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March Birchbox 2013

Back in November, I attended a fabulous Birchbox event where I was first introduced to Birchbox and even got to meet the lovely American co-founders; Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp.  
Birchbox launched in the UK at the start of 2013 and I am now thrilled to have got my hands on the March Birchbox*.
I have recieved a few different beauty boxes in the last year or so but I can firmly say that this has been my absoloute favourite to date. I loved the packaging and colour of the boxes (I much prefer the pink drawstring Birchbox bags in comparison to the black Joliebox ones). And I also loved having a read of the Birchbox Magazine.
Anyway on to the important part; the products and I must admit I was very impressed.
Firstly the box contained a BeautyBlender®, yes that's right, the much coveted little beauty tool that is said to work wonders when applying your foundation *faints*. I have wanted to try a  BeautyBlender®  for quite a long time now but never seemed to quite decide on whether to make the purchase or not, so here you have a prime example of why beauty boxes are so brilliant. They set out to let you try before you buy and of course, if you get to try a product that is already on your wish list, well then that's just a bonus!
The next product that I'm really excited about is the Laura Geller Beauty Waterproof Gel Liner as I have wanted to experiment with Gel liner for quite some time now. The box also included a mini box of Lindor Chocolates (yum), a sample of a Molton Brown fragrance, a sample size of a La Sultan de Saba Body Lotion and a sample size of the Yu-Be Moisturising Skin Cream, which I am very intrigued to try.
A subscription to Birchbox costs just £10 + PP a month and is available from www.birchbox.co.uk.

So what do you make of the March Birchbox? Have you already had yours or are you going to subscribe? 

Phyto Subtil Elixir


For the last few months I have heard everybody raving about pre-shampoo treatments for the hair, and I mean what a great idea don't you think? A product that you leave in your hair before you wash it and then carry on with whatever it was that you were doing. No fuss, no waiting around in the shower for ages, yes this sounds right up my street and ideal for those of you who have a busy lifestyle.

So for the last few weeks I have been trying out the Phyto Subtil Elixir* and I can definitely note the difference already. This intensive weekly treatment is said to weightlessly repair dry and ultra-dry hair, illumining it with incredible shine and just by using once or twice per week it should restore shine and revitalise the hair. 

 To use, simply apply on the lengths and ends of your hair and then leave on for 10 minutes or more depending on the hair’s level of porosity. Then you just rinse thoroughly and continue to shampoo your hair as normal. I usually try and leave it in my hair for as long as possible. So for example, if I get home and know I am washing my hair later on in the evening, I will apply it straight away and leave it in for a couple of hours. Sometimes on my more relaxed 'I don't care days' I put loads in my hair and put it up in a big bun for the rest of the day. I have rather thick and dry hair so I do apply a generous amount but for you girls with finer or short hair, I would probably just recommend using a small amount.

I have tried quite a few Phyto products in the past and I think this is so far definitely one of my favourites to date. I also really enjoy the smell. My only issue to report (which is my own fault) is that I do occasionally forget to use it as I don't think my brain hasn't quite fully adjusted to this new shake up in my hair routine. Other then that, I absolutely love this!
 The Phyto Subtil Elixir* retails at £24.50 for a 75ml pump bottle and is available in Space Nk here.

Let me know what you think. 


HD Brows- Blusher and Bronzer?




Who would have known it? The famous HD Brows have now extended their range to offer some fab products which aren't just for brows! The HD Brow has become extremely popular with people flocking to salons to get the HD Brows experience as well as buying their products to use at home. So when The HD Brows Blusher* and HD Brows Bronzer* and not to mention their accompanying blusher brush* and large powder brush* arrived on my desk, I did let out a slight squeal.

The packaging on both the blusher and bronzer is very compact and handy with a little mirror - perfect for your handbag. I absolutely love both of the brushes which come with a protector which is so essential to keep your brushes in good condition and I also find them to be just the right size for each of their jobs. I love using the blusher brush for a contour as I have found it extremely easy to work with.

Both the blusher and bronzer are highly pigmented so you only need to apply a small amount of product but you can also build the colour too if desired. I would say the consistency is quite similar to MAC blushers and bronzers. The bronzer in particular would be ideal for those with a medium to dark skin tone, but I think it would be too dark for those with a fair complexion. The blusher on the other hand could definitely be used on any skin tone. 

The HD Brows Bronzer retails at £19.95 and the HD Brows Blusher in this shade which is described as 'burnt rose' retails at £17.95. The HD Brows Blusher Brush costs £14.95 and the HD Brows Large Powder Brush is £15.95 and are all available online. 

For all information check out the HD Brows site here.

Let me know what you think and if you will be giving any of these products a go!