I recently decided to sign up for a while with Birchbox. Having seen a bit of advertising here and there, I think I saw mainly “drug store” brands on the adverts and it kind of put me off a bit. I guess I just didn’t see the point of subscribing to a box of stuff I could probably just go and get in Tesco or Boots. But I recently thought I should at least give it a fair go and, so I have.
When my box arrived I was first of all struck by how much smaller it seemed compared to other boxes I subscribe to. Now, trust me when I say that size doesn’t matter and that, actually, great things come in small packages!
Just take a look at this cute little box with a drawer containing all the goodies! The Spring flowers and bright colours are perfect for April. I have a tendency to hang on to bits and bobs and so here is another little storage option for me. Waste not want not, right?
The theme for this month is “The Bold and the Beautiful” and was curated in partnership with Boden, the Iconic fashion brand. The idea of being bold and beautiful is something that I feel like I strive to be in a world that a lot of the time seems to want to dictate what we should look like, what we should wear, what size we should be. Not to mention, how we should be… but that’s a discussion for another day! So this box is about incorporating the products provided into our routines in any which way we damn well please. Use them all, every day. Or don’t. Whatever floats your boat.
And so to business….
What’s in the box?
Baija Paris – Creme Moana in Fleur de Tiare rrp £15.90
~ I was pleasantly surprised to receive a body lotion. And I definitely feel like this is lovely quality. A little certainly does go a long way and the scent is stunning. Tropical and sweet.
Some notable ingredients such as Shea & Cupuacu (a relative of the cacao tree) Butters, Coconut Oil and Jojoba Wax, set this up as a real nourishing treat ~
Polaar – IcePure Gentle Scrub rrp £23.50
~ Cleansing Scrubs will never get shunned in this house so a new one to add to my collection is absolutely fine by me. As well as a new brand for me, this contains a new ingredient too. Arctic Cotton. Apparently a powerhouse ingredient which is known for its moisturising properties as well as high levels of minerals to help detox your skin and flavonoids that will instantly soothe the skin. Even though it’s suitable for sensitive skin you can have a good exfoliation, from what I assume is Pumice (as it’s listed in the ingredients – and it definitely feels gritty as opposed to silicone-y) as well as hydration. I’m expecting lovely things from this little, delicious smelling beaut ~
Nip & Fab Colour Correcting Concealer rrp £8.95
~ When it comes to the search for my Holy Grail in the Concealer department, I am always on the look out for new ones to try. I actually always focus on finding one that will cover PIH (post inflammatory hyper pigmentation) – basically dark scar marks from the cystic acne that has become a monthly visitor. I have, therefore, passed on finding a specific concealer for under eye brightening.
The arrival of the Nip & Fab (full size) Colour Correcting Concealer was good timing. Although there were other colours available (given the choice, I would have gone for the Green which helps to neutralise blemishes/redness) – I got the Yellow, suitably called Banana.
These CC Concealers act as a coloured make up pre-step to help with enhancing complexions and balance imperfections. Your base products can then go on top. I gave this a little go earlier and I can see the benefits of it ~
Manna Kadar Cosmetics – Radiance Split Pan Bronzer & Highlighter Duo rrp £17.00
~ Some of you will already know that I am a Bronzer Whore. It doesn’t matter whether I’m going down to the post office or on a night out, bronzer must happen – and mascara – to avoid the whole boiled egg look. For this next product I was given a choice of either this full size Bronzer / Highlighter Duo or a setting powder by the same brand. After zero minutes of careful consideration I decided on bronzer please. I have, of course, already used this today. It’s a new brand to me and considering that it’s labelled as a full size in the info sheet, it is a bit on the “wee” side. However! This stuff has pigment for daaaaaaayyyyys. Seriously. A little teeny bit is all you need – both for the bronzer and the highlighter. I do believe I actually (unintentionally) ended up with a couple of fabulous cheekbones today. Love it ~
Amika – The Shield Style Extending Spray rrp £20.00
~ I’m usually not too bothered about receiving hair styling products as I generally don’t actually style my hair. It sees the hair straightening irons once a week and that’s about it. Never a hairdryer. At first glance I assumed this little spray bottle to be the latest dry shampoo – again, something that I’ve never really got into. On closer inspection it turned out to be a heat activated style extending spray that helps to protect hair from UV rays (a nightmare for colour treated hair in particular), heat, pollution and frizz.
It smells gorgeous and actually didn’t seem to leave my hair feeling thick with product either. It’s a small can for me to try out but as I don’t style regularly, it’ll probably last a few more goes. It contains antioxidant rich Sea Buckthorn Berry which will nourish hair and help defend against colour oxidation. With a dash of hydrolyzed Keratin thrown in I reckon this will be a pretty good holiday hair companion ~
Unicorn Tears Wonder Sponge
~ This was an additional item included as a free gift as I’d signed up in April. I am yet to use it, but anything that vaguely relates to Unicorns always makes me smile. And lets face it: You can never have too many makeup sponges. Or Unicorns ~
~ I am very pleased with my first ever Birchbox and I will be continuing with the subscription for a few more months so that I can get a good feel for the relevance, and value of the box. My first impressions are that with a great selection of new brands and products, at £10.00 per month +p&p I feel like that this is excellent value for money~
Thank you Birchbox!