Project B – Box 2

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Project B is a subscription box for pregnant women.¬†Each month you receive products, from relaxation, to healthy eating, to household, to pampering, with expert advice. Each Project-B box has been created to match the stage of pregnancy you’re at. You can sign-up for any month from 12 weeks and it is only ¬£14.99 a month.

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I signed up to Project B when I was 18 weeks pregnant so I received box 2 which is designed for women who are between 16-19 weeks pregnant and had a theme of Blossom. My box arrived pretty quickly and I was surprised by the quality of the products for the price I paid!

Here’s what I got:

  • Project Baby Magazine – This magazine is made by Project B and¬†it covers all things baby and pregnancy. It is packed with helpful advice, product reviews and fashion.

 

  • My Mini MIdwife Guide by Denyse Kirkby (RRP ¬£8.99)
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    ¬†Written by an experienced midwife and lecturer, this book provides all the reassurance and guidance you need during pregnancy. This book is very easy to read as the writing is not too formal. It’s like having a close friend telling you all you need to know. ¬†I would definitely recommend this book especially if you’re a first time mum as the advice starts from the beginning and goes along each stage of pregnancy, preparing you for the unknown.

 

  • B-Sensible Breathable and Waterproof Pillow Cover (RRP ¬£16.99) – IMG_0210¬†B-Sensible Pillowcases are an environmentally friendly product. They are made from Tencel (A Natural Nanofibre ) which provides relief for particularly sensitive skin, the combination of the smooth surface of the fibre and its extraordinary moisture absorption gives a healthy environment particularly if you have delicate skin. ¬†Since being pregnant, my face has been really sensitive…if I even looked at my face funny, a spot would be guaranteed the very next day! Since using this pillowcase, my skin has slightly improved. I no longer wake up with a greasy spotty face!

 

  • Swisse Pregnancy Supplements (RRP ¬£14.99) –¬†swisse pregSwisse Pregnancy Ultivite are vitamins which¬†support your baby’s development as well as your healthy diet before and during pregnancy. It works particularly on foetal brain & eye development, bones and teeth development, reducing fatigue, maternal tissue growth and increased folic acid levels. I have already been taking pregnancy vitamins before receiving this box so I haven’t tried them but they do have great reviews online.

 

  • Science of Skin Stretch Mark Defence 150ml (RRP ¬£24.99) –¬†SOS skinStretch marks are usually one of the key things mums to be worry about during pregnancy. With my first, I thought I had got away with not getting any until 2 days after she was born, a few popped out of nowhere! Now that I am expecting my second and the old stretch marks have faded immensely, I am conscious of adding more to my old collection! In comparison to all the other stretch mark creams and oils I’ve used, this one is very different as it is a spray rather than a cream. The oil is very lightweight, fragrance free and not greasy at all. It absorbs into my skin easily and leaves my stomach feeling silky smooth. I’ve only been using it for a month and it has been great at keeping the stretch marks at bay but I will report back at the end of my pregnancy.

Overall, I think my first Project B box was a great purchase. It is great value for money and the products are well thought out. I’ve already received my second box and I cannot wait to open it.

You can purchase a Project B box here: www.project-b.com and use this discount code to get £5 off your first box:

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Nailbox No More…..

Just before receiving my August Nailbox, I decided to cancel my Nailbox subscription.

I have had my Nailbox subscription for a year now so I feel I have completed a full cycle. I have enjoyed the subscription as it caters to my inner nail polish urges. In fact it has truly helped to reduce my polish spending.

With the popularity of subscription boxes, Nailbox were bound to eventually get some competition! One of their competitors truly stood out for me as I have heard and read nothing but good reviews. So whilst I have cancelled (potentially paused) my Nailbox subscription, I will still be satisfying my nail polish addiction with the help of Meebox.

So be ready for my September Meebox review….the theme is Pumpkin Spice

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Pink Parcel – August box 2016

It’s that time of the month….well not literally but close enough! Pink Parcel has me counting down the days each month, strangely enough!

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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 July box.

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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. First up is a beautiful bracelet by Estella Bartlett (RRP £12.99) which was black and white with silver trimming. This was one of three that were available, the other designs were in coral and hot pink. I am glad that I received the black & white one as I am able to wear it with practically everything and it looks quite elegant.
  2. Next was a Cougar Beauty 24 Hour Liquid Lipstick in Mulberry (RRP £15). This shade is almost a dark mauve and it has a matte finish. I am not particularly a fan of matte lipsticks but this one actually looked good on me. It also does what it says and lasts for 24 hours plus more!
  3. Something that almost every woman needs, a sample size of SASS Intimate Perfect Skin Concentrate. This caters to post-shave skin by soothing the bikini area and reducing hair growth and preventing ingrown hairs.
  4. A nice addition was the Sunkissed Shimmer Dust Brush (RRP £4.99) which has great packaging. It is designed with the applicator brush built in so that you can simply dispense the shimmer and brush it on your skin. It is perfect for highlighting.
  5. A nice surprise was a So Susan product,¬†Haute Light Pencil (RRP 14.95). This pencil is made with white truffle extract and Eyeseryl¬†peptide to help reduce the appearance of eye bags and increase skin elasticity. Unfortunately this shade is way too light for me so I’ve given it to a friend who loves it.
  6. A great healthy treat this month was a packet of¬†Emily Fruit Crisps in Crunchy Apple (RRP ¬£1.49). I was a bit wary of trying these but I have to say, I love them! They are packed with flavour and I don’t have to feel guilty¬†about eating too much of it.
  7. The sweet treat in this box was a box of Jealous Sweets Grizzly Bears (RRP £2.50). These sweets are 100% vegetarian and gluten-free, free from artificial colours and flavours and contain natural fruit juices. I was happy enough to share them with my 3 year old; who just like I, loved them!
  8. Last but not least was a sample sachet of Teapigs Matcha Green Tea. This tea has been tied to protection against heart disease and cancer, as well as better blood sugar regulation, blood pressure reduction, and anti-aging.

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Overall, Pink Parcel continue to be as consistent as ever. The quality never drops which is a great relief as I know that I am getting great value for money every month.

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Nailbox – July 2016: Paradise has arrived!

If like me, you constantly switch up your nail polish throughout the month then Nailbox is the perfect subscription box for you. Every month, Nailbox sends five items (three nail polishes and  two nail tools or decorations) for only £15!

The theme for this month is Paradise and the colours definitely embodied this theme!

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

Here’s a closer look into my July box:

Nailberry Coconut Nail Balm (RRP £12)

Firstly, this smells divine! If you love the smell of coconuts then you will love this nail balm, it truly follows¬†the theme and made me think of laying on a beach with a pina colada! Whilst it’s a small pot, a little goes a long way. It is made with¬† Coconut, Jojoba, Olive, Bee wax and Coconut fragrance. This balm is perfect for moisturising my cuticles, especially with my constant use of polish remover.

True Brit London Nail Varnish in The Summer House (RRP £12.50)

True Brit’s packaging is just simply superb, the box alone is luxurious. This polish is a nude brown which has a slight gold undertone. The formula of this polish is perfect in terms of application. For a nude, this polish is well pigmented so it only needs two thin coats.

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Nails Inc. Gel Effect Polish in Soho Palace (RRP £14)

I really like Nails Inc’s gel effect polishes as they use¬†Nail Inc’s¬†plasticiser technology¬†and the usual wide brush for perfect coverage,¬†so I was happy to see this in my box. This polish is an aqua blue/turquoise¬†that reminds me of the sea in the Caribbean.It¬†is extremely pigmented, I could get away with one coat and I would still have beautiful shiny nails.

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Angelica Polish in Snow White (RRP £2.75)

I have never heard of Angelica nail polish before but it seems to be good quality nail polish for such a good price! The price has no way affected the formula or the coverage. This shade is a nice opaque white and only needs one coat which is rare for white polishes. I will be sure to purchase some more Angelica polishes.

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 Brush Works Toe Separators (RRP £2.49)

This was the only let down for me in this box as I don’t really think anyone uses toe separators any more. I can’t see myself using these at all but they could come in handy if I were to give someone a pampering gift basket.

Overall I am impressed with this month’s box, the quality has picked back up again. The value of the box is well above what I paid and that always makes me happy to know I got a bargain! With so many subscription boxes available now, I think Nailbox should update their packaging a bit and add a sweet or something (who doesn’t love food?).

 

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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 ‚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 – March 2016

I’m not sure if I’ve made it clear or obvious yet but I absolutely love nail polish. I have an ever growing collection¬†which is currently at 263 shades. As you can probably imagine, my bank account takes a hit from my addiction.

I was incredibly excited when I found out about Nail Box. Nail Box is a subscription box which delivers 3-4 nail colours plus a useful nail tool or accessory every month for £15. You can cancel at any time or if you like the box you can commit to a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.

This subscription box was made just me….well that’s how I feel! The March box had an Easter theme which I expected to be full of pastel coloured polishes but I was completely wrong!

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Here’s what was in my Easter box:

Invogue ‚Äď Matte Suede Effect Emerald Dust (RRP ¬£3.49)

The first full sized bottle of nail polish was metallic green with a matte suede effect by Invogue. This colour is called Emerald Dust and is green with speckles of silver. This isn’t the usual colour I would go for but the matte suede effect is really intriguing. It was easy to apply the nail polish. It wasn’t too thick and went on smoothly.

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MoYou London РXOXO (RRP £4.99)

I have heard of MoYou London from their nail stamping plates but I didn’t know they also made nail polish. This polish in particular is a nice vibrant and bold pink. It is perfect for a summer holiday and is exactly the type of colour I love to wear on my toes. This nail polish is so bright that it looked good after one coat!

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Eye Candy London РNaughty But Nice (RRP £6)

To be honest, I am not really a fan of Eye Candy London nail polish as their polishes can be quite sheer and require a few coats. “Naughty But Nice” actually surprised me a lot. It is a nice opaque lilac colour which applied really nicely. I really liked the softness of this shade and will be wearing it soon!

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Elegant Touch Р Speckled Eggs False Nails (RRP £7.10)

I am a huge fan of false nails, I think they are incredibly fun if you want to have a quick manicure for a cheaper price. I love that these nails go really well with the Easter theme of the Nailbox but I think they are a bit too wacky for me!

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Nails Inc. –¬†Express Nail Polish Remover (RRP ¬£8)

I am in love. This nail polish remover is the stand out product in this month’s box, it is amazing! I have seen nail polish removers before and I haven’t taken an interest in them because I felt that they would leave your fingers tasting of acetone for ages….yuk! But this hot pink baby doesn’t do that at all!! I had on a deep maroon coloured nail polish and this nail polish remover took it completely off after 2 twists!

 

Overall, I was quite disappointed with this box as it didn’t really match the theme and I didn’t particularly like the nail polishes, bar one. I would have loved more pastel coloured polishes to get me in the Spring/Easter mood. The Nails Inc Nail Polish Remover really saved the box this month. The contents of this box were worth ¬£29.58 so I definitely got my money’s worth, I just hope the next few boxes improve.

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

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