Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Trimming My Stash - October 2019 Edition - Empties And Mini Reviews*


Right, only two catch up posts to go and then we can finally say goodbye to October x First up October's beauty empties

Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm - 105g
Kueshi Double Effect Make Up Remover - 100ml
Woo Woo Cranberry Wipes pH Balance For Intimate Use - 12 Wipes
Natura Potato & Parsley Infused Under Eye Mask - 1 x 3g Pair
The Body Shop Vanilla Pumpkin Shower Gel - 250ml

Total - 5 Items 

To be fair after the highs of finishing 11 items in September (read my post here), October was nearly always going to be a disappointing month, but I've got to say that I'm actually not that disappointed. 5 items is still a pretty respectable total, and even if you ignore a few recent buys,  I still have 5 less skincare, and body care items to use up, so I guess it still counts as a win.

1. Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm - 105g


First up one of my favourite cleansers of all time, from one of my favourite British brands of all time. I am a huge fan of British brand Elemis, and this award winning product is without a doubt one of the best products that they, and believe me they make a lot of fabulous things so that's a pretty high accolade.

This semi solid balm contains a whole load of good for your skin ingredients including mimosa, and rose waxes, starflower oil, elderberry, coconut oil, Shea butter, sweet almond oil, vitamin E, as well as the key ingredient in Elemis Pro Collagen range, Padina Pavonica which is a type of seaweed. It also contains some gorgeous botanicals including orange, clove, eucalyptus, lavandin, mint, and chamomile, which give it a beautiful, if slightly strong, spa like, aromatherapy based scent. 

Massage a tiny bit into dry skin, and the balm melts down into a oil, add a touch of water, and it turns into a milky cream, remove your make up with a warm muslin cloth, or flannel, rinse and dry and your skin is left feeling clean, soft and hydrated.

If you have an oily or combination skin like I do, don't worry this will still work for you, it doesn't leave my skin feeling oily or greasy, in fact it almost seems to help balance the oil production, and help with dry patches. I only use it at night, as I prefer something a bit lighter in the morning, and with the texture, ritual and scent, I think it makes a lovely pre bedtime treat.

As I say the scent can sometimes be a little bit strong for me and I because of the aromatherapy oils I don't use it on my eyes, but other than that it's a fabulous product that I will continue to use, and I already have a pot or two in back up.

This particular size retails at around £44 direct from Elemis, but it's also available on it's own and in sets from various other retailers including Look Fantastic. Feel Unique, Debenhams, John Lewis, and from where I get most of my Elemis products from, QVC UK.

2. Kueshi Double Effect Make Up Remover - 100ml


This was the first of three items, that I received in subscription boxes. It was so long ago now that I can't really remember but I think that this came in a Glossybox.

I can't find too much online about them but I believe that Kueshi are / were a Spanish brand. Containing Aloe Vera and Chamomile this was a dual phase eye make remover comprising of a blue, and a clear liquid. The blue liquid was a gentle, refreshing lotion, and the clear liquid contained oils that were designed to remove even the toughest eye make up. All you do is give the bottle a good shake to combine the two phases, then as usual you apply it to a cotton pad.

I have quite sensitive dry, but watery eyes, and I'm wary about trying new eye make up removers but this actually wasn't bad. It removed everything that I threw at it from notoriously hard to remove mascara and water resistant liner, with no irritation and no rubbing. My one issue was that despite non greasy claim I did find that it left a slightly oily residue on the eyes, that you had to rinse away, other than though it was decent and it did the job.

I can't find this particular product on any UK based websites, and I can only find it on a few European sites such as ekosmetik all be it in a slightly larger size, and slightly different packaging for around €15.99.

3. Woo Woo Cranberry Wipes pH Balance For Intimate Use - 12 Wipes


Next up another subscription box item, and something that I received the July 2019 edition of Pink Parcel. You can read my initial thoughts here, but basically what they were, were intimate wipes, containing Aloe Vera, and cranberry extract. With a lovely fresh, fruity scent they weren't the thickest wipes that I've ever used but I don't particularly mind that because they are biodegradable and flushable.

As I've said before I can take or leave specific intimate products, I wouldn't buy these all the time but these wipes are good for that time of the month, or for when you're on holiday or on the go, and you went to freshen up a bit. This pack of 12 retails at around £2.25 from Superdrug

4. Natura Potato & Parsley Infused Under Eye Mask - 1 x 3g Pair


We've reached product number 4, and that was another product that I received in a Pink Parcel. This cooling mask came in the September 2019 edition of Pink Parcel, and you can read my full review here. They did what they promised and cooled and soothed the eye area, my skin felt refreshed, and looked less puffy, and felt more hydrated, and moisturised. A pack of 3 pairs retails at around £5.95 direct from Beauty Pro and from various retailers including Feel Unique.

5. The Body Shop Vanilla Pumpkin Shower Gel - 250ml


Finally an autumnal limited edition from The Body Shop's Vanilla Pumpkin range. Containing Madagascan vanilla extract and pumpkin fragrance, this is a rich and creamy shower gel, that I would personally describe as a shower cream. You only need a tiny amount to produce loads and loads of soft creamy, moisturising bubbles. It leaves my skin feeling soft with a light warm, sweet, vanilla based scent that smells good enough to eat.

I absolutely love this scent and I was fully intending to stock up on it this year but by the time I made it into The Body Shop, a couple of weeks ago, they only had the new festive scents and Vanilla Pumpkin was long gone. A sensible person would have left the shop but old habits die hard, and I ended up picking up a few Juicy Pear products instead, which after such high hopes is the only Christmas limited edition that I actually like this year ho hum! Anyways I have a scraping of Vanilla Pumpkin Body Butter left, and about 2/3 bottle of shower gel remaining which I'm going to really enjoy using, before moving onto some of the older festive limited editions from The Body Shop that I still have in my stash.

So they were my 5 items, despite a couple of beauty buys this month so far, I've already finished a couple of items already in November, so here's hoping that I can punish on over the next two months and finish 2019 Trimming My Stash on a high! Any questions as per usual, leave me a comment and let me know xx 

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Saturday, 9 November 2019

Unboxing Glossybox - October 2019 Edition - Angel Or Devil*

There is nothing more annoying than "a while you were out" card from Royal Mail - I mean I don't go out that often but when I do, I usually return home to a little red card on the doormat. The parcel that I missed on Friday was my November Glossybox, and whilst I'm a little bit annoyed that I haven't been able to have a play with it this weekend - it's given me some time to get October's unboxing out of the way.


The October 2019, sell out edition of Glossybox, came in two different variations that were sent out randomly to subscribers. The options were Angel or Devil, and each box contained basically the same contents only with slight colour, and flavour variations.


Of course I received the Angel box, I mean can you really see me as a devil? No sweet and pure are my middle names ;) The box was predominately pale blue, and it featured a blue eye design, with silver metallic accents, and a halo.


Inside the box the contents was wrapped in white tissue paper, and white shred, which will be really useful come Christmas time


As per usual the box included an information booklet to tell you a little bit more about the contents and of course the theme of the box. The theory behind the Angel box is that an angels beauty never fades, and the contents was designed to make you look and feel divine!


STYLondon Velvet Eyeshadow Palette - Angel - 4.5g - Full Size - RRP £15


The first item was September's sneak peek item, and it was an eyeshadow palette from British brand STYLondon. I've a few things from STYLondon now including a different style of  eyeshadow palette in Eaton Square which I received in the November 2018 edition of Glossybox (You can watch my unboxing video here), a gorgeous lipstick that I got in June's Pink Parcel, and a a face powder that I received in the July edition of Pink Parcel (You can read my thoughts here and here) and I have I've been really impressed with both the quality and performance of everything that I've tried up to now.

As I say STYLondon are a UK company, all of their make up products are mineral based, cruelty free, and paraben free.


The eyeshadow palette that you received depended on the box that you got, so the eyeshadow palette I got was the appropriately named Angel. There isn't really anything special about the the black and clear plastic packaging, it's practical, sturdy and it does the job, don't let the slightly dull packaging fool you though, the shadows inside are more than a little bit special!


Angel features 9  matte, shimmer and almost sparkle and glitter based eyeshadow colours, in a variety of pink based shades, ranging from almost peachy, nudes, to pinks, burgundies and corals. 


Formulated with added vitamins, all of the shadows are smooth, and buttery and they blend literally like a dream. The pigmentation even on the matte shades is excellent, they don't feel chalky or gritty, just soft and creamy




Being as soft as they are you do get a bit of fallout especially on the shimmery, and sparkly shades, but the finish is so worth it, and the wear time was excellent - even on my notoriously oily lids there was very little fading and no creasing. I've done a quick eye look using a few of the shades so you can see just how well they blend. 




Pink eye colours seem to be really on trend at the moment, and even though a bit scared of them, and I'm frightened that I'll look as though I've got conjunctivitis, this palette is so wearable, and the quality is so good it makes experimenting with a new look a piece of cake. I really can't recommend this palette enough, and I'm so pleased that this was the one that I received instead of the slightly safer browns and bronzes in the Devil option. If you fancy trying it for yourself, you can buy it for around £15 directly from STYLondon.

Lord & Berry 20100 Maximatte Lipstick Crayon - #3407 Angel Pink - 1.6g - Full Size - Est. RRP £15


Although I can't find any reference to Lord & Berry, or these pencils on the blog, I do actually own a different shade, Here-and-Now, a coral, red, that I think I must have got in a previous subscription box.

Formulated with vitamins, Lord & Berry's Maximatte formulation promises intensely long lasting colour, and smooth and comfortable application.


Angel or Angelic Pink as Glossybox describe it, is a very pale, almost 60's Brigitte Bardot esq pink. As you can see from the swatch below, it swatches well, nice pigmentation, no problems, put it on the lips though and everything changes.


It didn't feel creamy or soft, it felt dry and it dragged across the lips. The super pale colour accented every line and every crack and imperfection on the lips - not good! The only plus side of the product is that it actually lasted quite a while on the lips. The only way that I will ever wear this again is with a load of gloss or balm on the top, or a base for a similar coloured more hydrating and moisturising lip colour.


I definitely think that the fact that the colour looks so draining on me at the moment has altered my judgement as I definitely don't seem to have the same dry, dragging problem with Here-and-Now, which just seems to be an all around better product.

I can't find this specific shade online but other shades in the Maximatte formula are available from various retailers including directly from Lord & Berry, and Fragrance Direct for around £15.

Bubble T Cosmetics Angel Dust Foaming Bath Powder - 90g - Est. RRP £4.99


Now there are many interpretations of the term Angel Dust, including a pretty decent Faith No More album, but the Angel Dust in the case refers to Bubble t Shimmering Angel Dust Foaming Bath Powder. If you're a long term reader then you'll know that I don't actually have a bath a the moment so I haven't tried this product and I will passing it on to a friend that does.

I think this particular product was something that was exclusive to this kit but you can buy various varieties of bath salts, and bath powders, direct from Bubble t for around £3.99 - £4.99, and from various other retailers including Superdrug, Fragrance Direct, and Look Fantastic.

MCo Beauty Eye Define Crayon Liner - Black - 0.3g - Full Size - RRP £14


Next up another eyeliner, why are subscription boxes so obsessed with eyeliner?? Never mind this is my first product from Australian, cruelty free, and gluten free brand MCo - From what I gather the brand is from the same stable is Model Co hence the similar name.


Packaged in a very Mean Girls esq, pink twist up dispenser, MCo claim that this semi matte eyeliner, has a waterproof, waterline safe formula, that won't smear, budge or flake. 


It's not the blackest, black eyeliner that I've tried but it felt nice and smooth when I swatched it, and the pen itself was nice and easy to control.


Now I'm notoriously untalented and pretty useless when it comes to eyeliner application, and even wearing eyeliner but I actually had a bit of a play with this one and I took some pictures to prove it.


Although the swatch applied quite smoothly on my wrist, I did find it dragged a bit on my slightly crepey eye lids, especially when I applied it over the top of existing make up. I'm not great at applying liner but to be honest I don't think I did too bad a job here, maybe I should have applied it a bit closer to my lashes, but with the slight dragging, I think it's passable.



 As well as application issues, one of the other reasons why I tend to avoid eyeliner is that it doesn't usually wear that well on my oily, hooded, eye lids. Well shock of horrors this one actually stayed on! I had about 30 second to a minute to clean up any mistakes, and then it seemed to set and it stayed put, even during a pretty epic onion chopping session, until I removed it.

I'm not completely converted to the ways of eyeliner just yet, but this was decent enough to make me want to wear it again, after all practise makes perfect! If you fancy trying it, it retails at around £14 directly from MCo.

Que Bella Beauty Illuminating Holographic Peel Off Mask - 10ml - Full Size - RRP £2.49 / $2.49


Something else that you seem to get quite regularly in subscription boxes are face masks, and this particular mask is currently one of the best selling face masks at US retail chain Target. The company que bella are US based, and the brand will be launching in the UK soon, so Glossybox subscribers really had a sneak peek of what is to come.

I haven't had a chance to try this yet but I'm pretty excited about it - it looks gorgeous in the packaging - all sparkly and iridescent and it contains two of my favourite things Jasmine and Violet extracts, and Hyaluronic Acid Salts, and it promises to hydrate, nourish and remove dead skin, to leave the skin dewy and radiant.

I'll let you my thoughts in a future empties post but if want to find out more in the meantime then you will be able to buy it soon from £2.49 direct from que bella.

Whittard Of Chelsea Luxury White Hot Chocolate - 20g Sachet - Est. RRP £2


Glossybox as you know usually contains 5 items but lately subscribers have been receiving the odd extra treat, and October's certainly was a delicious one. My box contained a single serve sachet of Whittard Of Chelsea Luxury White Hot Chocolate.


I love Whittard and this just so happens to be my favourite hot chocolate that they do, there simply isn't enough white hot chocolate around. In keeping with the Angel theme this stuff really is heavenly, mix the contents of the sachet with 200ml warm milk, and you have a mug of sweet, creamy, rich, white, milky heaven (squirty cream and white chocolate buttons are of course options additions but even angels can be naughty at times!)


Glossybox place a value of £2 on this 20g sachet, but the full 350g size tub retails at around £8 directly from Whittards Of Chelsea and from various other retailers - Go on treat yourself, you know you want, I certainly will be ;)

So late it maybe, and despite the Lord & Berry fail, this was another good box from Glossybox. It was pretty make up heavy which I don't mind and my obvious highlight was the eyeshadow palette but all in all it was an excellent value, treat yourself kind of box. You can still get your hands on November's box which contains a full size Kandi Cosmetics Pro Glow Mist so have a click of my link if you would like to find out more x Fingers crossed my November box will be redelivered without a hitch and I can get a review up within the next week or so, in the meantime though I've got a couple more catch up posts from October and then I've got some reviews and more bits and pieces to come next week so make sure you're following my blog so you don't miss anything x 


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Thursday, 7 November 2019

Collaborative / Partnered Post - A Few Ways To Help Boost Your Self Confidence And Self Belief*

When people meet me for the first time, a lot of them think that I'm bristling with self confidence I talk 20 to the dozen and generally seem quite comfortable in my own skin, but scratch a little bit below the surface, and they'd soon see that a lot of the times it's just an act. I've never had a lot of self belief or self confidence, I was a notoriously shy child, and even one of my best friends used to call my mouse girl when we first met at university. It's only the last 10 - 15 years that I've actually started to feel comfortable in my own skin, and as a result I've developed a more confident and positive outlook.

Self confidence and self belief, though isn't a fixed think. Even people who consider themselves as bubbly, positive and happy human beings, can sometimes have a crisis of confidence. This could be because of a certain trigger like your overbearing boss at work telling you that you are underachieving. It could be that you feel inferior to all of the super toned individuals in the gym, or those gorgeous people on Instagram, or it might be because you are generally feeling down and you can’t pinpoint any real cause

Although it seems like such a minor thing, our confidence levels are crucial to help us to maintain a positive outlook on life. When you're feeling confident and positive, you can feel more empowered to take on life’s challenges. When you're lacking in self confidence you can be unwilling to try new things, and to try and achieve your goals for fear of failure, if you're not feeling great confidence wise at the moment, there are a few general ways in which you give you self confidence a boost.

Get Active

While those bronzed bodies and gym bunnies may be preventing you from feeling comfortable on the treadmill or having fun in your favourite Zumba class, there is generally no excuse to remain sedentary. Instead, consider heading outdoors and having some fun jogging around your local park or partaking in a bike ride. If you don’t fancy going it alone, consider roping in a pal to keep you company. This can make exercising a more social activity that you can enjoy with friends.

Being outside will also help you to soak up some much needed Vitamin D (something which I and a lot of people in the UK lack!) which can help regulate your body clock, and help you to sleep better. Natural sunlight is a natural mood lifter so try to get outdoors for at least thirty minutes every day. This is especially important if you work from home or if you have a desk job.

Alas being active and getting fit isn't something that I can do that much of, jogging is a distant memory for me, but even I can manage a little walk around the block or a couple of minutes walk everyday enjoying my surroundings, and experiencing nature, so what if it's raining, grab and umbrella and a waterproof jacket, believe me you'll feel so much better if potentially a little bit soggy when you come back. Changes don't have to massive but even making tiny changes to your daily routine can make a small difference to your mental health.

Image

I firmly believe that my own self confidence issues boil down to my facial palsy, although I've learned to accept myself now, bullying, and name calling can really effect how you see yourself. In this day and age, of social media perfection, more and more of us are self conscious about their looks and appearance. The first thing I would say to that is that you're perfect the way you are please believe that - but if aspects of your appearance are causing to lack confidence in social situations then don't be frightened to look for solutions If you suffer from a condition like acne, all is not lost. While the scarring on your face may make you feel embarrassed or anxious, you could head to your doctor and ask about new drugs like erythromycin. After taking this drug for six weeks, you could see a huge reduction in your acne. There is a wealth of information about Zineryt that is the brand of choice for many medical professionals. Whilst my acne wasn't horrendous as a teenager I did end up seeing my GP about it - I promise they won't dismiss your concerns, and they will help you find a solution.

As someone whose been a size 10 and a size 22, I know all about how weight can effect how you feel about yourself. To be honest probably had as many days being self conscious about my body at both ends of the weight spectrum but if you're really unhappy with your body shape, then again seek professional help. If you want to lose a few pounds though, then it's easy enough to make some small changes to your diet. I'm not big on the whole diet and denial thing, eat those "naughty things" in moderation. and try and swap the sugary chocolate snacks and saturated fat laden meals for more fruit, green leafy vegetables and lean meat and fish. Forget about having to rely on meat and go vegan or if that's to much for you, go meat free for a couple of days each week to maximise your antioxidant intake and to help boost your mood. With a new eating plan, you might be able to lose a few pounds which might help boost your self confidence, and improve your body image

As I said before body image has probably taken a battering since the emergence of social media. Instagram is the most visual of these platforms with plenty of perfectly filtered selfies and lifestyles appearing in your feed every day. Even though you know that these photographs are often faked by a spot of Amaro or Holga filtering, you can’t help but feel envious or inferior. While Instagram aims to be aspirational, it has morphed into a damaging tool that has a negative impact on people’s health. Instead of scrolling through your social media feeds for hours on end, take a detox. While difficult to begin with, you can swap your screen time for something more beneficial in the real world. Head for coffee with pals, go and see a movie or enjoy relaxing with a long hot soak in the tub, or do what I've done and unfollow people who make you miserable. Remember a lot of people only post what they want you to see, you don't see them sitting in front of the TV, eating cereal with no make up on, and wearing a past it's best jumper covered in cat hair. People curate their images to create an image of perfection, they will have a their bad skin, untidy house, rubbish days the same as you do. Keep this thought in your head take a step back and I can guarantee you'll start feeling happier better about yourself, and a bit more confident to boot.

Do Something New

As the old saying goes a change really is as good as a rest. Switch your routine up and if you fancy trying something new, be brave and go for it. By taking the plunge and doing something that is naturally a little scary, you can boost your self confidence. If you fancy trying out for the local ladies football team, go for it. If you want to learn the piano, book yourself in for a taster session. And if you want to have a go at a cake decorating course, enrol yourself in an evening class. There are so many evening classes at local colleges, and a lot of local community centres offer everything from yoga classes, to writers groups and art classes. 

There are plenty of things that you can do to help increase your confidence levels, don't let fear rule your life, if you want to do something do it. Yes it can be scary going into a room of people you don't know for the first time, but meeting new people and making new friends helps to extend your social circle and it also might help you to learn a new skill. Try something new, meet new people, and improve your self esteem.

Travel

To say that heading overseas and partaking in a spot of solo travel can be daunting, is an understatement, and it's would be a huge thing to do for the majority of people to do. However, it needn’t be, and lots of people, are now holidaying alone, enjoying their own company, and finding out a little bit more about themselves along the way. Travelling to another part of the world could see you immersing yourself in new cultures and trying new cuisine. Being somewhere totally new and speaking a different language forces you to rely on your own wits and you will find yourself in unfamiliar situations. Working out your own itinerary and solving problems on route will help boost your self confidence.

Take some holiday that you are owed from work or ask for an unpaid sabbatical so you can embark on your own wanderlust adventure. Think about the sort of destinations you would like to visit. Do you want to head to Iceland to look for the Northern Lights, or perhaps you’d like a physical adventure and trekking the Inca Trail is more up your street, or maybe you’d rather enjoy the beach life of Goa or the Maldives and a relaxing break is just what the doctor ordered. Whatever it is that you want to do and whatever vistas you want to see, ensure that you bite the bullet and get yourself booked on a flight. Book your accommodation and plan your travel to ensure that you can enjoy the trip of a lifetime. You will return oozing with self confidence, but if that's a tiny bit much for your there lots of travel companies that specifically focus on lone travellers, so you could explore somewhere new and meet new friends at the same time.

Self confidence is a funny thing, even a tiny comment from an acquaintance, or a message from someone online, or even a picture that we see online, can change how we feel about ourselves - a positive comment and our confidence soars, something negative, and a cycle of self loathing begins or is intensified. Whilst some of the things that I've mentioned can help you improve out self belief and self confidence. It's important to start with you - read these words, and remember them - you are as good as anyone else, you look amazing, you have an amazing personality, and you are a great person, don't ever let anyone make you feel anything less than what you are x

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Saturday, 2 November 2019

Unboxing Papergang - Box No. 44 - October 2019 Edition - Papergang x blurt *


Right after a couple of rubbish weeks,  I've actually had a busy but productive week - on Tuesday we celebrated my Godmothers birthday,  I managed my first trip to the Metro Centre in months and had a meal with Mummy Lou, and I've also managed to do quite a bit of blog prep. I've got a haul post, a super rare outfit post, a kitchen review, and a high end beauty review to come but first I'm going to play catch up and get on with my October unboxing's, minus the furry photo bomber ;)


As well as their usual involvement with Tree Add, Octobers Papergang box was produced in association with The Blurt Foundation. Although charity is a really personal thing, The Blurt Foundation is a charity that's quite close to my heart. I've suffered from depression and anxiety for many years now, and The Blurt Foundation is a charity that's dedicated to spreading awareness and understanding about depression and mental health, and £1 from every October box sold was donated to The Blurt Foundation, you can find out more about the charity and their work here.

The theme of October's box is happiness, and that's reflected in the very Max friendly, colour palette, and the cheerful, brightly coloured, almost doodle style design of the outer box sleeve.


Underneath the jazzy, sleeve you find the usual brown cardboard box, and the contents inside the box is wrapped in a sheet of bright orange tissue paper.


The first item in the box as per usual, is the information booklet. October's booklet focused on the work of The Blurt Foundation, and the work they do in drawing attention to mental health issues, and as per usual it also included a designer profile, of the creator of October's box Melanie Johnsson.




Competition Colouring Poster


Now, normally the outer sleeve of the Papergang box contains either something to cut out and make or something to cut out and use, October's box though, didn't. In this crazy world, that we live, it's really important that we all take some time out, to chill out, to relax and to regroup, and one of the biggest trends in the last few years has been colour or colouring therapy. Adult colouring books are huge at the moment, and a lot of people find it a good way to regain focus.  So instead of the cut outs, October's box contained a poster, that you can colour in and decorate in any way that you wish. 

Not only that but if you share your finished creation with Papergang, either via email, or via social media before 28th November 2019, then one lucky winner, will receive a 6 month subscription to Papergang.

I haven't started mine yet but I've got a few ideas what I'm going to do, i just need to make some time to do it.

Happiness Planner 


Next a gorgeous, fabric backed book featuring the same eye catching doodle style, squiggles, crowns and stars, as the outer box sleeve, only on a off white coloured background, and with the words "HAPPINESS PLANNER" embossed on the front in a metallic, copper orange.


Featuring a ribbon page marker, and a sheet of coordinating stickers, it's a sort of organiser / planner but instead of being a conventional diary it contains space to write down happy things, and to highlight the positives in each day. It also contains pages with motivational / positive statements and phrases.


I know things like this aren't for everybody, but I'm a firm believer in trying to find the positives in life. Last year I did the 365 days of happiness tag on Instagram (I'm @LouLou699 if you fancy a follow), where every day for a whole year I posted a picture of something that made me happy, or of something good that had happened that day. I know it doesn't always seem that way but I do think that there is something good in each, no matter how small, it's just that sometimes it takes a bit of finding, and hopefully writing things down in a planner like this might help us put things into perspective, and help us find the positives. As per usual with Papergang the quality is excellent, it's a well made nice thick book and it contains STICKERS!! Unfortunately I can't find anything similar on Ohh Deer so I can't give a price comparison.

Scratch & Reveal Postcards


The next item is actually 6 items in one, it's a set of 6 scratch and reveal postcards. Using the same colour palette, and doodle style design, they aren't just plain postcards, every one has a scratch off section, like a lottery scratch card, that features a motivational quote or a phrase. The postcards include quotes and phrases on Live, Trust, Dream, Do, Nurture and Listen.


I've only scratched off one, all be it a little too vigorously, but I love the whole concept, either to reinforce self belief, or to let someone else know that you are there for them.


These particular postcards are exclusive to this kit, but plain, non scratch postcards, retail at around 75p each on Ohh Deer.

Dual Tip Art Pens 


Next up a set of pens. Now although you only get 4 pens, they are actually double ended so you actually get 8. You can a yellow, and an almost neon orange, blue, and pink. As I say each pen is double ended, one end is a fine liner pen that's ideal for handwriting, the other end is almost a brush marker style, felt tip.


The colours are lovely, and so cheerful. The pens have a nice angular feel, which makes them easy to hold, and they almost seem to taper slightly towards the fine liner end, which it makes the pen easier to control, and to write with. Again the pens are exclusive to this box, and there is nothing similar on the Ohh Deer website. 

Universal Calendar Card


Finally the ever present Universal Calendar Card, which coordinates perfectly with the rest of the box, and features the same crown, triangle, swirl, and splat type design, only with a slightly blurry finish and in much brighter almost neon tones. 

Although I've had Papergang boxes with more items in them, I still really liked this box, and the whole self care theme, and I can't wait to start filling in my happiness planner, and colouring in my poster. If you fancy trying Papergang for yourself, you've still get time to get your hands on November's winter, Hygge, themed box, so please click my link to find out more x 

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