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Beauty Review – June Birchbox

I for one am so happy it’s Friday! It has been a tiring week and I find myself sat on the sofa with a beer watching the Glastonbury highlights as the rain pours outside…the weather is definitely helping my festival jealousy as I’ve done Glasto in torrential rain before!

I received my June Birchbox earlier in the month and was looking forward to its arrival as I was given the option of its design and opted for a chic Parisian nautical style. I really like it when I am contacted by Birchbox prior to delivery to state my preference on a product or design.

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This month’s theme is ‘Step Outdoors’ with a nod to spending more time outside in the sunshine whether that is in the park, at a festival or a BBQ. Birchbox have collaborated with French Sole who do such lovely ballet pumps and subscribers had the opportunity to buy some of these limited edition shoes through the Birchbox website.

Anyway, here is my first look inside the box:

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First of all a French Sole ‘shoe bag’. I can’t say a shoe bag is high on my list of priorities but this is a lovely wipe-clean design that I think makes it a perfect wash bag for a night away.

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A perfume next by high-end fragrance house Penhaligon’s. I received the scent Iris Prima which is inspired by the English National Ballet. This is a grower on me – I wasn’t keen at first but after a few minutes, the strong muskiness fades to a soft, sweet vanilla. A good one for the handbag but I don’t think I would buy a full-sized bottle for £85.

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Who doesn’t like trying out a new mascara?! This one is from ModelCo and looks to be a good black mascara with a chunky brush.

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I hadn’t heard of this next brand, HIP, an all-natural French hair care brand. This shampoo sounds similar to the Sunday Shampoo I love from Bumble and Bumble with the aim to refresh your hair and scalp.

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A decent-sized product next from one of my favourite beauty brands, Balance Me. I received their Super Moisturising Body Wash which smells amazing. This is a creamy shower gel which feels really moisturising – great if you’re in a rush in the mornings and don’t have time to moisturise!

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I love REN products but haven’t tried this particular one. The Instant Firming Beauty Shot, sounds a great boost for skin that’s looking a bit tired – it is actually described as ‘an espresso shot for the face’ which I am definitely in need of some days!

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The final item is a fun summery one. I really like these metallic tattoos from STYLondon – I’m going out in Bath on Saturday night so if I remember, I may wear one!

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No amazing stand-out products but a decent box this month. I think I am most looking forward to trying out the REN face serum although I have been hoarding all these samples for the past few months ready for my travel bag when we go to America so have lots to get through! x

Latest Purchases #58 – Birchbox Freebies

I have been receiving my monthly Birchbox for over a year now and filling out the occasional questionnaire on the products they send. All of these have earned me Birchbox ‘points’ which had been piling up in my account and a big chunk of them were due to expire so I thought it was time to cash them in!

I had a quick browse through the Birchbox shop and picked enough goodies to get free delivery which meant I only had to contribute 84p for over £30 worth of stuff.

Here are the four things I picked:

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First up an old favourite that was on my repurchase list anyway: Weleda Skin Food. I first tried this in a Birchbox and loved it. This whole body cream is a bit of a wonder product, kind of like Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Cream but with a better smell! I have used this on dry skin patches, my lips and mostly as a night cream when my skin needed a moisture boost. Weleda uses lots of natural ingredients and plant extracts so it’s a bonus to know you aren’t piling on the chemicals.

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Next, I was in the market for a new face scrub and this one popped up on the Bestsellers page which persuaded me! I bought the Radiance Exfoliating Face Polish by Urban Veda which claims to brighten and balance your skin tone whilst exfoliating. It smells amazing too, containing superfruits such as Goji berries and papaya.

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Next, I wanted a new bronzer to keep my holiday glow going for as long as possible and I had heard good things about the Model Co one. This comes in a sleek pink palette with a mirror which is always handy. The powder has a lovely gold shimmer and isn’t too dark for my pale complexion. Although it is a pressed powder, there is almost something creamy about it when I ran my fingers across it which makes me think it could be good for an eyeshadow too. I really like this bronzer and am keen to try a few more things from the brand.

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Finally, I was about 20p short of free delivery so I popped a packet of this popcorn into my bag by ProperCorn. I had this flavour (Sweet Coconut and Vanilla) in a Birchbox a few months ago and thought it was delicious so I will enjoy this larger bag even more!

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I know some people think beauty boxes such as Birchbox have had their day, and there always seems to be a new company coming on to the market, but for me I still love my monthly Birchbox and the fact that they reward loyalty in this way is pretty fab too.