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Birchbox January 2021

Good afternoon friends,

2 years ago I bought my first Birchbox, (see links below) and man, I was not a fan.

Birchbox August 2018

Birchbox September 2018

In all honesty, I think all subscription boxes, Birchbox included were hyped up, and maybe influencers and Instagram users would post about how wonderful products were and that they were worth the money and hype.
Now I know I only paid £12.95 each a month for these boxes, but still, I was beyond unimpressed with what I unpacked.

To Birchbox’s credit, the last couple of years their boxes have dramatically improved, and I’ve been tempted more than once to sign back up. And here we are!

Each monthly box contains 5 items, that vary from deluxe mini and full sized. Boxes are £12.95 including P&P

Full sized items are available to purchase in Birchbox’s site, along with a 10% discount if that item was featured in your monthly box.

Anywho, let’s have a look at the January 2021 ‘Trust the magic of a fresh start’ edit.

First off, what a cute little box –

It’s been an emotionally draining year for all of us, I read the message on the top of the box and my eyes welled up, woman, keep it together!

I appreciate the quote on the box, a important message for this year moving forward.

Dr.Botanicals Cleansing Bar – Lemon Superfood Nourishing & Balancing RRP Full Size £7
Exfoliating your skin with this lemon oil hard soap bar. I’m not the biggest fan of a solid soap bar, but I have leaned towards them the past couple of years, and is refreshing to see it in a subscription box.

amika RESET exfoliating jelly shampooRRP £20 full size 140ml (received 20ml)
‘Rebalancing and soothing shampoo for your scalp’ I am not a fan of the thought of a expholiating shampoo, although, the small sea salt is soft and can imagine this feeling amazing. And a little massage on the scalp is great for hair growth.

This Works Morning Expert Hyaluronic Serum RRP £37 for full size 30ml (received 10ml)
This is a deluxe mini sized tube, but only a small amount is needed, very light and glides on well with a soft scent.

Lise Watier Illuminating Primer Luminous Fresh Cream-Gel
RRP £42 for full size (received 7ml)

I love this Illuminating and brightening multipurpose gel. There’s a slight shimmer, that adds a subtle glow on your skin

Marcelle Purifying Mask RRP £17.50 for full size 50ml (received 10ml)

This mask is made to be perfect for cleaning for your pores. I haven’t yet used this product, but always welcome a face mask, especially one that gives a deep cleanse.

Most of the items are deluxe minis, but I’m fine with that. They’re all a.decent size and contain enough product for a few uses.
I did expect a bit of make up, instead of it being skincare heavy, but for the winter, that’s to be expected, and I’ve received items that will benefit my skin during these cold months.

What do you think of this month’s Birchbox?

Kaya •

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Roccabox Subscription – Party and Pamper Box

Good morning friends,

Boxing day I was on a hunt for a new Subscription box – I spent hours reading and watching reviews of the contents, the price, customer service and consistency of the boxes.

You will not believe how many subscriptions are out there until you start looking… Dozens!

I narrowed it down to 2, Roccabox and Birchbox.

Today we’ll be looking at Roccabox.

When I ordered it wasn’t clear if I was making an early order for the January box, or late order for December.
I received the December ‘Party and Pamper’ box but happy all the same.

Boxes cost £10 a month with £3.95 P&P, I was discounted £2 off my first box, giving a total of £11.95
I ordered on 26th December, and it arrived on 31st December, pretty impressive!

Your subscription rolls over each month, with payment taken on the 1st. You’re not tied in and can log into your account at anytime and cancel

Let’s get into it –

All items in this box are Vegan and cruelty free,apart from Batiste, which is only Vegan (which is disappointing)

SMUG – Silk material Luxury Sleep Mask RRP £15

I’ve been meaning to buy myself a silk face mask, this on is exactly what I’ve been looking for. The most beautiful pearl pink, with a elasticated band, plush, soft and comfy, perfect.

Balance Me – Vitamin C Repair Serum RRP £10 (Deluxe travel size)

‘The ultimate morning after skin remedy’, I’m here for upping my skin care game this year. Instantly my skin felt refreshed, this may of helped due to the subtle lemon grass scent which is stronger than most serums, but I think it’s lovely.

Batiste X Skinny Dip – Dry Shampoo RRP £2 (Full size)

This dry shampoo has a sweet feminine scent, works well with the traditional white powder, gave my hair a quick and easy refresh without having to massage your scalp for too long

Grace & Stella – Dead Sea Mud Mask RRP £8 (Deluxe Travel mini)

A sheet or peel off face mask always leaves my skin feeling vibrant, but I love a mud mask, it’s a deeper cleanse and gives my face the full treatment.

Bellapierre Cosmetics – Heatwave Highlighting Palette RRP £24.99 (Full sized)

Firstly I thought this was a eye shadow palette.
Secondly, ‘Heatwave’, I’d expect rich gold, bronze and orange shades.
No matter, how gorgeous are these highlighters? A picture just doesn’t do them justice
I’ll keep these by for spring and will use them as eye shadows, a soft dreamy pastel eye with a coat of mascara, effortless.

I’m thrilled with my first Roccabox – a great combination of products for under £15, fast delivery, and no ridiculous one use sample sizes.
Hopefully we’re in for the win with this box

Kaya •

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Feel Unique Pick n Mix June 2020

Good evening friends,

This weekend I recieved my second Feel Unique Pick n Mix

Each month, you can choose from hundreds of samples, to select 5 items sent to you for just £3.99, including P&P
Each month you can claim back your £3.99 to use on the following month, how incredible is that?

Thalgo Collagen Cream 3ml RRP £55 50ml

The first item I picked was from a brand I had selected last time.
Over the past couple of mornings I’ve used about a half pea size under my eyes, which has left them soft, and minimal creasing when I’ve put on a light layer of make up.

Elemis gentle rose exfoliator 3ml RRP £35 50ml

This gentle expholiater is perfect for your face. I think this would be a little too soft for my liking to use on my body, but for my face, it left my skin feeling clean, refreshed and smooth

UpCircle Organic Facial Serum with Coffee Oil 1mo RRP 30ml £14.99

This serum is supposed to firm your skin whilst boosting collagen and preventing dark circles.
The scent is beautiful but extremly strong.
I smoothed this into my skin, and wow.
Afterwards my skin felt nourished, hydrated, and not at all greasy or slick.
Upcircle products are all vegan, paraben free, no palm oil, cruelty free, 100% recyclable packaging, natural and affordable.

What more could you want?

Trilogy Cream Cleanser 2ml RRP £23.50 200ml

I used this late night after having a heavy eye make up day. A little of this on my face and neck leaves skin soothed with a fresh and conditioned.
£23 is a little more than I’d like to spend on a cleanser but I may treat myself one day?

Tory Burch My First Fragrance 1.5ml RRP £55 30ml

This is a extremly subtle floral and citrus based fragrance. I was hoping it would pack more of a punch, as 3 or 4 spray hardly lasted the day.
This is just one of the reasons I love mini fragrances, it’s always best to test before you buy, especially when it’s almost £60 for a 30ml bottle.

Have you tried Pick n Mix before? What products will you be looking out for?

Kaya •

Bathbox

Bathbox May 2020

Good morning friends,

Friday afternoon I recieved my second Bathbox. May’s theme is ‘Dreams’.
I’m I’m definate need of a little something special this months, and ove been looking forward to my bathbox since last month!

Dream catcher bomb RRP £3.50

One of the prettiest bath bombs I’ve ever, I dont know if I want to use it. With a sweet sherbet like scent, I think I may wait to use this one when I want a pamper night.

Sparkling Dreams Bomb RRP £4.50

I can’t say I’ve tried an orange scented bath bomb before as never too sure on lemon or orange for skin care but this bitter orange one smells insane, perfect when you need a bit of get up and go.

Man in the moon bomb RRP £3.50

This bathbomb is incredibly heavy, smells deliciously and is sprinkled in glitter.
This was the first one to meet my bath, and wow. The most calming floral scent, leaving me with a slight body shimmer after, it was perfect right before bed.

Lavender dream bag RRP £0.99

Now this is exactly what I needed, without knowing.
I think we can agree we’re all a little stressed at the moment. Now this might just be a placebo, but ivw had this little bag tucked into my pillow the last few nights, and I’ve never slept better.

Sleep Easy Salts RRP £3.50

I havent used these yet, or finished my last ones, but looking forward to treating myself with these luxurious lavender Epsom salts.

I am absolutly in love with this subscription box. The quality, the price, the fact that so much thought and care has been put into it and that its always tied to a theme, instead of just random bits and bond thrown together. The perfect gift

Kaya •