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Beauty Review – January Birchbox

Hello and happy Saturday. I have had a relaxed yet productive weekend so far (the best type in my opinion) and am now sat with a bowl of sweet and salty popcorn, candles are lit and we have lined up a film to watch later on.


My first Birchbox of the year arrived this week full of products meant to get 2017 off to a great start. I like the design on the box and was keen to see what was inside.


The first item was a Nails Inc polish in a pretty pale pastel blue. Now, I love Nails Inc as a brand and would normally be chuffed to receive something for my nails but I already have this exact colour! I have seen on social media that there were a range of colours included so I obviously was a bit unlucky with the one I received.


Next was a handcream from French brand Merci Handy. I received the scent Flower Power and it is a sweet-smelling, rich cream that I will use to try and counteract this harsh weather.


An interesting product next from Lord and Berry. I own a couple of lip items from this brand and at first thought this was another nude shade. However, I received their Conceal-It Crayon in the shade Beige. It is a pencil concealer which, at first, I really wasn’t sure of. I thought it would be too dry to blend well and almost made my mind up not to like it. After testing it out, I was impressed to see it was a great colour match for me and was actually quite creamy when applied and blended with my fingertips. I have put it with my current foundation to test out a bit more next week but I actually quite like this.


A brand I have been wanting to try out for a while now – Yes To. I got the Yes to Carrots Moisturising Eye Cream and I was really impressed that this was a full-sized product. This is a nourishing eye cream that I have swatched and am looking forward to using. I was just coming to the end of my Benefit eye cream so this was perfect timing.

Finally, I received a good-sized sample of Monu’s Rosewood Reviving Mist. I love rose-scents and I enjoy a good facial spritz so this was a good inclusion for me. It is refreshing and smells great but I probably wouldn’t spend the £20 to repurchase it.


Overall, this was actually quite a good box but I can’t help but feel a bit ‘over’ beauty boxes. I have so many samples now, I struggle to use them all and I just don’t get as excited anymore when my Birchbox arrives. Saying that, I think I would miss it if I cancelled my subscription as it pushes you out of your make-up comfort zone and almost forces you to try products you might not try but end up loving.


Beauty Review – October Birchbox

Another monthly treat to enjoy in the form of my October Birchbox. It seems they are sticking with the drawer format and I really look forward to seeing the design. This month was focused around star signs and seeing as I am a Leo, a fire sign, I received the FIRE box. It’s another fab design and I thought it was pretty cool that the stars on the box glow in the dark…did anyone else used to have the footprint stickers all over their ceiling that glowed in the dark?!

Onto the contents…

My first item was a Doux Me Spring Water Spray. I’m not joking when I saw that this is just a can of water. Yes, a can of water. I love facial spritzes but this is a joke! I also think the timing is odd…who needs a cooling face spray in October?! Not a great start.


Another spray now from Oribe. Their Dry Texturizing Spray is well-loved but I don’t use hairspray or dry shampoo in my curls so sadly will have to pass this on.


Something else for the hair from No4. This hair oil (with a really long name!) is much more up my street. Having coloured hair, I do use treatments to keep it from drying out so this hair oil will be a welcome addition.


Next, a body cream from Rituals. I love the products from this brand (their foaming shower gel is my favourite!) and the cherry blossom scent sounds divine.


I also received a matte lip crayon from Lord and Berry. I quite like their make-up and despite being a matte finish, this lip pencil is also quite creamy so doesn’t feel too drying on the lips. The colour is a lovely pinky-brown which I think is a great colour for autumn.

Finally, a very cheap-looking plastic eyebrow brush. I use these very rarely and this one does not scream quality at all.


Overall I have to say I’m a little disappointed by this month’s box. The eyebrow brush and water spray are some of the worst items I have received in a Birchbox however the hair oil, lip pencil and body lotion are lovely. A friend of mine was so unimpressed with this month’s offerings that she is cancelling her subscription. I’m going to keep the faith for a little longer and hope this was just a poor month.

Despite not being completely enthralled by October’s box, I did discover that I had accumulated enough points to order a Nuxe Rêve de Miel which is a Holy Grail lip balm item that is constantly out of stock.

This will be my last post for a week or so as Ian and I are flying to Boston tomorrow for a week of sightseeing, lobster rolls and my first ever basketball game!

Beauty Review – My Last Three Birchboxes

Due to end-of-year laziness on my part, I never managed to share my November and December Birchboxes but, seeing as I did take some photos, I thought I’d do a 3-in-1 post so grab a cuppa and prepare for some beauty goodies!


Arriving with the most cringe-worthy theme of ‘#squadgoals’, November’s Birchbox was a collaboration with Skinnydip, known for lovely mobile phone covers. Inside the rather beautiful box were these goodies:

  • Acquaconfort Cream from Delarom – a rejuvenating moisturising cream for the face


  • Featherlash Mascara from So Susan – a great black mascara promising thicker, fuller lashes


  • La Crème de Teint from Absolution – a lovely tinted moisturiser


  • A body lotion from Beauty Protector – I’ve mentioned before that I don’t really get that excited by body creams in Birchbox but this smells pleasant enough


  • A Lord and Berry neutral lip liner in the shade Silhouette – I am intrigued by this translucent lip pencil that is meant to be used to line the outside of your lips to prevent lipstick bleeding


  • Finally, my favourite item…a pack of nail wraps from Thumbs Up. I received the Rosa design and love this graphic floral print that can be worn alone or over nail varnish.


Overall, a decent box – I love the nail wraps and thought the Lord and Berry item was very original.




I was expecting something glitzy for the Christmas box and Birchbox didn’t disappoint! This month’s box arrived in a cute clutch bag that would be great for a night out. Inside there was:

  • A foaming shower gel from Rituals in the scent T’ai Chi – I already own a rose-scented version of this and love it. It is so luxurious to use and this also smells amazing.


  • A face mask from Roloxin – I hadn’t heard of this brand but do enjoy a good face mask


  • A firming moisturiser from Monu – this contains lavender which is sadly a smell I just can’t stand…one for my Mum I think!


  • A mini Ciaté nail varnish in the shade Mistress – I really didn’t need another one of these polishes but this is a stunning bright red shade.


  • A full-sized Lord and Berry crayon lipstick in the shade Fire – a gorgeous orange-red lip pencil that feels very moisturising on the lips with a slight glossy finish. This alone is worth £10, making this box such good value.


  • Finally, a fabulously-packaged kit from Benefit designed for pre and post partying. This little set contains mini versions of They’re Real eye-liner and Puff Off eye gel. I haven’t tried either yet but the packaging alone won me over!

I think this was a great box and definitely felt very Christmassy!



January’s box arrived earlier this week, full of New Year enthusiasm with a Pinterest collaboration.

  • The first item I picked up was this set of 5 postcards, illustrated by Victoria Semjonova – I especially love the nail varnish one!
  • Cowshed body lotion – this is a really decent sized sample and I love Cowshed products. This is rose-scented so it’s right up my street.


  • Cleansing Water from Absolution – I think this is akin to a micellar water but smells amazing. I look forward to trying this to take off my eye make-up.


  • Benefit Tinted Primer – a primer for your mascara? I can’t say this is something I feel I am in great need of but am always open to trying new products.
  • Birchbox compact mirror – nothing special but always handy.


  • A ‘Moisturising and Repairing’ shampoo and conditioner set from Parlor – I really like that Birchbox have sent both the shampoo and conditioner to try so you can really get a feel for the products together. I’m looking forward to using these peach-scented items.
  • A ‘Waterliner’ from Jelly Pong Pong – a brightening eyeliner to be used along the waterline to give you a wide-eyed, more awake look. This is very creamy and can also be blended and used as a highlighter.


Overall, a fab start to the year from Birchbox with a good mix of brands…and well done if you made it to the end of this product-heavy post! x