Birchbox May First Impressions

Hello beauties! I hope you’re all good. This weekend I went to the Birmingham Foodies Festival. All the food was amazing, it was such a good day. If the festival is coming anywhere near you, I highly recommend it!

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This month Birchbox have had a bit of a make over. They have announced their editorial theme ‘Free Your Mind’ they have a new booklet which tells you about your products, some tutorials, competitions, new on Pick Your Sample and more! So lets get onto what I received, and what I didn’t receive also!

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturiser in Light

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As skincare obsessives, there’s nothing we love more than a moisturiser with added benefits so when we heard that Caudalie had created an innovative new product combining our beloved Vinoperfect range with a little complexion coverage we were sold. The ultimate ‘all-in-one’ product, this oil-free formula not covers imperfections but cares for your skin day after day: dark spots will fade, you skin’s natural radiance will shine, and you complexion will never have looked more even!

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Tinted moisturisers isn’t something i tend to use alot, as I like to have a medium to full coverage. It has a great applicator though which I’ve pictured above. Makes it easier to get the right amount out of the tube instead of having a massive blob which your not gonna use. The cream is quite thick, but soaks into your skin quite quickly. Smells quite nice too! Might have to try this for when I go to the gym. This is a 15ml sample. Full size is 40ml worth £27.

Wah London Nail Polish in Dry Throat

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Demure neutrals are manicure must-haves, but for a much-needed mani shake-up, try these eye-catching polishes from WAH London, Beyond the gorgeous hues, the long-lasting formula glides on super smoothly for an ultra glossy finish and acts as the perfect starting point to our nail art adventures.

I’ve actually never heard of this brand before which is great as this is the reason I subscribe to these boxes! You might be thinking… Why is it called dry throat? It was named Dry Throat after a trip to Morocco where the designer saw desert sands everywhere. This ochre colour takes its inspiration from North Africa and the colour of dry land. It’s a lovely colour and the brush looks great. Can’t wait to try it out! This is a full sized 6.5ml polish worth £9

Parlor by Jeff Chastain Moisturising Sea Salt Spray

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Beach hair is no longer reserved for long weekends. Bottling the effects of that salty air, this spray from NYC stylist Jeff Chastain offers instant volume and a tousled texture. Sweet almond extract infuses strands with softness, fullness, and brilliance, while vitamin-rich algae extract nourishes and protects the scalp. Adding to this spray’s addictive nature is the scent of ripe peach, fresh-cut grass, and white woods. All products from the line are safe for colour-treated hair and are free of sulfates, parabens, and gluten.

The first thing I like is that it’s safe for colour treated hair because i have coloured blonde hair! I’m curious about how moisturising it is because of bleaching my hair, it obviously is quite dry! I’m looking forward to trying this one out! This is a 30ml bottle, full size is 147ml worth £17

Absolution Youth Activator Mask

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Wonderful things can happen when you combine effective ingredients and beautiful design. Example A is for Absolution. Certified organic, this unisex line of skincare products is an easily combined range that can be adjusted to suit the needs of your skin on any particular day. Absolution Youth Activator Mask is an intense moisturising treatment that replenishes the skin’s water and restores its natural barrier, containing young alfalfa shoot extract, which rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Skin will appear more radiant, smooth and plump.

Now the weather is getting drier my skin is starting to get patchy again, so this is going to be really useful for me. The moisture is rather watery and smells quite odd, but it’s not a leave on moisturiser so the smell doesn’t stay around. This is a 15ml sample size.  Full size is 50ml worth £29

I was supposed to have a Jelly Pong Pong Bronzer too but unfortunately that was missing. I’m not one for bronzing anyway so it’s not like it will be missed! Overall I think this is an okay box. We have a wide range of products which is good. I hate just getting skin care products in boxes which you find with some subscriptions.

If you’re interested in subscribing to Birchbox, use my referral link and each of our accounts will be credited with £5 to use in the birchbox shop!

February Birchbox First Impressions

Hello beauties! I hope you’re all well. So this month’s Birchbox felt quite heavy, which i always love! I know you tend to get more samples with Birchbox, but they have been great lately with their samples sizes!

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With it being February, this boxes theme is love! It goes way beyond being limited to one day for valentines day, they’re talking about the things we love the whole month through. This month’s box contains skin saving creams, beautifying hair treatments, and a make up brand that they are very excited about. So lets get to what I received!

London Butterflies Whipped Body Cream

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We pay plenty of attention to the skin on our face, but often forget about the rest of our body. Thankfully London Butterflies has exactly what your limbs need. Packed with nourishing ingredients like jasmine, starflower and almond oil, it sinks in quickly to rehydrate the skin and leave it super soft. Plus, the ultra indulgent scent has been specially created to relax both your body and mind.

I’d love to be able to comment on the smell of this, but I can’t smell a thing at the moment with this horrendous cold. However, I’ve tried a little bit on my hand and it soaked into my skin so quickly, I was quite impressed! And it’s a pretty decent size too! It’s a 30ml sample which I will get a few uses out of. The glass jar is very nice and it feels expensive. Full size is 170ml for £37.

TheBalm Cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen

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This two-in-one lip and cheek stain gives us a natural, understated flush and helps us get out the door faster! The gel formula looks dark in the tube but delivers a sheer tint. The tinted gel leaves a lasting stain on lips and cheeks. Since it’s water-based, it has a longer setting time than most quick-dry stains, which means it won’t leave any unsightly streaks behind as long as you take care to blend well. Use a single coat for a subtle look or layer it on for a more visible (yet still discreet) hue.

I’ve always stayed away from cheek stains. I don’t know why i just don’t like the idea of them. I’m trying to stay away from pinks with my blusher as I feel warmer tones suit me more.. But I’m looking forward to using this as a lip stain! This is a 1.2ml sample. Full size is worth £10 but doesn’t state how big a full size is.

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner

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Everyone has that forward-looking friend who can push them to take a style leap. We feel that way about fashion designer Cynthia Rowley. Having already proven her mettle as the creator of a high-performance makeup line, she’s breaking new ground with these playful yet stylish liners. These creamy pencils glide on velvety-smooth, and the smudge-proof formula lasts all day. In on-trend shades like rose gold and shimmery brown, they’re helping us push the beauty envelope—and the results are nothing short of eye-opening.

I’m so glad I got the black Eyeliner and not the silver. I’m not much or an experimenter with coloured eyeliners. I’ve got a stock pile of eyeliners to try out so it’s probably gonna take me a while to get to this one. This one is very creamy which I look for in an Eyeliner. This is a 0.3oz sample and looking on Birchbox website a full size is 0.04oz so not far off full size! Full size is worth £11

Liz Earle Beauty Co Botanical Shine Shampoo

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Taking the same approach to hair as she has to skin, Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo can be used on all hair types. Containing over 89% natural ingredients, the shampoo promises to cleanse and nourish hair in the same way as a traditional shampoo without any nasties.

I have only experienced Liz Earle skincare products, so when I found out this was a shampoo, I was immediately interested. If their shampoo is as good as their skincare products, my hair in for a treat. This is a 50ml sample. Full size is 200ml worth £10.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum

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A highly concentrated, oil-free serum that improves the appearance of dark spots, promotes even skintone, and boosts radiance. What it is formulated to do: Highly concentrated with naturally powerful Viniferine, this satiny serum reduces the appearance of existing dark spots such as acne marks, scars, and damage revealing a brighter, more even complexion. What it is formulated WITHOUT: – Parabens – Sulfates – Phthalates

I have a few serums to get through but this is the first serum sample I’ve encountered in a tube which surprised me when I read what it was. I used a little on my hand and the only way I can describe it is a watered down moisturiser. Obviously I haven’t tried it properly yet to have a full opinion, but I did notice how quickly it sinked into my skin. This is a 10ml sample. Full size is 30ml worth £45. I think it’s a pretty good size considering full size is 30ml!

Vita Coco Coconut Oil (lifestyle extra)

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Vita Coco, the company who first brought us delicious tasting coconut water, now brings to our shores its own brand of 100% Organic Coconut Oil. Cold pressed from Organic coconuts, 100% raw and extra virgin, this new addition to the Vita Coco Family is the perfect cooking oil and goes a long way to rescuing dry skin and hair – that’s why people swear by it!

I do love a good versatile product, but this is a weird one! On the packaging it says Eat it, Wear it, Swear by it. That got me interested! Even with this horrendous cold I can smell the coconuts, I did want to eat it! This is one of the vets lifestyle extras I’ve ever got. I’m so excited to try it out in all of its aspects!

So that’s my February Birchbox! I’m so happy with everything. Everything was a very good sample size and the lifestyle extra made it! I’m gonna get use out of everything which is always a bonus with these beauty subscription boxes. I’m actually looking for another box to subscribe to, so if you have any other suggestions of boxes to try (I already have Glossybox and you beauty  discovery box) let me know!

If you’re interested in subscribing to Birchbox, use my referral link and each of our accounts will be credited with £5 to use in the birchbox shop!

What did you get in this month’s box? Have you tried anything from my box? What did you think? Let me know!