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Beauty Review – July Birchbox

After a couple of pretty average boxes, I was actually starting to consider whether I wanted to continue with my Birchbox subscription. Luckily, this month’s box is pretty ace so it has rekindled my love for this monthly beauty delivery!


This month’s box is titled ‘Never-ending Summer’ and was done in collaboration with Millie Mackintosh. I’m not a massive fan but I was interested to see the lip shade she created as I do like her style.


The Ultra-Gloss Lip Pencil in the shade Bohemian Rose is from Birchbox’s own brand and is a pretty enough shade. It isn’t as glossy as the name would suggest and feels a tad greasy on the lips. It is quite a sheer consistency but a nice colour to wear over the summer.


Next, from Indeed Labs, I received a Hydraluron sheet mask. I am a big fan of sheet masks and this is a really good brand. The benefits of hyaluronic acid are well-known now so I cannot wait to use this.


I was really impressed to get a full-sized bottle of John Frieda Anti-Frizz Primer and this was an item I actually had the chance to choose before the box was sent out which I think is a great idea Birchbox have recently started doing. I have to admit I had never heard of a primer for the hair but this basically sounds like a pre-styling product to apply which should help to keep my curls under control in the heat and humidity – it smells amazing too!


Another full-sized product (worth £18!) was included in the form of an eyebrow defining pencil from High Definition in the shade Foxy. Despite the colour being ever so slightly too dark for me, I love this product! It applies beautifully and creates really natural-looking defined brows. It lasts well and even has a pencil sharpener attached to the lid so you’ll always have a sharp nib to use. I wish the colour matching was considered more, especially as the other colour (Bombshell) looks a near-perfect match for me.


Finally, a Nails Inc nail varnish which I was over the moon to see – my spending ban is still going on with nail polish! I received the shade Pall Mall, a beautiful pearlescent pinky-white which I used in this manicure. I saw some other bloggers had received different colours but I was really pleased with mine and the quality of it was great too.


This was definitely the best box I have received in a little while and I hope a sign for things to come. As well as including a really good variety of products and brands, I was also really impressed at the size of the samples which allow you to get a really good feel for them.


About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

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