Birchbox August 2017: Mermaid Vibes

 

Birchbox is a monthly beauty box priced at £12.95 a month (That includes P&P). I’ve always been curious about Birchbox. From photos I’ve seen around the internet it’s always looked like a high quality beauty subscription and seemed to have a good selection of items included. The one thing that put me off, and it’s the same reason I cancelled some of the other subscription boxes I had, was that sometimes (or quite a lot of the time in past cases) you get items you don’t want or won’t use and end up binning or giving them away. I’ve been keeping an eye on Birchbox’s previous boxes and I’ve only spotted a couple of bits I wouldn’t use.


This month however, I got a little bit obsessed over the really colourful mermaid box they were sending! Fortunately for me I came across someone selling their box as they didn’t like the contents and were going to return it, so to save the middle man I bought it from them to try out!

If you’ve not received your box yet and don’t want to spoil it don’t hit the read more button!

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Korean Cosmetics at TK Maxx + Mini Haul!

Hello Lovelies!

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, then you must know by now how much I adored Korean cosmetics! I love everything about them, from their cute designs, magical skin transforming properties, scents and varities. The only thing I don’t like about them is how hard it is to obtain ANYTHING in the United Kingdom, you can’t just pop into the nearest Superdrug or Boots and pick up a Tony Moly facemask. You’re either stuck ordering online or having to travel to somewhere like China Town in London, until now. TK Maxx has started to stock a massive range of Korean beauty products! I can’t tell you how fast I ran to the store nearest me when I discovered this, handily its also available online too. So far I have seen products from Etude House, The Face Shop, Tony Moly, and Koelf Cosmetic. I’ve also seen a few other non-named brands for sale too. The one thing I would say is that there are a few brands being stocked that have been designed to look like the Korean brands but were actually made in the USA.

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International gift swap! South Korea box swap

Hello Lovelies!

I hope you’re all fine and dandy today! I’m sorry for the lack of updates over the last two weeks – real life had me totally tied up so I’ve not had a chance to write anything for you ^^;  Today I thought I’d share with you something a little special! Many, many, (many!!) years ago I went to school with a lovely girl from South Korea, called Miriam – we’ve kept in touch over the years and recently decided to do a gift swap! Unfortunately I forgot to take photos of the things I sent (including a crocheted scarf and mittens!) but I did take photos of what I was sent!

overall

Look at all this awesomeness! I’ve been well and truly spoiled! I’m so lucky to have such wonderful friends.

stationary

As most of you know if you’re a regular reader, I absolutely adore stationary! It’s the one of the things I can never have enough of – see kallo when it’s this cute! Check out the adorable little stampers, those are so sweet and will be great to decorate my planner with. The erasers, pencil and leads have inspired me to start drawing again!

socks

How kawaii are these socks! I am so greatfull for these! I find it really hard to get cute socks in the UK and the animals have such fun faces.

relaxed bear blocks

Next up is a Rilakkuma nano block figure! This was so much fun to make – though I did have to get Mr Lock’s help with the last tiny bit.

rilakkuma built

Here we are, all built! He’s now taken up residence in on my desk at work.

pikachu hand warmer  A Pikachu hand warmer! This is so perfect, my hands are always cold and with this little fellow I can take him out and about and keep my hands toasty.

lettersets

Letter sets! This was so well timed as I’d been looking at some sets to buy to write to friends but hadn’t found anything I really liked, but I love these!

etude house magic any cushion & gloss

Ah!! I was so excited for these – Miriam sent me a little sneak peak and had bought me some make-up from my absolute favourite brand, Etude House! On the left in the sweet penguin box is a magic any cushion case, on the right a lip stain from the new Berry Delicious collection and one from the Bling Me Prisim. Both lip products are beautiful colours that I love!

etude house lashes + toner

Miriam is so very sweet – she told me she bought these eye lashes as she’s knows I like to cosplay and thought that these would be great for it! I just thought that was so very thoughtful of her. There are also some samples from the ton ing white C series.

etude house hettie sponge puff

Check out this lovely Hettie shower puff! It’s so soft!

etude house clippers blusher & cushion

A Hettie paw nail clipper, cookie blush and the re-fill for the magic any cushion. One of the many reasons I love Etude is there cute designs, you can really see it in these.

etude house berry delicious pouch

A really bright and fun Berry Delicious pouch – great for storing all sorts!

etude house bb cleanser makeup puffs

Some more samples and some heart shade squishy sponges which are fab for applying make up.

erasers

These are so sweet I don’t want to use them! I think I’ll keep them on display. I especially like the kitty and the puppy.

candy Lots of candies and gum! These were really tasty, hichew is one of my favourite kinds of candies.

I’ve really been spoilt and feel like a very lucky girl! I really feel like I should have put more in the box I sent as everything in the one I received was so wonderful and very thoughtfully chosen for me.

So thank you Miriam from the bottom of my heart for my lovely gifts! I can’t wait to swap with you again!

Ta-ta for now,

X

Heroine Make-up from Japan!

Hello Everyone!
Today I’ve a quick post on a Heroine make-up compact all the way from Japan – I’m very lucky that one of my good friends bought this back for me on a recent trip there a few months ago! (Sadly the Kit-Kats she also bought back for me didn’t quite make it to the photos!)
The powder compact comes packaged on the cute little card – inside has the powder, a mirror and a little puff for applying it with. I really like the illustration on the packaging, I think it’d draw my eye to it in a store.
The powder itself is the lightest that they do – it’s quite pigmented but not heavy. It applies very smoothly. It doesn’t have much of a scent either which is good for those that don’t like perfumed products

The coverage is very good too – I’ve not blended the edge in so you can see where the powder is – it’s a pretty good match for my skin tone. My skin felt very soft and smooth after applying this – the only thing I did find was that it didn’t last terribly long and needed touching up around lunch time and again later on in the day, but that could just be skin type, I imagine for someone with normal to dry skin this powder would be ideal.

Bonus photo! This was my make up with the Heroine Make Powder! As an over all powder for fixing foundation I found I had a few problems. It seemed to react differently with different foundations – for some reason when used with the Benefit Flawless foundation, it went super orange! I also found that it didn’t react well to one of Miss Sporty’s BB cream as it went a different shade of orange! However used on it’s own its fine, it doesn’t react and is great for days when you only want a little bit of coverage.
Have you ever tried any of Heroine’s make up? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Ta-ta for now,
X

~*~ REVIEW ~*~ Etude House Dear Girls Oil Control Pact – Positive

Hello Everyone!
I recently purchased a small haul of make up! After posting a photo to the sites Facebook page quite a few people asked me to review my purchases when they arrived, so as promised, here’s a review for the first that arrived, Etude House’s Dear Girls Oil pact.
Now, my reason for purchasing this is quite simple, I suffer from combination skin and usually use a UK purchased coloured powder compact to combat this, which was all fine and dandy until I realised that despite trying several different brands, both high and low brand, NONE of them match my skin tone. Not even close. (Don’t get me started on foundation, that’s a story for another day!) The closet match I could find was oddly Poundlands own brand, but it seems like this is never in stock in the right shade.
So off I set on the internet to try and find something that was suitable for combination skin that wouldn’t leave me looking like a can of Tango. I did consider buying the same pact I had before from Etude house but I couldn’t find any for sale and came across the Dear Girls pact and Zero Sebum. I went for the Dear Girls powder as I wanted a compact I could easily throw in my bag and take out and about with me. So I placed my order online (This was not direct from Etude but the AU Rose Rose shop.) Then waited for my make up to turn up! This didn’t take very long to arrive at all and came wrapped up in bubble wrap in a sturdy box.
First things first, look out how cute the packaging is! I really love Etude’s attention to detail with these boxes, they are always bright and happy looking. The box also has the ingredients list and other useful information in Korean and in English.
Inside was the compact! This is made of a smooth plastic with the Dear Girls logo on it. It feels very well made and is easy to open, but not so easy that it would come open in your bag.
Opening the compact you’ll find a mirror, a sponge for applying the power and the powder itself. The mirror is great, it’s very clear and not blurred at all.
The powder has an adorable bird design on it! It smells quite delicate and isn’t heavily fragranced.
The puff is perfect for picking up just the right amount of powder and lets you apply it where you need it smoothly. It’s very easy to apply as it just glides on. 
Being white I was a little worried this would wash me out as I am already quite pale, but it didn’t at all. (I didn’t blend this in so well on my hand so you could see where the powder was, else it’s fairly invisible!) I was really pleased with how long this lasted – I usually apply make up before leaving for work (around 6:30-7:15am) and this lasted till about 3:00pm before I needed to touch it up! It’s also very light so it doesn’t feel like your skin is caked in powder.
I’m really pleased with this purchase and I’d definitely buy it again. At just under £5 I think this is well worth the price as a little goes quite a long way too!
Have you tried out this compact before? Let me know you thoughts in the comments!
Ta-Ta for now,
X