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Birchbox – Dive In

This month’s Birchbox is actually a bag, a little grey scuba bag to be precise – not exactly as jazzy as Birchbox’s usual standard to be frank. 

Luckily what’s inside is better. 

Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner in Mulberry – this month’s choice was one of these dinky pencils – I went for this black with a tiny hint of purple number. 

Voya Silky by Nature Shampoo – I really hate getting shampoo or conditioner in beauty boxes, it seems a bit of a cheat to me. Still this one claims claims to leave hair healthy and shiny with its organic oils and other super ingredients. 

Amie Morning Clear Purifying Facial Wash – this is a really nice face wash, gentle but thorough. Shame the sample is so tiny, but it fits neatly into my washbag for the next weekend away. 
Anatomicals The Buff Stuff Citrus Body Scrub – grapefruit based for a citrus burst with little pumice granules to scrub away dead skin. 

Merci Handy Antibacterial Hand Cleansing Gel – I had a different scent in last month’s My Little Box, and while this is a handy thing to have, especially when commuting, it feels a bit out of place here – and there could have been a better item here. 

There’s an extra sample this month, a teeny pod of Nude Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly – it turns from a gel to a milk on contact with water and clears away impurities. 

This month wasn’t the most exciting offering from Birchbox, it seems to fluctuate a fair bit. I will be cashing in some points this month to buy a few favourites in the shop, but it won’t be any of these. 

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Never-ending Summer with Birchbox 

This month’s  Birchbox arrived today, all pink and purple, in collaboration with Millie Mackintosh (one of those famous for being famous types it seems). 

This month’s selection contains five items, three full-size. 

LOC x Millie Ultra Gloss Lip Pencil in Bohemian Rose – Birchbox in-house brand Love of Colour lip pencil in a glossy soft pink. 

John Frieda 7 Days Luxurious Volume – this was my pick between two products from John Freida. This is designed to boost volume from the next time you wash your hair with this in-shower treatment. 

Nails Inc in Abbey Road – a teeny bottle of baby pink polish.

High Definition Brow Define in Bombshell – enriched with waxes to boost the long-lasting brow pencil. 
Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask – sheet masks are a big thing at the moment and this one promises intense moisture for dry, tired skin. 

It’s an ok box, not the most exciting to come out of Birchbox and really the Nails Inc polish could be in a bigger size, I will probably lose this bottle at some point. It doesn’t feel hugely summery either – last month’s pineapple print was more so, some summer specific goodies like suncream would be more appreciated, all this pink feels Spring not Summer. 

Thoughts? Are you a Birchbox subscriber? What did you think about this month’s box? Let me know in the comments. 

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June: Birchbox vs Glossybox

Ding ding!

We’re back for another round of beauty box battles and once again familiar foes Birchbox and Glossybox are in the ring. Let’s see how they stack up.

Birchbox – Paradise Found

Ok, firstly I love a literary pun, Paradise Lost is a beast of a poem so points for that. Secondly the drawer box is definitely scoring points, and it’s covered in the current ‘It’ fruit – pineapple.

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Inside the jaunty exterior lurk five beauty products. All sample size except one.

Percy & Reed Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray – handbag sized for fixing your ‘do on the go, this has been nabbed by the Mr, who has run out of his manly spray for manly hair and been reduced to stealing my much girlier stuff.

Monuspa Warming Ginger Bath & Body Oil – nope, it’s either for washing or moisturising, not both.

Pure & Light Organic Skincare Essential Face Cream – the bottle isn’t particularly “ooh look at me!” but is filled with antioxidants and skin friendly natural ingredients – the rest of which is always does my sensitive excema and rosacea prone skin like it?

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BioNike Defence Tolerance – this is basically a tiny bottle (15ml) of micellar water. Something that only just manages to cleanse my face on a make up free day (I wash it after with more deep cleansing stuff), so not exactly wow.

Stila Lip Glaze – I watched the BBC documentary about figure skaters ‘Making an Ice Princess’ recently and I am pretty sure the 11-year-old was wearing this gloss. I’m 29, so I’ll pass.

Finally, this month for £8 you could upgrade your box with a pair of Quay Australia sunglasses. Now I rarely bother adding extras and nonprescription glasses are wasted on me but these would be perfect for a friend, so I got them to treat her (she doesn’t read the blog so I can tell you).

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Onto our second contender:

Glossybox – new discoveries

The box is in GB’s standard pink and black livery this month with five items (plus a wee bonus) three full size and 3 sample.

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The product they’re most excited by this month is the Konjac Sponge – hailing from Japan and Korea (2016’s skincare top place) these sponges are made from the porous root vegetable konjac, gentler than a sponge, 100% natural and very squidgy, this is perfect for anyone like me who finds some cleansing tools too abrasive on their skin.

Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream – now GB are notorious for midgy samples like this 5ml tube, so tiny I couldn’t find it in the box straightaway. Considering the full size is £20 and Origins are supposedly focusing on expanding their UK market, a bigger sample would have been nice. This might just do my eyes twice before expiring, not that I’m reassured that ginseng and my sensitive eye skin will get along.

De Bruyère After Sun Lotion Monoï – monoï is apparently gardenia petals soaked in coconut oil and this combined with skin fave vitamin E is designed to calm angry, red and peeling flesh after you forget to apply sunscreen to the back of your neck (what? I can’t see it!)

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Ladival Sun Protection Spray SPF15 – designed for sensitive skin but not nearly strong enough (SPF30 or higher or stay indoors) but protecting against UVA, UVB and infrared A-rays, a non-greasy spray on would prevent the aforementioned burnt neck situation.

Emitè Make Up Cheek & Lip Tint – theoretically I love two-in-one products, realistically it’s Benetint all over again. Great colour on lips, looks like I tried to do clown make up and mistook my cheeks for my nose. This is quite a deep red, and even with a bit o’ blending way too dark for my skin, but perfect for vampy lips.

The bonus item is a sachet of Aussie Hair Care’s famous 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Deep Conditioner.

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So at the final bell, what do we think this month’s winner is?

It’s a mixed bag really. Can I have the Birchbox box with the Glossybox products? After a few truly dismal months GB have really pulled it out of the bag product wise while BB have backslid, although both could stand with having more generous sample sizes, you need a good few goes before drawing a conclusion on a product altogether.

What do you think? Were you wowed by this month’s boxes, or left feeling a little cheated? Let me know in the comments.

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Birchbox x Rifle Paper Co.

This month subscribers could pick their preference for the box design – a collaboration with stationary firm Rifle Paper Co.

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There is a Benefit product in every box, one guess what I got? Yes, mascara, again. Very disappointing considering all the options out there.

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Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara in Beyond Black – RRP £19.50.

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So Susan Lip Dome in Melon – RRP £10. This is a full size lipstick crayon in a pinky red, packed with hyaluronic acid and goji berries to nourish and protect.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse facial oil – RRP £17. Six essential oils, plant oils and vitamin E to add hydration and a glow to skin.

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Parlor by Jeff Chastain Detangling Leave-in Conditioner – RRP £17. Spray evenly onto damp hair, comb through to give hair an extra layer of shine and heat protection.

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Kueshi Foot Care Cream – RRP £12. Sweet almond oil, royal jelly, tea tree oil, a luxurious mix for dry, tired feet.

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As annoying as getting another mascara is, this box has a nice mix of products, and a bonus discount from Rifle Paper Co.

If you want to sign up – click here and get £5 of points for the Birchbox shop.

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Birchbox Bonus – spending my points

With every Birchbox there’s the opportunity to accrue points to use in their shop. 100 points = £10 to spend.

But they only last six months and mine were stacking up. Time to hit the (virtual) shop!

As you know I love balmi’s lip balm blocks so I snapped one up pronto – running a bit low on my supplies.

Cowshed is another brand I quite like, although a little out of my budget. But this cracker, featuring the famous Cow Pat hand cream and a Lippy Cow lip balm, was in the sale and I snapped it up.

Finally I popped the Birchbox x Benefit box “Good Things Come in Small Packages” into my virtual basket. Featuring sample sized Benefit goodies including the new Dew the Hoola, it’s a great way to trial more products without breaking the bank. 

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If you want to join Birchbox and score some great beauty treats – click this link, get £5 of points to start yourself off.

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Box Battle – Birch vs. Glossy

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Glossybox – 5 products, two full size. This month; -417 Catharsis Vitamin Mineral Shampoo & Conditioner (travel sized), Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Cream (sample size), Hey Honey Good Morning Silk Facial Serum (sample size), So Susan Light Diffuser Highlighter (full size), Luxie Rose Gold Large Angled Face Brush 504 (full size).

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Birchbox – 6 products, three full size. This month; Arrow Boost Colour Enhancing Lip Balm (full size), ModelCo More Brows gel (full size), Lanolips Antibacterial Hand Cream (full size), Crea-m Anti aging Serum (sample size), Amika Nourishing Mask (sample size), Doctor Duve Anti-aging & Firming Eye Cream (sample size).

Birchbox is themed and the box decorated with a beauty themed wordsearch.

Glossybox is in its usual pink and black.

To be honest, I’m a little bored with Glossybox, every other month seems to bring similar samples and it feels a little lacklustre.

Birchbox has been powering along, this month brings the launch of their second in-house brand, vegan, paraben free Arrow, with a lip balm in every box.

What are your thoughts? Are you a Glossy or Birchbox subscriber?

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Birchbox – Shine Bright Like a Diamond

February’s Birchbox is here, and refreshingly, it’s not Valentine’s themed.

Instead, following on from January’s Best Year Ever, comes the encouragement to “Shine Like a Diamond”.

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Ins
ide the box are six items, two full size, designed to help you do just that.

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Spectrum Collections Tapered Powder Brush – full size. Prettiest brush I own, with it’s mermaid blue and purple, super soft bristles and baby pink handle. 

Birchbox are creating their own in-house beauty brand Love of Colour (LOC) and subscribers could choose between a silvery Champagne Problems or copper Perfect Cents, in their One and Done Shadow Stick. I often wear bronze tones so opted to try something different and went for the silver.

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Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster – a vitamin C complex designed to soothe fine lines. Not sure about the name though!

Cochine Water Hyacinth & Lime Blossom Hand & Body Lotion – a floral scented lotion.

theBalm cosmetics Frat Boy Blush/Shadow – a rosy pink blusher that also doubles as eye shadow, should you want pink eyelids!

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Derm Eyes Make-Up Remover Wipes – this is a bonus item, but seriously, one wipe, that’s a bit rubbish.

One lucky subscriber will also receive a £200 diamond necklace, which seems a little strange considering how many people buy the boxes, and surely not that random as they’re tailored to the buyer, especially when you choose a product.

Apart from those little quibbles, this is quite a nice box selection.   

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