Friday, 9 October 2015

September Favourites

I love reading about other peoples favourite products and activities to do throughout the month and I thought I would start doing favourites. I have a few different categories to get through so I'm just going to jump right in!

I have a few different makeup bits and bobs that I've been loving lately, first being my Maybelline Brow-drama. I must have tried about 10 brow products in the last few months because I came to realise that I looked ridiculous having a full face of makeup on and barely visible brows. Anyway, the only one that has worked has been the Brow-drama and I absolutely love it! You just brush it through your natural brow and it makes them look fuller and darker without taking ages to do.
Next I have a another Maybelline product which is the Colour-drama in the shade Berry Much. This is your classic Autumn/Winter berry shade and really helps to bring a makeup look to life.
I've been really getting into contouring lately and the product I have been using to death is the Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt and Contour Kit in the shade Ultra Fair CO1. There is a done fall to this product which is the blush, it just does not show up! The contour shade and highlight however have so much colour pay off that you barely need to touch it with your brush and you have enough product. I recently bought a Smokey Eye Brush from Wilko which is incredible! I use it to apply the contour shade to the crease of my eye (the shade is a perfect transition shade).

My favourite music artist recently are The Weeknd. I wasn't to fussed on him when he did the song for 50 Shades of Grey but slowly the song Earned It really grew on me. I was recently given his album 'Beauty Behind The Madness' for my birthday and I must have listened to it a good 50 times, I suddenly just fell in love with his music. My favourite songs are The Hills, Can't Feel My Face and Dark Times. Seriously, give this guy a listen and you will not regret it.
I've had to find a new TV series to obsess over lately and I started watching 90210 on Netflix and after 3 episodes I was hooked. I'm now on the 4th season and I just can't get enough of it. I love the characters, the plot stories and the general bubbly darkness of it all. I'm not going to give any spoilers but the 2nd series was so intense and aggravating that it made me like the show more. If you're into shows like Pretty Little Liars or Gossip Girl you would really enjoy this show.
I went on holiday at the beginning of the month and I read the book PS. I Love You. I had already seen the film but I always feel that the books are better and really wanted to give it a read, best decision I have ever made. This is genuinely one of the best books I have ever read and I think I ever will read. I'm not going to say to much because there is a lot that could be ruined if I said anything but the love story within this book is so heart breaking and emotional that I personally really felt for this woman and I felt really connected to her.

I got some new boots recently because it is obviously getting into the colder months now and when I'm out walking my dog or going shopping I want some really sturdy, comfortable and fashionable shoes on. I got the Platform Chelsea Boots for H&M which cost £29.99. SO WORTH IT! Of course they made my feet rub like heck when I first started breaking them in but I knew that was going to happen. I've always really liked these sort of chunky looking boot and I already have a pair of black platform boots so I decided to get these in Burgundy, sure it's a little harder to pair with colours but if you're like me and only wear black or grey they are perfect!
Another birthday present I got was a Babyliss Curling Wand Pro (£25 John Lewis). I have always loved curling my hair but it just took so long, since I've had my hair cut I have been constantly curling it. These curlers have 4 heat settings for different size curl but I usually use it on 180 degrees, this gives me the perfect curl.
My last favourite has to be candles. I love candles all year round and burn them whenever I have the opportunity too. I currently have my Yankee Candle in Witches Brew burning which to me smells like campfire and Halloween, it's perfect.

I hope you enjoy this post and I'm thinking about making it a monthly thing that I post.
Bye, Kearra <3

Friday, 2 October 2015

September Birchbox

I recently became a subscriber to Birchbox and received my first box this month! I've been wanting to become a subscriber for quite a while now but I just never got round to doing until I noticed that it was the companies birthday this month! What a better time to start then during the birthday month!

FACTS! There's a few bits and bobs that you should know before subscribing but don't worry, they're all good. It's super affordable, £10 for the box and then £2.95 for postage! Its literally incredible considering that you get 5 deluxe samples of high end makeup and beauty products!

WHAT DID I GET? I got 5 sample sizes of incredible products and a 'beauty bonus' which I'm already using to death!

  1. Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish; £26. This stuff is incredible, honestly I've tried my fair share of face polishes and scrubs and none of them compare to this. I've used this 3 times so far and my skin is looking so much nicer. You massage the product into clean, damp skin and then wash it off with warm water, simple! I tend to massage it in, leave it for 5 - 10 minutes then rinse it off so that it has time to really sink in to my skin and make a difference.
  2. John Masters Organics Citrus Neroli Detangler; £16. Now if you're like me and have no idea what neroli is don't worry, I goggled it. Neroli is an essential oil distilled from the flowers of a Seville orange and is used in perfume. This product smells amazing, you really get the citrus smell coming through and the smells lingers in your hair for days. I have very thick, messy hair and I always struggle with knots and tangles and what with this and one of the other products my hair has been knot free for 4 days! I just use a tiny amount of the product and focus it mainly towards the lower have of my hair, then rinse it out after 5 minutes. I will definitely be purchasing a full size of this product so my hair can have an easy, untangled life from now on.
  3. Laqa & Co Cheeky Lip Pencil in Humble Brag; £17. This product is a Birchbox exclusive meaning if you want it you have to sunscribe! I've never had a product that can be used on lips and cheeks and to be honest with you I'm only just getting into blusher so I have yet to try it that way. BUT as a lip product it is definitely up there as one of my all time favourites. It's a much brighter pink than I would usually feel comfortable wearing but I feel it really compliments my skin tone.
  4. Beauty Protector Beauty Wash; £8. This product is also a Birchbox exclusive. This body wash literally smells like clean, like when I've used this I've just smelt and felt so clean. It lathers amazingly and makes your skin feel so soft after it's be washed off. In the little book that comes with your box it also says that you can put a dollop into your bath for extra little something but sadly I don't have a bath (cry cry) and haven't been able to try this.
  5. Benefit the POREfessional: license to blot; £15.50. This is the last sample product and the first product I have ever had from Benefit. To be honest, I'm not that impressed with it. It is supposed to mattify shine for up to 6 hours but I feel it's more like 1. I understand that this may just be down to my skin type but I was so disappointed! I will keep trying it out and hopefully find a way to use this that works with my skin type, I'll keep you updated on how that goes.
  6. BEAUTY BONUS! The Birchbrush; £5.99. This works in the same way as a tangle teaser does and I love it! I've used it everyday to keep my hair from tangling and I use it alongside the Detangler (product 2). This has been in my bag everyday so I can give my hair a little brush whilst out in the wind. I would definitely recommend to anyone to invest in a product like this because they do wonders to your hair!
I'm really happy with my 1st box and I'm so glad that I made the decision to subscribe. This is going to be a monthly sort of series whenever my box arrives and I hope you enjoy it and will enjoy the others too!
Bye, Kearra <3
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