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Beauty Review – September Birchbox

You know you are busy when it gets to the 28th of the month and you only just get around to opening your Birchbox parcel! Mine has been sat in the hallway in a beautiful pastel box for weeks so I feel it is about time I delved inside and had a good nosy…

This month sees another little drawer which I really like. The print is a pretty, geometric pattern but obviously it’s what’s inside that matters – here was my first peek at the contents.

I was firstly drawn to the Nuxe product – I love the rose skincare range from this brand but I’m not so sure about this item. I received the Precious Scented Shower Gel  and I have to say I’m not a fan. The scent just isn’t for me. I much prefer fresh, fruity scents in the shower and this is very heavy and musky. It also contains a golden shimmer which to me seems a much more summery product.


Next, a Facial Primer and Brightener from Jane Iredale. I love testing out new primers so this is a very welcome addition. It smells good and seems to leave skin very smooth and foundation-ready.


I have heard of this Polaar Lapland Cream – it is quite a cult product akin to Elizabeth Arden’s 8-Hour Cream. I like a rich, heavy cream as it starts to get colder so will enjoy using this. The packaging also gets a thumbs-up from me.


It may just be me, but I really can’t get that excited about hair products. I don’t really style my hair so any sprays/ gels/ waxes/ spritzes are a bit of a waste of time. I received Amika’s Bombshell Bowout Spray which is meant to be applied before blowdrying…seeing as I don’t even own a hairdryer (much to my friend Cat’s surprise every time she comes to stay!) this will be passed on to a friend.


Finally, a product I sort of knew about as I had pre-selected it earlier in the month. This Highlighting Trio from ModelCo is a full-size item and one I quite like on first impressions. I like this brand and regularly use their eyebrow fibre gel and their bronzer so I was pleased to see them included. This trio contains a silver, peach and bronze cream highlighter which can be used on cheekbones or eyelids for a bit of glow. The formula is pigmented and creamy and I look forward to using this.

Apart from the hairspray and the shower gel, this was a pretty good box for me. I tend to start switching up my skincare routine as Autumn arrives so shall slot these new items in to trial 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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