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Hi! I’m Sarah.

I aim to bring you, honest, unbiased reviews of beauty boxes along with skin care products and cosmetics. All boxes I review are paid for by myself unless otherwise stated by an asterisk (*).

For me,  beauty should start from the base, skin deep and therefore skin care is a  big priority for me. Why buy expensive cosmetic products to cover up minor flaws & blemishes etc. If you have a good skincare routine, you will have beautiful skin, to begin with, and won’t need to cover it up.

In 2015 I adopted the Korean skincare routine, so I will also aim to bring reviews on a lot of Korean beauty & skin care products. I also love to use natural products as my skin really loves them.

And as for me? Well, I am just your average forty-something woman with a love for skin care, makeup and beauty products. I am a mother of 5 children, the youngest being 15, the eldest being 25. I am also a Spoonie, ( Fibroosteoarthritis & Degenerative Disc Disease) and I have Type 2 Diabetes, PCOS and Pressure Urticaria, along with severe clinical depression and anxiety. That means I take an awful lot of medication on a daily basis. Nearly 30 tablets a day to be more precise.

In April 2017 I was also diagnosed with Horton’s Disease aka Giant Cell Arteritis.

Due to the steroids, I take for the Horton’s Disease, I lost my hair and it also affects my blood sugars and a year on in 2018, they are still in the 20s and I have just switched to two new insulin, which they hope will get them more under control. I’m still suffering severe head pain most days & am often exhausted on a regular basis. I’m currently waiting to see a neurologist to see if they will be able to shed any more light on it, as my new doctor wants to make sure it isn’t Trigeminal Neuralgia. He’s put me on a new medication which is supposed to be effective after a couple of days or so against Trigeminal Neuralgia, however, I haven’t noticed any difference, other than feeling more drowsy.

UPDATE 2019


I am still experiencing severe head pain and am now under a Neurologist who has been sending me for various MRIs, CAT scans and to see other consultants. One of which has referred me for a PET scan, IF the hospital will allow due to the expense. I definitely DO NOT have Trigeminal Neuralgia, so the medication for that was stopped. Although now I have additional meds and also an increase in the different types of insulin I take & have also recently started Trulicty injection once a week. My Blood sugars are still high and just don’t seem to want to come down. I also was told I have Chronic Microcytic Anaemia and have recently had two iron infusions in the hopes they will help but they don’t know the actual cause of it. So everything is still ongoing and I am still waiting on answers.

My skin type is dry/sensitive so the products I review will be suited to my skin type mostly.

Aside from loving beauty and skin care, I also am a little bit of a gamer. I used to play World of Warcraft but mainly play just Diablo 3 these days but I have over 240 games on my Steam account too. I’m not saying I am any good at gaming lol but it’s something that I enjoy and it’s a bit of escapism for me and takes my mind off the chronic pain I suffer with.

Due to my illnesses, mainly my DDD,  I have been housebound for the last 8 years and I am bedridden too. My life is spent 24/7 in my bedroom. It takes a toll on you mentally living with chronic pain and being confined to bed. That is another reason why I started blogging; to give me something to focus on other than my chronic illness & other health issues. I feel like I have some purpose again, and I hope to make new friends. I get to talk about things I love with like-minded people. It’s kind of perfect.

I discovered the world of beauty box subscriptions in 2015 and you could say they became my ‘catnip’, hence the title of my blog, ‘Boxnip‘.

I am truly addicted to beauty boxes, and subscribe to quite a few and will hopefully be trying out more in the future. At the moment I subscribe to:-

Active Subscriptions

Inactive Subscriptions

I really hope you enjoy your stay here and will drop by again real soon. Don’t forget to follow me on tweet regularly, post on my Facebook page and Instagram most days.

until next time Sarah
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