March Birchbox | First Impressions

Hello lovelies,

Today I am going to be sharing my thoughts on the March Birch Box. There were lots of lovely products in this months box so read on if you would like to find out about them!

Detoxifying Clay Face Mask | Generation Clay

The first item in the box I picked out was this detoxifying clay mask, it really caught my eye. First impressions were that I loved the packaging, I think it’s really sleek and classic they grey colour also goes with the theme of the mask as its contains charcoal. I have tried this mask out once and i really enjoyed using it. I applied a thin layer onto my face a let it sit for 15 mins. I loved how this felt when applying, it is quite a thick consistency so i found that I didn’t need to use lots of product. As the mask was drying it did make my face become quite tight which i liked as it felt as though it was working and doing something. I didn’t make my face feel itchy or hot at all which is something I’ve had problems with in the past with other masks. After leaving this on for 15 mins I removed it using a flannel and some warm water. The results of using this mask for me was that my skin felt very smooth and soft and the amount of bumps on my skin had seemed to receded a little which i was happy about. It also didnt break out my skin. I defiantly think I’ll continue to use this and may buy the full size product when i have run out. The only thing that holds me back slightly is the price as it is £28.50.

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“You Go Girl” Bronzer Compact | The Beauty Crop

My first thoughts when I saw this product was that the box and the packaging was gorgeous, that drew me to this item straight away. I have only tried to bronzer out once but from that i think i will definitely be using it again. The colour of this compact is a warm bronze rather than cool, I quite liked that this had more of a warm undertone because i think this will be nice to wear in the summer with a bit of a tan. The consistency of the product is lovely, it is really smooth but has a little bit of a creaminess to it so it’s not chalky at all. At first glance this looks as though it is a completely matte bronzer but it does in fact have little bits of shimmer within it which I think is lovely.

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Eyebrow Cream | Chella

I was really excited to see a brow product in this months box as I’m always looking for new beauty products to try. I love this look of the packaging it quite simplistic, the design of this product is also really clever in my opinion. I think it would be good to travel with as it’s not very big and you get the brow pomade and the brush all in one. To use this product you pop the lid off if one end to reveal an angled brush and on the other end you unscrew it and the product is in the end of the little pot. I thought the colour match was great for me, it is a cool toned brown colour called “tantalising taupe”. The consistency was creamy and went onto the brows really nicely I loved using the brush as it allowed me to be really accurate. This brow cream dries down pretty well and i would say it is completely smudge proof so will stay on the brows all day long. This product is £20 so in my opinion its a little pricey but i do like the results.

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Original Clear Balm | Dr.PAWPAW

The next product in March’s Birch Box is this hydrating balm. I have really enjoyed using this lip balm, it is unscented which is a little disappointing but the quality makes up for it. This is a clear balm and it was really soothing on the lips. The main ingredients in this balm are aloe vera and olive oil, so is very moisturising. This was a full-sized product and would cost £3.95 if bought individually. This balm has multiple uses can be used for lips, cuticles and skin.

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Smoothing Balm | Number 4

Also in this months box was a smoothing hair balm. This product smells lovely, it is used to help with curly hair that is frizzy and or coarse. I used a small amount on damp hair and it made my hair feel a lot smoother, it also looked really shiny which doesn’t normally happen when I leave my hair natural so I was quite impressed with that.

Scent Of A Dream Perfume | Charlotte Tilbury

The last product I received in this months box was a Charlotte Tilbury perfume Sample. I was quite surprised to find this in the box as i know this is quite a high-end product, the full-sized bottle is £49. To be brutally honest i was not a big fan of this scent, i think it is a little bit mature for me so i will probably give this away to a family member. I loved the rose gold and white packaging but just wasn’t to keen on the scent. I think this would be great for an older women as that’s what this scent reminded me of, it’s just such a shame i didn’t love it.

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That’s all for today lovelies, i hope you enjoyed reading. Let me know if you have tried any of these products out in the comments below!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Chloe xx

C.K Beauty

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February BirchBox | First Impressions

Hello lovelies,

How are you? Today I am writing about the February Birchbox, whats inside and my first impressions of the products. Read on to find out more!

As february is the month of love, being valentines the box has this sort of theme, in this months box a few post cards were added in with different wording on the design as you can see.

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Anatomicals Body Cleanser

The first thing that caught my attention in this months box was this cleanser. It is a full size product as it is 100ml. This cleanser is called “no one gets flirty with the dirty pick me up body cleanser” sticking with the theme of valentines day. I have heard of this brand before but until now haven’t tried any of their products out. I really like the scent of the cleanser, at first I wasn’t sure but the more I’ve used it the more I’ve grown to like the smell I would say it’s a unisex scent as it’s not either too feminine or masculine it sort of meets in the middle. It lathers up really well and a little goes a long way. As the RRP is only £4 i would consider buying it again.

Geranium and Grapefruit Body Milk

This lotion is by the brand John Masters Organics, the size of this product is only small as it’s a sample but would be great for travel or to keep in your handbag as it won’t take up too much room. I really love how this makes my hands feel, as one of the ingredients is coconut oil it really hydrates and moisturises.  After using this product my hand feel so smooth and soft but you don’t get any oil residue and the product sinks into the skin very fast. The scent of this body milk is the one thing that I wouldn’t rave about, the main ingredients are geranium and grapefruit. As I am not a big fan of citrus scents this isn’t to my taste, the grapefruit is a powerful scent but you can also smell the floral notes of the geranium. I wouldn’t purchase this again as the full size version is £18 and I don’t love the smell enough to buy it.

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Coconut and Fig Hair Masque

The next thing that caught my eye was this coco & eve “like a virgin” hair mask. I have seen this product advertised so am looking forward to giving it a go. I will do a full review on this once I have given it a few tries. The first thing to say about this product is that i adore the scent, one of my all time favourite scents is coconut so i can’t go wrong with this! It’s not an overpowering type of smell but it is really lovely, and i can’t wait to find out what its like when it’s in the hair. The directions for this product are different to what i thought they would be, you shampoo your hair and towel dry it, then distribute it evenly throughout your hair. This product claims it improves shine, texture and tames frizz. As i have naturally curly hair i can’t wait to see what the results are because my hair goes very frizzy when its natural.

Liquid Shimmer Shadow Eclipse

In this months box there were two shades of this eyeshadow you could possibly get, I received Eclipse. I really love this colour, it is a coppery shade and is a shimmer eyeshadow. I have worn this eyeshadow out once for a few hours, it applied really easily and is really pigmented. This product lasted the whole time i was out, its pretty smudge proof which is great as most powdered shadows start to wear off the longer you wear it. I love how shimmery it is and the applicator makes it easy to apply and enables you to be more precise as it’s not too big.

Tapered Blending Brush

The last item in February’s BirchBox is an eyeshadow brush from the brand Luxie, I’ve heard of this brand and think they are quite popular but I myself haven’t tried their products before. I like the look of this brush and the rose gold detailing is lovely! The bristles are quite soft, although i don’t think they’re as soft as the real techniques eyeshadow brushes. I am yet to give this brush a go but as it say i think it will be really good for blending shadows together. It does feel like a good quality brush and i am going to look into the brand more if i love using this brush.

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That’s all from Birchbox this month. I am quite happy with the selection of different products I received this time, but would’ve liked to see maybe another beauty product added into the mix.

I hope you enjoyed reading and let me know what you think of these products or if you’ve tried any of them out in the comments!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Chloe xx

C.K Beauty

Brow Emergency Kit | Review

Hello lovelies,

I hope you are all well. Today I wanted to write a review on this product I found while looking for a new brow gel in Primark.

I really like using their brow gel, it works really well and holds my brows in place for the whole day. As I was looking I couldn’t find any on their own, instead i found this Brow Emergency set.

For £2.50 I couldn’t not give it a try. As you can see within the set you get 4 items. The first is a little brow pencil, next is a spoolie, then the brow gel and lastly a pair of tweezers. For this price you are getting each item for around 62p which is incredible! I love the look of this little set, it come in a clear plastic container and on the back there is a set of pictures that are showing you the steps to this kit.

The set I got was medium brown I like the feel of the brow pencil and the gel as the packaging for both are mainly matte, i think it gives it a sleek design.

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Tweezers

At first look tweezers are not the best quality in the world but for 62p you can’t complain too much. They are a classic silver colour and the size of them is pretty good as they are the same size as a regular pair. When it came to plucking the hairs they were actually pretty good, i wasn’t expecting them to be so precise and it didn’t hurt much at all!

The Brow Pencil

I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of this brow pencil. As i said before I got mine in the shade  medium brown The texture of the pencil is really smooth and silky as it goes onto the brows , I  found that it also blended out really well. This shade is a little bit darker than what I would normally go for so it took me a little while to get used to them as it did give them a more bold look. To get this sort of tone you only need to press lightly on the pencil as it is really pigmented. I will definitely continue to use this product.

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Spoolie

Next is the set is a little eyebrow spoolie. I love using spoolies as I find they help so much with getting the hairs all in the right direction and it helps to neaten the look up. My normal brow product is the Benefit goof proof brow pencil which comes with a spoolie on one end and the product at the other end. The handle on this spoolie is not the best quality as its plastic and quite small, apart from this its still easy to use and I think the bristles on it are really good, they are quite soft so the don’t scratch the skin underneath when you’re combing. Due to its size I think this would be a good product to put in your handbag/ travel bag.

Brow Gel

The last piece the this set is the Brow gel! As I mentioned above i really like the brow gel that Primark sell. This one has slightly different packaging and is a little bit bigger than the one i purchased previously but it works all the same. I find this brow gel really good for keeping my brows in place without putting too much product on them like other brands i have tried. What I like about this particular brand is that it doesn’t leave your brows hard or “straw like” as some other brands do. I will definitely be being this product again when it runs out.

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Overall I think this buy was a success, I don’t know if i will continue to use the tweezers but I will keep them in my draw as a back up if i am going away or happen to lose my current pair. My favourite part of this set has to be the brow pencil as it really did surprise me with how well it worked.

Have you tried this brow set, or will you try it after reading? What brand is your favourite brow gel from?  Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Chloe xx

C.K Beauty

January BirchBox | First Impressions

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Hello lovelies,

I hope you are all well. Today I wanted to talk to you about the January BirchBox and you give my first impressions.

I had been wanted to subscribe to a beauty or skin care box for a while but couldn’t decide which one to go for. After looking around for a while I came across BirchBox and thought it looked really good, there are products that are skincare and beauty related in each box so I decided to go for this one.

I think this box is really great value for money, I pay about £12.95 inc postage a month. For the quality for the products and the variety of different things you get to test and try out i definitely thinks its worth the money.  Just to let you know this is not a sponsorship!

SO…

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Whats in the box?

CLE Essence Moonlighter Cushion 

The first item in this box was this full-sized highlighter in the shade copper rose. It has a very classic look to it and feels like a really nice quality product. When you open it up you will see that there are two layers, on the first layer there is a little applicator which feels lovely and soft and is great quality. This would be really good if you wanted to take a highlighter away with you as it comes with an applicator so you wouldn’t need to pack anything extra. The highlighter is on the second layer it is not what I expected it to be but I really love it. I have only tested it on my hand currently so may do a full review of it another time. The highlighter itself is like a sponge, you dab the applicator into the sponge and it picks up the product. On the skin this gives a really lovely glow, the pigment is good but not blinding and the sparkle is like a sheen across the skin.

Becca First Light Priming Filter 

At a first glance this looked lovely, I love the pearlescent shine it has to the packaging and the product itself. I imagine this product is meant to give your skin a little bit of a glow under foundation. It is a really lovely consistency as it evens out well on the skin. From what i felt using it on the back of my hand it doesn’t complete sink into the skin which will be good for applying foundation over the top. This product is not full-sized but i was shocked to even see a Becca product in here! This again would be good for travelling as it is the perfect size.

Hair Ties

BirchBox like to add little extra things to their boxes and in this months box they added these cute hair ties. I love how bright and colourful they are and the little pom poms as well. I always seem to lose my hair ties so I am grateful to receive a couple more.

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Dr Botanicals Cleansing bar 

I was really happy to receive one of these because I love trying out new bars. This is the lemon superfood cleaning bar. I have tried this product out and it leaves you feeling really fresh. I can imagine this being a really great product to use in the morning and the smell of the lemons would wake you up and get you feeling re-energized. This was another full-sized item which I think is great.

Phillip Kingsley Shampoo

This shampoo states it’s for flakey or itchy scalps, I am interested to try this as my scalp does get very dry and i have not found a product yet that helps it. It was good to get this within the box as i will be able to try a small sample of it and if it works out really well I can go and buy the full-sized version but if it doesn’t work then I will know and not have spent lots of money trying it out to begin with.

AfterSpa Facial Micro Scrubber 

The last item in the box is this cute facial scrubber first impressions are that I like the packaging. By the feel of this cloth I think it would be really good for exfoliating your skin, it states to use the scrubber with your favourite cleanser. It isn’t very big so you would have to work it round your face but I can’t see that being a problem. It has a cord attached to it so I’m guessing you’ll be able to hang it up to dry after using it.

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That’s all of the items in the January BirchBox. For just the three full sized products if they had been brought all together would have come to £34.90!

I love not knowing whats going to turn up in the box until I open it, and its great getting to try out some many different products.

I hope you enjoyed reading, let me know in the comments what product you would like to try from this months box and if you’re subscribed to any boxes?!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Chloe xx

C.K beauty

 

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March Favourites

Hello lovelies, today I’m going to be talking about the things that I’ve been loving throughout March and why. I can’t believe another month has flown by so quickly and we’re already in April, I feel like this year is going to go really fast!

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Anyway onto the favourites, the first thing that I’ve been loving throughout March is my coconut hand cream by Palmers. Recently my hands have been getting really dry, I put a little bit of this cream on each day and it’s really helping my hands. It has quite a thick consistency but sinks into the skin rather fast so you don’t have oily hands for ages after applying it, you also only need to use a small amount of this cream as I find a little goes a long way. I loveee the scent of this as if you’ve read any of my other posts you’ll probably know that I’m obsessed with coconut! The great thing about this cream is that it’s quite small so I can bring it around with me and use it during the day, and it’s also really affordable.

The next thing I’ve been loving is the Bourjois Bronzer that I bought earlier in the month. I talked about it in my Mini beauty Haul, I’ve been using it daily since I got it. I love the subtle contour it gives and bronziness to the face without looking too muddy or orange. The smell of this is also incredible it smells really sweet and chocolatey, the packaging and deign of the bronzer is another plus I really like about it. This bronzer is a drugstore product so again it’s affordable and i would definitely recommend it as its lovely! As i am quite pale at the moment i find this great to use to give myself some colour and make me look a little more alive ahah. I would also love to try out a blusher as it’s not something i use currently, if you have any suggestions let me know in the comments!

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The P.S Insta Girl nail polish in the shade ‘like that’ is another favourite of mine this month, I picked this up in  Primark as i thought the colour looked lovely and really wearable because i like to have my nails painted but when I’m at college and work I prefer to have a more wearable colour on my nails. This polish was a really great price and it lasts pretty well considering how affordable it is, you can get away with only applying one coat as its pretty opaque but if I have more time I’ll add a second coat to make it look a little more polished. I wear this polish daily and it’s become my new favourite. Along with the nail side of things i have also been loving having shellac on my nails which is what i have currently, the shine never fades and this time i went for a glitter on 2 accent nails, I love the look of this! As it’s quite an expensive thing to keep up i only have them done as a treat, i got them done a few days ago as it’s the Easter Holidays. The last time i got shellac they lasted really well about 2 weeks, when I got them taken off my nails had grown really well and they were stronger so I will definitely carry on getting them!

The last favourite I have for March is the Primark eyebrow gel, I got this when i bought the nail polish a few weeks ago and I’ve been loving it. My usual Rimmel brow gel had run out and I was looking for a new one so I picked this one up and it works really nicely, there is also a bit more product in this one compared with the Rimmel gel. It lasts all day on my brows and I can’t really fault it, if you are on a budget or you just want to try out something new I would definitely recommend this.

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Let me know what your monthly favourites are in the comments or if you have used any of the products I’ve talked about and what you thought of them!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Chloe xx

 

 

Night Time Skin Care Routine

Hello lovelies, today I wanted to talk to you about my night-time skin care routine and what products I use.

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To start my night time routine i use either the Body shop vitamin E cream cleanser or my Derma V10 Micellar cleansing water and some cotton pads, both of these work really well and they don’t irritate my skin at all which is great. Both of these products are really nice to use but if you are not a fan of having scented products around your eyes I would say to go for the micellar water because it’s not perfumed. I have recently purchased the Liz Earl cleanse and polish I really love how it makes my skin feel after I use it but I am not a big fan of how the product smells I am going to have a try it a few more time before I can say whether I would use it over my other cleansers.

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After I’ve removed my makeup I have two different facial washes that I use, Clearasil is a really gentle face wash that leaves my skin feeling really smooth and soft and I like it because it not perfumed, it’s also very affordable and you can buy it in most drugstores and supermarkets. The Body Shop’s Vitamin E gentle facial wash is something I like to use because it makes my skin feel really clean and fresh and it has a lovely scent that’s not too powerful. I like to alternate between the two of these.

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If you have read my previous posts you will know I love  The Body Shop’s Vitamin E moisture cream. I like to use this moisturiser because it is light and it doesn’t take too long to sink into my skin. I find that it makes my skin feel more rehydrated in the morning if I put it on before I go to sleep because I do tend to have quite dry skin so this moisturiser helps.

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If I have had a pamper evening that night or I feel like I want to be relaxed I will put some lavender or rose balm on both of my wrists at my pulse points. I find that this helps me to go to sleep because the smells relax me and make me feel more calm. I like to use a lip balm in my night-time skin care routine especially because it’s still cold outside as it helps to keep my lips hydrated and moisturised.

What skincare products do you use in your night-time routine?

Thanks for reading 🙂

Chloe xx