BIRCHBOX March 2013

BIRCHBOX March 2013

This is the first Birchbox I have ordered to be honest when I had seen it released this month i was really hoping for a Beauty Blender which unfortunately was not included in my box.

My first impressions? Well i ordered the box on the 13th March and it arrived a week later.
I did quite like the box, its brown with pink metallic writing. To be honest i can be a sucker for presentation, an item just appears to do the job better if I think its pretty! 
Inside the brown box there is a pink drawstring bag that holds the contents which im sure ill be able to reuse at some point if not for myself I can put the kids puzzle pieces from broken boxes in them.
I did really like the magazine that comes with it. It had much more info that the newsletter you get from Glossybox, there were more how to’s like using the Laura Geller liner and using the Beauty Blender.
I also liked the theme Role Models however I cant help to feel the items could of been a bit more related to hero products.

The items, well ive tried them all out now first up the chocolates, both me and my husband demolished them in seconds but for Lindt Chocolate Truffles what can you expect?

The Molton Brown Valbonne Fragrance was just not for me. The sent was very over powering and as much as I quite like Molton Brown as a whole if this was the first time I had experienced their products 

I think it would of deterred me from re entering their store. I found the sent quite citrus with a deeper leathery heady sent as it settled into my skin. It gave me a head ache.

RMK Cleansing Balm i have really enjoyed. I have begun a mini collection of cleansing balms which currently id say im close to picking a favourite but this is up there in the final pickings. This is  rose sented yet not to (dare i say it) granny floral. The sent was delicate. I removed most my makeup before using this, massaged over damp skin and let it sit there for a good minute. I then used a muslin cloth to remove. This balm claims to be for mature skin, I have oily its not aggravated a break out, caused a sebum slide on my face or even caused red patches. I was very impressed with this product! The only down side I would be holding off a purchase until I see a pretty good offer.

Next up La Slutane De Saba Body Lotion This product to me smelt just like Johnson’s Talc! I loved it! The lotion left my skin soft and not feeling tight of dry the next day. This body lotion contains Argan oil which I felt helped the lotion sink in well leaving no sticky feeling when putting on my Pjs. When looking to purchase this product in the UK i could not easily find a stock list. This must be fairly new to the UK I would like to see some more of their range.

Ive tested Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream everywhere, on my elbows, lips, knees and Kara’s (my 11 month Daughter) bottom. The sent is slightly menthol it did sink in better than Elizabeth Ardens eight hour cream but I do feel is a little pricey for £19.50 for 70g. I am also not a fan of the idea the full size bottle is in a tub. The sample is a tube and I just feel is a little more hygienic with a product that I would properly go through dry skin phases of using. Kara’s bottom? I give a fair result for this it acted as a good barrier cream. No rashes in site.

I was happy to see a sample of Sanctuary 30 Day Thermal Transformation Mask I have already tried this out once before and very quickly forgot about it so was unsure whether this was of any interest for me. But I did enjoy the mask, I love a warming mask as I feel its getting just that little bit deeper into my pores and getting all those nasties that want to become raging spots out! I think this could possibly be useful for my acne scars as it claims to plump and repair the skins texture.

And finally my favourite item of the box Laura Geller Inkwell Waterproof Gel Liner I can happily say since I tried this product I have used it every day. Its a solid black has better staying power than Mac’s Fluid line and can be easily smudged before it sets into a smoky eye look. The brush is great to, i tend to not to use the applicators that come with Makeup products as they tend to be useless. But this brush is good quality and very fine for doing a great cats eye. I prefer it to the one that comes with Clinique’s brush on cream liner. I found the bristles kept falling out of that brush.

Its a great quality liner, im very impressed with the results!

All in all I have to say im impressed with the quality of the box, the size of the samples and the use of both well known and more up and coming brands. I will be purchasing next months box!


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In a desperate bid to improve the condition of my skin, ive decided to try out a BB cream, i am aware im well behind with the times are there are already CC creams out now? But Yes ive decided i need a little coverage still whilst improving my complexion and letting my skin breathe.

I have purchased from boots 2 of the Dr Jart +BB creams, the Dr Jart + Water Fuse and the Dr Jart + Regenerating cream.

Water Fuse Balm claims to provide a flawless finish, evening skin tone and the appearance of imperfections. It is oil free so reduces the need for foundation or concealer.

Whilst the Regenerating Balm claims to naturally cover blemishes (which i currently have my fair share) and protect from harmful UV rays. There is also a Berry cocktail antioxidant system to keep the skin nourished with lasting blemish coverage.

Both of these balms i felt i needed to try are the water fuse i feel would be great for a clear skin day and the regenerating Balm for my days that are much more like today where my chin has grown a second chin!!

My verdict.
I’ve tried these balms out over a period of 4 weeks now and feel both have neither improved or negatively affected the appearance of my complexion.

The Water Fuse once buffed in (i use the Real Techniques Buffing Brush) looks great however very very light coverage, i found i needed a little extra coverage for under my eyes and any blemishes were still an angry shade of red. The finish is very dewy and my skin had much more of a glow to it.
I did find by the end of the day my skin was very oily and the balm could easily be rubbed off on clothes. ( as i found on my Daughter sleep suit when i gave her a cuddle)
Water fuse i feel would be much more suited to a combi skinned girl than us oily folk but I stand by that the finish when you apply it makes your skin look lovely!

The regenerating balm again i buffed in with RT Buffing Brush, this had a lovely finish again. The finish was dewy but with a slight more matt finish to the Water Fuse. The coverage was slightly heavier which with my old blemish scars i much preferred and i found a couple of days here and there i did not also need to apply concealer to my under eyes.
By the end of the day though i still found the balm could be rubbed off however was still more sturdy on the skin. I was oily at the end of the day but much less than with the water fuse balm.

Both balms are the same shade (only 1 standard shade out there) I am very english rose but both balms blended into my skin well.
The regenerating balm is my fav of the two balms however im not sure i will repurchase. I have just brought the Gannier BB cream so i can compare the 2 brands and maybe decide if its this brand or maybe a BB issue that it can rub off so easily.

So ill keep you in loop with whether i decide BB creams of for me

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Topshop Investment!

My Topshop Makeup Investment!

On Valentines day my better half took me shopping to Merry Hill! (This man must really love me!)
We dont live locally to this shopping centre so our plan was to get their pretty early resulting in returning home before the traffic hits on the motorway. Anyway, kids ready and in the car by 9am! Result!

I have decided after wearing the same makeup for the last 3/4 years now in the same colours im going to try out something new, well popped into Boots and Superdrug both really look pretty much the same old.

I decided against the good old department stores as didn’t want to give large amounts of money for shades/textures i may not be happy with. I want to play and experiment before I really give myself to a new product.

Roll call Topshop, I had heard they released a makeup line back in 2010 but this was after id had my first child so long gone were my days of wondering into their store on my lunch hour just for a browse.

So with my husband advising he wanted to pop into a games shop, by “pop” he means half an hour debating over which game is most like a real Zombie killing experience i decided now would be a great time to pop in and have a look around.

Well I was not disappointed, I left the store with swatches all up my arms, im surprised my husband didn’t think there was something seriously wrong with me but he had seen this look many a time in the past.

And so i had made my first purchase of Topshop Makeup consisting of:

2 Eye Crayons – Gold Digger and Marble.

1 Lip Crayon – Coy
1 Cream Blush – Head Over Heals
Glow (a highlighter) – polished
(And all this came to under £30 i might add!)

Well I love it all, the eye crayons blend really well, when they have set they dont budge all day. (And i get some oily eyelids!) Both Gold Digger and Marble i feel would suit many skin tones Marble is quite subtle and sheer, a great base colour and the gold crayon i find is lovely to keep closer to the eyelid just smudging out adding a slick of black liner for a smoky eye effect. 

The blush is really blendable and ive found a little looks lovely in the day like a natural flush of colour but you can also build layers to make a brighter more striking look. And with a mirror included you can do this on the go.The shade is like a peachy pink, with quite a bold pop of colour and the finish is quite soft and sets more like a powder than a sheer look. For the evening i found layering a little of the Glow highlighter over the top made it look more radiant.

I LOVE! the Glow highlighter, its the perfect colour for my skin tone, the closest replacement i have found to Jemma Kidd all over Radiance. It blends lovely you cant see shimmer pieces in it, there is more of a pearl finish as the end result.
The Lip Crayon is a great shade that goes well with the blush (peachy pink again) however i would say this is a little dry, i add some lip balm and then it looks fine and lasts well throughout the day.

So all in all, Topshop i am sold, I will be popping in again next week to cheap on my OPI collection and try out your nail varnishes!!!


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