Scentpick – July 2016

Picking a new perfume can be a really tough decision. There have been numerous occasions where I have smelt and tested over 20 perfumes, picked 1 and then not liked it once I got home. For me, this is extremely annoying especially as perfume is not cheap!

I have really been into subscription boxes lately and have been on the look out for a new one that is worthwhile and affordable. I stumbled across Scentpick on Twitter and I instantly loved the idea of it.

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Scentpick is a new monthly subscription for perfume. Every month you get to pick a new designer fragrance to wear from a selection of 6 and then Scentpick sends you a 30 day supply for £9.99 (including p&p). Your first order of Scentpick is £4.99 and you get a cute reusable case which you can then use for your future picks. Scentpick send your chosen fragrance on the 22nd of the month so you receive it at the end of each month between the 27th and 29th.

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The fragrance¬†comes in a padded envelope which is great as¬†it¬†can just be posted through the letterbox so I don’t have to worry about going to the sorting office. Inside the envelope, the perfume¬†comes packaged in soft¬†pink tissue paper secured with a Scentpick sticker. Alongside the perfume, there is a card which confirms your choice of perfume and provides further information about the notes.

For July, I had the choice of the following perfumes to pick from:

  1. Dot by Marc Jacobs
  2. Diamonds by Emporio Armani
  3. Friction Her by FCUK
  4. Bamboo by Gucci
  5. Light Blue by Dolce & Gabbana
  6. Beautiful by Estee Lauder

I chose Friction Her by FCUK as I love sweet scents and the description of this perfume truly appealed to me. “Think of sipping a Pina Colada on the beach! A fun, light, creamy coconut, tropical, vanilla scent for the summer.”¬†I love the smell of Vanilla and who doesn’t love a Pina Colada?

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Friction Her is a¬†soft¬†creamy coconut scent that’s mixed¬†with some fruity tropical notes (I think this must be the red berries).¬†I find the vanilla, apple blossom and red berry notes more dominant on my skin than the coconut. It stays this way for a few hours before settling into the dry-down, which consists of the creamy coconut scent, toning down a lot of the sweetness. Overall, this fragrance is perfectly topical without smelling cheap. It’s well blended and smells luxurious.

I really enjoyed my first Scentpick and I love the concept.¬†It‚Äôs a great way to try new perfumes for a while before deciding¬†to purchase a full size bottle. alternatively, it is a great way to consistently switch up your scent and in Scentpick‘s words “keep them guessing”!¬†I am enjoying my Friction Her perfume and I’m looking forward to seeing what the August¬†perfumes will be.

To subscribe to Scentpick, check out their website: http://www.scentpick.com/ 

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Pink Parcel – July Box 2016

It’s that time of the month, which I am actually excited about. Bizarre isn’t it? Well, Pink Parcel definitely makes the idea of Aunt Flow coming seem ok.

Pink Parcel is a monthly subscription box which offers 3 dispatch dates for you to choose from, based on your time of the month so you can be sure to receive your box before your period is due. This box removes any and every monthly cycle worries you may have as you are able to choose your preferred brand of sanitary products so your box is specific to you. It is only £10.50 per month (postage is free) and you get your first box for £6.95! Be sure to read about what was inside my June box.

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I was a bit worried when I received my box this month as the seal was broken (as shown in the picture above). Luckily, the products inside my box weren’t tampered with and nothing was missing.

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As always, I received my period essentials for the month with the super cute drawstring bags. Although I have a tampon only subscription, I also received some pads for bedtime. I think this is a great addition to the box as it alleviates any fears during the night and you can have a peaceful sleep.

So onto the lifestyle and beauty products, as per usual Pink Parcel sent some great goodies!

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  1. A full sized¬†Bellapierre Gel Eye Liner in Ebony (RRP ¬£14) which is amazing! The consistency is perfect and it applies really well. Furthermore, this gel liner is great for all types of weather as it is smudge-proof and waterproof….what more could you ask for?
  2. Continuing with beauty, I received a Jelly Pong Pong Supercharged Eyeshadow Duo in Lightning (RRP £17.95). The shades are gold and charcoal  so it would be perfect for a smokey eye look. They are both highly pigmented and appear to be long-lasting.
  3. A beyond beautiful pair of¬†Vintage Cosmetic Company Slanted Rose Gold Tweezers (RRP ¬£8). Firstly, I really needed a new pair of tweezers and secondly this was an¬†exclusive launch in this month‚Äôs Pink Parcel. They aren’t yet available to purchase so that made me feel even more special (thanks Pink Parcel!). Because of this exclusive launch, I also received a little Vintage Cosmetic Company nail file with a 20% discount¬†code for their website.
  4. As you know, I have a love for nail polish so I was happy to see Lottie London Polish in Rainy Days (RRP £5.99). This is a lovely nude brown colour that I cannot wait to try out.
  5. Continuing with nail and hand care, there was a Patisserie De Bain Hand Cream in Strawberry Cream (RRP £3.99). This cream smells utterly delicious and left my hands feeling soft and moisturised.
  6. Pink Parcel were kind enough to ensure my feet also get moisturised by sending a¬†a 15ml sachet of Freeman Bare Foot Lavender & Mint Foot Cream (RRP ¬£1.50). This cream keeps you feet soft, moisturised and fresh which is essential now that the sun is out. The only negative to this cream is that the packet isn’t resealable but there is enough for multiple uses so it might go to waste.
  7. There was chocolate this month!!! Well…kind of! A pack of¬†Bahlsen Choco Leibniz biscuits¬†were included this month. Even though they were slightly melted, they tasted delicious!
  8. Last but certainly not least is a luxurious La Via Del Te Tisana Sweet Relax Tea bag . This tea is sold in Harrods and has a  sweet natural flavour of wild strawberry.

Again, another fantastic box from Pink Parcel. It is great that they are consistent with the quality of their boxes. I think this is the best subscription box around at the moment as it definitely caters to every female.

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Pink Parcel ‚Äď June Box 2016

Pink Parcel is a monthly subscription box which offers 3 dispatch dates for you to choose from, based on your time of the month so you can be sure to receive your box before your period is due. This box removes any and every monthly cycle worries you may have as you are able to choose your preferred brand of sanitary products so your box is specific to you. It is only £10.50 per month (postage is free) and you get your first box for £6.95! Be sure to read about what was inside my April box.

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From my previous posts, you might have gathered that Pink Parcel care a lot about their customers. As a result of some recent customer feedback, they have made some small changes to the boxes. There will no longer be any SASS feminine products, there will be less sanitary products (to be fair, I was collecting enough tampons to open my own shop!) and the price has reduced to £10.50!!!

Furthermore, this box featured an apology from Pink Parcel because the colour of the box was slightly darker than previous boxes! I personally didn’t even notice because I was too excited and focused on opening the box. This just shows how much they care about the quality of the boxes.

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As usual, I received my period essentials for the month with the super cute drawstring bags. Although I have a tampon only subscription, I also received some pads for bedtime. I think this is a great addition to the box as it alleviates any fears during the night and you can have a peaceful sleep.

So onto the lifestyle and beauty products, as per usual Pink Parcel sent some great goodies!

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  1. A full sized Model Co Power Lash Mascara (RRP £24) which has now become one of my favourite mascaras! This mascara promises to lengthen your lashes with its unique formula and non clumping applicator brush. It definitely fulfills its promises!
  2. A Bubble T macaroon lip balm (RRP £10 for a set of 5)in lemongrass and green tea. I have not used any Bubble T products before but the packaging of this lip balm is really cute. It is really moisturising and left my lips feeling soft and smooth.
  3. As mentioned before, I love scented candles so I was happy to see a White Jasmine scented Wax Melt from Imperial Candles¬†(RRP ¬£1.99). As an extra gift, 10 random subscribers will receive¬†a wax melt with a piece of jewellery in it. Unless the jewellery is embedded in the middle of the melt, I don’t think I was one of those lucky subscribers.
  4. Purifying facial wash and matte finish moisturising cream by Amie Naturally Kind  (RRP £1) which are the perfect size to take on holiday or a quick weekend away.
  5. Continuing with face care,¬†a Star Glow ¬†Ooharr ¬†Face Mask (RRP ¬£1.50) which aims to cleanse and revitalise skin ‚Äď leaving it soft, smooth, supple and radiant by its mixture of natural ingredients and natural clay¬† to detoxify skin and draw out impurities.
  6. I am not the best at nail art but Pink Parcel have my back by including a pack of NPW Halo Nail Stickers & Gems (RRP £1.50).
  7. Bandzee hair bands (RRP £4.95) are revolutionary hair bands. Made from super-soft elastic trim, they prevent any tugging, snapping or hair breakage. They can even be worn as bracelets.
  8. No chocolate this month unfortunately but still a treat, Joe & Sephs Gourmet Salted Caramel Popcorn. 
  9. Last but not least,¬†a Tea Shed Emergency Tea Teabag¬†which wasn’t a fancy flavour like previous boxes just simple English Breakfast but delicious nonetheless.

Overall, it is great to see that Pink Parcel take their customer service really seriously and have shown that they listen to their customers. The products were great this month, so the reduced price didn’t affect the quality of the box. In fact, for ¬£10.50 it has incredible value!

If you want to know more about Pink Parcel, check out their website: http://www.pinkparcel.co.uk 

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Nailbox – May 2016 : Tutti Frutti

As much as I love nail polish, I haven’t been too excited about my Nailbox subscription any more. I was however looking forward to seeing what would be in May’s box as it had the theme Tutti Frutti, which is perfect for Summer.

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This month I received 3 full sized nail polishes, a nail treatment and a nail file.

Here’s a closer look at what was in my May¬†box:

Cuccio¬†¬†‚Äď Mint Condition¬†(RRP ¬£4.86)

This is a brand I have never used before so I intrigued about how well it would apply. This is a¬†pastel mint green colour which is something I wouldn’t normally go for but is really nice. The application was easy as the brush provided great coverage.

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Essie ‚Äď Haute in the Heat (RRP ¬£7.99)

What can I say but another bright pink nail polish! I know I previously mentioned that I like bright pink polish but not this much! This is the third one so far and I honestly wish I received a different colour to try.  I generally like Essie polishes as they are really opaque and shiny, have great consistency and are long lasting.

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ORLY ‚Äď Orange Punch (RRP ¬£10.50)

I have heard of Orly before and they have great reviews as a nail polish brand, so I was really excited to see this one. It is an extremely bright orange colour which perfect for Summer. It has great coverage as it was bold after just one coat. I will definitely be using this one often.

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Elegant Touch Nail Apothecary ‚Äď Nail Growth¬†(RRP ¬£7.95)

This treatment polish is a base coat which promises¬†to promote nail growth and strengthen the nails with its¬†salon strength formula enriched with silk, vitamin, proteins and oils.¬† I haven’t tried this one yet but I am sure it will work well like the others I have received.

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Stylfile ‚Äď VIP Leopard Nail File ¬£4.99

This is a very interesting nail file, I have never seen a ‘S’ shaped nail file before. It is ‘S’ shaped because your nails are curved so the curved nail file makes filing quick and easy, even when using your non-dominant hand. I loved the leopard print detail as it is furry which is definitely different!

Overall, I was quite impressed with this month’s Nail box ¬†apart from the repetition of the hot pink. Hopefully there is more of a variety next month. Once again, the box was great value for money as in total, the products were worth ¬£36.29

If you wish to purchase a Nailbox subscription, check out their website: http://www.nailbox.co.uk

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Braun Silk-Epil 7 7-561 Wet & Dry

For a female, the hair removal process can be quite tedious and sometimes Рdepending on the method Рvery painful! Almost everyone wants smooth and hair free skin. I have tried various methods,  from waxing right through to simple shaving.

I have had my eye on an epliator for a while now but have been too nervous to try one.  I was luckily given the opportunity to try an epilator by Braun to review. An epilator is basically an electronic tweezer which removes multiple strands of hair at a time.

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The Braun Silk-Epil 7-561 (RRP £84) is one of the highest rated epilators currently available so I had high hopes! The Braun epilator comes with a user manual, a cleaning brush, pouch, a charger and six attachments:

  1. Shaver head – for dry shaving
  2. Trimmer cap – to trim down hairs
  3. High frequency massage cap – to soothe and massage the skin
  4. Sensitive area cap – for underarms and intimate areas
  5. Facial cap – for facial hair
  6. Efficiency cap – for maximum skin contact for faster epilation.

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It also has 40 tweezers at a close grip which remove even the shortest and finest of hairs, a smart light to guide you and a pivoting head to adapt to the contours of your body. The tweezers are staggered which ensure full even coverage. This epilator has two speed settings for the various areas of your body. The first speed is recommended for first time users whilst the highest speed is fast enough for over 81,000 plucks per minute!

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One of the main benefits of this epilator is that it is a wet and dry model so it can be used in the bath or shower.¬†¬†It is specially ¬†designed for¬†use in warm water as the warmth increases¬†the blood circulation which improves¬†the comfort of your experience. It is obviously cordless (how else would you safely use it in the bath – haha) but you don’t have to worry about charging it. It takes approximately an hour to fully charge and it lasts for roughly 45 minutes which is more than enough time to remove all your hair. The charging light flashes whilst charging and remains on once fully charged.

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The epilator is really lightweight so it is easy to use and it is not too noisy.¬†I decided to test it on my legs hoping it would be less painful.¬†There is a slight pain during this process but it is bearable….after a while! It feels like there are tiny people pinching you rather quickly. I found that it hurts more when you are removing hair that is very close to your bones rather than fatty areas. After a while, I did get used to the slight pain which made the process much easier.

I loved the results as my legs were left extremely smooth and soft….I couldn’t stop rubbing them. I found that the results were much better than when I shave as there weren’t any broken hairs left to cause a rough finish as the epilator removed the hairs from the root. ¬†I didn’t experience any skin irritation thankfully but I made sure to regularly exfoliate to ensure there were no ingrown hairs.

I have to say I was wimp and absolutely copped out of trying this on any intimate or sensitive areas so I cannot comment on how well it performed there.

If you have really thick or coarse hair, I would recommend using the trimmer cap to trim down the hairs first and then epilate as it would be less painful and you won’t have to keep going over the same areas.

Overall, although this epilator is quite expensive it is definitely good value for money. It ensures that you no longer have to purchase disposable razors and has long lasting results.¬† I’ve nothing to compare it to but it definitely does the job and is efficient. The more I use it, the easier and more tolerable it gets. I only wish it came with a¬†regular plug adapter rather an electric razor type two prong attachment.
All in all I think this is an excellent product for epilating legs and I will definitely be using this, rather than shaving, from now on.

Click here to purchase this epilator ūüôā

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Pink Parcel – April Box 2016

If you have read my previous post, you will know that I received my April Pink Parcel box a bit late due to technical errors.However, Pink Parcel were fantastic in ensuring I received it in the end.

I have to say that I am ecstatic that I did receive this box as I think it is the best one I have received so far!

Pink Parcel is a monthly subscription box which offers 3 dispatch dates for you to choose from, based on your time of the month so you can be sure to receive your box before your period is due. This box removes any and every monthly cycle worries you may have as you are able to choose your preferred brand of sanitary products so your box is specific to you. It is only £12.95 per month (postage is free) and you get your first box for £9.95! Be sure to read about what was inside my March box.

As usual, I received a more than adequate amount of period essentials for the month as well the super cute drawstring bags. I love these drawstring bags as they really do come in handy.

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Just like in my February box, I received a feminine hygiene product¬†and this time it was the SASS Purifying Cleanser (RRP ¬£8) which unfortunately didn’t have a quote on it (I do secretly look forward to reading those!).

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This cleanser has been specially created to ensure that you are left feeling fresh throughout the day.

Now onto my favourite part of the box, the lifestyle and beauty products!

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  1. Full sized Boozi Body Care Hand Cream in French Martini (RRP £3.95) which simply smells AMAZING! I love sweet smells and this cream definitely does it for me. This cream is lightweight and very hydrating. It left my hands nice and smooth with a lingering exotic scent of raspberries and pineapples.
  2. A NPW Pomegranate & Paw Paw Face Mask (RRP £1.85) which left my face feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
  3. As a lover of nail polish, I was excited to see the True Brit London Nail Polish (RRP £12.50) which had been specially created for Pink Parcel subscribers to match the Pink Parcel logo. The shade is a cute girly pink which I would pick out for myself.
  4. The real superstar of the month was the New CID Cosmetics product. There was the opportunity to get one of three products. I received the iPout Lipstick (RRP £18) in the shade Pink Bliss. This lipstick is revolutionary, it comes with a mirror on the side of the lid and has a built in torch. With this you are able to touch up wherever you are, even at a nightclub.
  5. There was a nice savoury treat this time as Pink Parcel promoted¬†World Health Day by including a pack of Nairn’s Rough Oatcakes (RRP ¬£1.29). These oatcakes are perfect for providing you with an energy boost due to the high fibre and complex carbohydrates. I only managed to get a bite before my boyfriend took the rest….he loved them!
  6. To satisfy that sweet craving you normally get whilst on your period the Mallow & Marsh Bar in Raspberry flavour (RRP ¬£18 for a case of twelve). As I’m not a huge fan of dark chocolate, this bar wasn’t for me but my daughter truly enjoyed it.
  7. I really enjoy the range of teas I have tried, thanks to Pink Parcel. The Teapigs Chamomile Flowers Tea (RRP £1.30 for two)  is no exception. The tea bag alone is beautiful and the flavour was strong but tasty.
  8. Last but not least¬†Pink Parcel gave us¬†a tasty surprise due to ¬†the tampon tax being abolished which was Chocolate Smiley Face by Cocoba. I definitely want to buy more of these as it hand small pieces of caramel in it…simply delicious.

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This is officially the best Pink Parcel box so far. The products¬†were simply of great quality and carefully chosen.¬†It is obvious that there is a high level of care and thoughtfulness goes into these boxes each month. Roll on May’s box!!

If you want to know more about Pink Parcel, check out their website:http://www.pinkparcel.co.uk 

I love Pink Parcel…..

As you may know, I have subscribed to Pink Parcel which is a monthly subscription box which caters to your all your period needs. From sanitary products to chocolate and other little pick me ups, Pink Parcel has you covered.

I have done a few reviews on my Pink Parcel boxes but what truly makes me love Pink Parcel is their customer service!

In March, Pink Parcel gave their website a face lift and it now looks awesome! As a result of this, all of their customers had to re-enter their payment details. Now I had a bit of difficulty locating the payment details area of the site but I really didn’t want to miss out on getting my April box.

I sent an email to their customer services and I received a really friendly response from Jacqueline. She didn’t make me feel stupid at all (thank God!). She was able to direct me to the correct area of the website and she kindly amended my shipment date so that I wouldn’t miss my April box.

Unfortunately, it is now 9th May and I haven’t my April Pink Parcel box. I have seen Instagram pics and Twitter posts about how great it is and I’ve been brewing with jealousy. I sent an email to Pink Parcel‘s customer service team at 09:15am and received a prompt apologetic response from Elle at 09:27am!

She was kind enough to send me a free April box today, so it should be with me soon and she assured me that I would receive my May box on time too.

Now Pink Parcel do not know who I am personally, so their kindness was not because I write blog posts about them. It is simply how they are as a company and I think that is pretty awesome! The best customer service I have received from beginning to end!

P.S – Look out for the April Pink Parcel review soon!

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