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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My Reading Challenge 2017: 6-month update!

George Englund Marlon Brando the Naked Actor

I realise I’m late on giving an update on my Reading Challenge 2017 – my bad.  (See my latest blog post on why that is…)

Shamefully, I’ve only read a measly 3 books since my 3-month update.  (3! 😞 ) Disappointedly this makes my 6-month Reading Challenge update a rather short one.  (Hey, at least it’s a quick read, right?)

Nevertheless, I now must solider on and dive head first into a book at every possible opportunity.  I have some catching up to do…

My Reading Challenge 2017 (continues…)  📚

8. Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
This book is partly to blame for slowing down my progress.  (I’m sorry Martin Cruz Smith, I just didn’t really enjoy it.)  It’s possibly my own fault as I bought the book on a nostalgic whim; I’ve been to Gorky Park in Moscow and I’d loved it.  I didn’t however discover a triple murder of the kind that opens this book.  My main problem was that the characters didn’t seem all that believable or, more importantly, Russian.  I was engrossed by and drank up every word of  Child 44’s Russian descriptions, the nature of its characters and settings, which is another reason that lead me to buy this book for the same enjoyment.  Sadly, this one didn’t have the same affect.

9. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Oh my god I loved this book.  I was entranced by the film, so when I saw this on offer in the Kindle store I downloaded it in a nanosecond.  Written from Eva’s perspective, a reluctant mother whose son grew up to murder seven fellow students in a high school massacre.  The film definitely holds up to the novel, both are brilliantly written, created and acted.  This has taken my top spot for best read so far this year, so much so I’ve even done some further reading into the questions section on Goodreads!

10. Marlon Brando: The Naked Actor by George Englund
A random charity shop purchase I’ve had lying around for a few years that needed reading.  I was initially put off by the superficial Jane Fonda signature on the front, covering Marlon’s chest: “George, I love your book. Jane Fonda.”  There’s a just as cringeworthy review from Kirk Douglas printed on the back too.  Hmm… crying out for recognition much?  Although if you look past these weird celebrity endorsements, George Englund writes about his past friend in quite a lovely way.  The collections of memories through his perspective reveals a little insight into Hollywood’s man of mystery – at times revealing he’s not so mysterious overall.  Yet, it still left me thinking of Marlon as a bit of an enigma.

10/25 books read ✔️

George Englund Marlon Brando the Naked Actor Reading Challenge 2017

I’m currently at 40% in my Reading Challenge 2017.  If I use the calculation I spoke about in my 3-month update, then I should have read 12 books by now!  (14 if I’m being honest with the fact this post is going out in the seventh month, not the sixth month June.)

Sadly, this means some big reads like Game of Thrones will have to wait further still until I’ve caught up, which is going to be extra hard with series 7 just days away!

Coming up: I have a few interesting reads planned though, including: Emma Cline, Cheryl Strayed, Emma Gannon and another Jon Ronson!

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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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New Purchases Show & Tell – May 2017

New Purchases Show & Tell May 2017

Here I am at the end of the month again!  For my New Purchases Show & Tell May 2017 I’ve been buying a few festival items to get me ready for Glastonbury.  (Not long now eee!)

I’m being sensible though and buying strictly festival essentials at the moment, it’s not quite time to gather in all the fun bits just yet.  Such as the face glitter, colour hair crayons and a pineapple drinking flask (this is actually on my wishlist.)

I’ve also been picking up some interesting reads this month too.  It’s been a while since I’ve bought paperback, so watch my video below to find out which books have caught my eye!

New Purchases Show & Tell May 2017

Time for the run down…

Power Bank Pilot – 23 seconds in
I hope I’m not judged by hardcore festival goers for bringing my phone to a festival.  But get this – my network provider EE used to dish out portable phone chargers for free at Glastonbury, back in 2015, FREE.  That all changed last year when they asked for £25 for them!  Well, I didn’t want to end up queueing at the free phone charging points again, so hellooo 20,000 MAH worth of CHARGE!

Hunter Wellies in Black Gloss

Hunter Wellies – 1:20 minutes in
I can’t shake the feeling I’ve sold out by buying some Hunter wellies, especially as there wasn’t anything wrong with my old wellies.  However, I did have some blisters pop up last year and they say spending a little extra on shoes is always a good investment for your feet.  Plus, there were plenty of Hunter advocates in the private Facebook group GLASTO CHAT that were singing their praises!  So I thought I’d treat myself, and my feet…

Want to listen to some of the bands I’m aiming to see at Glastonbury?  Click here for my Spotify playlist!

Ole Henriksen the Cleansing Truth cleansing cloths – 2:40 minutes in
Now here’s a brand I discovered through Birchbox and have become quite impressed with.  I don’t bother taking my whole skincare routine to somewhere like a music festival, because seriously what’s the point?  I don’t usually like facial wipes either because they usually break me out and make my skin generally hideous.  However, these ones get my make up off whilst lightly cleansing my skin and are worth the bit extra!

The Girls by Emma Cline – 3:31 minutes in
I read about this book from an Estée Lalonde blog post, or video, I can’t remember which.  What I do remember her saying though is if cults or the Manson family interest you, then this book is for you.  So this book is for me.

New Purchases Show & Tell May 2017 flat lay

An Illustrated History of Slavic Misery – 4:10 minutes in
I started following John Bills through WordPress a looong time ago now.  What kept me a follower was his fantastic ‘An Illustrated History of Slavic Misery’ series.  A history which feels very much unexplored and although mostly grim, John brings humour and panache to each Slav to have ever made history’s story.  Pre-order the book here!

Ctrl Alt Delete by Emma Gannon – 4:50 minutes in
I fricking love Emma Gannon.  I’ve been binge listening (if that’s a thing) her podcast of the same name ever since I’ve discovered it.  So when it came to buying her book I felt like I just needed it in paperback or hardback.  I still love my Kindle, but this book felt special and one I’d be proud to display on my bookshelf.  If you haven’t heard of this book or Emma’s podcast you must do so, NOW!

Next month… 🍍

I wasn’t joking when I said there’s a pineapple drinking flask on my wishlist (there’s a mermaid shell one too!).  So you can expect the fun festival essentials next month, after I’ve returned from Glastonbury (nooo then there’s the 2 year wait until the next one!).

If you have any recommendations or suggestions based on what I’ve been buying and loving above, please feel free to leave a comment below!  I’d love to hear from you.

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