

Activbod Cooling Finishing Lotion

If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts you might know that I exercise quite a lot. This came in one of the first Birchboxes I received but I only started using it recently. I’ve used it when I’ve worked out but had to quickly go out after or if it has been a really intense workout and I need something to instantly cool off.

Pommade Divine Remedy Balm

This product can be used for all sorts of stuff like dry skin, itchy skin, peeling, flaking etc. I used this on my tattoo after I had just had it done and it kept the peeling, from healing, to a minimum. I have also used this on my lips overnight when they have been really chapped and the next day they were completely healed! I was amazed by how quick it had worked.

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Percy & Reed Volumising No Oil Oil

I have used oil in my hair for quite a while now. It’s naturally curly so it can be really dry, especially at the ends. I was intrigued by this No Oil Oil and whether it would work for me or not. I was surprised when it did and just as well as my normal product and because it has no oil you can use this from root to tip, so I don’t have to worry about using this near my roots. No greasy hair which is always a bonus!

KMS California Tame Frizz Crème

I use this product every single time after washing my hair. It’s a pretty big sample size so it has lasted quite a long time. It does exactly what it says it does, tames frizz and has a light hold. Can’t really go wrong and I’m thinking of buying this in full size because I love it so much.

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Laura Mercier Longwear Crème Eye-liner in Violet

This came in this months Birchbox and at first I wasn’t sure about it because it’s purple and I’ve only ever used brown or black eye-liner. I really like the way this looks in the waterline, it adds a subtle pop of colour and it lasts a long time when worn normally. I can see myself using this until it’s all gone.

That’s it for my favourites in the Birchboxes from this year so far. I love getting new products to test out and try.

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Bucket List.

It’s that time of year, the sun is starting to shine and I’m reminded of all the things I want to do in life. It’s also the start of festival season with festivals starting all over the world, so I thought I’d share some of the festivals at the top of my Bucket List.

Coachella

It’s that time of year, the festival that everyone wants to be at. In the California sunshine, with art and music to be adored by the masses. It’s definitely up there on my Bucket List to do eventually.

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Glastonbury

Probably one of the best music festivals we have in the UK, one I have wanted to attend since watching Mumford & Sons play a couple of years ago on the TV.

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Holi

A celebration of love and colours. You can celebrate this in London and it looks like so much fun!

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Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead)

This festival is so intriguing to me, it teaches to accept death rather than fear it.

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The Rio de Janeiro Carnival

The biggest carnival in the world with 2 million people who participate. Brazil is at the top of the places I want to go to and if I ever do, then this will be one of the things I see there.

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Sunday Shortlist

This week wasn’t so great at the start and to be honest I wondered if I would actually have anything to write today. But there was something good in most of my days so luckily it’s not all grey.

Babysitting my youngest niece one morning before work. This was so lovely, she can make a day so much brighter for anyone and getting to spend time with her is great. I love being an auntie, its literally one of my favourite things about my life.

I treated my older nieces out for lunch. It’s nice getting to hang out with them on their own. Now they’re getting older they prefer to be with their friends so I treated them and it was fun.

I went shopping. Good for any girl, right?  I didn’t even buy much but getting to go out with my sister and have a giggle is always good. We could stay in boots all day.

A night in with films and takeaway. At the end of a not so great week it was nice to just relax, with the house to myself so there was not fighting over what to watch and peace and quiet. When you have 5 siblings and 5 nieces the house can be kind of hectic. It’s great but sometimes you just need to be alone. Generally speaking, I am someone who much prefers to stay home on a Saturday night than go out. Boring I know.

There is the round up of my week.

“Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day.”