Book Review: The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

Blurb: “Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo–until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. On the way, Nuri is sustained by the knowledge that waiting for them is Mustafa, his cousin and business partner, who has started an apiary and is teaching fellow refugees in Yorkshire to keep bees.

As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all, they must journey to find each other again.”

Genre: Historical Fiction, War Fiction, War Novel, Novel

Goodreads Rating: 4.2/5

My Rating: 5/5

THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS


This book was something special. I’ve never read anything quite as moving as this book before. I had literally added this book to my reading list and then the next day walked into Waterstones and it was there on the stand in front of me (pre Covid-19 lockdown 3 in the UK). So naturally I picked it up and bought it. I read it within 3 days. It was stunning and breathtaking so I’m going to tell you (and show you) why.

First I loved the way this book was written. It goes from the present to the past, Nuri and Afra’s journey travelling from Aleppo to the UK. There is absolutely no small feat about this journey, their motivation is inspiring. We see their time seeking asylum in the UK and between these chapters we learn about their journey to the UK and their struggles with PTSD, but the way this is shown in the book is pretty and nothing I’ve ever seen before. The last word of the present is the first word of the past flashback and is displayed in the middle of the page in a beautiful illustration as you can see below.

The journey itself that they have made is just incredible. From Aleppo to the car journeys through Syria, having to duck down in the back of trucks and lie about where they were going. To the boat crossings in their small dingy, wearing life jackets and the awful waves throwing people overboard. Potentially losing Mohammed overboard causing Nuri to jump in the water after him, Mohammed being a young boy Nuri has taken responsibility for after he was on his own, almost a replacement for Sammi without realising. And when they reach the camps, Mohammed disappears. So Nuri looses the one thing that even slightly brought him comfort as he resembled and was significant with the loss of Sammi. But when Nuri is in the UK, he still sees Mohammed in his dreams and feels Mohammed is trying to tell him something or point him back to the direction of his wife, back in the direction of goodness, although it doesn’t always end well once he wakes up.

The camps sounded horrendous and it made me realise that people are actually dealing with this in real life. It made me glad to hear that they were given shelter, food and clothes after their horrendous boat ride, but what about when these camps are full? There is a lot of talk through the book of ‘The camps are full‘ and ‘they’ve closed the borders’ so their next part of their journey will be a struggle and thats where the illegal smugglers come in. Giving these people their trust and their money to get them to where they need to be. there is a period of time where they are in Italy. They are sleeping in a park where the volunteers for Red Cross brought them too, and left them there. Afra does not feel safe yet they manage to make a friend as safety in numbers. But awful things happen here, and instead of waiting for salvation that never comes from the Red Cross Nuri takes it into his own hands and they pay a smuggler to get them to the UK.

I feel for me this book is eye opening. This is happening in real life. REAL people are going through REAL situations and trauma like this, and we are treating them like animals and not offering asylum when they people have experienced WAR and had everything destroyed. They have no where else to go. And although in the books they are offered food, shelter and clothes, are they offered this in real life? Most likely not. I’ll be posting some links at the bottom of this review if you would like to donate to refugee relief.

I sympathised with pretty much all of the main characters, they have all been displaced and hit with the horrors of war. A horror that I could not even dream of experiencing or knowing what they are going through. So when Afra originally refuses to leave Aleppo amongst all the ruins because it is where their son Sammi is buried after he was killed in a bomb explosion, my heart breaks for them. I feel so upset for them because they had such a beautiful life in Aleppo before, Nuri tending the bees with his best friend Mustafa, so passionate about the bees and learning their motives and harvesting the honey and Afra and their son Sammi dining and relaxing with Mustafas family. Everything was happy and bright and colourful. And it had all been left in ruins. I can feel the desperation through out the book for a better life, when Afra explains she “doesn’t like this place” or when Nuri explains she “lays in bed all day” I just feel deflated for them and all that they are going through. Their motivation to get to the UK is that Mustafa is there and has started a new business with the bees and Nuri is going to help him as soon as he can when he gets to the UK, some sort of normality and what they were used too in Aleppo. That small slice of home.

It is interesting to learn that Afra is blind due to the horrendous things she has seen. She witnessed the bomb kill her child. War destroy her city. Due to this trauma she is blind, but not blind. She is blind and cannot see from trauma, but her sight will come back over time. This was interesting to me as I did not realise this could happen but it very much can when dealing with immense amounts if life changing stress which made me sympathise for her more. But what made me really feel things is when even though she could see, she still coloured in the colouring books Nuri bought her.

They have also come away/apart from each other in a time where they need each other most. All the way through you can see that Nuri loves his wife, but he has moved so far away from her as Afra has from him. They are withdrawn from each other through this trauma although they rely on each other more than ever. So when at the end, after making it to the UK and seeing Mustafa again, they are drawn back to each other with that feeling of hope and happiness to help them it makes me so overwhelmingly happy. They went through so much together so to finally find themselves back in each others arms made me so elated and honestly, I cried.

This book is eye-opening, harrowing, and with so much depth, an absolute testament to the triumph of human spirit and motivation. I voted this book 5/5 and say that you go and get this book now and Ive never felt so passionately about a book in this way. If you would like to donate to refugee relief there are some links below for you.

The Peak District – Ladybower Reservoir Walk

The next day we went for a less mountainous walk but definitely a long one. Recommended by both my stepmum and my sister to myself and Maddie had also seen this walk online, we headed to the Lady Bower Reservoir! We parked up again in a lay-by on the side of the road and there was a lot of parking so it wasn’t hard to get a space. We unpacked, re packed and put on our boots and were ready to go!

The walk around the reservoir is at least an hour and a half to two hours and when we started the sun was shining. the walk itself is fairly flat except for once you reach the other end of the reservoir and there’s a slight including to then get you onto the next section of the walk, the walk back to where you started along the other side!

The views around the lake are gorgeous, you go from walking out in the open at the start and then walking in-between high fern trees, then out in between bracken as you walk beside the open water, then back into the thick trees again until we reached the opposite end of the reservoir. We decided as the heavens opened and there was a couple of benches shrouded by the trees we could stop for some lunch!

Once we were back on the walk we passed the information centre and as we kept walking along the path you could hear the water before we saw it. In between the trees you could see this huge waterfall ahead of us, although it wasn’t a waterfall, it was the Derwent Dam! Derwent Dam is in between the Derwent Reservoir and Lady Bower separating the two bodies of water. Lady bower being the final reservoir the water flows into out of the three (the first being Howden Reservoir, then Derwent and finally Lady Bower). It had rained so much that the dam was actually overflowing which was a really cool sight to see as not everyone is this lucky!

Once we had marvelled at the Dam and the sign post in front of the dam which was obviously well aged as if you swam in the water it was only a £5 fine, we decided to continue on our walk around the reservoir. Unfortunately we weren’t so lucky this time around and when we thought the rain had stopped over lunch the heavens opened again! The walk back in the rain was just as pleasant because we were all so kitted out and prepared for it. It was just as lovely with our hoods up and muddy boots. The best part about walks like that are that once you reach home and your cold and wet you can get all cosy with a cuppa tea by the fire and a book.

BUT it was way to soon once we had finished the walk to go back and chill by the fire so there was only one option for it, PUB! We headed across to the Lady Bower Pub which is just off the reservoir and it was perfect, well priced, big car park and only two minutes away. we had some pints, a cuppa tea and some hot food, NACHOS. Well deserved.

THEN it was time to go home and really curl up by the fire this time. Last stop on our trip is Bakewell! Stay tuned for our food adventures there.

How to keep busy on your flights, Long Haul & Short Haul!

How do you keep busy when you’re flying?

I love flying with a passion, but it can be hard to find things to do whilst you’re up in the air especially on long haul flights! Its so important to keep yourself calm and busy during your flights, it makes them that much more entertaining and enjoyable. Here’s a few ides of how you can keep yourself occupied!

Reading – Get yourself a good book and settle down for the ride ahead. I find with short haul flights its a perfect time killer for 2 hours (for example) to get proper stuck in to a good book to keep occupied. Even with long haul it does a good job to kill a period of time, and if you get bored you can always put it down and come back to it later on in the flight as well. Here are some good book recommendations;

  • The Wives – Tarryn Fisher
  • Recursion – Blake Crouch
  • This is going to hurt – Adam Kay
  • Finding Emma – Steena Holmes
  • Wayward Pines Series – Blake Crouch
  • Normal People – Sally Rooney
  • The Tattooist of Auchwitz – Heather Morris
  • The Secret Race: Inside the hidden world of the Tour De France: Doping, Cover-ups and winning at all costs – Tyler Hamilton
  • Two Brothers – Ben Elton
  • Less – Andrew Sean Greer
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Road
  • Wonder – R. J. Palacio
  • Turtles All the way Down – John Green

Watch a Movie or TV Show – Especially if they are offering on board entertainment. They usually have so many great options and its a perfect pastime when they have something you want to watch that you’ve never seen. Even watch multiple movies, I love a good movie binge. I also find that sometimes I can fall asleep to movies and I always struggle to sleep on planes so its a bonus.

Journal – Write in a journal! How you’re feeling, about your trip, anything you like! And if you have a bullet journal then its the perfect time to release your creativity and do some prepping for the next month/trip in your bullet journal. Especially if you don’t like flying, this is something that can make you feel calmer as well expressing how you are feeling on the flight.

Blog – I know there isn’t any wifi in the clouds (although there is on some flights, I had an hour of free wifi on the way to Sri Lanka which was pretty awesome) but you can plan some blog posts, write some in your drafts ready to post upon your landing. Even get some pins ready for pinterest, prep some instagram posts in your drafts ready to go when you land.

Listen to Music or a Podcast – Another great pastime to set back and enjoy your favourite music or a good podcast, here are some podcast recommendations if you ever need them;

  • My Dad wrote a Porno
  • The Receipts Podcast
  • Off Menu with Ed Gamble & James Acaster
  • Unexpected Fluids
  • Shagged, Married, Annoyed
  • 3ShotsofTequila
  • Happy Place by Ferne Cotton
  • Everyday Positivity
  • Crime Junkie
  • Call Her Daddy
  • Hip Hop saved my life with Romesh Ranganathan
  • The Daily Pep!

Play a game on your phone – Make sure to download the ones that don’t require Wifi to progress! I can sometimes get too hooked on mobile games and they’re great to pass the time on the plane. I personally love Sand Balls, I’ve had this app since New Years 2020 and I am level 500+ and absolutely obsessed.

Play some card games! – Everyone loves a bit of Go Fish, Snap, Shithead, the list of card games goes on because there are SO MANY that keep you occupied for ages.

Colouring Books! – Another great, colourful and time consuming creative outlet for your journey. I LOVE a good colouring book, especially when I know its something I can keep coming back to throughout the flight if I need a break.

Take a self care kit with you. – This is SO important. Being up in the air for a long period of time really dries out your skin so take a mini self care kit! Some flights have the pleasure of giving you your own self care kit but to be on the safe side pack a little bag with moisturiser, some lip balm, maybe even some deodorant to feel fresher when you land and some baby/face/refreshing wipes as well. There is nothing worse than coming off a flight and feeling grotty and unkempt, so its a nice little ritual to have.

Learn a language – Duolingo doesn’t require any wifi as they have an offline mode so you can revise and work through your module and learn all before you arrive in the country you’re going too! Maybe even take a languages workbook with you so you have something to physically fill out and not relying on your phone applications to learn.

Sleep – One of the most important things needed to function, but like myself, not everyone can sleep on planes! Bring a facemark or use the ones they offer to you, try and get as cosy as you can and just pass out for however many hours you can on your flight. Remember to set your alarm or let the air hostess know if you don’t want to miss a meal!

What do you do to keep busy during flights? Any and all recommendations welcome!

May Birchbox Goodies!

So this month we are naturally still deep in quarantine times mid Covid-19. A few restrictions have been loosened but you best believe I am still staying inside. And with staying inside means DELIVERIES. And deliveries means my May Birchbox, or BirchTIN I should say, has arrived!

This month delivered a beautiful lil’ tin of wonder to my front door in peachy colours and floral tones! Another beautiful tin to add for bits and bobs for storage as I will be using these products asap!

So what did I get in this months haul?

Manna Kadar Hot Pink Black Mascara – A beautiful shaped product to go with the immense colour of hot pink. I love mascara. I’m a huge fan, always hoarding that shit and winged eyeliner so I was super happy to have received this and can’t wait to try it out on my Saturday weekly Zoom chats where I actually do my make up! Flake free and fuller lashes fuck me uP! RRP – £23.00.

Balance Me PHA Clarifying Mist – Spray this bad boy on anywhere your spots are being a pain. This PHA spray unblocks pores and brightens your complexion. Its also really really refreshing and I need this in my life because Corona Isolation Break outs are REAL. RRP – £18.00.

Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Mask – Now as I have such sensitive skin I offer a lot of my face masks to my best girlfriends and I know they LOVE them. But this time, I might give this one a go as it sounds amazing and hopefully my skin shouldn’t react. This was invigorates, detoxify, refines and brightens your skin! Apparently 96% of people see results, can’t say no to that aye? RRP – £41.90.

Luxliss Argan Oil & Marula Conditioner – I am STRAIGHT on this. I have long hair and when I say long hair I mean ‘Just above my arse and can nearly sit on it’ long. So finding a good conditioner for my hair is SO important and I’ve used this before so I KNOW it works wonders so I was gassed to see this in my tin! Argan and Marula oils being hydration queens this will NOT let you down. RRP – £19.00.

Sunny Isle Black Castor Oil Eyelash and Eyebrows Growth Serum – Now this product made my entire Birchtin smell amazing. And this product is FULL SIZE as well and usually RRP £17.00. Although I can’t say I will be using it asap as quarantine is helping my eyebrows grow don’t you worry. I haven’t seen a brow bar in at least 3 months.

Until Next month! Or Not, as I am finally cancelling my subscription, Its been good Birchbox but ya girl has to save for some BIG travels up and coming once this is all over. Its been a pleasure and thank you for seeing what I got each month!

Birchbox – April Goodies!

So I was going to cancel my Birchbox subscription but with everything going on I would much rather keep it going to give myself that extra something to look forward too at home, especially as Im certainly not heading out anywhere any time soon!

So this April was the Anthropology birchbox! Its beautifully patterned and also beautifully stocked with my products and tissue paper!

Here is what I received this month!

KNDR Beauty Mood Balm in Sorbert Serenity – This luscious lip balm is so smooth and creates a beautiful pink huge on your lips depending on your pH, it is different for everyone and for me this made my lips so pretty and pink! Super hydrating for your lips as well RRP £13.

Huygens Purifying Face Wash – Ideal for all skin types with tea tree, aloe vera and glycerin this removes all make up and leaves your skin refreshed and not tight either which is always nice when removing your make up! A beautiful purifying cleanser! RRP £21.

Brushworks Silicone Cleansing Pad – A Birchbox exclusive! To go alongside the purifying face wash this silicone cleansing pad has tiny bristles to make it that much better, effectively lifts dirt and you don’t even have to have make up on for it to make your skin feel so smooth with dental exfoliator. RRP £4.99.

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray – I LOVE These sprays because for me personally who struggles to sleep these are great and calming. A cocktail of lavender, chamomile, vetivers and patchouli you spray this spray on your pillow and is clinically proven to help you sleep better and get the relaxation you need! RRP £19.50.

Percy & Reed Eau My Goodness No-Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo – Ideal at the moment in these times of being at home, I find myself disheartened to do a lost of things, including washing my hair. So this dry shampoo is really useful and contains cornflour which absorbs excess oil without leaving a residue in your hair! So no hairspray marks whilst you apply the product! RRP £6.00.

All in all this months Birchbox has without a doubt for me been one of the best ones I’ve received and i am very pleased I didn’t cancel my subscription! Especially as in this time where we cannot go out its handy to have such useful and good products delivered to our door.

Stay safe and keep well, thank you for reading!

Birchbox – March Products

So this March the Birchbox theme was international Woman’s day!

Empowering and lifting up your fellow ladies is what makes the world go around, Share all the love and support in hard times like these, I hope you are all keeping safe!

So, to celebrate International woman’s day here is what I received in my March Birchbox!

Forgive Me Suzie Liquid Eyeshadow – I’ve never owned a liquid eyeshadow but this product looks really easy and useful especially when doing eyeshadow can be incredibly time consuming! Its a beautiful smokey colour as well, I am excited to try this one! Especially as it doesn’t budge or smudge! RRP £8.00.

The Beauty Crop Wing Woman Liquid Eyeliner – WE ALL KNOW I LOVE A GOOD EYELINER, So to have another when I have already nearly used up BOTH of the ones I received before, it’ll be good to use this one, liquid eyeliner is the way forward. RRP £14.00.

Balance Me Vitamin C Repair Serum – Not something I would use as it combats anti-aging and I feel at 23 I’m doing okay! but the product itself looks really good, it brightens skin and leaves it supple and smooth! RRP £32.00.

Daily Concepts Dual Texture Body Scrubber – I use this every damn day since I got it. It has a handle so its really good to scrub all that body lotion in. It comes with a soft side and it also comes with an exfoliation side! Plus it is environmentally friendly and has a label on the side, so when the writing on the label fades, you know its time to throw it away! Mega impressed as I needed to buy a loofa and now I don’t!

Luseta Beauty Coconut Hair Mask – This smells phenomenal, it also really makes a nice difference on the hair! I was impressed with the fact that you leave it on for 10 minutes on damp hair and then wash it out with shampoo and you can smell the coconut is delicious, made me feel good in myself as for me washing my hair is a real pamper session.

So that is what I received in my March Birchbox!

This will be my LAST Birchbox blog post as to help save for the future I am Unsubscribing from the company! Luckily I have plenty of wonderful products to make good use of! Thank you very much for reading!

Birchbox – February Products

HAPPY VALENTINES!

Naturally the theme for the Birchbox this month was love and valentines themed!

How did you spend your valentines this year?

Me? In a club with my man and my favourite people! This was the day after Valentines, Actual valentines day was spent with my family and my man with a nice dinner around the table!

So what did I receive in my Valentines Birchbox?

A lovely Velvet Birchbox make up bag was also included in this months box!

Beautaniq Beauty Bloom Blush – Another beautiful blush to add to the collection, looks really pigmented and also came full size too! A velvety, lightweight powder. Will definitely be trying this out on my night out Friday! RRP: £9.50.

Lord & Berry Lip Crayon – Another full size item! This lip pencil also matches a lot of my MAC lipstick colours which means this is perfect for my make up routine! RRP: £14.00

Vitamasques Lip Mask – Basically lip fillers but without the actual fillers. Infused with Hyaluronic acid, collagen boosters and mulberry extract! And only takes 15 minutes to take action, definitely going to give this a go and let my man decide if its any good, haha! RRP: 4.99.

Anatomicals Rose Hand Cream – I love a good hand cream as I have incredibly dry skin, it smells like a dream and I am definitely going to put this in my handbag! Especially with that blend of Shea Butter and Rose, hydrating my skin left right and centre! RRP: £2.49

Amika Jelly Shampoo – I LOVE new hair products, I am excited to try this product as it completely resets and replenishes your hair and can be used on all hair types! You use this just like normal shampoo and it contains charcoal, pink clay, and sea salt to purify! I would have beach curls without the beach! RRP: 20.00

Spacemask Rose Masks – I don’t usually wear space masks to sleep as I am usually pretty good at sleeping as I am always tired (what’s new) But I am definitely going to take this with me on my travels! RRP: £5.50.

So that is what I have received this months Birchbox! All very pretty in pink and perfect products! Let me know what you got in your box!

Birchbox – January Products

This Months Goodies!

This months Birchbox was incredibly pretty. Pink, white and silver lined marble, it was one to admire for sure! Plus this month Birchbox teamed up with Rochelle Humes!

Naming the box ‘Just the way you are’.This box is all about more self care, more self love, you are great just the way you are. How you can learn to “embrace what makes you, you”. Really warm words which a lot of people need to hear!

1.The Beauty Crop Glow Milk

This one came in an actual small milk carton! It is actually so cute and cool, I am very excited to use this product as I have never used anything like it. It even has coconut and organ oil in, really good for the skin. Hydrating too! – RRP £15.00

2. Greenfrog Botanic Argan Oil Body Lotion

A recyclable bottle, more Argan oil and 48 hour moisturising power! I have the driest skin so I am excited to use something other than my E45! 85% Natural ingredients and smells really fresh – RRP £9.95

3. Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvinator

This one will be really great for my face in the mornings! A full sub that smells like papaya and has micro-crystals and aloe! I love aloe and find it so refreshing so it will be nice. I can’t wait to use this after taking my make up off as well. My face will feel so fresh! – RRP £26.00

4. Melusine Jade Roller

I am incredibly unsure about this one. I have never used anything like this before and I am unsure if i will use it. It is for contact use on your face to get rid of lines and keep your skin soft, refreshed and fast track flawless skin! “Perfect for easing stress at the end of a long day”. – RRP £15.50

5. Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner

Birchbox has made me love Philip Kingsley products. Tangle free is what I DREAM of, especially with the length of my hair. I don’t know what it is like to not have knots. Apparently this will also make your hair shiny and keep its bounce, I Love my waves. “Say hello to good hair days!” – RRP £19.50.

So that is what I received this month, Was really happy with this box as I will use all of the products as soon as possible! It’s not something I have to wait to use, It is so nice enjoying my self care routines more and Birchbox has really, really helped me to do that!

I have a small box in my bathroom absolutely filled with my products waiting to be tried and tested, makes everything that little more exciting!

Until next month! J x

Birchbox – December Products!

Happy New year you wonderful people!

It’s been one hell of a year 2019, and 2020 is about to get 10x better!

This year is going to be full of positivity and travelling! Also, More blogging! Going to really try and get a hold of posting at least 2 blog posts a week whilst working a little harder on my content, I am also going self hosted with WordPress now I can finally afford it!

Lots of Sri Lanka, Cambridge and London posts to come, as well as 4 new Travel Rolls to my YouTube channel! Lots and lots in store!

So lets see what we got in this December BirchBAG I should say!

For starters it wasn’t a box, it was a gorgeous make up bag! Velvet with a gold star on the front, I have already moved all of my make up into the bag! I definitely needed a new one so I am so happy with this one, saved me buying one!

We also got a free bag of Candy Kittens! SO tasty!

1.Forgive Me Sizzle Eyeshadow Palette

This Birchbox I was going to receive 1 of 2 different eyeshadow palettes! The colours were perfect for the festive season and such a nice variety considering it was only 5 colours, they are really well pigmented when on as well! – RRP £9.00

2. Birchbox Eyeshadow Brush

We received a small eyeshadow brush with the palette, super helpful although I have so many brushes I may drown in them. – RRP £4.00

3. Daily Concepts Mother of Pearl Soap Sponge

MAN THIS SOAP SMELLS SO GOOD. I am yet to use this yet as I have a few lovely products to try in the shower but this sponge is to exfoliate and refresh your skin, it can be used up to 60 times before you need to get a new one! – RRP £6.PP

4. Percy & Reed Session Hold Spray

We love a good hairspray! Although I don’t often use hairspray as I have way too much hair and would use this entire canister on one hairdo. On the slick back hair do’s it works wonderfully! -RRP £12.50

5. Rituals Shower Oil

Another product that makes my skin feel amazingly smooth and replenished! “To Turn Every Day Routines into More Meaningful Rituals!” – RRP £8.50.

6. Vitamasques Diamond Eye Pads

A blend of Diamond Powder and Caffeine to depuff your eyes! Another eye mask for the ages, although again I can’t use this product on my face, so I am sure it works wonderfully, I just won’t find out (sad face) – RRP £4.50.

So this is the contents of my December Birchbag! By far some of the best products I have had delivered so far! Can’t wait to see what January holds!

Till next time!

Birchbox – October Products!

My October Birchbox goodies!

This one was a deep purple box making me feel really spooky and autumnal, the products inside were also so great and appropriate for the cold weather!

This boxes quote was Reach of the Stars! It also had purple paper bedding for all the products which I didn’t mention in my last blog post, I love this as an extra touch! I actually keep the paper colored bedding for my scrapbook as it is so pretty and it’s good to reuse!

So here are the October products!

1.GLOV Reusable Makeup remover pad

I really liked this one because it was soft and it is also reusable! My stepmum is all about things that are reusable to make less waste in the house so she was also chuffed with this one!

2. In Transit Camera Close-up mask, moisturiser and primer in one!

I am yet to use this one yet as it apparently makes your face feel really fresh before you apply your make-up! I will definitely be giving this a go for my pre-work make up routine.

3. Philip Kingsley Flakey/Itchy Shampoo

Not a product I will use as this is (luckily) not something I need to try!

4. FierceFLICKS Eyeliner

I LOVE EYELINER. I said thi in my last post and I WILL SAY IT IN THIS POST AND TO MY GRAVE. I love it, use it nearly every day at work, and generally so to receive another Eyeliner was a dream come true especially as I prefer the pens to the liquid as my hand isn’t all that steady so this has been a dream to use as it stays on also!

5. Morning Goggle Eye Mask

I’m going to give this one to my sister to try as I am usually allergic to a lot of masks, all the ones I’ve tried so far unfortunately. I’m looking forward to seeing how she finds it!

So that wraps up my October Birchbox Goodies!

I am SO READY for next months goodies, I even have the cutest little basket with a base layer of the paper decor they put in all the boxes and all the products I’ve received so far on my dresser! So many things to try and use, see you next month for November’s box!

OOOOooh I am feeling Autumnal but spooky already!

J x