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

 

 

Day 2 – Christmas Gift Guide Countdown

Good afternoon all.

It’s the 2nd of December and do you know what that means? It’s time for my second Christmas gift inspiration.

Day 2’s Christmas Gift Inspiration:

For the work Secret Santa

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Average budget: £10 – £15

I bought this present for my work Secret Santa. We had a £10 – £15 budget and I wanted to get something that was indulgent and a bit different to the usual 3 for 2 offers that you get from Boots or similar stores. Inspired by my Pinterest search, I ended up going out and searching for a boozy hot chocolate gift and this is the end result.

Hamper breakdown:
  • Happy Holidays mug – H&M. I found this lovely mug in H&M’s home section which opened recently in Reading. You can purchase it online here. This mug usually retails at £6.99 but as I bought it on Black Friday weekend I saved 20% on this so it was virtually a steal. Plus, it is so cute I was tempted to steal this one for myself…

 

  • Mini Baileys – Morrisons. Is it even Christmas without Baileys?! Surprisingly, it’s not the easiest task to find these mini Baileys bottles – or at least it wasn’t in the stores near me. If I’d have been better prepared then I could have probably ordered these online but in the end I purchased a Baileys gift set for £5 from Morrisons and kept the glass for myself – #bonus! The Lindor chocolates were included so this was another steal.

 

  • Hot Chocolate Spoon – Whittard of Chelsea. What I love about this is that the mini marshmallows are included so I didn’t need to purchase these separately and it’s a bit different to making a normal hot chocolate. Having the chocolate on the spoon makes it feel a bit different and more luxurious. This was another Black Friday steal for me – usually £3.00 I managed to get this for £2. You can order it online here.

 

  • Salted Caramel Chocolate Nano Slab – Hotel Chocolat. This brings a final bit of luxury to the present and, having bought one for myself, this tastes delicious. Again, it doesn’t look like you can purchase this online but I picked it up at the till for £2 or less.

So, that’s day 2’s Christmas gift inspiration.

See you tomorrow for another boozy surprise!

-Em

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