What's Inside December's Roccabox?

Monday, 16 December 2019

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I always find myself signing up to beauty subscription boxes as a little monthly treat to myself but there's a lot to choose from these days and some are definitely better than others. Roccabox is a luxe monthly beauty box that is filled with 5-7 beauty products each month and they offer a nice range of products in each box. Every month's box has a theme and they kindly sent over their December box* which is all about party-ready necessities to make sure you're looking and feeling your best at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020. Even if you're planning a quiet Christmas and New Year this year, like myself, most of the products in the box would make great additions to a nice self-care kind of pamper night.

First up inside the December box is a Steve Laurant Lip Gloss in "Peaches" or "Cafe" (full size) RRP £18.87*. I got the shade Cafe which is a gorgeous everyday kind of nude which you can't go wrong with really, can you? It's a comfortable lip gloss and not super sticky like some lip glosses I've received in subscription boxes before. It's definitely going straight into my makeup bag! (You can find a swatch at the end of this post).

There's also a Philip Kingsley Body Building Weightless Shampoo (60ml) RRP £7.80* which comes in a travel-friendly sized tube and is designed for fine, limp, flyaway hair, which basically describes my hair type to a T. I love a shampoo that adds volume and this definitely does that and I also like the fresh scent too. I haven't tried much from Philip Kingsley but I've never come across a product I don't get on with and this is another one to add to the list.

It also contains the Dr. Botanicals Pomegranate Superfood Regenerating Sleeping Mask (30ml) RRP £12* which I actually already own and love! I only use it when I think my skin needs some extra hydration or if I've used a product that's made my skin feel a bit tight. I don't use it overnight because I just don't like wearing a face mask to bed. But I tend to pop it on for a couple of hours (usually when I'm watching the soaps in the evening) and it makes your skin feel nice and hydrated as well as freshening up your complexion. 

The next product is something I'm really intrigued about and can't wait to try out for myself! It's the Bowe Organics Lash Oil (10ml) RRP £19.99* and if you read my blog often then you'll probably know that I'm currently using an eyelash serum to help my lashes grow, so I'd love to see if the Bowe Organics Lash Oil works in the same way as the serum I'm currently using. It does contain ingredients that are proven to stimulate hair growth so I shall keep you updated when I begin testing it out soon!  

You also get a gorgeous eyeshadow from Luna by Luna (full size) in the shade Celeste RRP £12.86* which basically screams Christmas, right? I don't wear eyeshadow that often but when I do, I tend to gravitate towards browns, golds, and coppers as I find that those shades make my blue eyes pop, so this warm golden-amber shade is right up my street! It really is stunning and it blends out really nice with no fallout too. A definite fave of mine in this month's box!

Lastly is the Yeti & The Fox Good Night, Great Day Capsules RRP £5.99* which are supposed to stop you from getting a hangover?! You get 3 capsules in the sachet (enough for one night) and you take two when you start drinking and then the final one when you go home before bed - it'd be a great idea to leave the last capsule by your bathroom sink so you remember to take it. What's the science behind the capsules? They boost your liver function (via the antioxidant S-Acetyl Glutathione) which helps to speed up the breakdown of alcohol and they also help to increase your energy levels too. I haven't tried the capsules yet but if they do work then it's great to know that they exist, right?!

I think that this month's Roccabox would definitely make a great little self-care treat to yourself or a loved one. The December box is valued at a whopping £77.50 but can be yours for just £10 + £3.95 postage - it's such a bargain! I really like that every box has a theme and the products inside remain a mystery until you open your box, I think it makes it more exciting. It's also good to know that you can cancel at any time if you aren't happy with the boxes or just trying to save yourself some money. 

If you are interested in joining Roccabox then you will be billed on the 1st of the month and then the boxes are sent before the 7th of the month via Royal Mail. So there's still time to get December's box if you're interested in trying out the products I've received! 

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Three Serums From Tropic Skincare

Saturday, 14 December 2019

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I would say I only started to use serums and oils on the regular this past year because I've always just shied away from them because of my awkward, oily, spot-prone skin. I'm still a little wary using them and I always check the ingredients beforehand just in case they contain something which makes my skin act up more. Tropic Skincare kindly sent over three of their serums for me to try and I've been trying them out separately to give them all a fair chance to ~hopefully~ impress me.

First up is the Rainforest Dew Hydration Serum RRP £42* which they describe as a soothing, lightweight serum with super-hydrating plant extracts. Containing hyaluronic acid, plant peptide, and evergreen fern extract, it sounds like the serum to have in your skincare cabinet if you have a drier skin type. Because my skin is oily I haven't used the serum every day because I just don't feel like my skin needs it. I seem to be fine just using a lightweight gel moisturiser such as the It Cosmetics Confidence in a Gel Lotion*. However, I've tried the Rainforest Dew Hydration Serum a few times and it definitely provides extra hydration and leaves your skin feeling super soft, once it's sunk in but I'm not sure if it's a serum I need in my life just because of my skin type but I'm still going to keep it in my skincare cabinet for any days my skin feels like it needs an added boost of hydration.

The Glow Berry Brightening Serum RRP £42* contains a powerful blend of super-brightening berries and highly effective plant extracts to banish hyperpigmentation to give you radiant and younger-looking skin. It Contains Vitamin C, super berries, and kangaroo paw flower extract. It's worth noting that on the back of Glow Berry it says if you use Glow Berry and Pure Lagoon together, it makes the ingredients ineffective, so you should leave 24 hours or more between using each product. I was expecting Glow Berry Brightening Serum to have a super fruity scent but it doesn't, which I'm kind of sad about because I love a fruity scented product! But in terms of how the product works, I do really like it. I can definitely see a difference after using the Glow Berry Brightening Serum as it just "lifts" my skin and leaves it looking glowy and refreshed. If you feel like your skin looks a bit dull, especially during the winter months, then I would 100% recommend this serum. I'm not sure about the pigmentation claims because I have freckles and I don't feel like they've changed a great amount, but I kind of feel like they go a bit dormant in the winter months anyway because of the lack of sun anyway.

Lastly is Tropic's Pure Lagoon Blemish Prevention Serum RRP £42* which has been designed for oily and blemish-prone complexions. It's enriched with prebiotics to give your skin's defenses a helping hand and nourishes from the inside out. It also contains blue spirulina which helps to calm and repair your skin and hyaluronic acid which is known for hydrating the skin. I was a little worried about the vibrant blue colour of this serum as I was worried it was basically going to make me look like a smurf but it didn't thankfully. Pure Lagoon is definitely the serum for me because of it being a blemish prevention serum and it also contains blue spirulina which seems to work really well with my skin. My skin has definitely been clearer whilst using this, it's not perfect but let's face it, whose skin is?! But I do feel like it's settled down a lot and I also haven't had one of those under the skin spots for a while whilst using Pure Lagoon (probs just jinxed that). If you also struggle with oily/blemish-prone skin and you feel like you're running out of options then I would say give this a try. It does sound pricey at £42 but I literally use 3-4 drops per day or every other day so a little really does go a long way with these serums.

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Ways I'm Planning On Revamping My Bedroom *

Thursday, 12 December 2019

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As I'm writing this, literally a few weeks before Christmas, I've stupidly decided to start decorating my bedroom. Yep, you read that right. I've been putting off decorating my bedroom for one reason or another for the past few months. But I just really want to get it done before Christmas and have it nice and refreshed before the New Year. However, I also want to change up some other things in my bedroom at the beginning of next year so in this post, I'm going to talk about what I want to change up and why.

The first thing that I want to change up a little is my gallery wall just because I fancy a bit of a switch up and I've also got some spare unused prints that I want to put to use.  I also use my gallery wall as a background for some of my photos here and there and I just feel like it's time for a change again.

I also want to change my flooring and have solid wood flooring as opposed to the laminate flooring that I've had down for a few years now. I think a more warm/orange toned floor will look really nice with my newly painted warm teal walls (once it's done!) and I think if I'm going to change the flooring, I might as might go all out and have real wood flooring this time around because I just think it looks so nice and I can also imagine it is great to use as a photo backdrop too.

This might sound a bit trivial but I really want to change the handles on my wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside table because right now they all have ugly, silver oblong handles and because I'm going for a mostly teal and gold theme I think the silver will look really out of place. But it's finding some new handles that will fit in with the theme, look nice and don't cost an arm and a leg.

I also want to pick up a new curtain rail and some new curtains for my room. I'm not sure what colour curtains to go for but I'm thinking either a plain deep purple, brown or gold.  

And lastly is to pick up some new decor bits including some new cushions which add some texture and break up the teal and gold theme a little, potentially a new full-length mirror and a new lamp because I currently have a touch lamp and it sometimes flicks through the settings on its own which really creeps me out haha. I've also already been buying new things for my bedroom revamp including new bedding to fit in with the new theme, candles, storage boxes and more. 

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New In From Lee Stafford!

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

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Lee Stafford are one of my go-to brands for hair products which work well, don't break the bank and smell bloody gorgeous. They kindly sent over some of the recent releases and I've been testing them all out over the past couple of weeks...

The Heat Protection Blow Dry Cream* is a lightweight cream that aims to protect and shield your hair from heat and breakage. So it sounds great for someone like me who literally has to use a hairdryer every time I wash my hair because if I leave it to air-dry, I will literally wake up with my hair resembling a bird's nest. You just pop it in the palm of your hands and then apply to towel-dried hair on the mid-lengths and ends. I've really been enjoying using this and I definitely think my hair looks less frizzy and feels smoother when I use it. I also love the smell of both of the products in this post. I don't even know what the scent is but it's so nice and it also stays in your hair too which I personally really like and think is an added bonus. I do use a lightweight heat protection spray from Maui Moisture in my roots for added heat protection when using this too.

The Lee Stafford Hair Growth Protein Cream RPR £7.99* aims to repair your hair from the inside out. The intensive nutrient-rich protein treatment helps to rebuild and repair damaged hair to make it healthier, longer and stronger. You apply it the same way as the Blow Dry Cream but only use a pea-size amount (remember less is more when it comes to hair treatments!). I don't feel like I've seen an increase in my hair growth (yet anyway) but I do think my hair feels a bit stronger and it doesn't break as easy as it used to and I think it's down to the Protein Cream which I've been using a couple times per week. It also smells lush, just like the Blow Dry Cream!

A paddle brush is definitely essential for day to day use as they are great to detangle and smooth your hair. The Lee Stafford Smooth & Polish Paddle Brush RRP £10.99* can be used on wet or dry hair has a soft cushion to ensure comfortable styling. I really like the Lee Stafford Paddle Brush because it's a lot bigger than my current everyday brush and it means it's easier and quicker to brush and style my hair, which is handy when I'm having a bad pain day with my back because even brushing my hair hurts me. It also means that it gives a smoother and straighter finish if you use it when drying your hair too. 

The Lee Stafford Blow Out Brush RRP £12.99* is for creating big, bouncy hair which is great for adding some volume to your roots as well as for styling your hair. It has a soft-touch grip and seamless capped design which prevents your hair from snagging when styling, which is such a pet hate of mine when it comes to hairbrushes! A couple days before receiving the Blow Out Brush I picked up a new roll brush from B&M to give my roots some lift and to style my fringe to the side and it was pretty much ripping my hair out every time I used it. It just shows how the design of any brush you buy really does matter in how they affect and style your hair. The Blow Out brush is a great brush to give your roots some volume, which I definitely need fyi! and I can just about get away with using it to style my fringe too.

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Trying Brown's 1000mg CBD Oil... Would I Recommend It?

Monday, 9 December 2019

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 I’m sure by now you’ll know that I use CBD products to help ease my chronic pain and anxiety. But I’m always up for trying out different brands and strengths and so on. I like to test out and review different brands on my blog as I do get a lot of DMs about using CBD and I want to point people in the right direction in terms of which I've found worked for me and which I found didn't work for me. I also like to let people know which have *that* earthy taste and which don’t and things like that. So I’ve recently been testing out Brown's CBD Hemp Oil in the 10%/1000mg strength* and I feel like I've tried it long enough now to give my overall thoughts.

The Brown's Golden CBD Oil priced at £39.99* is decarboxylated and filtered for optimum purity, CBD concentration and taste. It's a full-spectrum oil and contains 1000mg of CBD/CBDA, Organic Cold-Pressed Hemp Seed oil and a range of other supporting cannabinoids such as CBDV, CBG, CBC, THC (less than 0.2%) and more. The oil goes through an extra filtration process which gives it a smoother taste and a more golden colour than many other CBD oils. I personally didn't find the taste to be too strong and off-putting but I know some people are a little iffy about earthy tasting CBD oil. If you do find yourself with a CBD oil that has a strong taste then you can pop it in your tea/coffee to disguise the taste so that you don't waste the oil and so that you can still get the benefits from it.

The oil is also vegan certified, 100% natural, gluten-free, contains no additives and is also HPLC lab tested and at a pharmaceutical quality level. They recommend 1-10 drops 2-3 times per day and the bottle contains approximately 200 drops. I personally think you kind of just have to figure out what works for you in terms of dosage, as long as you're within the recommended dose. I guess it depends on your build and how your body takes the CBD too. I find I use less amount of drops when I use a stronger CBD oil such as a 10% one because it's obviously stronger. So I've personally found that 4-5 drops per day is enough for me for my daily chronic pain and also anxiety which is good. I tend to take it when I feel my pain is at its worst because then I can feel the difference when it's settling down which is always a nice feeling. I've also been a bag of nerves over the past couple weeks because I had a doctor's appointment booked that I'd been putting off since June and I was worried my doctor was going to switch up my medication again as well as some other things I was worried about. So when I was really stressing out a few days before my appointment, I found the CBD oil really helps to calm my mind and stopped me from overthinking which was obviously great.

Overall I would say that the Brown's CBD oil is a good one and I think it's priced well at £39.99 for a 1000mg in a 10ml bottle because when I first started using CBD I was buying a 500mg oil in a 10ml bottle for £40! The price also includes free UK delivery. So you're literally getting double for the price I was paying at the time. It's definitely the oil I'm going to be reaching for on my really bad pain/anxiety days because I do feel like it packs a punch and really helps to reduce my pain and also anxiety levels. It does have a bit of an earthy taste but it's definitely not as strong as some I've tried before. If you're interested in this oil or any other products they offer then check out their website. They also have a really helpful FAQs section if you want to find out more information.

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