Destination: Disappointment (Birchbox)



IMG_0446Hmm, this is not a post I ever expected to write. I heard about Birchbox last year some time but I forgot about it until about a week ago my Bloglovin’ feed BLEW UP with people raving about the February box, so I thought you know what, I love finding new products and brands so I’m gonna try it! This was Tuesday and it arrived today, so a fairly quick delivery. However, it was dropped off by a couple in a clapped out Ford and the seal was broken with a piece of Sellotape over the top.. I opened the box and it was the official box, despite initial worries! I opened up the box and I was first wowed by the classy box and the practical drawstring bag, but the actual products I couldn’t help but think *meh* I was never expecting full-sized products but seriously?! The samples were tiny.

Overall, I feel like I didn’t get my moneys worth out of it, but hey ho, it could just be February’s box that isn’t Wowing me, so who knows March’s may blow me away! One thing I do have to mention are the little cards with tips on one side and quotes on the other which I do like and two of them have taken place above Johnny Depp on my cork-board in my bedroom! I’m not giving up on it yet! On the flip side, something or someone I am LOVING at the moment is Blogilates! Yeah, Cassey Ho is my god right now, she says ‘Jump’ I say ‘How high?’ well actually, I’m more ‘No. my muscles, don’t make me do that’ but I know it will be worth it in the end when I’m on a Turkish beach in August!

What are your views on Birchbox?

Amy x


This week.. I went Shopping

Today has been fairly quiet, but I have tried out my new make up, that I mentioned in my most recent post here and I thought I would share it with you all 🙂

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photo 1 (5)I apologise for the glazed look in my eyes that makes it look like I don’t have two brain cells to rub together, it’s just how my face photographs 😦 But I am wearing the eyeshadow and brown eyeliner that I mentioned in my last post and I am actually really impressed by it! The pink shade which I applied to my lids really made the green in my eyes come out. even my 13 year old sister commented on them and said they look ‘golden’ so a definite win for me! On my lips I have Revlon’s Colourburst Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon and I kept the rest of face fairly simple!!

As for the week it was fairly quiet with college and work! Me and Tom didn’t do anything for Valentines day as we were both working all night, but we’ve had a nice quiet weekend. As for the rest of the evening I plan on watching the BAFTAs whilst Tom draws laying on the floor as he’s pulled his hamstring and it’s the only way he can get comfy 😦

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Hows your week been?

Amy x

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Payday Perks

What started of as a cup of coffee with the significant other ended up as shopping, and this is what I bought!

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These were the item of the day! I have been dreaming of a pair of boots like these for months and when I came across these in H&M for £29.99, I could hear the angles sing! The crappy iPhone camera doesn’t do theses bad boys justice!! I can wear these with jeans, with skirts, they are just the bomb!!

After my Hallelujah moment in H&M I moved onto Boots and mainly repurchased items that I had already run out of, but I also bought a few new things as well!

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Again, please excuse the truly terrible quality of photo!! As you can see The Rocket Volume Mascara and Stay Matte Powder have found there ways back into my basket, but bought with them a few friends including Maybelline’s Diamond Glow eyeshadow which I unfortunately cannot find online anywhere :(, Maybelline’s Soft Kohl pencil in Brown which again is not online 😡 And last but not least is also from Maybelline and is the Colour Show Nail Polish in Plum Parade. I have not tried any of the new products yet, but will be sure to let you know how I get on with them when I do!

Amy x

How To Find Me Elsewhere

I was recently advised that I should make a Twitter and Instagram account for PaperbacksandBlush so that is exactly what I went to do! So now, if you have any desire to know what I am up to on a day to day basis, well now you can!!


Instagram: @paperbacksandblush


So please, go all follow me I’m all lonely

What are your usernames?

Amy x

My Skincare Products

photoYesterday, one of the girls I work with asked me what I use on my skin, and I thought why not make a post about it?

From the age of 13 my skin was not the best – it wasn’t the worst but as a teenager trying to survive her way through high school, I saw it as a catastrophe, However it wasn’t until I was 16 that I found the world of cosmetics in the form of ProActiv which was a life saver!! My skin was red all over with frequent breakouts, this cleared it up perfectly! Now, my skin is 85% better, I get the occasional breakout and overall I don’t suffer from the redness that I used to. My skin no longer needs anything as heavy-duty as ProActiv just something to still keep it under control. And this is what I use!!

As a face wash/cleanser I use The Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser, although I don’t use this as a make-up remover I use No7 Face Wipes which, I know is a big skin No-No, but they get rid of all make up and don’t break me out, so I have no reason not to use them! Anyway, one pump of this is enough and it foams instantly, I smells of tea tree – unsurprisingly and I love it, especially in the morning, it smells clean which makes me think it is actually doing some good!

Two or Three times a week, normally if I am having a lazy bath day I use No7 beautiful Skin Purifying Exfoliator, whilst still in the shower after the tea tree face wash and then wash my face again. Once I am out of the shower I use Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion Number 3 on a cotton pad and run it over my T-Zone and then the rest of my face and finally my neck, this does sit on your skin for a while, but once it has sunk in I apply Garnier’s Moisture Match Shine Be Gone which is aimed at Combination/Oily skin all over my face and neck, I only apply a thin layer and it sinks in pretty quickly!!

So, not a very high maintenance routine but it keeps my skin in check, and it’s made up of mainly drug store products so it’s a win-win situation!!

What do you use to keep your skin under control?

Amy x


This week…. I broke down.



This was going to be a ‘My Week In Pictures’ post but then, well this happened.1896922_10201610669930153_1738355707_n


So it’s half six on a cold Sunday afternoon and I’m giving my boyfriend a lift to work before going home for a Roast Dinner with my parents, sister and my Gran and my car cuts out. What a brilliant way to end the week, by spending two hours standing on the side of the road whilst a fairly attractive guy tries to find out what’s wrong.

This week started out good, as seen in my previous post, me and Tom had a nice cup of coffee and were set for a quiet week – that did not go to plan, things just kept throwing themselves at us – an essay on the influence of the growing middle class of China, TV license payments, relatives in hospital. Urgh. I’m glad this week is over!

Anyway, rant over – on to next week, it’s the last week of college before a week off, Valentine’s day and pay day 😀 All in all, I need a nice warm and a night in front of the fire!

How has your week been then?

Amy x

A Bit Of Quality Time

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You know when you see someone nearly every single day, but you don’t really SEE them? Well, I realised that is exactly what me and my boyfriend have slipped into in January. We see each other everyday, yet at the end of the day I miss him as much as I would if he wasn’t there. We have got into the habit of going to bed at different times, I have to be up at half 7 in the morning, so I go to bed and he works nights, so even on his days off by the time he’s tired I’m already fast asleep, which means that we hardly get to see each other as it is and the time that we are with each other, he’ll be on the Xbox and I’ll be playing the Sims or Zoo Tycoon on my laptop (Don’t judge me, I’ve been playing them both since I was 11, it’s not an addiction, I promise). But we’ve decided this month to change that and already, it’s so much better.

The flat is a 20 minute walk to Norwich city centre which is full to the brim with cute little pubs and cafes, yet we’ve always neglected them for Starbucks and McDonald’s and used the excuse that it’s convenient – there is a Starbucks in my college and I have to go to McDonald’s to work). And the first placed we visited was 7 Surrey Street, which I recommend to anyone living in the Norwich area, it is opposite Aviva near the bus station. Now, I am about to say something that I wouldn’t say on a whim –

7 Surrey Street has the best Coffee I have ever had.

Yeah. Take it in. But in all serious-ness we bought our monthly magazines and we sat and had coffee and just enjoyed each others company. Which was good seeing as we had no other company, seriously the city was dead.  The picture on the left is in the cafe (we were sitting by the window) and the other is in the middle of Chapelfield Shopping Centre whilst waiting for the other half to get out of Sportsdirect!

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Where are your favourite places to grab a cup of coffee?

Amy x