Royally Good Birchbox April 2015

As the country awaits the arrival of Royal Baby Number 2 & we find out if it is a girl or a boy, The people at Birchbox have packed their April Box full of products they think are ‘Royally Good’.

There is also a twist as every subscriber will get a pink or blue box this month (mine is blue & super cute)! The beautifully designed boxes aren’t just gorgeous keepsakes – they’re also part of a fun April competition, there are more details on your in-box cards, so check them out!

Birchbox April 2015

Because this Royally Good Box* is celebrating the Royal Birth, you not only get 5 luxe beauty samples but Birchbox have included a 6th beauty bonus product in each box. So what’s inside I hear you cry.

Laura Mercier Longwear Cream Eye Pencil in Violet 0.8g / Full Size 1.2g  £18.00

Subscribers had the opportunity to pick from three Laura Mercier products this month and they included a Foundation Primer, Mascara or Eyeliner. In my box was the eyeliner which is in the most gorgeous vibrant violet shade. I love the colour & think it will look so pretty over Spring & Summer. I really like Laura Mercier makeup & have never been disappointed by anything I have tried so I am very excited to wear this eyeliner.

Royally Good Birchbox April 2015

Percy & Reed Smoothed, Sealed and Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil 30ml / Full Size 60ml £14.00

This is a multi use product (which I love) it tames hair without weighing it down, adds volume to lacklustre hair, provides shine and also acts as a heat protectant. You add a few drops to towel dried hair & style as normal. I like using hair oils & Percy & Reed are a brand I really enjoy.

bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash 30ml / Full size 197ml £19.50

This is a 2 in 1 cleanser and exfoliator  which promises to leave skin soft and fresh. It contains rose hips, camomile and passion flower and smells incredible and summery. I’m hoping it leaves my skin looking bright and refreshed. I have never tried anything from this brand but always read good things about their range.

Royally Good Brichbox April 2015

Lola Barcelona Nail Polish in Garcia 8ml  / Full Size 8ml £7.50

This colour is a Birchbox exclusive so thats pretty cool. The colour is a bold bright pink, I think its the cutest colour to wear on my toes. Its an ideal holiday colour too. Very pretty indeed.

Korres Bergamot Pear Shower Gel 40ml / Full Size 250ml £8.00

It seems Korres is quite popular in the Beauty Box world this month, as I received a shampoo in my Lookfantastic Box too. I am not complaining as I am a huge fan of this natural Greek brand and love trying new products from their range. This shower gel has quite a masculine scent which I like and look forward to trying this.

The sixth product and the Beauty Bonus Item is,

Inner Me Energise Me Health, Beauty and Vitality Supplements 28 Capsules / Full Size 28 Capsules£15.00

These are a daily supplement that are bursting with a special blend of vitamins and minerals to help support energy levels, metabolism and maintain overall good health. They contain Vitamins B6 & B12, Co – Q10, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Chromium, Zinc and Iron. You get a 4 week supply.

Royally Good Birchbox Contents

This is my first Birchbox & I was so excited to receive it. I think Birchbox have done a great job with this month Royally Good Box & I can’t wait to pamper myself using all the wonderful products, especially the bliss face wash & the Lola nail polish. Oh & I am hoping the Royal baby is a girl.

If you have this months box what is your favourite product?

Get your Royally Good Birchbox for £10 + £2.95 p&p

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

ESPA Beauty In The Bag GWP

ESPA Beauty In The Bag

Heads up …….

ESPA have 6 limited edition Beauty In The Bag Kits and they’re giving you the opportunity to choose one complimentary face or body collection worth up to £35 when you spend £80. What a great gift with purchase!

These Limited Edition Beauty in the Bag gifts contain all you need for beautifully nourished and radiant skin perfectly packaged in a convenient bag.

ESPA have 6 sets to choose from (4 Face Collections & 2 Body Collections). Each set includes 5 deluxe samples from ESPA’s favourite and bestselling products. From the multi-functional Optimal Skin ProCleanser, the brightening Skin Radiance Intensive Serum and the fast and convenient Optimal Body TriSerum (in a miniature spritzer bottle). If you’re choosing a body-care collection you will be one of the first to try the new and exclusive un-launched body product – the perfect finishing touch to your body routine.

ESPA Gift With Purchase

ESPA Radiant Skin Collection

These Gift With Purchases come beautifully packaged in a adorable signature purple makeup bag with all the products inside along with a set of really handy step by step cards on how to use your products for an at home Spa experience. They also have some great beauty tips & advice on the other side.

I have been trying out the Beauty In The Bag Radiant Skin Collection* which includes

Optimal Skin ProCleanser 15ml – This Tri-Phase multifunctional gel cleanser, exfoliator and mask will leave your skin feeling beautifully clean, nourished and visibly radiant. Read my review of the ProCleanser.

Hydrating Floral Spafresh Toner 30ml – A gently hydrating natural toner to freshen, comfort and lightly nourish the skin

Skin Radiance Mask 7ml – A brightening mask to help revitalise, renew and revive skin’s natural, healthy glow with this gently effective radiance mask.

Skin Radiance Intensive Serum 7ml – Inspired by the potent ingredients in our bestselling Skin Radiance range, this concentrated formula penetrates deeply into the skin to invigorate a tired complexion, minimise the appearance of hyper-pigmentation and boost collagen.

Skin Radiance Moisturiser 10ml – Revive dry, dull skin with this naturally skin-brightening moisturiser. Suitable for all skin types, especially dull, tired skin in need of a radiance boost.

ESPA Skin Tips

ESPA Home Spa Body Routine

The Beauty In The Bag Soothing Body Collection* is a luxurious treat for anyone that wants to relax and give themselves a pamper. All these Beauty In The Bag Kits come with the cards giving you step by step at home Spa tips using the products in your kit. So you can experience the relaxing, pampering rejuvenating effects of an ESPA treatment but in the comfort of your home. Such a lovely idea!

ESPA Soothing Body Collection

This Soothing Body Kit comes with 6 incredible deluxe samples that will help smooth, firm and leave skin beautifully soft.

Nourishing Shower Cream 15ml – An indulgent shower cream to cleanse, condition and help lock in moisture to support skin’s natural balance. The naturally derived formula gently cleanses skin without drying it out.

Exfoliating Body Polish 15ml – A refreshing exfoliator for body, formulated to gently sweep away dry, rough skin while it cools and conditions.

Optimal Body TriSerum 12ml –  Advanced nourishment for naturally beautiful, radiant skin. Combining the potent power of a serum with the rich nourishment of Omega Oils (3,6,9), this advanced TriActive™ formula harnesses some of nature’s most effective plant, marine and essential oil extracts to deliver optimal results. Read my review of the Optimal Body TriSerum.

Smooth & Firm Body Butter 15ml – This richly hydrating body butter melts into skin to help nourish, refine skin texture and restore your skin’s suppleness

Naturally Radiant Gradual Tan 25ml – This is a brand new product & is not yet available to purchase, so you’re getting the opportunity to be one of the first people to try this out. It is a lightweight nourishing formula that is no fuss or mess. You apply it like a body lotion and leave it to work its magic & give your skin a gorgeous natural glow which develops over four hours and intensifies each day. This smells incredible.

ESPA Beauty In The Bag

So if you’re looking to re order some of your favourite ESPA products or try something new now is the time to make the order & snap up one of these gorgeous complimentary face or body collections. They would make a really nice gift for a friend or treat for yourself. Let me know if you make an order & what collection you picked.

Beauty In The Bag Collections

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

Lookfantastic Beauty Box April 2015

Lookfantastic Monthly Box

Heads up – a sneak peak at April’s Lookfantastic Beauty Box* which goes on sale today!

Incase you didn’t know Lookfantastic is a monthly beauty box which allows you to purchase each box on a month by month basis for £15 so no subscription necessary, but be warned they only produce a limited number so these boxes sell out fast. Alternatively if you prefer you can sign up for a 3, 6 or 12 month plan & you will get a discount.

Every box has at least 6 beauty products for you to try & the contents of April’s box are worth £45!

Lookfantastic Monthly Beauty Subscription Box

So inside the April box are a couple of brands I have heard of and tried before and a few that are completely new to me, which is the beauty of these boxes as you get introduced to products you might never have purchased before. I think the April box has a great mix of makeup, skincare, haircare and they have included more of a lifestyle product in there too.

Inika Eyeliner Pencil

Inika Eye Pencil in Black Caviar – This is a jet black eyeliner, really pigmented and easy to apply, no tugging or patchy colour pay off. It’s the perfect creamy pencil to create a smokey eye with and has some great staying power. I love to wear black liner and I like how you can blend this one out for more of a softer look or really go to town and apply a bold feline flick. Inika is also Vegan and certified 100% Organic.

Forza Suppliments

Forza Multivitamins For Women – You get a 30 day supply of multivitamins. One tablet contains 13 different vitamins and minerals designed to meet the needs of women who are maintaining a low calorie diet. This is not meant to replace food or meals but help you achieve your daily requirement of vitamins. It contains Zinc, Vitamin K, C, B, D and Vitamin B12. I haven’t tried these as I am already taking vitamins and supplements so will be passing these on to my sister in law.

Korres Shampoo

Korres Aloe & Soapwort Shampoo 50ml – I thought this was going to smell overpowering from the name but I was completely wrong, it has a light fresh scent and is lovely in the morning. This shampoo left my hair feeling light and bouncy and very clean. It wasn’t stripping and I didn’t use a conditioner after so I could see the full effects of the shampoo & I was surprised that my hair looked as glossy as it did. I am a very big fan of Korres makeup and skincare so I was very excited to see this in the box. At 50ml it isn’t a full size but it its a deluxe sample size and ideal for travel.

Balance Me Revitalising Hand & Body Wash

Balance Me Revitalising Hand & Body Wash 100ml – This smells incredible and zesty. It contains a blend of calming mandarin, cleansing grapefruit, balancing bergamot and rejuvenating sweet orange, as well as a hint of mint to give a beautifully refreshing scent to help soothe the mind throughout the day. I have been using it as a handwash and it leaves my hands smooth, clean and feeling hydrated. You can smell the zesty fresh scent on your hands for ages after you use this & I love that!

CB12 Mouth Wash

CB12 Safe Breath Mouthwash 50ml – Now this might not be the most exciting product to find in your beauty box but this does promise to give you 12 hours of fresh breath. This smells quite strong & minty and only having used it once I can’t say how effective it is but my mouth felt clean and fresh. I do use a mouthwash every day but have never heard of this brand before. You get a cute 50ml sample in the box, its a good size for travel & thats what I am going to save it for.

TIGI Bed Head Manipulator

TIGI Bed Head Manipulator – This is such a blast from the past for me as I used to use this years ago & loved it. I had shorter hair & this worked wonders at holding the style whist still letting your hair be flexible. I now have longer hair so I have someone in mind that will love using this. You get 30g of product so its a good size and you need so little product. It smells so good, as do all TIGI products.

So what do you think of April’s box? I think it has a really good mix of products & well worth the £15. I’m excited about the Inika eyeliner, Balance Me wash and the Korres shampoo. The vitamins would be great but I’m already taking what I need, so those along with the TIGI haircare will be used by friends & I’m sure they will love them. The CB12 mouthwash isn’t jump up & down exciting but useful none the less.

If you get this box let me know if you received anything different as I know a couple of the products had alternatives.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

Origins KissZing Lip Crayons

Origins KissZing

These KissZing Lip Crayons from Origins are a relatively new release & only hit counters in mid February. So just in time for Spring. They come in 6 wearable colours.

Origins KissZing Selection

I have been using the shade Rosemance which is a soft nude rose shade. It gives your lips a pinch of colour & looks natural and pretty. The formula is quite creamy and glides on effortlessly, feels hydrating on the lips but not greasy at all. These is a glossy finish to this lip crayon and I think these make the perfect everyday lip product. They give your lips a pretty wash of colour, have a nice glossy finish & have lots of skincare benefits too – so they look after your lips as well as making them look pretty. Thats a win win situation.

Origins KissZing Rosemance

All the Origins KissZing Lip Crayons have these lovely ingredients to help keep your lips smooth, hydrated & looking their best.

Meadowfoam Seed – Which has anti-oxidant properties & helps keep skin soft and nourished.

Jojoba Oils – Which helps soothe dry irritated skin and is very gentle.

Mango Seed Butter Which  is rich in antioxidants, vitamin A and E.

Shea Butter – Which is very popular in skincare as it is a very effective moisturiser. So it prevents moisture loss and leaves skin soft.

Origins say these crayons have a scent of mint & vanilla, I do smell a hint of mint but it is so subtle.

I really like the shade I have & think Rosemance is not only a lovely name but a really pretty shade too. Its subtle & the kind of colour you could wear anywhere & anytime. I think these KissZing Lip Crayons will be perfect for Spring because they’re hydrating and give your lips a gorgeous effortless wash of colour.

Let me know which of the six shades you think would suit you best. I have my eye on Peach Peck.

I did include Rosemance in my Lip Crayon Collection post last month if you’d like to take a look.

Origins Rosemance

Origins KissZing £16 from www.origins.co.uk

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.