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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Romance Manga Reviews

Hello Lovelies!

Today I have something super fun for you! An interview with my adorable and very long time friend who runs Romance Manga Reviews over on Facebook. I love reading manga (actually I love reading full stop) but romance genres are one of my favourites as theres such a big variety of them.

So let’s have a chat with Romance Manga Reviews!

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Mini Korean beauty haul!

Hello Everyone!
Today as promised I’m going show you my mini beauty haul! (I’m not sure why the photos are so washed out, sorry!)
So here was the first lot I ordered – this is Tony Moly’s Luminous Goddess Aura Perfume Make-up Mist and Saemmul’s Pure CC cream. The package arrived very quickly and was accompanied by these cute little samples! I’ve been wanting to try out the Panda’s dream range for awhile so this is a great bonus! (The Panda’s dream range comes in these adorable little containers which might be influencing me in my want to purchase them!)

So here are the two items I ordered on their own – I’ve ordered the Goddess Aura before – probably over a year ago and as mine had run out I decided to order another – I was a little apprehensive about re-ordering this as they seem to have changed the packaging since the last time I ordered and I was worried it wouldn’t have the same scent as it has before. I really loved the perfume used for my original bottle, its very fresh and floral. I’ve not used anything by Saemmul before but desperately needed some sort of CC or BB – I just can’t find anything light enough to match my skin tone here (Seriously, Rimmel’s Light BB is so, so orange!!) This CC has microbeads which burst and change colour to blend into your skin tone.

The back of the CC cream – for some odd reason I don’t seem to have the front! Handily the back of the tube has Korean and English writing with ingredients and usage directions.

There isn’t much of a scent to this which is great, as you can see in the picture on the left, the product goes on white. It’s very silky and smooth and blends in very easily as shown on the picture on the right. I found that it did even out my skin tone rather well but didn’t feel heavy on the skin. I’ve also tried mixing it with an orangey foundation for extra coverage which worked quite well too and lightened the foundation.

Here is the Goddess Aura – again the back of the packet has Korean and English – this mist can be used to set make-up or just as a refreshing mist. I tend to use it as both and as a perfume too – the scent is VERY similar to the original one I had, and might actually be better, it’s very light and refreshing.

It adds a slight glisten before the spray dries – this is it on top of the CC cream. 
(The red patch on the side of my hand is a swatch from the lipgloss below!)

The third item I ordered was this cute little Tony Moly Blueberry tinted lip balm/gloss! The company sent me a couple of samples to try out as well as a full size sheet mask! The samples look super fun – I like a lot of these products are fruit based.
Look how cute this is! The actual blueberry is a metallic purple colour and really looks like a giant blueberry.

The pot splits in half and has a Tony Moly seal above the product to stop it moving about in transit should it get too warm and melt.

The lip balm/gloss – it’s a lovely subtle colour. It’s very easy to apply and glides on smoothly – I’ve been using a lip brush for it as I hate getting gloss/balm all over my fingers, and I can be more accurate with where I am applying it with a brush.

It’s quite hard to photograph the swatch for this as it is a very sheer colour – but it moisturises well and isn’t too sticky – it adds a very lovely coloured sheen to lips.
I’m really pleased with my latest purchases and can’t wait to try out the samples soon – maybe I’ll have an at home spa day! Have you tried out any of the above cosmetics? Have any spa day tips? Let me know in the comments below!
Ta-ta for now,
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Pasante – Genève laboratoire ~ Replen 10 Wrinkle Reducing Lip Masks ~*~Sponsored review ~*~

Hello Lovelies!
Today I have a sponsored review for you! Genève Laboratoire were kind enough to send me a box of their Replen 10 Wrinkle Reducing Lip Masks! These are normally £9.99 for three masks. Now, although I don’t have many noticeable wrinkles yet, it is something that I am very keen on preventing in the coming years! 
The lip masks are anti-wrinkle and have a full and firming effect on lips. The box says ‘Wrinkle reducing lip masks. clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. a unquie collagen and hyaluronic formula developed by GENÈVE LABORATOIRE. REPLEN 10 is clinically proven to help you combat not only today’s busy lifestyles but also the skins ageing process. REPLEN 10’s advanced formula can also help reduce dark circles and bags, repair the skin after lengthy exposure to sun and achieve optimal levels of skin moisture’ . This sounded great to me! I’ve been under a lot of stress recently and feel that my skin is probably suffering for it.
As the instructions said, I found myself 30 minutes in which to chill out and try out the masks! 
Firstly I washed my face to ensure my skin was super clean for the mask.

Opening the packet was very easy, the mask is almost jelly like which I wasn’t expecting, and was a very nice surprise! It also smelt like roses which is one of my favourite scents, so this was a bonus too!
Application is super easy as the masks clings to your skin on contact. All I needed to do was press lightly to contour it to my lips. It’s probably advisable to avoid talking whilst using this else you may find it comes unstuck.
After 30 minutes I removed the mask! I did notice that my lips and surrounding skin was super soft and smooth and that my lips looked a lot fuller than before!
I’m really impressed with these and would love to have them as a regular part of my skin care routine – I’m very tempted to try out the rest of the Replen 10 range too!
You can find the lip masks here:
Replen 10 Lip Masks
Pasante also currently have an offer running – if you buy the collagen powder for £39.99 you get a set of eye, lip and face masks free too! 
You can find this offer here:
Replen 10 Collagen Powder offer
Ta-ta for now!
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