Birchbox April 2017

Hi all,

First of all, I just wanted to say that I am so grateful for the number of followers my blog has been gaining. In the grand scheme of things, I have very few followers, but for someone who started blogging just for enjoyment without even thinking about cultivating a following, it means the world to feel appreciated, so thank you all.

Birchbox teamed up with the clothing brand Boden this month to bring a beautiful floral design to the box, which greatly contrasts the stripped back simplicity of last month’s box.

I am in love with the design, and very happy to see the drawer function return too, as I find these boxes so useful for make up storage.

 

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The first item in my box is a body cream by Baja Paris. It smells amazing, however my skin is very sensitive to fragrance and when I tries this it made my legs sting. Not all is lost though, as I will continue to use it as a hand cream because of its scent and non-greasy feel. This is a sample size, containing 30ml, which sounds very small but is actually the perfect size to keep in your handbag so I’m not too disappointed.  If you were to buy this full size, it would cost £15.90 and would contain 75ml of product, making my sample worth £6.36.

 

 

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The next product is a fast dry top coat from Seche Vite. This product is one of the two full size products Birchbox promised this month, and is valued in the leaflet at £9 however the Birchbox website claims it is £3…I was really excited at first to have received a good quality top coat, however when I gave it a try that evening it was peeling off my nails by the next morning. I’m thinking that maybe this product is worth £3, as opposed to £9, because, disappointingly, the quality just isn’t there 😦

 

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On a more positive note, I have been blown away by the Polaar ‘Icepure gentle scrub’. I have used many exfoliators in the past, and liked them, however this one is second to none! The way it makes my skin feel- clean,refreshed and extremely soft- is so impressive, and the reason why I have absolutely fallen in love with this product. Not only that, but it smells amazing too. The exfoliating particles are very fine and really gentle on the skin. It’s a shame that this product is just a 25ml sample, and even more of a shame that the 75ml full size costs £23.50. Every Birchbox subscriber received this sample, which is worth £7.83. I will continue to try this scrub, and, if it doesn’t cause any skin issues, will consider spending some of my Birchbox points to purchase the full size.

 

Another thing every subscriber received a full sized product from Manna Kadar Cosmetics, with a choice between a highlighting/bronzing duo and a translucent setting powder. I didn’t choose the duo, as the photos online showed the bronzer as quite dark, which wouldn’t work for my fair skin tone. I chose the powder, however now it has arrived I am shocked that this is full size: the pot has a diameter of just 4.5 cm, and the actual pan of product itself measures 3.7cm in diameter. If this wasn’t odd enough, Birchbox claims that this is worth £27! None the less, it is a finely milled powder that I’ve found works really well to set undereye concealer. I am happy for it to be joining my collection.

Strangely, my last product this month is also full sized (Birchbox promised 2 full sized products, not 3, but I’m not complaining!) , costing £11. The product I’m talking about is the ModelCo ‘Eye Define Crayon Liner’. This eyeliner twists up (yay, I’m far too lazy to sharpen eyeliners hehe), and is somewhere between a very deep brown and black. I have tested it out, and it gives a lovely effect when applied to the tightline, however it doesn’t last long as it is not waterproof. When applied above the lashline, it lasts a very long time and is ‘unsmudgeable’ after the first few seconds after application. Overall, very pleased.

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My Birchbox this month has been a good mix of products, from skincare to make up to nails, and I have really enjoyed this variety. Altogether (when counting the nail varnish as £3, as opposed to £9) my box is worth a grand total of £55.19! My favourite product is without a doubt the gentle facial exfoliator by Polaar, however I was very disappointed with the Seche Vite top coat (I will test it again, perhaps I had some kind of oiliness on my nails that prevented the polish from adhering to the surface).

Thanks for reading, and hope you enjoyed this month’s unboxing. Don’t forget to leave a comment, I would love to hear what you have to say about my blog, this post, or your opinions of any of the products mentioned. If you have any ideas for posts, I’d love to hear them too!

Beth x

 

 

 

 

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