Friday, 18 April 2014

Birchbox | vivahearts

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An email landed in my inbox recently asking me whether or not I'd like to try a Birchbox out and since I'm a curious beauty sub box n00b I said yes! Here's the all important verdicts on the products and sub boxes in general...

I think my favourite product this month was the LAURA MERCIER BODY CREME. I always head towards the Mercier counter for the tester pots whenever I wander into the big department stores so I'm glad I've finally got my paws on it, albeit a little sample size one. It smells absolutely amazing and it makes my skin ridiculously smooth. I just need someone to buy me a big tub now...the balm cosmetics: how about them apples? is encased in some pretty fun packaging, I must say! I tend to warm towards coral shades on my cheeks, so 'Pie' is a little bright for me but I can definitely see myself dabbing it on my lips for a brighter pout. lord and berry kohl pencil is nice and handy to have on my person. I don't tend to wear eyeliner these days, because I find I'm quite sensitive to eye make-up, but this will be handy when I'm back at uni and stumbling around the bars. You know me, I'm a raving party animal! 

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color club nail polish in 'aquamarine azulino' is the perfect Spring / Summer shade so I'll definitely be rocking this in the months to come. Big thanks to Little Cub for applying it to her seriously long digits above! The yes to cucumbers facial wipes felt quite gentle on my skin and they're the perfect size to throw in my backpack. I always carry some form of wipe or tissue around with me because you never know when you'll need them. Lastly, the little lifestyle addition to the box this month was sweet coconut and vanilla propercorn. I've seen a lot of bloggers talk about this flavour because it's a little obscure. Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to eat popcorn but I have a seasoned taste tester in the form of Little Cub who had the following to say: 'They taste sweet. I can taste the coconut but it's not overpowering. I don't mind these!'. Groundbreaking stuff, i think you'll agree. 

At this stage, I wouldn't be able to justify a monthly subscription service due to my financial situation. However, I can definitely see why so many people do subscribe and I imagine it's a nice little surprise to look forward to each month. I was also pretty impressed by the packaging and I'll definitely be reusing it. I'd definitely recommend Birchbox to beauty buffs and I think it'd be a pretty nice gesture to purchase a subscription for someone who may not have a lot of time to focus on themselves. What do you think? Have you ever signed up for a box subscription service? I'm off to do some writing 

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this box was sent to me free of charge for my consideration. all opinions are my own. cross my heart.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Things That Make Me Happy | H is for Happy

I'm trying to be a lot more mindful this month and I think reflecting upon the things that make me happy is a good way to inspire mindfulness because it keeps my mind focused on the important things. I'm finding my anxiety a little difficult to cope with at the moment which sort of sucks because it has made my sleeping pattern even worse. I'm keeping my head up, though. I'm just going to focus on my creative projects and hope that it'll help to keep my mind off of things and help everything fall back into place. I'm doing well though, so don't go worrying about me ;) 

H is for Happy is a feature that muses on all the simple things in life that make me happy, and may make you happy too. So screw everything else for five minutes, settle down with a notepad and think about all those little things that are FRICKIN' AWESOME. Here are five things that have been putting a smile on my face recently....

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   • Working on the finer things club posts 

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                                                  •  owning fancypants cosmetics 

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  •  forward planning  •  

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  •  al fresco lunches at dad's bachelor pad •  

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  •  re-visiting our old home and being all nostalgic  •  

Whats been putting a smile on your face recently? Leave me your own little list in the comment if you fancy it. Trust me, it's seriously therapeutic! I'm off to do a spot of writing 


Saturday, 12 April 2014

Personalised Homeware, Snacks and My 1st Years | vivahearts

Help! I've morphed into Katy and I can't stop thinking about heart shaped dinnerware! I jest, of course, but when My1stYears got in touch with me I knew I had to get this seriously cute personalised heart-shaped bowl set. I am, after all, the queen of snacks so I may as well have some fancy smanchy wares to store them in! Thankfully, I wasn't disappointed.

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I decided to get the bowls personalised because I think it's cute and a fun novelty touch. The personalisation also makes it perfect present material because who the hell doesn't love personalised gifts?! No one, that's who! I've also been perusing all of the lovely baby gifts from My 1st Years range because the youngest little scamp in my family is about to celebrate their first birthday. That year has flown by! How adorable is this personalised bunny toy?! I also died of cute whilst looking at the personalised baby clothes from My 1st YearsSo much cute to coo to your heart's content over! I swear gifts get considerably more boring once you hit your twenties...

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As you can see, the little furball insisted that his photograph was taken. He suddenly emerged from the bushes and sat right in the middle of my set up. He's such an amateur blogger! I can't wait to take these bowls with me on proper picnics this summer. I think they'll be pretty easy to transport around because they're quite light so keep an eye out for them in my future adventure posts! I am so ready for summer. Give me a summer breeze, beer gardens and trips to the seaside now

What do you think? What catches your eye on My1stYears? I'm off to make myself useful!   



Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Bee's Fictional Bucket List | Book Tag

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Hello everyone. I really enjoyed all of the videos floating around the booktube community regarding this tag, that was started by jessethereader, so I thought I'd give it a go! Your fictional bucket list is pretty much a list of the things you would do, the characters you would hang out with or the places you would go if you could delve into fictional worlds. I'd love to do a few more of these so let me know what you think in the comments section below. Oh, and also share your own little list with me too! Here's what I would do if it was at all possible...

i would love to... 

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 go on an adventure with the famous five 
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  have a riverside picnic with ratty and mole 
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  spend a term at hogwarts, obviously 

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 hang out with oliver tate 

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 go to gatsby's party and nick all of his unread books whilst owl eyes looks on
The Great Gatsby

There's plenty more where that came from, lemme tell you! What would you get up to? What do you think of my choices? I'm off to do a little bit of spring cleaning...bookcases get ridiculously dusty it would seem! 

p.s check out the tv / film fictional bucket list we posted on the finer things club last month.

this post contains book depository affiliate links. if you buy the books using the links i've provided, i'll get a teeny tiny commission that i can put towards future books in about a billion years time. thanks!

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