Friday, 4 August 2017

July Favourites!

Hey everyone,

As I'm writing this, I'm looking out of the window and it's grey and tipping it down and not looking very summery at all, so it feels a bit strange to be posting about "July" favourites!  We have had some nice weather though so I guess we can't complain too much.

This is a very, very short post this month as nothing much has changed in my beauty/skincare routine over the last few months at all. 

For my make up I am still absolutely in love with the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream which I posted about last month (I will link that here if you want to take a more in-depth read about it) and as my skin is behaving quite well lately, I haven't felt the need to use lots of products or buy lots of new things. 

I did however make a couple of little purchases last week (so cheating the "July favourite" a bit) but I did want to share them with you as I instantly loved them.

Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Paint - shades "Flamingo" and "Aloha"

I picked up the shade "Flamingo" first and then was so impressed with the durability of this that I went back and picked up another shade (I could have honestly put every single one in my basket - it was so hard to choose) but I settled on a very summery and bright pink called "Aloha".

These are so reasonable at £4.99 and there are always offers whether it's 3 for 2 or Buy One Get One Half Price making them even better value for money.

There is a good range of colours ranging from the summery brights to more natural shades like "Tikki Hut" and more unusual shades like "Lemonade" which is an incredibly bright yellow.


The shade "Flamingo" looks like a very pale peach in the bottle but actually seemed to be a brighter orange shade on my nails.  I applied a base coat, two coats of polish and a top coat and found the polish easy to apply and the brush easy to control.  Durability on this nail paint is absolutely outstanding and this was still on and looking not too shabby after 7 days which is unheard for me.  Even some of my favourite polishes I can maybe get three to four days wear at a push but with this shade, it only came off because I took it off to try out the second shade I'd bought.
Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Paint - shade "Flamingo"
 
"Flamingo"

The second shade "Aloha" is, to me, the perfect holiday pink.  Really bright and fun, I applied this the same way as I did Flamingo, using a base and top coat.  Again, it was easy to apply but I didn't quite get the wear out of this shade as it did chip after about 3 days.  I'm not sure why that would be so I'm going to try that shade out again as I'm so hard-wearing on my hands so it may be unfair to say it's the polish and not my own fault.  I applied this shade to my toes at the same time and that's still going strong a week later though. 

Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Paint - shade "Aloha"
"Aloha"
Radox Limited Edition Watermelon and Lychee Shower Gel

I had been looking for this in every shop that sold toiletries since I saw it pop up on my Instagram feed.  I found this one in Superdrug and was surprised to see it was a very reasonable 96p which is a total bargain.

(Obviously) I love the packaging!! I'm not going to lie, that's why I was hunting it down! But the scent is gorgeous - not to sweet or overpowering, but really refreshing and summery.
It also lathers up really well and you don't need to use too much of this on your sponge.  I've already stock-piled these as I have a feeling they won't be around for too long as they are a Limited Edition but please Radox, keep making it as not only is the packaging super cute, it's actually a fab shower gel too!


So that's everything for my July favourites.  A very short and sweet version this month.  I will link my May and June Favourites here and here so you can have a look at the make up and beauty products I am still loving as nothing has really changed since then.

What things have you been reaching for this month?

Love Katherine xxx



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Friday, 28 July 2017

Influenster: Max Factor Voxbox Review

Hey everyone,

I'm so excited to be writing this blog post as it's a review of my very first VoxBox.  Firstly, let me just quickly explain what a "VoxBox" is.  A VoxBox is a box full of full-size products that you are sent, completely free of charge, which in turn you review and keep.  I received mine from Influenster which I have been a member of since I started my blog last year.  It's an app that allows you to post reviews on products and likewise, read reviews that people have posted.  The more you post to the app the higher your chances are of being selected for free products.  I was actually tagged via an Instagram friend for this particular campaign (thank you @bekahscrazyworld) and I have to be honest, when I signed up I completely forgot about it and didn't think I would be in with a chance at all. 

As the title says, this box is in collaboration with Max Factor.  I love Max Factor make up and rate their Crème Puff Blushes amongst some of my favourites and a great dupe for the more expensive Hourglass powders.
 
Inside the box are three products to test and review and below I give you my honest opinions. 
Colour Elixir Universal Lip Liner

I've only recently started using lip liners (I think I scared myself off them with my habit of applying a brick coloured lip liner to a much paler beige lipstick way back in the day!) and after trying out a few different brands, it's clear to see that they can vary in quality dramatically. 

This is a clear lip liner with the claim that whatever lip colour you are wearing, you can re-shape, re-size and nourish your lips, together with holding your lip colour in place for longer. 

I have a similar liner from Barry M and I find it quite scratchy to apply but the Max Factor one does apply really smoothly.  It has a wax-like texture which didn't drag on my lips at all.  I find it quite strange applying a clear lip liner because you can't see where you are going (obviously) but, as I don't re-shape or re-size my lips in any way, I applied it to my whole lip to test out the claims of holding your lip colour in place.  And yes, it really does that.  In a strange kind of way you can feel your lip colour sticking to it.  The Universal Lip Liner is priced at a very reasonable £4.99 and is available in Superdrug and Boots.
Colour Elixir Lipstick - Shade "Pearl Maron"

Believe it or not, I have never used a Max Factor lipstick so I was really happy to try this out.  The packaging is sleek and I love the gold-effect casing and the colour at the bottom so you can see what shade you have.  My first impression on the shade in the bullet was that it looked a little too browny-red for me but when I applied it to my lips, it actually transfers to a more golden orange colour which I really like.  It has a slight sheen to it but I think that's perfect for the summer and overall, considering this was sent out randomly, I think it's a nice colour match for me.  I didn't pick up on a strong scent to these lipsticks but I do think there is very subtle sweet smell to them.  There are no bold claims here regarding how long this lasts on your lips and I have to say it didn't last a long time on me.  It had pretty much all but gone after my lunch but if you're happy to re-apply then this wouldn't be a problem and I feel as a lipstick that's not matte or a stain, that's to be expected.  It does claim however to actively moisturise for smoother, fuller lips and it definitely felt very comfortable on and nice and moisturising.  The Colour Elixir lipstick is available in a wide range of colours and is priced at £7.99 from Superdrug and Boots.

Wearing the Colour Elixir Lipstick in Pearl Maron
Honey Lacquer - Shade "Honey Rose"

I have used Max Factor lip glosses before and really liked them so I had high hopes for this product.  The packaging is sleek and looks quite stylish.  Although the brand name runs down the front of the tube, you can still see the colour which I always think is handy so you're not rummaging around trying to see what shade you are trying to find.

This claims to be a 3-in-1 lip lacquer giving the smoothness of a lip balm, the shine of a gloss and the colour of a lipstick and I honestly think it delivers on all three of these claims!

It applies so smoothly and easily and you can build the colour up with more than one application.  It felt really moisturising and comfortable and most importantly for me, not too sticky.  I hate it when my hair gets stuck in my lip gloss (not a good look!).  It is scented and smells like cupcake icing to me - personally, I love a scented lip gloss so this is a bonus.  The colour pay-off is great too so all-in-all I think this is a great lip product.  The only negative to this was the shade sent is just a bit too pale for me.  As I said earlier though, as these are sent out randomly, of course it's to be expected that it might not be a complete match.  I wore this on it's own and felt it was just a little draining on my complexion.  I then tried it the next day with a matte, bright pink stain underneath and it did change the colour to a more warmer tone.  I really, really love this product though so will be investigating the other shades in the range.  They are priced at £9.99 from Superdrug (currently on offer at £7.99) and Boots.

Wearing Honey Lacquer in the shade "Honey Rose" (on it's own)


Wearing Honey Lacquer in the shade "Honey Rose" with a brighter, matte pink lipstick underneath
I've really enjoyed testing out these three products.  Max Factor is such an iconic make up brand and the products I've used from them in the past have always have been a high quality and these didn't disappoint at all.  I will definitely be purchasing the Honey Lacquer and will probably pop a Colour Elixir into my basket too!


Do you have a favourite Max Factor product you love?

Love Katherine xxx

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

(Final?) Review: My Little Box July 2017

Hey everyone,

It's that time again when I review my monthly My Little Box and let you know my thoughts on what's inside. 

If you have followed my blog for a while you will know that, for the best part, I've had a great relationship with this subscription box, but there have been a few up's and down's along the way.  None more so than in 2017.  I feel that they started off on such a good note with the January box (my review of this can be found here), but fell short of the mark in February and since then I've not really known what to expect from month to month.

Last month's Los Angeles box (review linked here) was ok but I felt the box was let down with the lack of thought put into the theme and therefore giving me the impression that, at some point, whoever creates these boxes had got a bit bored and started chucking anything in.  I made no secret that I would wait for the July box to see whether I would keep my subscription running with them or give another company a go, so here goes... the review...(could it be my final one)?!!

The box starts with great promise as the artwork (even when the products have been disappointing, the artwork has always been on point) is stunning, and has the word "Seashells" across the lid in bold black lettering, with pictures of shells behind it.  It's a really striking, pretty box and my heart leapt when I saw it.  This got me thinking that it must be a "beach" theme which is just what you want when your summer holidays aren't too far away.
Once inside, there was a print, but I've definitely seen better ones in previous boxes.  There's not much printed on it other than the words "Let's go see the sea" and some sea artwork and nothing on the back.  When the prints have been really good I've framed them but I don't think I'll be doing that with this one unfortunately.

The first lifestyle item I picked out was a little set of two postcard-sized prints with envelopes.  One has a phrase in French and the other has the phrase "Offline is the new luxury".  I've come to expect little touches like this from My Little Box but my immediate thought was what these had to do with a "Seashell" themed box...or maybe it's a beach themed box?
Anyways, on I went and found a cute little box containing two paper candle holders and two tealights.  The box is a gorgeous midnight blue colour with the words "Summer Night Candle Holder", and so are the tealights.  The paper holders have a two-tone effect in dark blue and cream.  I like these and think they are super cute, but they look and feel quite flimsy so I'm not sure how well they'll survive outside.  There is also a warning to make sure you place a glass jar inside first to stop the paper from burning.  I have to say, at this point, I was a little confused about the theme and maybe I'd misinterpreted it and there's more of a summery, chilled- out evenings kind of vibe going on.
 
There was also a little shell in a plastic covering which on closer inspection is actually a sweet I think.  To be honest, I'm not entirely sure but if it is, it's incredibly hard (like a boiled sweet) and as the shell isn't edible I have no idea how you'd eat it.  There's no way I'll be putting a shell in my mouth, but I'm now back to thinking we are working with a shell/beach theme (again). 

The next (and last) lifestyle item threw me 100% right back to the beach theme though as it's an inflatable Travel Pouch/Pillow.  I absolutely love this and think it's a great inclusion into a beach-themed box and by far one of my favourite lifestyle items I've received since I started my subscription.  I hardly use a sunbed at the beach, preferring to just lay on a towel on the sand but I hate propping my head up on my beach bag so this is brilliant and I can't wait to use it. 

This one product really lifted my spirits up and for an instant I had high, high hopes for what came next.  The beauty products.  Arguably for me, the one thing that has let many previous boxes down in the past.  The little canvas tote bag has a cute little seashell print in dark blue which I like, and it ties in perfectly with the box so things are looking good.....
Once inside we have a.....body scrub!! Ok, not a disaster but it doesn't get me dancing around the room either.  I have to say I like the My Little Beauty products and as a body scrub I can kind of see why this was included and I will more than likely use it at some point, but it's just a bit...well....meh! 


With my hopes slightly dashed I delved in to find another hand cream!! As I'm writing this, the words are literally screaming in my head!!! Why, oh why do I have another hand cream and what on earth does a rose-scented (the scent is lovely I'll give it that) hand cream have to do with a Seashell/Beach/Summer Night themed box????I am so cross with the inclusion of this item - I'm fed up with seeing hand creams, face creams, perfume samples or duplicate items in my subscription.  There must be 100's of products out there but I've lost count of the hand creams I've had.  But not only that, if anyone could help me out and let me know what I've missed with the connection between Seashells and rose-scented hand cream I'd really love to know as I can't stop scratching my head.
Things don't really get any better with the final product which is a radiant eye contour mask.  Again, great, I'll give them a go.  I've never heard of the brand Qiriness before but to me the problem with the inclusion of this item is that they look almost like a sample product and they've just been thrown in as an after thought.  I am so confused by the box I have no idea what eye pads have to do with shells or beaches.
And that was that.  I'd got to the end of the box and if I'm honest when I opened up that little pouch I just lost interest.  My mind had been made up - I cancelled my subscription immediately.
As with the LA box I have absolutely no idea what the theme is supposed to be.  If you are going to theme a box then that theme has to run all the way through it.  When I look back to this time last year and the Coconut box (review linked here if you want to check out a happier review) My Little Box couldn't have put a foot wrong.  It was fantastic and well thought out but now it all seems like too much trouble and just leaves me really confused. 

I've decided to give another subscription box a go so hopefully soon I'll be able to share my thoughts on that with you all but for now, it's with sadness my once good relationship with My Little Box has come to an end.  Who knows whether in the future I'll dip back in - I'd really like to think so and I'll continue keeping an eye on what the boxes are like each month, but until then, it's au revoir My Little Box.

I'd love to know your thoughts on this subscription box if you tried it.

Love Katherine xxx


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Monday, 10 July 2017

Happy 1st Birthday Blogs Of A Shopaholic

Hey everyone,

Last week marked the first anniversary of "Blogs Of A Shopaholic" and it really got me looking back on this time last year and how I felt about starting a blog.

It was a massive step for me to publish that first post.  I can remember it consumed my every thought..."shall I do it?"...."I really would like to give it a try"...."no, I can't do it"...until I eventually realised if I don't do it, what example would I be setting for my boys? I constantly tell them they can do or be whatever they want to do or be, that if there is something they want to do, then just do it, so I did it, to show them that you shouldn't worry what people may think or that you may get a bit embarrassed about something, just do it! And I'm so glad I did.  If you haven't seen the very first post on Blogs Of A Shopaholic I shall link it here.

The question I read on a lot of blogs is "what have I learned"? I actually think I've learned a hell of a lot.  The first would have to be how I completely underestimated how much work would be involved in posting blogs regularly.  My aim when I first started was to post regularly (weekly) and on the same day.  Did I fail? Massively!! And I still am to this day but I definitely don't get as stressed about it as I did last year.  I really beat myself up if I didn't post when I wanted to but family life sometimes means that just can't happen.  I'm much more relaxed about it now but posting regularly is definitely something I want to keep aiming for.  Writing the content is the easy part....it's the.....

....photos!!! Oh how I dread photos and everything that goes along with inserting them into posts!  It doesn't take me too long to take them but then I need to edit them (crop, straighten if needed etc) and then save them back onto my phone.  Then I have to crank up the old laptop and connect my phone to load the photos onto the computer to then load them into my blog page.  My laptop is pretty slow and temperamental so this proves to be pretty testing for me as I have no patience when it comes to waiting for technology! Again, this is something I'm getting better at doing and I've found a few little tweaks that make it a quicker process.

Staying on the photos theme and I've learned that you don't need a super expensive blog camera (yet) to take good quality photos.  I recently upgraded my phone and the camera is amazing and takes great pictures.  I still think I would like a good camera one day but definitely for now, a new laptop would take precedence over a camera.

Lastly, get into social media.  I was never a fan of Instagram and Twitter - I just didn't get it.  I had always been on Facebook and shared photos etc privately with friends so I didn't get what Instagram was all about and don't get me started on Twitter! But as soon as I wrote my first post, I set up a public Instagram and Twitter account and started reading up on Insta-etiquette! This made for lengthy reading....gosh there's just so much to think about.....the right hashtags to use, how many hashtags you are allowed, to theme or not-to theme...why are people unfollowing me!! I became obsessed and can remember the last thing I did at night was check Instagram and it was the first thing I did in the morning! As soon as I realised that surely this isn't supposed to be so stressful it all become so much easier.  Now I post when I feel I have something interesting to post to my followers, change the hashtags about a bit and most importantly, have fun with it.  My Insta-account doesn't have a theme (hands up to all those accounts that manage it as I just couldn't commit to that) and it's all a bit of a mismatch but I started with zero followers this time last year and I'm very nearly at 700 followers which is completely beyond any expectations I had.  Below are a few of my recent Instagram posts: 


Twitter has come into it's own recently and since realising that I should probably post separately to Twitter and not just link it directly to my Instagram account it's started to make much more sense to me.  Again, I'm having fun and "tweeting" fairly regularly and love receiving tweets back from brands I love.

So what's in store for Blogs Of A Shopaholic for the next year? I'm going to make sure I continue having fun with it and continue doing what I'm doing - blogging about cosmetics, skincare and the occasional fashion item to share my thoughts and opinions on them.

I have decided to take on an extra challenge too and am cracking out my old beading and jewellery-making supplies.  Long before I had children, making my own jewellery was my favourite hobby and I've really been inspired by all the lovely jewellery that's around and can't wait to get started.  So you heard it here first...."It's Time To Start Something New....Again"!

Thank you to everyone who has read, commented, liked or shared any of my posts and for all the support and follows I have through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Bloglovin.  I honestly appreciate every single one of them.

Love Katherine xxx


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Friday, 30 June 2017

June Favourites!

Hey everyone,

It's nearly the end of June unbelievably! I'm not too worried that the month's are flying by though as I'm getting closer to my summer holiday so we are counting down the days here.

The things I've been reaching for and loving this month are mainly more than one thing from a few brands so I'll get straight into it.
The Glossier Range
I picked up this range of skincare and cosmetics from New York in May.  Unfortunately it's still unavailable in the UK but the rumour is it should be available to buy online by the end of the year.  I uploaded a YouTube channel on my first thoughts on these products which I will link here if you want to have a look at everything but listed below are the things I've used literally every day since I got them...

Milky Jelly Cleanser
This has such a cult following over on Instagram and YouTube and for good reason.  I love it.  The texture is strange...it isn't a jelly but isn't a gel either.  It's more of a runny, balmy liquid that you pump onto your hand and work into your skin.  You then add water and it lathers gently (but doesn't get foamy) and then just rinse off.  It's so gentle and I love how it leaves my skin feeling.  I'm not too keen on the smell (it's not fragrant but there is definitely a smell to it) but I can live with that as it's a great make up remover.
Priming Moisturiser
I've used this nearly everyday since I got it and it's a lovely moisturiser.  I really like the tube and it's easy to dispense the right amount.  I have found I don't need a huge amount of this (a pea-size is enough) to give my face enough moisture.
Stretch Concealer
Again, another Glossier product with a cult following and for good reason.  I love that this isn't cakey or thick, it's actually quite thin and sheer, but I find with my Rimmel Match Perfection underneath this has done wonders for my dark circles.  I dab it on with my Beauty Blender and it's really easy to blend in and most importantly doesn't crease during the day.  A must-have now in my make up routine.
Essence Matt Matt Matt Lipgloss - shade "02 - Beauty Approved"
This has literally been on my lips every single day this month.  These are so affordable at £2.30 and the quality and longevity is just incredible.  I have had tried a fair few expensive matte liquid lipsticks over the years and I have to say, I really think this product is one of my all-time favourites.  I have since bought a few more shades which I have yet to try out (mainly because I'm so obsessed with this one) so I really hope they live up to my expectations.
 
Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner - shade "Addiction"
I bought this at the same time as the Essence lipgloss and use the two together as it's a great natural shade.  It has a twist-up mechanism and the liner is very creamy.  This makes it super easy to apply and doesn't drag my lips at all.  I will be using this under all my nude lip products.

IT Cosmetics "Your Skin But Better" CC+ Cream
This was another New York purchase but has since become available via Selfridges in the UK now.  I won't go into too much detail about this product as I have a blog post dedicated to it which I will link here if you would like to find out more about it.  I'm so glad I picked this up though as I absolutely love it and definitely think it was worth every single penny.
IGK Down & Out Dirty Spray
Another New York purchase (there's a bit of a theme going on this month!) and I talk about it in my YouTube video which I will link here.  I was a little sceptical as to what to expect with this product as it's quite pricey at $29 (approximately £22) and I've used a VO5 Texture Spray for years but this is so different.  It does give my hair "texture" but it also does so much more than that too.  It definitely adds volume when used at the roots but the thing I love the most about it is it gives my hair "grip".  It's like second-day hair but on freshly washed hair.  I only need to use the tiniest spray of this to give my hair a boost so it's going to last me absolutely ages but when I eventually do run out I will definitely re-purchase.  Oh, and the smell is a-maz-ing!
Skinny Dip Flamingo Print Compact brush - Tangle Teezer
I picked this up with some Boots vouchers I had and I'm not going to lie... I was completely sucked in by the flamingos.  It was about £3 more expensive than the others but there was no way I could leave it in the shop! My hair is probably the longest it has ever been before and I find that if I wear it down, it does get knotty during the day, so I bought this to carry around in my handbag whenever I need it.  It does a great job untangling and doesn't pull my hair at all.  My hair definitely feels a lot healthier and happier after I've used this through it.
Tartelette "In Bloom" Eyeshadow Palette
I thought I'd end on one last final New York purchase and one I haven't stopped using.  Like the IGK spray, I was unsure whether to get this or not as it was pricey at $46 (approximately £35) but I think it's worth every penny.  I will write a longer blog post on this soon but the looks you can create with this one palette are just endless and the formulation is just amazing.  The shadows apply like butter and are just so easy to blend.

That's it for my June Favourites so thank you so much for reading.  I didn't realise until I wrote this how many of the things I have been loving were bought in New York but that actually makes me quite happy and almost like I chose really well and thoughtfully!

Have you tried any of the products I have mentioned?

Love Katherine xxx  

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Friday, 16 June 2017

Review: My Little Box - June 2017

Hey everyone,

Today I'm writing a review on the June edition of My Little Box.  I missed last month's as it arrived whilst I was away but I'm back on schedule now.  Just in case you are reading this for the first time, My Little Box is a monthly subscription box and contains a selection of lifestyle and beauty items.  I will link my very first review post from July 2016 here and at the end of this blog if you want to catch up on any information on how the box works.
The (as always) amazing artwork, with the words "Los Angeles", gives a definite hint that the theme could be along the lines of a beach/surfer girl type vibe and I love the pastel pinks and greens in the colour scheme. 

The first item I pulled out of the bundle is a fold-out leaflet/poster/pull-out. I think it's advertising a blog under the name "Fringe & Frame" and gives a little bit of information about the lady behind the blog and things to do in L.A.  On the back is a hand-drawn map of L.A.  I'm not sure what to do with this so it may end up in recycling which is a real shame.

Next up is a cute pack of stickers.  I like stickers (I have a fair few) and they can jazz up a plain notebook so I'm ok about that.
Rolled up was a really cute little tote bag with a gorgeous leaf print and the words "Take Me Away" printed on it.  I will definitely get some use out of this as I don't always want to carry my handbag around with me so this is a lighter option.
The last lifestyle item is a cute beaded bracelet.  I love these in the summer time and the colours are striking and bright.  This item has actually inspired me to start beading again (that's something for another blog) but this was a pleasant addition.
On to the beauty items and this is where it all gets a little disappointing.  I really like the fact they are packaged in a little pink paper bag (almost like a pick "n" mix bag) but I do miss the tote bags as they are so useful.
Inside are the usual three beauty items but of the three, two are body lotions/oils.  Don't get me wrong, I really like body lotions and oils but I don't really expect two in one box and over my subscription, I have had a LOT of body creams.
The Coco Sunrise hair and body oil is by My Little Beauty.  It smells of coconut but I haven't tried it yet so I can't pass any judgement on this.  I may take it away with me but I don't tend to take oils away with me as I find sand just sticks straight to it. I'm sure I will use this at some point though.
The second body product is the Palmers Coconut Oil Body Lotion.  Personally I'm not a huge fan of Palmers.  It's a brand I used a long time ago and since then I have found other products I like better.  I will put this into my giveaway box as I probably won't use it.
The last beauty item surprised me as it's a travel-sized Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream by Burt Bee's.  I didn't know Burt Bee's did facial skincare so I will give this a try and it's a handy size to try out.**
I really think that My Little Box could have tied in the L.A./Surfer vibe so much better than these beauty items.  I would have loved to have seen something like a tinted moisturiser with SPF, an SPF hair protector or a waterproof cream blush - all things that you can take to the beach and use and as that's how I perceive the theme of this box to be, I really think they missed a trick.

Having said that, this is how I have felt with this subscription box for most of 2017 and a lot of the boxes have been OK but I want more than that... I want WOW!

I have decided to give the box one more month but in the meantime I am looking into different subscriptions for around the same price so expect one more My Little Box Review next month and then maybe it will be onto something new.

Have any of you tried a subscription box before?

Love Katherine xxx

**Before posting this I had a quick bath and tried out the Burt Bee's Cleansing Cream.  The smell is really sweet, which surprised me.  I thought it may smell of ferns or woodland because of the "Soap Bark" but it's almost like Refreshers.  But then it gets super menthol.  If you don't like that zingy feeling on your skin I would say this probably isn't for you.  It did leave my skin nice and clean but was so zingy it made my eyes water.  I will give this another go and see how I go but so far, I think it's a no from me on this one.

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