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Sunday Summary #51


It has been a pretty quiet week for me but I am in full Christmas mode now and am counting down until the end of term (5 more get-ups!)

We watched Home Alone 2 through the week which is making me want to visit New York in December next year to see all the beautiful window displays. We have also been watching Billions this week – such good dialogue and actors in it.


I also spent yesterday putting up the final Christmas decorations so the house is looking so festive and cosy.


I made mince-pie pastries which I will try and write the (very simple!) recipe for this week.


We went out for a roast dinner today at a nearby pub for my brother’s girlfriend’s birthday. I had rare roast beef which was delicious!


I bought a little blast from the past this week – Fry’s Turkish Delight…as good as I remembered.



I have tried to avoid buying anything in the run-up to Christmas but I am obsessing with pleated midi skirts at the moment, especially slightly metallic ones.


I have been enjoying my L’Occitane en Provence advent calendar each morning.

With the constant cold weather and central heating, I have pulled out the big guns with a new body butter from The Body Shop. This is the green olive scent and is so rich and moisturising.


Finally, a duo from Eyeko that I have been loving. The FAT liquid eyeliner is a great product, and you can create either a thick or thin line with the felt tip-style applicator.


The Black Magic mascara is also really good. It has a curved brush which helps to curl my eyelashes slightly.


Beauty Review – May Birchbox

Yeah, slightly late with this one but hey!

May’s Birchbox was named ‘For the Dreamers’ and was all about your dream be it a holiday or the perfect nude lip colour.


You may notice the box is silver coated. It actually has that scratchcard stuff on it, allowing you to scratch the surface away to see if you’ve won a holiday. I’m sorry Birchbox but this is a horrible idea! I spend way too much time on my nails to scratch that stuff off and who wants bits of silver all over the floor?!

Anyway, awful box aside, inside was the usual assortment of beauty treats.


First up, Spectrum Collections Unicorn Tears Wonder Sponge…yeah, it’s a Beauty Blender! I really like Spectrum brushes and this make-up sponge is nice too. It’s a little tougher and more rigid than a Beauty Blender but I am a fan of applying my foundation with these sponges so this is a good back-up for when my current one has had it. I also like the little plastic pouch it comes in.


Next, a tube of PK Prep Polishing Balm by Philip Kingsley. I LOVE their Elasticizer so am keen to try this hair product designed to smooth frizz. It doesn’t seem formulated for curly hair which is a bit annoying but I do wear my hair straight sometimes so will give this a go.


I also received a pot of Puriskin’s Resurfacing Cream. It sounds quite a harsh product but is actually a very thick and nourishing moisturiser.

In my opinion you can’t go wrong with adding a black mascara to a beauty box and this tube from Eyeko looks interesting. Firstly it isn’t in traditional packaging and the wand is heavily curved. This is meant to give you perfectly curled lashes and I have to say it is quite effective. I’ve just had my lashes lifted though so any mascara gives this effect but I would repurchase this.


Next, some Ole Henriksen face wipes. I know some beauty bloggers think these are the devil’s work but on occasion, we all reach for a face wipe. For me, it’s either when I’m travelling or I’ve had a bit too much to drink and the thought of double cleansing seems too much! I’ve heard good things about this brand so will pop these in my make-up bag.


The final item should have been a Givenchy perfume sample but sadly mine was missing in the box! However, I have found Birchbox to have great customer service so I’m awaiting my replacement.

Overall, a pretty average box this month with my favourite item definitely being the mascara.