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Beauty Review – Burt’s Bees Box

It’s a beautiful sunny day today and I have already been to the gym, done two loads of washing and am in a very productive mood. This doesn’t strike me too often so I am making the most of it and blitzing the house!

Today’s post is all about this fab little box Ian bought me. I have a huge drawer full of skincare and beauty products so it has taken me a little while to get around to unpacking and testing these out. I always think of Burt’s Bees as being a very ‘natural’ brand and have previously used (and loved!) their cuticle cream and lip balms. This box had a little bit of everything in it…

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This Coconut Foot Cream is a little love/hate. The texture is very greasy, more like an ointment than a cream, akin to the Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream. Although I’m not too sure about the texture, I cannot deny that it smells amazing and it really does work! I tend to apply liberally then pop on a pair of socks until it has all been absorbed and it has left my feet feeling so smooth that I think I can get used to the formulation.

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I also got a Peach and Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub. I’ve started to move away from really harsh scrubs on my face so I think I will use this as a body scrub instead. It doesn’t contain any plastic microbeads and again smells wonderful.

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I have almost used up this Intense Hydration Day Lotion. It smells glorious but, for me, is too thick and heavy to use as a day cream. I have been applying a generous layer of this at night and have been really impressed with it. It has a nice pump applicator but doesn’t absorb too quickly which is why I think it is better suited as a night cream.

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I am usually loyal to body butters from The Body Shop but this Honey and Shea one smells delicious and feels really thick and moisturising.

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Onto the lip products now which came in a very pretty tin…

This lip crayon in the shade Hawaiian Smoulder is really nicely pigmented and also feels very moisturising on the lips. This is a perfect everyday shade for me.

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I also got a Lip Shimmer in the shade/ flavour Guava. Although it smells lovely, this pale pink frosted effect just isn’t for me so I think I will pass this on.

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I already love the Burt’s Bees lip balms and this Wild Cherry one smells delicious.

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I also got a tinted lip balm which gives a really natural sweep of colour. I got the shade Hibiscus but to be honest, it leaves exactly the same colour as a different shade I have.

Finally, I received a tube of Lip Shine in the shade Spontaneity. I didn’t think I would like this and sadly I was right. Again, it smells lovely but I just really dislike the sticky, shiny lip gloss look so I will be passing this on to someone else.

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I think this is a great selections of products from the brand with some things I already loved plus the chance to discover a few new things. Are there any other Burt’s Bees items you would recommend? x

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Sunday Summary #25

Life

Hello and happy grey and drizzly Sunday! After a lovely warm week, it is business as usual here. We’ve had a very chilled but productive weekend. I tackled loads of little jobs I have been putting off such as booking our hotel for Boston, arranging a quote for new carpets and buying some more plants.

The Euros started this week and, apart from the usual minority of English fans making me absolutely ashamed to be in the competition, I’m excited! We watched the first England match last night at my brother’s and he made the most delicious lasagne to enjoy with it.

After a few rather indulgent weeks, Ian and I are on a bit of a health kick which means I’ve upped my weekly gym visits, cut out the crap food and I have to say I feel really good for it.

I’ve been loving Snapchat lately and really enjoy checking the daily filters and watching other people’s updates. I even filmed a mini recipe for my overnight oats on there. I am ‘hannahruthduffy’ if you want to add me!

Finally, I have my Mum, Dad, brother and best friend’s birthdays in the next month and have been hit with really good present inspiration so had a mini online flurry of present-buying last night – it felt good!

Food

As you can see, it’s been rather healthy this week. I’ve made us overnight oats for breakfast everyday this week and forgot just how tasty they can be. I try to vary the toppings, fruit and milk I use but my current favourite recipe is: oats, almond milk, chia seeds, frozen mango, almond butter, flax seeds, fresh pomegranate seeds and some almonds…yum!

My new favourite discovery is cauliflower steaks. Slightly charred in the pan then covered in a lemon and garlic drizzle it’s *almost* as good as the real thing.

Another tasty snack is brown rice cakes with almond butter slathered on top – anything to stop me reaching for the biscuit tin.

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It wasn’t all healthy though…these mini croissants (one chocolate, one almond, one apricot) are my favourite way to start the weekend.

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Beauty

My nails were looking a bit worse for wear when I removed my nail varnish this week so I have had a week of bare nails (hence why there was no ‘Mani Monday’ post last week) and have been rubbing on this cuticle cream by Burt’s Bees every night – it’s lovely stuff.

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My skin has been so dry this week so I have used my favourite face mask a couple of times. I love that it doesn’t harden or make your face tight – most of it is absorbed by the skin so you just have to cleanse any remnants away and my skin feels so plump afterwards.

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On the subject of face masks, I ordered some Tony Moly sheet masks and tried my first one this morning. First impressions were good and I’ll write a blog post about them soon – they do, however look terrifying on!

In an attempt to keep my blonde hair cool-toned and avoid any brassiness, I bought this purple shampoo set. I used them yesterday and do feel the shampoo made a difference.

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Fashion

I popped into Matalan for a replacement pair of leggings on Friday and came away with a rather full bag! Not somewhere I shop often, they had some great patterned trousers and the most perfectly fitting floaty cami tops that I bought in four different colours!

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