I was really pleased when I opened this bright Birchbox and saw it was a collaboration with Habitat. I love interior design so was excited to see what products had been picked.
I always try to be honest on here as I’m not being paid to review these or anything but I was slightly underwhelmed when I first opened it. I was picturing a cool photo frame, print or candle influenced by Habitat’s designs but a flimsy notebook seems to be the extent of Habitat’s influence!
Yes, it’s a handy notebook (ideal for my weekly shopping lists) but hardly the prettiest to have on your desk.
Whilst I’m having a moan I may as well get the other disappointing product out of the way – another book preview; two chapters of Penny Vincenzi’s latest novel, A Perfect Heritage. I understand this is a good marketing ploy to lure people in to buying the whole book but I find it a really cheeky inclusion in this box and will be unlikely to read it solely because I would then HAVE to buy the book to find out what happened next and I don’t like that kind of marketing.
Onto beauty now and the product I had pre-ordered through Birchbox. I really like this option where Birchbox email you a few weeks before the box is due to be posted and allow you to pick a shade or type of product. This time, I had the selection of three different Benefit mascaras and seeing as I already had the other two, I jumped at the chance to try out their latest Roller Lash mascara which has gorgeous retro packaging and promises to curl and lift the lash.
Next up, another brand I love – Philip Kingsley. I admit I have only tried this through Birchbox samples but everything I have trialled I have loved, especially their cult Elasticiser treatment which I will buy full-sized when I finish my tube. This time, I received their Smooth Cream which is designed for curly hair…perfect for me!
A facial cleanser next by Janjira. This contains pomegranate and acai and smells lovely. I have tried a face cream by this brand before and quite liked it. This face wash will be a nice wake-up to use this week.
You can tell summer is on people’s minds when the tanning products come out! I have to say that on first look, this product from Tan Organic doesn’t grab me. I’m really not keen on the dark packaging but a quick Google revealed some positive reviews of this self-tanning oil so I will give it a go when it looks warm enough to start thinking about getting my legs out!
A perfume next from Catherine Malandrino – it’s a lovely scent and perfect handbag size. I probably won’t buy the full-sized version but I do like a perfume sample every now and then simply to try something I may not pick out myself.
So a mixed bag, well box, this month. I really like the beauty products but feel the ‘lifestyle’ items weren’t up to the same standard. Here’s to next month being a good all-rounder!