Tuesday, 17 October 2017

BEAUTY : This Month's Birchbox & Marzia's Cosy box

Hello Everyone, 

So this month, I have been blessed with alot of goodies and deliveries. 

I posted about some of them yesterday, but today is the turn of this Month's Birchbox and Marzia's Quarterly box. 

The Theme of this box is Cosy and the Birchbox is in collaboration with the Coppafeel Breast Cancer 
Campaign. 


I'll start with the Birchbox. 



The Box is a beautiful purple and pink, its looks a little like a bath bomb effect. 

I love that this box had a great message behind it, it is encouraging women to check themselves daily. 

I have watched a Great Aunt die of Breast Cancer and she died so quickly (within weeks of being diagnosed), so its an illness that I will always help to promote awareness for. 

Inside was the following: 




As always starting on the left - is the Anatomicals Grab your Melon's Shower Gel. The perfect product to use daily and to remember to check yourself! 

Next to it is this month's choice. I could choose between a Contour stick or a blusher. I chose the ModelCo Contour stick, simply because I have no other contour products. I'm not one to contour so this looked simple and a gateway product. I'll let you know how it goes! 

I'll come back to the bag in a sec - as its an optional extra

On the bottom row on the left is the Three Wishes Body Butter Almond. My Favourite product in the world is body butter due to my awkward skin, so this will be a nice addition to my collection!

Next to it is probably the most exciting item for me, it is the Badland's Dry Shampoo paste. I am trying to get out of the habit of shampooing my hair everyday ( at the moment if I miss a day my hair looks greasy as eff) so anything that assists would be greatly welcomed. I was excited for it because apparently it is made out of Hawaiian Volcanic ash?! I can't say I've ever tried a similar product 

Finally on the right is the Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash. I'll be honest, I received a very similar product from the same company a couple of boxes before... its called the molecular water. I haven't used it yet so it might be good to use it together. 


SO, back to the optional choice, I got an email through to say that for £3 extra, I could get a gold bracelet, I noticed that it had the word believe on it so I knew it was up my street.

I've been through a very trying time of late, I'm out the other side and it was nice just to treat myself to something like this





So without further ado, its time to Diego's all time favourite box! 

(He wanted to eat the pink paper that came with it ) 



It's this quarter's box from the Youtuber Marzia. 

This box has the theme of cozy.... she must have sensed that my skin was suffering cos she more than hooked me up! 

The box was rammed - so you can't see everything - You can however click to enlarge the picture. 




So in the box was the following : 




Starting on the left, is a full sized Kenra Hairspray. I was amazed at the size. I'm so used to testers that this seemed like a giant! 

On the right is the Hello Extra Whitening Flouride Toothpaste - Its seems like a but of a left field choice, but hey, you can't go wrong with toothpaste. According to the box, this one is all natural and has never been tested on animals! 

On the bottom row is the Crabtree and Evelyn Lavender and Expresso Body Lotion. I love these two smells separately so I look forward to using this. Apparently the coffee really helps to refresh your skin. 






Another set of products is from the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. I'll admit I was extremely jealous when I watched the Vlog of Marzia taking a holiday there. They went to the spa, Blue Lagoon and everything looked so natural. So when I heard this was gonna be in the box, I was beyond excited. Its a three step spa treatment so I will be enjoying this as a weekend treat. 





The Next set of products starts with (on the left) - The Yes to Grapefruit Sleeping Mask. I have never used a mask that is meant to last more than 15 minutes so I'll be interested to see how this one works out! 

Above in the middle is the Borghese Restorative eye sheet. My eyes are a real problem area, I have big dark circles under them, so lets see if this helps! 

On the right hand side on the bottom is the Agadir Moisture Hair Mask. I try to use a hair mask at least once a week so this will fit nicely into my routinue. 

On the bottom is the Derma Overnight peel - again an overnight treatment, I'm excited to see how this works out. 


And finally, Marzia's own designed items. 

Starting on the left, is the Creamy Pop Stickers and badges of Edgar and Maya. I love that she features her pets in here design as I'm a big animal person so I find these really cute

In the middle on the top is an art print by Marzia. Its a cute little Space design set to a purple background. 

Below is a candle that smells of vanilla ice cream ! The design features the Forest Creature Shido. When I saw that there was a candle in the box, again I got excited. This is the time of year where every surface has a candle on it! 

and finally on the right is a flannel/wash cloth. It is of the first creature Saku and it looks like it is trying make up for the first time (you can see the design in the picture at the start of this section). Its almost too cute to use if I'm being honest and is a handy addition to my collection. 

So that it for now. 

I love getting these two boxes, so let me know what you think of the items! 

I think thats it for the box posts - except for the Anime Loot Crate. 

But for now, thank you for reading! 

Becky 

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Monday, 16 October 2017

BEAUTY : Birchbox Haul!

Hello Everyone,

I hope that everyone is nice, warm and tucked up, especially to those in Ireland. 

We have had the tail end of a tropical storm, for us in the midlands (England), we had an orange sky and a red sun. I wish I had gotten a picture. 

 For those in Ireland, they have fast winds and horrible conditions.

 I have family in Ireland and they have been on my mind constantly today. 

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So on to the main bulk of this post. I have been so excited for these items to arrive, I recently finished University and I got these as a present to myself.

These are items that were ordered from the Birchbox store and are not part of the monthly box. 

I will feature that later in the week. 

So in the first box, I had purchased something that I have had my eye on for the last year....

Heres a clue,




I finally bought the entire Mermaid Brush Set from Spectrum! 

I love them because they are colourful, they are vegan and they are the softest thing that I have ever felt.

I'm almost afraid to use them! 

In the same box I also made a couple of repurchases, I bought the Arrow lip balm that changes to match your skin PH. My lips always go a baby pink and it does wonders for my dry lips. 




I also repurchased the Cowshed, cowpat hand cream - The smell alone is worth it 

I then also repurchased the Percy and Reed Overnight Hair treatment - its quick to apply and great to leave in you hair. My hair has never been so soft, shiny and clean feeling after I wash it out.



As a free gift, I got two free Oliver Bonas Candles. 



They are little colourful tins as you can see, with an amazing scent. 

I didn't think I was gonna like the smell of mint coming from a candle, but they quickly balance out any bad smells in the room.  





The second treat (the main treat) was a limited edition inspired by Asia box. 

It was so popular that its already sold out. 

It came in this cute little zip up plastic pink bag, it has a cute little face design on it.






Inside, were the following products, I was interesting in trying items that I had never heard of as I like to be surprised. 




Instead of reviewing the products now, I plan to do a separate post. 

All I will say though is I am really looking forward to using the marshmallow foaming gel (!?!) and the Lavender Clay mask. 

(Luke has been eying up the Charcoal Strips ) 

It felt nice, to be able to treat myself as normally, I kind just spend all my money on books and video games. 

Let me know if you have tried any of the products above and what you though of them (you can click to enlarge). 


I plan to film a video soon, so there will be a little close up of everything. 

But for now,

Thanks for reading 

Becky 

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

FOOD: Strawberry and Apple Crumble Muffins



Hello Everybody, 

So its back to baking for this week's recipe. 

I had some Strawberries and Apples to use up and wanted to try something new. 

After a bit of internet searching, I found a recipe for Crumble muffins. I was immediately sold, two of my favourite things in one bake! 




They also were not that hard to make, you can follow the recipe here on Taste.au

As always, I used dairy free alternatives to Milk and Butter due to allergies. 





So I made the crumble first and left it in the fridge. 



I then chopped up what fruit I had, I had alot more apples, but there is still enough to get the taste of the Strawberries. 



After you spoon the mixture into the cases, its time to add the crumble. 

My cakes were done in about 15 mins, I made sure to check the mixture and not to accidently stab a bit of fruit. 



They are great straight out of the oven, but a little delicate. I had to eat it with a spoon, but once they were cooled they are firm. 

They are actually really tasty, I was worried that the crumble wouldn't be nice and crunchy, but I think its because it was made first and left to chill in the fridge that it gained the right texture when baking. 

I also think that you can easily swap whatever fruit you want in, I'm thinking of doing a christmas take on it in December. 

Let me know if you make them! 

Thanks for reading 

Becky 

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Saturday, 14 October 2017

LIFESTYLE : Loot Gaming's Augment box


Hello Everyone! 

I hope that you are enjoying the start of the weekend... I have given the flat a nice clean and I am all tucked up on the sofa watching the new series of Our Girl

So I thought that it was about time that I shared this Month's Loot Gaming Crate Unboxing! 

I have already filmed and uploaded a video of our first reactions which you can check out below : 




So this crate's theme was Augment - so the building up of skills throughout time. 

The top featured game in this crate is Destiny 2 and therefore there are three items from it. 





So as always, I will start from the top left (you can click to enlarge the above picture),  we have the Cayde - 6 figure from Destiny 2 . I already knew that this would be featured in the box as there was a spoiler email. This guy is Luke's favourite so I immediately said that he could have it. 

Next, is this months Pin, also from Destiny 2, it is based on the strange coin that you can use in game.  It's gold with a green centre, I have immediately put it on my new bag that I bought a couple of weeks ago. Its keeping my skyrim one company!

Next on the left is a water bottle with built in straw from Prey.  I was really happy with this because I have a study water bottle for work but not at home. Thank god that its not a mimic.....

Below in the middle, is a Badge and Pin set from Borderlands. I was surprised to see that it was a fabric badge set that you can sew onto clothes. I do love a bit of crafting. 

And finally below is the T-shirt from Destiny.  Its baby blue and has a ghost design on it. Luke is extremely jealous of it and I think I'll definitely be wearing it on those infamous gaming days. 

So a little announcement, this is going to be my last box from Loot Gaming, because I have switched to the main loot crate box. I feel as though the mix of movies, tv and gaming are more up my street. Luke is still going to be getting Loot Anime so that will remain the same every month, but I think all in all, this was a great box to end on. 


So as always, thanks for reading

Becky

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

LIFESTYLE : Pre Written Posts, A New Video & Stranger Things

Hello Guys, 

I thought that I would write one of those posts that tackles more than one subject, I have lots that I wanna talk about today! 

The first subject is some thing that I have been thinking about for a while, the 'pre writing of  a weeks worth of posts' issue. 

While I was at University, I would sit down on a Saturday and quickly pre-write seven posts, I would then set them to auto publish every morning. 

This method served me well, but I felt as though, my posts were shorter and blunter than previous ones. I felt almost disconnected to the blog. 

So I have decided that going forward, I will just stay one ahead as I used to! 

I think the post feels more organic that way and I can spend time writing the one rather that the seven.

 I have promised myself that I won't spend every night at the computer, so the compromise is, the nights that I'm not at the gym, I will write a snazzy blog post. 


Coming soon.....

A massive Birchbox Delivery! 



Subject number two.... I published a little Update to Youtube, I want to put some more time into both channels, but I needed to start somewhere.... 

I have a few ideas so watch this space! 




And Finally, our Latest obsession.... 


Yes, I know we are late to the party, but Luke and I watched the first series of Stranger Things over the last three nights. 

I have to say, we were / are both hooked and are counting down the days to series two. 

In case you haven't watched it, a teenage lad goes missing and his friends and family try to track him down. Set in the 1980s, its so addictive. Oh also, it has monsters, the upside down and girls that could break you in half with the blink of an eye. 

I realised as I wrote this, how hard it is to explain to an outsider without giving anything away. 

But honestly, give it an hour, watch the first episode and you'll be hooked. 

My personal favs are Hopper and of course Eleven. 

I do think that Barb had a bit of a rough time.

I agree with Tumblr, JUSTICE FOR BARB. 

So thats it for tonight, let me know if you are loving Stranger things, I'm going to need to find something else to fill my nights...

Thanks for reading 

Becky

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Monday, 9 October 2017

FOOD : Vegetable Ramen Recipe


Hello Everyone, 

So I thought that I would I would share my attempt at cooking one of my take away favourites. 

Basically, Luke and I are obsessed with middle eastern food and we love getting some whenever we can. 

Luke ALWAYS orders a meat Ramen dish, featuring chicken, pork, prawn and Egg. 



I thought that I would try and make a basic Ramen dish as I read that the idea behind it is to use up all your leftover Veggies.

I thought that I attempt to walk before I could run as so to speak and as a vegetarian this option suited me just fine. 

So I got to cooking 

The Ingredients I used were : 

8 x of Tenderstem Broccoli 
6x Snow Peas
6 x of Baby Sweetcorn 
1x  Red chilli 
2 x carrots 
3 x Spring onions 
2 packs of ramen Noodles 


For the Stock: 

4 Table spoons of Light Soy Sauce 
2 Tablespoons of ground Ginger
2 Vegetable stock cubes - (1 stock cube to 400ml of water) 




So Basically, I chopped all the vegetables and put them in a pan 

I waited until they were almost cooked all the way through. 

In a separate pan, I boiled the noodles, when they were almost done, I added them to the vegetables. 



In a separate bowl, I mixed the soy sauce with the ginger and added it to the Vegetable stock

I pour it over the noodles and the Vegetables. 

A couple of mins later and it was done! 

The chilli and the soy created a sticky spicy twist and I really enjoyed it. 

It built my confidence to make a different one next time! 

So let me know if you attempt this recipe, I know its a little basic, but it turned out to be alot easier than I imagined. 

Its always nice to try something new. 

Thanks for reading 

Becky 

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Saturday, 7 October 2017

LIFESTYLE : I DID IT!!!!! (Life Update)

Hello Everyone,

So I thought that I would write a quick post to say that I did it!!

I hit my University Deadline and its all come to an end. 

I'm not gonna lie, it took me until half past ten in the evening until I could hit send and I crashed out for the rest of the night.

Those final days were testing and I honestly don't think that I would have made it through if Luke wasn't there to cheer me on. I was a grump and he's a saint. 




Our little celebration last night consisted of actually going to bed (instead of an all nighter) and watching the Emperors New Groove 




I felt a huge relief, a bit sad that I'm done and an immediate feeling of 'what now?' 

I had spent near enough every evening for the last six weeks obsessing over the one word document and now it was gone. 

I hadn't been outside since Tuesday afternoon after work. I was all shut away from the world until I could honestly say I was done. 

Lucky for me, my home is all super cosy! 




My only companions have been Luke, the Cats and ......anime and films 





I'm a person who has a mind that always needs to be kept busy, so from going from a a stressful month to nothing has been an odd feeling.



Luke bought me some beautiful  flowers! 


There was another feeling however, an unhealthy one.

 For the past six weeks, I have lived on takeaways, quick food, lots of sugar and caffeine. 

I feel rather gross if I'm being honest so as of today, I am back to a healthy Vegan eating plan and drinking enough water. 

 I'm actually turned off the idea of fast food and takeaways if I'm being completely honest. 

People assume that if you are Vegan, you can't be unhealthy, if you know food, yes, yes you can.

So this morning, I went to Tescos and stocked some amazing looking food, so I think that I am going to turn it into a little project.

 I need to take better care of my body, I'm healthy and I think I take advantage of that too much. 






 As for the rest of me? Well, I'm looking forward to going back to the gym, getting stuck into some reading.... Oh and getting reaquainted with Mr Playstation and Mr Xbox. 

Thank you to all that have stuck with me, on the blog, the channel and in my day to day life. I've been a little missing inaction, but I'm back! 

Theres plenty more to come, but for now.... its time for the Witcher 3! 

Thanks for reading, 

Becky 

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