Beauty Box // Glossybox April 2014*

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TRESemmé Instant Refresh Cleansing Dry Shampoo // Despite the hype over this product when it was first released, I still hadn't tried it. Unlike other dry shampoos this is clear when you spray it onto your hair so you don't have to worry about going out with grey patches. The scent is also quite nice and not too overpowering, it just reminds me of other Tresemmé products.

Emite Make Up Lip Brush // This make-up brush is meant for applying lip products but I find it isn't stiff enough for a precise application. Instead I think I'll be using this to apply eyeshadow to my lash line.

Monu Spa Warming Ginger Massage & Body Oil // I've tried a couple of products from Monu now after getting them in various beauty boxes. Although the packaging isn't the best for an oil, it's a really nice product. It smells of ginger, a scent I find uplifting and relaxing at the same time. It's a body oil essentially but I've been using it as a bath oil as my skin has been really dry recently.

SunSense UK Daily Face SPF 50+ // Again I'm no a huge fan of the packaging as it doesn't have a proper lid so wouldn't work well to take on holiday or in a make-up bag. I'll be saving this for the summer to test it out but I am concerned about how tinted it is as I have extremely pale skin and products like this are usually too dark for me.

Me Me Me Cosmetics Beat The Blues in Pearl Pink // I actually got this highlighter in a Glossybox last year so not very impressed that they're repeating products. It's not even a different shade of highlighter. The brush is very stiff and is clumped together. It's a really pretty colour in the bottle, a good dupe for Benefits High Beam, but once blended onto the skin it just sort of disappears.

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The Happiness List 002

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  1. having family over for Easter 
  2. and a four day weekend
  3. dreading a day at work and then it not being anywhere near as bad as I imagined
  4. finding a cat whisker and hoping it brings me luck
  5. discovering Dairy Milk Caramel Pots Of Joy. they really are pots of joy!
  6. finishing work at 8pm and it still being light out
  7. finally finding a bouquet of babies breath after looking for months. Asda why do you not sell them anymore?!
  8. a cold mars bar straight out of the fridge
  9. H&M joggers that make weekends so much comfier
  10. midi rings, still completely obsessed with them

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Non Beauty Favourites 001

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I've never done non beauty favourites before but after loving watching a couple of video versions I wanted to share some of my favourites. The first has to be babies breath flowers which I've had such a hard time finding in shops recently. My local Asda used to have them amongst all the usual flowers but have stopped selling them for some reason. After a couple of other unsuccessful shopping trips, I finally found them in Marks & Spencers. Aside from peonies and tulips, they have to be my favourite flowers and I love how they look in a nice vase in my room. I currently have them scattered about on my bedside table and dressing table. They also last a really long time compared to other flowers.

For our food shop the other week we made an Ocado order which inevitably means we add food that we don't really need but can't get in Asda. First up was the Lotus Caramelised Biscuit Spread which was sold out last time we made an order. I still have no idea what you're really meant to do with it really but it tastes amazing. I've just been having a little bit of it with a sliced apple as I find it's a bit too sickly to just have on toast.

Another food item we added to our order was a couple of bags of popcorn from Joe & Seph's. They're ridiculously expensive for how much popcorn you actually get but who can resist caramel and chocolate or caramel and peanut butter?? I'm currently eating some of the peanut butter one whilst writing this post and it tastes so good!

Although technically this is sort of a beauty item, I wanted to include it anyway and it's my tube squeezer. Such a good invention and I wish I'd heard about them sooner as they really do help to use every last bit of product in a tube. I also love the pattern this makes on metal tubes and it's great for getting every last bit of toothpaste. You can get all sorts of tube squeezers but I prefer the metal version.

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Beauty Box // Birchbox April 2014

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The Balm Cosmetics How 'Bout Them Apples? Cheek & Lip Cream in Pie // This is the second mini product I've gotten from The Balm. The tiny amount of product doesn't make it the easiest to apply but they certainly look cute!

Lord & Berry Couture Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil // I have a couple of Lord & Berry products and really like them so happy to see another in this box. Despite being described as a kajal eye liner, it isn't as creamy as others that I've tried. It's very black though and works well in the water line.

Yes To Cucumbers Facial Wipes // I'm not a huge fan of face wipes but I have heard good things about these. They'll probably be going into my travel bag as they're perfect for a week away.

Colour Club Gala's Gems Nail Polish in Aquamarine Azulino // We actually got to pick which nail polish we wanted out of four so I went for the pastel blue shade. It has a pearl finish and a good colour for spring.

Campos De Ibiza Almendra Body Milk // This is your standard body lotion but has a nice almond scent.

Propercorn Sweet Coconut & Vanilla Popcorn // This bag of popcorn didn't last long between my mum and I. I really loved the mix of vanilla and coconut and would buy it again if I saw it in the supermarket.

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