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!


I have not been asked, sponsored or paid to review any of these products. I just like to shop!

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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.

I have not been asked, sponsored or paid to review any of these products. I just like to shop!


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Elemis Hydra-Boost Day Cream review

Elemis Hydra-Boost Day Cream review

My fears have been realised; I really like the Elemis Hydra-Boost Day Cream and there’s no way I can justify me affording it.

At £39 a pop, you can understand why this scares me.

I was lucky enough to receive a 15ml sample in my Birchbox for July (watch the Unboxing video here) and have been applying it every day for nearly a month.

What surprised me the most, pleasantly I might add, is how quickly I saw the effects of the day cream to my skin.

Within a few days I could see that my skin was already smoother on appearance, and clearer.  If you watch my vlogs I started using it from my trip to Germany onwards (August bank holiday weekend).

I was actually so confident with the smoothness of my skin almost a week later from first using it that I went to Bluewater (Kent’s biggest shopping centre) wearing no make up whatsoever.

Not bad for a sample I just chucked in my bag because it was conveniently under 100ml for hand luggage!

Elemis Hydra-Boost Day Cream review


For something that’s not as penetrative as a serum or even a full size product; this has seriously opened my eyes to the power of Elemis.

Okay that sounds a little cheesy but not many day creams/moisturisers have left this much of an impression on me.

Will I be buying the full size?  For the moment no, £39 is way out of my budget for a daily moisturiser.

Although I love it and will be sad to see this tube emptied I just can’t justify parting with this much money every few months.

One to keep on my ‘when I’m Rich‘ list or a rainy day though…

Emma x

I received this sample from Birchbox, if you want to subscribe to Birchbox click on this link to earn £5 free to spend in the Birchbox shop

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