New Purchases Show & Tell – April 2018

New Purchases Show & Tell April 2018

New post: New Purchases Show & Tell April 2018. Wait a minute, April? Yes, judge me, I struggled keeping to time with my blog posts recently, I’d judge me too. Ever since mid-April hit, I’ve been counting down to a BIG holiday. All of my focus (and money) was spent on preparing for said BIG holiday, so much so that I fell behind on many blog posts (and here’s the start of the backlog).

I need to get this over and done with, so if you haven’t caught up with my New Purchases Show & Tell April 2018 video (it’s below for you to watch) then here it is in written form. Let’s just dive straight in…

New Purchases Show & Tell April 2018 video

At least my new purchases are year-round purchases, and are not SPECIFIC to April…

IT Luggage 4 wheel suitcase – 22 seconds in
I described this in my video as “probably the coolest suitcase, ever”. An overstatement? Maybe, but I’m seriously impressed with it. The thought has never occurred to me that the weight of my suitcase eats into my weight allowance. What makes this suitcase so cool is that it weighs NOTHING. (Okay obviously it weighs something…) But, I can actually lift this with one finger it’s so light. ONE FINGER!

TOMS Lexie Sandals – 1:01 minutes in
For my big holiday, I wanted to get some shoes that were comfortable in hot weather and practical for a lot of walking/standing. (A bit of a clue of where I might be going, but not much of one to be honest.) Toms are super comfy anyway so I’ve invested in some of their flat Lexie sandals. I’ll let you know how I get on with them…

New purchases: Toms Lexie Sandals

ASOS Mono Spot Bikini – 1:37 minutes in
Are you surprised to see a bikini in my new purchases when I’m about to embark on a BIG holiday? You shouldn’t be. Inthefrow is to blame, if anyone is. I loved the print of this cheap bikini in her recent swimwear haul and had to have a slice of the action myself. (That sounds weird, I meant I just really liked the bikini, so I bought it.)

Clinque Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm – 2:32 minutes in
Just a quick break from holiday purchases, for a moment. I was trying out a new cleanser that was breaking me out BIG TIME. So I was on the look out for another and bought Clinque’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm in the sale at World Duty Free (as I work near to a store). If your skin breaks out with harsh cleansers and prefers something more gentle, you should *honestly* give this a try.

New purchases show & Tell April 2018

Caudalie Tinted Moisturiser – 2:58 minutes in
This was a Birchbox discovery from long ago (cringes at the video) and become my favourite ever tinted moisturiser. Again, I’d been testing out a few overs, but I’ve gone straight back to this little beauty. It gives a good coverage for just a tinted moisturiser, which is kind of matte with the slightest glow (seriously just the slightest, though). Perfect for summer.

GoPro Shorty Mini Extension – 3:16 minutes in
VERY last minute purchase (along with the next) before my flight, but the panic of knowing if I had all the GoPro accessories I might need was real. (As I’m a GoPro owner now guys, since Christmas.) This little gadget was expensive (it’s GoPro branded) but I liked how I get two products in one – an extension pole and mini tripod.

GoPro Chest Mount Harness + Head Mount Strap – 3:49 minutes in
I couldn’t afford anymore GoPro branded accessories, so I bought a chest mount harness and head mount strap in one, with a lesser known brand. There were plenty of good reviews on Amazon, and having used non-GoPro branded accessories before, I’m sure this will do just fine.

New purchases show & Tell April 2018

Next month…

Next month, which is now at the time of posting, may have some holiday overspill (just to warn you now). But I would have already travelled to and returned from my BIG holiday when it comes to the time of posting it, which is a depressing thought. So there’s a chance a few holiday buys might make the list too.

Of course summer is ahead (or supposed to be) and I need to get a move on and actually make some preparations to tick off my ‘host a BBQ’ goal in my 30 before 30 list

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Birchbox UK – April 2018

April is the first full month of spring and conjures up images of blooming flowers with clear blue skies. But at least we have a heat wave of sorts on the horizon (BBQ anyone?). Oh look, I’ve started a Birchbox post describing the weather again. (Sadly last month it was the beast from the east that introduced my post!)

My point is… Birchbox UK April 2018 have all the springtime feels wrapped up in its box this month. With a totally appropriate brand as the bow on top, too.

Unboxing: Birchbox UK April 2018

Officially, this month’s theme is ‘Brighten Up Your Day’. But the bigger deal is that Birchbox UK have collaborated with Cath Kidston to celebrate their 25th birthday! Spring time, flowers and blue skies? Cath Kidston’s prints are ALL about that. It’s no wonder the brand were born in this month.

Samples

In their promises to deliver ‘a little sunshine to your month’, Birchbox UK April 2018 have delivered us 5 unique beauty treats…

  • Cath Kidston Hand Cream
    Well I wasn’t expecting this! Although I’m fully aware of Cath Kidston, I’m not a regular customer to their brand (no diss, that’s just the way it is) so I had no idea they made hand cream! This smells lovely, with a fragrance of with jasmine and orange flower, which is a Birchbox exclusive too.
  • ModelCo Baked Highlighter
    Now this sample I was expecting, as Birchbox subscribers were given the choice of two colours before receiving the box. I went for Moonshine, which gives a subtle rose pink glow.
  • Lumene Overnight Bright Sleeping Cream
    Since receiving the Thermaliv Night Cream in January’s box, I’ve grown accustomed to night creams. This sounds just as dreamy too with Cloudberry seed extract, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. (Hmm I feel sleepy all ready…)
  • Hask Coconut Oil Deep Conditioner
    Just what my hair needs right now; a ultra-restorative, revitalising, re-hydrating deep conditioner! (My weekend pamper session is sorted.)
  • Beautaniq Beauty Fill + Tame Brow Gel (FULL SIZE!)
    And to top it off… a full-size product worth £8.60, just short of the total price of my box. What’s great about these brow gels is that they keet your brows neat and tidy, whilst the colour adds structure to your face too.

Birchbox UK April 2018 samples

Added little extra: As is the usual protocol when Birchbox collaborate with brands, we’ve been treated to 15% discount at Cath Kidston! In-store and online, with plenty of time to peruse any treats. (until 31st May).

Box round up

Birchbox UK April 2018 has continued to add a little sunshine to our month… but I knew last month’s box was going to be hard to beat. (Still the best box this year so far, IMHO.) I think they’ve really delivered on the brand collaboration front though, and there’s the right balance between beauty, hair and skincare.

SPOILER FOR NEXT MONTH: Our May sneak peak printed on the back of the accompanying leaflet see’s the return of New York brand Doucce. We received their punk mascara (way back in May 2017), which delivered on lashes with VOLUME. This time we’ll be given a choice of two different coloured lip stains. Let’s hope they can deliver on lip colour too…

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New Purchases Show & Tell – March 2018

New Purchases Show & Tell March 2018 Emma Rose Daniels

March has been a whirlwind month, right?! The Beast from the East introduced the month and sadly the weather hasn’t warmed up since. I also had my car’s MOT (groan) and I’ve been working overtime (which meant scoffing my face with Easter chocolate had to be delayed). But, spending on a few little rewards makes these gripes of mine a little more bearable.

My New Purchases Show & Tell March 2018 is still a bit random, much like last month’s. Since I’ve been doing this series for over a year now too, I can’t help but reflect back on what I was buying this time a year ago. Remarkably, there’s one big similarity which I shall divulge in a moment…

New Purchases Show & Tell March 2018 video

No worries if you can’t watch my video right now, I also give a quick little paragraph on each of my New Purchases below:

Bioderma Hydrabio serum – 26 seconds in
Surprisingly, my go-to serum has never made it into my New Purchases Show & Tell list (neither has my moisturiser, but more on that in a moment). If you have dry and dehydrated skin, like me, I’d recommend giving this a go. It’s the best serum I’ve tried so far for my skin type, and I haven’t stopped repurchasing it since. (Throwback: I first gave this a go after receiving it in my Birchbox UK September 2016!)

Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse Enriche – 1:30 minutes in
There’s a few daily moisturisers I’ve had that have helped my dry skin (this sounds like a blog post I should write), but recently I’ve become attached to Nuxe’s Crème Prodigieuse Enriche. This was another discovery via Birchbox and has stayed with me ever since. (BOTH of these items layer well too.)

New Purchases Show & Tell March 2018 skincare

Acuvue 1-day Moist Contact Lenses – 2:30 minutes in
I’m still *sort of* new to contact lenses. Having tried them for the first time in the last few years and having only tried one brand/type of them, it was time for a check up. As expected, my prescription had changed slightly but when I mentioned that my eyes can get dry wearing the brand of contacts I had the optician suggested I’d try Acuvue’s 1 Day Moist lenses. So far, so good – and they also block UV!

Tickets to The Rolling Stones! – 3:57 minutes in
At this time last year, I’d bought tickets to see the Gorillaz at Dreamland Margate, which turned out to be one of my favourite gigs of the year! This year, I’ve bought tickets to see The Rolling Stones in Stratford and I can’t blooming wait. Yes I know they’re quite old now, but until I have a time machine to transport myself back to any of their concert in the 60s or 70s, I’m quite content seeing them as they are. Thank you.

Acuvue 1 day moist contact lens

Next month…

As I mentioned in the video, I’ve felt my last few New Purchases Show & Tell’s haven’t been as exciting and interesting as they used to be. I hope you’ve still enjoyed watching/reading them all the same, but next month will mark a return of varied purchases that are not boring I promise you! This is mostly because I have a BIG holiday in May that I’m preparing for – more details will come soon.

I do hope this series hasn’t gone sour or has bored you, though. I’m not a ‘monthly favourites’ type girl and enjoy the currentness (is that a word?) of my New Purchases Show & Tell series. So for now, I will soldier on and I can’t wait to show you the things I’ve already been buying in April!

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Taking to the skies with Polar Helicopters

Polar Helicopters Flying Lessons

With all this talk about turning 30, I’ve forgotten to mention and write about the big 30th birthday present I bought for David. For such a big milestone (although that makes it sound scary), I wanted to get a present that was a kind of a big deal.

When I had the eureka moment – a helicopter lesson! – the deal was pretty much sealed. I shopped around before settling on Polar Helicopters (who are also local to us!). So I thought I’d share with you our experience, as guys can be pretty tough to buy presents for, especially special, milestone, hey-you’re-30! type of presents. Here’s some pictures from the day, with a few good-to-knows before you or a loved one take to the skies too!

My first helicopter ride as a passenger
Preparing for take off

Before taking flight

I did a lot of sneaking around before David’s birthday (like compiling his life photos) and soon I discovered that I needed his exact height (easy enough) and weight (not so easy…) too. At 6ft 4, he can make a number of things look small – myself included! – and combined with his weight (which I can’t recall now) a 2 seated helicopter began to sound a rather tight fit.

Having a maximum height and weight for a helicopter scarily brings things into prospective doesn’t it? The only mode of air transport I’ve travelled with is of course a passenger airline carrier. I might fret about how much I can squash and squeeze into my hand luggage, but I’ve never stopped to think about why there is a weight limit.

A 4 person helicopter it had to be… but this also had its perks.

Polar helicopters flying lesson

Learning to Fly

A 20 minute flight lesson in a 4 seated helicopter (a Robinson R44) set me back £195 at the time. A bigger helicopter did mean a bigger price, but on the plus side I was allowed to jump in the passengers seat and go along for the ride too!

As this was David’s first ever helicopter lesson, the co-pilot performed take off and landing, but handed over the controls for basic manoeuvring. Despite helicopter controls being extremely sensitive, David seemed to pick these up quickly and soon even making some turns. (Imagine that, flying a helicopter for real! I don’t bat an eyelid when making a 3-point turn in my car…)

Helicopter passenger window view

Passing with flying colours

I didn’t realise this little gift voucher for a 20 minute flight would count towards the 45 hours of lessons you must take to become a pilot too. Polar Helicopters kindly provided a certificate and the time he spent flying in a logbook, if David should decided to continue lessons (for which we’d need to win the lottery first).

The experience was just as thrilling from the passenger’s seat too. I had a great flight with Polar Helicopters, the patchwork of the Kent countryside and coastline beneath me provided some stunning views, which I enjoyed all the more from not driving!

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My (rather practical) 30 before 30 list

30 before 30 list ideas

Well well well… it’s a weird thing turning 30 isn’t it? Not that I’ve turned 30 yet. It’s weird because I’m often told how young I look, to then see shocked faces when I reveal my age. And if we’re talking about what age I feel? I still don’t feel a day over 22. (No, not like that Taylor Swift song…)

But regardless of feeling my age or not, I turned 29 in January and decided sometime before it to set out a 30 before 30 list. Yes, it might be late, but I’m glad I’ve left it until now. I’ve watched/read other 30 before 30 lists to get me inspired and I’ve realised if I wrote it any earlier then I might have put down some unachieveable goals.

I’m talking about goals like; getting married, being successful in my career and starting a family, which are all great goals, don’t get me wrong. But I’ve never wanted to put an age on those type of goals, and I’m glad I didn’t. (Although I did tick off traveling, which would have definitely been on there…)

So my list might be a little different from the typically aspirational list. Instead, my 30 before 30 is more like a 30 things to do before 30. It’s more focused on practical goals and things I can do (and afford), which is critical as I only have just under a year to complete it…

30 before 30 list UK

My 30 before 30 list

  1. Go to a new country.
  2. Run 10km in under 1 hour.
  3. Learn new recipes (try 1 new recipe a week).
  4. Go on a boat tour of Canterbury.
  5. Learn how to make sushi.
  6. Make a new friend.
  7. Get better at French (and look into getting a qualification?).
  8. Read 30 books.
  9. See a London Theatre show.
  10. Hike a local area.
  11. Drive abroad again, at least once.
  12. Cycle to Margate (& back).
  13. Visit and explore Ramsgate Tunnels.
  14. Visit the Shell Grotto in Margate too.
  15. Go on a spa day.
  16. Go glamping.
  17. Eat at a fancy restaurant I’ve never been to.
  18. Visit London Zoo.
  19. Get another tattoo?
  20. Attend a secret cinema event or movie drive-in.
  21. Go meat-free for a week.
  22. Spend a weekend in Brighton.
  23. Treat myself to 1 beauty product a month.
  24. Meet my uni friend’s daughter.
  25. Plan my own 30th birthday party.
  26. Write a reflective blog post on my 20’s.
  27. Host a BBQ/party at our house.
  28.  ? ? ?
  29.  ? ? ?
  30.  ? ? ?

30 before 30 uk

Finishing my list

Clearly I haven’t finished my list yet. (Maybe one of my 30 things to do before 30 should be to actually finish my 30 before 30 list!) The real reason I’ve left 3 spaces is because I couldn’t think of any more. Although, there’s another benefit too.

As I begin to tick off my 30 before 30 list I’m bound to think of other things I wish I’d added to the list. So these last three points are reserved for any last-minute bursts of inspiration. (But I’m open to any suggestions too.)

And so it’s starting to feel real now. Filming my video (where I’ve added more detail on why I’ve picked my choices) and publishing this post; now it’s the time that I need to make a start on ticking these goals off! Wish me luck, I will be reporting back (in the form of vlogs and blogs).

Don’t be a stranger; if you’ve written or completed a 30 before 30 list don’t leave before leaving some of your ideas, thoughts and advice below!

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