Feel Unique launches new personalised beauty box + Giveaway!

Feel Unique Beauty Box launches on August 9th

The ultimate ‘to me, from me’ gift, Feel Unique are offering to their customers the opportunity to access the best in beauty with a DIY subscription for just £11.95 each month. The FU Beauty Box is a beauty subscription service that lets you have full reign of picking and playing with products that you actually want to try. No more silly doubles or products that you’ll never try, don’t want or like!

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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:

Don’t Forget! Students get 50% off their first box (verified on UniDays)

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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NEW Peppa Pig Loves Doctors and Nurses book | Book Giveaway

The kids love reading but it’s been a while since we sat down together and read a good book. Our lastest book that we read together was “The squirrels who squabbled by Rachel Bright which is such a funny little story about two squirrel friends fighting over the last nut. They both end up in a difficult situation and need each other’s help to get out of it. In the end they’re able to laugh about it with each other.

Peppa loves Doctors and Nurses book

Publishing house, Ladybird have recently launched a new Peppa Pig picture book called  Peppa Loves Doctors and Nurses to help children understand about health and hygiene a little better. In the book, it’s ‘People Who Help Us’ day at Peppa’s playgroup and the children receive a special visit from Dr Brown Bear and Nurse Fox. Peppa and the playgroup learn the importance of washing hands, staying healthy and experience the brilliant work done by all doctors and nurses.

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Blog Giveaway: New Peppa Pig picture book!

Children have been picking up on the stress, anxiety and challenges faced by their parents and people all over the world. From dealing with the stresses of working-from-home, redundancy or unemployment it’s a very difficult time for parents. However, with school closures, social distancing rules and the uncertainty of the world’s situation, children are also facing their own difficult battles.

It’s not always easy to talk to your child/children about the pandemic, the uncertain times we’re in and general health hygiene so this book might be an excellent conversation starter for you or anyone who looks after, or cares for child/children. It gives you a chance to speak to them about the changes in the world around them in a light, positive, caring and reassuring way.

Peppa Pig Doctors & Nurses Book Giveaway!

ONE lucky winner will get their hands on the new Peppa Pig loves Doctors and Nurses book. If you want to be in with a chance of winning, simply click on the button below to head over to Rafflecopter website to enter.*

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If you missed the giveaway, you can purchase your own copy of the book on AmazonWaterstones and other leading bookseller stores.


10% of the RRP print sales go directly to The Covid-19 Urgent Appeal, run by NHS Charities Together (reg charity no. 1186569). 

My Kaya Jewellery Wishlist + Amazing Giveaway!

Hi all!

It’s been a while since I made a wishlist or hosted any giveaways so I am over the moon to be hosting a brand new jewellery giveaway! 🙂

You can be in with a chance of winning a £40 gift voucher to spend at Kaya Jewellery – a UK handmade and personalised jewellery company with a conscience. Part of the company’s project goes towards the Eduki Foundation which helps children in Gambia get an education. Personally I am a big advocate of improving children’s education and I think the company is doing a great job to help out – last year, the they donated 2,500 euros to the Eduki Foundation.

I want to kick start the giveaway with my top 5 wishlist items to give you guys a glimpse into what Kaya Jewellery offers.

They have a fabulous range of both silver and pearl jewellery but not much is available if you’re more of a gold jewellery fan. There are a few really nice gold pieces on the site but I think the majority is silver jewellery. Being a fan of both gold and silver, I find that silver jewellery stands out more against my skin whereas gold jewellery blends in with my skin tone a little bit more. Right now… I’m a fan of silver jewellery.

So without further ado, here are my top 5 wishlist items:

1. Jasseron Bracelet with initial engraving

 

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This beautiful silver Jasseron bracelet has solid soldered links which makes the bracelet stronger. It’s available in both women’s and baby’s size and can be engraved with one or two initials. I love the heart and pear charm – it’s so adorable. I wouldn’t purchase it for Baby Girl because she’s only 13 months old so a little too young in my opinion to wear jewellery accessories but it’d make a great gift for an older child or teenager.

2. Personalised ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ star necklace

 

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This silver engraved Twinkle Twinkle chain is so cute and perfect for little girls. There’s something I find really innocent and child-like about star pendants on a chain. This one even comes with a coloured pearl charm which you can choose the colour of. This silver necklace can be engraved on both the front and the back but it’s limited to 9 characters so bear that in mind.

3. Matching Mum & Me necklaces

 

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This silver Mum & Me necklace set would make a really good Mother’s Day gift or a birthday gift for yourself and/or your daughter. I love the design concept of the child’s heart pendant fitting into the mum’s pendant. It’s so clever. Like the previous two items in my wishlist this one also has the pearl charm… I think I have a secret thing for pearls! 🙂

4. Silver ‘Entwined’ necklace

 

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This silver necklace ‘entwined’ design is very symbolic – to me the larger ring represents the mother and the small one represents the child. As stated above, you can personalise the rings if you want to (why wouldn’t you?) with up to 20 characters on the large ring and up to 8 characters on the smaller ring. The engraving is also done by hand by the company owner, Tanja – it doesn’t get any more personalised than that. I chose this necklace because even though it’s quite a simple design, sometimes the simpler ones are the most beautiful.

5. Silver baby bangle

 

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No wishlist for baby jewellery can be complete without one of these. It’s a staple jewellery piece and one of the only things I would buy for Baby Girl at this age as it’s simple and can’t be a choking hazard due to the design. A silver baby bangle is one of the ultimate baby jewellery gifts you could buy and the engraving option makes it extra special and extra personalised. I wanted to get one of these for Baby Girl’s first birthday but didn’t have enough money as we spent it all on her birthday party so it’s on our list for this Christmas instead.

About Kaya Jewellery
Kaya Jewellery is a UK company that specialises in handmade, personalised jewellery for mumsmum and daughterbaby / children and “3 generations” (nan, mum, baby). They offer personalised engraving, gift wrapping and gift boxes.

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GIVEAWAY TIME!!

This competition has now ended.

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Winner: Kim Neville (Congrats!)

Giveaway expires: Friday 30th June

NB. This post was written in collaboration with KayaJewellery.co.uk in exchange for hosting a giveaway. All words, opinions and content are my own. Photos of the jewellery have been credited to the source.

24hr Giveaway! Win Two Tickets to the Ideal Home Show in London Olympia


Yes you read it right.
Your eyes have not been deceived.

One lucky winner will receive not one but two tickets to the Ideal Home Show, thanks to CLC World Resorts.

This is one show that I keep missing each year it gets held, last year I couldn’t find childcare in time (I found out about the show very lastminute.com) but this year I have been given the chance to go and check it out… AND have the opportunity give away tickets too!

The Ideal Home Show is held at London Olympia (Hammersmith) and the event will be running until April 9th 2017. It’s a show event that is ideal for anyone who is interested in home improvement, food and drink, new technology, fashion and beauty. So whether you’re an interior designer or a foodie fanatic, it is an event is not to be missed.

“From kitchens and bathrooms, to bedrooms and basements, fixtures and fittings to fine food, gardens and the latest high tech gadgets, to fashion beauty and gifts, you’ll find it all under one roof at this award-winning show.”

– Ideal Home Show

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