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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Birchbox UK – March 2018

Birchbox UK March 2018 unboxing

I have no complaints with Birchbox UK March 2018 telling me to sit back and relax.  We started this month with SNOWMAGEDDON (or ‘the beast from the east’ vs storm Emma). If you, like me, were one of the unlucky souls who tried to drive in this insane weather, then you’ll know the beauty of just sitting back and relaxing at home.  (Thank god for working at home, hallelujah technology!)

Of course Birchbox have a slightly different slant which is behind this month’s theme.  Instead of looking back (like last month’s 70s, 80s, 90s theme), this month is all about looking within.  A bit hippie-ish yes, but this box seriously has you sorted for a proper pamper sesh.

Birchbox UK March 2018 unboxing

I’ve already spoken a bit about the theme behind Birchbox UK March 2018, but officially it’s named; Be Present, Not Perfect.  Basically this is telling us the importance of ‘me time’ and being more mindful.

I can’t find any important dates in the month of March that can explain Birchbox’s move on this.  (Maybe International Woman’s Day, at a push?)  But who cares, obviously caring and looking after yourself should be a priority all year round.

Birchbox UK March 2018 samples

Samples

So how does being more mindful relate to beauty products?  Birchbox lays down the first step which is to sit back and relax with the following five beauty treats:

    • Benefit BADgal BANG! Mascara
      Birchbox and Benefit have a good thing going on – meaning they basically treat Birchbox subscribers to a sample of their latest product!  Benefit mascaras are considered the best (they’re certainly a strong contender).  I liked this mascara, but I wouldn’t agree that it was volumising though.  Regardless, this still gives a big impact to lashes.
    • BLAQ Peel Off Mask
      We were given a choice this month between two Blaq products; a peel off mask or an eye mask.  The peel off mask was a winner for me because logically I’ll get more uses out of it (over the eye mask) and oh my god these charcoal masks look just so satisfying to peel off.
    • GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Mask Treatment
      Another OH MY GOD moment.  I noticed Glamglow sliding into the Birchbox shop, but I didn’t expect to receive a sample in my box!  I am so stoked to receive this, honestly.  If you’ve not heard of Glamglow then you’ve missed out on one of the biggest cult beauty products in the last year.  I can’t wait to try this!  (This might even deserve its own separate review on here.)
    • Nuxe Reve de Miel Body Scrub
      Every Nuxe item I’ve received has been a banger.  Since receiving the Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse Enrichie (moisturiser) in my Birchbox in November 2016 (whoa, that was ages ago), it’s become one of my skincare staples.  So I have high hopes for this scrub!
    • Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray
      Did you see the result this left my hair in the video?  Need I say more…

I was also lucky to have received the Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer.  Although this wasn’t explained anywhere in the box, I think I’ve received this as an extra because someone couldn’t resist signing up to Birchbox through my referral link (which I will leave at the end of this post, if you’re interested).

Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer Hi-Speed Sonnet

Box round up

WELL, Birchbox UK March 2018 has been the BEST Birchbox of the year so far, imho.  No seriously, every product here has been so strong in terms of branding and type of product.  I’ve been so excited about receiving these products I’ve written this post without even trying some of them yet – just because I wanted to get this out to you asap!

SPOILER ALERT!  We’ve already received an April sneak peak at the back of our leaflet this month, which reveals the choice of a ModelCo Baked Highlighter.  Spring is definitely on its way in our April box judging by our two choices (between Frose or Moonshine).  Can it beat this month’s box, though?

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Visiting the Birchbox shop in Paris!

Birchbox shop front in Paris

It’s always a treat going to Paris, but on my third visit to the city (shameless brag) I had the extra treat of visiting Europe’s first ever Birchbox shop.  From a tiny subscription box to their second brick and mortar store – now that’s a pretty big deal. (In fact I used the same words when first seeing the news of its opening too!)

As a Birchbox subscriber from 2014, I felt it was my duty to give the Birchbox store a visit.  Although one is partial to bit of beauty shopping anyway, especially when one is in Paris!  So for any subscriber or non-subscribers out there who might be interested in just how a beauty subscription box has flowered into the physical retail store, here’s a bit of a run-down.

Birchbox store front in Paris

Where is the Birchbox shop in Paris?

Even I was impressed when I realised the Birchbox shop in Paris is located in the 1st Arrondissement.  Sitting in a trendy shopping area on Rue Montmartre, the Birchbox shop won’t be the only shop you’ll want to have a look around in the area as it’s in quite a trendy spot.

The nearest metro stations are Marcel Etienne and Les Halles, that are both on line 4.  In fact, as always in Paris, you are never far from some art and culture too; Centre Pompidou is just a 5/6 minute walk away.  C’est bonne!

What is in the Birchbox shop?

The exterior of the shop certainly suits its surroundings (in other words; it has a Parisenne style to it.)  The interior has a welcoming ambience, with an open layout and classic ‘clean’ decor.  It could easily be mistaken to be one of the classy French pharmacies I love dipping into whenever (and wherever) I am in the country.

There’s a lot of white, with a splash of pastel colours in places, with wooden shelving and floors.  Non-surprisingly, it feels quite ‘on brand’.

Counter inside Birchbox shop

Inside view of the Birchox Paris shop

What’s in the Birchbox shop?

All of the brands we’ve seen neatly packed into our Birchbox adorn the walls and shelves in the shop, but all in full-size of course.  Although there are some other brands too that we may never see in our subscription (namely Lancôme, but this is a French brand and I was in France, so I guess this makes sense.)

Towards the back of the store were sweet dispenser-like storage boxes that were filled to the brim of more beauty samples!  This is where you can create your own Birchbox in store – a temptation I didn’t resist and I just love the way this was presented.

Creating my own Birchbox

How could I not delve in and pretend – quite literally – that I was a kid in a (kind of) candy shop.  For €15 I jumped straight into making my own box, which consisted of 5 samples (as usual) to be handpicked by me!  Each category (face, body, hair, make up and surprise) had a choice of three items to choose from.

Birchbox Paris shop

As is tradition when I write Birchbox unboxing posts, I give a lowdown on each product I received.  Here’s the items that stood out for me (and those I took back home to the UK!):

  • Face choice:  DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
    I’d never tried a cleansing oil before, so this sample caught my eye immediately.  As expected it leaves my skin feeling quite supple and lovely.
    Other choices: An anti-ageing cream by Huygens or a cream for sensitive skin (brand forgotten – sorry!).
  • Body choice: L’Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream
    L’Occitane’s hand creams are an absolute dream. I was lucky enough to receive another one in my Birchbox subscription, but I wasn’t to know that yet.
    Other choices:  I think I remember seeing a Spectrum Wonder Sponge and sadly I can’t recall the other choice!
  • Hair choice: Minu Shampoo and Conditioner
    This was an easy choice for me!  This is where I think I got more ‘bang for my buck’ as I could pick two items for one category.  Minu aren’t a brand I’ve heard of but I’m looking forward to trying these out.
    Other choices:  Baptiste Dry Shampoo for Brown hair (not my hair colour) or a Jeff Parlor spray (I had already received).
  • Make up choice:  Ciaté Nail Varnish
    This choice nearly had me stumped, but I’m a sucker for glossy reds and so I had to pop this nail varnish into my box.  (And lucky I did too because I received the other items anyway!)
    Other choices: Paul & Joe Hydrating Primer (I received here) or Eyeko Fat Eyeliner (I received here).
  • Surprise choice:  A scarf
    In an attempt to pull off Parisienne style, I had to go for the scarf.  I’m not usually a scarf wearer but I thought it’ll always remind me of Paris. (Ahh…)
    Other choices:  Some badges or toothpaste.

My created box from the Birchbox Paris store

Where next for Birchbox?

It’s clear to see I enjoyed my Birchbox Paris store visit!  At the time of writing though of course there is a Birchbox shop in London now too, which announced its opening just as I returned from Paris!

The Birchbox shop in Paris is permanent, however the Birchbox London store won’t be around forever and is currently only a pop up shop (open until Thursday 29th March 2018).  I am hoping this will either be extended (again) though, or decide to stick around more permanently.  Especially as I’m yet to make a visit too!

Nevertheless if you do find yourself in Paris, schedule some time for a browse around the Birchbox shop.  The look and feel of the space is relaxing and I didn’t feel pressured to buy, unlike some other beauty halls.  It’s nice to see how far this brand has come and more importantly, what its created in a physical space.

Have you been to the Birchbox shop in Paris or London?  Tell me your experiences in the comments below!

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