Review: Birchbox + Rifle Paper Co is Blooming Marvellous!

The Greenwich Mummy Blog: April Birchbox Review
Photo Credit: Birchbox

I’m a big Birchbox fan and have been for a little while. Unfortunately, I’ve just ended up hoarding all of my beauty products so therefore had to pause my subscription for a while. When April’s box was announced and they mentioned that we could choose our box design I had to re-subscribe just for that box and write a Birchbox review for you guys.

April 2016’s Blooming Marvellous edition was designed by Birchbox in collaboration with the luxury stationary brand, Rifle Paper Co. Out of the two designs, I opted for the Jardin de Paris. It took absolutely forever to come as I ordered it at the end of the month so received March’s box in April then April’s box didn’t come until near the end of the month. I was a little upset but can understand they probably have thousands of orders to post as it was nearly time to get the May box out.

Once the box came though all of my disappointment had disappeared. I completely fell in love with my Birchbox – it looked beautiful! Usually, I think I would’ve chosen the botanical ‘Herb Garden’ design but this time I wanted a box that was a bit more pink. 🙂

Inside my little box was a Rifle Paper Co card offering an exclusive discount off your next purchase with them and five really good sized beauty products. Every box content varies slightly as the BB team try to tailor the boxes to your preferences. Here’s why I got in mine:

Benefit ‘Dew The Hoola’ liquid bronzer

I think this is one of my favourite items in this month’s box. I love a good bronzer but don’t like to use it too much because I tend to only find the pressed powder or powder ones however this semi-matte liquid bronzer by Benefit is great for enhancing that glowing look without looking shimmery or shiny. Benefit Cosmetics is also a well-known beauty brand. Many people I know have been raving about their (pressed) bronzers so I’m sure this liquid bronzer will become a popular one.

Cynthia Rowley eyeliner in black

I love a good black khol eyeliner and this fabulous eyeliner by Cynthia Rowley is lovely to use. It goes on really well and smoothly which is nice. I wore it all day and it did last however I still found that my eyeliner smudged slightly at the outer edges of my eyes. Maybe this is because my skin is quite oily around that area and I am Vietnamese so I think my eyes being smaller with a shallow lid crease probably causes it to smudge more than usual.

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse (dry oil)

I really love this NUXE multi-purpose dry oil for face, skin and body. It smells absolutely divine! This multi-purpose oil is made from a luxurious blend of six essential oils, vitamin E and plant oils to keep the skin hydrated and nourished. This lovely oil can also be used on the hair. I might use it my ends but my scalp is too oily for it however I will definitely continue using this dry oil on my body. I’m also planning to invest in the large 100ml bottle so I don’t run out. There’s also a shimmer version which would be perfect for sunny holidays or nights out.

Parlor detangling leave-in conditioner

This Parlor leave-in conditioner has a lightweight consistency and is lovely to use. It’s suitable for all hair types whether you’ve got curly hair, straight hair or hair in-between the two. It smells lovely and fresh. Personally, I still prefer my all-time favourite spray which I also bought from Birchbox called Beauty Protector (it’s also a heat protector and smells like chocolate!).

Kueshi foot care cream

I love a good foot cream. What I like most about the Kueshi foot cream is that it’s rich and creamy but not greasy. The lovely properties of sweet almond oil and royal jelly really does lend a hand in keeping my feet nourished and soft. They’ve been so neglected throughout the pregnancy so I went for a pedicure to get a good scrub and cuticle work done and it was the best thing ever. Now I just maintain the pedi’s good work with this lovely thing.

To get your first box, visit their website: https://www.birchbox.co.uk/


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