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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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