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December Birchbox - Ready, Set, Glam

I can't believe that it is time for the last Birchbox post of 2019! This month, we received our goodies in this gorgeous velvet bag! It is the perfect size to use as a clutch, or a travel makeup bags. I love the combination of the navy bag with the pink star and zip. Navy and pink is a surprisingly good colour combination which I would never before put together, but in the last year or so I think it really has grown on me. Lots of the goodies this month are perfect for getting ready for the festive season! Let's see what's inside.

My December Birchbox featuring a variety of hair, skincare and makeup products
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The Most Delicious Chocolate Cake

If I could only eat one type of cake for the rest of my life, it would be chocolate cake! I am a serious chocolate lover but especially in baked goods! Today was my nana's birthday and I decided to bake a chocolate cake for her. It is very easy and tastes amazing. It also stays moist for days after - so you can eat it all week long. That is if there is any left! I love finding new recipes so I thought I would share this one with you. I'm definitely making it again!

chocolate cake
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Getting To Grips With Powder Highlighter

Is there any particular part of makeup that you struggle with? Whether its getting the perfect eyeliner flick, achieving a flawless red lip or not messing up nail polish (thank goodness for gel!) - there is often one thing that we 'struggle' against. For me, that is powder highlighter. Whilst it looks great on Instagram, in the flesh, powder highlighter can look really strange. I've tried many techniques, and powders and after many trials and tribulations - I think I've got it. Or least that I can work with!

A flat-lay of Sleek Makeup, Illamasqua and Benefit Highlighters
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Are You Bad At Sticking To Beauty Routines?

My name is Ellyn, and I am bad at sticking to beauty routines. I've written three posts about this in the last three years (2017, 2018, 2019) and guess what, I'm still not any better. I feel like many of these are quite common - or at least that is what I'm telling myself! I'd like to think that some of these are quite common, no matter who you are! As I have said in all of these, I really hope that one day I will be better but who knows! Check back in 2020!

A flat lay of makeup brushes, nail polish, lipstick, hand cream and body lotion
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