June’s Birch Box!

So for those who didn’t see my recent post, I recently subscribed to Birch Box, and have just torn open my first delivery. Well well well. Impressed does not even begin to cover it. I am over the moon with what they’ve sent! As promised, here are my thoughts….

Firstly, the packaging is just to die for. A cute little box, with a Birch Box branded drawstring bag inside. I am so excited to be getting this every month! Perfect for my inner beauty product obsession!

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PRODUCT ONE

The first thing I clapped eyes on in this month’s box was the Laura Gellar Inkwell Waterproof Gel Liner, with a little brush built into the lid. I’ve needed a new gel liner for a while but I don’t wear it all the time, so haven’t got round to selecting one. This is the perfect size to carry around, and I wore it today and found it really durable and long lasting.

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PRODUCT TWO

This was the Noble Isle Shower Gel, and this cute little bottle smells absolutely gorgeous. Just one sniff and you feel as though you’re transported off to the most luxurious spa in the world. Its really lovely on the skin, too. I would definitely purchase the full bottle, but its quite pricey, so only as a treat!

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PRODUCT THREE

The nail colour I am wearing in that photo is also from this month’s box. Its the Color Club polish in Reign in Spain, which is the fluorescent coral colour shown in the picture below. This colour was developed exclusively for Birch Box, and while I first thought it was a bit too bright, I actually have fallen in love with it! It looks great against black and white outfits, and is really striking. I have had lots of compliments already. You can purchase this colour exclusively on the Birch Box site here.

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PRODUCT FOUR

The next product I grabbed from the box was this tiny little bottle of COOLA Cucumber SPF Face Protect. I haven’t yet had a chance to try it as the sun has not graced us yet, but this weekend is set to be a scorcher on the South coast, so it will definitely get tested! It smells like holiday in a bottle, though! It’l be great to carry around in my handbag for when I feel my nose catching the sun a bit too much!

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PRODUCT FIVE

Yes thats right. This month I got five goodies in my box. Its usually four or five, and this time around I was lucky with the latter. Its the Beauty Protector Detangling Leave In Conditioner. I am yet to test this one yet as I haven’t washed my hair since it arrived, but as soon as I do I will post a review.

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You can go onto your Birch Box account and review all the products you receive in your box, and you earn points to spend on the site for doing so, so its great to let others know what you think of your things.

Salivating at the thought? Subscribe here NOW!

Have a great weekend. Tomorrow I am getting my final results of my degree, and its safe to say I am completely bricking it. Wish me luck!

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High Street Haul

Hello Monday. Its you again! Now, Monday doesn’t represent the same meaning for me as for most of the working world, but I still feel the need to address it. Monday for me is actually more of a relief, as it means the busy weekend period is over. Yep, you guessed it, I work in a pub. Monday brings with it an air of relaxation, quieter evenings, and less hungry diners to serve. But still, it is still the first day of a new week, and how better to commence it (especially when its the first of the month as well), than with some new purchases. Now, in an ideal world I would have gone out today and raided the shelves of Zara and the premium cosmetics counters in House of Fraser, but sadly my finances disagreed with that plan. So I set myself a challenge to pick up some new buys on a budget.

Here’s what I snapped up!

I finally managed to grab the Sleek blush in Rose Gold today, which I have been checking Superdrug for for months! It was ALWAYS sold out, but today I snapped up the last one!!!! Pretty smug I must say. I heard about Sleek products from my fave makeup vlogger Tanya Burr, and this one has great gold shimmery tones (great for summer) amidst a gorgeous pinky shade. Can’t wait to try it!

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I also purchased some MUA products, as they are so unbelievably cheap and are actually pretty good. I had heard great things about the Undressed eyeshadow palette, which contains browns and golds – great for brown eyed girls like me! I went for the new version called Undress Me Too.

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I got a MUA lipstick to add to my growing collection in shade 07. It was £1 so obviously I’m not expecting Chanel standards, but its worth a shot!

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A shopping trip wouldn’t end with just one lipstick purchase either! I took advantage of No.7’s great vouchers (£3 off makeup), and got this Stay Perfect Lip Colour in shade Coral Rose. It feels really silky on my hand so I can’t wait to try it out. I think it’l be coming to work with me tonight!

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Also from the MUA range, I took a gamble and got this £5 Pro Base Fixing Mist, which is supposed to hold your makeup in place all day long, protecting against wind and humidity. As a person who seems to shed any trace of makeup within hours, I thought I’d give it a go. Especially as the pub has recently become a sauna, resulting in us girls sweating under our black uniforms for 6 hours a day!

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I have wanted an eyebrow kit for ages. Preferably the HD Brows Kit, but I just didn’t have the dollar for that at the moment. I went for one of the Fashionista range (at Superdrug), which was £7 and contains mini tweezers, a brush, a gel wax setter and three colours.

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A picked up this super cute bag from H&M for £14.99, as I thought it was really versatile. It can be a clutch bag or a shoulder bag (great for day and night) and was a really nice neutral shade. It also comes in black, which was what I was going to go for, but I spotted this one and changed my mind. Also, but of an OOTD plug – my top is from Zara and my jeans are the Joni jeans from Topshop.

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If you’ve read my blog before, I’m sure you’ll know how obsessed I am with camis. I scooped up this plain black one for £5 in Primark as a little summer wardrobe staple. I also have it in white with black edging. Great bargain! The straps are a little long for me but I just tied tiny knots in the back and it was perfect!

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I must admit I splurged on this item – the Mango Body Scrub from The Body Shop. I was hoping they were still doing their 40% off, but when I discovered they hadn’t I couldn’t put the scrub down, it just smells so good!! I just finished my Soap and Glory Scrub, which I love, so this has a lot to live up to. I have the Mango Beautifying Body Oil too, though, so I’m sure this will live up to my expectations!

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Last but not least, I saw New Look had some great offers on basics, and I bought this red bandeau top for £2!!! Amazing! If you’re a crop top worshipper (which I most certainly am NOT due to my lack of abs), they had some great bits too, for around £2 – £4. Go on, go and make me jealous and flaunt your toned tums in those!!!

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Reviews of all these to come!

Have a great week!

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Kiss Me, Down By The Broken Tree House…

Well well well, here we are. I never thought I would see the day, but here I am, blogging as a GRADUATE (subject to passing the exams, but sssh). Yes, that’s right, my moaning about revision, dissertation and portfolio is over, I am a free agent. Which means….I get to spend more time working on my blog! Well, and sunbathing, as it doesn’t look like there is a Coco vacation on the horizon any time soon, unfortunately.

Just quickly, I don’t know if I mentioned, but I am also writing for a site called Fashion’s On Vacation. We write about looking fashionable while travelling, and its great for style and beauty tips, as well as destination reviews and inspiration for getaways. So please check it out, follow it (its also hosted by WordPress, bonus), and follow on twitter @fashionsonvacay.

Anyway, blog plug over! Today’s topic of convo is…….LIPSTICK.

Oh yes, lipstick. Until recently I admit, I was a hater. I thought it belonged on Pat Butcher, prostitutes, and Barbie. But how wrong was I. I will hold my hands up, I was a particularly late adopter of this trend (anyone on my Uni course reading this you may recognise ‘late adopters’ from the ILM exam….lets just not speak about it shall we!), but has actually revolutionised my makeup bag, and I never knew how much versatility you can get from being armed with a few different shades though.

Through my discovery of lipsticks, I have encountered some really good ones along the way, that will stay in my staple makeup set for life, but I have also, shall we say, kissed some frogs along the way – and these are the ones you’ll want to give a miss.

Now, the staying power of the lipstick can depend on the colour. I just think some colours let you get away with using a high street beauty brand like 17 or L’Oreal, but some shades to command the need to visit my favourite luxury beauty store, Space NK, for something a little more upmarket.

RED

Red is one I have found is okay in the cheaper brands, providing you finish with a layer of Lipcote lipstick sealer, which is available from Boots for £3.69. It tingles a bit when you apply but it’ll keep your colour for hours. Rimmel’s Kate Moss shade 022 is lovely, and Topshop do a gorgeous shade of coral red, Satorial.

PINK

Pink, on the other hand, I have had trouble with. After being blown away by Topshop’s lippy range, I dashed in to pick up a dusty pink, Secret Admirer. To my disappointment, the pink crumbled off my lips in a trashy manor shortly after applying. I was unsure about it even when I first slicked it on, as it didn’t seem dense or matte enough to stay put. L’Oreal’s Caresse lipsticks, endorsed by the beautiful Emma Stone, are slightly better. Shade 03 Lovely Rose is a pretty one, but the moisture shine element does take away from of the colour brightness. Still, a worthwhile purchase for a daytime splash of cute. Barry M’s lip colours are actually quite good too, but again, be weary that just because one is good doesn’t mean all of them are. I had a similar problem with their pinks. For a pink that will still be pucker ready hours later, Nars is certainly a safer choice. Funny Face and Pago Pago are great shades, and while they will set you back £18, its worth it. (Students, try and snap these up when Asos are doing a 25% off promo!).

DARK

Dark lippies are slightly harder to track down in high street brands, and there often isnt much choice. If you find one, it can sometimes be a case of acceptable only for halloween and no other occasion, so these ones you will have to search further afield. Lots of us think a deep purple lippy won’t look good on us, but with subtle smokey eyes and an LBD, it can actually be a winner. DON’T overdo the eye makeup though! (You know the rules!). I managed to snap up a Jemma Kidd double ended colour balm lipstick from the Space NK sale (a must-visit, by the way. Make sure you sign up for alerts!) in shade 03 Boudicea. Its a really nice deep colour, and has a balm on one end, to keep your lips hydrated.

NUDE

A nude shade can give you that perfectly prim and polished look, without looking too dressy. You might think its an easy one, but be careful – pick the wrong shade and you can end up looking like you have no lips at all, if it blends into your skin tone! I recently tried the Rimmel Apocolips Lip Laquer in Nude Eclipse, but wasn’t too impressed. While its super cool that its a lip stick and lip gloss all in one, you really want a more matte effect for this. By all means add a gloss later, but these combined ones are a bit too much, and don’t sit very well. Again, give NARS a try, or Smashbox have some great shades and are known to be good (I am yet to try these ones, but their highlighter is good).

I hope my guide has helped, and reminded you to be careful when selecting lip colour! Its one of the toughest items to find the perfect one for you, so take your time and don’t be afraid to experiment!