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Beauty Review – January Birchbox

Hello and happy Saturday. I have had a relaxed yet productive weekend so far (the best type in my opinion) and am now sat with a bowl of sweet and salty popcorn, candles are lit and we have lined up a film to watch later on.

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My first Birchbox of the year arrived this week full of products meant to get 2017 off to a great start. I like the design on the box and was keen to see what was inside.

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The first item was a Nails Inc polish in a pretty pale pastel blue. Now, I love Nails Inc as a brand and would normally be chuffed to receive something for my nails but I already have this exact colour! I have seen on social media that there were a range of colours included so I obviously was a bit unlucky with the one I received.

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Next was a handcream from French brand Merci Handy. I received the scent Flower Power and it is a sweet-smelling, rich cream that I will use to try and counteract this harsh weather.

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An interesting product next from Lord and Berry. I own a couple of lip items from this brand and at first thought this was another nude shade. However, I received their Conceal-It Crayon in the shade Beige. It is a pencil concealer which, at first, I really wasn’t sure of. I thought it would be too dry to blend well and almost made my mind up not to like it. After testing it out, I was impressed to see it was a great colour match for me and was actually quite creamy when applied and blended with my fingertips. I have put it with my current foundation to test out a bit more next week but I actually quite like this.

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A brand I have been wanting to try out for a while now – Yes To. I got the Yes to Carrots Moisturising Eye Cream and I was really impressed that this was a full-sized product. This is a nourishing eye cream that I have swatched and am looking forward to using. I was just coming to the end of my Benefit eye cream so this was perfect timing.

Finally, I received a good-sized sample of Monu’s Rosewood Reviving Mist. I love rose-scents and I enjoy a good facial spritz so this was a good inclusion for me. It is refreshing and smells great but I probably wouldn’t spend the £20 to repurchase it.

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Overall, this was actually quite a good box but I can’t help but feel a bit ‘over’ beauty boxes. I have so many samples now, I struggle to use them all and I just don’t get as excited anymore when my Birchbox arrives. Saying that, I think I would miss it if I cancelled my subscription as it pushes you out of your make-up comfort zone and almost forces you to try products you might not try but end up loving.

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Sunday Summary #7

Life

Hello and Happy Valentine’s Day! Ian is working today but we did treat ourselves to an M&S meal deal to enjoy later on…that’s about as romantic as it gets around here!

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I am now on half term (yay!) and am a woman on a mission…we still have boxes that we never unpacked when we moved almost 4 years ago – shameful I know – so this week I am determined to either throw away, send to a charity shop or find a proper place for all manner of items.

This week we started watching the new X-Files and it was pretty good. I used to love the old series, although I was also really scared after certain episodes, so I’m hoping this new version is as good.

I am still enjoying Vince and Joy but am also looking for some titles to buy on my Kindle for our holiday next month. I can read a book a day when lying on a beach so am making a to-read list to buy before we go.

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I have been listening to Me First and The Gimme Gimmes a lot this week. They are formed from various punk band members and do the most amazing punk covers…my current favourite is their version of ‘Mandy’ by Barry Manilow.

The Serial podcasts have also been good this week as they update the Adnan Syed case from his latest hearing.

Finally, a little craft project for this week…Ian constructed this wooden stag’s head which I am hoping to spray copper – watch this space!

Food

One of my favourite days of the year this week: Pancake Day! I opted for various sweet toppings but I think my favourite was good old Golden Syrup.

After Pancake Day, I decided to have a go at giving up chocolate. I really haven’t missed it this week but we shall see whether I last the 40 days.

I did make a lovely beef stir-fry this week and a deliciously comforting cottage pie which is so big, I can see it lasting us for days!

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I also devoured this popcorn – not as good as Joe and Seph’s but tasty nonetheless.

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Beauty

I went for a bum, tum and thigh detox this week which was one of the most forceful massages I have ever had! Luckily, I booked a facial for straight afterwards too so I did leave feeling quite relaxed. Even though the actual massage wasn’t the most calming thing, the skin on my thighs definitely feels smoother and softer and since I am running a lot, I found it great for sorting out my aching muscles.

I had another dentist appointment this week about getting braces on my bottom teeth. All that’s left is some x-rays tomorrow then I have to make my mind up whether to go for them or not.

I tried another Clinique nail varnish this week – a muted nude-grey shade – and it lasted for almost a whole week.

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This Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash from Weleda smells amazing and is a lovely, rich, creamy formula. I’m not that fussy about shower gels but this is a good’un.

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Fashion

Since we started going to the gym several times a week, I realised just how much extra laundry this creates. The solution? Buy lots of cool and colourful sportswear! I got these jazzy Puma running trousers this week and they are a really good fit and decent quality.

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