New Purchases Show & Tell – July 2017

New Purchases Show & Tell July 2017

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I started this series!  My New Purchases Show & Tell July 2017 officially marks the series’ first anniversary and yes, I have decided to celebrate.  (By hosting a giveaway competition no less – keep reading to find out how you can enter!)

This month I had my boyfriends 30th birthday (yes the big 3-0!).  After much planning (and sneaking around), his parents and I managed to create a 30th birthday photo book!  It was such a great present to make and I couldn’t wait to see the look on his face when I finally gave it to him.

Other than that, I’ve been making the usual I-probably-shouldn’t-be-spending-money-on-this purchases…  So let’s delve in!

New Purchases Show & Tell July 2017

Truprint Photo Book – 26 seconds in
Okay so I’ve already gushed about this, but I’m honestly quite pleased on how it turned out.  I think this makes a great gift idea for those big birthdays, or even other occasions in fact.  Using Truprint was easy as there’s pre-arranged layouts you can drop your photos into.  You can add text, illustrations and filters too and it is so much quicker than making a homemade scrapbook!

ASOS Flery Leather Flat Sandals – 1:19 minutes in
Is it just me who’s been putting off wearing sandals?  I just felt my feet looked weird flat and I’d never give up my comfy trainers.  However, when the weather really heated up a month of so ago, even my trainers were too hot to wear.  I caved in and you know what, sandals are so much cooler (I know, shock) and I guess my exposed feet don’t look that weird when they’re flat?

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TopShop Bag -1:57 minutes in
How classy is this bag?  I picked this up in the TopShop sale in store, I can’t find it on the website.  I find I wear these over the shoulder bags the most and this one is a great size for my essentials; namely my purse (it’s a massive one), phone and keys!

H&M Short Shorts – 2:26 minutes in
I tend to show off the cute dresses, going out outfits and fashionable clothes I buy in my New Purchases Show & Tell series.  But lo and behold – a casual just-for-round-the-house item has finally made it in!  If I’m not planning to see another human being ALL DAY then this is something I tend wear with a t-shirt.  Ahh, so comfy.

H&M Spotted Dress – 2:43 minutes in
H&M have really hooked me back in recently, in a big way.  As I’ve said previously on this series, I felt for a long time I just wasn’t inspired by any of their clothes.  But now things have changed and they’re going back up in my standards!  I think this dress is just so cute, and it was only £14.99.  (!)

Truprint Photobook review

ASOS PETITE Mini Tea Dress – 2:58 minutes in
I feel like if you don’t snatch something up on ASOS lately then you’re chance is gone!  ASOS must be doing seriously well atm… Anyway, I’m probably not short of your typical floral dress, but I bought one just in case and I feel like I could wear this to work too.

ASOS PETITE Denim Shirt – 3:16 minutes in
I have been on the hunt for a denim shirt for what feels like an age.  I’ve tried plenty on, but just felt like I got a bit fussy with them.  I didn’t want any embellishments, frays or crazy embroidery… and ASOS once again delivered. (The next day too!)

GIVEAWAY ✨ & Next Month… 👗

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Right, onto the GOOD stuff!  As I’ve been dutifully filming and blogging my series for a year now, I want to mark the anniversary with a celebratory giveaway!  I’m giving away a £30 Spotify voucher (which I know doesn’t sound like much, but that’s 3 months of Spotify Premium people!)

To enter: please comment on my New Purchases Show & Tell July 2017 video here – and that’s it! If you’re not sure what to comment I have asked for which item you’ve enjoyed the most watching in this WHOLE series.  Or you could recommend me something you think I might like?

Plus, I’ll give you an extra chance of winner if you’re a reader of my blog – comment here too for an extra entry! 😉  The winner will be announced in my next New Purchases Show & Tell video and over on my Facebook page.  (Link below if you haven’t done so yet!)

As we’re already well into “next month”, I have a pretty good idea on what is coming up – WEDDING GUEST DRESSES!  And spray tans…

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Birchbox UK – August 2017

Bircbox UK August 2017

Waking up this past Saturday I was expecting a few things to happen.  I was expecting my hangover from the night before (I’d been day drinking at a wedding – that never bodes well).  I was also expecting it to rain, which it did, thunderously on my way to the hairdressers.  What I wasn’t expecting was my Birchbox UK August 2017 to bouncily arrive on time, if not early, through my door.

Whilst the palm trees and sunshine feels were back in last month’s Birchbox, seeing its arrival no doubt cheered me up, despite the weather and the hangover.

Birchbox UK August 2017 Unboxing

It’s hard to avoid the theme with printed scales all over this month’s box.  For August, it’s all about ‘Mermaid Vibes’.  However, it’s not the first time I’ve seen a Birchbox theme to be inspired by mermaids, I’ve got to say.

Back in November 2015 (throwback!), a box of a very similar colour scheme was adorned in mermaid-esque shells, or clams, whatever you’d like to call them.  Although in spite of this the theme was confusingly labelled ‘squad goals’ – nothing at all to do with mermaids.  Still, there’s no complaints from me, Skinny Dip collaborated with Birchbox those many months ago and I got some money off my own mermaid inspired shell bag!

Samples

Bircbox UK August 2017

I knew from last month’s teaser that we’d be given a full size Spectrum Collections make up brush.  (This makes the third one in my Birchbox subscription history.)  As for the other products;

Spectrum Collections A05 (FULL SIZE!)
Nuxe Multi-Usage Dry Oil Shimmer
Vita Coco Coconut Oil
Number 4 Sugar Texturizing Spray
LOC One and Done Shadow Stick (FULL SIZE!)

Going back to my expectations for the weekend, I wasn’t expecting Birchbox to please me as much as it did either!

Alright so I knew about the Spectrum Collections brush, I opted for the pink colour choice (the brush is available in different colours, depending on which set it belongs to).  The brush has multiple uses, all of which involve the finishing touches in make up application; applying highlighter, bronzer or even setting powder.

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As soon as I caught a glimpse of the Nuxe Dry Oil Shimmer I was really excited about trying it.  I had my eyes on this for a while and it might just have MADE this box for me.  On initial swatches and application (above!) this provides a gorgeous, subtle shimmer.  Perfect for those summer spray tans I pan on getting (or already have, if you haven’t noticed).

The LOC Shadow Stick was also a complete surprise too.  Being a brand created by Birchbox themselves, we do get treated sometimes with their full size products.  This is such a wearable colour in my opinion and I will be putting the ’11 hour wear’ claim to the test.

Box Round-Up 💜

I think Birchbox UK August 2017 has delivered yet another great box.  Once again there’s a varied mix of products with not one feeling like a weak link. We’re still on a roll too with receiving a full size product in every box since April!  (Correction: two full size products in this box, totalling £14.99.)

Next month will bring (divert your eyes if you want avoid to avoid any spoilers now) another product from Manna Kadar Cosmetics.  (Don’t remember?  Look back to Birchbox UK April 2017.)  I was impressed with the last item I received, so I’m taking this as only as good news…

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Birchbox UK – July 2017

Birchbox UK July 2017 flatlay

It’s when my shorts and sandals are getting more wear than my usual jeans and trainers that I start to realise summer has finally landed.  As I’m really getting into the swing of warmer weather I look forward to the added extras I do around my usual beauty regime.

Such as adding SPF protection, contemplating whether I should pack my bikini (I live by the sea) and of course not going anywhere without some sunglasses.  Receiving my Birchbox during these months is also something I look forward to.

Being a subscriber for a couple of years now, I’ve noticed the summer months bring a different kind of variety of samples that are perfect for this season.  Winter does too of course, but summer feels that bit more special (probably because we don’t get enough of it!).

That said, here’s my Birchbox UK July 2017 unboxing.

Birchbox UK July 2017

The theme being ‘Summer Daze’, it’s no surprise the box has been adorned with a dreamy Calfornian sunset.  The box design was actually voted for in a competition, which I clearly missed during my ridiculously busy June.  But I’m fairly confident this must have been the best one!

Plus we (as Birchbox subscribers) knew we were also going to receive another sample from Benefit, a brand born in San Francisco.  So it makes sense to have a box design to tribute that.

Samples

Birchbox UK July 2017 Benefit ChaChaTint sample

As I’d mentioned in last month’s unboxing post, we were given a choice between two Benefit lip & cheek tints; either the ChaCha tint or the GoGo.  As I’m quite pastey fair in skin tone, I find orangey reds suit me, so I opted for the ChaCha tint!  (Not just for the cheerful name.)  Although I love this, unfortunately it’s not full size but that doesn’t mean I’ve missed out on a full size item this month…

Benefit Chacha tint
Tangle Teezer Compact Styler (FULL SIZE!)

Percy & Reed Wonder Overnight Recovery
Native Unearthed Natural Mineral Deodorant Balm
Kensie Eau de Parfum
Balance Me Flash Cleanse Micellar Water

I was surprised to see the Tangle Teezer brush in my box after some subscribers receiving the Wet Brush a few months ago. Nevertheless I’m not complaining, it’s a full size product after all.  I also already own a Tangle Teezer brush that works great, so gaining a spare to pop in an overnight bag makes packing easier!

Another surprise was the Natural Deodorant Balm.  Since filming this video I’ve given this a go and it smells lovely.  It makes me feel fresh and doesn’t irritate my skin either.  The only let down was when the realisation dawned on me that it’s just a deodorant, not an anti-perspirant. So I’ll still have to use my regular roll on!  (Maybe an anti-perspirant balm would be a good idea?)

Benefit ChaCha Tint Swatch on arm

Benefit ChaCha Tint

Conclusion

I’m impressed with Birchbox keeping up the (at least one) full size winning streak for Birchbox UK July 2017 – we’re on a four month roll!  On top of that, we can expect a full size item next month too. (The sneak peek reveals a choice of a Spectrum make up brush!)

With the price of the Tangle Teezer brush equalling £12.50, this pays off the price I paid for my box.  Another highlight is the Benefit ChaCha Tint (worn above!), despite it not being full size, I still love the refreshing pop of colour which will keep me going long after summer too.

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New Purchases Show & Tell – June 2017

New Purchases Show & Tell June 2017

Let’s just start by saying June was a busy month for me, it seems like my New Purchases Show & Tell June 2017 came round so soon!

Regrettably, I’ve not been able to post much this month either.  At the start of June I went to see Gorillaz at the Demon Dayz Festival in Margate.  This was such a perfect day that kicked off my summer!  Unfortunately I was snatched of the opportunity to blog/vlog though, in fear I might have my camera taken from me.  (No cameras were allowed at the event!  An absolute shocker.)

A week or so later and I attended the almighty Glastonbury festival, my third time at Worthy Farm and once again it didn’t disappoint.  Although this is another event I’d love to blog/vlog, this one is sadly overridden by my worry of causing irreversible damage to my camera through my own clumsiness.  (And needing a spare battery…)

New Purchases Show & Tell June 2017 flat lay

Then, no sooner had I returned to work, trying to adjust back into reality, I had to travel to the Netherlands on a work trip!  So needless to say after this long introduction, I haven’t been buying a helluva lot either this month.  I.e. I’m broke.

Although my New Purchases Show & Tell June 2017 may look sparse to previous months, I do hope the handful of purchases I have bought will still interest you!

New Purchases Show & Tell June 2017

Just a few extra notes on the above…

Rimmel London Super Gel Polish – 28 seconds in
Just like filming/writing this, these nail varnishes caught me by surprise.  At no point did I believe the 14 day chip free claim, until my nails survived GLASTONBURY!  Despite that I’ve not properly tested this, it’s an act of god itself that I didn’t suffer any chips for the whole festival.  Okay, that’s an overstatement, but it’s impressive…

GHD Curve Wand Creative Curl – 1:13 minutes in
Oops, I did it again.  Remember back to my New Purchases Show & Tell April 2017? Yeah well I’ve gone and bought another GHD curling tong.  GHD’s Soft Curl tong is great, although I’m still playing around with it.  I saw the GHD Curve Wand Creative Curl on offer, which is supposedly better for shorter hair.  Clearly I felt the urge to snap it up…

New Purchases Show & Tell June 2017

Darlingside jumper – 1:56 minutes in
One of the bands I was lucky enough to catch at Glastonbury was Darlingside!  I discovered this band earlier this year, when I was randomly listened to BBC Radio 2’s coverage of Celtic Connections.  I just really like the illustration/print on the jumper! It’s quite cosy and warm too.

Bumble & Bumble Summer is in the (H)air set (thick hair) – 2:48 minutes in
Another stonking brand has just launched at Birchbox!  Bumble & Bumble are a brand I’ve never tried, yet I know are well-known to create perfect beachy hair. (In case you haven’t noticed this is something I want need!  After buying two curling tongs…)  Being an expensive brand, I think this is a great way to try out some of their products.  Reviews will follow…

Next month… 🎉

July is another busy month for me, namely because it’s the boyfriend’s 30th birthday soon!  And so, a little warning; some of my purchases may be influenced by this.  Other than that, I have at least 3 weddings to attend to after July.  No doubt shopping for wedding guest dresses will begin!

Do you have any suggestions for either of the above?  Let me know in the comments below!

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Birchbox UK – June 2017

Birchbox UK June 2017

I’ve fallen off the blogging wagon for the last few weeks (sorry!), but if there’s one post/video I never skip it’s Birchbox!  We’re onto Birchbox UK June 2017 already, which is another reminder to me that this year is just slipping away.

As for all my complaints in the last few months about my Birchbox being delivered late, I actually received it on time.  And oh yeah, it’s a Birchbag this month, not a Birchbox.

Birchbox UK June 2017 👇🏻

I knew from last month that a Birchbag would be on its way to me, instead of a box, as our choice was to choose between two colour combinations of bag we’d liked to receive. (Birchbox claim we’ll make a choice every month this year, which will be either choice of box design or choice of product.)

The month’s theme is ‘Daytripping‘ and the Birchbag has been inspired by those UK summer day trips to somewhere like Brighton.  It sounds a bit flash in the pan, but there is a point behind it…  All Birchbox subscribers are also treated to an exclusive voucher from Trouva this month, (as well as receiving the usual 6 samples)!

I’d never heard of the website, but apparently it’s an online store full of independent boutiques from across the UK!  Like Amazon, but with no chains.  Something that does actually sound like my kind of Birchbag. 😉

Samples

Birchbox UK June 2017

As I said last month, there were absolutely no clues, teasers or giveaways as to what the samples were going to be for Birchbox UK June 2017!  So, now I can finally reveal them, find out below to see what I received this month (including 2 FULL SIZE items, again!):

Scrub Love Coffee Body Scrub
Cowshed Cow Pat Hand Cream (FULL SIZE!)
Korres Milk Proteins 3-in-1 Cleansing Emulsion
MeechNMia Brow Liner (FULL SIZE!)
AAROW Enhance Waterproof Eyeliner in Bright Now

You’ll be forgiven if you were thinking my featured image (above!) is looking a little sparse.  The one product (that is also full size!) Birchbox UK seem to be bragging about the most in June was actually missing from my box.

Unfortunately I couldn’t show you the MeechNMia Brow Liner in the video because of this.  However, after I pinged Birchbox an email this is now on its way to me as I type, so no troubles there.

Despite this lapse, I quite like the variety of products this month.  The Body Scurb is what intrigues me the most from them all.  I haven’t ‘got dirty’ with it yet, but I’ve side aside some time this weekend to do so.

Conclusion

Birchbox UK June 2017

I’ve not yet talked about receiving two full size items for the second, no wait, third time in a row!  The Cowshed hand cream (despite the fact I already own it) and the Brow Liner add to a total of £20.99, which is almost twice the value of my box.

As well as this, we already have something to look forward to next month too. One of Birchbox’s favourite brands to work with is returning once again!  (Can you guess what it is yet?)  Although it hasn’t been that long since we last received a Benefits goodie (only back in March I believe), I’m not complaining, as I do enjoy Benefits products.  So I’ve already opted for the Cha Cha tint.  I love corals in summer… bring on July!

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