Sprinkle Happiness – Brought to you by Birchbox (Jan 17 edition)

img_1171Last week I got home to a lovely treat on my doorstep – my January Birchbox.It was a much needed surprise after such a manic day – or rather week – at work. In between the gym, making healthy lunches to take to work and back to back meetings all day, everyday last week, I was starting to go a little insane. So believe me when I say that I was delighted to receive this little gift “to me, from me”.

A little ray of sunshine on a rainy day.

This month’s box really is a like a little ray of sunshine on a rainy day. Just look at the design of this month’s box. That cute little yellow pattern and the “Sprinkle Happiness” quote on the front of the drawer is sure to brighten up anybody’s day, no matter how crap it’s been so far.

Enough of me ranting, let’s delve into the detail.

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This month, I received 2 full sized products! My first full sized product is the Lord & Berry Conceal-It Crayon in beige. This product is actually a Birchbox exclusive and retails for £12. It’s like Birchbox have read my mind as through my detox this month, I seem to be having horrendous breakouts so this will come in really useful I’m sure. This crayon has a lovely creamy texture and is so easy to apply as you are essentially just drawing over your problem areas and then using your fingertips to blend it in. Birchbox also suggest using it to highlight particular features like beneath your brow bone so I’ll give it a try – I much prefer to use a highlighter to do this usually for that added dewy look but this might be ideal for wearing to work as it’s a bit more subtle.

img_1176The second full sized product in this box is the Merci Handy hand cream in the Chérie Cherry fragrance. It’s quite a cheap product at only £4.50 and is the perfect size to pop in your handbag. I’ve taken it with me in my workbag since receiving it. I’m not overly keen on the scent that I have received as it’s a bit sickly sweet but it’s a nice, thick hand cream so is great for keeping your hands in good nick in this awful weather we are having at the moment. It also has tiny beads inside it which dissolve when you apply the cream to help keep them nourished, which is a nice touch.

img_1180The next product that I got was a mini Nails inc. nail polish in the shade Bourne Street. I’ve not had chance to use this just yet but the shade looks gorgeous and is perfect for a night out. I was a little bit disappointed by the size of this product as it’s so small and will probably only last for 1 or 2 manicures. The full sized product retails for £15 so I’ll give it a try and let you know whether it’s worth adding it to your nail polish collection. Nails inc. also have a nail polish in a spray can which is on my hit list of products to try out so keep a look out for this review.

img_1173I also got a Clarifying Shampoo by Kebelo – the full sized version retails for £13.95. The guide suggests that you should only use it once or twice a month as a detox for your hair to help get rid of product build-up. I actually used this product yesterday and I’m not sure whether I would recommend it as it left my hair feeling so dry that I had to apply a conditioning mask to combat the effect.

img_1174Lastly, I received the Shave Crave Shaving Cream by Whish in the Acai Grapefruit scent. This one retails for £14.80. First of all, this product smells absolutely gorgeous but I’m not sure that I’m a fan of the non-foaming formula. It’s good for getting a close shave but not so great for my sensitive skin. If you prefer a less foamy shaving cream then this is definitely for you as it smells gorgeous and contains shea butter and coconut oil in the formula to protect your skin and keep them super soft and smooth.

My overall thoughts:

I wasn’t overwhelmed by all of the products in this month’s box sadly, but absolutely loved the packaging – it’s very apt for the January blues and is great timing ahead of the dreaded Blue Monday today. Overall I’d give this month’s box a 7/10.

If you’re looking to subscribe then you can do so here and get £5 off your first box. Now’s the time to reward yourself for all the effort that goes into January and to make up for giving up alcohol, chocolate and your social life whilst you snuggle inside and avoid the wet, rainy days.

-Em

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Previous Birchbox reviews:

December 2016 – Merry and Bright

November 2016 – Shake your tail feather

 

 

New year, same me. 

Happy new year all! I hope you celebrated with a bang last night and haven’t got too much of a sore head this morning. 

I saw the new year in at my sister’s boyfriend’s farm house where we made homemade pizzas, lit fireworks and drank probably a bit too much and avoided extortionate club fees and overcrowded bars. 


The beginning of a new year is usually a great time to turn over a fresh slate for most people and a time to set goals for how you are going to change and improve yourself. I am a strong believer in setting goals to help you strive towards something and to give yourself a sense of achievement but this shouldn’t just happen at the start of the year and then forgotten about until this time rolls around again. I find it easier to set smaller goals throughout the year as it makes it easier to stay on track and gives you a continuous sense of achievement. 

So this year I’m not making any New Year’s resolutions as such. Yes, like most of you, I aim to get fitter and in particular I want to make sure I drink more water throughout the day to stay hydrated but I don’t aim to change myself in the process. To often we don’t accept who we are or feel comfortable in our own skin, feeling the need to make changes. 

This year, instead of making resolutions, my plan is to make a bucket list for things I want to do and places I want to see before 2017 is up. Life is short to waste it sitting around watching Netflix all day everyday. At the end of 2017 I will be the same me with a strong sense of fulfilment. 

I’m going to be spending my day pulling together my 2017 bucket list and thinking  about where I really want to go and what I want to see this year. 

I will share my list in a few days once I’ve set aside some time to really think it through so keep a look out. 

What are your goals for 2017? Do you believe in New Year’s resolutions? 

-Em

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