Wednesday, February 18, 2015

FEBRUARY BIRCHBOX REVIEW

February Birchbox 2015

Hey guys! Today I wanted to talk about my favorite monthly mailbox surprise, which is Birchbox! Probably around a year ago, they sent me a box to review on my blog and I loved the products and the whole concept so much that I ended up subscribing to it for myself. I've been receiving these boxes ever since, however I did cancel the service during summer, while I was not in the UK. The deliveries are international, but I find it easier just to pause it, rather than change the address etc.

The box costs £10/month, with a £2.95 shipping charge in the UK, which isn't that much considering it is only a monthly payment (they do offer better deals if you sign up for 6 or 12 months, though). Before I started eating vegan food, that's how much I would spend in 2 days at Pret A Manger on my lunch breaks, haha. Each month you get 5-6 samples, one of them being a fully sized product (so you get a lot more than you pay for). This month for Valentines day they actually surprised us with 2 fully sized products - The London Butterflies Body SoufflĂ© costs £37, whereas the Wild About Beauty Golden Skin Glow is £21. Not bad for a £10 box, right? For each box you receive, you gain 12 points and once you have received your box, you have a chance to complete product feedback surveys, which will give you even more points (for example this month I got 35 extra points just from this). I love this points system, because once you accumulate 100 points (£10 worth), you get to spend them on their webshop, which I have already done several times. If you subscribe to Birchbox via this link, you will automatically get additional 50 points, by the way!

February Birchbox review

What I got this month: The Chia Co. Oats + Chia in Mixed Berry flavour, theBalm cosmetics Stainiac in the shade Beauty Queen, Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo, London Butterflies Body Butter Soufflé (in British Tundra Berries & Meadowsweet), Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, and finally Wild About Beauty Golden Skin Glow

February Birchbox blogger

A fun surprise is that next month we can choose our own Benefit product from a choice of 3 mascaras (BADgal Lash Mascara, They're Real! mascara and Roller Lash Mascara). I opted for the Roller Lash Mascara as that is their newest product and I'm eager to try it!

The Chia Co Birchbox

Oddly enough, one of my fave products in this months box was not a beauty item, but rather The Chia Co mixed berry sample! I had this for breakfast the next day (simply pour it in a bowl, add hot water) and it was absolutely delicious. It's always a delight to find something that will speed up the cooking process (especially in the morning before work) and is vegan too!!!

Birchbox review

Overall, I absolutely loved this months box. The sample sizes were really good and the products were matched to my taste (you have to complete a beauty profile when you sign up). I'm still testing all the products, but so far I absolutely love them! I was also really happy to be surprised by getting two fully sized products this month because of Valentine's day!

♥♥♥

Sunday, February 15, 2015

SUPERGA STORE IN GUILDFORD

Superga Guildford market street

Last week Surgery PR Group invited me to pop along to the brand new Superga store in my town, Guildford. Upon receiving the e-mail, I started to wonder when did I actually first hear about Superga? I have definitely known of the Italian brand for a long time, even before Superga x The Blonde Salad, but never actually owned a pair myself. They also recently launched a collab with Suki Waterhouse, check it out here. The store is located in the middle of Market street (the street between Office and Kiehls if you're heading in from the High street) - with all the colors in the store design, it is hard to miss! 

I was kindly gifted a voucher to pick up some styles for myself, and I was fully intent on taking home one white classic pair and another "fun" pair. Once I actually got to the store, my eyes were drawn to their summery styles and I ended up taking the Lilla and Dusty Rose pairs home with me. I absolutely can't wait to wear them once it gets a little bit warmer (I definitely don't want to risk spoiling them in the mud and rain right now, haha)! Other than these, I also really liked the silver metallic ones, which you can see in the pictures below. The staff were very kind and helped me with the sizing (apparently, if I'm size 39 then I should go for a UK5.5 rather than a UK6). As you can see, I couldn't resist snapping a photo of the baby Superga shoes (above), because I'm a sucker for everything baby-sized.

Big thanks to Surgery PR for inviting me over and I am absolutely in love with my two pastel pairs! ♥ 

Superga Market street Guildford Superga Guildford store Superga Cotu Classic 2750 Dusty Rose Superga 2750 Cotu Classic Lilla Superga 2750 Cotu Classic Lilla

Friday, February 6, 2015

THE OVERKNEE BOOTS


Rewind back to 2004 when I was 11 and leg warmers were one of my favourite fashion items (just after flared pants and rhinestoned caps). They might have looked horrid, but, admittedly, they did keep my legs very warm. Being someone who absolutely can't stand wearing tights under jeans or wearing two pairs of tights at the same time, it's fair to say my legs have been pretty cold this winter.... she said, while trying to justify yet another pair of overknee boots. Jokes aside, these do keep my legs really warm and I love wearing really thick fluffy socks underneath for even more warmth! At £100 they weren't quite within my budget, so I was thrilled when I saw them online for half price during sale. They are currently sold out, however I've linked a couple of similar styles above.

All this winter cold, lack of photographer and full-time job business has obviously made me lose my blogging mojo a bit. However, I do want to get more lifestyle and beauty posts up on my blog, so all I need is ideas, and then I can get shooting and writing! After a rather busy period at work, I will finally go home to Luxembourg for a couple of days next week, excitiiiiing. I have also been thinking about slowly starting to write up my placement report or at least create a plan for it. While work can be quite monotone most of the time, I do have some fun things to include in my report, such as when I was given the responsibility of being the acting floor manager for two days, or the fact that I got assigned as the voice of the team (kind of like being a class rep in high school, haha). 

I will now take a long shower, make some dinner and indulge in some of my fave TV series. Friday nights are definitely not meant for partying in this weather! Don't forget to follow my insta for more regular updates. So long! ♥