Birchbox UK – June 2018

Birchbox UK June 2018 unboxing

Last month we went through ALL of the emotions and come-downs of the Royal Wedding (can we do it all again please, Megan and Harry?). So already Birchbox UK June 2018 has a lot to contend with. What a clever move Birchbox has made then to carry on the British celebrations into this month as well.

But there’s another good reason to celebrate, as Birchbox is turning the ripe age of 5 years old this month too. Plus I have a lot going on in June (mostly me trying to post out a video every day over on my channel.) So there’s plenty going on to bide us time until the next royal wedding (which won’t be for a few decades yet, but, ya know).

Birchbox UK June 2018 video

So to celebrate my Every Day June bonanza and to save time on video editing, I decided to go LIVE on YouTube this month by unboxing my Birchbox UK June 2018 limited edition tin box! (This was also my first ever live YouTube video, eep.)

The tin box is definitely a first. Since I become a subscriber way back in 2014 (4 years ago – eek!), I’ve never received a tin box Birchbox. So this combined with a British tea party theme is just splendid. (I’m still on a high after the Royal Wedding and I’m all for Britishness at the moment.)

Samples

A 5th anniversary is a big milestone, so do the samples we received reflect that and a British tea party theme? Find out below…

  • Ella Eden Compact Eyeshaow (FULL SIZE!)
    As ever, I’ll start with the product I knew I was receiving. Last month I had the choice between two colours of a full-size Ella Eden eyeshadow; a brown named Faith, or a muted pink called Julia. I opted for Julia, but as you can probably see, I’ve had a bit of an accident since filming my live! Sadly I dropped it on the floor, resulting in smashing it to pieces, although I did save some of this sparkly pink for the swatch below…Ella Eden Compact Eyeshaow in Julia
  • Benefit POREfessional Pearl Primer
    It wouldn’t be a Birchbox celebration without a Benefit sample now would it! I’ve said before how Benefit and Birchbox have a good partnership going, so I’m pleased to see this in my box. I’ve not tried the hyped up original POREfessional, so I can’t compare but I’m all about the added radiance.
  • Whittard of Chelsea Teabags
    So this is where the tea party theme comes in! I received three selections to try; Earl Grey (a quintessential favourite everyone knows and loves), a remedial Lemon & Ginger, and a fruity Mango & Bergamot too.
  • Number 4 Jour d’automne Smoothing Balm
    This brand has cropped up a couple of times in my Birchbox over the years and I’ve usually been pleased with their products, so Number 4 isn’t an unwanted face (to this tea party haha). I can tell you that it smells absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to try this properly with damp hair. (It’s a heat protectant too!)Birchbox UK June 2018
  • Polaar Velvety Sun Fluid Face & Body
    I’m pleased to see a SPF in here! I’m quite pasty, so I take sun care seriously (I have to, otherwise I burn). With my skin being sensitive as well I find it helps to sometimes spending a little bit more on sunscreen, as it means I won’t break out (on my face) and irritate my skin.
  • Lord & Berry Strobing Highlighter Pencil
    An interesting product, that still has me pondering why this wasn’t made as a stick, instead of a pencil? It will help with highlighting the areas around my eyes though.

Box Round Up

The tin box was definitely a treat! I do agree that some of the samples seem a bit laid back for a celebration though, but they’re all quite useful to me, albeit in a low-key way. If only I hadn’t dropped the full-size eyeshadow, which was more than the total of my box, I’d have been more happy with Birchbox UK June 2018.

Another full-size product is on the horizon too (as in next month’s box). As Birchbox subscribers, we’ll be given a choice out of two long wear powders (in blush-like colours) from Manna Kadar, another returning brand. I wonder what we’ll be celebrating then…

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New Purchases Show & Tell – May 2018

New Purchases Show & Tell May 2018

Since vowing to post a video every day in June, my spare time has diminished. Hence the reason I’m late in posting this; an excuse, but a valid one. (I’ve really got to stop starting my blog posts this way.)

There are some holiday leftovers in my New Purchases Show & Tell May 2018. I mean, as I was out of the country for nearly half the month, there’s bound to be. But I’m saving all the purchases I bought while on holiday in a separate post and video. (I went to America and I went to SEPHORA! So this deserves its own post right?)

New Purchases Show & Tell May 2018 video

So here’s what I’ve been buying either side of my holiday…

Ultrasun Tan Activator Body 30SPF + Ultrasun Face 50+SPF – 24 seconds in
I was sold on Ultrasun after listening to Emma Gun’s podcast with the UK CEO. The level of protection, no greasiness and still catching a bit of a tan ALL attracted me to this product. The result; I was definitely protected, there was no grease in sight, although I’m not sure about the tanning bit… I wasn’t exactly sunbathing every day, but I didn’t tan much either (but then I rarely do).

ASOS Petite V-Neck Swing T-Shirt – 1:44 minutes in
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect, white simple t-shirt, which is slightly loose-fitted with a V-neck for a while. (I know, not TOO much to ask for.) Every option I ordered came and was sent back, mostly down to the material being too transparent. To be honest, this ASOS option isn’t the best (it’s still a bit see-through), but it’ll do.

New purchases Show & Tell May 2018

ASOS Petite high waisted denim skirt – 2:32 minutes in
I’m really into denim skirts at the moment. I often wear another denim skirt I got from ASOS too, so when this popped up under What’s New it spurred on an ASOS order! It’s a little different to the other denim skirt I own. With pockets in the front and back, it has a front fastening and is a lighter denim in colour. As predicted, I’ve been wearing almost non-stop since ordering it.

Missguided Petite Polka Dot Playsuit – 2:53 minutes in
I think Missguided are getting their mojo back… I’ve not really felt drawn to their clothes for a while (they were too Kardashian for me, personally). But now it seems they’re back onto cute playsuits (like this one!) and other summery prints.

ASOS Toucan Wedge Sandals – 3:39 minutes in
Writing this post has made me realise I’ve gone and bought a whole outfit at ASOS. Haha! I did need some new shoes though, because I always get distracted by pretty dresses and playsuits (see above). So it’s time to focus on the day-to-day basics, and, more importantly, SHOES. These are perfect – a platform heel, which is flat and comfortable to wear. I have no idea what the link is to the tropical bird though (anyone know?).

New purchases Show & Tell May 2018

A Passage to India by E.M. Forster – 4:30 minutes in
After getting a few books read and added to my Reading Challenge whilst away in Florida, I needed a new read. I know that this is considered a classic and it’s set in an exotic country I’d love to visit one day, which are two good reasons why I’ve downloaded A Passage to India. Plus it isn’t too expensive on the Kindle store generally. Bonus!

Next month…

Florida is over and we don’t have another holiday planned for the rest of the year (yet). Although we do have the Great British Summer to look forward to. (If and when it appears.) It’ll be our first summer in our new house since moving in, so hosting a BBQ is in our sights. (Although first we’ll need to BUY an actual BBQ.)

And if ASOS keep coming up with the good stuff (as they have been in my recent ‘What’s New’ checks), then there could well be another ASOS order on its way to me… we’ll see.

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A Day in Le Touquet, France

Le Touquet Northern France

Since backpacking over 4 years ago, I don’t get to travel as much as I used to. While I could blame a mortgage and my full-time job tying me down, travel is one of the reasons I love my job. I get to talk about it, think about it and, sometimes, do it.

There’s been a few work trips I’ve skipped the opportunity to share on here, mostly because I wasn’t sure if I should let my work and blog mix. But some places, and some adventures, are too good not to share and Le Touquet is one of them.

Located in northern France, it wasn’t somewhere I had heard of before starting my job. (So it’s still quite a hidden gem, probably to people my age.) It was its full name that began to entice me; Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, Paris by the sea. (Paris by the sea?!) 😍

What to do in Le Touquet

My one and only time in Le Touquet isn’t going to be the ultimate guide to the town. (Hopefully I can build up to that over a few visits!) I had a pretty awesome day though and I wanted to share a few of things I did. (Despite it being late by a few months now!)

Bike tour around Le Touquet

Although it’s called Paris by the sea, it doesn’t compare in size to the capital and getting around is easy; especially on two wheels. And hey, bike tours are nothing to be sniffed at! There’s even a celebrity pull to going on a bike tour here as Emmanuel Macron done the same thing in the same town. (Possibly not when he was president, though…)

Emmanuel Macron is no stranger to Le Touquet either, his wife, Brigitte, in fact owns her own apartment here. (!)

What to see in Le Touquet

Much of Le Touquet was built in the 1920’s (from what I remember of the bike tour) and that jazz/golden age vibe still survives today, which means art deco architecture can be found everywhere.

The Westminster Hotel (Hôtel Barrière Le Westminster) is a marvel of the era and again attracted some notable guests. Including; Winston Churchill, Sean Connery, Ian Fleming, Edith Piaf and Mae West.

Hotel Westminster in Le Touquet

Hotel Westminster restaurant in Le Touquet

I lucked out in getting to stay here (it’s quite luxurious and I doubt my travel expenses would cover it) but staff were happy for us to have a little look around. If I were to come back to Le Touquet then pretending to be a guest by having a drink at the bar, or dinner in the restaurant, would definitely be on my list. (It feels very Great Gatsby!)

Although I didn’t get time on my day out, Le Touquet’s lighthouse is also said to be worth a trip. Not far from the hotel (oddly it’s not bang on the coast), the views from the top are supposed to be the best in town, reaching out to see the surrounding countryside on clear days too. And so, continuing on my imaginary return trip to Le Touquet, I’d also take a slower paced tour around the villas close to here. (As I cycled past them pretty quick on the bike tour!)

Surprisingly, some of the most expensive property in the country can be found in Le Touquet. Of course the south of France would have some eye watering contenders, but what makes these villas special is again their 1920’s flair, built and even named uniquely. It wasn’t until recently that some of these villas were given numbers. (Just imagine if you were the postie here!)

Villa in Le Touquet

Tata Ice Le Touquet

Where to eat in Le Touquet

Le Touquet is also a culinary hotspot in France – again, a fact not many Brits are aware of. It might be thanks to the many aspiring chefs who come to the town to study their expertise, which creates a larger than average group of chefs in the town’s population!

Sadly though I was only here for a day, and there’s only so much you can eat in one day. For a work lunch (or any lunch) however I can recommend BYS’ Restaurant/Bar. Located on the bay of Canche, the sun and tide were out providing stunning views, picture taking predictably ensued, before we settled into this warm and rustic restaurant.

Clearly loved by locals, we bagged one of the last remaining tables and sat down to study the menus (putting my French to the test!). Feeling very relaxing and particularly snug with an open fireplace, it still had a sophisticated ambiance. I ordered the steak frites, because, when in France… but there was also a great choice of seafood.

Steak and chips in France

All of this chat about Le Touquet and no mention of its beach? Sadly, again my excuse is that I cannot take photos the same time as cycling. We didn’t stop off for long but I can vouch for any opinion to those who praise its seafront. A long (7km) and wide sandy beach, it’s decorated with rainbow coloured beach huts that again create a vintage French elegance. (No wonder Le Touquet is so popular in the summer!)

à bientôt…

Just an hour’s drive from Calais, I am making it my goal to not let this be my only visit this year (plus there’s more things what to do in Le Touquet than I had time to fit in). It felt like the perfect day (for a day in March!) and I left Le Touquet with dreams of winning the lottery to buy one of its unique villas I cycled past just hours ago…

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Birchbox UK – May 2018

Birchbox UK May 2018 Unboxing

I always feel annoyed with myself if I haven’t posted many blog posts between my most recent Birchbox post (this) and my last (April’s). Mostly because it feels glaringly obvious I’ve not kept up with pushing out content, which is true for this month. However another reason is down to Birchbox UK May 2018 and I being in sync.

I know I can’t really be in sync with a cardboard box, but bear with me. With its theme (which I’ll get to in a bit) and how impressively well it’s matched me to the samples, we are both on the same wavelength. Let me explain…

Unboxing: Birchbox UK May 2018

Okay I can’t stifle the brag any longer… I spent 2 glorious weeks in the sunshine state of Florida and the theme ‘Palm Leaves and Warm Breeze’ sits very well with me indeed. (Now that the holiday is over it’s more reminding me what I’m missing…)

Samples

Clearly the theme isn’t reflecting on the climate of Florida (as I am), instead it’s in the hope that a warmer climate is just around the corner for our shores. And these 5 beauty samples are selected for us in anticipation for clearer skies and more BBQ’s!

  • Doucce Luscious Lip Stain in Amber Rose
    We were given a heads up that we’d be receiving this sample this month, thanks to Birchbox giving us a choice from two colours! I choose the dark and musky pink option and it looks just my bag. (Tip: don’t apply like a gloss, only a little is fine!)

Doucce Luscious Lip Stain

  • Greenfrog Botantic Geranium & Peppermint Bodywash
    With a name like that you know it’s organic and cruelty-free (it’s vegan too). But the reason I’m so pleased to find it in my box is because it’s tipped as great for psoriasis sufferers! Although my psoriasis is under control, it can affect which beauty products I use. So thanks Birchbox, this has got to be a first!
  • Native Unearthed Activated Charcoal Natural Deodorant Balm
    Déjà vu? We actually received a similar product back last July. Although this seems a little different and on first impressions it sounds more than just a deodorant. Inside are ‘sweat-absorbing’ natural ingredients like arrowroot, to ditch any harsh chemicals. (Another plus for my skin.)

Birchbox UK May 2018 samples

  • Caudalíe Make-up Removing Cleansing Oil
    Ahh a brand I’ve discovered and grown to love from Birchbox. I’m always happy if I catch a glimpse of their logo in my box. Another natural sample, this oil dissolves make-up to which you just need to add water then rinse. Sounds a little less hassle than hot cloth cleansing (which I’m up in warmer weather).
  • Luseta Beauty Keratin Smooth Conditioner
    And finally, a conditioner to top things off. I did find it odd we received only the conditioner and not the shampoo. But occasionally between washes I will just wet my hair and massage in some conditioner to keep some softness. I usually keep silicones and sulphates away from my hair (there’s a silicone in here), but I’ll give this a try- if only to test out the keratin too!

Birchbox_UK_May_2018_unboxing

Box Round Up

So after America (and the endless burger and hot dog snacks) I am looking to detox. Birchbox UK May 2018 have picked up on my signals and provided a few natural brands in my box this month. Now all I have to do is plan a detox meal plan.

Although sadly we’ve missed out on any full-size treats, we have been promised and given a choice out of two full-size products in June (if you don’t want to find out what this is stop reading now). So I am currently trying to decide if I want a rich warm brown, or pale sandy fawn compact eyeshadow from brand ella EDEN. Choices, choices…

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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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