February’s Pink Parcel

Since I stopped subscribing to Birch Box a few months ago, I was on the hunt for my next subscription box. I read lots of reviews and posts about lots of different types of monthly boxes, but I just couldn’t make up my mind! I finally decided to try the Pink Parcel. I thought it would be a nice pick me up to make that time of the month a little bit better.

If you haven’t heard of Pink Parcel before, they are a period subscription box & monthly beauty box. They conveniently deliver your box a date that is closest to your period each month, and supply you with plenty of your chosen tampons or sanitary towels, as well as a little box of goodies.

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Signing up to Pink Parcel is super easy. I headed over to their website, created my account and filled in a few details. I picked out whether I wanted tampons or towels and chose my favourite brand (they actually have pretty much every brand out there!). I then chose one out of three of their delivery dates that were closest to my period. My first box this month was delivered about 4 days before I was due, but its good that the dates are flexible for if you aren’t always regular.

The nice thing about the boxes (like other monthly subscription boxes) are that you don’t know what you’re going to get each month. It’s a little surprise to look forward to!

So heres what I got inside my first Pink Parcel for February…

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Yuyo Yerba Peppermint Tea – It seems like Pink Parcel know me too well already! I’m a peppermint tea addict. It’s perfect for settling an upset tummy, and so refreshing to sip away on.

Cite Nail Polish 

Divine White Chocolate Bar–  Who doesn’t love a little (or a lot!) of chocolate?

Lavorio Fondant Lovelies

Pom Heart Hoop Necklace– This necklace is so gorgeous and delicate.

Merci Handy Toothpaste in Berry Cool

Soap’n’skin Himalayan Bath Salts– I adore anything bath related. These smell so fresh  and will be perfect to soak in.

Trifle Cosmetics Buttercream Hydrating Body Lotion 

Vitamasques Pomegranate Moisturing Korean Face Mask– I love sheet masks, they provide all the benefits of a relaxing face mask without the mess. I stocked up on Sephora’s masks when I was in Florida, so I can’t wait to try this one out and see how it fares.

As you can see there are lots of little treats to make Aunt Flow’s visit a bit nicer! My favourite from this month’s box has to be the Ciate Nail Polish, I love nude colours and this pale pink is perfect.

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I received a good supply of towels to keep me going. They popped a good mix of liners and towels for night time as well which was nice. I also got a little velvet bag to keep in my handbag for them which is very smart. I think the best bit about signing up to Pink Parcel is not having to worry about making sure you have pads at home and knowing that you won’t run out each month.

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I’m planning on keeping my subscription with Pink Parcel so I’ll provide reviews on each monthly box.

Thanks for reading!

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January Favourites

Hello everyone! I’m so excited to share with you my favourite things from the first month of 2017. January is definitely a time for a new start, and the motivation for getting active is definitely at a high, so there is a few things in my favourites this month that are fitness related!

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January started with the Bikini Body Guide 12 Week Challenge, which I am loving! It’s really getting me into a routine with fitness and making exercise a daily thing which I actually look forward to. I had the pleasure of meeting Kayla Itsines, the creator of the Bikini Body Guide, at the start of January in Glasgow at her meet and greet for her new book, the 28 Day Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Guide, she is even more gorgeous in real life (definite goals!!). I’ve been using her Sweat with Kayla App on my iPone which helps even more in following the programme. For the resistance workouts it gives you a video guide on how to perform the exercise, so you can get the correct form.

I’ve been tracking my fitness journey on a separate Instagram account 

With getting more active I have come to discover muscles that I swear I never had before, and this also comes with aches and pains… To help combat this and ease achy muscles I invested in a foam roller. This has definitely changed my life! No joke! I usually do exercises with it on rest days, or just after a work out to help ease the pain the next day. I would definitely recommend looking into getting one of these. I got mine from Amazon for only £9.99.

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I got my next favourite for Christmas from my Mum & Dad. I was really getting fed up of tangled up earphones in the gym that got in the way, so I was over the moon when I got wireless bluetooth headphones.

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Next up is another Christmas gift, I got this gorgeous mermaid Starbucks travel cup from my Sister. I’ve loving it in the mornings for taking a cup of hot peppermint tea into work. Definitely helps with the dark mornings!

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My last favourite has featured in my blog before, the Pixi Glow Tonic. I’ve been using this once a day to help renew my dull Winter skin. It’s snuck it’s way into my daily skin care routine and I don’t think it will be leaving any time soon!

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What have you guys been loving this month?

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Benefit’s They’re Real Big Sexy Lip Kit Review

I love making my makeup routine a little bit quicker and easier, and Benefit’s new lip range does just that. The Big Sexy Lip Kit contains 4 of Benefit’s Double the Lip, they’re new lipstick and liners in one, perfect for when you are indecisive on which shade to wear!

The product claims gives you full looking lips in one quick and easy step. The teardrop shape perfectly fills in your lips- the slimmer part contains a darker liner shade, and the bottom a matching lip shade- defining  the whole shape and defining the lip line.

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Shades (right to left): Lusty Rose, Revved-Up Red, Pink Thrills, Flame Game.

I found the colours very wearable, they did very well to complement each lip shade with a liner. At first I was a bit apprehensive as to if the product would apply well and give the appearance of a complete lip look. But I was pleasantly surprised! Not only did the product glide on smoothly and look lovely,  I found it lasted a long time and didn’t run or smudge. My favourite out of the kit has to be the nude pink shade Lusty Rose.

Have you tried Benefit’s Double the Lip? Did you think it gave you the perfect pout? What Benefit products are your favourites?

Thanks for reading!

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Joining the Anthony Nolan Register

Anthony Nolan is a charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer by matching the bone marrow (or stem cells) of their donors to patients who are in need of a transplant. As well as this, they also partake in essential research to make stem cell transplants as successful as possible.

For me, it didn’t even seem like a question whether or not I should become part of the register, and they make it so easy to become a donor as well.

If you are aged 16-30 you can become a donor. Simply answer a few questions and fill in your details online, and in a few days you will receive a saliva sampling kit, that once you complete you send back to them free of charge.

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If you can’t become a donor, you can always donate!

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Thanks for reading. X

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Blueberry Banana Bread Recipe

I love banana bread, especially when it’s freshly out the oven. I thought I’d give a little fruity twist on the classic recipe and add fresh blueberries. Let me know what you think!

 

Ingredients 

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 

1/2 cup granulated sugar 

1/2 packed brown sugar 

3 1/2 tsp baking powder 

1 tsp salt 

3 tsp vegetable oil 

1/3 cup milk (I used semi-skimmed) 

1 egg 

2-3 bananas 

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Method

Pre heat oven to 180°c. Line and grease a loaf tin and set aside. 

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugars, baking powder, and salt. 

In a separate bowl mash the bananas. Add in the egg, vegetable oil, and milk and mix until well combined. 

Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until a sticky dough forms. 

Add the blueberries and fold until well combined. 

Pour the dough into the lined tin and pop into the oven for 60 minutes, checking regularly, until golden brown and a metal pick comes out clean. 

Removed from oven and place on a wire wrack until cool. 

Enjoy!! 

 

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ELF Hydrating Face Primer Review 

A good primer is the best foundation to your makeup. I’ve been trying out so many different types and brands of primers recently, so I thought I would give you my thoughts on the ELF Hydrating Face Primer.

This primer is infused with grape and vitamins A, C and E which helps to nourish the skin. It is clear and gives a smooth base for your makeup.

The reason I chose this one in particular as I thought it would be good for my extremely dry skin (especially during Winter!). It is also fragrance free which is ideal for sensitive skin. It is a silicone based primer, which makes it ideal for hydrating skin, however oily skins should maybe try to avoid this as even I found it sat quite heavily on my face.

This primer glided on nice and smoothly, giving my skin a smooth texture, which helped my foundation and makeup blend nicely and resist clinging to any pesky dry patches.

Thanks for reading. X

 

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NYX Professional Makeup Highlight and Contour Pro Palette Review 

I love contouring and highlighting! I have so many different products that all work their magic. But I also love having everything together, and this palette by NYX is brilliant, as it has variety of matte and shimmer contouring shades and gorgeous highlighters.

I was browsing the NYX stand and this kit jumped out at me. I had never invested in a contouring palette before, despite lusting after the Zoeva and ABH ones! So I decided to spend £18 (Boots) for the NYX palette, which does seem similar to dearer ones, to see if it would work for me.

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The palette comes with eight customisable highlight and contour shades. The shades in this palette are all removable, so you can swap them out for another favourite, or replace them once you’ve hit pan.

As you can tell I’ve already picked out my favourites, but all of the shades work well.

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The shimmering highlighter on the top left is fast becoming my go to colour. It is very pigmented and blends out flawlessly. In fact, all of the shades in the kit do!

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I love the banana powder for setting my under eyes, I feel it brightens and gives that awake look. Pretty much all of the darker shades are good for contouring, but I also use the lighter ones for bronzing my paler complexion.

All in all this palette has quickly made its way into my daily makeup routine, as well as my going out one!

What do you think of the NYX Professional Makeup Highlight and Contour Pro Palette?

Thanks for reading. X

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