Liz Earle – Cleanse & Polish

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I have wanted to try a Liz Earle skin care item for a while, so was pleased to receive this Cleanse & Polish sample in my May 2014 Birchbox. (more…)

 

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I am never sure if I am part of the targeted age group for Liz Earle products. Their skin care range look so elegant but also slightly dated, so I’ve always associated it with people aged 40+. Regardless, the Liz Earle brand also signifies quality, whether that’s in reference to the ingredients, the packaging or the results. As such I was keen to try it.

 

I have been looking for a cleanser which will be gentle on my skin, but remove and keep away impurities. My face is naturally oily, and I reapply my make up several times to keep it in place. I need a cleanser which can remove all of that make up and simultaneously keep oil at bay, whilst still looking after my skin. This is no mean feat, so I’m not wholly surprised that the Cleanse & Polish couldn’t quite manage that.

 

I applied the cream to a dry face and rubbed it in, and instantly noticed how well it removed make up. Even mascara came off nicely and the cream didn’t sting my eyes (too much). I noticed a slight tightening sensation too, but don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing. Regardless, the cream washed off easily with warm water, and left a clean and oil-free result. The latter lasted less than an hour though as this face wash is very gentle.

 

So whilst it didn’t work wonders for me, I’m sure it would be ideal for those with normal-combination skin, and perfect for people with sensitive skin.

 

 

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Degustabox September 2014

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Receiving a new Degustabox every month is so excited! This month’s box is full of great edible goodies. Dive in! (more…)

 

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Elizabeth Shaw – Dark Chocolate Mint Thins (£2.50)

Pick Up! (£1.69 a pack)

I couldn’t help but start with my favourite; chocolate! I’ve received Elizabeth Shaw choccies in a couple of my previous Degustaboxes, but they’re just so delicious! These aren’t an exception, and would make a great after-dinner treat, if they last that long! Pick Up! on the other hand, are a new brand of chocolate snack. White and milk chocolate is wedged between two yummy biscuits and sealed in 5 individual packets, making these an ideal lunch box filler. Proper delish!

 

 

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Jordans – Simply Granola (£2.59)

Burts – Lentil Waves (£0.69 each)

I don’t eat cereal, generally, and it seems to be the thing Degustabox send the most of. No matter, these oats make a great sweet snack, even without milk. It’ll take me a while to get through the bag at the rate I’m going, but I guess that would make them great value for money. The lentil waves by contrast are a bit expensive. They taste really nice and somehow feel healthier than normal crisps, but I don’t think I’d pay 69p a bag for them.

 

 

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Carnation – Cook with it! (£1.65)

Righteous – Salad dressings (£2.49 for 225ml bottle)

I’m probably not going to use any of this. As a lactose intolerant, I’ll be steering well clear of the cooking cream, and the salad dressings don’t look great. Unfortunately the blue cheese one split during delivery and coated everything. It didn’t smell good, but that’s from someone who doesn’t eat cheese.

 

 

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Crabbies – Ginger Beer (£2.50)

Little Miracles – Organic Energy drinks (£1.59 each)

My mum really liked the ginger beer and I thought the Little Miracle drinks were alright. They’re infused with tea and fruit juices so have a slightly unusual taste, but they’re quite pleasant. I probably wouldn’t buy them though as I think they’re quite expensive and I’m not overly fussed on the flavour.

 

 

So overall, a box with a real mix of goodies! I always like it when there’s plenty of bits to snack on and new drinks to try. It’s not bad for £12.99, including postage. Get yours here.

 

 

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Be a Bombshell Eyeliner – Onyx

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I’m not great at applying eyeliner. I smudge it a lot and inadvertently wipe my eyes, smearing the eyeliner in the process. I’m pretty terrible at getting smooth, even lines too, so decided to give the Be a Bombshell eyeliner a go with its felt tip applicator. (more…)

 

It really is like drawing with a felt tip! This eyeliner has applied more smoothly than any other one I’ve tried, although these have tended to be pencils our liquid eyelienrs. It’s just so easy; the thin tip helps create fine lines and quick flicks without tugging skin at all. And if you hold the pen slightly tilted then you can use the side for a thicker line in just one motion. Although getting it even on both sides using this method has taken a little bit of practice, it’s still a lot easier and much faster then using a pencil.

 

What’s more, the eyeliner comes out so vividly and bold, time after time. The line has a sharp finish so there’s no blurred or smudged effect, resulting in a clean and precise look that will last all day.

 

As a subsequence, if you like the blurred smoky eyed look, this product isn’t for you. It’s also not ideal if you’re prone to making eyeliner mistakes as it’s a hard to correct without using a fine-tipped make-up remover pen. It comes off easily with make-up remover though which is a huge benefit.

 

Other than that it’s a really good eyeliner. I have found that the tip has flattened over time, but that’s probably due to me using it incorrectly. The liquid itself has continued to come out in bold lines and dries quickly, so I would recommend it.

 

 

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Lifestyle Snapshot

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I’m currently going for a white and cream set-up in my bedroom. I think they have a really nice homely feel, whilst also having the benefit of everything matching. Find out where these little bits comes from. (more…)

 

I really like the mismatch of practical and sentimental items on my bedside table.

 

The lamp is from House of Fraser and costs £18. It’s a simple bedside light with a cable switch.

The vintage-style alarm clock is by Jones & Co, but can be bought from Asda for £3.

The message in a glass bottle can be bought on Etsy or Not on the Highstreet. Inside there’s a little note from my boyfriend, kept in place with a cork.

These items are all sitting upon my Ikea Malm drawers.

 

 

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Degustabox August 2014

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This month’s Degustabox was jam-packed with ready-to-eat goodies. Have a closer look at what I received! Om nom nom  (more…)

 

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Mexican Dave – Tortilla Chips (£1)

Brioche Pasquier – Croissants

Brioche Pasquier – Pain au Lait

 

Those Mexican Dave tortilla chips are great! I’ve received some of their products before in Degustabox, and they taste great and are really good value for money.

 

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Berry White Organic Drinks – Cranberry, Guava and Elderberry Tea with White Tea and Guarana

Fever-Tree – Ginger Beer

Fever Tree – Tonic Water

Cawston Press – Apple & Pear

 

I have to say I’m not really a fan of any of these drinks. The Fever-Tree bottles look really classy though – I like them – just not what’s inside.

 

I wasn’t keen on the Cawston Press apple and pear juice either; odd considering I usually like that kind of thing. It tasted quite weak, and I can’t imagine children liking it much…

 

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Schwartz Flavour Shots – Mexican Fajitas

Schwartz Flavour Shots – Spanish Smoked Paprika Chicken

 

I think these pots are such a good idea, and they’re just so simple to use! Pour them into a pan with chicken and onions and a few other basic ingredients, and you’re left with amazing flavoursome meals in hardly any time at all. Yum!

 

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Lindt – Hello A Tiny Little Something Just for You – 10 Milk Hearts

Dr. Oetker – Edible Wafer Cupcake Cases

 

You can’t really go wrong with Lindt. Tastes amazing, the heart-shaped tin is cute and would make a good stocking filler. I just wish there was more delicious chocolate in there!

 

The edible cupcakes seem like a great idea. I don’t really bake cupcakes any more, but seeing as I’ve received so much Dr Oetker stuff in previous boxes, perhaps I could make an exception.

 

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 Degustabox Freezer – Moma! – Museuli breakfast pots

 

 

I really like this month’s Degustabox. There’s a few brands I have seen before in previous Degustabox’s (Cawston Press, Mexican Dave, Schwartz, Moma, Lindt, Dr Oetker…) and even a few items I have received before (shot pots, tortilla chips), but I like them so I’m OK with that.

 

I also like that there’s ingredients you cook with and other items you can eat/drink straight away. There’s a great mix in there, although maybe next month they can put something a bit healthier in there!

 

 

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