Thursday, 20 November 2014

BIRCHBOX UK November 2014

Cosy At Home

From cosying up in front of a crackling fire, piling on the layers and hibernating at home, to radiating happiness and big smiles, there are plenty of ways to keep warm this winter. This month, we’ll provide you with goodies that will help you to battle the upcoming winter blues and make the most of your time snuggled up in the toasty warm.
What was in my box:
Beauty Protector - Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle
drinkwel - Drinkwel Capsule Bottle
OPI - OPI Coca-Cola Collection Nail Lacquer in 'Turn on the haute light'
English Laundry - English Laundry Signature For Her EDP Spray For Women
Lord & Berry - Lord & Berry Bronzer (Sienna)
Dr. Jart+ - Dr. Jart+ Skincare V7 Turnover Booster.

I am loving everything I received in my box this month and was blown away by two full sized sampled: OPI nail lacquer and Dr.Jart+ V7 Turnover Booster. I've heard many good things about Korean skincare brand Dr.Jart and I really love this serum so far. It works wonders on my dry skin which is essential as we venture further into the winter months. OPI is my favourite nail varnish brand and I already own another colour from the Coca Cola line and I'm very impressed at the opacity of only one coat of this gorgeous silver lacquer.
The English Laundry perfume sample is a very grown-up scent and smells very expensive- I love it!
I am really happy to finally get to try out a product by Lord and Berry and this bronzer sample in the shade 'Sierra' is a really nice contour shade that works quite well as a contour shade but I will probably end up using it as an eyeshadow.
I've also really been loving the Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle spray. It smells so sweet and makes my hair so soft and manageable.

I must say this has been my favourite BirchBox yet. I didn't post about last month's box as I have been so busy with college work and was not blown away by the products but the November box has definitely made up for last month.

BirchBox is a £10 a month subscription (plus postage) You can earn points to spend in the BirchBox store. If you want £5 off your very first BirchBox plist £5 worth of points to spend in the BirchBox store click this link: and use code NOV5

L.A. Witch - Heart of Darkness.

I am so in love with this band and this song and now this video. Do yourself a favour and listen to L.A. Witch coz they are something special.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

TheBalm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer

I have only been subscribed to BirchBox since June but already managed to accumulate £20 worth of BirchBox points. It was a hard decision to make choosing what to spend my points on as there are so many amazing quality brands on the BirchBox store. I have wanted to try out some products by TheBalm Cosmetics for a while now as they are such a cult brand and Mary-Lou Manizer may well be their best known and loved product so I couldn't resist picking it up as it was free after all.

I absolutely adore the kitsch theme TheBalm are famous for and I thought Mary-Lou Manizer would make a handy pocket mirror to cary around if nothing else. I have yet to try out this gorgeous pale gold highlighter on my face but I can tell from the swatch in the photograph above that I am going to love it.

Through November you can get £5 off your very first BirchBox (which I have already received and love it) Using the code NOV5  You can also gain £5 worth of BirchBox points by joining through this link:


Purchase Mary-Lou Manizer on BirchBox HERE.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Daemonic - Free Download.

My latest track 'The Daemonic' is available to download for free over on SoundCloud. Just in time for Halloween.

Friday, 26 September 2014

BIRCHBOX UK September 2014

The theme of this month's BirchBox is 'HAPPY DAYS' which is a nostalgia-filled box inspired by the back to school season featuring special edition packaging. I was really looking forward to receiving my box this month as it was the first time I got to choose a product to be in my box. I chose the Power Lash mascara by Model Co. This is by far my favourite box so far, of course because it includes the Beauty Blender which I have been wanting to try for a while now. I have enjoyed trying out all of the products I received this month.

What was in my box this month:

Birchbox Happy Days Photo Clip

I think the value of the box this month is amazing, considering BirchBox is a £10 monthly subscription, the beauty blender alone is worth £26! There wasn't a product in this box that I haven't enjoyed using, I wasn't a big fan of the dried pineapples though.
I really think BirchBox outdid themselves this month  for the quality of products and I can't wait to see what's ins store for next month.

If you sign up to BirchBox before the end of September you will receive a Beauty Blender in your box. You will also receive £5 worth of points to spend in the BirchBox shop by signing up through this link:

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Hello, Autumn.

Autumn is my favourite month of the year, I always get a magical feeling as I'm sure a lot of other people do seeing the leaves change colour. The scent of bonfire smoke in the air and the sound of crows crowing are some of my favourite things about the season. I have curated a playlist on SoundCloud of some music that really gets me in the mood at this time of the year. I will keep adding to it and shuffling the tracks around as I am always changing my mind. I have just started my foundation degree course at Leeds College of Music and it was my first day yesterday. I love it so far, being around musicians from so many different backgrounds is so inspiring and is making me feel creative again.
On Sunday I travel down to London to Eurogamer Expo, I am really looking forward to seeing 'The Witcher 3' in action, it reminds me of Skyrim meets Red Dead Redemption, I think it will be my kinda game.
I am also highly anticipating the return of Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks and of course Halloween which I never really celebrate but I do enjoy all the Halloween themed goodies in the shops.
Hope you are all enjoying the season so far.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Illamasqua summer sale buys.

I managed to limit myself to only picking up 3 items in the recent Illamasqua sale. The 3 products i chose are ones I've had my eye on for a long time:

Complement Palette £34 (£15 in the sale)
Precision Ink in 'Havok' £20 (£7.50 in the sale)
Nail Varnish in 'Pink Raindrops' £14.50 (£5 in the sale)

My favourite purchase is the precision ink which is a gorgeous burgundy/ox blood colour, very pigmented and easy to work with. The complement palette is nice but the colours aren't as strong as I was expecting. The nail varnish is a disappointment however as I find it to be very gloomy and it doesn't seem to dry properly which is a shame as it's such a pretty colour. I am glad I didn't pay the full price. I can't wait for the Illamasqua Christmas sale.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

BIRCHBOX UK August 2014

What I got in this month's BirchBox:
Nude ProGenius Omega Treatment Oil
Nude - Nude ProGenius Omega Treatment Oil
Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator
Vasanti - Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator
Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil
Chella - Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil
Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream - Light / Medium
Supergoop! - Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream - Light / Medium
Number 4 Lumiere d'Hiver Super Comb Prep & Protect
Number 4 - Number 4 Lumiere d'Hiver Super Comb Prep & Protect
The Proposal by Tasmina Perry
Birchbox - The Proposal by Tasmina Perry
This month's theme is 'Away We Go!' and includes essential travel sized products for a summer getaway. I will be taking this handy little clear case away with me next month when I go to Italy for my cousin's wedding. I decided not to make this post until I had used all of the products and gotten a feel for how they worked for me. 

My favourite item and the only makeup item this month is the Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil. This is unfortunately too dark on my skin tone to work as a highlighter but it works wonders on my waterline to brighten up my eyes and I have also tried it out as an eyeshadow base.

I was not a fan of the book chapter included in this month's box. I did attempt to read a few pages but it just wasn't my thing though I am sure most BirchBox subscribers would enjoy this Romance novel.

I used up most of the other samples quite quickly this month. I really like the Nude Pro Genius Omega Treatment Oil and found that it worked really well on my dry flakey face.

The Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream - Light / Medium was the most disappointing product in this month's box for me. The colour was far too dark for me. I have never tried a CC cream before and was looking forward to seeing how it worked but unfortunately this particular shade just would never work on me. I also managed to squirt it out of the tube and ruin my white duvet cover.

Overall I'd give this month's box 6/10. I am looking forward to seeing what products we get in the colder months. I am hoping for more makeup products as skincare is something I am just not that interested in.

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

My first NYX order.

NYX is a very well known US drugstore brand that I always hear good things about, I have only ever owned a nail polish by NYX that I got at a car boot sale a couple of years ago but have lately been really curious to try out some NYX makeup. I found that they have a UK site and couldn't resist placing an order. I got quite a few things as their prices are so reasonable and a few of these items were also on sale.
Butter Gloss in 'Apple Strudel'
Soft Matte Crème in 'Stockholm' 
HD Concealer in 'CW01'
Long Pencil Lip in 'Dark Brown'
Lipliner Pencil in 'Mauve'
Retractable Lipliner in 'Sienna'
Retractable Eyeliner in 'Gypsy Blue'
Retractable Eyeliner in 'Golden Olive'
Matte Lipstick in 'Whipped Caviar' 
Powder Blush in 'Taupe'
I hate to admit this but I actually discovered this lipstick & liner combo on Pinterest whilst searching for Kylie Jenner lip colour dupes. I know I feel ashamed of myself but I do real find that 90's nude overdrawn lip style very appealing.
NYX powder blush in 'Taupe' is becoming a highly talked about holy grail contour product for pale skin. I needed to try this out for myself and I was not disappointed. The colour suits my skin so much better than my Sleek Contour Kit in Light. It is a much more grey toned product which I really like. If you struggle to find a contour that does not look orange on your skin I would highly recommend this wonder product. It had unfortunately sold out on the website when I came to place my order but I found it on eBay for the same price of only £6.
Here are all the swatches of the products. I love the formulas and will definitely be trying more from NYX in the future. I think they have a much better range in shades than most makeup brands in the same price range and are overall a very good quality makeup line.

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

SauceBox Cosmetics Étude Palette Review & Swatches.

I am always interested in discovering new indie makeup brands especially ones that are cruelty free, I stumbled upon SauceBox Cosmetics whilst watching a YouTube makeup tutorial from BATALASH BEAUTY that featured the Étude palette and I instantly knew that I needed this palette in my life.
I am quite surprised that I hadn't heard of SauceBox cosmetics prior to seeing the video as the company has been around since 2010, founded by a mother and daughter with a passion for makeup and a goal to produce high quality makeup without the high price. The Étude palette is $50 which came to around £30. (There were shipping costs and a customs charge but I can't remember how much.) I think that is incredibly good value considering that each shadow is 4 grams of product which is huge compared to MAC shadows. It only took me about five minutes after watching it featured on Batalash to place an order. The thought of it going out of stock was not something I was willing to risk.
 The packaging and design of the Étude palette is a work of art in itself. I love the illustration of the girl. She also appears in SauceBox's other palettes feasting a different hair colour for each palette which I think is a very nice touch. I love when a lot of thought goes into a company's branding.
The Étude palette is described as 'Your ultimate matte neutral palette. Packing fantastic pigmentation, it is perfectly color coordinated to take your day look to night. Colors can be used for contour and eyebrows. This palette will take over your kit!' 
 Here are the beautiful colours in the pans. I was sold on this palette as soon as I saw the deep reddish brown shade 'biscotti' All the shades are stunning and I knew it would work so well with the rest of makeup as I have been needing some good neutral matte shadows, I find matte makeup palettes with decent pigmentation so hard to come by, at least in the UK.
Here are the colours swatched on my arm. I used my fingers to swatch the colours with 2 swipes each. The shades are all very pigmented and you would obviously get a much stronger effect if using over a primer, I am not however a big fan on using primers on my eyes. I think that the colour 'Caramel' is the best quality eyeshadow, it is so creamy and easy to work with, at first I thought this wouldn't be a favourite of mine since the colour didn't look so eye-catching in the pan but as soon as I used it I fell in love. When I use these eyeshadows on my eyes I find that a little goes a long way and considering how much product you get I think this palette will last me a very long time. Overall brilliant value for money and the Étude palette is already a firm favourite in my humble makeup collection.

The Étude palette is currently sold your but you can sign up to be notified when it's back in stock here.

Monday, 14 July 2014


 Since receiving my first BirchBox last month I have been so excited to find out what was going to be in the July edition. I was really pleased with everything I received last month but after seeing some July previews online I was even more excited to see what was going to be in my box this month.
 I did cheat a little and have a sneaky look on my online profile to find out what products were going to be in my box and I was not disappointed! This month's theme is 'Sun, Sea and Sand'
I haven't been on holiday or to the beach in many years, it's not really my scene although I do have fond memories of beach holidays in France from my childhood so maybe this box will help me to relive those this summer. And is has been lovely and summery here in Leeds the past few days so I decided to open my BirchBox on my apartment building's roof terrace.
 WHISH Three Whishes Lavender Body Butter (RRP £14.50)
The first item in my box is a body butter by a brand I have not heard of before called Whish. I am quite conscious of what I use on my skin as I suffer from eczema and find it hard to find products that work for me without flaring up my skin. My eczema has been calming down recently so I am interested to see how this works for me. It is a sweet-scented antioxidant-rich lotion that claims to nourish skin. I do really like the scent, it is what I expect lavender cupcakes to smell like. Not the granny-knickers lavender smell so many people aren't dislike. I look forward to trying this product out after I shower.

 LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in MENATOAUR (RRP £14)
The second item in my July BirchBox is by another brand I have no previous knowledge of; LAQA & co. The product is called 'Lip Lube' which I find quite amusing and I was really excited to receive this. I think the colour is gorgeous and I don't own anything like it. I am one of those people who rarely wears lip products but collects them anyway because they look pretty. I am trying to get into the swing of wearing colour on my lips so I can't wait to try this one out.
 Benefit The Porefessional (RRP £24.50)
When I told my sister I had signed up for BirchBox, the first thing she said was that if I ever receive a Benefit Porefessional sample I have to give it to her. I have heard a lot of people rave about this product as well as some negative reviews. I am eager to try it out before giving it to my sister to see what all the fuss is about. I have quite a few blackheads on my nose which I have always been quite conscious about so I would like to see if this helps to make them disappear. Benefit is a brand I am familiar with, I own one blush by them 'Hervana' which I love so much I wrote a song about it! It is nice to see such a well known brand and a generous size sample of such a hyped product in the BirchBox.
 Models Own Nail Polish in 'Sparkler' (RRP £5)
Models Own is a brand which I have seen around and heard a lot about but never gotten around to purchasing anything from them. This is a clear polish with holographic glitter strands. I think this is a pretty polish but I probably won't use this. I would however like to try out some of their polishes in the future.
 BALANCE ME Wonder Eye Cream (RRP £20)
Another brand I have never come across before. I have had very prominent dark circles since childhood which I have learnt to live with, nothing ever really covers them and I am so pale anyway my skin is quite transparent. I have tried the Garnier eye roll on before but never had much success. I am interested to see if this 'wonder eye cream' does anything to help my dark circles. it claims to brighten the eye area and keep wrinkles at bay. I don't really have eye-wrinkles just yet but I am looking forward to trying this product out and seeing how it works.
 FILOSOFILLE 4-Sided Nail Buffer.
I don't take very good care of my nails, I am guilty of biting them when I get stressed and I have been very stressed lately. This nail buffer has four sides that do different jobs. I find this product very confusing as I have never had a professional manicure so I don't know all the technicalities of nail buffing but I am sure I will work it out.
I love living in Candle House, it is such a luxury to have access to the community roof terrace and the only 360 degree view of Leeds.
Here is a swatch of the LAQA & CO. Lip Lube on the back of my hand. It is a beautiful violet shade of purple. Very smooth and moisturising. I will probably try this out on my lips tomorrow.

Overall I am very happy with my BirchBox this month, I think the subscription is such good value for only £10 + postage. I don't try products outside of my comfort zone very often so this is great for me to discover new brands. I also think the points system is great, I almost have 100 points already which is equivalent to £10 to spend in the BirchBox shop.

If you like what is in the July UK BirchBox and are thinking of signing up, you can earn 50 points (worth £5) by signing up here: