Friday, 18 January 2013

Birchbox January UK 2013 review!

I write this blog entry as I sit eating my dinner all alone in Frankie and Bennys after getting snowed in at work and having to kip in a hotel overnight so I can still go to work tomorrow - thanks snow!

So, this is the first official UK Birchbox since it took over from Joliebox UK!

I was a bit cheeky and looked for spoilers on the box because I wanted to know a little about what I'd be getting and just from the spoilers I knew it was better than January's Glossybox!

So here's the box:

And what was inside

So, first item........tea-bag! Thanks! I like tea and all, but think I deserve a bit of a better 'sample', this could have been a bonus instead! I'm sure it tastes lovely though....!

Then we have TAAJ hand cream. They say it smells of cinnamon and I love cinnamon, but this doesn't really smell of cinnamon. Good for a handbag hand cream I think.

Next is WEI serum. I had this from Glossy and have yet to use it so I don't know what it's like. It sounds brilliant, but we will see! Have any of you guys tried it? Any good?!

Then we have fresh SUGAR lip balm, yayyyyyy! I've always wanted to try this! The colour looks a bit dark on the photo (and in the tube to be fair) but it leaves a slight hint of pink which is nice. And it seemed moisturising. Glad I got this!

Lastly is some KMS volume spray. I need some volume in my hair so will give this a go and see what its like. I recently tried another brand of 'root boost' type product and hated it, so hope this is better!

So, as a first box, it didn't wow me, it didn't disappoint me. It was good. Loved the fresh sugar balm. But was kind of hoping for a mega awesome box! Remember Carmine and their first box with 'the balm' blush? I was hoping for that, but I guess it was a decent start to Birchbox!

Thanks for reading,

From Me, For You xoxo

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Glossybox January 2013 review!

I got home from work today to find my January Glossybox waiting for me. So I opened it right up to see what awaited me inside!

I was disappointed with Decembers box, so let's see what January has in store shall we?........

This month is a detox theme, so I was pretty excited to see what was inside. Detox sounds good!

I got 5 samples, lets break it down:

The Sanctuary 2 sample sachet pack. One peptide serum sachet that you smooth over the face first and a Thermal Rose clay mask that you then smooth over the serum to activate warmth and leave for 15 minutes. They are 3.5ml and 7ml sachets.
I actually got this exact sample free from Boots some months ago!

Next is a 30ml sample of MONU Micro Exfoliant. This sounds nice - it has papaya enzymes and Shea butter in it. I hope it isn't too rich though......

Oh joy, another perfume sample, yippee.  I am quite fussy with scents and almost every sample I have had, I have not liked. This is an average smelling floral scent!

Then we have a 1g jar of BM Beauty Finishing Powder. I photographed it next to the perfume vial to give an idea of size.
I have had a BM Beauty eye shadow before in a beauty box and it was pretty good, so hopefully this will be nice. It is meant to give a dewy, airbrushed appearance to skin and can be used alone, under or over foundation. I am very happy that BM Beauty is CRUELTY FREE, so thumbs up for that. I'm looking forward to trying this.

Lastly is a 3.5ml jar of Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for eyes. The full size of this is £57 for 15ml, so expensive. I hope this works for me although it doesn't mention helping reduce dark circles, which is what I look for in my eye creams!

To be honest, I am disappointed in this months box. It's ok, but the alternative box that I have seen includes a 30ml Elemis face wash, 100ml Paul Mitchell shampoo, full size lip balm and a cute looking Duck Island 30ml body lotion, all in addition to the MONU exfoliator I got.
That's a BIG difference!

I really wouldn't mind, but the boxes are always so far apart in contents. I feel a bit ripped off this month seeing the 'better' boxes contents.

I've been with Glossybox over a year just to give a bit of background seeing as the blog is fresh :) I'm so so thinking about ending things!

What did you think of your box. Good or bad? I'd love to get your views and opinions guys.

I'll have my Joliebox/Birchbox review up as soon as it arrives too!

From Me, For You  xoxo

Sunday, 13 January 2013

The Blog!

Hey. This is my beauty blog. I'll be blogging about my favourite products and brands. Some old, some new. I want to tell you about awesome products that I love and think you will too! 
It is a beauty blog, but I might throw in a post or two about other amazing things, like cake, afternoon tea and darling little places that look wonderful. 

I'm all about the cute. Packaging makes me happy, but, the product has to wow as well! I do love the Japanese and Korean brands that make the product look as good as how it performs. 
I absolutely LOVE and support animal friendly, cruelty free products and try to use as much as I can. 
Also, natural and organic is another love. Who doesn't love natural?!

I am on the hunt for 2 things....... number one is the Best Concealer. I haven't found 'the one' yet and everything I've tried has disappointed so far really. Number two, is the ultimate hair care range. I want shine and bounce for my hair so bad! Just like the concealer, everything has not wowed so far!

I also welcome feedback, so please comment on any posts! Let me know what you like or want to see more of.

I hope you enjoy the blog and come back for more.

From Me, For You
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