Instagram Life #4

Instagram Life #4

1. Las Vegas Sign 2. Lux 3. Sakura ballistic 4. Dan being tolerant 5. Birchbox UK April 2014 6. Stupid car selfie 7. Rainbow eyeshadow 8. Nikon household 9. Blackcurrant pie

Some of the #fmsphotoaday prompts last week were really nice, letting me grab a Blythe or some toys or a photo from the last time we were in Las Vegas… any excuse really at this point, given there’s now under sixty days until we fly. I know it seems like it’s all I bang on about at the moment, but it’s really exciting!

Bit sad that there aren’t any photos on Instagram from my lovely day back in South Yorkshire with a good friend of mine from college. Well, the car selfie and my rainbow eyeshadow are from then, but no other pics from that day. We’ve both been really rubbish at staying in touch since, well, I guess when we went our separate ways and went to university, but meeting up with her feels like no time has passed whatsoever. She’s such a warm person, and it’s so nice to see her happy and doing well. On a side note, when did my conversations with friends start to revolve around mortgages, weddings, and careers? Are we like, old now?

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Birchbox UK – April 2014

Where has this last month gone? I was so surprised to get my Birchbox UK shipping email last night, then I realised we’re actually 1/3 of the way into April already! And on a “oh God this year is disappearing” note, I can’t believe I’m getting married in just over 60 days? Eeek! That’s coming around really fast, but there’s not a lot left to do. Relatively stress free, for now anyway.

The theme for this month’s box is Good Enough To Eat, so all the samples have some kind of edible, delicious quality to them. Sidenote, please don’t attempt to eat the samples (with the exception of the popcorn, duh), no matter how delicious they sound or smell. Without further ado, here’s a little peek at what I got in my Birchbox this month.

Birchbox UK April 2014 Review

Laura Mercier Body Butter in Crème Brûlée. This smells amazing. Seriously. It’s got a hint of the vanilla cupcake Yankee Candles I’m addicted to, and has the most luxurious texture. Very happy with this one!

Yin Yang Skin Cleanser is a natural cleanser full of sensible (and recognisable!) ingredients such as coconut oil, orange, apple cider vinegar, and witch hazel. Not super exciting, but always useful.

RMK Make Up Base Can I just say, weirdest packaging to photograph, ever. There’s pale text on a pale background (the product itself), so… I don’t know. Apparently it will smooth and hydrate the skin and make foundation last. It smells pretty inoffensive and the texture is silky, but I’m still using the Dr. Brandt pore refiner sample from last month under my foundation (which is ace, by the way). Will definitely have a play with this though and see what it actually does.

Color Club Gala’s Gems Nail Polish in Heirloom Pearl. So this month we had the chance to choose the colour of nail polish we wanted to get in our box. I went for Heirloom Pearl, and the Birchbox deities listened! Like the name suggests, it’s a gorgeous creamy pearl white colour. Looking forward to giving this one a go.

The Balm Cosmetics – How ‘Bout Them Apples Cheek & Lip Cream in Pie. I’m a sucker for cutesy vintagey pin-uppy packaging at the best of times, so I’m well impressed with this. The inside of the cardboard/magnetic flip sleeve has topless cowboys to admire, and the shade is a warm reddish pink. More likely to be used on my lips than my cheeks, but you never know.

Finally the lifestyle extra this month is a bag of Propercorn in Sweet Coconut & Vanilla. Not a huge fan of coconut, so might end up feeding this to Dan when he comes home from work.

Overall I’m really happy with this box – it’s possibly the best one I’ve had to date. As ever, if you’re thinking about subscribing you can do it via this link and we’ll both get £5 of points to spend in their shop.

Did you get a Birchbox UK this month? What did you get?

Instagram Life #3

Instagram Life #3

1. Corn Exchange Leeds 2. Twisted Burger Company 3. Purple fringe 4. Soap & Glory Hand Dream 5. New bag, rainbow zip 6. Floor shapes 7. Nails 8. Dan’s Cyberoptix Tie Lab ties 9. Pie & chips

Gah, last week was super busy – I felt like I barely had time to breathe! My ethics sign off happened so PhD life went a bit crazy as recruitment has now started for my focus group study… I chased off down to Milton Keynes on Thursday for more psychology related business, and I started the Fat Mum Slim photo a day challenge on Instagram (#fmsphotoaday) in a bid to keep myself sane.

BlytheCon UK stuff is getting busier, which is awesome. The vendors have been announced, and there are loads of sneaky behind the scenes plans going on which means BlytheCon Brighton is going to be one of most fabulous BlytheCon UK’s to date. I’m dead excited!

Right. Little happy Internet break is over now… back to writing that conference paper and herding participants. I’ll never have a quiet life, will I?

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