Are Sub Boxes Worthwhile?

I’m sure that we’ve all heard a lot about subscription boxes, whether good or bad, we all know what they are, and it seems like everyone has at least tried one out at some point. Unfortunately, recently all of the reviews I’ve seen surrounding sub boxes have been negative, as the receiver seems to be disappointed with the products included.

I managed to get May’s Birchbox to review, but today I’m also going to be weighing up whether or not I feel that subscription boxes are worthwhile.IMG_7760

May Birchbox

Products Included:

Spectrum Collection’s Unicorn Tears Wonder Sponge RRP £4.99

theBalm cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen RRP £10

Philip Kingsley PK Prep Polishing Balm RRP £18.50

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet RRP £23

Rituals Tao Wai Wang Mild Exfoliating Body Scrub RRP £19.50

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Wonder Sponge | The sponge is cruelty free, which is a great aspect, as I think that we are all gradually becoming aware of cruelty and non-cruelty free companies and products, and this is beginning to affect our buying habits. This sponge is just as easy to use as any other sponge or the famous beauty blender, and comes in roughly a pound cheaper. However I do think that this is a product that people either already have, or don’t have it because they prefer using brushes. It’s not necessarily a worthwhile product to ‘try out’ in a sub box. It is also, as Birchbox boast, a full size product, but it would be difficult to dispatch these sponges in smaller, tester size.

Stainiac | I was actually nicely surprised by this lip and cheek tint. The deep blood-red colour of the tube made me weary of trying it, as I thought it’d be far too pigmented, and perhaps sticky and uncomfortable on the face or lips. However when I did try it, it just added a light touch of a pink-red hue to the lips, and dried to the point that I couldn’t even feel it, not sticky or uncomfortable at all. I would probably look into repurchasing this if I wanted a tint.

However, this product showcases how I think sub boxes are misleading. The stated RRP for this product is £10, showcasing that you’re getting a great deal, as the box itself is £12.95. However that RRP is for the 0.3oz stain, and in the box, you get a 0.04oz product. This might sound confusing and like it doesn’t matter, but what it means is that you’re getting 1/12th of the product that is worth that £10. So technically, this product is worth 83p. Or you can get it free as a tester HERE.

Polishing Balm | As I’ve spoken about my love for them before, I was actually really excited to try this out. I was really impressed by the consistency of this product, it isn’t quite a balm, but it is similar in consistency to that of a conditioner. It distributes easily throughout the ends of the hair, and does leave it smelling delicious, while it also smooths down any flyaways and frizz.

However again, the impressive RRP of £18.50 is for the 75ml product, and you receive a 20ml product. So this tester is actually worth £4.93. Although this is again, misleading, I do still find almost £5 worth of product to be impressive.IMG_7755Moisturising Sorbet | It takes some time to work out what this product is for, as it explains that it’s a moisturising sorbet, but it doesn’t say where it is to be applied. Fortunately on the back of the product, underneath the French usage instructions, it says that it’s for the face and neck. It is a somewhat moisturising product, but I found it to be like applying cold water to your face, at first you feel moisturised, but then your face is just wet, not actually moisturised. It took a lot of working this product in for it to completely be absorbed into the skin. I did find that it left an incredibly light and flowery scent, but nothing overpowering at all.

This product is clearly the most expensive included in the box, an insane RRP of £23. I know, more boring maths coming your way, but please bear with me. The product that you receive is actually worth just under £6. Again, this is insane for a 10ml product, so it’s better to have it included in a sub box than it is for you to buy it alone, but I don’t think this is the type of product that anyone is going to fall so madly in love with, that when this tester is empty, they buy the £23 version.

Body Scrub | As I’ve spoken about Rituals recently, you can see my review of their hand cream HERE, you know that I love everything about their products, so when I saw that this body scrub was included in the box, I was pleasantly surprised. Obviously I loved this product, and am impressed to say that you can get 2 uses out of this sized product. I also think that this particular size is good for a tester, as it gives you a good sense of whether or not you want to repurchase the full £19.50 tub version at 325ml.


Ultimately I think that sub boxes are a really good idea, you get to try out new products each month, and you don’t have to shop around for them. However I do think that people can be mislead into think that they are getting more than the box is actually worth, for example, if you took the RRPs as gospel for this Birchbox, you’d think you’re getting £76 worth of products, when in fact you get £19.83. (Assuming you paid for the lip and cheek tint, and didn’t get it free as you can elsewhere.)

Please don’t get me wrong, I’m obviously not just talking about Birchbox here, this is true of all sub boxes. I’m not dismissing the fact that the company need to make a profit, while still paying some companies to feature their products, but I do feel that sub boxes need to be more inventive with what they include. I’ve seen many people complain about receiving toothpaste and clear nail polishes. To me, the key to a good sub box is, getting to try products that you either don’t already have, or wouldn’t buy yourself, either because it’s slightly more luxurious, or a brand you haven’t heard of.

I also am aware that you pay £12.95 a month for these boxes, so even if it is worth £19, you’re still up by £6. But to me, I think that the prices of sub boxes can come down drastically and perhaps feature less, but full sized products. Or the prices can be increased slightly, but you’re guaranteed full sized products, and you can input preferences. (i.e. no toothpastes)


Thank you so much for reading this post, it really means a lot to me as I know it’s really long, but this felt important to me. Also don’t forget that I am daily blogging for this entire month, and you have a brand new podcast series that starts THIS FRIDAY!

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Spring Favourites

Hey guys! I haven’t done a favourites post since November of last year, a huge 7 months ago, as this year I decided that I’d do my ‘Snippets’ videos instead of monthly favourites posts. So since it has been so long, I thought I’d share some of my favourites that I’ve been loving throughout Spring.IMG_7712Maybelline’s Colour Show Nail Polish in ‘Dusty Rose’ | When Maybelline released their ‘Blushed Nudes’ collection, I knew that I was going to love almost the entirety of the nail polishes, because I’ve been adoring lighter and more muted tones on my nails lately. The brushes of these polishes are a good size, not quite as big as Rimmel’s, but not thin and difficult to use. I love this colour in particular because it’s so pretty, goes with any colour outfit, and perfectly matches my new LYDC bag!

Rimmel’s Brow This Way Brow Gel | At the start of this year I decided to step up my brow game, as I occasionally filled them in, but they never stayed looking how I wanted them to throughout the day, so I decided to try out a brow gel, and with this product, I enjoy doing my brows every. single. day. This product has also inspired me to keep on top of my brow game by shaping them, so that when I use this gel, they look exactly as I want them to. This gel keeps them put all day long, and is slightly tinted so I don’t even need to pencil them in before using this product.

Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara | I know I’ve spoken about this mascara before, but I’ve been loving it again this year because it’s affordable, but really elongates and curls the lashes.IMG_7715Katy Perry’s Mad Potion Perfume | I recently got this perfume, and I’ve been wearing it every day since. I really feel like it’s light enough to be worn as a perfect Spring daytime perfume, but also sultry and deep enough to wear in the evenings. It’s a really unique but sweet scent, with the main accords of vanilla and peony.

MAC Lipstick in ‘Please Me’ | I had actually seen someone with similar colouring to myself wearing this lipstick, and it looked amazing, so naturally I decided to buy it. It’s a matte formula, but not like most matte lipsticks where it turns crumbly and just makes you want to lather your lips in lip balm. It’s surprisingly creamy, and a gorgeous medium pink shade, I’d recommend it to anyone with a fair to medium skin tone, as it’s not a distracting and overboard pink, it’s just really pretty and adds a touch of colour.IMG_7717Garnier’s Micellar Water | As I’ve been gradually growing my makeup collection, and therefore the amount of makeup I’ve been wearing daily, I often get to bed at the end of the day and can’t really motivate myself to get up and carry out my usual skincare routine, so I’ve been incredibly grateful to having this product (alongside a stack of cotton wool pads) right next to my bed. I can be half asleep, but I’ll always remember to take my makeup off with this handy and quick micellar water.

Rituals Miracle Balm | I’ve only just talked about this product to you guys, see that post HERE, but I’ve been loving this hand balm for a little while now, as it’s everything I’ve been looking for in a hand lotion, but haven’t found before.

John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Touch Up Creme | With dyeing my hair a fair few times this year already, I have seen something of a change in the condition of my hair, so I recently decided to improve my haircare routine, see a post on that HERE, but this product in particular has really been saving my hair on days when it is determined to be frizzy and kinky. This product acts as a leave in conditioner that you apply to dry and styled hair, working as a sort of moisturiser for the ends of your hair. I love applying it to my hair after blow drying it.


Those are all of the things that I’ve been loving this Spring, I hope you enjoyed this post!

What products & things have you been loving throughout this half of the year?

Rituals Miracle Balm Review

Recently when I was shopping in House of Fraser, I wandered over to a counter that I hadn’t really given much attention to before, but found myself really drawn to particular products. It was the Rituals counter, and I found myself really liking the look of their newest ranges, so I decided to try something out (also taking full advantage of the 20% store-wide discount that was on at the time…) and let you guys know how I got on with it!

There were lots of products that enticed me, and sounded really interesting, but I decided to stick to just one product at first, to see if I thought that other products were worth me investing in. So I chose a hand lotion, because I thought it was something that I could immediately get use out of, and keep in my bag, and it was one of my favourite scents when I had had a cheeky smell of a couple of things.IMG_7696

PROS

The first pro of this product for me, is the fact that it’s in a metallic-like packaging, that easily dents. Now to a lot of you, this would be a con because if you don’t treat it right, it might look a bit bashed up, but for me it’s an enormous pro, because you can clearly see how much product you’ve got left, whereas with most hand creams, you have no clue until you’re finishing the product. I also think that the packaging is really unique and pretty.

Another pro for me is its consistency. This formula is unusually thick for a hand cream, (as the name boasts, it’s a balm) which again might put some people off, but if you really suffer with dry hands, or you’d just like a hand cream that really feels like a treat (as this hand balm states that it can also be used as an overnight mask) you can really feel the difference when using this one. I fee like it really lives up to the Rituals slogan, “Transform your everyday routines into meaningful rituals.”

The smell. I’ve never smelt a hand cream that is this pretty and perfume-like. It’s white lotus and ginkgo biloba, which is a leaf that contributes to normal blood circulation, which means that this balm can actually improve the condition of the skin on your hands, in the long term.IMG_7694

CONS

The only real con I can think of for this product is its price. Not everyone wants to spend £10 on a hand cream, but for me, I thought that the price was definitely worthwhile, because this is a much more luxurious and hard working product, unlike most unscented and watery hand lotions.

Obviously as I’ve also mentioned, a lot of the ‘pros’ for me, are actually going to be cons for other people, but for me, the only obvious con could be the price.


That’s it for my review of the Rituals Miracle Hand Balm, let me know if you enjoyed it in the comments!

Have you tried this product, or anything from Rituals? I’d love to know what you’d recommend!

Boutique Of Molly: Spring Fling

Hey guys! Now as many of you know by now, I love a good dress. I’ve loved wearing dresses for so long now that I can’t even express how much I love them, I just do.

So during a Twitter chat one night, you can imagine my absolute joy when Boutique of Molly contacted me, asking if I’d like to review some of their clothing.

I immediately dashed (can I say dashed? I clicked furiously) onto their site, and browsed through to see what they had to offer, and immediately fell in love with 2 dresses in particular. (Well ok I fell in love with about 5, but I didn’t want to test my luck.)

Boutique Of Molly is a really fun and unique brand, that aim to offer celebrity-inspired styles, at affordable highstreet prices. I personally love that brand new styles are added daily, so it’s fun to check out the site each day and see what new styles have been added!

So today I’m showing you guy the two gorgeous dresses that I was kind enough to receive!

ezgif.com-optimize‘Lilia’ Dress

As soon as I saw this dress, I knew that it had to be mine. It fits in with my girly style perfectly, and as we all know, if there is a skater style dress covered in flowers, I’ve got to have it.

However, I chose this dress because I thought that it is quite unique. I do have a lot of skater dresses with floral patterns on, but they are usually coloured dresses with a black floral print on, whereas this is a really bright and vibrant tulip pattern on a crisp white dress.

I also love the straps, as they split into two smaller spaghetti straps as they reach up to your shoulders, giving this dress a fun, flirty summer vibe.

I was really happy with the quality of this dress, as I think I’d gotten too used to how Primark and New Look dresses feel, so when I felt this dress, it felt like a nice high-end quality dress. It’s made of scuba-like material, meaning that you never need to iron it, and it sits beautifully when you’ve got it on.

ezgif.com-video-to-gif‘Rosa’ Dress’

A bodycon dress?! That I like?! Boutique of Molly have actually done it, and created a bodycon dress that I enjoy wearing, and feel comfortable in. Don’t get me wrong, not everyone is going to love this dress as I do think you’ve got to feel comfortable with it really hugging your curves.

It’s obviously a plunge neck dress, but with a magical metal insert in the V, that gives you a lot of hold, so you can feel confident wearing this dress without a bra. I tried wearing this dress with a strapless bra, but it was visible through the plunge, so I would recommend wearing it without one at all. Don’t worry, with the combination of this scuba material, and the V, you’ll be guaranteed support.

The straps are so thin and delicate that I think really adds to the luxury feel of this dress, and makes it perfect for summer events. It’s also quite a modest length, so you don’t need to worry about showing too much skin.

Both of these dresses feel amazing on, and I love them. They are definitely of a higher quality than any other dress I own (apart from my prom dress, ha!) but are still pretty and modest enough to wear casually.


I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and have a cheeky look through Boutique of Molly’s site, to see if there’s anything that you like, I can’t recommend them highly enough, shipping was so speedy, and the service was absolutely lovely.

Urban Decay’s Alice In Wonderland Palette

Hey guys! As I’m sure you’re all aware by now, Urban Decay have once again paired up with Disney, to create another Alice In Wonderland inspired, limited edition eyeshadow palette.

I was lucky enough to get one, so today I’m going to be reviewing it for you!IMG_2362Starting out with the packaging of this palette, it really can divide people. Some absolutely love it, and some people think it’s too much. I personally think that because it is a limited edition palette, and it’s accompanying a movie, that this packaging is justifiable.

I do understand that for some people it can be a bit much, and to be fair it contributes towards one of the only downsides to this palette. And that’s the fact that because it is so big, it means it’s not really a portable palette.IMG_2364The butterfly. This adds to the magic of the movie. I love that as you open the doors, its wings open, and flutter as you close them. As I mentioned before, this makes up the majority of the palette, as the shadows themselves are located in a slide out drawer and the bottom of this ‘chest’. But again, as it’s limited edition, it makes sense for it to be somewhat elaborate and special.IMG_2367THE SHADES. Let’s get down to why we’re all really here. Here it is, an unfiltered, uncensored look at the entire palette. I’m going to talk you through some of my favourites of the 20 all new shades.

The shades ‘Dream On‘, ‘Cake‘ and ‘Salazen Grum‘ in particular are really pretty, surprisingly muted colours, but if you wet your eyeshadow brush before applying the shadow, it really brings out the depth of the pigment.

It’s also really lovely to see another palette that provides a varying mixture of eye looks. For example, ‘Looking Glass‘ and ‘Reflection‘ work really well as simple inner corner brightening shades, ‘Hatter‘, ‘Gone Mad‘, ‘Cake‘ and ‘Bandersnatch‘ are really vibrant and unique shades that can be blended together to create a really bold look, or individually to give a serious pop to your eyes.

One of my ultimate favourites in this palette is the shade ‘Paradox‘, because as I mentioned in my Eyeshadow Palette Collection post, I’ve really been liking wearing orange shades lately, as I find that they compliment my eyes, hair and skintone.IMG_2368I also really like that each set of 4 shades are attributed to a particular character. Alice, Hatter, Mirana, Iracebeth and Time all have their own 4 shades, which really makes this palette even more special, especially if you’re a big fan of the movies.

Ultimately, this really is a palette that’s worth the money. I know that I’m going to be enjoying these shades long until they are start to disappear, and I cry because I can’t buy it again. All of them are incredibly easy to blend, like all Urban Decay products, they are of a high quality, and you can be guaranteed no fallout, along with up to 18 hours wear when using in conjunction with Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primers.


And that’s Urban Decay’s Alice In Wonderland eyeshadow palette for the 2016 Alice Through The Looking Glass movie! I hope you guys enjoyed this post, be sure to let me know if you did in the comments!

Have you got this palette? What do you think of it?

The Mascara Edit

I think mascara is one of the first things people tend to experiment with when it comes to makeup, but we often fall into the habit of always just repurchasing the same mascara that we always use, never knowing the effects of endless other mascaras! So today I thought it’d be interesting for me to talk you guys through the mascaras that I have tried, and let you know how well they work, if they last all day, and if they do everything that they claim to.

IMG_2243Rimmel’s Wonderfull Waterproof

I was initially drawn to this mascara because I’d had a real problem with my mascara transferring onto my eyelids and underneath my eyes throughout the day, so I thought a waterproof one was just what I needed to combat this happening. This was also one of the first plastic applicators that I’d ever had, and I was keen to see how that affected the application. The brush itself is big enough to catch all of your lashes in one go, so it’s a lot easier to build it up into a couple of coats, and I can confirm that this mascara will only budge when you properly remove it at the end of the day!

Makeup Revolution’s The Viper

I briefly spoke about this mascara in my Makeup Revolution Focus post that went up a couple of months ago, and like I said then, I was quite disappointed with this product. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Makeup Revolution, their highlighters, palettes, lipsticks and lip lacquers are absolutely perfect. But I think the combination of this mascara being a bristle brush applicator, with a ‘snake-like’ shape, makes it difficult to apply properly. I found that it can give reasonable volume, but no real length or lift.

Avon’s Super Shock

I was really impressed by just how long the applicator for this mascara was! The bristles are short, and really condensed, so you catch a lot more of your lashes when applying this mascara. I’ve found that this product is quite affordable and effective, but it definitely works much better if you’ve curled your lashes first, as the straight brush does make it tough for you to get a nice lift and curve to your lashes.

IMG_2245Benefit’s They’re Real

This mascara is as famous as it is, because it truly is amazing. Just one coat of this and it really gives you an effortless ‘false-lash’ effect. The varying length of the bristles means that it catches long and short lashes all in one swift swipe. The only con I can think of when it comes to this product is that it’s incredibly difficult to apply to the lower lash line, because it’s almost too good at lengthening the lashes, that it can leave them looking spidery and transfer onto underneath your eye.

Benefit’s Bad Gal Lash

The formula of this mascara is incredible, as it never flakes or crumbles throughout the day. The black colour is one of the most intense I’ve known when it comes to mascaras, and Benefit tackle the one issue I have with “They’re Real” with this mascara; it’s really difficult for applying to the lower lash line. I think it’s because the applicator isn’t plastic, so it holds onto the product, meaning you don’t over-apply the product. It’s also one of my favourites because the brush is twice the length of any other I’ve previously used.

IMG_2247Soap & Glory’s Thick & Fast

As I’ve gone through so many various types of mascaras, I never thought I’d find the perfect hybrid of all of these, until I saw Soap & Glory’s 7 sided super mascara! I’ve found that this mascara does wonders for curling your lashes up, but only really adds noticeable length and volume after a couple of coats.

Maybelline’s Lash Sensational

Everyone’s favourite drugstore mascara, and I can completely understand why! Whether you only apply one coat, or you prefer to build it up, this mascara is always noticeable and adds everything you’d like to add to your lashes, curl, length, and volume, all while remaining pretty and not spidery. It’s even the perfect formula and brush for applying to your bottom lashes. This is by far, my favourite mascara, because it does the job so well, and it’s affordable.


That’s it for all of the mascaras I’ve tried! Do you have a favourite that I haven’t mentioned? Let me know in the comments below!

Battle Of The Hair Mousse

When it comes to having long hair, you seem to encounter a daily battle: limpness. Since I grew my hair longer, I realised that the weight of it had started weighing it down, and that meant that the roots didn’t have any lift, and my hair just looked pretty lifeless.

So naturally I wanted to try out some volume-boosting mousse to boost my roots and give my hair some more lift and movement. Mousse Comparison 2Nicky Clarke Texture Rebuild Volume Mousse | This mousse boasts having ‘kerastrength’, which means that it contains keratin, a fibrous protein that constitutes the main structure of hair. This means that when applied to the hair, this product boosts the roots of the hair with the very protein that would otherwise naturally occur in hair, to create thickness and strength.

I found that this product worked incredibly well the first time I used it, it gave me a really impressive lift at the roots, and the hold was incredible, although it did give my roots quite a rough texture that meant it was difficult to pass a hand or brush through it, but I half expected and understood that because of the impressive hold it had.

But after using this product every other day for about a week, I found that it had lost that lift that I initially had, and instead it was just weighing down my hair, and making my roots greasy, a really annoying by-product of applying a hair product directly to your roots. Therefore I stopped using it, and I’ve been weary of using it ever since.Wella Shockwaves Volume Mousse | Since I became nervous of using the Nicky Clarke mousse, I wanted to try a cheaper alternative because I’d already splurged on the Nicky Clarke one, and I didn’t want to be disappointed again. So I decided to pick this one up because it usually retails for a maximum price of £2.99, and it had some pretty decent reviews.

Once again, the first time I used this mousse, it gave me an incredible lift, but the hold was significantly less strong, it was still incredibly soft, but the lack of hold was really apparent, as halfway through the day my hair did start to loose volume. I also noticed that this mousse didn’t smell as nice as the Nicky Clarke one, but I did kind of expect that because it is a much more affordable alternative to higher end other mousse products.

I think I’ve realised that any product that is intended to be applied directly to the roots is bound to cause slight greasiness if it isn’t fully washed away, or if it’s applied too frequently, your hair may become accustomed to it, meaning that the same amount of product just won’t do the job any more.


That’s everything for my comparison of these hair mousses, let me know if you’ve tried either of these products out before, and what you thought of them!

Barry M Nail Varnishes

I’ve loved doing my nails for years now, whether I’m doing some kind of nail art, or just painting them, there’s definitely something therapeutic about doing your nails. Obviously over the years I’ve found brands that work and last, and brands that I might not enjoy so much.

Since I first used a Barry M nail varnish, I was really impressed with them. So today I’m just going to quickly run you guys through the reasons why I love this brand!

The bottles themselves are actually a really good size. I know you don’t usually see this type of thing mentioned at all when it comes to reviewing nail varnishes, but we’ve all had nail varnishes that we absolutely love, but they might only have 2 or 3 entire applications in them. I’ve also found that these bottles last really well, meaning that the product doesn’t dry up after a month or two.IMG_2112The product is also really well pigmented, which means that one coat is deep enough to wear alone, making the product last even longer than most varnishes.

Once your nails are painted, this does dry relatively quickly, but not super fast, as the very outer edges and the centre can still be tacky until roughly ten minutes after application, so you’ve either got to be very careful and patient for 10 minutes, or run your nails under a cold running tap for 2 minutes, before you can do anything else.

These varnishes are also surprisingly longwearing, even when compared to other brands that can boast ‘up to 10 days wear’. I’ve found that when 2 coats are evenly applied, these nails varnishes can last for just over a week.


That’s all for my quick run through of some of the reasons I really like Barry M Nail Varnishes, have you guys tried these before? Let me know in the comments what your favourite shade is!

Book Recommendations

Hey guys! I realised recently that I’ve grown quite a nice collection of books that I would definitely regard as my favourites, and I really enjoy talking to people about my favourite books, so why not combine all of those things and do a blog post on them?!

Now I know this isn’t your typical beauty, fashion, lifestyle post, but I’m just going to very quickly run through four of my favourite books and explain how I found them.

Richard Dawkins The God Delusion | I’ve been meaning to read this book for so many years now, and when I was out this past January, I decided to make a point to pick it up. This book is incredibly well known, and undeniably holds a major role in all science vs religion debates. It is quite a dry read at first, but if, like me, you uphold a high interest in religion and its arguments/applications/basis, then you’ll be hooked. Dawkins covers everything from the ‘God of the gaps’ debate, the cosmological argument, homoeopathic magic and perhaps the relationship between religion and science as symbiotic.

F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby |“Then wear the gold hat, if that will move her; If you can bounce high, bounce for her too, til she cry ‘Lover, gold-hatted, high-bouncing lover, I must have you!” Now while technically this quote is an epigraph, and not a direct quote from the book, Fitzgerald really did catch the emotions engrained in Gatsby with this quote. Again, Gatsby is another incredibly famous book, and one that I would recommend for everyone to read. I thoroughly appreciate so many elements of this book, from Daisy’s hardened intelligence, masquerading as naivety, to the “colossal significance” of the green light.

Alain De Botton The Consolations Of Philosophy | I picked this book up when I was looking for The God Delusion, and it would seem I was on something of a religion/philosophy binge, so I read the blurb of this one, and couldn’t resist buying it. Botton explores the philosophical ideas founded by 6 philosophers, Socrates, Epicurus, Seneca, Montaigne, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, and organises them into digestable and applicable ideals for our everyday problems, from love, anxiety and even the pressures to conform. Another perfect read if you enjoy philosophy and how many of these ideas can apply to our lives nowadays.

Derren Brown Confessions Of A Conjuror | I was trying to decide which of Derren’s books to include in this round-up, and that’s when I realised that Confessions Of A Conjuror is actually a perfectly covert biography, set around the retelling of a card trick. Derren takes you through the history of magic, psychology and as per usual, the correct way to poach an egg. This book really is a perfect insight into Derren’s mind and past. Two of my favourite quotes from the book would be “I loathed myself again. My heart pounded beneath my stupid blousy gay shirt” and “Then I woke up, then I died.” It’s also very telling that those are the very first and very last lines in the book. A must read.


That’s it for some of my favourite books, I hope you guys enjoyed this post, be sure to let me know if you did!

What are your favourite 2 books?

 

Frends Rose Gold ‘Layla’ Headphones Review

Hey guys! I was recently brainstorming ideas for blog posts, and I realised that I’ve had my Frends headphones for so long, and I’ve never given them a full review. So today I thought it’s about time I rectified that, so I’m going to take you through what I think of this product.

IMG_1887Pros

The aesthetic. Let’s be honest, these headphones really are quite gorgeous, particularly perfect for youtubers/bloggers, whereby you can constantly take pictures of them, wearing them, and just in general talk about how fabulous they are. In the very words of Frends, “Rose gold delivers a soft, warm glow whilst creating a sense of opulence and romance. Paired with supple white leather, this headphone is the portrait of femininity.”

They are also designed not only with femininity in mind, but the Layla headphones are significantly smaller than the Taylor ones, as these are designed with jewellery in mind. The fact that the headphones are so small means that they can be worn comfortably over the ear, while staying away from the lobes, so you can also wear earrings.

I also think that the fact you can personalise every set is a fun pro to have when it comes to headphones. You can choose from a range of different caps to change up the look as often as you want, it’s like having 5 headphone sets in 1!

The portability. Not only are these headphones very pretty, but they are also perfect for use on the go, as they fold away into a very compact little bag, so they’re not bulky and in the way like most overhead headphones can be.IMG_1889The sound. Ok, so now onto the actual make-or-break of headphones, the quality of the sound. Now after a long and torrid affair with all types of headphones, in ears, overhead, cheap and expensive, I’ve learned what to expect from certain headphones. So when I test out a new pair of headphones, I can really hear the difference.

With cheap headphones, you tend to get a reasonably monotone, tinny sound. You’ll also hear the occasional crackle, and usually the cable is incredibly weak and will break within a couple of days.

That’s why these headphones are my favourite, and have been for over a year now. They are obviously an expensive investment, but I think that they are more than worth it. In my eyes, instead of buying 12 cheap sets over the past year, I’ve saved my money by investing in these. These provide a premium, full and unfiltered sound. They aren’t the bass-iest of all of the headphones I’ve tried, but they definitely provide a much fuller, quality sound.

The cable itself is also similar to a rope cable, and the connecting jack is at a right angle, meaning that it isn’t under a great deal of pressure when it’s in your bag or pocket, and thus at a much lower risk of breaking/being damaged.

Cons

Honestly, the only con I can think of for these headphones is the price, not everyone can, or wants to spend this amount of money on a pair of headphones. Other than the price, I can see no faults or drawbacks to this product.


That’s it for my Layla headphones review, let me know if you’ve tried these headphones, or if you’ve got them!

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