In this Winter weather good skincare can be even more important than normal, the cold weather can wreak havoc on even the best skin and extra moisture can make a world of difference. When I was asked to try the Jojoba Company ‘Hydrating Day cream‘ it felt like the perfect thing to be using this Winter to keep my skin soft and stop it from drying out.
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My skincare routine has been lacking recently – Since I developed the face rash that I’ve had, permanently, since mid August I’ve not wanted to mess with my skin, too much, because I’ve not wanted to aggrevate it. As time has gone on, though, I’ve tried out a few basic products and, thus far, nothing seems to make it worse. I still don’t know what the rash is but my rheumatologist is ruling some things out and then, possibly, sending me to a dermatologist in order to find out.

Due to my skincare embargo my skin has been super, super dry for a while now so when I was offered a chance to trial the Cacay Naturals oil I jumped at the chance. My skin has always loved oils, even though I found the whole concept a bit confusing to begin with (having areas that tend towards going oily), so this was the perfect opportunity.
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You may’ve noticed that I haven’t posted as many unboxings, recently. Firstly I’ve cut down on what I’ve been getting, quite considerably, and secondly the boxes I Have been getting haven’t filled me with the desire to write about them, until the May Birchbox arrived! This has been a really redeeming box, for me, so I’m really pleased as I was feeling rather disenchanted. 

If this box re-lights the spark for you, too, and you decide to subscribe then don’t forget to use my referral link and we’ll both get £5 worth of points to spend in the Birchbox shop:

If you use Facebook, or other social media, you may already have seen that this month’s Birchbox, box, is a little bit special. The theme is ‘Free Your Mind’ and the box is a colouring in box! Now, as a fan of colouring in Anyway, this was amazing to me. I’ve been having a big clear out of lots of empty beauty boxes but this one is Definitely going to be in my keep pile.

The box was, also, sent with a little box of crayons which I thought was a lovely touch. They’re not the softest crayons ever so they do scratch a little but I love the subtle colours. I may need to break my crayon stash out to finish it off, though.

In all honesty I have no idea how Anything other than the box fits with the ‘Free Your Mind’ theme but I really am not bothered about that. The products are, definitely, the sorts of things I enjoy, though, and fit nicely for the upcoming spring-like weather that’ll hopefully come back after all the gloom we’ve had recently.

Birchbox seem to have changed back to using a little magazine/booklet style leaflet rather than the stack of cards that they previously had – I liked both formats but I do like the abridged version that we seem to have now – Even the list of products is inside the booklet rather than on a separate card.

The smallest sample, first which is listed as an ‘Extra beauty bonus’ – This sachet of ‘Reconstructing Masque’ from Number 4 is a nice extra to get. It says you apply after shampoo and leave it in for 2-5 minutes; it’s supposed to moisturise the hair with shea butter as well as sunflower seed and jojoba seed oils. Although it’s a sachet it’s got 7.5ml of product in (which a lot of little tubes do, too), this should work as one treatment for normal hair and maybe two for my super short hair. 

Next up we have this 22ml tube of Whish body butter in an almond scent. We’ve had this brand in beauty boxes, before, but it’s always been lavender and (although it’s smelled ok) lavender isn’t a big scent for me. Almond on the other hand? I Love. I’ve given this a smell and it’s only got a subtle scent (which you’d expect for almond) which is sweet and delicious smelling. 22ml isn’t a bad size and should get a few uses; I applied it to the back of my hand ages ago and it Still feels lovely and soft. 

A full sized product, next, (though the leaflet doesn’t say full sized but the Jelly Pong Pong website does) we have the Jelly Pong Pong ‘Carribean Sun’ bronzer duo in the lightest shade ‘Martinique’. I’m so pleased I got the palest shade as dark bronzers are totally pointless to me. I like Jelly Pong Pong but have never fallen in love with any of their products but I feel like this one might be the first one that I fall for. 

I, absolutely, love this little duo – The bronzer is plenty pale enough for my pasty skin and the shimmery blush is just beautiful. It might be a bit too shimmery, for some, but for the summer I can see myself using this and not needing to use a highlighter. This full sized product is worth £15.95. 

This is the other full sized product in the box. I believe we had an option to pick what we’d get in the box, a little while ago but I must have missed the email; I only saw it when Birchbox said that new subscribers could pick, but it was too late for current subs. So, if you do decide to sign up (don’t forget to use my link) see if you can pick your sample for this brand). 
Boxes, this month, will either have press on nails, a nail art pen or a nail polish by Wah London – I’d have preferred a nail polish but the nail art pen would’ve been my second choice. Not sure if I’ll have use for this as I Think I have a pink one, in a similar shade, by Barry M, from a previous box and two seems a bit excessive. This could be a nice gift to add to a giveaway, though, and if I didn’t already have the shade then I’d be really happy with this. This is worth £7 and it’s the shade ’04 Baby Pink’ – I’ve had a look at some of the nail polishes in their brand and there’s some gorgeous shades, definitely a brand to check out some time. 

Next up we have a Parlour by Jess Chastain ‘Moisturising Sea Salt Spray’ – I like sea salt sprays for texture but, as you’d expect, they’re often really drying so the idea of a moisturising one is rather intriguing. The bottle is a 30ml sample so that’s going to last you a good while and I’m really looking forward to giving this one a go (It smells lovely too). 

Lastly is a sample that really caught my eye – I love Caudalie and I’ve never tried their tinted moisturiser so this one is a real winner for me. I was relieved to see that it’s arrived in the shade ’01 Light’ and I’ve tried it on the back of my hand and it Seems to be a decent match. The only disappointment was that the tube looked really rather big but only has 15ml in it (it’s only double the size of the sachet sample) and there’s a Lot of air in there. 15ml is fine but it just looks So much bigger which seems rather silly. Regardless, I’m definitely looking forward to giving this one a go. 
So, yes, the box is a real winner for me this month. Aside from the fact that the shade of the nail art pen might not be quite right for me, I love everything in the box and they’re all items I’d have picked had I been given the choice. If you love the box, too, and want a nice colour in as well, then don’t forget to use my referral link as it’ll get you £5 worth of points in the Birchbox shop, as well as the same for me –
Nicely done, Birchbox, I’m going to keep my sub at least one more month, now, and we’ll see how next month does (the sneak peak at the floral box and the hint at another collab box is intriguing to say the least!)

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It’s that beauty box time of the month again! I’ve actually got some other boxes which I’ve not posted, yet, and I’m not sure if I will. I’ve cancelled one and am going to stop getting the other too – Both boxes are still good but they don’t excite me as much and I, simply, just don’t have the funds anymore. I am going to try and keep getting Birchbox for a bit longer, but we’ll see how that works out, depending on finances.

I heard a bit about this box, before mine arrived, people had said it was an ok box but not amazing. I actually quite like mine, there’s a few things I’m not massively excited about but that’s, mostly, because they’re duplicates. That said, they’re duplicates for things that are really, rather, good so it’s not a complaint as much as just being a shame to not get something new (but how long can we expect to get new stuff when we sub to boxes for a long time?)

If you enjoy the box, like I have, and you want to subscribe then you can use my code: The code will get you £5 in the birchbox store, and it’ll get me the same. It’s also worth keeping an eye on special offers as they often have them and you can pick up some great goodies, or get some money off.

Anyway, to the box! 

This month Birchbox have a collaboration with ‘Women’s Health’ – This isn’t an obvious company for a beauty box to collab with so I was very interested to see what they’d do. 

The theme, for this month, is ‘Hit Refresh’ which is rather fitting for the New Year, with so many people going for the ‘New Year, New Me’ thing. The booklet that comes with the box, this month, has 12 little challenges in it; small ways to improve your life, which is a lovely idea.

And here what comes in the box – Some really good sized samples and a full sized, high value, cosmetics product as well as a couple of little lifestyle items. I, genuinely, think it’s a really good box with lots of variety and good sized samples.
First up we have the item which has caused a bit of an issue in my box, it leaked a little. Not a lot, just enough to make everything feel a bit ‘off’, haha. I’ll be dropping BB a quick note to let them know that the lids on these don’t seem great at keeping the product in – If you guys get this/have this then I’d recommend keeping an eye on it.

On the plus side, it seems really rather nice! This is the activebod ‘Feel Great Shower Concentrate’ – I’ve never heard of a ‘shower concentrate’ before so that’s rather intriguing. The product has sea minerals and green tea in it and it has a beautifully refreshing scent to it that I think, really would, perk you up and make you feel fresh and lovely. The full size of this is 100ml whereas our sample is 20ml, which is a good size. The full size of this is a rather affordable £5 so if you love it then it won’t break the bank to repurchase.

Beauty addicts rejoice! The REN ‘Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask’ is a well known cult favourite that many will be pleased to be able to try, or to get some more of. As the name suggests this mask is supposed to give radiance and, if the gurus are to be heeded, it does the job, and it does it well. I already have a sample of this, somewhere, but my sample collection is in disarray at the moment so I’ve still not tried it. I’m more than happy to have a second tube, though, I love masks and one with a reputation like this is going to be more than welcome. This is a 10ml tube whereas the full size is 50ml and costs £30. 
This cute little 5ml tube contains a product from a brand I love, and I mean Love. I’ve been using Heal Gel products for a while (I loved the product so much after review that I bought Two more despite the hefty price tag). One of their products that I’ve never tried, though, is their Body cream. The lotion is meant to calm and regenerate the skin with its anti-inflammatory ingredients. The tube is small, it’s not going to cover the whole body, but I’ll definitely be using it on my least regenerated areas to see how it works. The full size of this is 100ml and costs £39.50.
Stila is a brand that’s always bound to make me smile and I’m always happy to get their products in a box, especially as their one of the pricier brands that I enjoy. I have a number of their ‘Lip Glazes’ and I really like them so seeing one in the box made me very happy. This beautiful, deep, creamy pink is a beautiful shade and it’s called ‘Glamour’. 
The gloss is sheer but with plenty of pigmentation and I Love it, a lot of the glazes I’ve picked up along the way have been almost colourless so to get another one to add to my collection that has a nice hit of colour is very pleasing – And I love the fruity scent of these, just lovely. These cost £15 so this covers the cost of the box, and more, instantly. 
If you subscribe to Birchbox, already, or if you read posts a lot then Beauty Protector products won’t be new to you. This, particular product, the ‘Protect & Detangle’ is one of the products that I’ve had a couple of times before but the scent is so addictive that I really don’t mind. It;s one of those scents that you can smell even with the bottle closed, the moment I opened the box I had an inkling that there was a Beauty Protector item in there. This bottle doesn’t have an amount on it, but the full size is 236ml (? According to BB ?) and costs £14.

Lastly we have two lifestyle type items. The Embrace Matcha isn’t listed as a lifestyle item but a single portion of tea classes as lifetyle to me! Some people don’t like getting tea in their boxes but it’s not something I mind, I like tea. Matcha tea is something that I’ve been intrigued by and enjoyed a few times so happy to get this in the box. A pack of 30 servings of this costs £24.99.

The last item, which is listed as lifestyle, is the Birchbox and Women’s health ‘Pilates Band’ – This is an item that won’t be a lot of use for a lot of people but could provide great inspiration for some, It’s a resistance band which is meant to help improve the results of a workout – It’s valued at £7.99.

As I said, above, I like the box – Mostly samples but a lot of them are good sizes. And the one full sized item is a great, high value one. The mix of rejuvenating, pampering, nourishing products fits well with the new year, looking after yourself, transformation type theme and the variety is fab.

Again, if you want to sign up, then don’t forget my link and don’t forget to keep an eye out for special offers:

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I’m coming towards the end of my Christmas giveaways, if you haven’t seen my others then don’t forget to check out my giveaway page: – There’s plenty to check out!

Today I’ve got 6 products that I’ve, actually, not tried myself to offer up for grabs. Ordinarily I wouldn’t do a giveaway for products that I’ve not tried but due to the crazily bargainous nature of these I thought it would be worth it – I say this because, the way that I see it is that it’s the sort of thing someone might pick up without having read about, anyway, because they’re So cheap and and if you do like them then you’ve found yourself a go-to bargain product. They’re all from the brand Creightons and they’re all available in Poundland so, fingers crossed whoever wins will fall in love with them and they can become a staple product that they can pick up for £1 a go. 

The first of the items is from the ‘Argan Body’ range and it’s their Body Cream. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who hadn’t heard about the amazing benefits of Argan oil so to find this in a range stocked in Poundland is intriguing to say the least. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for this, myself, when I’m next in town as I have developed a real love of Argan oil products. 

The second item that can be won, from the same range, is the Hand and Nail Cream. I, actually, love the packaging of this range, the turquoise/jade colouring and the gorgeous design doesn’t look like the sort of thing you’d find in a pound shop. 

The next two items in the giveaway are the Keratin Pro ‘Smooth & Strengthen’ shampoo and conditioner. Again the packaging looks really good, not the sort of thing you’d expect to get for £1 – These two products are supposed to boost the Keratin levels in your hair. Rather interesting and I think these would be great to try out for a lucky winner.

The next two items are from the Squeeky Clean range – The packaging of these is rather cute and reminds me of another range which is known for its bold pink packaging and vintage photos. A matte moisturiser that claims to be light in texture; sounds really nice.

Lastly we have the Daisy Fresh Shower Detox – When I first read the name of this I assumed it would  be a gel like texture but the fact that it’s a cream texture is even more impressive. I will, definitely, give this one a sniff when I’m next in poundland.

If you’d like to get a chance to try out these bargain beauty products then all you have to do is, as normal, enter via rafflecopter, T&C’s below and you’ll need twitter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

– You must be 18 or over to enter the giveaway
– The Giveaway is open within the UK only
– The winner will be picked, randomly, via Rafflecopter
– There will be one winner
– I will need your address once I tell you you’re the winner, to pass along to the company who’re providing the prize. 
– The winner will have 28 days to respond to my email informing them of the win, if they do not respond another winner will be drawn.
– The giveaway runs until midnight on 14th December 2014

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