Birchbox Review | Feb 2017

I have heard and read so much on Birchbox, that I finally have ordered myself the box! I have to admit that it was the most exciting thing to sit and wait for and I was like a child at Christmas when it finally came through the door!

So, here’s what I had in my very first Birchbox:

Spectrum Collections Tulip Contour Brush | I absolutely love this brush! I have been meaning to buy some of these brushes for such a long time and now I am hooked. Not only does it look stunning, but it’s so soft and blends so easily!

POP Beauty Trio | This is in the shade Champagne Mocha and there are 3 shades from the full plate. For someone who has call the gear and no idea , the instructions which came with the Birchbox are so easy and simple to follow that I managed to achieve a really good smokey eye! I was well impressed with myself!!

Beaver Hydro Nutritive Repairing Conditioner | I wasn’t too sure when I first used this, as I’m normally one who puts a shed load of conditioner in my hair and I like to feel it feeling glossy when I wash it out. This didn’t have the whole glossy feel (maybe it’s because I wasn’t using loads?!) but I have to say that feel of my hair afterwards felt really nice and soft. I can’t say it had a really nice smell… it was just like normal smelling conditioner!!

Vasanti Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator | I love this product!! It has a really good grit to it, so it feels like it has actually removed all the dead skin from your face! To purchase the full bottle is quite expensive, but for me I would buy it as it’s done such a good job on my dry areas.

Keeome Hydration Mask | This was my least favourite product from this months Birchbox. The mask itself was huge (I guess they have to cater for everyone, not just little miss small face over here!) and I know it’s meant to be a hydration mask but it was VERY wet! I felt like I couldn’t sit up with this on in case it slipped off my face. After using it, I can’t say that my face felt any more hydrated than normal (and I had it on a little longer than the 25 minutes it suggests!)

Are you signed up with Birchbox yet? If not, then here’s a code JW8HJ and you’ll be able to get your first box half price!!

Sam xx


KISS Nail Review*

I had only heard of KISS Nails when I started blogging. As someone who used to have her nails done every month, false nails were something that I never really looked at when shopping.

Don’t get me wrong, I have tried false nails before and always find that you just have to hit your nail on the wrong thing or in the wrong place *ping* thete goes your nail!

I have to take my hat off to the makers of KISS though. The nails are so easy to apply and they have little tabs on each nails which makes them easier to stick down. They’re all numbered up too so you can find which one you want really quickly. 

The application for these nails are so quick and simple – I’d honestly say if it took me 10 minutes to apply them all, that’s all it took!

My concern with the nails originally was how log are these going to last?! Well… at least a week I’d say, if not two before they start to grow out and look a little tatty – basically the same amount of time as it takes for acrylic nails to go out and at half the price too! If you use them wisely too you can even get two set of nails out of the packet!

I would highly recommend these nails to anyone who wants pretty nails, at half the price of going to a salon and where the damage to your nails is nothing compare to them being filed down by a nail technician!

You can find KISS nails in most drugstores – I for one know you can get these from Boots and they do them in different shapes, lengths and colours! There is definitely a selection to choose from! 

Have you tried KISS Nails before? Whats your thoughts on them?


*Although this is a PR item, all views and opinions are my own 

To Do List: Jan 2017

I can’t believe January has been and gone already! For most, it’s the worst, dreaded month of the year, but for me, it’s getting back into the swing of things and it’s also my birthday month!

So here’s what I’ve been up to blogging wise:

  • I hosted a giveaway on Twitter of some Soap and Glory bits. I’m a sucker for a giveaway myself, so I love hosting them and receiving pictures, videos and thank yous when they receive them.
  • I have wrote a blog post about how my blog has grown over the last 6 months – you can read it here
  • Andy came up with an idea of doing a post of getting to know him. So I posted a post together of a few questions so you could get an insight on what he likes!
  • I have done the usual round up for November and December as I was a little caught up in December doing #blogmas. You can read all about it here.
  • And of course, I did a new years post! Just a few goals of what I would like to achieve in the next 12 months!

My Twitter and Instagram followers have increased over the last month which makes me super happy! And as well, the followers are sticking around which is the cherry on top of the cake! How has your blog done so far this month? Do you have any tips for increasing your blog following?

Sam xx

January Buys

I’m sure like most January is a crappy month for having an sort of spare cash, so I’ve treated myself to a few little treats over the last couple of weeks that I thought I’d share with you!

Primark Goodies – For those of you who know me I’m a huge cat fan (well you’d like to think so having 4 cats!) and when I saw this bag in Primark I knew I had to have it! I think this was £1.00. Over the last few months I have been trying out the Primark make up and I’m happy to say that most of it I’m more than happy with!

In the picture on the right we have a foundation and concealer brush which was £1.50, PS Pro foundation in the shade ivory was £5.00, eye brow gel in light brown was £1.00 (I’m not too sure on this, I’ve tried it once but I’m not sure if I was a little bit heavy handed!!), Matte lip crayon in the shade fuchsia which was £2.00 I think. It’s a little bright for this time of year but will be perfect in the summer! I also bought a lip stick primmer for £3.00 and I’m loving how much the colour clings to my lips when I have this on! It literally lasts all day and acts more like a stain. The felt tip eye liner was only £1.50 and the lip crayon is in amethyst which I love the shade but I have found that it bleeds a little bit, so maybe with some liner and primmer it will stay put!

Lush Goodies – I think I’ve been living under a rock for the past few years as I’ve only just discovered my love for everything Lush! I was gutted to find out that they have an amazing sale on Boxing Day so I treated myself to these goodies! I even managed to get the Snow Fairy half price!!


New Look Goodies – I have searched high and low to find a winter hat with a fluffy pom pom on that I like and I finally managed to find this one in New Look. And it was only £5.99!!


Have you treated yourself to anything from the January sales?

Sam xx

My Birthday 2017 Haul

As some of you are aware it was my birthday last week, so I thought I’d put together a post of some of things I received. Most of my gifts was money but there were a few things to open (including a few sweet treats!)

So.. from my friends at work, I had these goodies. As you can tell I have a bit of a sweet tooth and like a drink! I was very excited when I opened the Lush Unicorn Horn!! I had seen this in store and couldn’t wait to try it!

From my besties I had all these goodies! Again, more sweet stuff, but seriously can you ever have too much? I love the light up bottle too! It says Friends are like stars. They come and go but only the true ones glow. I love this as it’s from m oldest friend and we don’t get to spend as much time together as we would like, so the quote on it really is us. I really like that they have bought me some things to hang up too, most of these will be going in the bathroom as they fit in with the colour scheme. And again, Lush stuff!! I seriously can NOT get enough of Lush at the moment! My one friend also got me a Pandora charm which has my birth stone in it. This is perfect for me, as I don’t really like the glitzy ones as they’re not really very me!

And finally from my family, I had mostly money but i few little smellies and another Pandora charm – this one is my star sign. I have mention about the Avon Luck perfume.. I was given this a couple of years ago and I instantly was like oh god this is going to smell like cat pee! but I have to admit I love it! It’s really sweet but I love it and it’s so cheap too!

Thank you to all you lovely lot who send birthday wishes and gave presents and cards, I certainly have been spoilt this birthday!!

Sam xx