For this month, beauty subscription box company Birchbox have teamed up with the beautiful style icon, Millie Mackintosh. Millie posted on her Instagram a sneaky peek of the campaign and got her readers to join in and vote on which box should be used for the final design. The public chose the lovely purple one; it kind of reminds me of the lovely summer sunsets we’ve been having. Well picked everyone! 🙂
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.
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As you all may have known by now, I love subscription boxes and adore Birchbox – they are the best box that I have bought so far and I am usually pleased with everything that I get in the boxes. I was thrilled with April’s Birchbox (see my April review here) which had a cute theme in honour of Kate and Will’s baby that was due – we now know it’s a girl! Welcome to the world, Princess Charlotte! 🙂 The products were amazing and this month’s box lived up to April’s one.
As you can see in the images, this month’s packaging was very creative and allowed the owner to become the designer and decorate their box however they wished! You can find plenty of people’s boxes on Instagram and Twitter coloured in all sorts of different colours and mediums. I haven’t touched mine – I’ve only tweaked it a bit but for me, that is enough. I adore the design of the box too much to tamper with it.
So what’s inside the box?
Let’s take a look:
- Number 4 Lumiere D’hiver hair masque
- Birchbox coloured pencils pack
- WAH London nail polish
- Parlor moisturising sea salt spray
- Caudalie tinted moisturiser
- Absolution youth-activator face mask
- Jelly Pong Pong duo bronzer
… a lot of fabulous goodies! 🙂
My absolutely favourite product from the whole box would have to be the Jelly Pong Pong Bronzer Duo. I have always been searching high-and-low for a great bronzer and this has to be it! The pink and tan colours are perfect with my olive skin tone. The pink is more muted and slightly mauve whilst the tan colour is indeed of a brown shade and not an orange shade which together, works fabulously on my skin. I am very happy with it and will consider buying the full sized product when my current Sleek highlighting kit which contains a bronzer runs out.
I also need to give the Caudalie tinted moisturiser a try as it’s received really positive reviews on the website but as it’s a 01 Light shade I am not 100% convinced that it’s going to be a good match for my summer-tanned face… we’ll have to see. I can always use it then apply my foundation on top for a better colour match and more coverage.
If you are interested in what else is inside this month’s Birchbox, click here
Hope you enjoyed my mini-review. If you’ve just received your box, let me know what you got in yours!
Wah Nails in “Baby Gurl” – Perfect for Summer!
I have been waiting for this box to come and it has felt like… forever! This month’s Birchbox has two special packaging designs; one pink and one blue and the reason being is because Kate and Wills baby no. 2 is expected to arrive this month!
How exciting, another royal baby! I love babies 🙂
I was so excited to unravel my box and see that I am Team Blue!
Birchbox are hosting a competition this month in response to the royal baby. All you need to do is share a photo of your box on FB, Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #HRHBirchbox and don’t forget to add/mention @BirchboxUK and put down what you would do for a day if you were queen. If the royal baby is a boy, then all blue box entries will be entered into the £500 prize draw. If the baby is a girl then all pink entries will be entered into the draw and have a chance of winning £500.
April’s Birchbox beauty box review
Inside the box was even better! The range of samples this month are some of the best ones I’ve received so far. Pretty much, all of the samples are very decently sized. In my box, I got:
- Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser + cloth (my fave!)
- Lola Barcelona nail polish in Rambla (my fave!)
- Pommade Divine remedy balm
- Laura Mercier eye pencil in black violet
- Percy & Reed London volumising no-oil oil
- BeFine warming clay mask
I would say the nail polish and eye pencil are probably full-sized items out of all the products. There’s a total of 6 products in this box because one is an extra beauty bonus (the mask), usually there’s only 5 products in a box. I really like warming clay masks because they heat up when you apply them on the skin. This helps to gently open the pores to penetrate deeper to remove any clogged pores and purifies the skin. With the clay mask, hot cloth cleanser and remedy balm, I can actually create my very-own homemade spa facial. That reminds me, I need to do a blog post on how to do a spa facial-at-home so keep your eyes peeled because I will get round to doing it soon I promise!
I love getting skincare samples in my box as well as nail polishes. Haircare products and makeup products are also a good choice but I don’t wear much make-up and my look is very natural and minimal so I rather get skincare and nail polishes instead. I have a nail polish addiction!
This month, BB has also teamed up with British magazine, Tatler to create a limited edition box filled with the best of British companies including Liz Earle, Aromatherapy Associates and more. I am really going to enjoy my box this month. I’ve also been saving all my boxes and built up quite a collection so I need to figure out how I am going to upcycle them and reuse them. I’m thinking with the BB signature boxes, I could create a mini box of all the products I’m not too keen on to give to friends and family or save them for a future giveaway for my blog?? *ponders*
Are you subscribed to Birchbox? What did you get in yours?
Being a full-time working mummy had been taking its toll on me so a few months back I decided to signup for monthly subscribed beauty boxes and chose BirchBox as a former colleague had referred me to them and all I can say is I’m love!
It costs £10 (plus £2.95 P+P) a month and I receive 5 travel-sized samples one full-sized sample from a range of products i.e. skincare, makeup, haircare, home, and fragrances. So every month, a small box filled with personally selected goodies (you fill out a ‘beauty profile’ on their site to tailor your box) come through my front door waiting for me to try them.
The packaging on every BB never fails to amaze me. Their signature box is white with a brown lid but sometimes they collaborate with other designers and produce something wonderful. Their previous collabs included Womens Health magazine and Sophia Webster (and this month is with Habitat). I know there were many other beauty boxes out there so I wanted to give their biggest rival, GlossyBox, a try. GlossyBox is completely different from BB; the packaging is as the name suggests (glossy) and seems all to superficial for me as the brands they offered were more of your standard ‘commercial’ brands.
Birchbox has more niche and premium quality brands, such as Benefit, Caudelie, Nude, Phillip Kingsley, Gloop! and many more. Glossy box has more commonly-known brands such as Burts Bees, Nivea, L’Oreal, but they also a variety of niche brands although not as many as BB. I love my BB and will continue to subscribe until I’ve had enough of them. 😦 Although I must admit, I have not used all of my samples and they are starting to build up in my drawer! I find that I only use the ones that I like lol… I guess as a last resort, I can always give them away as stocking fillers for Christmas 🙂
If you’re a busy mum who wants to try out new products or a beauty blogger wanting a different product every month to review, subscription beauty boxes are perfect for you. You can also choose to cancel your subscription at any time without a charge (check their website for T&Cs).