The Pip Box First Impressions

*PR Samples –  I was sent these products for PR purposes in exchange for a review. This post was not sponsored and all opinions are honest and my own. Thank you to The Pip Box for collaborating with me!

A while ago I mused (I love that word) on Twitter about needing some more inspiration for blog content. A friend then tweeted back saying that I should try a beauty box subscription. I’d never tried one before but was intrigued by the prospected of purchasing beauty items that were pre-chosen for me and delivered to my house.

There are a lot of great boxes our there and I had some recommendations but since I’m going cruelty- free with my make up, I wanted to see if there were any beauty boxes out there who catered towards that. So, (longer ago than I would care to admit) I reached out to The Pip Box, a cruelty-free beauty subscription box. I asked them if they would be interested in collaborating with me and to my surprise, they said yes and sent me one of their spare May boxes.

I’m going to show you the products that came in this box, but in this post I also want to talk about whether or not I feel if a beauty box is worth it.

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The Perfect Summer Foundation

The Perfect Summer Foundation

Happy Friday! It’s been a while since I’ve posted some decent content on THJ. I’ve been thinking of ways to kickstart things up again and I’ve decided that I really want to bring more beauty posts to my blog. I enjoy reading recommendations on other people’s blogs and trying out new products. This is how I’ve discovered some of my beauty favourites!

And as some of you know, I’m converting to cruelty-free make up because I think it’s completely unacceptable to test cosmetics on animals and I want to support the more ethical brands. This means I’m up for trying new brands and products all the time!

So I want to start sharing some of my recommendations with you.

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Style Freedom Hair Products First Impressions

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Style Freedom Hair Products First Impressions

Hello, everyone. It’s Monday!

Anyone else got a four day week thanks to the Easter weekend? I am beyond grateful that I’m in a job that means I have the national holidays off to spend time with my friends and family. And hasn’t the weather recently been lush? Apparently, it’s going to get colder so we’ve made the most of it. I even got burnt this past weekend.

A few weeks ago, I received a very exciting email.

I was lucky enough to be asked if I wanted to be on the Superdrug Beauty press list! Of course, I said yes! I absolutely love Superdrug as they stock a really wide range of cruelty-free products and I’m obsessed with beauty products. This was such an exciting opportunity and it was the first time a PR company has reached out to me. The reason they emailed me was because I posted on Instagram about their skincare brand that I recently tried. It’s SO cool that my hard work with taking good quality photos and writing content has paid off! I feel like I’ve finally made it as a blogger and I am so grateful.

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My Skincare Routine | March 2017

This post was not sponsored. I bought all of these products with my own money and all reviews are my own!

I have always been blessed with good skin. While I have several other insecurities about my body, fortunately, my skin isn’t one of them. Over the years, I’ve had people telling me that I have such lovely, clear skin and I really don’t need to wear make up. Thank you for your compliment, and I whole heartedly mean that; I both agree and disagree.

While I am thankful that I have good skin, because I appreciate that not everyone does, there are some things I don’t like about it. Having good skin isn’t just about having little or no spots. There are other factors too which I feel are often overlooked by others.

Having said that, wearing make up more on a daily basis has started to affect my skin. More oils have appeared around my nose and forehead and wearing products will sometimes cause me to break out. This is why having a good skincare routine is more important than ever.

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I’m Supporting These Cruelty-Free Make Up Brands In 2017

I made a vow last year to be more intentional and so I’ve started to be more intentional with my purchases. Last October, I shared why I’m changing my make up buying habits and why you should try cruelty-free too and now I’m going to be sharing some of my favourite brands and tell you why I’m supporting them this year.

I'm Supporting These Cruelty Free Brands in 2017

I have recently become so obsessed with learning how to do my own make up, especially as I’m doing my own (and probably my bridesmaids’) for my wedding next year. For someone who up until the middle of last year wore nothing but mascara, I have certainly come a long way. I’m really looking forward to discovering lots of cruelty-free brands this year, but I’ve put together a list of six of my favourites right now for you.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Try Cruelty-Free


Disclaimer: I received no compensation for writing this post. I bought all the products mentioned with my own money and all reviews are my own.

Hi friends!

It’s been a while since I wrote a real blog post, hasn’t it?

Since I’m getting married in less than two years and I really want to save money where I can, I have decided to learn how to do my own make up. That’s quite scary considering make up has never really been my thing. But since delving into the world of cosmetics, I have been so intrigued by different products and now I can’t get enough. In fact, October is a no spend month for me because I now cannot stop buying it! However, I was recently challenged on wearing make up from brands that test on animals, since I work with them every day. It’s a no brainer really when you think about it, so I decided to throw out or use up everything that I own that is not cruelty-free and start again.

Back in January, I decided to be more intentional and so this year I’ve been making more conscious choices and really evaluating that way that I live and come across. I have loved the swap so far and it’s really changed the way that I view make up. Today I’m going to share with you four reasons why I think you should try cruelty-free make up products.

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