Birchbox February 2017 & how to get your first box half price!

Hi everyone, I hope you’re well!
I finally received my February Birchbox this morning and decided I would share this month’s content with you. 🙂

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Birchbox is a subscription service where you get 5 luxury beaty treats every month and they are personalised to suit your beauty product. There are a few different ways you can choose to subscribe. The monthly one is £10 plus £2.95 P&P, you can cancel at any time and there is no minimum commitment. Payment is taken at the start of every month so if say you would like to only subscribe for one month, remember to cancel before the end of the month to avoid being charged for your second box and so on. A 6 month subscription is £60 plus £2.95 P&P with your first box being shipped for free. A yearly subscription is £100 plus £2.95 P&P so you receive 2 boxes for free!

If you would like to receive your first box for half the price, click here and follow the instructions on the screen!

The february box is a collaboration with the brand Papier (cards and stationery in the UK) and you have two beautiful desings to choose from. I decided to go with the green fern and it’s prettier than I could imagine.

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Pay Day Treats

Hey everyone!

Long time no see! It’s just been so hard to get back to writing with college and so many other things going on at the same time. So just thought it’ll throw together a little post about how fast money goes the day you get paid.

 

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Isn’t pay day like the most awaited day in your week/month? Because magically as that day approaches you realise how many things you have to buy and boom before you know your pay is gone. (usually on things you don’t even need)

One thing you need to know about me is that I’m obsessed with nail polishes since I stopped biting my nails. And with these recent purchases I’ve gone from 94 to 102 bottles… And that’s kind of impressive if you ask me for someone who had pretty much no nails 2 years ago.

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Sleek Makeup Haul!

Hello everyone!

Over the past few weeks I’ve been gathering all the bits and pieces I’ve bought recently to throw together a little haul. Now, if I can actually get around to writing it, you’re in for quite a bit of a lecture because I’ve been buying too much stuff. 😀

So today’s entry is going to be about a mini haul of Sleek Makeup! Boots have a 2 for €14 offer on at the moment. 2 for €14! Though mind yourself it’s probably sold out of stock in your local boots unless you live next to Liffey Valley. If you’re interested in buying some goodies from Sleek and availing of the offer I’d strongly advise to just order online on their website and it’ll get delivered into the boots store of your choice, that’s what I’ve done for my stuff. 🙂

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15 Lipsticks?! Freedom Makeup Haul

Hey everyone!

I haven’t abandoned you or this blog, just been overly busy with college and work. But since I’ve sprained my ankle pretty bad recently, I’m home with plenty of time on my hands so back to writing we go!

Having so much spare time I decided to treat myself to a little bit of retail therapy, lipsticks to be more exact. So off to the Freedom Makeup website I went and God, I fell in love.

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Beauty on a Budget: New buys

 Hey everyone! Today I want to show you some of my most recent beauty buys, a mini haul you could say. In advance sorry for the dirty makeup brush, forgot to take pictures before using it and haven’t washed it just yet. Some of these products I’ve been using for quite a while now so I’m currently working on reviews for those but got a massive haul coming up as well in a matter of days so that’ll keep me occupied for a while. I was going to write this post as little description of each of these but ended up with mini reviews, oops.

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Nails of the month: July 2015

Hello everyone! I decided to start doing a monthly review of the nail colours and designs I had in that month, called Nails of the month (NOTM). So without further hesitation, have a look what I wore during July.

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Firstly we have a blue ombre and a glitter ring finger. I stuck the glitter onto a layer of mod podge for easy removal and topped it with a top coat. For the ombre I used Collection 7 day wear nail polish 1.White Out as a base colour. For the ombre Continue reading

Day 27: DIY Ombre Nails

Hey y’all and welcome to day 27 of the 30 day blogging challenge! Today I will show you how to do ombre nails all by yourself and honestly, it’s super easy!

I’m right handed and can never paint my right hand without it looking ridiculous. Therefore lately I’ve been obsessed with ombre-like nails because the whole point in it is that it doesn’t have to be perfect! Happy days for me and all those of you who are really useless with their non dominant hand!

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Day 26: Wish list

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  • Tangle Teezer: after the last bleach my hair is In horrible condition! Brushing through it with my hand makes many hairs fall out, so you can imagine what happens when I use a hairbrush.
  • Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge: There are so many amazing reviews for it that I need to try it out! Especially since I was going to buy the beauty blender which is twice as expensive. Got to love cheaper alternatives of amazing quality, right?
  • Benefit Majorette Cream to Powder blush

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New nail polishes!

Hello everyone!

Sorry I’ve been absent on this blog lately but I’ve been extremely busy with end of year college exams and barely had the time to sleep with all the last minute revision, never mind the time to write on the blog but I’m back and hopefully going to post a lot more often now!

On my last day in the big city I had to buy a few beauty roducts and some bits and pieces for my wardrobe. While in Penneys I picked up this lovely NYC Shine in a Minute nail polish in the colour 700 Staten Island Blue. It’s a lovely shade of blue, one I’ve been looking for in the last few months actually. The brush seems quite big and thick in comparison to some of the polishes I’ve been using lately but it easily reaches all the spots on my nails so I’m happy enough. Plus for something that cost less than 2 euro it’s amazing.

**excuse my nails looking all gross, just took off blue nail polish**

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When I was in Boots I saw they have an offer on some of the Collection nail polishes being ‘2 for 4 euro’. While they’re kind of small at 8ml I still went on with my purchase. I’ve always loved how other people’s nails looked with white nail polish on, be it an accent nail or whole hand. I tried it on myself but my previous white polish had below average coverage and took forever to dry and just couldn’t give me the effect I was after. So the second I saw this 1 White Out colour I knew I had to get it and try it out. For my second colour I chose 7 Orange Zest. While it looks rather reddish in the bottle it has an orangey red look on the nails and looks truly amazing.

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This is how the nails looked after one coat of each nail polish…

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As you can see they all need a second coat especially since I do a really thin coat for the first one so that I don’t have to wait too long to apply the second one. With the NYC blue one you could possibly get away with using one thicker coat but since it dries quick (it’s one of the ‘dries in 60 seconds’ one) it’s just handier to do two coats.

Here’s how the nails look after a second coat without using top coat.

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As you can see the Orage Zest looks more like red. To bring out the orange shade paint your nail with a white polish as a base and then use one coat of the orange colour. As you can see the difference is huge but to me both of the colours are fabulous so use whichever way suits you more!

I can’t tell you much about how long these last because:

  1. Haven’t properly tested them out yet
  2. I never wear nail polish for 7 days to test the Collection’s promise on the bottle.

but from what I have had them on my nails it seems to be that the NYC one is better lasting in my opinion.

As my nail polish collection is growing I’m on a hunt for a good black one and some neon colours so let me know in the comments below if you have any suggestions! 🙂

Love,Sara xox