Birchbox Vs Glossybox – Best Beauty Box?

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Almost everyone one of us knows that there are loads of subscription boxes out there in UK’s online market but not many of us knows which one is worth choosing, so I thought why not to share the best of best subscription boxes for women with you, sounds good right! You just need to sit back, relax and let me show you what the best is for you.

Birchbox

Birchbox is a well-known and UK’s #1 subscription box for women. Birchbox delivers a personalized box each month to you straight at your doorsteps, fully loaded with the products form well-known brands along with some exclusive products from the new brands which you won’t be able to find or purchase locally.

Birchbox is now known as the market leading subscription beauty box because of treating their subscribers with the perfect boxes and excitement every month.

If you want to subscribe to their service, their monthly subscription starts from £12.95.

Glossybox

While talking about beauty how can we not mention the Glossybox? Glossybox is another most popular beauty subscription box who keeps their subscribers more than happy and super satisfied by delivering them 5 exciting beauty products in a beautiful box each month right at their doorsteps. Honestly speaking, the moment you receive and open your box you will get a feeling that how beautifully this box was packed especially for you to ensure that you get the best of best they have more than 300 beauty enthusiasts around the world working to deliver you the best experience every month. Their monthly subscription starts from £13.95 but the products you receive are worth trying.

This was the best of all subscription boxes and I felt like I do need to share them with all of you. You can share your thoughts with me by dropping a comment below; I’d love to know what you think.

Sarah x

Christmas Gift Guide Series 2021 : Beauty & Haircare

This post contains gifted products:

Every year I like to put together a gift guide for Christmas. It can often be hard to buy for some people and I always struggle with thinking of ideas for certain people so like to plan ahead and share my ideas if anyone else is struggling!

Beauty & Haircare

Colour Me Beautiful – The Warm Collection

£75 for the set, it contains the following which can be purchased individually:

Colour Me Beautiful – Cream Lipstick

Shade Red Velvet

£14.90

Colour Me Beautiful – Refillable Compact (Empty)

£9.95

Colour Me Beautiful – Blush Powder Refill

Shade Salmon

£8.95

Colour Me Beautiful – Lip Gloss/ Cream Blush Refill

Shade Sunset Glow

£9.95

Colour Me Beautiful – Highlighter

Shade Golden Sand

£9.95

Colour Me Beautiful – Intense Eyeshadow

Shade Olive

£8.25

Colour Me Beautiful – Eyeshadow

Shades Cocoa, Smoke and Melon

£7.95 each

This is a really beautiful set of different complementing warm shades. They have so may other shades to pick from so you can build your own set depending on your colour preferences and you can create a unique set. Colour Me Beautiful’s refillable make-up compacts make perfect gifts and contain everything you need to ensure that mistakes in your make-up bag become a thing of the past. Available in either Cool or Warm each set comprises 4 eye shadows, 1 blush powder, 1 highlighter and a multi-purpose cream blush that can be used on cheeks or lips. Each compact also comes with a festive red lipstick, designed to complement the shades in the make-up palate, Red Carpet for the Cool and Red Velvet for the Warm collection.

ink Skincare – The One With Everything In It

£44.95

This set includes:

ink dip – cleansing face wash 100ml

This wash is easy to use and it cleanses your face without drying it out. I love the simple packaging of this range and it would be a great gift for anyone into skincare looking to try something new.

ink drop – face lotion with CBD 50ml

I like the way this feels when you apply it to your face and it soaks in well without leaving your face feeling greasy. It smells really good too.

ink spot – breakout balm with CBD 15ml

-anti inflammatory
-repairs and restores
-calming and soothing
-suitable for all skin types

This is great at calming any problem areas and is handy to keep in your bag.

ink wipe – cotton exfoliating cloth – pack of two

The cloths that come with the set feel really nice to use and they wash well.

FrizzBombUk – Microfibre Hair Wrap

£14.95

Available in purple, blue or pink

Microfibre Hair Wraps are so good for your hair if you are trying to prevent damage and frizz. Using one of these instead of a towel makes your hair smoother whilst it dries.
It also allows hair to soak in its moisture after washing and is so much better for your hair. Surprising how noticeable the difference is!

Seekology – Kind 2 – The sensitive one shampoo bar

£12.50

This is gentle and shine enhancing solid shampoo bar for dry, flaky or itchy scalps.  It is100% plastic free and lasts for 60 washes which is equivalent to 2 bottles of liquid shampoo. It lathers well and I cant believe how long it lasts! Doesn’t take up much space either if you find a nice little box to store it in between uses.

Splosh – Luxurious Shampoo

£3.45

This luxurious shampoo will leave your hair soft and shiny. It’s packed full of moisturisers including coconut oil, while the naturally derived ingredients will give you a refreshing and revitalising wash. It’s the world’s first liquid shampoo that you mix at home by adding water – so it’s a small revolution in a beautiful bottle. By refilling this way you are cutting down on transport and cutting out plastic waste. Really impressive!

Splosh – Moisturising Conditioner

£4.95

Prepare to be impressed by Splosh conditioner – with so many naturally derived ingredients your hair will be left feeling soft and shiny. It contains ingredients to moisturise, detangle and soften your hair. These include argan oil with its high content of vitamins and nutrients, shea butter to help repair split ends and castor oil to keep your hair shiny and glossy.

This unique cruelty free formulation was created after months of testing and is the world’s first conditioner to be refilled by a concentrate – just add water and shake.

Splosh – Shower Gel

£2.95

Their luxurious shower gel is rich in lather and packed with natural moisturising ingredients. Natural essential oils add beautiful scent and its available in three different scents. Best of all, the bottle is refillable so you’ve cut your plastic waste. For for a shower gel of this quality, it’s excellent value. This product is cruelty free, vegan friendly as well.

Neve’s Bees – Bee Happy Body Oil

£20

I am a massive fan of the brand and haven’t been disappointed with this body oil. 

It is a beautifully nourishing, lightweight body oil for soft, supple skin that glows with natural health. Enriched with a bright and cheerful citrus blend of pure natural essential oils to bring a smile to your face. Our blend of natural oils for skin care is suitable for all over body use and great to use after a bath, shower or dip in the great outdoors on slightly damp skin.

Grapefruit – “the ultimate party starter” and one of the most popular citrus oils in aromatherapy, with its uplifting and zingy fragrance that never fails to bring a welcome boost to the senses
Sweet Orange – adds a touch of cheer and help to create a positive, invigorating atmosphere
Bergamot – uplifting and calming, we’ve added it here to help with anxious and sad feelings
Jasmine –one of the most popular of all floral oils used in aromatherapy today. The divine rich, floral, and slightly fruity fragrance of Jasmine Absolute is wonderfully uplifting to the emotional system
Rose – the ultimate comforting oil – a perfect base note to this uplifting blend

Mindful Extracts – CBD Bath Bombs – 3 pack

£23.99

I am a massive bath bomb fan but hadn’t tried any CBD ones before so was excited to try these. Really impressed with the quality of the scents and how long lasting they lingered.

Their bergamot and lemon CBD bath bomb is a little ball of good vibes.

Their eucalyptus and peppermint CBD bath bomb is great for easing aches and recovery.

Their lavender CBD bath bomb is the ultimate ingredient for a good night’s sleep.

Mindful Extracts – CBD Lip Balm

£5.99

Infused with 50mg of full-spectrum CBD, this natural lip balm helps soothe dry, flaky, and cracked lips, and the high vitamin A, C and E content of hemp promotes healthy skin and helps fight natural ageing. Organic extra virgin coconut oil and organic shea butter nourishes the lips leaving them feeling smoother and softer, while the essential oils work their magic on your lips and taste amazing. Really handy to keep in your bag.

Wildefruit – Bright Spark Enzyme Oil

£15

Bright Spark Enzyme Oil helps to balance oily skin, reduce breakouts and soothe irritation to leave a bright and clear complexion.

British hempseed oil is high in linoleic acid which helps to soothe and balance oily skin. Enzymes from upcycled papaya seeds reduce breakouts and brighten the skin. Strawberry and blackcurrant seeds upcycled from the production of jam and juice, nourish and support the skin barrier helping to reduce inflammation and leave your skin with a dewy glow.

It feels so nice when you apply it to your face and really does help to plump your skin and keep your face hydrated.

Sofia Latif –  The Mini Edit

£35

The Mini Edit comes in a gift box containing:

  • Award-winning Face oil, 5ml
  • Multi award-winning Under-Eye oil, 5ml
  • Nourishing Body Oil, 20ml
  • Soothing Scalp Oil, 10ml

Suitable for all skin types, except those sensitive to essential oils and nuts.

This is a great way to try out the range without commuting to full size bottles. I love the design of the bottles and they are easy to use. I have really been enjoying the body oil as you only need a small amount and it leaves you really soft. It would make a really good gift idea.

Good Wash Day – Organic Jersey Cotton Hair Towel

£25

The good wash day towel is made from a really soft cotton almost like a t-shirt material and is to be used instead of a regular towel to be kinder to your hair. After using it you can notice your hair dries a lot less frizzy and its softer so I would recommend making the switch. It comes in a really good range of colours too.

Facepack Spa Facial

From £21.95

Give your skin the boost it deserves on top of your daily routine with a 10 step facial routine, complete with instructions and a step by step online video to follow that will leave your skin glowing! Each Box also contains some self-care treats too. This is a great idea and would make a really lovely gift, I love the added extras as well as the skincare, makes it feel really special.

Embryolisse Beauty Oil

£24.99

I have been obsessed with body oils this year and find them so much nicer to use than moisturiser as they lock in the moisture better. This one is enriched with active vegetable oils, this Embryolisse Beauty Oil moisturizes, nourishes and beautifies skin and hair. It is absorbed quickly leaving a non-greasy, satiny veil with a sweet floral scent. Multi-purpose care, for daily application on the face, body and hair. On the Face, Body & Hair, deeply nourishing dry areas, toning your complexion, drying with a non greasy stain finish. I love how it can be used on your hair too if you have dry ends.

Proverb – Scented Hand Sanitiser

£19.95 for 250ml

This sanitiser cleanses hands or equipment while creating an amazing aroma without leaving a sticky residue.  It is ideal for those who clean hands frequently, want a better sanitiser at work, suffer with irritation to most sanitisers or use yoga mats and gym equipment. It is made with natural anti-bacterial and cleansing wild peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender and geranium essential oils. It smells so good and it can be refilled to reduce plastic waste.

RUBIS Tweezers

£29

I love my pair of Rubis tweezers and they are my favourite ones to use as they are sharp and precise as well as being easy to use so I would definitely recommend this brand. They are made from rustproof stainless steel and are tested individually for balance and performance.

Percy Nobleman 1806 Beard Oil Christmas Cracker

£7

Celebrate this festive season by gifting the gentleman in your life a Percy Nobleman Christmas Cracker, perfect for under the tree, in the stocking over the fireplace, or next to your spread on the dining table. Percy Nobleman 1806 Beard Oil is a fantastic choice for gentlemen of all skill levels, fragranced with the fresh scent of Citrus, Musk and Amber. Inspired by Percy’s forefather, this Beard Oil is light and silky smooth, the perfect companion on new adventures and explorations to keep you looking sharp and nourished, wherever you may roam.

Percy Nobleman Beard Grooming Kit

£27

This Beard Grooming Kit contains travel-size versions of Percy’s best-selling products:

1 x Percy Nobleman Beard Conditioning Oil 50ml RRP: £12

1 x Percy Nobleman Beard Wash 50ml RRP: £12

1 x Percy Nobleman Beard Balm 20ml RRP: £10

1 x Miniature Beard & Moustache Comb RRP: £6

Bought separately: £40

Their products are always great quality and smell really good. This is the ideal set for anyone with a beard.

Pietro Simone – Rescue Recovery and Repair

£65

This brand are eco/ethical and sustainable and this range was recently featured as 1 of top 5 ethical skin care products in The Guardian in the ethical checklist.

This bio-gel recovery complex gives intense healing and comfort while balancing out an over-stressed and compromised epidermis.

It is so lovely to apply to the skin and really helps with any redness as well as helping to heal any blemishes and reduce any scarring you may have. You only need a small amount and it’s easy to dispense.

Transformulas – Marine Miracle The Skin Discovery Set

£80

Includes:

Marine Miracle EyeZone Advanced Eye Concentrate 10ml

Marine Miracle Crème Signature Moisturiser 50ml

30 Days Results

Day 1: With one application, skin is drenched in moisture, super boosting hydration levels for an immediate softening and plumping effect.

Day 7: Skin appears more cushioned, fine lines and wrinkles are less visible. Face is fresher looking.

Day 30: Skin is firmer, lines and wrinkles are minimised, skin appears plumper, more youthful and healthier looking.

Thos is a great set for anyone into skincare and looking to help with ageing and dryness. I have been a fan of this brand for a while and love trying their new skincare releases as I am always impressed.

I hope I have given you some inspiration 🙂

Sarah x

Roccabox

This post contains gifted products:

Roccabox is a popular beauty subscription box and has been featured in Grazia. They offer either one off boxes or a subscription plan for up to a year.

The boxes are £10 each for a one off or if you subscribe for a year they go down to £9 a box. You can also get 40% your first box if you are a student and have a student beans login.

Each box comes with a leaflet that shows what is included in the box and also lets your know it’s value. I would show you this but it often comes with special discount codes on if you want to purchase the product again 🙂

In the September box there were so many great things and it. worth so much compared to the price you pay! What I like the most is that it’s not all miniatures, most of the products are full size.

You can also view past boxes on their website so you can see the kind of things they include and see what good value it is.

The box included:

  • STYLondon – Devil Velvet Touch Eyeshadow Palette
  • Douvalls – Lip & Cheek Colour
  • Like It On Top- Lip Scrub Protection
  • Oh K!- Pomegranate Sculpting Tech Neck Mask
  • Brushworks – HD Eye Brush
  • Caleño Drinks

I have fallen in love with the lip scrub already and will be buying it when it runs out!

It was nice to get a variety of things to try, especially things I wouldn’t buy individually. It’s a great way to discover new brands and products.

This would be a great gift for someone or a treat for yourself.

Have you tried this box before?

Sarah x

Live In The Light

I have tried quite a few things from Live in the light before. They are a great for gifts, hair and body products as well as aromatherapy oils and a lot more. They have so many different products they supply and these are from the Pure Anada range.

Victorian facial mist

This lavender and rose facial mist is perfect to use to hydrate your skin or to set your make up. It sprays very lightly on your skin and it’s something that you can reapply throughout the day if needed and it can be used over make up which is great. I love facial lists to use throughout the day. In winter they are ideal as my skin gets very dry and in summer they are great to cool and soothe your skin if you are hot! I love the subtle scent and this bottle will last for ages!

Lip and cheek tint

Shade Maud

This lip and cheek tint is such a beautiful colour. It comes in a variety of colours and the consistency is really nice. It is easy to get a small amount out of the pot and easy to apply to the skin and can be blended if you are using it on your cheeks. I don’t often use a blusher so will just be using this on my lips. It feels soft and more like a lip balm than a lipstick once applied.

I am always impressed by pure anada products and live in the light have a great selection!

Sarah x

*This post contains gifted items*

Skin Shop : Concealing blemishes

Recently, I was concentrating so much on trying to heal my acne scars and keeping any active acne under control and being strict with my skincare that I actually forgot how important it was to think about what makeup you are using on your face. I was using a concealer that had been open for ages and was very thick and more than likely making my skin worse by clogging my pores. The last couple of weeks I have moved on to using these two products and have been getting on really well.

Both of these products are vegan and cruelty free.

Skin Shop – Kalme chameleon concealer

This concealer contains SPF20 which is great as it is important to use sun protection on your face. When you first pump it out it is a green colour but as you apply it to your face and blend it in then it magically covers any redness on your face and matches your skin tone. I always like trying out different things like this and I am really impressed with the coverage and it is pretty cool being green 🙂

Skin Shop – Clarol conceal and shield

This concealer comes in a range of colors, I went for the light shade. I like that it has the pen tip so you can just pump out whatever amount you need. Whilst covering your blemishes it also protects them from any bacteria and provides the skin with prebiotics. Usually with make up, you can be in a constant circle as you try to hide a spot and end up making it worse but by using make up specific to help with the blemishes you can actually help repair the skin whilst wearing make up.

I have been really impressed with both of these!

Sarah x

*This post contains gifted items*

Beauty Expert Collection: Icons Edition

I love trying out beauty boxes or bags as it is always a great way to either buy your favourite products for a fraction of the cost or to try new things you wouldn’t usually buy.

I wanted to share my thoughts on the Beauty Expert Collection: Icons Edition

The bag contains 6 iconic products worth £170:

Within the bag you receive the following products as well as a leaflet explaining more about each product:

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® All-Over Miracle Oil (100ml)

I have been using this oil for about a year now as it is a great multi purpose lightweight oil. I usually use it on my face every few evenings if I need an extra bit of moisture as some of my acne creams can be very drying. It is also ideal to use on your body, especially dry ankles or elbows! You can even put it on the ends of your hair. It smells fab and a little goes a long way. It was great to get one in this set as I had nearly run out!

Molton Brown Bath & Shower Gel (100ml) in one of the following: Heavenly Gingerlily/Brown Jasmine & Sun Rose/Suma Ginseng/Rhubarb & Rose

Molton Brown have always been a favourite of mine for luxury bath and home products. They can often be expensive but I usually treat myself to a body wash in the sales. This is a great way to try the brand if you haven’t before and you will receive one of the above scents. The bottle is a good size too.

NIOD Photography Fluid, Opacity 12% (30ml)

I hadn’t heard of this brand or tried this before so was quite excited to give it a go. It claims to basically become a photography filter for your skin in real life. It helps to smooth your skin out and hide any imperfections and give you a natural radiance. You can wear it on its own if you are going for a natural look or you can put it on under your make up. I have used it a couple of times now and have been impressed with the finish.

Eve Lom Cleanser (100ml)

This is something I had wanted to try for a very long time but couldn’t justify buying it as it’s usually about £50-60 for a pot this size! It comes with a muslin cloth for you to try too and has been compared a lot to Liz Earle cleanse and polish. I have been using it for a week now and you only need a small amount to cleanse your face. It smells really nice and has left my skin feeling very clean and soft and I would love to buy it again when I run out so will probably look into getting a set where it’s included again!

Babor Skinovage Reactivating Eye Cream (15ml)

Not a brand I had tried before but now I am in my 30s it’s about time I started using an eye cream and more anti aging products. I am happy that this is a lightweight eye cream as I always worry about putting anything too thick near my eyes! It soaked in well and can be applied thinly at night or even in the morning if you need a bit of a boost when you have tired eyes.

NUXE Reve de Miel Ultra Comforting Face Balm (50ml)

Nuxe has always been a favourite brand of mine for skincare, I love their oil and was excited to try this face balm. It is a luxurious honey infused face cream that can be applied day or night and it smells so good! I was impressed how well it soaked in and by using it before bed the nights I don’t use my oil it helped to keep my face hydrated. I also put a small amount on in the morning too and it soaks in well and doesnt leave my face greasy.

I think this is amazing value for £79 and for a limited time if you use code SARAH_20 you can get an additional 20% off making it only £63.20!

Something else I love about Beauty Expert is that if you spend over £35 you get to pick a free gift too!

Have you tried anything from this set?

Sarah x

*This post contains gifted items*