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Monday, 6 June 2016

Birchbox Unboxing & Review - June Edition

I came home today to a little surprise left by my door. It was Birchbox day! 

The June Birchbox has clearly been inspired by summer, with its blue and yellow palm tree covered design. I love how this month its housed in a rather cute keepsake drawer, rather than the standard box.

Open up the drawer and inside you will find 5 beauty goodies awaiting you. This month il be saving them all for my upcoming holiday, as they will make great travel sized essentials (leaving more room in my suitcase for more make-up, always a good thing right?!)

First up is a pack of skin care wipes by brand 'Yes To...' 
Ive actually tried out the coconut variation of these wipes before and they are the perfect thing to throw in your beachbag, so I'm excited to try the cucumber variety which I imagine will be quite refreshing and cooling. 

Next is a cute miniature hairspray by Percy And Reed, an absolute favourite brand of mine when it comes to hair styling (I can't live without their volumising mouse!) 

Ive always got a miniature hairspray in my bag. One of my top tips is to simply tip your head upside down and use a light mist of hairspray at the roots, flip your hair over and your blow-dry will be instantly revitalised. Il be carrying this with me in my handbag on holiday nights out for sure.

Next up is sample of a nourishing hair mask by Amika. Amika is a brand I have sampled once before through Birchbox and I enjoyed the shampoo I tried out in the past. This is a really generous sample size and having highlighted hair I find using a weekly hair mask is a must, so I'm looking forward to giving this a go.

 Try combing this through the hair, and tie it up in a bun when your relaxing by the pool. The mask will protect the hair from the suns harsh rays and stop colour fading, whilst the heat from the sun will let the mask penetrate deeper, leaving you with super nourished hair when you shower it off after a spot of sunbathing!

I was excited to spot this eye brightener and waterline by Jelly Pong Pong inside this months box. I love this brand and its cutesy products which always perform just as well as they look. Im obsessed with lining my waterline with a cream toned pencil to really open up the eye. It looks so much more natural than using a stark white liner, and doubles up as a matte highlighter. It could be used to highlight down the bridge of the nose or the cheek bones for a contouring effect too, so this is a great space saver for your travel make-up bag.

Last (but not least) is this moisturiser and SPF by Paula's Choice. I know Paula's Choice is a really popular brand in the states, but I haven't yet actually tried any of her products so I'm excited to give this a go. This moisturiser is said to go on clear with a mattifying effect, so it can essentially be used as a primer under make up with SPF to boot. A great multitasker and perfect for applying before stepping into the sun.

All in all im super impressed by June's Birch Box. All of the products are the type of items I would generally take away with me, so its perfect to have them all in travel sizes ready to go. All of the brands this month are very luxe, and I like the summer theme and pretty drawer style box. 

If you fancy joining Birchbox, use this link to recieve free shipping off your first box and £5.00 worth of birchbox points to spend on whatever you like in the beauty shop (Ive got my eye on a new beauty blender!) 

What did you get in your birchbox this month? Anything different? Let me know in the comments! 

My YouTube Chanel! And the award for most sporadic beauty blogger goes to....

Why me, of course. Apologies where apologies are due, I've been a pretty dire blogger of late. Im blaming a crazy busy flying schedule over the summer months and a general sense of laziness. I hope you can forgive me. 

Ive also been dabbling in the world of Youtube. As much as I enjoy sitting down to write, there's something much more natural and organic about chatting crap about the contents of my make up bag straight into the camera. Ive also become much more of a 'Vlog-watcher' than a 'Blog-reader' and so it felt like a natural step to take. Ive been taking some time to learn the basics. I've bought all of the equipment needed and I'm gingerly stepping into the world of Youtube. Ive downloaded Final Cut Pro,  Ive upgraded my DSLR and I've bought one of those ring light thingies. I basically have all the gear and no idea. But il get there. 

So if you fancy pre-subscribing to a channel with no subscribers, no videos and no views - (who wouldn't?!) - then please do. You can find me on youtube under the username Mimi Flys. I expect to have a video up soon, and il update on here once the channel has launched.

Id also love to hear from any fellow bloggers who are also just starting to create content for Youtube. Il also happily accept any video requests if theres anything you would particularly like to see. I'm already planning some 'come fly with me' style vlogs, perhaps a flight attendant Q&A and of course a heathy amount of beauty videos. So if you have any ideas, please do share them in the comments below.

It feels good to be back!

Monday, 1 February 2016

London Loving and Indian cooking.... with Try My Kitchen

So its 'new year - new me' and all that jazz, and so I thought I would start a new series here on Mimi Flys. Ive often talked about the best things to do when travelling, what to try, what to see, what to do - what not to miss. But I realised I hadn't really recommended much in my favourite city in the world - London! And luckily its my home!

So over the next few months i will be posting regularly in a new series of posts named London Loving. Il be recommending the best things to do, weather your a fellow Londoner or a tourist. We will be talking about the hidden gems that are outside of the usual tourist attractions and well worth checking out.

My first recommendation is a favourite of mine, and its called Try My Kitchen

If your a bit of a foodie like me, and you like the sound of combining trying new foods with socialising and learning a new skill in the kitchen - then this is the day in London for you!

Wether you fancy trying your hand at dim sum making, sushi rolling, or indian cooking, you'll be able to search the website by location, or food type - and you'll get a list of all of the upcoming classes that are being held. Prices are amazing, most are under £30 and you'll work your way through a menu, learning how to make each dish and finally getting to eat all of your hard work at the end! My friends and I recently tried my favourite, the Indian cooking class

Indian food has always been a favourite of mine, theres nothing I love more than spicy Paneer in a buttery sauce, all mopped up with a Naan bread stuffed with coconut and chillies - my mouth is almost watering as I type. But when it comes to my knowledge of actually making Indian food, it mostly consisted of picking up a phone and ordering a curry. That was until I discovered Try My Kitchen, and in particular their Indian cookery classes.

During the Indian cooking class in London, you'll start with a glass of Prosecco (because... well just because.) You'll then learn all about spices and how to use them in each dish. You'll create a menu of yummy indian starters and main courses, as well as spicy sides. In about two and a half hours you'll never want to order a take away again, and will leave feeling pretty smug (with a goody bag of spices and sweets in tow). I think an experience like this is something really different, and a great way of spending a day in London.  

The website also organises great supper clubs, so its worth keeping an eye out for those, if Indian cooking isn't your thing. 

I hope you enjoyed this post, and don't forget to bookmark Try my Kitchen if you fancy trying something new this year in London. 

Im hungry just thinking about it!

Until next time,


Saturday, 30 January 2016

Is this the best kept secret in Hair Appointments....? Book Your Lifestyle!

Recently I found myself in somewhat of a hair rut. My best friend and partner in long-hair crime had recently cut her hair into a cute Rosie Huntington Whiteley style lob. Suddenly my long hair that once felt glamorous appeared limp and styleless next to hers! Ive scrutinised photos of us together, her hair looking bouncy and effortless, my hair hanging like a pair of drab curtains. I never thought id say it, but I've got short hair envy. And Ive got it bad.

This led me on the search for a trust worthy hair salon in London, somewhere I can update my locks without the fear of scissor happy stylists turning me into a boy. I wanted to be able to look at reviews, see prices and salon recommendations without traipsing around the streets of London. On my search, I came across an amazing new website that makes finding a salon an absolute doddle, and I thought id share it with you. Its called Book Your Lifestyle.

Book Your Lifestyle basically compiles a list of London Salons and Spa's, in an easy to navigate way so that your next beauty appointment is at your fingertips. I love how I can search by postcode or area - for example to find a salon near to me I simply search for kensington hair salons...

This brings up a list of all of the Book Your Lifestyle approved hair salons in Kensington, I can then scroll through - check out pics and prices - and then book my appointment straight from the site. I can even pay online, and save myself the hassle on the day of my appointment. 

I love how its a great way of finding hidden gems. Its full of hair and beauty salons that you might not otherwise know existed, and you can have it all booked and paid for within seconds. 

Lastly its worth mentioning that in true Mimi style, I chickened out of having the chop pretty quickly.  I ended up having my usual trim, and trying out some new Balayage highlights in anticipation of spring (Yes, i know its only January!)  Im now addicted to Book your lifestyle, and I'm spending far too many hours a day browsing the website for my old flame - hair extensions... 

Im always going to be a Rapunzel at heart! 

You can find appointments in your area by visiting the book your lifestyle website here... Trust me, Its a game changer! 


Friday, 11 December 2015

Build your own Birchbox at Selfridges is back! Check out what I got inside...

Ooops, they did it again!

Birchbox and Selfridges London have come together once more with the crazy-good pop up - Build your own Birchbox. I came, I saw, I picked out 5 goodies and now I'm here to tell you its well worth a visit!

You might remember the last pop up back in August, and if you've found yourself pining over it - pine no more! Birchbox at Selfridges is back, and its better than ever!

Head down to the beauty workshop on the ground floor and you'l be greeted by one of the lovely birchbox helpers who will guide you through the process. You'll get a menu detailing the products on offer, a cute little drawstring bag and a beautiful limited edition birchbox to stash all your goodies in.

Browse the exciting display, and hand pick your five deluxe samples (although some are actually full sized) and take home to play with. Why not make two boxes, one for you and one for a fab Christmas gift? (I did!).

I was really impressed with the brands on offer including Benefit, The Balm, Living Proof, and Ole Henriksen to name but a few. I already had a few of the products, so I used the opportunity to grab a few favourites as back ups and to put some newbies to the test. 

Heres what I chose for mine...

Make up: Benefit Porefessional - A favourite primer of mine, so I jumped at this luggage friendly size. Perfect to take on my travels. 

SkinCare: Elemis Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream - This is a pretty generous sample and I'm currently using Elemis cleansing balm, so I'm excited to add this into my skincare routine.

Nails: Seche Vite - Full sized, and worth the price of the entire box! This was a no brainer, I literally can't paint my nails without it so this will go straight into the back up drawer!

Body Care: Caudalie Divine Oil - Another favourite of mine, and I've had a sample this size before that lasted for months! I use this everywhere - on my body, face, in my hair, in my bath. Its divine. Pardon the pun.

Hair Care: Phillip Kingsley One More Day Dry Shampoo - Im so bored of using Batiste dry shampoo, so I'm excited to try this version. Its the perfect size to travel with, and I find Phillip Kingsley products work really well with my hair type, so heres hoping!

Beauty Bonus! - L.Erickson Grab and Go Ponytail Tie - Just like in the monthly birchbox, you also get to choose a beauty extra. There were cute accessories and keychains to choose from, but I chose this metal free hair-tie. You can never have enough hair ties, right?

A great experience had all in all, I never pass up an opportunity to browse the halls of Selfridges and this gives you a great excuse. If your popping by I also highly recommend lunch at the 'forest on the roof', a fantastic restaurant and roof top bar. You'll be wrapped up in a cosy blanket and drinking hot cocktails before you know it! Try the mulled wine and the truffle fries - to. die. for.

Are you planning on visiting build your own Birchbox? Im more than tempted to visit again so perhaps il see you there! ;)


Sunday, 6 December 2015

My Christmas Wishlist.... Artis/Burberry/Anastasia/GHD and more!

Christmas is about a lot more than the material items. Im a true believer that Christmas is about family and celebration - love and kindness - and all the things money can't actually buy. That said, its actually about to get pretty damn materialistic up in here. *disclaimer*!

When I'm not actually out shopping, theres a 90% chance I'm day dreaming about shopping. Thats probably why I'm such a fan of a wishlist. Christmas is the time when your Wishlist can actually materialise in front of your eyes (fingers crossed!), and so I thought id share with you what I'm hoping to see under the tree this year.

GHD Classic Wave - I oohed and ahhed over these after they launched late last year, but I was already pretty happy with my trusty Conair curling tongs. But my old faithfuls have unfortunatly bit the dust, and now I can't stop thinking about GHDs version. Ive got visions of looking as if I've had my hair blowdried every single day in 2016, and I'm hoping it will be down to these bad boys.

Artis The Oval 8 Foundation Brush - Yes, this looks like a hairbrush you might find on top of a 50's style dressing table or something you might give as a christening gift - but its actually a foundation brush and a pretty amazing one at that. With hundreds and hundreds of hairs, this brush means business. Its said to apply your foundation in just a few swipes, leaving an airbrush style finish. Ive been meaning to try it for a while now, but lets be honest, theres just always something more important to spend £50 on. But Im hoping to see this under the tree!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit - I am a huge fan of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders (actually, who isn't?) but I'm intrigued by their blushes and bronzers. This seems like a good opportunity to try a few out all at once, with a few classics in the mix too. Oh, and look at that rosy gold packaging! In love.

Anastasia Highlighter in Hollywood -  This is something il be gifting myself this Christmas, as soon as I can track down somewhere that has stock of this colour. Ive heard surprisingly good things, and I'm a sucker for a highlighter - plus I'm generally impressed by the quality of Anastasia for a fairly reasonable price. I also love the fan detailing.

Burberry Cashmere Trench - I always like to throw something rediculously expensive into the mix, and I don't actually expect anybody to gift me this - but since I've seen this Burberry coat I just don't think any other coat will do! Burberry trenches are just so overpriced iconic and timeless, and I love this cashmere update. 

Jo Malone Velvet Rose & Oud Cologne - A Christmas list isn't really a Christmas list without a fragrance, and this really is some fragrance. Ive been in love with this since spraying myself liberally with it in duty free (don't judge!) - a little got on my scarf and now whenever I wear it I'm reminded how I need this in my life. Its 'sweet-but-incensey' and unlike anything I've tried before. I do think at £105.00 its overpriced for a Jo Malone product though, as lovely as it is. Dammit.

So there you have it, my lovely little list. Whats on yours? :)


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