For The Dreamers..|Birchbox

IMG_2733.jpgBack at it again with the Birchbox! This is gonna be my last Birchbox post for now though.. I decided it was time to take a break and cancel my subscription. Even though I LOVE Birchbox, I felt I was getting a lot of the same types of products and it just wasn’t wowing me as much as it used to.. Anyway, things ended on a good note as I did get a lovely little selection in my box this month:

1. Spectrum Collections ‘Unicorn Tears Wonder Sponge’, £4.99IMG_2726.jpgI already have one of these wonder sponges from Spectrum Collections, but I was happy to see that I would be getting an extra from Birchbox. I’ve tried Real Techniques and Lottie London beauty sponges, and so far the Spectrum Collections is my favourite. It is the perfect combination of firm but bouncy, which makes it easy to apply and blend makeup.

2. theBalm Cosmetics Staniac in ‘Beauty Queen’, £10IMG_2728.jpgI am a big fan of multi-purpose products like this! Not only is it a lipgloss but it’s a cheek stain too. It leaves a really nice glossy colour for both purposes and would be so good as a travel product because it means you only need to take one product for lips and cheeks. I was previously disappointed with theBalm Cometics eyeshadow/blush I got in one of my Birchboxes, but I actually really like this product!

3. Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner, £11.50IMG_2729.jpgI always seem to get shampoo and conditioner combinations in my Birchboxes – even my friend mentioned how often I get them! Not complaining though because I’ve been a fan of each one I’ve received – this one including. Both products smell great and leave my hair nice and soft with a lovely shine. How I can tell if a shampoo is good is by the amount it lathers up – and this one passes the test!

4. Vasanti ‘Brighten Up!’ Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator, £26IMG_2730.jpgUsually I really like trying face scrubs.. But since discovering the St.Ives Apricot face scrub nothing quite compares. Unfortunately, this product is no exception. It is a lovely, gentle scrub that seems to nicely cleanse the face, but it just doesn’t compare to St. Ives!

5. Rituals Tao|Wai Wang Mild Exfoliating Body Scrub, £19.50IMG_2731.jpgThis product.. Is my new favourite body product. I really liked the Rituals body foam I got in my first ever Birchbox, so I was excited to receive this – I was not disappointed. For a sample product it is a really good size! It’s not full sized but I know I’ll get a lot out of it.

6. Vita Coco Coconut Oil, £9.99IMG_2732.jpgThis was a little extra I got this month! I haven’t actually used it yet, but I think I’m going to use it as a hair mask.. I’ve seen a lot of people recommend using it for your hair, so I’ll let you know how it goes!

So, for now, this is the last Birchbox post you’ll see from me! But I have a lot of other posts planned.. I’ll try not to be gone too long again!

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The Spectrum Collections Edit

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This post is dedicated to my collection of Spectrum brushes and accessories. Since discovering this brand, I have really come to love them. They are definitely my main source for beauty tools as their products are amazing quality at such affordable prices – and BONUS, they are vegan friendly and cruelty free which is so good to see!

The Glam Clam

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The first Spectrum purchase I made was last year when the Glam Clam was first released. What is so eye catching about these brushes is the beautiful colours that they come in. All of Spectrum’s brushes are fit for any mermaids and unicorns. This set of 10 cost £59.99 (including the cute clam case) which to me was a bargain. My favourite brushes out of this set are the flat top buffer, the large domed powder and the angled brow. I love and use all of the brushes, but these are the once I use daily. I actually used my flat top buffer and large domed powder so much that the handles came loose – I blame all that blending haha. Spectrum were kind enough to send me replacements (hence the fresh clean brushes standing out). This is just another reason I love Spectrum – their customer service is the best.

Tulip Powder & Tulip Eye Contour

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My second lot of brushes were actually thanks to Birchbox! I received the tulip powder brush in my February box, and then purchased the tulip eye contour brush with my points. I was so excited to see Spectrum collaborating with Birchbox because it meant I could get extra goodies. I really love the tulip powder brush for applying bronzer and for highlighting my cheekbones as it applies the perfect amount of product. The tulip eye contour brush does as it says. I really love it for applying shadow to my crease for a more natural look. On the Spectrum website the tulip powder is £8.99, and the tulip eye contour brush is currently in the sale for £3.99 (instead of £5.99).

Marbleous 8 Piece Eye Set

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Before the release of this set, I had had my mind set on purchasing the Zoeva En Taupe eye set as I was keen to have a full brush set so I can start experimenting with new eye looks. However, as soon as I saw Spectrum’s tweet about releasing their Marbleous Collection, I quickly changed my mind. These launched on March 24th (which was also my payday – fate, right?) alongside a 4 piece contour set which is equally as gorgeous, but I already have similar brushes! I haven’t yet used this set as I’m waiting until I can sit down and take my time to create an eye look that is worthy of their use. I can tell you that they are extremely soft which is exactly what you need when it comes to your eyes. And I already know that they will be fabulous, because, well, all Spectrum brushes are!

Brush Clam & Lilac Blending Sponge

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Finally, we have come to my most recent purchase! A small, yet essential, addition to my makeup tools. There are other versions of these products available from Spectrum Collections and other brands; but in all honesty, I picked these two because they also match my Glam Clam. However, I have been looking and brush cleaning mats etc. for a while now. And I was in need of a new beauty blender. And not that I hadn’t already justified this purchase, but the Spectrum team kindly gave me a 10% off code to use on this order! The brush clam is the perfect size for even my biggest brushes, and helps to give them a deep cleanse that isn’t attainable just using your hands! It also helps prevent water going too far up the bristles which can loosen the glue and ruin your best brushes. The blending sponge is pretty self-explanatory – it’s a sponge and it blends. I just love that it matches my set! The brush clam was £8.99, and the blending sponge is in the sale for £2.99 (instead of £4.99).

I hope you enjoyed seeing my favourite collection of makeup tools! I really enjoyed writing this post as I am really passionate about the brand! So, if you’d like to see a more in depth review of the brushes/sets, let me know and I’ll dedicate a post to each set which will go more in depth!

Head over to spectrumcollections.com to learn more about them and to see the rest of the accessories, brushes and sets they have available 🙂