Birchbox December 2016 Unboxing – My Last Box & Why I’m Cancelling! (Blogmas, day 14)

Hi My lovelies,

Today’s post is all about my final Birchbox of the year, and my last box for the time being! I’m cancelling after December’s box,  think new year, new start kind of thing. After getting Birchbox for a full year, I’ve come to the realisation that I’m never 100% impressed with the box, or there’s some sort of mistake or error, or there are products in there which are completely unsuitable for me. So I’m starting off January without my Birchbox subscription! Regardless, December’s box is actually pretty good and almost made me reconsider my decision to quit for now (apart from a problem I’ll address below), so let’s see what was inside!

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This month is Christmas themed, and Birchbox always bring out the best at this time of year which is why I’ve stuck it out for this box. The box is a strange design this month, pretty plain but opens up like a storage box, which could be handy to keep pens or makeup brushes in (although I like the drawer style boxes better!)

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So what was in my box this month?

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Birchbox X Tatler November 2016 – Shake Your Tail Feather!

Hi my lovelies,

So November’s Birchbox is somewhat of a milestone for me – this is my twelfth box, meaning as of November I’ve been subscribed to Birchbox for a full year! I’ve really taken the time lately to consider where I’m at product wise, as well as financially, and I’m both happy and sad to say that December’s box (next month) will likely be my last, at least for now. I’ve achieved my goal of finding new products and new brands that work for me in these last 12 months, and I definitely have some new faves thanks to Birchbox.

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This month, Birchbox has teamed up with Tatler magazine to pick out some fab products, and I do believe this is one of the best all around boxes I’ve had so far (although one of the makeup items is not the best for me). The box is gorgeous, and really matches in with the teal and white decor in my bedroom, so I’m going to use it to keep knick knacks and samples in. Tatler isn’t really a magazine I go for (I’m a dedicated Elle reader), but they’ve definitely done great on the product front!

Last month my box was really hit and miss, with some hero products (Oribe, represent!) and some duds, so I’m really pleased with the products I received this month as there only seems to be one “miss” in here.

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So what was in my box this month? (Plus mini reviews)

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Birchbox November 2016 – Sneak Peek!

Hi My lovelies,

First off, I want to say sorry (again, I can’t help it, I’m English) for being less active lately. I’m still incredibly busy and have little to no time to blog, even though I have so many post ideas floating around my head! I work full time, and I have my final end of course project (it’s taken three years to get here, but hopefully I’m almost done) taking up what little time I normally use to write up my blog posts. That being said, it wouldn’t be the first of the month without my Birchbox preview post, would it?? I’m definitely going to try and be more present, and I’m going to attempt blogmas this year – 25 posts in the first 25 days of December – do you guys think I can do it?! Anyway, onto the box!

November’s box (November already, wow!) theme is Shake Your Tail Feather, and the box is adorably peacock designed! It’s curated this month by Tatler magazine, which if I’m honest is a little too middle class for me to read, but they have definitely put together an amazing line up for the boxes this month. Non subscribers, this may be your month to join, as I am super excited for my November box to arrive. I’m still debating on whether to cancel my boxes after Christmas, depending on finances and enjoyment factors (possibly in favour of Love Me Beauty), but I’m definitely looking forward for this one!!

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For those of you who don’t know about Birchbox, it’s a beauty subscription service that sends around 5 beauty products (including makeup, skincare and haircare) to your door each month. Sometimes there is also a beauty bonus included, such as January’s #nofilter compact mirror! It costs £10 plus £2.95 postage, and in my opinion is well worth it so far as I’ve found products that I really love (Spectrum makeup brushes, anybody?)!

Birchbox also now ships to Ireland, so all you Irish lovelies can now get your hands on this little box of wonders too!

Find out more about Birchbox here! || Sign up here!

What goodies could be in your box this month?

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Birchbox October 2016 – Sneak Peek!

Hi my lovelies,

I normally start these posts with “Can you believe it’s X month already” but we all know this year has gone by so so fast! We’re back with another sneak peek of this month’s Birchbox, and it looks like another pretty good one for October!

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October’s box is celebrating star signs, and comes complete with another drawer style box (yay!) that reflects the element of your star sign and glows in the dark!. I’m a Sagittarius so I should get the Fire box – a trait that I’m super happy about! It won’t match my decor, but I love the look of the boxes this month! Birchbox is promising to send us beauty that matches our star signs this month (whatever that means?) plus a full size makeup item for October!

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For those of you who don’t know about Birchbox, it’s a beauty subscription service that sends around 5 beauty products (including makeup, skincare and haircare) to your door each month. Sometimes there is also a beauty bonus included, such as January’s #nofilter compact mirror! It costs £10 plus £2.95 postage, and in my opinion is well worth it so far as I’ve found products that I really love (Spectrum makeup brushes, anybody?)!

Birchbox also now ships to Ireland, so all you Irish lovelies can now get your hands on this little box of wonders too!

Find out more about Birchbox here! || Sign up here!

What goodies could be in your box this month?

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Birchbox September 2016 – Sneak Peek!

Hi my lovelies,

Can you believe September is here already! We’re heading towards autumn now, and as the days get darker and the nights get colder, we definitely need that little bit of luxury to pep us up! Step in Birchbox! Last month’s offering wasn’t the best ever, as I only really liked around half the products in my box for August, and the bag was disappointing. I’m hoping for great things in September though!

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I’m not sure that September’s box has a theme, but this month Birchbox is back with the drawer style box, which I’m super happy with – it makes storing things in there so much easier! The box looks super cute too, with pretty geometric pastels that I will definitely keep using (it would make a perfect place to store my face masks, I think!).

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For those of you who don’t know about Birchbox, it’s a beauty subscription service that sends around 5 beauty products (including makeup, skincare and haircare) to your door each month. Sometimes there is also a beauty bonus included, such as January’s #nofilter compact mirror! It costs £10 plus £2.95 postage, and in my opinion is well worth it so far as I’ve found products that I really love (Spectrum makeup brushes, anybody?)!

Birchbox also now ships to Ireland, so all you Irish lovelies can now get your hands on this little box of wonders too!

Find out more about Birchbox here! || Sign up here!

What goodies could be in your box this month?

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How To Look Your Best In Summer? 9 Essential Tips To Beat The Heat!

Hi my lovelies,

Summer starts at the beginning of June for me, even though most of the time we don’t get the best of the weather here in England.  I thought this post could be all about some beauty tips and tricks for summer, as we’re now heading towards to warmer months and it really pays off to be prepared!

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Here are my nine top tips for staying bright and beautiful in summer!

 

  • Stay Hydrated

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May Beauty Faves!

Hi my lovelies,

So yet another month has passed and we’re now heading toward summer! Again I’m actually on time with my faves post this month, so let’s have a look at all the nice things I’ve been loving for May! I’ve got lots of makeup faves, along with some beauty tools, skincare, body products and even haircare this month, so let’s get this show on the road!

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  • Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Palette

It’ll be no surprise to any of you that this is in my faves this month! This palette, however cumbersome the packaging is, is beautiful, the shadows are super buttery and pigmented, and I love how there are so many versatile shades to use in here! For a full review with swatches, have a look here!

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Birchbox UK May 2016 “For The Dreamers” – Unboxing and Review!

Hi my lovelies,

I’m back with another beauty box review for May, and this time it’s Birchbox’s turn! It’s also Friday the 13th today so I don’t know whether I’m jinxing this post or not by putting this up today! Are any of you guys superstitious? Got any good Friday 13th stories?

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Anyway, May’s Birchbox theme for this month is “For the Dreamers” and the box features a design that’s hidden away underneath a silver scratch away overlay. I will say it took me around 15 minutes to fully scratch away all of the overlay and I ended up with silver foil bits everywhere, but i think the design for this box is stunning yet again! It’s full of bright colours and different patterns, and is well worth scratching away the foil if you have a little time!

April’s Birchbox || March’s Birchbox  || More about Birchbox || Want to sign up?

So what was in my box this month?

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Birchbox Uk March 2016:”Word Up” Unboxing and review!

Hi my lovelies!

So this post is a little belated, as I actually received my Birchbox pretty early this month, I just haven’t had much time to sit and blog about it! As this is a little later than planned, I can tell you the final verdicts on the items in my box this month in this post, which is a plus!

The theme this month was “Word Up”, and it was all about searching for (and finding!) your ultimate beauty discovery. The reason I got Birchbox in the first place was to find new brands and products I would love, so this was a great theme for me! This month’s box is pretty cute, with a wordsearch to do on the front of the box, too!

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For all you lovelies who don’t know about Birchbox, it’s a beauty subscription service that sends around 5 beauty products (including makeup, skincare and haircare) to your door each month. Sometimes there is also a beauty bonus included, such as January’s #nofilter compact mirror! It costs £10 plus £2.95 postage, and in my opinion is well worth it so far!

Check out Feb’s box || January’s box || More about Birchbox || Want to sign up?

Let’s get on with telling you all about March’s box, shall we? If you saw my Sneak Peek post, you’ll have been able to see some of the items I could have got and that others will have received in their boxes, too.

What I received this month:

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The Lust List: March 2016

Hi my lovelies!

So this is a brand new segment I’m thinking about doing for the blog every month if you guys like it and I get the chance! You may have also noticed that I changed my blog header, and my image font is slightly different – what do you think? It looks a little better, yeah?

I’ve decided to call it The Lust List, (if you follow me on twitter you might have seen me tweeting with hashtag #lustlist before), and It’s going to be about all of the things I’ve been lusting over or seriously wanting to buy over the last few weeks (or months!). Many a time I’ve been told ‘Jess, why don’t you stop talking and talking about the thing and just go and get it!’, so I wanted to share things I’ve really been wanting lately with you all!

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Some of these are items to buy, or style inspirations, or maybe even just something I saw when browsing Instagram and really loved! Let me know if this style of post is something you like, because if you want to see more of these every month, I’ll continue writing them!

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