My First Birchbox Review

I’ve seen a lot of people who use subscriptions to online websites that send you make up samples but I’ve never really decided if it was worth it or not. Recently I decided to give it a go and signed up to Birchbox and recently got my first order through.

The box that I got with all the make up is such a nice box, its sturdy and really pretty, perfect size to store make up so I am going to be keeping hold of these boxes to put my make up into because I think they will stack really nicely as well and dont take up too much space.

The amount that you get in this box is definitely worth the £10, I got a full sized Spectrum C06 brush in rose gold, a Show Premiere finishing spray, a Smith & Cult lipgloss in the shade Diary of a Beauty Junkie, Beaver daily moisturising conditioning spray and an eyeshadow trio from Pop beauty called Champagne Mocha. As well as these I also got a Keeome hydration therapy mask which I am so excited to use!

So far I’ve only used the lipgloss which was a nice neutral light brown shade. The colour isn’t very vibrant but is very glossy, its also a tiny bit sticky but not to the point its horrible to wear, its a very thick lipgloss but feels really moisturising on your lips.

As well as these I also got a 25% off discount voucher for Papier which I am going to use to buy some notebooks for university in September. I think this box is totally worth the money and I’m so glad that I subscribed!

Hazel xoxox

My First Birchbox Review

Whats in my Carry On

This week I am going to Italy snowboarding. I’m proper excited and despite some health complications, I’m all set to go and super excited! I thought I would do a whats in my carry on because I’ve seen so many other people do it so I thought why not?!

My carry on bag is a Superdry rucksack thats dark pink and really roomy. I find its the perfect size to fit everything in it and has a front compartment that I can put things in that I might need quickly. In the front compartment I tend to leave my asthma inhaler and medication in there as especially with the medication, its hard to dig out of a packed bag.

In my main bag I have a small blanket because I tend to get really cold, really quickly so a blanket is pretty essential for me. I also put in a spare hoody and some fluffy socks with a bottle of water and bottle of something fizzy like coke incase I have a dizzy spell and need sugar. I also put in my iPod my with headphones and a book. My purse along with my tickets and passport also goes into an inside compartment of my bag so I can get to them easily but their not in an easy place to be stolen.

Make up wise I take make up wipes, incase I fall asleep and wake with some panda eyes, as well as a pack of hair ties and slides so I can tie my hair if needed. I also like to take my Lush Tea Tree Toner spray because I don’t put foundation on when flying, just mascara so its nice to spritz my face with it once I get off the plane to feel a bit more awake.

Its not much but I’m only going on a short haul flight which is only an hour and half so I dont really need much… but keep an eye on my blog for some make up reviews, lush haul and updates from my snowboarding holiday!!

Hazel xoxox

Whats in my Carry On

Current Skin Care Routine

Since my last skin care routine post I have changed the products that I have been using and started to see a really good change in my skin. I’ve been planning this post for a while but I wanted to make sure I had a strong opinion of these products before I reviewed them and updated my routine. img_3488

I now use The Body Shop tea tree face wash, toner and scrub as well as the charcoal face mask. I found these are really nice products that don’t feel harsh on your skin and I love that the scrub can also be used as a face mask which you only leave on for five minutes, perfect for a quick night mask on a busy evening if you don’t have time every night to put a fifteen minute face mask on.

I usually start by taking my make up off with a make up wipe or a cleansing wipe, before using the face wash to remove any remaining make up and dirt. I then use the scrub and depending on my mood, I’ll either leave it on for five minutes then scrub it off or I’ll just scrub my face and wash it off. After this I pat my face dry with a towel and use a cotton pad to apply the toner. For a moisturiser I use the Simple oil balancing moisturiser.

This skin routine has currently worked wonders for me and my skin has cleared up amazingly. I do this every night, sometimes using the charcoal mask in place of the scrub.

Comment below your favourite skin care products!

Hazel xoxo

Current Skin Care Routine

Jefree Star Liquid Lipstick Review

I’ve been wanting to get some more lip products for a while having been using the same few MAC lipsticks. I also wanted to try some different products that people have been raving about, so I looked into Kylie Lipkits and was set on getting one or two until I saw how much it costs to get them over here in the UK because of customs, and I can’t justify spending £40 on a lipkit right now so I went for a different option and had a look on BeautyBay for Jefree Star liquid lipsticks because I know their well reviewed.

The three shades that I purchased was No Tea No Shade which is a metallic colour, Androgyny a purple-ish shade with grey undertones and Unicorn Blood a dark red with some brown undertones.  So far I’ve used Androgyny twice and tested the other two but not worn them for a day, but from the Androgyny shade that I used, I can see why everyone raves about them.

The applicators nice and easy giving a smooth and even coverage that matts out in about ten seconds depending how thick you layer it. I tested this on a day that I went out with my boyfriend shopping and for lunch and it’s flawless. Lasted the whole day and I only re-applied it once because it was starting to fade a little bit in the middle after I’d had a coffee. But it wasn’t a noticeable fade and didn’t really need touching up but I did it anyway. I found this is a really durable liquid lipstick that is really tough and stays on for a long period of time as well as through eating and drinking, in fact its taking it off that I find a bit tougher, you have to use a made up wipe or something similar to get it off your lips, but it does leave a slight stain so again if you over line your lips with this, it will stain the skin and will need a thin layer of foundation or concealer to cover it up if you want it gone. I also found it wears off middle outwards which in a way I find more helpful because then you don’t have to spend ages making sure the lines are perfect at the edge, you just put some more on the middle and you’re good to go.

I’m a hundred percent going to buy more of these when I next get paid because their amazing! I also want to try out some of his other products as well to see if their of a similar standard.

 

Jefree Star Liquid Lipstick Review

January Round Up

So coming into the New Year, I had lots of plans of things I wanted to do, such as start riding more, train harder, live life a bit more with out worrying so much and get my blog running smoothly with regular updates. I started the New Year with a new job which is going really well, but I also started it with a new medical situation which has caused my doctors to make me put on hold a lot of my training plans. I had posts due to be written up this week, however with a mix of work training, work opening, college projects and doctors/hospital appointments, my brains been in a bit of overload and I needed a bit of time to try sort everything out.

I am going to have a post up next week for you and then hopefully every week from then on. I am also looking at getting Vlogging camera so that I can upload some YouTube videos when I do something interesting, along with some general YouTube videos, however this may take a bit longer to get running smoothly because of how much time needs putting into it, compared to the amount of time I have at the moment.

Either way its just a little up date to let you know that I am planning a lot of stuff for my blog this year and to keep watching this space.

January Round Up

2017 Goals

So with 2016 finally over, I’m hoping that 2017 is going to be a better year and a time where I can really start to get my life together and do what makes me happy. I’m going to be honest, my 2017 hasn’t started on the best note in some ways but I’m determined to get through the challenges that these are presenting me and have a good year. One of my main aims this year is to save money and just do what I want to do. I’m lucky enough to get to start this year off being flown out to Spain to do a photoshoot, before going to Italy to go snowboarding in March. In between that I have my new job which I am loving and getting to finish my studies before either starting new studies in a new subject or getting my first full time job. Either way which ever one happens I feel will happen for a reason, if I get to study my chosen course then it will allow me to meet new people, progress my skills and get a good job after, if not I’m going to get a strong portfolio of work together and find a full time job. The plus side to a full time job is not only having more money, but getting to be an adult and start saving for moving out. What ever happens I am happy with so we will see.

I also want to start putting more content on my blog so I have a lot of posts planned and I am aiming on dedicating more time to writing it and putting up more interesting and original content. A re-design may also happen at some point.

I am hoping this year will be a good year to start the next chapter of my life and progress onto moving out with my boyfriend at some point with in the next few years. I’m aiming on stepping up my training for my cycling to start placing higher in races, as well as establishing my own fashion style and feeling confident when wearing it. My blogs content is going to be different in the sense that as much of a make up/fashion blog it is, I am also going to update it with more bits of my life, ride and race updates, if something exciting happens updates as well as more lifestyle bits.

Heres to a good 2017!

2017 Goals

Looking back on 2016

2016 has been a year full of highs and lows for most of us, and for me it was a year where I learnt and realised a lot of things I’d tried to deny in the past. I had a bad ending to 2015 which lead into 2016 after my best friend passed away, however I did have a boyfriend to help me through it once he grew the balls to ask me out. Either way here are some of my highlights and life lessons from 2016.

The first highlight started bang on New Years when my now boyfriend announced he was going to kiss me at midnight, leading to us getting together after knowing each other for two years. Since then I’ve had so many new experiences that he has brought me, for example going to Italy, somewhere I’ve been wanting to go for years, for a holiday in the summer, as well as helping me learn that its okay to trust people and tell them how you feel as well as letting them see you at your weakest sometimes. My boyfriend has been behind a big confidence increase in me this year and I can’t thank him enough for that.

I also learnt this year that things never go as planned and thats okay. I planned this year that I was going to save lots of money which went straight down the drain when work cut my hours before announcing they only wanted full timers. This lead to me finding another job last minute and having to go with the fewer hours they have. But from this I learnt that sometimes things go wrong for a reason, I’ve learnt how to pace my money through out the month when living month to month and not being able to save anything.

One of the biggest things I learnt this year was that I am important. I’ve always struggled with the idea that I’m important and that I matter. I’ve forever been told by some family members that I was never good enough and would never be good enough, leading to me having a lot of confidence issues and feeling as if things are my fault, that I’m not trying hard enough or I’m not good enough. Thats all changed now and I’ve finally accepted that I matter, and if people don’t respect that then they aren’t people who I need in my life. I stopped chasing people who were only ever interested in talking to me when it benefited them and distanced myself from family members that I don’t get on that well with, only seeing them at special occasions. I’ve also reached the stage where I know my thoughts matter and will tell people if I feel their treating my unfairly or if they have upset me.

Another highlight that happened a few weeks ago now, was getting my brown belt in karate. Life got a bit hectic with hospital appointments, college projects, training and races which lead to a messy session the session before my grading where I blanked everything and ended up having a mini panic attack and feeling like I wasn’t good enough to do my grading, and with my fear of failure, the worst thing I could think of doing was going for it and failing it. I overcame this working my arse off for four days, doing my grading and passing. I really feel as if I proved to myself and my instructors that I am good enough and that I can achieve things if I want it.

A slight downside but also upside was discovering that I have a heart defect and finally sorting out my stomach condition. My stomach condition was an attributing factor to my confidence issues because when I would eat even the smallest thing, I would bloat out badly and sometimes get stomach pains so bad I wouldn’t be able to move. I was also constantly tired and sleeping. Now this has been sorted I’m a lot more confident in what I wear as well as in myself. My new found heart defect taught me that no matter what life throws at you, you can work through it and still achieve what you want.

I’m hoping 2017 is going to be a better year and my boyfriend and I are looking forward to starting another year together. Comment below what your highlights of 2016 have been!

Looking back on 2016