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Merry Monday

It’s monday here on A Girl Behind a Lens and you know what that means… (hands up if you read that as if you were Daily Grace).
This Monday, the sun’s out, you probably won’t be at work or school, and so you’re day is probably already going great! In my eyes everyone begins to become much happier when summer’s approaching, the weathers warm, and we have time to spend with the people closest to us. But, we can’t let our happiness ONLY be down to the sun, and the season. We have control of how we feel. Sometimes it might not feel like we do, but believe me we can make a difference to how we feel, whether the sun’s out regardless. 
Having done more than half my exams now and only having to go to school for relevant subjects starting June, I am feeling very HAPPY lately and I hope all of you are too, whatever you’re doing. I’m someone who believes the smallest change can contribute to our happiness. If you’re not feeling as good as you have previously, do something about it!
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Loves of Last Month: April


(This is ridiculously late…sorry!)

It’s not every month I try new products and like them enough to put together a Loves of Last month post, but in April I began using some products that I absolutely love now and so as we’re only just in May I thought
I’d share them with you!

So.. The first product I purchased very early on in April was the MUA Undressed Eyeshadow Palette which I have been using on a daily basis recently. It is an exact dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Palette and even though the £4 price tag may make you think there’s no way on earth they’re going to have good pay off, the MUA palette actually contains pigmented, good quality shadows, which are by far great value for the money you would have spent on it!

In April I also purchased the Real techniques Core Collection from Amazon at a great reduced price. At the time, the Core Collection cost me around £14 so I couldn’t pass up the chance to get myself on the Real Techniques bandwagon. The collection brushes are still at a discounted price, but the discount isn’t as big as it was when I made this cheeky little purchase at the beginning of last month. Before, I was using Fearne Cotton’s brushes and although they used to be my go to brushes and were covered in a pretty floral pattern, these have been pushed to one side. The Core Collection kit works wonders on perfecting the base for any look and I highly recommend them, knowing I will be investing in the other kits and single brushes very soon!
If you want to check these out get over here now.

Last Month was the month when I began making more of an effort with my nails and really got into using pretty pastel shades to complement my winter to spring outfits. After seeing millions of posts (this is definitely an exaggeration, I didn’t actually sit reading a million blog posts) on the Barry m Gelly Hi-shine nail polishes I had to get myself one to try out too! I chose Prickly Pear which is a lovely shade of lilac, and loved using it last month.

There have been two main hair products I have used A LOT, which I only really started using in April after purchasing them months ago. The first one is the Tresemme 24 hour body blow dry lotion. I apply this to the roots of wet hair, and then blow dry it using a round brush. I find that this product gives my hair more volume at the roots of my hair which is where I need it most. I have naturally thick hair but I only really get great volume at the bottom of it. I’ve loved using this spray in the previous month and have found it great for balancing my natural volume out and giving my hair more of it at the top.

The second hair product is also a spray. It is the Trevor Sorbie protect, flatten & shine spray. Last year I used to straighten my hair everyday using the Vo5 heat protector spray, and even though I made sure to protect it against any heat, it wasn’t ever going to do my hair a great deal of good. So earlier this year I learnt to embrace my natural hair (wavy to curly) and stopped straightening my hair like I did before. It was only until last month that I began to get my straighteners out again, promising myself not to go back to my every day heat required period of time. I thought I’d try out the Trevor Sorbie protect, flatten & shine s

pray as it’s been hidden away since I purchased it in January this year, and overall I’ve been really impressed with it. Usually I find that heat protector sprays have quite a strong and harsh scent but this one smells really nice and leaves my hair smelling fresh throughout the day. As it is also specifically for use when straightening hair, it also helps me in doing this and leaves me not needing to set my straighteners on such a high temperature. I really like this heat protector spray and favour it over any other I’ve previously tried.

What have you been loving during the previous month? Have you tried any of the products mentioned in this post?

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GLOSSYBOX IS 2!! May 2013 Birthday Edition Box

This month Glossybox became 2 and I was quick to realise it would be a good idea to re-join in, in all the action. It was a smart move, because today I received May’s Birthday Edition box and it’s a good ‘un! Not only did Glossybox give everyone an extra gift of a little pack of mini nail files, but I was also given more than one full sized product!

This month the box was tied with a neon pink ribbon, wrapped in beauty/birthday tissue paper and sealed with a number 2 sticker. Inside my box were three full sized products, 2 product samples, as well as the extra Glossybox gift. 
The first full sized product is a Headline Colors nail polish. In the leaflet inside the Glossybox, the shade I received (Twisted Silk) is pictured as part of the Spring/Summer Collection, however online, it’s shown in the Autumn/Winter collection. Anyway, whichever collection the polish comes from, after quickly testing it out, I found it to have great application and a glossy finish. The Twisted Silk colour is a very pale, girly pink which would work great with a tan this summer. It also says they’re limited edition so you can check them out over here if you’re interested!
The next full sized product is a Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes mascara. It’s part of the One Swipe and Go collection and usually retails for £15! You can find this over on their website here.
I was also sent a Caudalie Divine Oil which can be used as a massage or bath oil, or
for your hair, face, or nails. In the leaflet it says “…its unique blend of grape, hibiscus, sesame and argan oils are immediately absorbed into the skin with a non-greasy finish…”. This costs £4.05 for 15ml and can be found here.
The two sample sized products are from Beautiful Movements Cosmetics and L’Occitane. Previously you may have been given a BM Beauty loose powder like I did. BM Beauty is now known as Beautiful Moments Cosmetics and this time in the box we were sent a Prime & Create Mixing Medium. This is a new launch and is a clear aloe vera based gel. It can be mixed with any powder to create a cream based product or used as a primer to achieve a matte, shine-free base. I also received a L’Occitaine en Provence Angelica Hydration cream for face and neck use, which is stored in a small pot, ideal for handbags!
I really like this month’s box and the added bonus of more full sized products was great!
Are you subscribed to any beauty boxes? What did you get in yours this month?