Yesterday morning, after getting back from Portugal the night before, I rushed off to Selfridges to check out the Build Your Own Birchbox Pop Up Shop which has been created to celebrate Birchbox’s 5th Birthday!

I had great fun building my own Birchbox and there are some great products and brands to choose from including Elemis, Benefit, Decleor, Nuxe, This Works and more. You get to choose five samples plus a beauty treat where I chose the This Works Sleep Plus Pillow Spray. From the makeup section I picked the Stila Convertible Colour, which I didn’t even give a second thought to and the Wild About Beauty Gloss– a few of the other products I have already had samples of in a previous box but there were some good options. For skincare I was tempted by the Embryolisse Lait-Creme but as I haven’t tried the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream I went for that instead. I rarely get excited by body care but I loved the sound of the Whish CC Body Cream and in haircare I choose the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer.

Each box costs £15 which although is a little more than the usual box I think s justified by the fact that you get to pick exactly what you would like inside the box. The pop up runs until the 28th September 2015 in the Selfridges Beauty Workshop but for anyone that can’t get to London they will be releasing a exclusive Limited Edition Selfridges Birchbox online on the 10th September with seven deluxe samples!

As many of you know Stila is now available in the UK again which means that this winter we can turn to them to help banish the winter blues. This week London has got much colder so I was very happy to receive these two new palettes to help warm up the days. Both Beach palettes are from the limited edition and are names Living the Life in Laguna and Striking in South Beach there is also another palette names The Wonderful in Wahiki. All the palettes come with two cheek colours, four eyeshadows and a mirror as well as a step-by-step guide.

I’m usually not a huge fan of palettes but actually I have quickly fallen in love with these and they are perfect for traveling with!

Striking in South Beach

Striking in South Beach includes the eyeshadow colours Ocean Drive, Wave, Nightlife and Cabana as well as two blushers in Art Deco and Sobe. They are a selection of purples and grey eyeshadows perfect for smokey.

‘A Dreamer lives for eternity’- Anonymous

Living the Life in Laguna

Living the Life in Laguna contains four pretty pink and brown eyeshadows in Sand Dollar, Sunset, Cave and Bonfire as well as two blushers in Seashell and Pacific Coast Highway. This is my favourite palette out of the two, I love it! It’s a nice palette to take you from day to night and looks amazing with green eyes!

‘Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take out breath away’- Anonymous

Left Living the Life in Laguna
Right Striking in South Beach

I wore the Living the Life in Laguna Palette yesterday and I love the eyeshadow shades! I mixed both blusher shades together to achieve the look above.

These palettes would make lovely Christmas presents and retail for just £10, that’s a lot of colours for your money!

Available from, HQ Hair,, and Harvey Nichols

What do you think of the palette?
Sabrina X
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