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Library of Fragrance Perfume

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Library of Fragrance has a large range of perfumes that have been created out of different scents. The sense of smell is one of our strongest senses, and a simple waft of a smell can bring back many memories. I have my own favourite scents. Library of Fragrance is the name of the product developed in 1996 by Demeter Fragrance Library, Inc. They are based in New York City, and their goal is to document fragrances. These can then be made into perfumes. Dirt, Grass, Tomato, Play-doh, baby powder, and gin and tonic are some of their well-known scents. Currently, they sell over 300 fargrances, but only 101 of these are available in the UK.

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I wanted to see what the fuss was about, so I decided to order a selection of scents. A few of these are my favourite scents, and the others are experimental. I still have a couple that I have not used, but I have used up everything that you see in the photographs.

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Lilac: Lilac reminds me of spring (April in Ohio), and the beautiful scent perfumes the air. It reminds me of the two huge lilac trees that we had in our yard growing up, which always smelled so flowery and delicate. I would smell the pretty purple blossoms for more scent. The delicate floral scent in this little glass jar did it justice.

Snow: I am not really sure what snow smells like, so I decided to make the purchase. If I was asked what snow smells like, I would say "cold" and "crisp". The jar came with a very fresh smell, and it's a smell that actually made me sneeze each time I sprayed the bottle. So, yes, snow makes me sneeze. I suppose that it does because it is a crisp smell, and it would make my nose cold when I went outside in it. I also sneeze if it bright - snow-blindness. This did remind me of walking over snow banks in the middle of winter as a child. We had a lot of snow.

Pistachio ice cream: This one was a gamble. I love pistachio ice cream, and if it's made properly, it is my favourite flavour of ice cream. I'm not sure if the scent in the jar does smell like pistachio ice cream, but it does have a pistachio smell with salty or creamy notes added in. 

Fresh hay: I grew up on a farm, so this is a familiar scent for me in the early summer months. I love the smell of freshly-cut hay out drying in the hot sun. The smell has so much meaning, and this little glass jar packages it almost perfectly. The hay has been cut, but there's some underdones of fresh hay that is yet to dry in the mix. Hay is one of my favourite smells.

Fresh coconut: Fresh coconut was a gamble. I love the smell of coconut, but then I've never had a fresh coconut, so I am guessing that if I wanted a fresh coconut smell, then this is spot on. I think I was naive to think that this smell would be less "fresh" and more of a "creamy" and delicious scent. This one did not do anything for me, sadly.

Peach: As I grew up with fresh apples and peaches in the orchard, fresh peaches are the one fruit that I completey miss. They just are not the same when they are picked too green and expected to ripen in a building. They need the sun, and they are juicy and lovely. I enjoy them with a sprinkle of sugar. The scent is captured perfectly. It is one of my favourite smells.

Honeysuckle: Honeysuckle is one of my favourite smells. It brings me back to late June evenings when the hot and humid Ohio days cool off for the evening, allowing the honeysuckle to perfume the air along the country roads. Unfortunately, I found the perfume too strong for the subtle cooled-down June evenings, just before the dusk settles in.

Empties Early 2017

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This blog post is inspired by the "empties" reviews that I have seen on other blogs. I think this type of post is useful because it details the beauty, make-up, and skin-care items that have been finished up and if they qualify to be useful enough to re-purchase (or a purchase in the case of sample sizes). This post contains several items that I have finished recently (now that I have unpacked most of my beauty items) as well as items that I finished a few months ago. 

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Finishing some of these products is satisfying because many of them last forever. Go ahed and read on to see what I think about the products or if I would re-purchase them.

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Rituals Ta Chi shower gel: A little bit of this gel went a long way, and I actually took this away on travels with me. The soft gel foams up very quickly, and it has a calming smell. Would I buy it again? Yes, I would buy it again as I loved the product, but I have a lot of other shower and bath products to use up.

MONU spa Rosewood reviving mist: I used this product in the morning as a pick-me-up. The product did cool my face and make me feel more awake with its nice scent; it also seemed to calm my problem skin and felt extra-nice in the warm weather. I did not realise at the time, but it could be used to set make-up too. Would I buy it again? I currently am getting through a similar product, but I did enjoy using it. I'm just not sure that it's something I would integrate into my schedule long-term.

Malin+Goetz vitamin e face moisturiser: This moisturiser just sinks into the skin without feeling greasy or too heavy. Would I buy it again? No; I did not see or feel the long-term benefits.

Eslor firming collagen day cream: This day cream has a lovely scent, and the product is absorbed into the skin. Would I buy it again? If I was looking to buy a day cream, I would look at re-purchasing this.

Indemne Eau de Genie: This product is a facial cleaning product to remove make-up and to prepare your skin so that the next skin-care products are absorbed into the skin. Would I buy it again? No; I did not see or feel the benefits.

Essie pink nail polish: This bright pink nail polish was a sample size, and it did go on and dry fairly quickly, but it did not last long before it dried out. Would I buy it again? No. Even if I did not have a lot of nail polish, I would not have purchased this colour.

L'Oreal Mythic Oil hair masque: This nourishing hair masque made my hair feel soft and kept it untangled. I also really loved the scent of the product. Would I buy it again? Yes, because it is one of the better hair masques that I have used, but I need to use up what I have first.

Clarins gentle foaming cleanser: This product helps to clean skin and remove make-up. It lathers up quickly, so a little does go a long way. Would I buy it again? Yes; I've already purchased the full size.

Molton Brown purifying grapeseed anti-oxidant shower gel: This was one in a sample shower gel selection box that I purchased many years ago for my then-boyfriend, but we broke up, so I thought that it was time to use it up instead of hoarding it. The shower gel has a great scent that is perfect for men and women, and it's a very grown-up smell too. Would I buy it again? I love Molton Brown products, and it's a good scent, but I have so many other bath/shower products to use up.

ModelCo Power Lash: This mascara promises to enhance the lashes. It does make the lashes bold with minimal effort. Would I buy it again? No; I found that the product clumped too much and dried out quickly. Also, a lot of the product was wasted because too much came out on the wand and was too tight to go back into the container, leaving a lot of mess around the lid.

Soap & Co mineral peeling gel: This product promises to remove dead skin. It is applied, left to dry for a short time, and then the excess can be rubbed off. Would I buy it again? Absolutely not. I felt that this product has no benefits. It is just 'plastic' that is applied to the top layer of the skin that dries and then rubs off. It didn't feel like it penetrated the skin. I found it messy, and I felt that it did nothing for my skin.

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Bath & Body Works cucumber melon body wash: Cucumber Melon was one of the signature scents of Bath & Body Works. It was my favourite scent for years but was discontinued. The scent is fruity and inspiring scent, and I also used it in soaps and body sprays. Would I buy it again? Yes, but I would rather have it as a hand soap.

L'Oreal Colorista 1-day colour in pink: This temporary hair colour does create an instant and bright colour. It is designed to be sprayed on and washed out. Would I buy it again? No. It rubbed off too easily when my coloured hair touched my skin and clothes.

Beauty Protector 'Protect and Detangle' leave-in conditioner: This product conditions hair and sorts out tangles. My hair is prone to tangle, and this product painlessly resolved tangles and well as kept my fine hair free from frizz. I also loved the scent. Would I buy it again? Yes. I'm currently using a similar product too.

Whish bronze shimmer shine: This is a body cream that leaves skin feeling scented but also with a bronze glow. The product is so light that it absorbs into skin instantly, and it has a coconut milk scent. Would I buy it again? I'm mixed about this one. I loved the bronze glow, and I love the scented creams (I've previously tried lavender) that are in the Whish brand. I just was not keen on this scent.

Superdrug Colour Effects: This semi-permanent hair dye only takes five minutes to colour hair. Would I buy it again? Yes, and I have. This is one of my staple products because I have developed an allergy to a chemical used in most hair dyes (PPD). This is free from PPD, so it is one of the limited options that I have.

Soap & Glory Mist You Madly: This body mist has a professional musky scent. Would I buy it again? No, I found that the scent would wear off quickly.

Kueshi Foot Care Cream: This moisturising cream has tea tree oil, which gives the cream a slightly mint scent. Would I buy it again? No, I did not see the benefits of using this product.

Regenerate advanced tooth paste: This toothpaste promises to reverse enamel erosion, which is a little mis-leading. (Worn enamel cannot be healed, but what this product is doing is creating a barrier to work with the enamel to prevent further decay.) Would I buy it again? I am not sure about this one. I'd need to consult a dentist, but I have other toothpaste that does the same thing at a cheaper cost.

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The Body Shop aloe soothing day cream: The cream was absorbed into the skin without feeling greasy. Aloe Vera is one of the ingredients, and it is marketed at people with sensitive skin. Would I buy it again? Although there was nothing wrong with the product, I wouldn't purchase it.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil: This product promises to help clear blemishes and soothe problem skin. Would I buy it again? Yes, I have already purchased the full size product.

Organic Surge deep cleansing face mask: This facial mask helps to soothe and detox skin. Would I buy it again? Yes. The product left my face feeling firmer and cleaner, but there's another product (REN) that has the same benefits, and I also use one-use face masks. 

Garnier Pure Active 3 in 1: This product doubles as a facial cleanser, a scrub, and a facial mask to clean the skin and protect it from blemishes. Would I buy it again? The sample product was too small to really get a feel for the benefits, but it seemed like a good product.

CK One 'Summer' perfume: CK One's special fragrance 'Summer' comes out for the summer months only, and it was in my "want" list several years ago after I was talked out of buying it at the airport, and then it was discontinued for the winter. I was only able to purchase it in 2015, and it was the summery scent that I have been using in the warm months since. It has a fresh coconut/citrus scent. Would I buy it again? It's a nice scent, although it did not linger long, but I have a lot of other perfumes to get through first. I would need to see if a similar scent lasts longer in a different brand.

The Body Shop Calm Water (room & linen spray): This room spray could be sprayed for a fresh smell in a room or on linen. Would I buy it again? Yes, but this particular scent has been discontinued. I have already purchased other scents from 'The Body Shop'.

Lush Valentine's Day 2017 Range

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Everything is up in the air at the moment with renovation work, so I am living out of a small double bedroom with the cat (Merlin), and every tiny amount of 'free' space is taken up by a stack of boxes. It's not at all glamorous, and everything I own is now covered in a thick layer of dust. I am missing the chance to be able to buy special Valentine's Day food (I really wish seeing the advertisements would stop as I'd love to buy the Marks & Spencer's special offers, but I don't have a kitchen or any appliance to be able to cook right now, and I don't have any plates/cutlery to eat off of.) We found out that the water system had to be replaced. We were already changing the boiler to a new system, but we then discovered the previous occupants stupidly paved over the water stopcock, and it was broken. Further discovery revealed that tiny lead pipes were being used for the water mains, and this then needed to be taken up and new pipes put in. Goodbye, lead! 

The system was finally working on Friday, after six weeks of no heating and things in a half-finished state. I noticed the big difference straight away. There's actually water pressure. When I moved in here, there was next to no pressure with spurting water when you turned the taps on. It took at least ten minutes to fill the small bath to a comfortable height. Now, the water warms up very quickly; the pressure is so much that the shower doesn't need to be on full-blast, and the bath fills up in a couple of minutes! I can now actually have bubble bath again! The water pressure was so bad originally that bubbles wouldn't form.

This now brings me back to Valentine's Day. As food is out of the question, I decided to treat myself to a couple of bath bombs and new soap. I opted for the Lush Valentine's Day range at the Liverpool Street branch in the station at lunch. Unfortunately, they were out of a few items. Read below to see what I bought.

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Fizzbanger: This is the only product not in the Valentine's Day range that I purchased. It has a trong and fresh lemon scent and smells a little of apple. It changes colour when it fizzes about in the bath.

Kiss me quick: This lemon-scented card is great for travel as it lathers up into a soap.

Love you, Love you Lots soap: This is a floral-scented soap that smells like roses and is beautifully decorated with hearts and LOVE.

Two hearts beating as one: This is a pair of heart-shaped entwined bath melts. Cocoa butter, ylang ylang and rose are used.

Lover lamp: This bath bomb is cute with its red hearts. It has a more 'adult' smell and smells like vanilla and orange oil. I thought it had a slightly spicy smell.

Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 2016

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The Liberty department store's beauty advent calendar is one of the best value-for-money beauty advent calendars available. I purchased one this year, and instead of waiting until December to open the windows, I decided to be a little unconventional and open them throughout the month of November. December is always a busy month, and this year has not been the kindest, so I needed a little pick-me-up! Also, Thanksgiving is on November 24 this year, so it can be a countdown to the holidays. So, if you don't want to spoil the surprise, do NOT read on.

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As in previous years, the advent calendar comes in a large box with small numbered drawers that can be opened to reveal the day's gift. Read below to see what I received on each day.

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Day 1: Aveda hand relief moisturiser: Peppermint and rosemary help to wake the senses and heal tired hands. Aveda's products use a blend of natural plant ingredients in their beauty products. The cold, dry weather at this time of the year dries out my skin, so moisturiser is always a bonus.

Day 2: Aurelia refine and polish miracle balm: This balm brings life back to dull skin and also helps to keep it looking fresh and moisturised. It is moisturised into the skin with a little bit of water and then left for a few minutes before cleaning off. The brand Aurelia use bio-organic ingredients to prevent anti-aging products.

Day 3: Bobbi Brown pot rouge in 'Powder Pink': This full-sized blusher is a dark pink-salmon colour that would work with most skin tones. It is an award-winning product that can be applied on the go and comes in a case with a mirror.

Day 4: Kiehl's Amino Acid Shampoo: New York brand Kiehl's is a popular skincare brand. Their shampoo has a light coconut smell and uses ingredients to protect hair while cleaning it. This product felt like it cleaned my hair without being too aggressive.

Day 5: JINsoon nail polish in 'Coquette': Jin Soon Choi has gained much popularity with nail products, and these polishes are free from harsh chemicals. The colour received is a safe bright red colour that has been named 'Coquette'. It dries quickly and wears well.

Day 6: Laura Mercier hydrating primer: This primer is used as a base before foundation is applied and helps to create an even foundation coverage. This product is a well-loved one, and Laura Mercier is a brand that focuses on skincare. 

Day 7: C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve balm: This rose-scented balm comes in a tube that is easy to apply to lips, elbows, hands, or anywhere else where skin is dry. The product has a rose fragrance. C.O. Bigelow is a New York-based company that use herbal healing products.

Day 8: Malin+Goetz Vitamin E face moisturiser: This facial moisturiser is a popular product in skincare, and it's one I've used before. It nourishes skin without leaving a residue.

Day 9: Davines Oi All in One Milk: This product is designed to be applied to hair after it has been towel-dried. It helps to moisturise and add shine. Davines is a cult New York brand that use natural ingredients.

Day 10: Marvis toothpaste (in mint and liquorish flavours): I received two small tubes of toothpaste in different flavours. The toothpaste has a refreshing smell and is not too hard on teeth.

Day 11: Byredo Bal d-Afrique hand cream: Byredo create fragrances and skincare products. This hand cream is lightly fragranced and moisturises skin. It's another hand cream product in time for the drier winter months.

Day 12: NARS Mini Laguna Bronzer: The advent calendars came with this bronzer or a lip gloss. I don't often use bronzers, but this appears to be a standard one. NARS is a make-up company that pride themselves in using bright and wearable colours.

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Day 13: Blink Brow Night Balm: This product helps condition the brow and protect it during the day.

Day 14: Eve Lom Cleanser and Cloth: This cleanser for skin also acts like a make-up remover and leaves skin feeling soft. It comes with a cloth that can be rinsed with warm water and left on the face to open up pores. 

Day 15: ODeJo perfume: I received a generous bottle of this fragrance, which was inspired by stylist Jo Levin. The perfume is considered a cult classic and marketed as a summer scent. I actually dislike the scent as it reminds me of a certain summer insect that has a bad smell when I was growing up in the country. Every time I smell the perfume, it smells bad to me.

Day 16: Trish McEvoy Lip Colour in Pink Nude: This full-sized lip stick is a very wearable colour and has a nice consistency. I also found the colour to last.

Day 17: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant: I've previously tried this product. It comes in a powder form, and mixed with a little bit of water, it becomes a nice paste that can be applied to the skin to take off the dirt and exfoliate the skin. My skin felt cleaner after use.

Day 18: Votary Facial Oil: This product is made from seed extract to help nourish skin, and it has anti-aging properties. It is fragrance-free and suits all skin types.

Day 19: Skin Laundry Gentle Foaming Face Wash: This facial wash is suitable for problem skin and is a gentle cleanser. The company are known for working with problem skin and creating products for it.

Day 20: Kai Body Lotion: I've previously used this body lotion. It is also lightly-fragranced and a cult favourite. I'm generally not too keen on body lotions, however.

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Day 21: Dr Sebegh Serum Repair: This is a product that I have used before, and it's an award-winning product that helps to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Day 22: Surratt Blush: This is another cult beauty product in the form of a blusher. It is a wearable colour, and I can always do with more blusher. The brand pride themselves in creating bold but wearable colours.

Day 23: ESPA Overnight Hydration Therapy: This mask helps maintain a hydrated, youthful appearance and conditions the skin. This brand are known for skin-care and anti-aging products.

Day 24: Le Labo Santal 33 perfume: There were two choices of perfume, and I received the Santal 33, which reminds me of pine trees and is a scent for Christmas. The scent is also long-lasting, and I found wearing it enjoyable.

Day 25: Diptyque Mini Candle: I've previously received this brand's candles, which leave the room with a light fragrance. I also like the design of the branding and its simplicity. The scent is fig (figuier).

Lush Holiday 2016

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I recently paid Lush a visit to see their holiday (Halloween, Bonfire Night, autumn, and Christmas) offerings, and it looks as though they have pulled out all the stops this year and brought back some original favourites, new products, and well-loved favourites with a twist. I will be covering their Halloween/autumn/Bonfire Night products and then taking a look at their Christmas products. 

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For Halloween/autumn/Bonfire Night, we had a mixture of old favourites and new products. 

Autumn Leaf: This is a new product. This bath bomb is shaped like a leaf and coloured green, orange and yellow. The scent is grass-like and fresh and a beautiful colour is created with spirals of colour when placed in the bath. I bought one of these as I really loved the fresh scent. 

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Fireside soap: This is a new product this year, and I loved the spicy scent of it so much that I had to buy a small bar. The soap has the appearance of a single flame - layered with red, orange and yellow. Clove and vanilla are the primary fragrances.

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Lord of Misrule: This bath bomb made an appearance last year and has a spicy and herbal smell. When it is placed in the water, the popping candy crackles and it turns the water a green-pink colour. 

Goth Fairy shimmer bar: This soothing melt adds a slight shimmer to skin. 

Monster's Ball: I think this was a new product for this year's Halloween collection. This bath bomb is made using a blend of lime and neroli oil as well as other scents. The bath bomb looks like a little monster with tiny pointed ears and a single 'eye'. It creates a bath of pink and blue colours.

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Magic Wand soap: This is a new product this year, and I thought that the soap had a slightly minty scent.

Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar: The sparkly orange pumpkin bubble bar is back. I covered this last year.

Pumpkin bath bomb: This year, Lush have released a bath bomb shaped like a pumpkin (jack o' lantern). The pumpkin has a slight spicy smell with pumpkin scent. I had to buy one because I love pumpkin.

Boo Bath melt: This bath melt is a new product this year. These cute little meringue-like ghosts help sooth skin and smell beautiful - sweet but with a slightly spicy/crisp autumn scent.

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Now, I'll cover the Christmas range.

The Father Christmas bath bomb, Golden Wonder bath bomb, Christmas penguin bubble bar, Baked Alaska soap, Luxury Lux Pud bath bomb, and the Magic of Christmas bubble bar stick were some items in the shop that I recognised from previous years. I will be covering mainly new items or items that I had not noticed before.

Santa's Postbox soap: This soap is shaped like a postbox. It has a refreshing and pleasant scent, and I had to buy a bar of it. 

Shooting Stars soap: This new soap has a refreshing lemon scent. 

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Snowcastle soap: This year, my favourite Snow Cake soap scent has been transformed into a snow castle. I was told by the shop assistant that Snow Cake has been improved. It smells the same with the almond scent, but it makes skin feel cleaner and softer.

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So White bath bomb: This is my favourite bath bomb scent, and this year has been updated to have a stronger crisp apple scent, and it also has a small green leaf design added to it.

Shoot for the Stars bath bomb: This bath bomb is blue with shimmery gold stars. The bath bomb has a citrus scent.

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Snowie Bath Bomb: This David Bowie-inspired bath bomb has a citrus fragrance. The white bar has the iconic red and blue bolt on it.

Mistletoe bath bomb: This is a new product, and I loved the colour and design of the bath bomb, but the scent really put me off for some reason. It is meant to have a floral scent, but I could not really detect that. 

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Igloo soap: Igloo soap is multiple bars of brightly-coloured and frosted soaps that have been arranged in the shape of an igloo (as snow bricks). The bars actually remind me of Turkish Delight candies or hard candies with the powdered sugar coating. The soap smells like lemon.

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Santasaurus bubble bar: This new product is a bubble bar is shaped like a dinosaur with a Santa hat.

Reindeer soap bars: Last year's Christmas soap was reindeer soap. This year, the rainbow soap is being sold in bar form. The bars remind me of river rocks with primitive etched reindeer designs on them.

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Do you have any favourites this year in Lush's autumn and Christmas range? I have bought a few, and I am hoping that the new Snowcastle lives up to Snow Cake.

'Lip Love' by So Susan is a monthly beauty subscription bag. The subscription contains four make-up items and comes in a useful make-up bag. The theme for September is 'I love autumn', and the front of the bag has an illustration of cats and a quotation from Albert Camus: "Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower." The products that I received are listed below.

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Mesmer-Eyes waterproof liquid eyeliner: This long-lasting liquid eyeliner promises to survive rainy and sweltering days. I don't currently own a product like this, so it's a welcome addition to my make-up stash.

Lip butter by Jelly Pong Pong in 'Hot Air Balloons': This pale shade of lipstick comes in a cute pink tube that is decorated with hot air balloons. I have recently received a couple of similar shades, and unfortunately it looks too pale on me.

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Cheek Rethink blush duo by So Susan: This blush contains shea butter and leaves a subtle glow which also promises to give a glow that lasts most of the day.

Sweet Strobe by Trifle Cosmetics: This illuminator helps to define and illuminate areas where its used.

What did you think of this month's beauty subscription bag by So Susan? I liked the products but was not keen on the lipstick. This should also be my last bag in the subscription now. I have a lot of lipstick, blushes, and eye shadows to get through, so I will be focusing on using them up.

'Lip Love' is a monthly beauty subscription bag from environmentally-conscious brand 'So Susan'. The subscription contains four make-up items and comes in a pouch. August's theme is 'I love my friends', and the front of the bag has a quotation from Charles A. Swindoll: "I cannot even imagine where I would be today if it were not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy." The products that I received are listed below.

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Fan Brush by So Susan Cosmetics: The fan brush is good for applying a small amount of bronzer to the face to give it an all-over glow.

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Praline Palette by Trifle Cosmetics: I love the colours in this eyeshadow palette. They look natural and offer a range of shimmery colours as well as standard ones. I've loved the ones that I've received in previous bags as well as they are so easy to wear and have cute packaging. This one's packaging was ice cream-themed. 

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Lip Butter by Jelly Pong Pong: This bright pink-purple shade of lipstick is not that bright when applied, although it can be layered to appear brighter in colour. The lipstick formula itself makes lips feel moisturised. I love the seashell design; the package design reminds me of similar products from Trifle Cosmetics, who also supply to So Susan subscription bags.

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Lip Sorbet by Trifle Cosmetics: I needed another lip exfoliation balm, so I was happy to receive this bright red one. It leaves a reddish tint to lips after use and has a sweet smell.

I believe that I've got one more of these subscription bags coming to me. Do you subscribe to So Susan?

'Lip Love' is a monthly beauty subscription bag from environmentally-conscious brand 'So Susan'. The subscription contains four or five items. July's came with four items with the theme 'I love summer days', and the front of the bag has a quotation from Henry James: "Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." The products that I received are listed below. 

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Creamsicle in 'Acerola' by Trifle Cosmetics: This is a bright purple-red shade of lip and cheek stain. The stain can be layered to achieve a brighter colour. I've previously tried another colour in the Creamsicle range.

Neopolitan Palette by Jelly Pong Pong: This brand's packaging is very cute, and I love the shades in this eye shadow palette (pictured below) that range from gold to bronze-brown to dark brown. All three shades are very easy to wear and can be combined to highlight the eyes.

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Moisturizing Foundation by So Susan: This sun-protecting foundation is a bold move to include in a make-up subscription bag, particularly as there's no questions about skin tone when you subscribe. Luckily, the colour goes on thinly, so it's not too noticable as it isn't the correct shade for my pale skin. I use this as a base and then add my normal foundation on top.

Blush&Glow in 'Rose Rust' by So Susan: This salmon-coloured powder adds a little bit of blush to give cheeks and skin a subtle glow.

This month's bag was a little bit of hit and miss for me. What did you think? 

I went to Birmingham a couple of weeks ago and came across the build-your-own Birchbox beauty subscription box in Selfridges. I saw a few products that I have not tried before but that I was interested in trying, so I decided to purchase a box. The box is a little more expensive than the subscription cost per month, but you can choose your own products. We could choose two make-up items, a skincare item, a body care item, a haircare item, and a beauty treat. See what I got by reading below.

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Lord & Berry Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in 'Black': This eye pencil is easy to apply. I've previously received this product and enjoyed using it; as I had tried all but one of the other make-up items, I opted for this.

Laura Mercier lip gloss in 'Nectar': This is a peach-coloured gloss.

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Philip B. light-weight deep conditioning rinse: This product promises to nourish hair by sealing split ends and adding shine. The sample received was large enough for two rinses for my hair, and it made my hair feel soft and I enjoyed the fragrance.

Eve Lom Kiss Mix: This lip balm promises to hydrate as well as plump lips so that they appear fuller. When applied, the product leaves lips feeling tingly. I do not have a similar balm that offers this, so it is a good find.

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Rituals T'ai Chi foaming shower gel: I enjoy the products created by this company and enjoy some of the fragrances on offer. This fragrant shower gel goes a long way and made my skin feel softer.

When Glamour Base Travelmate sheet mask: This sheet mask promises to add nutrients to the skin. I've tried other sheet masks, and I prefer masks that do not include the sheet. I find them too fiddly, and they never lay well on my face. My skin did not feel any different after having used this product, which isn't the way with other masks.  

UK 2016 Birchbox Reviews: June

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Birchbox is a beauty and skin-care subscription box that arrives each month. This month, the theme is "Paradise Found" and features boxes designed with pineapple or palm trees to get us in the mood for summer. I received four sample-sized products and one full-size product in the box this month. Unfortunately, I've tried three of the five products already.

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James Reed overnight tan sleep mask: This is a mask to put on your face before bed to allow you to wake up with a tan. I've previously used this product but I am not a fan because it is too dark for my skin tone and always leaves my skin looking blotchy. I have to wash it down in the morning. The tan does not get on the sheets, but I never wake up with an even tone. It claims to work with every skin tone, but it does not suit me.

Percy & Reed Firm Session Hold Hairspray: This is a strong hold hairspray that is humidity-resistant. I've tried this product before and tend to get on well with this brand. 

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Whish Coconut Milk CC Body Cream: This product promises to nourish and bronze skin. I've used Whish body lotion before and really enjoyed the lavender hand and body cream that I received in a past box. I was not keen on the scent, but I liked the results of using this product as it left my skin shimmery.

Jelly Pong Pong Paradise Pigments in 'Cake Pop': The full product this month is a lip and cheek pigment pot. All subscribers received one in a bright pink-red shade (pictured below) or a pink-purple shade. The pigment is very bright, but it is subtle when applied. I love the brand's packaging.

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Benefit Cosmetics Air Patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer: This product acts as a primer and a BB cream in one formula to protect against the sun and pollution. This is a useful product and I noticed that it tended to keep my eyeshadow on for longer.

What is my verdict this month? I thought that we were able to try some good products, but I've previously tried some of these already. I felt that there was a good mix of the type of products this month.

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