For The Dreamers..|Birchbox

IMG_2733.jpgBack at it again with the Birchbox! This is gonna be my last Birchbox post for now though.. I decided it was time to take a break and cancel my subscription. Even though I LOVE Birchbox, I felt I was getting a lot of the same types of products and it just wasn’t wowing me as much as it used to.. Anyway, things ended on a good note as I did get a lovely little selection in my box this month:

1. Spectrum Collections ‘Unicorn Tears Wonder Sponge’, £4.99IMG_2726.jpgI already have one of these wonder sponges from Spectrum Collections, but I was happy to see that I would be getting an extra from Birchbox. I’ve tried Real Techniques and Lottie London beauty sponges, and so far the Spectrum Collections is my favourite. It is the perfect combination of firm but bouncy, which makes it easy to apply and blend makeup.

2. theBalm Cosmetics Staniac in ‘Beauty Queen’, £10IMG_2728.jpgI am a big fan of multi-purpose products like this! Not only is it a lipgloss but it’s a cheek stain too. It leaves a really nice glossy colour for both purposes and would be so good as a travel product because it means you only need to take one product for lips and cheeks. I was previously disappointed with theBalm Cometics eyeshadow/blush I got in one of my Birchboxes, but I actually really like this product!

3. Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner, £11.50IMG_2729.jpgI always seem to get shampoo and conditioner combinations in my Birchboxes – even my friend mentioned how often I get them! Not complaining though because I’ve been a fan of each one I’ve received – this one including. Both products smell great and leave my hair nice and soft with a lovely shine. How I can tell if a shampoo is good is by the amount it lathers up – and this one passes the test!

4. Vasanti ‘Brighten Up!’ Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator, £26IMG_2730.jpgUsually I really like trying face scrubs.. But since discovering the St.Ives Apricot face scrub nothing quite compares. Unfortunately, this product is no exception. It is a lovely, gentle scrub that seems to nicely cleanse the face, but it just doesn’t compare to St. Ives!

5. Rituals Tao|Wai Wang Mild Exfoliating Body Scrub, £19.50IMG_2731.jpgThis product.. Is my new favourite body product. I really liked the Rituals body foam I got in my first ever Birchbox, so I was excited to receive this – I was not disappointed. For a sample product it is a really good size! It’s not full sized but I know I’ll get a lot out of it.

6. Vita Coco Coconut Oil, £9.99IMG_2732.jpgThis was a little extra I got this month! I haven’t actually used it yet, but I think I’m going to use it as a hair mask.. I’ve seen a lot of people recommend using it for your hair, so I’ll let you know how it goes!

So, for now, this is the last Birchbox post you’ll see from me! But I have a lot of other posts planned.. I’ll try not to be gone too long again!

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Blooming Marvellous

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‘Blooming Marvellous’ – this is the title for the lovely, Spring inspired, April Birchbox collaboration with Rifle Paper Co. I absolutely loved the design of my box this month, which was even better because you were given the choice between two! I picked the more tropical colour palette rather than the pink once simply because I thought it was so cute! Even the information booklet inside had a beautiful floral design to match the 25% off voucher that Rifle Paper Co. provided.

Parlour by Jeff Chasten Detangling Leave-In Conditioner, RRP £17

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo obviously this is a sample size and the RRP is for the full size product, as with the rest of the products mentioned! I personally think this is generous for a sample size and I’m really pleased with it. I previously received a Parlor shampoo and conditioner in my January Birchbox and really liked them so I was happy to see this in my box! It does what it says it does and I really love the smell. I would definitely recommend this product for anyone who likes this sort of spray for their hair!

Kueshi Foot Care Cream, RRP £12

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAgain, a very generously sized sample product that I’m really pleased with! It’s the perfect product for this time of year as the sandals are starting to come out. I love Tea Tree Oil so the smell of this product is fab for me. After just one use I noticed a difference thanks to this product as it really softened the skin on my feet! I’ve just been using this at night if I feel like my feet are getting particularly dry, and the next day they’re soft again.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse, RRP from £17

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYet another great sized sample! I feel like Birchbox were extra nice with their sample sizes this month. This product is described as being hair, face and body oil – however, I have only used it for my hair! I love using oil to treat the ends of my hair and this product is lovely! Keeps my hair soft and smelling really nice. The formula for this oil isn’t just your average oil! For once, I didn’t have oily residue on my hands after applying it to my hair. This makes me think that it might not be so greasy if I did use it for my face.. So I might use it for my drier areas and eyes and let you know what it’s like!

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner in Black, RRP £11

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m pretty sure that this is a full size product because its the same as any other eyeliners I’ve tried! It is amazing! It has a crayon like texture which gives it such a smooth and easy application. It also comes out pitch black rather than more charcoal like some black liners that you have to build up. Although, it is easily smudged if you want it to be so you have the best of both worlds. It did sort of smudge throughout the day, but what eyeliner doesn’t?

Benefit Cosmetics Dew The Hoola, RRP £22.50

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was so excited about this product being in this month’s box!  had been looking at buying the full sized product until I saw this could possibly be in my Birchbox. I’m glad I managed to get a sample size before actually making the purchase because I personally feel like I would have been wasting £22.50. I normally love Benefit, but this product just isn’t for me.. I don’t know if it’s because I’m not used to liquid bronzer and need to practice, but I just didn’t feel like this looked good on me. I will definitely be sticking tho the Hoola powder bronzer instead!

Rifle Paper Co. Notepads

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo, not everyone received these in their Birchbox as they were optional for an additional fee. Now anyone who reads my blogs knows that I love stationery, so this was a no-brainer. Of course I bought them. They are two, beautifully designed, A6 notepads that I can add to my collection! And no doubt I will buy more from Rifle Paper Co. in the future!

Thanks for reading, I do really appreciate it! Let me know if you’re subscribed to Birchbox, or any other beauty boxes, and what you received this month or would’ve liked to receive!

Birchbox|March

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo this month’s Birchbox was all about the beauty of science, and the search for products that actually work. Here’s what I received in my box:

Philip B Drop Dead Straightening Baume

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATo be completely honest, I haven’t used this and I doubt that I’m likely to. I’ve never really been a fan of products that are for straightening as I already have naturally straight, and quite flat hair. I want products that give my hair volume and texture. Products like this baume normally leave my hair looking a bit greasy too. If I do try it, I’ll be sure to let you all know the results 🙂

This Works Pillow Spray in Deep Sleep

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve heard great things about this product! I sleep really well, and never struggle to get to sleep – for this reason, I gave this to my nana because she has difficulty sleeping. So far, she is loving this product and has said that it does help her get to sleep faster, rather than her usual lying awake, tossing and turning for ages.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m a big fan of face masks at the moment! Especially ones like this that you just place on your face – because there’s a lot less mess. I used this at night after I’d taken all my makeup off and I was so pleased with the results. It was really refreshing and definitely lived up to it’s moisture boosting title. It didn’t leave me oily or leave any greasy residue; just hydrated and soft.

Which Shave Crave Shaving Cream in Coconut

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve mentioned before that I can be prone to sensitive skin, so I was really excited when I saw this in my box. Shaving my legs can leave them irritated, and this cream really helped to hydrate my skin – unlike shaving foams which tend to leave my skin drier and therefore more irritate! Glad that I’ve discovered something to help!

Arrow Boost Color Enhancing Lip Balm

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was one of my favourite products in my box! Recently, I’ve been loving lip balms because the cold weather is NOT being kind to my lips. But colour lip balm is even better! I love pairing it with a lip liner for a really natural look. This lip balm is a lovely neutral pink, so it looks perfect on its own or paired with lip liner.

ModelCo More Brows

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd on to my other favourite product from this month’s box; MORE BROWS. As you all probably know by now, Benefit’s Gimme Brow is probably my favourite eyebrow product of all time! This ModelCo product is pretty similar. I do love this one; however, there’s one difference that doesn’t put it above Gimme Brow on my favourites. I find that once I’ve applied More Brows, it goes quite stiff. Some people might love this because it does keep them in place. Personally I just prefer Gimme Brow’s more natural finish.

Let me know if you like my monthly Birchbox product reviews – or if you’re getting sick of them! Do any you have suggestions for any other beauty box subscriptions?

Birchbox|Home Edition

IMG_1220Since subscribing to Birchbox I have become a big fan of their online shop. By reviewing products you receive in your monthly box, or products that you purchase from the Birchbox shop, you can earn points that you can then use towards more purchases. I decided to buy this Home Edition box as I thought it was super cute and I had a 20% discount code for my first purchase from their shop.IMG_1217Pictured above are just a few of the items I received in this box: a La Cocotte Paris Chick Chick Oven Glove in Ochre; two Jamini Table Placemats in Blue Wave; Rose Et Marius Hand Soap in Mademoiselle Rose Fleurie; Marlene English Scone Mix; a Coming B Birdie Recipe Holder; and Kitchen Trotter Lemon Curd and Recipe for Soft Lemon Cakes with a Lemon Curd Centre.

I really love baking so I was excited to try both the recipe and the mix I received. I have since made both and will definitely be using the Kitchen Trotter recipe again. The scone mix, on the other hand, turned out nice, but I still much prefer my nana’s homemade scones! The Birdie Recipe Holder is perfect for baking as it keeps the recipe out of the way of any spillage. IMG_1218The rest of the items I received were: a Birchbox Home Tea Time Mug; a mini Labo x Birchbox Home Tea Time Tray; a Mini Labo x Birchbox Home Tea Time Ball Infuser; Kusumi Tea ‘Tsarevna’; and four Garden Trading Measuring Spoons.

I’d never tried infused tea before – which is odd because I love tea! – and it turns out that I really enjoyed this particular one! The flavours were lovely and I’d definitely purchase it again. Because I love tea, I also really liked this cute tea mug. Most mugs these days say ‘but first, coffee’, so it was nice to get a tea version! The tray is perfect for my bedside table to keep my mug on so that I keep my bedside table clean (which my nana is happy about).

Overall, I really liked this box. It was meant to be £25, but with my discount I only paid £20. I personally think that for what you get in the box, it is a really reasonable price. It would make a perfect gift for anyone who loves to bake or drink tea like me. Birchbox also offer a ‘Monsieur Edition’ for men, which would make a perfect gift for any men in your life! Head over to Birchbox.co.uk to check out their amazing products for yourself!

Disclaimer: I am in no way sponsored by Birchbox. They are brand that I truly love and would recommend to anyone. Their subscription, shop and customer services have all been amazing in my experience, which is why I continue to write about them!

Birchbox|February

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s that time again! My February Birchbox is here, and I’m going to let you know what I thought about the products that I received. This Birchbox was called ‘Shine Bright Like A Diamond’ which was to encourage positive vibes amongst subscribers.

∙Spectrum Collections Tapered Powder Brush∙

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was by far my favourite product in this box! I already own the Spectrum Collections Glam Clam and I adore their brushes. They’re always super soft and make applying makeup so much easier. This particular brush is designed for powders; I used it for highlighting the first time I used it and WOW. I don’t think any brush will ever do the amazing job this brush did.

∙LOC One and Done Shadow Stick in Champagne Problems∙

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis shadow stick was the main feature of the February Birchbox as they released LOC, their brand new makeup line. I went for the silver toned option as I already have a similar Barry M product in gold. This stick is really easy to apply, and you can build colour rather than it coming out too strong in one go.  I’ve only used it twice so far, but both times it was long lasting and there was no need to reapply.

∙theBalm cosmetics Frat Boy Blush/Shadow∙

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the product I was most disappointed with. When I saw that this was one of the products that could be in your box, I got really excited. But when I received it, I couldn’t believe how small it was! It says it is a blush/shadow, but this sample only really allows for it to be used as a shadow. I know they’re sample sizes, but this was ridiculous!

∙Derm Eyes Make-Up Remover Wipes∙

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was a ‘beauty bonus’ in my box this month which I really loved! Birch box seem to really pay attention to my profile as I always get products tailored for my needs! I wear contact lenses and this means I really need to take extra care with my eyes. This wipe was really gentle and didn’t feel rough at all on my eyes. This is something I’m considering purchasing in the future!

∙Korres Milk Proteins 3-in-1 Cleansing Emulsion∙

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m not always a fan of multiple purpose face products as I feel that they get rid of the natural oils that your skin needs. However, this product surprised me! I used it to remove my makeup as it suggests, and removed it with cotton pads. Not only did it actually remove all of my make up, but my skin felt really clean and soft after.Unlike with other similar products that leave your skin feeling dry and sticky!

∙Number 4 Lumber d’Hiver Super Comb Prep & Protect

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFinally, the last product in my box was something I definitely need to be using more of! It is prep & protect spray that you apply to towel dried hair. Although I haven’t noticed a massive difference in my hair yet, I am taking the steps to protect my hair from heat and help repair it. I think this is a product you need to continuously use for it to work! The bonus is that it smells great!

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products before and what you think! Do you subscribe to Birchbox, or have you tried another beauty box subscription that you think is better? I love to hear your views!

Birchbox|January

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Any January blues that I had were soon beaten when my Birchbox arrived! I was so excited to receive this one after seeing what could potentially be in my box. So let’s take a peak:

Birchbox Compact Mirror

img_1493.jpgThis is such a handy little mirror, I love it. It’s gone straight in my makeup bag! It is the perfect size to do any eye makeup as I like to get as close to a mirror as possible to get great detail.

Absolution L’Eau Soir et Matin

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Ok, so at first I was really excited to receive this because I am in love with micellar water for taking my makeup off. I was a bit disappointed with this cleansing water because I didn’t feel like it really cleansed my face. It felt quite sticky and left my skin really dry and tight. It could just be my skin type though!

 

Parlor Moisturizing & Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner

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This shampoo and conditioner are a perfect combination for anyone who wants to improve the condition of their hair. I haven’t got particularly damaged hair, so I’m quite lucky. I do, however, get frizz and fly-aways. After using these, I really noticed a difference in my hair. It felt, and looked, a lot more like when my hairdresser does it (which I can NEVER achieve!) I’m pretty certain I’ll be buying these because I love how sleek they made my hair. The only downside is that they are £16 each (I can hear the gasps now), so they may have to be a payday treat.

Whish Three Whishes Almond Body Butter

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This body lotion is amazing! I love anything that is almond (or marzipan) scented. It feels really rich and nourishing once it’s on the skin which is exactly what I want a body lotion to do as I can get sensitive skin occasionally. Although it says it’s a body butter, the consistency isn’t too thick – which is perfect for me. I prefer more of an oily consistency for body lotions.

Jelly Pong Pong Lighten Up Brightener + Waterliner

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I’ve been wanting to try a waterliner for a while now as I’ve seen many of my YouTube beauty gurus using them for brightening their eyes up. The colour of this is really natural and it doesn’t look like you even have anything on. I used to use white liner to achieve a brighter eye, but this beige tone is so much more natural. This pencil isn’t rough, which I find with some eye pencils, and goes on really smoothly.

Benefit They’re Real Tinted Primer

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So, I saved the best ’til last! This is my absolute favourite product out of the box. I am 100% going to be purchasing a full size version when this one runs out, which will probably be pretty soon the amount I use it! I love the They’re Real mascara anyway, but this primer is perfect for an everyday, ‘no makeup’ makeup look. I have been using it instead of a mascara for work and university and I genuinely feel that it’s kinder to my lashes!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried any of these products, and what your thoughts are! Also, if you’d like to subscribe to Birchbox feel free to email me so I can refer you (you’ll find my email address on my contact page). If you join through my link then you can instantly get 50 Birchbox points which you can then spend in the Birchbox e-shop 🙂

My First BirchBox

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I’d been debating whether to subscribe to Birchbox for a while because I was unsure if it would actually be worth it. However, after Unidays dropped me an email for 50% off your first Birchbox, I decided it was time to give it ago and I was not disappointed!

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First off, the December products came in this gorgeous, luxe clutch bag instead of the usual box. The bag is the perfect size to fit all your essentials in for a night out, and what perfect timing this was for the Christmas period! The products inside the bag were also pretty luxurious and I had been eyeing a few up previously so I was excited to try them!

This Rituals white lotus & yi yi pen bath foam is travel sized, but I think it would last much longer than most cheaper bath products. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I used it so I had a lot of foam and bubbles in my bath! The tiniest pump creates so much foam which just goes to show the quality of this product.

I’ve wanted to try some of Liz Earle’s skincare products for a while but have held back because of the prices. Sometimes I’m wary of spending a lot on  new products in case they don’t suit my skin type and then they go to waste. So to be able to try a sample product was perfect. It left my skin feeling super soft, and fully cleansed. I suffer from blemishes on my face and this helped calm down some of the redness I’m prone to.

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I have tried both of these Benefit products before, and was so happy to receive them in my BirchBag! The Push-Up Liner is amazing for anyone who loves an extreme black liner and flicks. The liner lasts all day, and I truly believe it could survive any weather! Removing it is still easy as long as you use a waterproof eye make-up remover (I would recommend the Benefit They’re Real Remover). My under eye are can dry out quite often so I always try to use an eye cream! The texture of Puff Off is super creamy and hydrating and can help freshen you up if you haven’t had the best night’s sleep or if you’ve had a heavy night out!

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So, when I received a fragrance in my BirchBag I was a bit wary as I can be fussy when it comes to particular smells. This perfume is gorgeous though, and I will most definitely be buying a full sized version next pay day! It has a musky scent to it (which I adore) but is also slightly sweet (which I wouldn’t normally go for).

This Ciaté mini nail varnish and ModelCo lipstick (colour: smitten) were a perfect combination for a timeless Christmas look! Red seems to be a girl’s traditional go-to colour for lips and nails, but I usually go for nude tones. These were a nice treat to receive in my BirchBag so I can have a bit of a change sometimes!

For anyone toying with the idea of subscribing to BirchBox, I would highly encourage you to do so! I for one will definitely be keeping my subscription.