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Birchbox Review…

Birchbox Review...

Hello fellow bloggers/blog readers,

I wonder…What is birchbox?…

A while ago now I ordered a Birchbox as I had seen adverts for it and I generally wanted to try it out. Birchbox is a subscription to a Beauty box in which you receive 5 High end beauty products. The box is only £10 a month, the products you receive are sample size but they will still last you a good amount of time. The first box I bought was the February ‘Shine bright like a diamond’ box.

This is the box with all your goodies inside!
This is what you will first see in your box.
Here are the products that you have received.

Lumiere d’hiver super comb prep & protect
The first item I saw was the ‘Lumiere d’hiver super comb prep & protect’ it is a hair care product that is supposed to strengthen and de-tangle hair. I have to say that this works miracles on my hair because it is long and very thick. It often gets in knots and I get split ends easily. I spray this miracle-maker on my hair when it has slightly air-dried and then I brush it through my hair to make sure it reaches every strand. After this I use a hairdryer to dry my hair and then sometimes go in with my straighteners. (I know using heat isn’t great for your hair but when my hair is straightened it is soooooooo much easier to manage.) After I have done my last few steps my hair is super soft and tangle free. This also smells of sherbets so you will have the best hair all round! This might not be useful to everyone but I am sure that any of my thick hair buddies out there would really appreciate this!


Pommade Divine, Nature’s Remedy Balm
The next thing I found was the ‘Pommade Divine, Nature’s Remedy Balm’ this is a Very amazing remedy balm that helps with chapped lips, spots, dry patches, cuts, bruises- you name it, it will do pretty much anything to help your skin out. I have been using it on my pesky stubborn spots to get rid of them and it has worked a charm. I put it on after I have done my night time skincare routine and then I go to sleep and when I wake up I can really see a difference. I didn’t really want to use it for chapped lips as I think it is a little bit sticky, but I have seen loads of people on the reviews using it for their lips. Anyone out there like me who has to have an injection every night, then I think you would find this useful for clearing up bruises. Or if your looking for something cheaper to get rid of bruises try arnicare cream, it clears bruises like there is no tomorrow.


Only fingers + toes nail varnish
The third product I saw in my box was a bright red nail varnish by ‘only fingers + toes’(full size). This was your typical polish, it applied in two coats and then chipped moderately as you would expect with a normal nail varnish. Whatever you do with this nail varnish or any for that matter is accidentally knock while in weird yoga positions trying to paint your toenails. I stupidly knocked mine over and then turned around to a pool of red varnish- great!


Spectrum make-up brush
The fourth thing I received was a ‘Spectrum’ make-up brush (full size). First of all I would like you all to appreciate the amazing colours of this brush. I think this brush would be great for applying powder in you T- Zone and highlighter on the tops of your cheeks.The size is great and this is probably a great feature in an Instagram photo…who knows?


LOC one and done shadow stick in the shade Perfect Scents
The fifth item I discovered was the ‘LOC one and done shadow stick’ in the shade ‘Perfect Scents’ (full size). There was an option of which colour you would like and I went for ‘Perfect Scents’ which is a gorgeous goldy-coppery shade. I haven’t yet tried this out but I have seen many good reviews of it and they all say that is blends and stays well however the colour is quite subtle. I can’t wait to try it out though!


Grab & go pony hairband
The last thing I received was a ‘beauty bonus’ and it was the ‘Grab & go pony’ hairband. I was a little bit disappointed to have only received one but I did steal my mum’s as she received the box a birthday present. The one in my box was brown and a medium thickness (whereas my mum’s was silver and quite thick which I actually prefer). This is the best hairband I have ever had, it holds my hair up all day and does not tug or pull on my hair. As I have already mentioned I have thick, heavy hair so it is amazing when my hair can last all day in a hairband. I have noticed that some elastic has started popping out of my brown band so I hope it doesn’t break!


I will definitely keep purchasing Birchbox and I have been very impressed with what I have received. I am very excited for my next box as I know there are a guaranteed two full sized make-up items! Here is a link to where you can get £5 to spend in the birchbox store if you subscribe, you only get the £5 if you click on this link though.

Never stop wondering…

Amelia Xx

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Real Techniques Brush Review…

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Hello fellow bloggers/blog readers,

I wonder…how good are real techniques brushes?…

Okay guys, so for Christmas I was kindly given some real techniques brushes from “Santa”, I felt very lucky and VERY excited to try them out as I know that many different youtubers rave about these expensive brushes.

The brushes I had received were:

  • Retractable kabuki brush,
  • Essential foundation brush,
  • Multi task brush,
  • Domed shadow brush.

The last three brushes that I mentioned all came in the travel essentials set which came with a case that I now use to store my eyeliner. Currently I have only used these brushes twice but I am already in love.

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As I do not own or want any foundation at this point I tend to use the foundation brush for blending in concealer, however I do also have some miracle complexion sponges that I use when I want my make up to be higher coverage. This brush blends the concealer in beautifully and doesn’t leave any obvious foundation lines. The bristles are soft but firm making it the perfect brush for applying a base to your make up.

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The kabuki brush is very clever in terms of how easy it is to just grab and stick in your bag without worrying about getting make up everywhere. All you need to do is pull the metallic pink circle that is a round the brush head and then attach the lid and push down so that the metallic circle slots back into place- you must do this to ensure that all the bristles are contained in the lid and none are sticking out.


I use the kabuki brush mainly for powder but on the packet that is came in, it said that you can use for pretty much anything apart from eyeshadow.

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I like to use the domed shadow brush to do the majority of my eye make up but I think this will change because I have ordered the eye starter kit which comes with many different brushes. For now this is excellent, sometimes as it is a little bit big for my eye shape I sometimes accidentally get my eye shadow to reach my eyebrow. But aside from that this brush is amazing at applying make up and I would definitely recommend it. Lastly I use the multi task brush for blusher and bronzer as the shape of it fits perfectly to where I want my blusher and bronzer to go.

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As I said earlier I do also own 2 miracle complexion sponges and these are great for higher coverage as they pat the make up onto your face and it doesn’t move around giving the effect of a stronger concealer or foundation. They are very soft and with the unique shape they can be used in many different ways.

This is my honest opinion of these brushes and I think that they are definitely worth the splurge although if you live in Britain like me then I do have a sneaky way to get your brushes cheaper.

I really want to buy this set of brushes…the eye starter kit but it is £20.99 and I do not have that kind of money.

Let’s try that again…

I really want to buy this set of brushes…the eye starter kit and it is £12.11 and that is totally affordable and I still have money left over!

Here is how to get your brushes cheaper…

The best way is to buy online!

Instead of going onto a drugstore website make sure you go onto the Real Techniques OFFICIAL website. You might be thinking, hang on a minute usually things are more expensive from the official website. But not in this case, you will notice that the website is in dollars so all you have to do is click the ‘currency conversion’ button and change it to British pounds (as I said this will only work for people living in the UK or somewhere where the currency conversion is less in your country) now because the currency conversion is less in the UK the item would be cheaper. (£1 = $1.49)

So, I paid £12.11 for an eye make up starter kit. In the UK in a general drugstore I would have paid around £20.99. UK stores are making us pay the same amount as the US are but in pounds meaning that we are paying the wrong price. I think UK drugstore should half the amount we are spending or the US drugstores should double it.

Anyway back to the review, I would totally recommend these brushes as the bristles are soft and gentle, the bristle also move in the correct way and they are excellently shaped. I would like to say well done to Sam and Nic Chapman (Pixiwoo on YouTube) for creating great brushes that are very high standard.

So in conclusion these brushes are definitely as good as people say they are!

Never stop wondering…

Amelia Xx