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All the right Mermaid Vibes – the August Birchbox

This months Birchbox is stunning and the box’s contents are a perfect match! Five products, carefully matched with my profile. What more could you want?

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When I received my parcel and opened up the packaging, I did not know what to say. Look at it, it is beautiful. Lovely colours, you can’t help but feel like a mermaid when you see it and after all as Birchbox say “when it comes to their beachy waves, shimmering eyelids, and glistening skin, mermaids are serious summer beauty goals.”

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So, let’s take a look at this months products!

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The first product that caught my eye was Birchbox’s beauty treat – the full sized Spectrum collections make-up brush. I have one word for the brush, and that is ‘perfect.’ The colour is beautiful, like an ombre on the bristles which may I add are unbelievably soft! A lovely product to be added to the box – I would love to see more of these so we are able to build up a collection. I would give this product 9/10.

The second product that caught my eye was the Nuxe, Huile Prodigieuse Or which is a golden multi-purpose dry oil for your face, body and hair. This product looks beautiful, shiny and golden. It also smells divine and least of all it looks fabulous!! I use it on my cheek bones and to define my cheeks (I have chubby cheeks so why not embrace them with gold!) Obviously it has an oily texture, so a little goes a long way. But this product is a MUST in my everyday  make up routine! As of yet I have only used it on my face, BUT you can also smooth it down your legs and run it through your hair. I am very interested in putting it in my hair – so I’ll let you know how it goes! I would give this product 9/10.

The third product in the box is the renewing mud mask by Whish. A lovely little product to apply before your make up one to two times per week. Considering it is a mud mask it is very lightweight. Now if you have sensitive skin like me only apply it for around 15-30 seconds (don’t want to be taking any rash risks!) So just rinse it off after that time, if not you can leave it on for up to two minutes! I would give this product 7/10.

The fourth product is LOC One & Done shadow stick in Rock Steady which is a light brown colour. Such a cleaver little product, and doesn’t require any tools. You just simply apply it on your eyelid and smudge with your finger. It creates the perfect smokey eye!! What more could a girl/ mermaid want!

Now, I am leaving my least favourite product until last. Unfortunately this product, for me was not great. It was Number 4 Sugar texturing spray. A big no no for me, my hair had a horrible texture after use. It is meant to create loose shiny waves without any crunch. This product was not for me, so I give it a 4/10.

Using the products from this months Birchbox I created a natural, glowing look!

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So, that was my August Birchbox and I was very impressed with the products and the box. Can’t wait to see what next month brings!

Thanks for reading,

Charlotte x

 

 

 

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Affordable products that get me through the day – Part Two

I’m back again with part two of my affordable products!

#6 on my list is…. The brows!! Your brows have got to be ‘on fleek,’ it’s a MUST.

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This is just one of the products that I have for my eyebrows. It literally is what it says on the tin…genius. I love it. It’s tiny so it fits perfectly in my makeup bag! It has a wax which I use to go over my brows with once I have shaped with an eyebrow pencil and my NYX brow brush. I then use the brush again to fill in my brows with the powder. This product is £9.99 from Superdrug and is in shade Light to Medium. This product also has shade Medium to Dark. I would give this product 8/10 for affordability and the quality of it.

#7 – Eyes

Now this one is not so affordable, but it is something that I use most days just to add a subtle colour to my eyelids. It’s the Urban Decay ‘Naked 2’ basics palette.

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It’s the perfect size palette to just slip into my makeup bag and carry around in my handbag. It shades are subtle which I love, because I’m not a fan of bright colours. So the smokey colours are perfect for me. The palette costs £24 from Debenhams, but I promise you won’t regret it! I give this product 9/10 as the quality of the product is good and it’s easy to apply.

Now, mascara. This is the same mascara I have been using for years. I love it – although it’s not waterproof! So I’m not allowed to cry wearing this, unless I want to look like a giant crying panda. Originally I got this from Boots, but I can’t seem to find it and I can’t remember how much I paid. Boo hoo! Looks like I need to shop around for a new one!

#8 – Lovely smelling, shiny hair!

Who doesn’t love it when their hair is shiny and smells amazing!

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Now, my hair has a tendency to be dull and dehydrated when I’ve washed and dried it. SO, in order to revive my hair and give it some moisture along with the most amazing smell I use Natural World coconut water ‘hydration & shine weightless hair oil.’ A little of this goes a long way, if you put too much in your hair will go greasy and it is a disaster – trust me, I’ve been there and done that!

I rub a little bit into my hands and then run my hands through my wet hair. I then dry my hair and viola! Beautifully smelling and shiny hair – who wouldn’t want that? You should all try this product, I got it from Tesco and it costs £5. It is definitely worth it as I give it a 9/10 due to it being the best hair product I have ever used. It does the job of hydrating my hair and reviving it like never before!

#9 – Talking of smells, who doesn’t love perfume?!

Next have the most perfect range of perfume’s, who would have thought it? My favourite is ‘Sparkle’ it has a very sweet scent and it’s SO affordable!

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Sparkle is one of many perfumes by Next, but this one is my all time favourite. Although I’m not sure who is working out their pricing strategies. The large bottle costs £12, but you can also by the set, which includes the large bottle and the Sparkle cream, for £12 too. Obviously I opted for the set as it makes more sense!

But seriously, if you’ve not got it….get it! I’d give this product 10/10 because it smells great, I love the bottle and it’s very…me.

#10 – MORE SMELLS

I love perfume and sprays, they’re great! I mean come on, who doesn’t love smelling great?

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These two beauties, pictured above were both gifts. Now, I LOVE it when people buy me things like this for birthdays and Christmas, they are ideal gifts! The ghost perfume, my best friend Sofia brought me – what a babe! I would give it a 9/10, it has quite a strong scent but not so much that it’s over powering. I think you can get this for around £20 from most perfume shops!

The French Connection body spray is to die for! Love the smell, it’s very sweet BUT I do think they have stopped making this now. Which makes me sad because I adore it! BUT, I do have a back up spray that I like The Soap and Glory ‘Original Pink’ body spray, which costs £4 from Boots.

I hope you have enjoyed both of my affordable product posts!

Thank you for reading!

Charlotte x