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Lush Fluffy egg bath bomb

You know I recently posted about using my Hoppity Poppity bath bomb (I've just discovered this was actually right at the beginning of this month, where does the time go!)? Well the next day I jumped right back in the bath and used Fluffy egg*. That's a habit I definitely can't afford to keep up! If you'd like to read about Hoppity Poppity my post is here and you can read about the Lush Easter collection here.

Lush Fluffy egg bath bomb

Lush Fluffy egg bath bomb


Like Hoppity Poppity this is quite a quick dissolver, taking maybe a minute to a minute and a half to disappear.  As you can probably just see in the picture above this one is quite a fizzer and if it's near the edge of the bath you'll notice it spits little pink dots up the side of the bath. Almost instantly this turns the water a lovely candy pink colour and you're greeted with that candy sweet Snow Fairy fragrance. I don't think the scent on this one is quite as strong as Hoppity Poppity and didn't last as long either. I can't actually remember if I could smell this through the whole bath, but I was really pleased that I could actually smell this one at least while it was disolving. Any foam/froth that this produces while fizzing away disappears as soon as it does and you're just left with the candy pink water.

Unfortunately I can't remember what my skin felt like after coming out of the bath but as there's no skin conditioning ingredients in there I'm guessing my skin didn't feel any better than when I went in. Although I think I prefer Hoppity Poppity because of his amazing fragrance this is a really nice reasonably priced bath bomb.

Fluffy egg is £2.95 and is available in store and on the Lush website. 

Have you tried Fluffy egg?

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angelica nail colour Scented collection

This year I decided I wanted to try as many new nail varnish brands as possible, including indie, budget and high-end brands. Unfortunately my current financial situation has slightly put pay to that, but I spotted a tweet from angelica nail colour on Twitter looking for people to review one of their new ranges and they kindly sent me their new Scented collection* to try out.

angelica nail colour Scented collection

angelica nail colour Scented collection

angelica nail colour Scented collection
When I opened the parcel I actually ooh'ed at the pretty spring pastel-ness of the shades. I'm not always a fan of pastel shades because I think some just don't suit me and also they're often difficult to apply, but there's no denying that the shades are very pretty.

The shades are Strawberry, Peppermint, Mango and Blueberry, which also corresponds with the scent of each nail varnish. Unfortunately my camera has bleached out some of the colours a little and turned Peppermint to a blue in my nail swatch. The picture at the top is closest to the correct colours. They come in pretty little rectangular shape bottles and have a pretty standard sized brush. The bottles are pretty enough but I do think you can tell that they're only £2.75 each. 

As I thought they would be they're not the easiest nail varnishes to apply, but this is to be expected with pastel shades. They're quite thin so I would say you need three coats to get them to an even, opaque coverage, although I have only used two coats on some of the nail swatches above. I was surprised to find that they dry to a pretty glossy finish, I haven't used a top coat in the photos above.

In terms of the scent I wouldn't say that it's particularly a selling point of these nail varnishes. Mango was the strongest but it was still quite subtle. Strawberry and Peppermint you could just about smell but it was accompanied by a typical nail varnish type smell and to be honest I couldn't smell Blueberry at all. 

In general they're nice little nail varnishes. You can't expect an awful lot for £2.75 each and they delivered more than I expected from them. You can buy the Scented collection on the angelica nail colour website and I believe they may also be available in Primark stores.

Have you tried any angelica nail varnishes?

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Nail art - Triangle tips

I've had the pictures of this design for a while now and just haven't got round to posting about it, so I haven't got an awful lot to say about it as I can't really remember doing it. I realise I've been a bit slack on the nail art front recently and haven't posted any for a while (apart from the one that went up a week ago that was supposed to go up after this one), must do better!

Nail art - Triangle tips


Nail art - Triangle tips

Nail art - Triangle tips
Nail art - Triangle tips
Apologies that the light was pretty bad when I took the photos of my nails but improved when I took the last photo, so they look different. I normally don't have very long before my nails start chipping or don't look good enough for photos, so if the light is bad for a few days I might not get any pictures at all and have to recreate the design again in the future.

This is kind of a different take on white tips, making them into almost triangles rather than just a strip over the white part of the nail. To do it I just painted the base colour and once this was completely dry used masking tape to make the triangle shape. I then painted on the white and removed the masking tape before this started to dry and then once dry I applied a top coat. The white wasn't quite enough to fully cover the red but I quite like the effect it gave with the red slightly showing through.

What do you think of triangle tips?

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Lush Rose bubble bar

Having tried several of Lush's bath bombs recently and deciding that I much prefer a bath with bubbles I decided to treat myself to a couple of bubble bars from the Mothers day range after having a particular bad day. I picked up Rose and Ultraviolet.

Lush Mothers day Rose bubble bar
Lush Mothers day Rose bubble bar
I decided to go for Rose because it's reasonably priced (for Lush) at just £2.95, looks very pretty and I don't mind rose as a scent. As it's a small bubble bar I decided to use the whole thing for one bath. The idea with bubble bars is to crumble it under the running water, but when I went to do this I realised this is a bit of a problem for me. The bath in my house doesn't have any power behind the hot water, so you can't run the hot and the cold at the same time because the cold just overpowers the hot and you end up with a cold bath. So you have to run about 4 inches of cold water into the bottom of the bath and then fill up the rest with hot water. This means though that the hot water is far too hot to actually put your hand under so I had to crumble it around where the water was running rather than under it. So I'm not sure if this meant that it produced less bubbles then it would normally do.

Although I could smell the rose scent when sniffing the bar I couldn't smell it when I was crumbling it under the water or in the bath. It tinged the bath a light pink colour and produced a reasonable amount of bubbles but I wasn't swamped by them, which I think is kind of what you want in a bubble bath! Although the bubble bar looks quite glittery I didn't particularly notice this in the bath and none of it stuck to me when I came out. 

This one contains fair trade organic cocoa butter, lemon oil, sweet orange oil and organic rose hip oil but again I didn't notice the oil on the water (although it's likely this was covered by the bubbles) and although I forgot to actually check I don't remember my skin feeling particularly nourished.

It's an ok bubble bar but even though it's one of the cheapest I'm not sure it's really worth it for one, maybe two baths. The Lush Rose bubble bar is still available on the Lush website (I'm not sure if it's still available in store) but as this is part of the Mothers day collection it may not be around for much longer.

Have you tried Rose bubble bar?

 
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The MUA Directory

A couple of weekends ago I was scrolling through my Twitter feed and noticed that a couple of the bloggers I follow were working as an MUA that weekend and I was suddenly struck by an idea. I wondered if there was any kind of online directory where you could find MUA's based near you, but after a quick Google search I couldn't find anything like that. So I decided to set up The MUA Directory, which will be hosted on my blog. 

Although there are only a few MUA's listed on there at the moment I'm planning to publish it soon in the hope that this will help it to grow and become a useful resource for people looking for an MUA to hire and also for other MUA's. The feedback I've had so far from the people listed has been very positive so I'm hoping it will be popular and more people will come forward to be listed.

The Directory is arranged by county so hopefully people all over the UK will be able to find an MUA based reasonably close to them, or one in an adjoining county who would be willing to travel to them. Once the directory has been published I will be adding a button to my sidebar so it can be accessed.

If you're an MUA and would like to be listed, or know of anybody else who you think would be interested please leave me a comment or email me thelittleblogofbeauty@gmail.com and I will add them/you.

 
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TTYA x Long Tall Sally summer collection

Back in September/October last year Long Tall Sally launched their first TTYA x Long Tall Sally collection in association with online retailer Taller Than Your Average. You can find my post about the previous collection here. A couple of weeks ago Long Tall Sally contacted me to let me know that their next TTYA x Long Tall Sally collection was launching soon and this was released on 16th March. 


Although I'm a fan of Long Tall Sally's jeans for their length, some of their other items can feel a little too 'classic' for me. So I'm pleased to see they're launching further ranges with a younger, more fashion inspired feel.

Considering it's a summer range I was quite surprised to find that there's a lot of black in there, as black absorbs all light and converts it to heat (so making you hot in the summer), but the other colours used in the range are white and a pale blue shade.  Although some of the items in the range are not quite to my personal taste a few items do really appeal to me.

One thing I would love to be able to wear is jumpsuits and playsuits, but being tall if I try to go for an item like this in a standard range I'm likely to end up with the hunchback effect or a constant wedgie (sorry, I know a little TMI)! Although I'm not sure about the sheer top #BraStrapIssues I do like the look of the Sheer V neck jumpsuit. It's the sort of thing I'd probably wear out in the evening, if I was going out for dinner for example, and then being black wouldn't be such a problem.

I love wearing skirts but unless I'm wearing tights I'm really not a fan of skirts that finish anywhere above my knees. What I like about the Eyelet mesh pencil skirt is that although this does finish above the knee, it has a mesh overlay that finishes below the knee, so although you can see your knees they're kind of blurred!

I also like the look of the Crop top which comes in both black and blue. I really like the look of high waisted trousers or skirts with a crop top and it's the perfect time to go for this kind of look when the weather starts to warm up.

The range is available now over on the Long Tall Sally website.

What do you think of the latest TTYA x Long Tall Sally range? Do you have a favourite item?

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Nail art - Double sandy lines

This would have worked really well name wise if it was double yellow lines, but as yellow nail varnish very rarely looks good with my skin tone I don't actually have any. I was then going to go with double white lines but my go to off-white base colour for nail art has come to the end of it's now very gloopy life, so I couldn't do that either. So I pulled out my trusty OPI Sand in my suit (which I've had for years and it's still pretty much perfect) and ended up having to go for double sandy lines!

Nail art - Double sandy lines
Nail art - Double sandy lines
Nail art - Double sandy lines
OPI Sand in my suit and Barry M Silk Orchid
I really need to branch out with my nail art techniques as again I've used stripping tape for this one. I started with a base coat followed by a couple of coats of Sand in my suit. OPI shades can often be one coat wonders but as this is quite a light, thin shade it does need two coats. I then applied two strips of stripping tape across the nail to make the lines and painted over the top with Barry M Silk in Orchid. I then pulled the strips off while the nail varnish was still wet and sealed with a top coat once dry. Orchid is also quite a thin shade and in the photos you can see through it slightly, but you can't see this on my nails. 

What do you think of double sandy lines?

 
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eyeCANDY Gel wrap system

As you're probably aware I'm a just a little bit of a fan of nail varnish and nail art and this means I do tend to get through quite a lot of base coat and top coat. I've tried quite a few different ones now and although I do have my favourites I'm definitely still looking for my holy grails, especially in terms of top coat. Earlier this year I was asked if I'd like to give the eyeCANDY Gel wrap system* a try and of course I said yes.

eyeCANDY Gel wrap system

eyeCANDY Gel wrap system
The eyeCANDY Gel wrap system contains a base coat and top coat that are supposed to provide the benefits of a salon gel manicure but without the need for a UV lamp. The base coat contains a formulation of powerful acrylic gel for the natural nail that protects against cracking, peeling and splitting and provides a smooth foundation for nail colour. The fast drying acrylic top coat then seals in colour and should protect against chipping and extend wear time. 

Even though these both use natural light rather than UV light to dry or 'cure' I was slightly concerned that this might be difficult to remove. Last year I had my first gel manicure, but I then discovered that I'm unable to soak my nails to remove it as this burns the skin around my nails. In the end I just had to peel and chip it off, and even then I couldn't remove it all, and obviously this didn't leave my nails in very good condition. I didn't need to worry about this though as it's no different to removing any other standard nail varnish.

There's not a lot to say about the base coat apart from that I liked it. It was easy to apply and dried quickly leaving a smooth surface. The top coat was also easy to apply and I was pleased to find that it did dry very quickly. It leaves you with a very glossy finish but I didn't find that it provided any kind of plumping effect, but then it doesn't specifically claim to. 

As for how long this lasts I found that it did prolong the wear time of my nail varnish. As I've mentioned before no matter what nail varnish I use I seem to get chips appearing within a couple of days, often within the first day, but with this I've managed to get up to three days without any chips appearing. If a top coat makes nail varnish last a few days longer on me then it's likely it will work very well for others.

The eyeCANDY Gel wrap system is £10.99 for both the base coat and top coat, which I think is pretty good value when you often have to pay that for just a good quality base or top coat on their own. You can find this on Amazon for £9.68 and it's also available in Tesco stores (I couldn't find it online) and when I spotted it in store recently it was on sale (although I'm afraid I can't remember the price).

Do you like the sound of a gel effect manicure without the UV lamp?

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The Body Shop Limited edition Mothers day Vitamin E products

As you're probably aware I'm a big fan of The Body Shop's products and in particular the Vitamin E range. Back in January I did a post on the range covering the six products that I have in my skincare stash (post here). Recently The Body Shop contacted me to let me know that some of the Vitamin E products have had a little make-over for Mothers day and they've kindly sent me some of the products to show you.

The existing products appearing in the Mothers day range include the Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet*, Vitamin E Moisture cream* and Vitamin E Serum-in-oil and they've also added a new product which is the Vitamin E Eyes cube*.

The Body Shop Limited edition Mothers day Vitamin E products

The Body Shop Limited edition Mothers day Vitamin E products

The Body Shop Limited edition Mothers day Vitamin E products

The Body Shop Limited edition Mothers day Vitamin E products

For Mothers day the standard reasonably plain packaging of these products has been updated with a limited edition slightly abstract Union Jack design in pink and blue. The design might not immediately say Mothers day but the idea is you're giving skin the royal treatment and treating your mum like a queen for Mothers day. I have to say I love the updated design and wouldn't mind if it stuck around.

Although I have recently changed products to test out some new ones I've been using both the Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet and Moisture cream through the winter. As I've mentioned before my skin is dry but it does struggle to absorb rich or heavy products, it much prefers lighter products like the Aqua Boost Sorbet. This can have a slightly strange texture, it sometimes feel a little 'bitty', but this is just the little aqua spheres that hold many times their weight in water. If you like cooling, refreshing, light but moisture packed creams then this is probably for you. 

There's not a lot to say about the Vitamin E Moisture cream apart from that it's great! It absorbs well leaving my skin soft, moisturised and flake free when my skin is being stripped by the cold weather and central heating. This normally comes in a 50ml pot but the Mothers Day edition comes in a limited edition 100ml size.

The new product in the Mothers day line is called the Eyes cube, although I'm a little confused why it's called a cube when it's round! This is an anti-fatigue stick designed to revive and refresh the appearance of the eye area, diminishing dark circles and helping depuff the appearance of under eye bags. As I've just got my hands on this I haven't tried it out yet but I'm assuming this product will be sticking around once the packaging reverts back to normal, so I will post a review of this in the future.

I'm not sure if there's enough time left to order these online and receive them before Mothers day but you can find them in store.

What do you think of the limited edition packaging?

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Lush I love Juicy shampoo

Over the last few months, on and off, I've been suffering with hair that doesn't seem to want to get clean. After washing and drying I'll run my fingers through it, or start sectioning it off to straighten, and will discover that it still feels greasy. Even my hairdresser commented a couple of weeks ago that I was suffering from an oily build-up, yuck! I don't even really use any products on my hair, heat protection spray is the only thing I use regularly, so it must just be down to my oily hair and using shampoos that aren't coping well with this. As you may know I love having clean hair, which is one of the reasons why I struggle to get on with dry shampoo, so having hair that doesn't feel clean even after washing is a big problem for me.

I knew I needed a clarifying shampoo, but not having much experience of using them I didn't really know what to try. I knew Lush's Big shampoo would do the job, but I don't currently have any and with a pot being over £10 (£12.25 to be precise) that was more than I really wanted to spend. I asked for recommendations on Twitter and Angelica suggesting trying Lush's I Love Juicy. After checking online and discovering you can get a 100g bottle for £5.50 I headed out to grab one.

Lush I Love Juicy shampoo

This one contains fine sea salt (which as far as I can see you can't detect at all), lemon oil, sweet orange oil and fresh pineapple, kiwi, mango and papaya juice.  All those fruit juices contain enzymes to help break down grease, dirt and product build-up, making this ideal for clarifying. This has a very zesty/zingy pineapple based scent which makes it very fresh and fruity. 

You only need to use a small amount and it lathers well. I try to use this roughly once a week as I believe that is how often you're supposed to use a clarifying shampoo (please correct me if I'm wrong and can use it more often?) and it does a great job of removing the yuck from my hair and actually making it clean. I also find that this leaves my hair soft and bouncy with a bit of root volume, which is something I'm always looking for. So winning all round I'd say!

I Love Juicy is £5.50 for a 100g bottle, £10.95 for 250g and £17.95 for 500g and is available in store and on the Lush website.

Do you ever have a problem with getting your hair clean?

 
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NYC Strip me off base coat

Now I know the name of this may sound a little strange, but that's because it's a peel off base coat. I've wanted to try one for a while now but didn't want to pay a lot for it so I started checking out the budget brands. Unfortunately the first one I bought was apparently faulty as when painted on the nail it would shrink and form pools, which was obviously a complete waste of time! Even though I only paid a couple of pounds for it I did email the brand to complain but I didn't receive any response at all, which to be honest doesn't surprise me from the brand in question.

After reading Sammy's post on her top three budget peel off base coats I decided to try NYC's Strip me off. 

NYC Strip me off base coat

As soon as you open the bottle you can tell by the smell that there is at least a little PVA glue in there, it may even just be a little bottle of PVA glue. What I like about this one compared to the first one I tried (apart from the fact that this one actually works!) is that this is white rather than clear, so you can see exactly where you're painting it. However, just like PVA glue it does dry clear. Although to be honest I wouldn't mind if it did dry white as it would help some nail varnishes appear brighter/more opaque. I'd recommend painting a thin layer of this and trying to paint it as evenly as possible as if it goes on uneven you can get a white 'bubble' that takes a lot longer to dry properly.

You then just paint your chosen nail varnish over the top and apply a top coat over the top of that if you wish. To remove it you just get hold of an edge, which isn't usually difficult to do, and peel it off. As this is very easy to remove this obviously does mean that your manicure probably won't last as long as usual. I'd say you might get 24 hours, maybe up to 48 if you're lucky, but if you're using your hands a lot or putting them in water you may get even less time. 

The main benefit of a peel off base coat is for glitter nail varnish. I haven't worn glitter nail varnish for years because I can't be bothered with trying to get it off and I can't soak off nail varnish because it burns my skin. But using this means you can just peel it off and it's gone in seconds. As I said it won't last long, but if you're going out somewhere and want glittery nails without the hassle then this is perfect.

One thing that appeals to me is that with this I can swatch multiple nail varnishes on my nails in the same day. I haven't been able to do this in the past because using nail varnish remover multiple times in one day makes my fingers dry and sore. So if I wanted to do a post showing five new nail varnishes on my nails it might take me 2/3 days just to take the photos. With this I can paint one on, take the photos, whip it off and move on to the next one. 

The NYC Strip me off base coat is just £2.99 and is available from Superdrug.

Would you use a peel off base coat?

 
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Soigné Fruit Marbles collection

I became aware of nail varnish brand Soigné towards the end of last year and I quickly added them to my 'nail varnish brands I want to try' list. I knew they did a couple of gift sets that came in beautiful boxes and when I spotted that a couple had gone into their sale I decided one would make a lovely Mother's day present for my mum. Obviously I haven't tried any of the nail varnishes, as it's a gift for my mum, but I wanted to show you the collection and tell you a little bit about Soigné. 

Soigne Fruit Marbles collection

Soigne Fruit Marbles collection
Soigne Fruit Marbles collection

Soigne Fruit Marbles collection
Soigné, pronounced 'swahn-yey' (I've totally been saying that wrong!) is a French brand inspired by the Parisian fashion front line. Soigné translate to 'to take care of' and that's exactly what the their nail varnishes are designed to do, to take care of your nails. Each nail varnish contains up to 85% plant-sourced natural ingredients, they're five free (they don't contains any nasties like formaldehyde), they're not tested on animals and are vegan. 

It took me a while to decide between the Fruit Marbles collection and the Macaron collection, which contains pastel shades inside a pink box that looks like it should contain macaron's. In each set there are five nail varnishes encased in black foam and in the case of the Fruit Marbles collection, covered with something that is like a very thick tissue paper. I'm actually really not sure how to try and explain the 'paper' used. As you can see in the picture above I had to use the box lid and one of the trays I use for photography to hold it back to take the photo as it springs back to cover the nail varnishes if you let it go. You can't pull this out as it's sealed in as part of the box as the foam doesn't come out. I don't think I really have to say anything about the box that the Fruit Marbles collection comes in, just look at it in all it's spring-like, Bambi frolicking in the flowers prettiness!

The bottles are lovely and feel very high-end. They're rectangular in shape and each bottle contains 10ml of nail varnish. The brushes are about average size, not as thin as Barry M brushes but not as wide as Essie brushes. The Fruit Marbles collection contains Kyoho (described as a vibrant purple grape), Kiwi (duck egg mint green), Peche (vibrant pastel orange/peach), Pamplemousse (shocking pink) and Fraise (strawberry).

The high-end feel of the Soigné nail varnishes is reflected in the price as the single nail varnishes are £11 each, putting them around level with OPI prices. The collections are usually £38 each, but as I've already mentioned the Fruit Marbles and Macaron collections are both in the sale and now just £19 each. Obviously I wanted to try one out for myself and as you get free delivery on orders over £20 this meant I just had to pop a single shade from the sale in for me and this cost £5.99. Once I've had a chance to try it out I will pop up a review. 

You can purchase Soigné nail varnishes from the Soigné website.

Do you like the look of Soigné nail varnishes?

 
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Lush Hoppity Poppity bath bomb

I recently attended a blogger event at Lush Meadowhall to have a look at the new Easter collection, which is now in store. You can find my post about the event here. I was given three bath bombs from the Easter collection to take away with me and try out and the first one I used was Hoppity Poppity*.

Lush Hoppity Poppity bath bomb

Hoppity Poppity is a small bomb in the shape of a rabbits head. He has pink eyes, a pink heart shaped nose, pink whiskers and a little o mouth. He contains violet leaf absolute, lime oil and popping candy. I did take some picture of the bath while he was dissolving but there really wasn't very much to see so I haven't included them.

This is quite a quick dissolver, taking maybe 30-60 seconds to disappear. The bomb is primarily white but you do get a flash of pink and I think I saw a little green as well. There is some froth while he's dissolving but once he's gone this disappears completely and all you're left with is some popping candy popping away in the water. 

One thing I noticed about the Christmas bath bombs I bought was that I unable to detect any scent when I dropped them in the bath. This one however was the complete opposite. As soon as I dropped this in the water the scent of Palma violets filled the bathroom and this lingered through the whole bath. I also noticed that I could smell this on my skin later and that I could still smell it in my bathroom the following day.

I have slightly mixed feelings about Hoppity Poppity. I really liked that I could smell this one as it's the first bath bomb I've used recently that I've been able to smell. I also liked that this did appear to have some skin conditioning benefits. I could see some oil sitting on the surface of the bath and my skin did feel moisturised when I came out. The thing I'm not so keen on is that apart from the popping candy there wasn't much 'show' to this. It dissolved quickly with mostly white froth/foam and didn't colour the water at all. However, I do think the smell and skin benefits make up for this and as a small bath bomb it's reasonably priced at just £2.50. 

Hoppity Poppity is available now in store and on the Lush website.

Have you treated yourself to any Easter bath bombs yet?

*PR sample

 
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Birchbox March 2015 - 'Do try this at home' with Habitat

For March 2015 Birchbox have teamed up with home wear brand Habitat. I have to say at first I wasn't quite feeling this collaboration, as Habitat don't really have anything to do with makeup or skincare, however SS15 will see Habitat launching a collection of dressing tables and beauty storage and the box is to celebrate this launch. 

Birchbox March 2015 - 'Do try this at home' with Habitat

Birchbox March 2015 - 'Do try this at home' with Habitat

Birchbox March 2015 - 'Do try this at home' with Habitat
Birchbox March 2015 - 'Do try this at home' with Habitat

Birchbox March 2015 - 'Do try this at home' with Habitat
Birchbox March 2015 - 'Do try this at home' with Habitat

Birchbox March 2015 - 'Do try this at home' with Habitat

The first thing you'll probably notice is that this months box has had a little makeover. Glossybox are well known for pimping the design of their boxes, but I think this might be the first time that Birchbox have deviated from their usual design, or at least they don't do it very often.

This months box features a 'pick your sample', which means subscribers could pick which of Benefit's three mascaras they wanted to receive; either Bad Gal, They're Real or the new Roller Lash. As mine is a PR sample I didn't get to pick my sample and I received Roller Lash. If I had been able to pick I would have actually selected one of the others as I haven't quite decided how I feel about Roller Lash yet but am a big fan of the other two. As I'm currently using a full size Roller Lash and have a huge stash of mascara to get through I'll be passing this on to my mum (who is a big fan!).

Next up I was pleased to spot a Philip Kingsley Smooth cream. I haven't tried any Philip Kingsley products before but I know they're popular so I have high hopes for this. The only thing I'm slightly concerned about is that this says it's for medium and coarse, frizzy, curly hair. Although my hair is probably medium and can be frizzy it's not coarse or curly, so this may be a little much for my hair.

The one skincare item in this months box is a Janjira Facial scrub cleanser. I've never come across Janjira before and don't think I've seen any products from the brand featured on any blogs so I really don't know anything about this one.

There's also a tanning product which is the Tan Organics Self Tanning oil. I have little to no experience of self tanning and I have to admit I'm a little scared of it due to being very pale with dry and eczema prone skin. I will try to make sure I do give this a try though, probably on my legs so I can cover them if I make a mess!

The final sample this month is a Catherine Malandrino perfume sample. I've mentioned several times before that I'm not keen on perfume samples in beauty boxes because you can pick these up for free, but I do actually really like the smell of this one and I think my mum will love this one too.

This month there are two lifestyle extras which are two sample chapters from Penny Vincenzi's A Perfect Heritage and a little Birchbox/Habitat notebook. The notebook isn't lined but is a nice bright red shade and a mini size to drop in your handbag. In the box you'll also find a card telling you how to claim 20% off Habitat's SS15 collection in store or online, valid from 7th to 31st March. Finally there's also a little card to let you know that the April box will be a collaboration with Tatler and that there may just be another pick your sample opportunity featuring Laura Mercier.

I wasn't too impressed by the box when I first opened it but actually it's a pretty good one. There's a good range of products covering makeup, skincare, hair care, tanning and perfume, with one of these products being a brand new release and there's two lifestyle items instead of the usual one.  There's also the discount in case you do take a fancy to anything from Habitat's new collection. Who wouldn't appreciate 20% off a pretty new dressing table or some new makeup storage?

Birchbox is £10 a month plus £2.95 P&P and you can subscribe on the Birchbox website.

*PR sample

 
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