Birchbox May Edition

Okay, so as I was telling you all in my previous post, I found some great offers on Which Beauty Box UK and my second purchase was Birchbox, which I have had before, but sometimes, with not having a job at the moment, I have to stop and start some of my Beauty Box subscriptions. The deal on Jaina’s blog was if you subscribe with Birchbox that day, you got an older box free – two for the price of one!

I received my Birchbox and free Birchbox today and was super pleased as it was a box which I hadn’t actually bought previously – the December version. I am going to go through both boxes as I was really impressed with the contents.

Birchbox December
This was a collaboration with Sophie Webster and I love the bright bejewelled packaging, and even more so the contents inside…

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Elemental Herbology Facial Glow Radiance Peel – I actually had some sample sizes of these before and took them to Orlando with me in April. You can get quite a few applications out of the tube and I loved how soft and luxurious they made my skin feel.

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Electric Hair Hydrate Shampoo – I have the kind of hair that I always have to use conditioner with, and so I kinda don’t like getting one without the other (I totally just moaned about the Dove shampoo and conditioner but that’s a different story). My Dad only uses shampoo so if he is going away overnight somewhere I can always gift it to him.

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Eyeko Fat Eye Stick – This eyeshadow-cum-eyeliner stick is great for creating a smoky look. I received the shade Smoke which is a charcoal colour with a hint of shimmer in it. It goes on super smoothly and doesn’t drag on the eyelid at all.

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Benefit Christmas Cracker – Possibly the tiniest and cutest Christmas Cracker I have ever seen in my whole 31 year long life. So cute in fact I don’t want to open it! Anyway, inside is a sample size of Benefit’s High Beam, which we all know is THE best liquid highlighter ever.

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Model’s Own Nail Polish – I received this gorgeous matte, sparkly nail polish in the shade Valerian which is a deep, sapphire blue. I do love Model’s Own polishes and the velveteen lid adds extra luxury to one of my favourite products.

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English Laundry Signature For Her – I’m a bit hmmm when it comes to perfume samples – I think they should be reserved for magazines, as it is great to try out new scents, but they aren’t something I ever remember to use. The scent itself I do actually really like though, and would definitely look out for it in the shops.

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Lifestyle Extra: Sophie Webster Purse – The menu card says this is worth £25 which I am not at all sure about in the slightest but it is my favourite mint green colour and is great to keep loose change in.

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Birchbox May
I have a confession – I colour in. I have been colouring in colouring books for the past couple of years and now all of a sudden it has become fashionable to colour in. This month’s Birchbox lid has been designed for you to colour in anyway and anyhow you please and there is even a pack of colouring pencils included in this month’s box – how cute!! Anyway, on to the all-important products…

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RMK Point Make-Up Remover – I much prefer oil-based eye make-up remover products as they seem to remove my mascara so much easier. I have tried and loved RMK products before and am pleased to receive this good-sized bottle as it will come in super handy seen as I use eye make-up remover everyday.

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Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturiser in Light – I am super glad this was sent to me in a light shade, as with some foundation-type products I have received in other beauty boxes they have been far too dark for me and so have not been usable, whereas this one totally is. I also think the size is very generous, and will last quite a while – in fact there would probably be enough for a week if you are planning a holiday. I have just had my holiday but I feel like I need another after seeing my friend’s gorgeous pictures from Cyprus.

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WAH London Press on Nails – This month you could choose from three WAH London nail products and I chose the Press on Nails as at the moment they are my favourite things to pop on my nails. I received the pattern Going Up/Going Down which is a pale pink background with black and copper zig-zags. I haven’t tried WAH London before and so I am excited to try another new-to-me brand.

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Jelly Pong Pong Caribbean Sun Bronzer Duo – This is a cute little compact with a matte bronzer and a shimmery bronzer/blush inside. It doesn’t come with a brush as it is a little too small for that, but there is a mirror on the inside of the lid. Perfect for the upcoming summer months, to add a little shimmer to those cheekbones.

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Parlor by Jeff Chastain Moisturising Sea Salt Spray – Another summery product, this will enable you to create beach-styled waves, and if you are going to any festivals this year, it is a great size to keep your hair looking cool rather than crap.

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Lumiere d’Hiver Reconstructing Masque – I think I mentioned in one of my recent posts, that since I had my hair highlighted, it hasn’t been in such great condition, therefore I can’t wait to smooth this mask all over my hair and hope it gives me amazing results.

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You can get your very own Birchbox here. It may be a little late in the month, but they are holding a competition for whoever colours in their Birchbox lid the best! I had better get the crayons out…

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Love,

Kathryn xxx

Latest in Beauty Heart Box

During Bank Holiday Weekend, I was browsing Jaina from Which Beauty Box UK’s blog page, which I always check out as it is always filled with the latest Beauty Box news, and came across some of her Bank Holiday Beauty Box Offers, which included an offer for Latest in Beauty and Birchbox, both of which I had to purchase and both which I shall be reviewing today. You can check out Jaina’s page here.

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The Latest in Beauty offer was a free Guy Kremer Create the Shape Hair Spray (worth £8.95) when you spent £10 or over. I love Latest in Beauty boxes as they are always collaborating with really interesting brands and this one which I purchased, The Heart Box, is in collaboration with Heart FM.

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Latest in Beauty boxes are always crammed to the brim and I always struggle to put the products back in the box, and so here are the amazing products included in the Heart Box…

Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish in Hyde Park Place – I haven’t tried one of the Nails Inc Gel Effects before and this pretty light grey colour will look great with perhaps a lemon colour polish to mix things up during summer, or on its own during the colder months.

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Kneipp Devil’s Claw Herbal Bath – If you follow The Kat’s Paws regularly, you will know I love myself a bath, and so any bath products are always extremely welcome in my house. This particular product is great for warming the back muscle, therefore perfect for when you have had a stressful day.

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Green People Sun Lotion SPF 15 with Tan Accelerator – As we don’t often get hot sunshine here in the UK, I don’t carry sunscreen around with me as a rule, but this smaller version is perfect to pop in my handbag if I am going out for the day and the sun decides to rear its pretty little head.

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Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue – This contains two tiny sachets of the tinted hydrating gel cream in two different shades, which is great to try out, but I do prefer proper products to sachets if I am being honest.

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Philosophy Purity – I love Philosophy products and this is a mini version of their Purity 3-in-1 cleanser for face and eyes. With holidays and travel coming up, this is a really good travel size of a high quality product.

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Wild About Beauty Eye Shadow – This is a brand I haven’t personally bought before, but have received in other beauty boxes and I received a dark chocolate brown shade, which I would think about using as an eyeliner as it is a little dark for me to use as an eyeshadow shade, being all pasty and all.

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Vichy Idealia Life Serum – I recently discovered Vichy when I tried out another of their beautiful serums, and so I am pretty excited to try this one out as it is supposed to give a radiant and fresh glow.

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Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels – I love love love anything to do with facials and pampering. As a baggy-eyed/dark circle sufferer, this will be perfect for when my eyes are feeling all puffy.

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Dove Youthful Vitality Shampoo and Conditioner – Now I am not sure what is going down with Dove at the moment, but I have received these exact samples in four Beauty Boxes now and as lovely as Dove smells, I am only 31 and so don’t quite need anti-ageing haircare just yet.

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Balance Me Radiance Face Mask – Again, another beauty of a pampering product for me, and I always find these generous sized sample bottles always last at least 2-3 face mask applications.

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Le Couvent des Minimes Cloisters Hand Cream – A brand totally new to me, this Hand Cream is something I look forward to trying as it smells amazing and is a great size to have on the coffee table, bedside table, handbag etc to keep handy.

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Amie Hydrating Daily Moisturiser – I have used this Moisturiser before and find it a really good everyday moisturiser, as it leaves me skin non-greasy and feeling soft and loved.

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Face Cloth – I change my face cloth every day as I think it is much better for my skin, as there is no residue from the day before left on it, therefore this cute pink cloth will make a helpful addition to my collection.

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So there we have it, another winner of a beauty box, although if I receive any more Dove Shampoo and Conditioners from any other beauty box I am going on a Beauty Box strike haha!

You can get your Heart Beauty Box from Latest in Beauty here for £15.

Love,

Kathryn xxx

Brand New Vans from Skate Hut

I think there is nothing better than a brand new white pair of trainers – especially in summer as they make my legs look more tan – which as I am more of the Casper the Ghost variety, every little helps. I recently chose a pair of bright white Vans from Skate Hut and wanted to show them off to you all.

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As the name suggests, Skate Hut sells all things skatery (yes I made that word up, but you get the picture) including scooters, skate boards, bikes, but also clothing and footwear. It isn’t my normal go-to online store, but the prices are fab and so are the delivery times – mine came within a day or two of ordering and most items have free delivery.

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I ordered the Authentic Vans in True White as I think they will be perfect for summer. I had some Vans a couple of years ago and had bought a 5, which were a little tight but I thought they would give a little – they didn’t and so this time I ordered a 6 and they fit perfectly. Footwear is always a bit of a challenge for me as I can be anywhere between a 5 and a 7 depending on the brand. I am more often than not a 6 though and this pair of size 6’s fit me well.

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The sole is quite chunky compare to most other pump-type trainers and so I am expecting them to wear well, I just hope no-one stands on my toes, as I want to keep them as white as possible. Some people prefer the worn look but I like to keep mine pristine.

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My Authentic Vans cost £41.95 and with free delivery I thought it was a really good buy! You can check out Skate Hut here.

Love,

Kathryn xxx

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