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Monday, 23 June 2014

Beauty Moments | June Birchbox

Hi Guys,
Recently I received my second Birchbox. If you don't know what a birchbox is, I'll tell you a little about it. Basically, a birchbox is a subscription service, where for £12.95 each month you get sent a box containing sample sized products of great brands. I'm fairly new to birchbox, but from the two I've had, it also seems like you get at least one full sized product with each box as well, but like I said, I've only ever had two boxes, so I don't know if that always happens.
Anyway, on to my June birchbox.


Products
  1. Beauty Blender + Blender Cleanser Solid | Full Sized | £26
  2. O.P.I Nail Lacquer - The Brazil Collection | Sample | £11.95
  3. Caudalie Vinoperfect SPF15 Day Perfecting Fluid | Sample | £38
  4. Naobay Body Radiance Lotion | Sample | £14
  5. TheBalm Cosmetics How 'Bout Them Apples? Cheek & Lip Creeam | Sample | £26 for Palette
  6. Birchbox Brazil Inspired Keyring
Thoughts

O.P.I Nail Lacquer

+ The Color
+ Sample size is good
+ Two coats provides great coverage
- Grainy feel to the finish

Would I buy it? No.

For me the grainy finish is enough to put me off.



Beauty Blender

+ Blends my make-up really well
+ Handy cleanser to keep it clean
- Price

Would I buy it? No.

I'm glad I got the full sized product here, because it is handy and I do like it, but I think the price is too high for what it is.

Caudalie Vinoperfect SPF15 Day Perfecting Fluid

+ You only need a small amount each time
+ Good sample size
+ Feels nice on my skin
+ Brightens & Evens my skintone
+ Makes my make-up go on smoother
+ SPF 15 
- Price

Would I buy it? No.

Unfortunately, however much I love this product £38 is just too high a price for me to be able to afford. It is, however a fantastic product, and if I could afford it, I'd get it.

Naobay Body Radiance Lotion

+ Spreads really well
+ Absorbs quickly
+ Non-Greasy Feel
+ Smells amazing (Lemon scent)
+ Leaves my skin really soft
+ Organic

Would I buy it? Yes.

I loved this product, so I would definitely buy the full sized version.

TheBalm Cosmetics How 'Bout Them Apples? Cheek & Lip Cream (Color: Pie)

+ Works well as lip & cheek product
+ Blends nicely
+ Nice color for summer
+ Easy to apply
+ Nice packaging
+ Color lasts a long time
+Feels nice on skin
- A little dry on lips

Would I buy it? Yes

I think it's great to have a product that works really well as a lip and cheek product. I don't tend to like blushers on me, but when I tried this one out, I really liked the look and feel of it. So I would definitely buy the full palette.

Birchbox Brazil Inspired Keyring

This was a little lifestyle extra, and it's a really nice, bright keyring. 

Verdict

Overall I was really pleased with my June birchbox. There were some great products, including some which I will be buying in the future. The sample sizes were all really good, and I liked the little lifestyle extra.

Best Products | Naobay Body Radiance Lotion
Worst Product | O.P.I Nail Lacquer

If you got the June birchbox, let me know what you thought of it in the comments below.




Friday, 20 June 2014

Online Moments | Mason Jar Lamp

Hi Guys,
So today I was randomly using stumble upon to find some awesome stuff online, and I found something that I absolutely loved, so I wanted to share it with you all.
It's a craft project from Crafts Unleashed and I adore it. I love mason jar crafts and this is one of the best ideas I've seen around.


It's completely customizable in terms of what you put inside the jar and which lamp shade you use, but if I were to make one, which I'd love to, I have to say I think I'd do it exactly like this, because I love coffee and so for me, this is kind of perfect.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Music Moments | Covers

Hi Guys,
I wanted to write up something about some songs that I've been loving recently, and then I realised that a lot of what I've been obsessing over, are all covers of other songs, all of which I prefer the cover to the original version.

Dreams by Bastille and Gabrielle Aplin

I've heart a lot of different versions of this song, and I've liked a lot of them as well, however nothing can really beat this version for me. There's something so pure about Gabrielle Aplin's voice, which just works perfectly for this song, and the lead singer of Bastille, Dan Smith, has an incredible voice. This is definitely the kind of song I can happily hit repeat on several times in a row.

What Would You Do by Bastille

Bastille again. When I first heart this song, I knew I recognised it but I couldn't place where I knew it from, so I did a quick google search and found the original. A version I hadn't heard it a really long time, and I was immediately struck by how amazingly Bastille had interpreted the song. It's definitely one of my favourites.

Girls Just Want to Have Fun by Greg Laswell

I cannot tell you how much I love this song. I haven't ever heard someone take this song and make it something so drastically different.
Cyndi Laupers version is fun and upbeat, and it's really cheesy. Fun to dance around to and sing along with, but cheesy.
This version makes it seem like an entirely different song, and it flaws me every time I listen to it. His voice is stunning and this is truly one of my all time favourite songs.

You Are my Sunshine by The Civil Wars

I adore The Civil Wars, and this is one of my favourite songs of theirs. I love the chill that this song sends through me, and the simplicity of the guitar backing and vocals.
I've always liked this song, but this version takes it to a whole new level.

I Kissed a Girl by William Fitzsimmons

Let me start by saying that I don't like the Katy Perry version of this song, and yet when I heard this version I was astounded. There's something about this guys voice which is so easy to listen to, and he makes this song his own in a truly wonderful way.

Skinny Love by Birdy

Probably quite an obvious choice considering how phenomenally popular this song was when it was released, but it had to make it onto my list, because it's an amazing version of the song. I love Birdy's voice and this song showcases it beautifully.

So those are some of the covers that I have been loving recently. If you think I've missed any fantastic covers, please let me know in comments. I'm always interested in finding new music, and discovering new versions of songs.

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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Introducing | Messy Little Moments

Hi everybody,
My name is Hannah and I'm a 22 year old blogger and author from the UK. I've been blogging for a few years now, but up until now I've primarily been blogging about books.
Books are a huge part of my life. I love them. I read a tonne, I buy a tonne of books, I blog about books and I write books.
I started up The Book Tower a few years ago. It's a blog where I review all of the books I read. Take part in read-a-thons, blog tours, author interviews and a bunch of other bookish stuff, and I love it.
I also write books, which I publish through Kindle Direct Publishing, and you can find out about those books over at The Book Tower.

Recently I've been thinking about doing something new, not to replace my book blog, because I will definitely still be just as active over there, but I wanted to do something separate to that blog.
The reasoning behind this, is because my life isn't just books. I love them, but that isn't the only thing I love. Life is a bunch of messy little moments that can't be shoved into the same box. 
I keep finding myself wanting to talk about other things, which don't fit in with what I'm doing over at The Book Tower. That's where this blog comes in.

Rather than being a specialized blog about just one thing, Messy Little Moments will be a collection of posts about a range of different things that I want to talk about.
This will include; music, TV, movies, beauty, fashion, charity shop/thrift finds, health and anything else I feel like talking about.

I'm really excited to be doing this, and I hope you'll enjoy the content I post.

Until next time,
Hannah