It’s that time of the month again where I share with you the contents of my Birchbox. For those who aren’t aware, Birchbox is a beauty subscription service that sends you a personalised box per month for just £10 and often features popular and high-end brands. This month’s theme was Mindfulness and the design on the box fits that perfectly. I love the styling and the colours and will definitely be using this for storage in the future! The products I received are also pretty spot on for what I would describe as self-care; there’s a good mix of skin-care, make-up and hair products for a full pamper evening!
When I was approached by Fair Squared regarding a review of their products, I was intrigued. I’m always looking for new skincare products to try, so I jumped at the chance to do a bit of a different review today. Fair Squared create a wide range of ethical skincare and beauty products, including body lotions, shower gels, shaving essentials, hair care and even condoms. To add to this list, they carry many certifications. They’re fair trade, vegan, all natural and even halal. They are also cruelty-free and promote the use of natural and organic products in their cosmetics.
A few weeks ago now, I experienced what I can only describe as a total outfit and body confidence crisis. I was away at my boyfriend’s house, so I had packed limited clothing options, and I started to get ready to go out and realised I looked 'fat' in everything. I put fat in quotation marks as I am fully aware that I am not in fact, at all 'fat', but I am the biggest that I have ever been (we'll get to that). Cue full blown breakdown and any concern from the last 9 months of constant weight gain to let itself out.
Jen's Sweet Shop is a traditional and retro sweet shop, based in Sutton Coldfield in the UK. Set up 8 years ago, Jen's Sweet Shop aims to bring the nostalgic sweets of the past to your doorstep for just £5.95! Being a sweet tooth and a lover of all things retro, I was super excited to receive one of these charming little boxes in the post.
During December, Boots UK ran a 12 days of Christmas campaign on their Instagram page. As part of this, one of the prizes was the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect makeup collection. On a bit of a whim, and with no expectations, I liked the post and commented that I would love to win this for my Mum. Around a week or so later, I got a notification from Boots that I had in fact won the prize!
This week, I completed my second and final week of jury service. For those who aren’t aware, jury service here in the UK requires you to go to court and form part of a 12 person jury to hear and try cases. As someone who is fascinated by crime documentaries, and has studied aspects of criminology and forensic psychology, I was really quite excited to have been selected.
Birchbox really have outdone themselves this month! They have teamed up with possibly one of my favourite UK brands, the stationary company Ohh Deer. Ohh Deer specialise in quirky, funny, and individual stationary from notebooks and planners, to sticky notes and pencils. I’ve been a fan of theirs for about 2 years now, and the obsession only got worse when they opened a store down the road from my University!
Many of you will soon be returning back to university after a (hopefully) very relaxing Christmas break. The dread will soon kick in, the panic about graduate life will start and you will realise it’s all coming to an end sooner than you would like it to. The period from January to the end of my degree went quicker than any other semester, and looking back, I could have done and seen and experienced so much more. So, I am writing this in the hope that it helps you, that it inspires you to go out and try new things, because it’s really never too late.
As the New Year approaches, everyone’s minds tend to wander towards what we can do in 2018 to improve ourselves and our lives. Rather than resolutions, I like to set myself goals of things to accomplish and set targets of places I want to be.
After taking a break from these reviews last month, I am back with an absolute stunner of a Birchbox for December. With a theme of ‘Life’s Little Treasures’, it seemed perfect that Birchbox teamed up with luxe British fashion designer Matthew Williamson on this one! The box is inspired by his Treasure Garden print and screams festivity. Look at it, it’s just bloomin’ beautiful! (Get it, flower pun…)