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Beauty Review: Top five Birchbox Picks

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I only joined Birchbox a few months ago, having always told myself it was too indulgent… but curiosity got the better of me and I’m now 5 boxes in. For those of you that don’t know, Birchbox delivers a monthly box of beauty goodies to your door, including a mix of sample size (and occasionally full-size) well-known, exclusive and cult brands. This means that you get to try lots of products to see what really suits you before buying the full-size versions – and it’s also great because it introduces you to brands and products you’ve never heard of. Here are my top 5 recommendations from this year’s Birchboxes:
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Out of time

Time, time, time, see what’s become of me, while I looked around for my possibilities…

And it’s time, time, time that you learned…

I need a little time to think things over…

I haven’t looked at my blog for a week and a half. I love looking at my blog, so there is only one reason for this – time. In the past two weeks I’ve working away in the flat fens of East Anglia and in the shadow of the mountainous Lake District. Rushing from east coast to west coast, visiting my parents, taming wild rescue ponies and working on social media for the awesome PACT Animal Sanctuary, sorting out my parent’s camper van (packed to the brim with charity stuff), managing projects, going to a Foo Fighters gig, running the Newcastle branch of the Women’s Equality Party, going to my niece’s hen do dressed as Samantha from SATC, doing great crested newt surveys in the evenings and environmental education for schoolchildren in the daytime. Oh, and as our house purchase fell through a couple of weeks ago at the last minute, whenever I’m home I’ve been viewing houses every evening… and on Saturday, literally on the way to a friend’s wedding we bought a house! Continue reading Out of time

Makeup Trend Alert – Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?

If you haven’t discovered The Girl In a Cocktail Dress yet, it could be time to check out this gorgeously presented blog, which features the latest fashion and beauty trends. I love this post on AW 15/16 beauty trends – it looks so lovely and is really well written, it makes me want to go upstairs and start trying these ideas right now! x

The Girl In a Cocktail Dress

“You got that James Dean day dream look in your eye, and I got that red lip classic thing that you like” – Blank Space, Taylor Swift

“So when it’s cold and when it’s bleak, I simply rouge the other cheek” – A little more Mascara, La Cage aux Folles Soundtrack

“Love’s like a runway but which one do I love more? No emotional baggage, just big bags filled with Dior”  Labels or Love, Fergie

“Put your makeup on, Get your nails done, curl your hair. Run the extra mile” – Try, Colbie Caillat

“Got a picture of you beside me, got your lipstick mark still on your coffee cup” – Back for Good, Take That

The moment I wake up, before I put on my makeupI say a little prayer for you” – I say a little prayer, Aretha Franklin


Dear readers,

I know you might be confused as to why…

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Bold is Beautiful: Look Good, Do Good AND a Benefit Freebie?!

Regular readers will know how much I love Benefit cosmetics (if not, check out my post Friends with Benefit) – so imagine how happy I was when I heard about the campaign they’re running for the whole of May. If you live in the UK, USA, France or Australia, head to a Benefit Brow Bar for a Brow Wax in May 2015 and 100% of Benefit’s profits from the treatment will go to charities supporting women and girls, an issue close to my heart. As a thank you you’ll also receive a free, full sized Gimme Brow volumising fibre gel!

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Coconut Oil Skin Saviour

I’ve been hearing about the benefits of coconut oil for a while now, but in true Eclectic Feel fashion, hearing about how good things are frequently stirs up a natural resistance to trying them. Aah, teenage rebellion, alive and kicking and still happy to cut my nose off to spite my face.

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I’ve suffered from mild psoriaisis on and off for most of my life, but until recently it’s been pretty much under control. A hideous bout of work-related stress, an eyeball-dessicating office environment as hot and dry as a well-burnt pop tart, and the vitamin D drought that is the British winter have recently combined in a bad flare up. There is no cure for psoriaisis, and the only really effective treatment involves applying a topical cream which feels akin to sulphuric acid and renders me to tears and the kind of contorted postures last seen in Pompeii. Continue reading Coconut Oil Skin Saviour

The Lust for Lush: Bickering about Bath Bombs

A lush post on Lush for you by Geez Kyra Louise – it’s as cute and fizzing with enthusiasm as a bath bomb!

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Whether it be through Instagram, beauty blogs or just in your circle of friends- LUSH is taking over! Here’s your inside source to the good, the bad and the ugly (not really that dramatic it’s just soap) of your favorite, infamous Lush products!

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Before Bomb Thoughts: My opinions regarding the handmade cosmetics shop had wavered back and forth. In the past I had always felt that the strong scents were a little overbearing and not worth the hype. I assumed that the quality of the products was only raved about so much because they looked cute in Instagram photos (which is true-admittedly I posted my own). My thoughts subsequent to experiencing the infamous bath bomb changed immensely however, as I saw my original thoughts were far from the truth!

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After picking up on the “bath trend” I received a gift set from…

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Colour me Friday – Penguin Classic Orange

This week on Colour me Friday, a mash-up of a couple of my favourite things – books and beauty products. But while Penguin Orange Classics are pretty much universally loved, the same definitely can’t be said about orange lipstick!

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The Weird World of ASMR

In my endless quest to end my insomnia (give my brain even the slightest excuse and it will wake me up; it’s beyond annoying), a friend recently told me about ASMR. Neither of us had ever heard of it, and it’s likely you haven’t either. Over the next couple of days we each watched a couple of ASMR videos and reported back via text – about how weird it was, yet we were slightly embarrassed to admit that it did have an affect on us both. For me, if I watch it at night it immediately relaxes me and I would struggle to watch a 20 minute video without falling asleep – result! Continue reading The Weird World of ASMR

Friends with Benefit

I confess, I’m in love with Benefit. It started a few years ago with a make-up bag that came free with a magazine. Other magazine freebies followed – a small Benetint here, a dandelion lip gloss there…

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My Benefit stash

Before I knew it, I was shyly hovering around the Benefit counter – now I can barely get through a month without buying something! Which brings me to my list of things I adore about Benefit… Continue reading Friends with Benefit

“Move over resolutions, let’s try small, mindful changes that stick”

Inspiration for 2015 from Headspace

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