Embrace the Pale

Embrace the Pale

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Holidays are approaching and with them comes the anxiety of getting my legs out and boobs out (bikinis people, minds out of the gutter please)! I’m going on two holidays over the next few months and it got me thinking about how paranoid and self conscious I used to feel (and sometimes still do) about my skin.  Being very pale in the summer comes with its difficulties… number one – burning (OUCH)…. number two – the comments:

“Why are you so white? What’s wrong with you?”

“Have you never heard of fake tan?”

“Why don’t you go out in the sun and stop being so pale?”

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The Clarins Urban Oasis

The Clarins Urban Oasis

This evening, I stumbled across something very exciting after work. Usually in Birmingham city centre there are usually pop up stands selling or giving away various things that usually have very little interest for me… paintball for example (just no). To my surprise, I find Clarins have a pop up spa. WHAAAAT?!!!!!! It’s true!

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Why I cancelled my Birchbox

Why I cancelled my Birchbox

 

This is a very belated post, I started writing it but never got around to finishing it. I guess because of my overall disappointment. Sorry!

January Birchbox 2016

This box was in conjunction with Pinterest, hence the very cute box.

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Now this review may seem a little negative and leads on to why I decided to cancel this subscription service.

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Must Have Products From 2015

Must Have Products From 2015

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had fun over the festive period. I had a great time with family and managed to fly to the US to see the boyfriend which was a bonus. I hope this year brings you everything you wish for!

2015 was a great year for finding new products and giving some love to some golden oldies (that sounds odd doesn’t it). I tried to keep the list small, so here we go:

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Birchbox December 2015

Birchbox December 2015

This has just appeared on my door step and I am so excited! I was unsure whether to keep my Birchbox subscription but thought I would hold out until Christmas to see what they had to offer and I am so pleased I did.

If you don’t mind a spoiler, take a look!

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Keeping Up with the Red Heads

Keeping Up with the Red Heads

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I’ve had my ginger hair for two years and I’ve been contemplating a change for a while, so this past month I took the plunge!

Red hair is notorious for being difficult to maintain! It’s very quick to fade and that makes dyeing a frequent occurrence. The colour I wanted to go for was something more wintry, I wanted more of a red/cherry shade. After spending quite some time in the dye aisle of Superdrug, I picked up Garnier Olia Dark Garnet. I have used the same brand but the 7.4 shade and quite liked it. I felt that my hair was a lot less dry after colouring so I thought I would definitely give this one a whirl.

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Birchbox September 2015

Birchbox September 2015

Beauty subscriptions are everywhere these days and Birchbox is one of the biggest players in America. I don’t know how I didn’t know that they now operate in the UK. I stumbled across their website and noticed they were doing an offer,September for 50% off a box, to celebrate their 5th US birthday.

I used to be a subscriber to GlossyBox, one of the first major UK beauty subscriptions and I really enjoyed receiving my boxes every month, it’s like Christmas! I stopped my subscription at Uni when I realised I was drowning in products. Subscription services are a gamble, one month you could get a load of products that just aren’t for you, but the following month you could adore everything, it really is down to personal preferences. But because of the Birchbox offer, I really couldn’t resist.

It arrived just a few days after I ordered which was very impressive. This box is specially designed for their birthday and I believe the design of the box often changes. They are very cute and a good size to use later as storage if you choose.

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The products come in a little draw string bag which I thought was a really nice touch.


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Here are my thoughts and feelings on the products I received this month.wpid-wp-1443174733189.jpeg

Birchbox Birchbrush

This small hairbrush is basically their version of a Tangle Teezer. These briushes are supposed to be more gentle on your hair. In my eyes, my Tangle Teezer can never be replaced, but I think I will throw this in my gym bag. It’s a nice little addition.

Beauty Protector Beauty Wash Body Cleanser

This smells lovely and it’s always handy to have mini body washes for travel. I am terrible at describing scents, it’s not overly floral, or overly sweet, it’s just a perfect feminine scent without being overly girly. The full size is £8.00 which I think is a little steep for a body wash, so I will enjoy the mini size but won’t be purchasing the full size.

 Laqa&Co Lip Pencil in Humble Brag

This was a really cute, good sized, lip pencil, similar to the Revlon Balm Stains or the Clinique Chubby Sticks. It was a little drying but that helped with the staying power. It lasted a good few hours and held up ok when I was eating and drinking which was impressive. This colour is a very bright pink which clashes a tad with my ginger hair, but when I decide to go back to brunette, I will definitely be using this.

Benefit the Professional: License to Blot 

I have only tried this once so far, but I did actually notice a difference in my shininess. I wear powder foundation and I do tend to get oily in my tzone and this did make a difference. I applied this after I cleansed and moisturised on my forehead and down my nose. It was very smooth and left a nice base for my powder foundation. I shall keep testing this over the month to see if I notice a dramatic difference.

John Masters Organics Citrus & Neroli Detangler 

I applied this detangler onto wet hair and ran my fingers through my hair to distribute it and get rid any knots in my hair. My hair isn’t overly tangley so it’s difficult to tell if this really works… The smells though is really lovely and stayed in my hair over night and until the next day, always a bonus!

Laura Mercier Face Polish 

I do love a good exfoliator, it’s important to exfoliate your skin to get rid of all the dead skin cells (ew). I tend to exfoliate once a week because I have sensitive skin. This face polish has a great consistency because it’s very grainy and you can really feel it working. The scent is pretty neutral which I like too. A little bit goes a long way so I’m hoping the mini sample size will last me a while. This was also great timing as I recently ran out of my Origins exfoliator.

Overall, I am really happy with the products I received. For £6.47, I got a lot of products that I will definitely use.  I am doing lots of travelling in October so they will definitely come in handy. I’ve seen a little preview of the October boxes which you have the option to choose between 2 boxes; one is designed by my favourite magazine Stylist and the other is by Birchbox. Click here to see a preview of what’s to come in October! I can’t wait to try some new products next month.