Thursday, 23 March 2017

Birchbox March 2017

I've never been a regular subscriber to beauty boxes but I always keep an eye on the likes of Glossybox, Birchbox and Latest in Beauty if something in particular catches my eye or if they do any one-off special editions (I'm looking at you, dreamy La Mer Glossybox). I pre-registered for the March Birchbox last month after they did a sneak preview and announced they'd be including one of the new Benefit They're Real Double The Lip lipsticks in each box. There were two shades to choose from and I could select the shade in advance. So how did the rest of the box fare up?...

There were five products on this month's box - most looked like new launches, some I'd seen before and all were minis. Here is the run down of each:

Sunday, 12 March 2017



Has anyone else been collating Homeware Inspiration on Pinterest for years, ready for when they win the lottery and finally purchase their idyllic home in Notting Hill? While in reality I'm living in a shoebox in South West London, where I can't even hang things on my walls because there's just plaster board separating me and my housemates!

In a dream world, blogger-worthy houses would have white walls for outfit photos, marble counters for flatlays and bright, natural lighting for 24 hour blogger pics.

Some of my current affordable homeware stores include Sass & Belle, Urban Outfitters, and H&M's homeware range.

My current wishlist includes:
  • H&M Bedlinen - Super quirky designs and pastel colours that compliment all colour schemes
  • Panasonic Speaker System - One of the slimline designs will be ideal for playing my Spotify playlists rather than relying on my phone's speakers
  • Sass & Belle wall hangings - My plan is to have a feature wall filled with different frames

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Oh My Blog! Interview with The Mum From Brum

Oh My Blog is a monthly interview series, where fellow bloggers come together to answer a series of questions on a specific theme. This is a chance to get acquainted with a whole range of bloggers, some of whom you may not have heard of before, and learn a little more about them!

This month, the theme is Mums (because it’s Mother’s Day soon!) and we’re hosting Becki from The Mum From Brum.

1.      Introduce us to your mum. What’s her name? What does she do? Reveal her age if you dare!
My Mum is Dee (Although as a Brummie I do call her Mom!!) She works in an office but if I’m honest I’m not entirely sure what the firm does! I know she processes orders and arranges dispatches… or something! Ha! Logistics?! Not a clue…

2.      What’s the one thing your mum always used to say to you?
I’m not sure there’s one particular thing. Although she always ends a phone conversation the same way - there’s lots of byes!

3.      Someone’s playing your mum in a film. Who is it and why?
Julie Walters. Well, really I think it'd be a cross between her and Victoria Wood.

4.      She’s won the lottery. What’s the first thing your mum buys for herself?
A lot of alcohol ha! And maybe a holiday, but not to some desert island, but Cornwall.

5.      What embarrassing story about you does she always tell when you meet new people?
Either that when I was potty training I used to poop behind the sofa, or that I was obsessed with Alastair Stewart the news reader. My aunt arranged for him to send me a birthday card for my 30th last year!

6.      What are your plans for Mother’s Day this year?
I tend not to plan anything, if I’m honest. I’ve always found things like birthdays and celebration make my anxiety pretty bad so I tend to stay away from planning anything; then if something nice happens I haven’t worried that it’s going to be a disaster! I’m hoping to be able to knit something for my Mom - I keep saying I will but not getting around to it.

7.      What’s her favourite TV show at the moment?
She doesn’t watch a lot of TV.  I know she likes those Can’t Pay We’ll Take It Away sort of programmes though.

8.      What’s the biggest or most important thing that your mum inspired you to do?
She has an amazing hard work attitude - I always remember her taking on a Christmas job every year so we had a bit of extra cash, even though she was a stay at home mum to me and my siblings the rest of the year.

9.      Your round at the bar! What’s your mum drinking?
Gold Label. It’s Barley Wine. And it’s POTENT

10.  What’s the biggest difference between you and your mum?
Mom and I are very different people! We’ve not always understood each other, or even always got on. Since I had my son we’ve been a lot closer, and she’s been amazingly supportive.

11.  Most important question of the lot. What is your mum’s stance on 50 Shades of Grey? Does she love it? Hate it? Not even know what it is?
Honestly, I have no idea! I can’t imagine she’s read it, and I really doubt she’s watched it. But I could be wrong!

12.  What’s your favourite memory of your mum?
It’s a strange one! When the first Bridget Jones film came out, there was a text service where you would get quotes from the film sent to your phone - and I read one out to her that had the F word in it. Her face was a picture!!! I was 15 and I think it was the first time she’s heard me swear.

13.  What do you think your mum was like as a kid?
Well, judging by the fact that she met my dad in a pub when she was 15, a bit of a handful - but not in a bad way!

14.  Cast your mind back a bit; what was the thing you did as a child or teenager that made your mum the angriest she has ever been with you?
My mom hated it when I didn’t tell her things - and as I’m a bit of an introvert I’m not one to share my feelings out loud. While I wasn’t the most troublesome of teenagers we did have a few barneys over me wanting to have some quiet angsty time and her wanting me to tell her why I was cross. Just hormones! A few years later I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and I think she struggled to understand that it wasn’t just a case of me needing to “cheer up” and that it was a genuine health condition.

15.  Finally, what’s the BEST piece of advice your mum ever gave to you?
She’s not really one for the cliches and mottos - a general sense of “sod the people judging you, do what’s best for you” comes across quite strongly though!

If you enjoyed this post, check out Becki’s blog and to keep up to date with the latest, be sure to follow her on social media!


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Friday, 10 March 2017

Benefit They're Real Duo Shadow Blender

Benefit They're Real Duo Shadow Blender

Benefit They're Real Duo Shadow Blender

Benefit They're Real Duo Shadow Blender

Benefit They're Real Duo Shadow Blender

I have to admit I went off Benefit makeup for a while as none of their new launches particularly grabbed me, but now it seems like their smashing out new product after new product and suddenly my ears are pricking up again as they all look pretty exciting!

I have a slight love hate relationship with Benefit's new launches. Some of their classic products like the blusher boxes are my all-time favourites but others such as Fine One One were a bit hit and miss with me.

The most recent one to catch my eye is the They're Real Duo Shadow Blender. I don't think there is anything on the market like it at the moment, they are little eyeshadow duos in a case with a sponge applicator to do all the hard work of blending for you. There are eight different sets available with complimentary shades - one lighter and one darker.

For someone like me who doesn't wear eyeshadow, and doesn't have the faintest clue where to start with it, it seems like a pretty nifty invention. You have to swipe the blender across a few times to pick up the product then just apply it to your eyes the same you would with a regular eyeshadow brush or sponge. The fact you have everything you need (including a built in mirror) in an easy, portable case takes all the faff out of applying makeup! They aren't the most pigmented of eyeshadows but for an easy way of creating a soft look I'd recommend giving them a go.

So are they worth the money? You can buy the eyeshadow duos individually for £19.50, which is a fairly standard Benefit price, or a kit with three smaller versions in for £28.50. The kit is a better value way of trying it out if you want to try the different shades. You can buy the blender sponges alone for £7.50, which is a little steep!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Makeup for Dry Skin to Get A Glow

For too many months now it feels like my skin has been dry, dull and in need of some serious sunshine (hurry up summer!) but recently I've found some life saving products to help me get my glow back.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Rimmel Brow This Way Ultra Soft Powder #BrowLikeCara

Rimmel Brow This Way Ultra Soft Powder

Rimmel Brow This Way Ultra Soft Powder

Rimmel Brow This Way Ultra Soft Powder

Gone are the days where you could slick a bit of clear mascara through your brows and hope for the best. They now need to be smoothed, plucked and filled in to perfection. Rimmel's latest collection, using the dedicated hashtag #BrowLikeCara is dedicated to brows and jam packed full of products so there is something for everyone.

One of the new launches is the Brow This Way 3 in 1 Ultra Soft Powders. There are four shades available and they retail at £5.99 each. It comes in a pot with a built in wand, similar to an eyeliner, and is filled with a loose powder. Just shake the pot to ensure it covers the soft sponge-like wand and use it to fill, define and line your brows. 

The powder is super pigmented and creates a dramatic and defined effect. In all honesty they're a little too pigmented for me (I'm pretty lazy with my brows) but for anyone that likes super strong brows I'd recommend trying them out. The only other issue I found is that some of the powder does drop off the sponge when I apply it, so you need to be careful when you use it or dab some off the excess off before applying.

Although this wasn't ideal for me for my eyebrows (however I've started using Rimmel's brow mascara instead and much prefer it!) I do use the powders as eyeliner and they work just as well.

The shades range from light brown to medium brown, dark brown and soft black. Again, as they are so pigmented I'd recommend going for a lighter shade or one as close to your hair colour as possible.
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