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Everything 5 Pounds Haul

I am a huge fan of Everything 5 Pounds, don’t get me wrong it can be hugely hit or miss, I have bought some absolute horrors on there. I think most of the items must be end of the line or unwanted stock. Some items appear to have come from high street stores like Primark and H&M, and even River Island. Regardless, I love a bargain and there are some great items on there for the incredible price tag of £5!
I had a little splurge on there last week, in an attempt to make myself feel better while dosed up to my eyeballs on Lemsip. Here are the goods I received. I am really pleased with most of the items this time!
Please excuse the not-so-great photos, I am in desperate need of a better set up/camera.
This is the only item I am not that pleased with. For some reason they cut the “Atmosphere” label out (to the trained eye – Primark!), which is fine, but it looks like the did so with an old blunt pair of kiddie scissors. It is also very very sheer, and will need a top underneath it, and riddled with static. I am not sure I am going to get along with it. I think it is quite different from the image on their website on this occasion.
Frill Hem Pattern Tunic Dress

 

Really pleased with this. It is a really lovely forest green, I haven’t tried it on yet but feels like a good quality item that can be dressed up or down with accessories. It’s probably going to be a little too short to wear without leggings. I am fine with this though, I usually find I am much more comfortable wearing leggings!
Open Front Linen Blend Blazer
I have been after a blazer for ages, they just seem to really smarten up any outfit they are teamed with. Also they are great for the warmer days when you don’t want to take a coat out but want something lightweight to cover you. Really pleased with this item, it is a very soft relaxed material but it looks quite smart. I think it was definitely help to add a bit more of a grown up look desperately needed in my wardrobe…. clearly demonstrated by this next item.
I am over the moon with this!! It is the best thing ever. It’s fluffy, it has a huge hood, it has ears, it has bobbles, it has holes in the sleeves for your thumbs, it was £5. I am never taking it off. Ever.
Silky Feel Open Front Cardigan
This is a bit of a cross between a kimono and a blazer, it is a bit more of a lighter blue than it has come out in my photo but is perfect for the summer.
My tips for getting the most out of their website
Stick to the first few pages, their new stock is usually put on the first few pages and the further back you go the less likely they are to have it in your size.
Don’t hang around too much, items sell out super quick, I have seen items go out of stock as soon as I have gone to add them to my basket!
It is a bit like shopping in TK Maxx, be prepared to rummage, and if you find something you like hang onto it! :)
Keep an eye on the postage too, it is charged per item so it can soon rack up. 5 items of clothing this time cost me £5.15.

April Favourites

Here are some of the things that I have been loving this month!
At Christmas my flat mate rushed to me, little pot in hand squealing with glee.
“Look at this, look at this” she beamed jabbing her chipped nail varnished finger at me, “My mum found this, it bloody changes everything!”
It has.
This concept has literally revolutionized my life. I have introduced it to my mum, and now I am introducing it to you. This stuff is amazing. The concept is simple, in this tub is a sponge soaked in nail varnish remover, the sponge has a small hole in the middle that you put your varnished finger nail in, twisty-twist and remove and as if by magic…. done! Why has no one come up with this sooner!? It is so much quicker and easier then the ol’ pad and bottle routine. (Although, I do have to say that glitter nail varnish still needs a pan scourer and a litre of remover to get off…)
I notice now that many shops are on the bandwagon, doing cheaper more affordable ones than the somewhat hefty price-tagged Bourjois (£4.99 in Boots) I picked one up in Primark last week for £1!!! I haven’t cracked that open yet but I will let you know how it goes. But yes, get it in your life.
I have some some absolute gems of products via Birchbox. The Beauty Protector range is one of them, in particular their leave-in conditioner. It is not very cheap, but not crazy expensive (£14) this stuff lasts ages. I bought a bottle around 4 months ago and it is still going strong, I did pick up a spare recently in preparation so I am stocked for a while yet. It is just lovely, it has a beautiful delicious candy floss smell. I am not usually a fan of sweet smelling beauty products but this is LUSH. After washing hair, spray all over, brush through and style hair as normal. My hair feels silky smooth and soft.
I would like to say I found this myself, but to be honest the thought of bacon popcorn would have probably made me turn my nose up. I am not a huge fan of bacon crisps and envisioned a similar over-powering fake bacon smoky, sickly orange mess over delicate puffed corn…. however this stuff is just delightful! Firstly it tastes a bit like sweet popcorn, then you get the bacon – sounds a bit weird I know, but it is good. If you like bacon and maple syrup you need this in your life. Delicious.
I used to find it a little difficult getting off to sleep at bedtime, sometimes my brain just wont switch off. Lavender is a well know relaxing scent for helping you get off to sleep, so a little while ago when a friend was struggling with getting to sleep I bought her one of these. At the time they were on offer so I bought myself one and since then I have used it on a regular basis. I have tried a couple of others in the interim that are more pure lavender oil based but there is something about this one from boots that I just love. It comes in a lovely metal can with a pump spray. It is a mixture of different essential oils designed to help you relax and get off to sleep. I just spritz my pillow and a couple of lucky sprays around my bed before getting in and snuggle up in the relaxing scented sheets. Give it a go if you are having some trouble sleeping, or if you just like lavender.
Beauty Blogger Lily Pebbles reviewed these and I was immediately drawn to them for some reason. I was in the market for a new blush, and picked this up in Superdrug to give it a go. I love it. It has multi-tonal pigments which blend with your skin tone to give a natural appearance. I use a medium sized blusher brush to apply to my cheeks. With a gentle sweep, it gives a lovely gentle glow and shimmer. It can also be built up easily for a more blushed look. It seems very easy to use without looking too much like a painted doll. The multi-tonal blend also means you can use it a little for contouring, so sometimes I like to just do a gentle sweep across my forehead and down the centre of my face (just be sure to be careful with the amount on your brush – unless you are going for a bright pink face look!)  There is something weirdly satisfying about the packaging also, the tub has a good solid structure and clicks nicely when it’s closed. Probably a bit weird I like that.
House – All seasons available on Netflix
Jezz loved this show. I watched the final series with him when it aired back in 2012 but had not watched any others. I was browsing Netflix back in January and found they have all of them on there! I started, very slowly, watching them and had managed to get about a third of the way through by March when Jezz expressed an interest to watch them again, so we picked up where I had left off. I am now obsessed. We are currently on season 6. One weekend all we did was watch House, and by the end of it I had lost my tiny mind and was diagnosing myself with all-sorts every time I did something odd or my arm hurt… hahaha. I am also experiencing the strange side effect of finding Hugh Laurie attractive….
I have been dying to try the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. I have seen numerous beauty bloggers rave about it and it sounded amazing. I was put off trying it due to its HUGELY hefty price tag. The 200ml tub is £49. I think this is an obscene amount to spend on a beauty product. However, Groupon have been running a deal with FeelUnique where for £15 you get £25 to spend on their website. So I treated myself to their 4-piece starter kit. It comes with a 50ml tub of the Moringa Cleansing Balm, a cleansing cloth, 15ml tube of Amazing Face Age Support Cream and a wash bag for £23. The wash bag was a bit of a let down, it looks and feels quite cheap, but the other items more than make up for it.
I can see why everyone has been raving about this. The balm has a lovely citrussy smell to it, and leaves your skin super smooth and silky. You take a small amount in the palm of your hand with a little warm water and mix to create a cream. Massage this all over your face and neck, then to remove use the cleansing cloth soaked in warm water to wipe away. After using my skin felt so clean and refreshed. My make up came off with such ease. I am afraid I am hooked. I think the tub will last a while as you only need a small amount for each use but I am not sure I can bring myself to spend £49 on the big tub.
What have you been loving this month? Please leave a comment below, I am always eager to try new things!

Birchbox – Who? What? When? Where? How?

I thought we would have a little chat about Birchbox for those who don’t know what I am on about and for those who do, a little more information!
I initially subscribed to Birchbox with the first attempt of this blog in 2014 with the aim of doing an “unboxing” with each months box. However, I found that I wasn’t hugely interested in writing about each item, some items I would save and not use straight away to judge properly and as you know..the blog fell to the wayside. However the Birchboxes did not, they continued to come and my addiction to beauty products was fueled further.
So what is Birchbox? Birchbox is a monthly subscription service that sends you 4-5 sample beauty products each month. Some months as a treat there is a full size item! I have had quite a few nail varnishes, and my most favourite item of all… a beautyblender!!
These babies cost £26! (A ludicrous amount to spend on a make up sponge if you ask me, however I do love it and desperately need a new one – just cant bring myself to pay that much!)
I have received mascaras, primers, face washes, shampoos, conditioners, moisturisers, snacks, oils…. I could go on.
Each box also comes with some tips, an explanation of your products and when you go to their website you can fill in surveys about your thoughts on the products and the box itself.
Birchbox Reward Points – This is what has kept me subscribing with Birchbox and not trying another service at the moment! For each box you pay for you get 12 points, for each survey you complete you get 5 points. For each £1 you spend in their online store you receive 1 point.
For every 100 points collected you get £10 to spend in their online store! I love this, since I have become completely hooked on a couple of products I save up my points to get about £20 at a time, and treat myself to some beauty products I usually wouldn’t spend that on.
Anyway, this all sounds a bit like a hard sale, but its not. I just love to get things in the post, and I really enjoy getting my Birchbox each month. Each box cost £10.00 plus £2.95 delivery, but you can subscribe for cheaper if you pay for more boxes at a time.
If you are interested in receiving Birchboxes each month please click here and get 50 points added to your account to get you started!

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