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August 2020 Birchbox Beauty Box review

International Female Orgasm Day!

Yup. You read it right.

That was the theme of this month’s beauty subscription box. I actually really like the packaging, I found it very women empowering if that’s the right word to use. Perfectly aligned with my birthday month, I’m all for women empowerment and strong women.

The colourful flyer had some interesting stats around some of the taboos associated with women’s sexuality, these include:

  • 44% find it easier to orgasm alone than with a partner
  • 67% stated that external stimulation is the easiest way to reach an orgasm
  • 52% said ‘yes’ to masturbating regularly (at least once a week)
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Birchbox celebrates International Orgasm Day!

For me, I don’t find those stats surprising but instead quite accurate. As women, I think we know our bodies well and we definitely know what we like/don’t like when it comes to bedroom antics. But because female sexuality is such a taboo subject, many of us find it really hard to talk about it but really, we should be owning it as part of self-love. How can we expect others to love our bodies if we ourselves don’t love our bodies?

Birchbox Beauty Box review

So back to the point of this review (the products!) let’s take a look at what’s inside the box. Everything looked pretty much like a full-sized product this month which is really nice. For once, I was excited to try out everything in there.

I also had a little look on the Birchbox website to see what I could’ve had in my box and was actually disappointed I didn’t get the AVEDA shampure composition oil! That stuff is AMAZING! I love the scent of that oil and it works so well on my skin. Aveda’s composition oils are multi-purpose so you can use it on hair, skin and nails. I would’ve rather that than the minty body shimmer. Bummer.

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So along with a leaflet of what’s inside and a little flyer about the orgasm survey, we have:

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Palmers Coconut Oil conditioning protein pack

Summer hair can be quite tricky to manage as we can all end up with dry, parched hair if we’re not protecting it enough from moisture or hydration loss. This Palmers Coconut oil protein treatment helps to strengthen and nourish dry and damaged hair. Ingredients include coconut oil, monoi oils and keratin protein keeps the hair smooth and shiny.

My only peeve with this conditioning protein pack was that it contains silicones – if you are a strict Curly Girl Method follower you will want to avoid this one. You can give it away to friends or family, or save it as a Christmas stocking filler as it looks really good to use. Otherwise if you don’t mind, go ahead and use it. My waves have become really stringy in the heat and silicones are actually an anti-humectant like castor oil so I’m going to give it a try and see what happens! Will update once I’ve given it a go.

VQ Pineapple glow serum (my fave!)

I love fruit enzyme exfoliators but have not really tried fruit enzyme serums – the closest I got to that is a vitamin C serum (from Balance Me which was fab!) so I was really thrilled to give this one a try. Just at the right time too as my go-to serum has almost finished. The serum is very lightweight and glides on the skin perfectly. It’s really easy to spread and sinks into the skin super fast. I LOVE using a serum and it’s really changed my skincare game. I recommend a serum to all of my clients at the spa and definitely feel all skin types can benefit from using one.

The VQ pineapple extract serum contains antioxidants, hylauronic acid to plump up the skin and gold reflectors to give skin that dewy, hydrated look without the heavy or greasy feeling.

Lord & Berry Line/Shade Glam eye pencil in Antique Bronze (my fave!)

In my younger days, you’d rarely find me without eyeliner on however I always stuck to classic black and never bothered to venture into other colours. Now I’m a bit older, I love the coloured alternatives – plum really brings out brown and hazel eyes, khaki is a wonderful shade on grey, green, and blue eyes, blue makes brown eyes pop and brown/copper looks fab on all eye colours. Saying that I do prefer to use liquid eyeliner over pencil.

I got the bronze shade in my box and it is a beautiful colour. I would love to see what the gold looks like but I’m happy with what I got. It’s easy to apply and glides on my lids very easily. It’s said to be blendable so you can create a smoky eye with it but I’m not great at doing smokey eye. I do however like to blend it in so it looks like a creamy eye shadow – as I said, the colour is amazing! Defo my fave to the classic black.

Real Her Goddess highlighter

This powder highlighter is the stuff of wonders. The packaging is actually the most classiest I’ve seen for a highlighter and I really like it. I’m not usually a fan of powder highlighters anymore as I prefer my Fenty Beauty cream to powder formulation as it’s more easy to apply but this is a really good alternative as it’s super smooth on the skin and man the pigment!

It’s seriously rich in pigment, I swiped a bit on my cheekbones and damn! It looked so good when the sun light fell on my face. I will be using this one again, especially when I rather a dry formula compared to my Fenty Beauty highlighter. This Real Her Goddess Highlighter would also work a treat as an eyeshadow – I will definitely use it for this too!

Brave New Care Minty Twinkle Twinkle hair & body shimmer

Super shimmery like a lot of the products in this month’s beauty box however when I opened the tub, the heavy menthol smell took over me. Wooo! It’s heavily menthol scented that I’m actually a little scared to use it. It’s definitely not a sweet minty smell like peppermint, it’s hardcore menthol like Vicks rub or Menthol cigarettes. The golden bronze colour looks fabulous though so it might have to be a product I carry with me on a beach day to apply post-aftersun for a beautiful golden glow. *update* Okay, I finally decided to use this product and you know what… I actually really like it haha! The strong menthol is replaced with a yummy vanilla scent once it’s rubbed into the skin – alcohol smell none! Definitely a winner. It leaves the skin looking slightly sun-kissed, smooth and would prob feel really refreshing on a sunny day.

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A lovely well-rounded beauty box for August

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Birthday Giveaway!

Get your hands on your very own August 2020 Birchbox beauty box!
Lucky for me, I received TWO Birchboxes this month (not sure if I was charged twice! I better check) but as it’s my birthday I’m feeling very generous so will be giving away my second box totally FREE! It contains the exact same products I have in my box above.

This giveaway is now closed.


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Hello August!

I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown by. We’ve all been experiencing highs and lows. We’re trying our best to stay sane. Hoping normality will return soon. Summer is starting to arrive but we’ll see how long it’ll last.

So what’s been going on the blog?

10K Blog Views
Last month was the most visitors the blog has had… EVER! We reached a record of 10,000 views and I am so thankful for all the people who passed by. Seriously, I never thought I would get that many views to the blog – whether it’s a one-off or ongoing, it’s too soon to tell but I hope it’s the latter!

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Hair Vlogs
I’ve also been trying to make some vlogs again – I need A LOT of practice and my editing skills are still very poor but practice makes progress right? The video is a hair post on my wash day routine, I will upload this to a blog post soon as I originally uploaded it to a previous wavy hair routine post but that one’s becoming a bit long to read IMO. For a sneak peak, here’s a photo of how my hair’s looking so far if you’re interested. It’s getting a little more defined and after three years… I’m thankful for the process. It’s a long one for sure but saying that, I’ll not go back to my old ways. 🙂

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*UDPATE* July 2020 – low poo wash, air dried

Summer Holidays
July was the start of the children’s school holidays and I am thankful we don’t have the pressure of homeschooling right now but I would love to do a little more. Only because I feel like if Little Man doesn’t get in his daily learning, he might struggle when he goes back to school. We use Purple Mash (school login details) and Little Man loves a bit of coding and lego-building throughout the day. I’ve recently gotten him into Minecraft the game as he loved Minecraft coding but I’m thinking that may have been a wrong move as he’s watching Minecraft building tutorials more than actually playing it. Who knows?

August Plans
I have a few things I need to get my butt in gear for – including another beauty box review and video, more hair videos and more posting in general. I’m coming down with the travel bug and really want to go away but with the current situation in the UK, travelling may have to be put on hold until 2021 but at least I can share my travel plans with you in the meantime.

What we did last year:

Last year we visited Disneyland Paris for mine and Little Man’s birthday which was AMAZING! We will definitely be back but when, we’re not yet sure as it did cost us a lot of money and we just don’t have that kind of money available to make it a yearly thing or go for a longer stay just yet. I also have my eyes set on returning to Ibiza or perhaps one of the Canary Islands as Little Man had his first holiday there, it would be nice to take Little Miss to Spain for the first time too.

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Our day trip to Disneyland Paris 2019

 

It’s That Time Again… Birthday Planning!

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Last year’s party was easy to plan but stressful to execute…

It’s that time of the year again. Last year was wonderful but soooo stressful and exhausting. It was LO’s first birthday and I wanted to do it BIG which I manage to do but it wasn’t easy. I thought I would be able to sit back and enjoy and let everyone else take care of things but that wasn’t really the case. Luckily, I had A LOT of help from friends and family so things did manage to run smoothly-ish in the end but I overlooked some aspects of the party such as music and food.

I had hired out the play area at the local leisure centre, formerly known as The Arches. They have a room filled with soft play, rody spacehoppers and a bouncy castle available for the ‘Toddlers World’ sessions every day of the week and I thought it would be a wicked idea to hire it for the birthday party. I think it was about £100-120 for 2 hours; one hour in the studio with all the soft play equipment and one hour in the side room for the party lunch and cake cutting. Here are some photos of last year’s event:

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LO’s 1st birthday party

We did our very own home-made cask smash. It was a good first attempt for us as we wanted a professional look but ended up with something that looked very unique, home-ly, and I loved it. We really captured LO in his moment and he had soo much fun with that cake! For those who would prefer a professional one, there’s loads of good family photographers out there that can offer you a cake smash shoot. Take a look at the stunning work from Mellz Photography who specialises in cake-smash shoots. It’s not cheap but it’s definitely value for money in terms of what you get for the quality and standard of the photos and cake too. The cake (made by Dinahs Desserts) is also included within the price of the shoot – hurray! 🙂

This year, I am thinking of two things to do for LO’s birthday:

  • Birthday party at The Rainforest Cafe in London
  • Toddler Sensory party at home
  • BBQ garden party at grandma’s house

The latter option is dependent on weather so I am not too keen on it in case we have rain on his birthday. Toddler sensory would be a great option but I’d then have to organise all the food which is the problem I was faced with last year. The Rainforest Cafe is the most ‘safest’ and slightly boring option out of the three but at least the food will be sorted, we also get a free cake if there is over 7 children in the party (which there definitely will be, we always have a large party) and it gives me a chance to plan another day out for just me, LO and Daddy P. I’ve been hinting about taking us to Legoland Windsor so fingers crossed we can do that then have The Rainforest Cafe the week after.

It also doesn’t help that my birthday is just one day before LO’s so that may mean that I will need to compensate on having a small one to have enough to plan his – I don’t mind. I’ve already decided about mine. It’ll probably be just a meal as that’s what I usually do though I can’t figure out if I want to have a river cruise dinner on The Thames…… or afternoon tea at the stunning Sketch London restaurant?

… or a night out with a meal and live music at Quaglino’s?

I’m just spoilt for choice! Bring on August and the birthday planning!

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