JURLIQUE

 
I've been dying to share with you about this Australian skin care brand! They are the number one premium skin care brand in Australia, and they are called Jurlique. They make some wonderful products with ingredients grown on their biodynamic farm down under, and I've had the pleasure to try some of their products out. 
 
I would highly recommend picking some of these products up as Christmas presents, if you haven't done all your shopping yet. They got the most amazing range, with most of their products being focus around the rose, which they consider the queen of botanicals when it comes to skin care. This means that most of their products have a very distinctive and lovely rose scent. If you are not too keen on roses, they do offer other ranges too (such as lavender, calendula etc).
 
You can pick up Jurlique products either in their stand alone store on Oxford Street, at Debenhams or on various shops online (e.g. Sephora, LookFantastic, BeautyBay).
 
 
I'm a fan of the brand since before, if you follow me on Instagram you'll already know that I swear by their calendula face cream. It's part of their redness rescue range, perfect if you've got eczema prone, sensitive skin. The other products which now are part of my collection are the above, their famous Rosewater Balancing Mist, Activating Water Essence, Rose Hand Cream and their Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum. 
 
 
The rosewater mist is such a lovely product, which can be used as a toner and also to set makeup. If you've got dry skin, this is ideal to bring with you during the day and spray over your face to give yourself a hydration boost. I've tried plenty of 'mists' before, as my skin tends to dry out during the day and get flaky and irriated, however most of them mess up your makeup because they are too wet. This is the best one I've tried to date, not splashing your whole face. 

 
I have only now come to realise the importance of looking after your hand. I often suffer from eczema on my hands, which makes them dry. This ages my hands terribly! I have now started to carry around hand lotion, so that I can slather on generous amounts as soon as my hands starts to feel dry. This one has got plenty of essential oils from the roses they grow on the Jurlique farm, meaning it's highly moisturising. And it smells so lovely.
 

A highly concentrated serum can make all the difference in your skin care routine - after all, it's what sheet masks are soaked in. I have been using this one for the last couple of weeks, and I've had so many compliments on my skin. My normally dry and flaky face is now smooth and radiant, and even though I can't give it all to this one (I obey a quite long and specific skin care regime), I will definitely say that it wouldnt' be the same had I not been using this one. 
 
 
This is one of those products I swear by. I've been using an essance in my skin care routine since April, and it makes such a difference. It preps your skin for the rest of your skin care routine (normally applied after toner, but before serum) and makes sure that your skin can soak up as much moisture as possible from the rest of the products. It gives my skin such a lovely, dewy glow - which if you've got dry skin will now is one of those 'impossible' things to achieve, something you normally will have to fake with a hell of a lot of highlighter and a good foundation. 
 
If you're not sure which product is a perfect match for you, or which range to go for, visit one of Jurlique's counters in Debenhams or their stand alone store on Oxford Street. In their Oxford Street shop they also have a treatment room where they offer a range of different massages and facials. 
 
Have you tried any of Jurlique's products before? Which one, and what did you think? 
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BIRCHBOX NOVEMBER 2016

 
BEAUTY. I have been wanting to subscribe to a few beauty boxes for a while now, trying to figure out which one I'd like to start with. I used to subscribe to Glossybox when I was living in Sweden, it was the only one available there and I was really happy with it, but unsubscribed when I moved to England. Over here there is so much more choice, but I've decided to start with Birchbox. Birchbox is one of the few boxes which I had heard of even before I moved to the UK, it's a classic and have overall very good ratings and seem to be very consistent in the quality of the products. I plan on subscribing to a few others over the next few months, to see which ones I like the best. I love beauty subscriptions and the whole concept of them, that you get to try out new products but it has also got that element of surprise to it. I think it's a really nice way to treat yourself, and most of them are really good value (like the Birchbox).
 
Birchbox is £12.95 /month (including p+p), and contains five beauty products per box. You get to set up a profile, which means that the boxes are (more or less) curated to you and your beauty preferences, which I think is nice. It means I will actually get products that fits my skin type and skin tone. 
 
 
My first box was the November box, which arrived on Friday. Additional to the five products that comes with the box, I also got a mascara as a pressie for signing up. 
 
My box contained:
♥ NUXE Crème Prodigieuse - RRP £21*
♥ Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow Illuminator - RRP £25*
♥ Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle - RRP £18.50*
♥ Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Primer - RRP £15*
♥ Midi Wet Brush - RRP £11.99*
♥ bbrowbar Mascara (Full Size) - RRP £18*
 
I only got the box a couple of days ago, but my first impressions are all quite positive. What I was most excited about was the BB Cream Golden Glow Illuminator from Marcelle, as I'm running low on foundation at the moment and BB creams generally work really well with my (dry and sensitive) skin. As it's been the weekend, I haven't put it to the test of a full day of work and London living, but for a quiet weekend it's been working really nicely. It has a nice coverage which I'm very pleased with, much better than I woud've thought, and is easy to apply. What I was also pleasantly surprised with was the Protect & Detangle spray from Beauty Protector. It smells exactly like my all time favourite hair oil from Argan Secret, and they seem to be very similar and give pretty much the same result - so I don't mind a little sample that I can keep in my bag. The Lip Tar Primer is really quite moisturising and it's got a nice, minty smell, but once again I haven't really put it to the test yet as I have had a mostly quiet weekend. 
 
NUXE is a brand I know and love, and this day cream was no exception. It's very moisturising and creamy, without being too heavy. The only thing I'm not completely on board with is the smell, it doesn't in any way smell bad, I'm just not a fan. I personally think it's a bit too perfume-y, if that makes sense. 
 
I was in need of a new mascara, so when I knew I was getting the bbrowbar Mascara in this month's box I was really happy. I'm struggling a little bit with it, as it is a bit clumpy, but I think we will become friends eventually. I'm a fan of a lot of mascara, but not lumps of it hiding between lashes. I'm not sure if it will get better or worse as it gets a bit drier - and I guess only time will tell. 
 
The only thing I was a bit disappointed with in this months box was the hair brush. Don't get me wrong, the Midi Wet Brush is actually quite good, but I would prefer something else. I don't mind tools such as makeup brushes in the subscription boxes, but a hair brush is one of those things that I only own one of, and I don't feel like I need another one. I'm happy to spend a little bit more money on a good hair brush, which is what I have done with the one I already have, and therefore this one will only be laying around. Also, I think the beauty of a subscription box is that you get to try products you wouldn't normally buy, but there is nothing too exciting about a hair brush. 
 
Overall, I'm very happy with the box and super excited to see what will come in my next box! I was cautious to get back in the beauty box wave again, I thought that maybe I remembered it to be better than it was, but now I'm hooked again. 
 
What beauty boxes do you subscribe to, and which ones would you like to subscribe to? Let me know and I will check them out! Also, if you subscribe to Birchbox - what did you get in your box this month and what do you think? 
 
*RRPs correspond to full size
 
 
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BIRTHDAY PRESENTS / LUSH

 
I've got loads of super sweet birthday presents over the last week, one of them being a Lush goodie bag (from Olivia - thanks so much, you are a babe!). These both smell absolutely amazing, which makes me thrilled! As anyone who suffers from sensitive skin knows, the few products which your skin tolerates doesn't always smell of roses. Most of the time, they smell like nothing at all. Now when my skin is better I can use these sorts of products again, the nice smelling ones I mean, and I appreciate them so much more now. My skin is still quite sensitive, compared to 'normal skin', which is why these are perfect for me. Lush products are normally very kind to the skin, and they are also completely vegan (so no nasty stuff y'all). Olivia is vegan, and I'm super intrigued by her lifestyle. I'm not sure I would be able to be vegan, for various reasons, but I do like the idea of it and I am making a consious effort to eating less meat, especially red meat. George is not too happy, being a meat lover and all, but we all got to do what we feel is the best for us (mentally and physically). If you do want to know more about being vegan, please visit Olivia's blog. It's brill. 
 
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