You Beauty Box April 2016 Review and Unboxing

YOU BEAUTY BOX // APRIL 2016 – Natural and Organic // REVIEW AND UNBOXING!

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It’s beauty box time again!   If you’re new to the You Beauty Box, you can find out about how the subscription works, how you can choose some of your own samples and the price in my post here.  The theme for the April box was Natural and Organic.  I was quite excited to hear that, as I love trying those kinds of brands!

You Beauty Box April 2016 Review and Unboxing

You Beauty Box April 2016

The Balance Me face wash and the Sond face spray were the two items I chose for myself this month, the others were the bonus items.

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Glossybox April 2016 review and unboxing

GLOSSYBOX // BEAUTY SUBSCRIPTION BOX //APRIL 2016 // UNBOXING

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I’m much more on time with my Glossybox review this month!  Go me!

If you’re not a regular reader, I’ll quickly go over how Glossybox works.  It’s a monthly beauty subscription box, so you sign up for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months to get one box per month.  The box will include five samples/products – they are always a surprise, as you don’t choose what you receive.  The box costs £13.25 per month for the month-to-month plan, but can be as little as £11.75 if you are willing to commit for a whole year.  If you decide to sign up, you can use this link which will help me collect points but there is absolutely no pressure to use it.  If you would prefer not to, simply google Glossybox and sign up there!

Glossybox April 2016 review and unboxing

Glossybox April 2016

Here’s what came in my Glossybox this month:

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Birchbox April 2016 - Birchbox x Rifle Paper Co - Blooming Marvellous

BIRCHBOX x RIFLE PAPER CO // APRIL 2016 // REVIEW AND UNBOXING!

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As if it’s the APRIL Birchbox already….at risk of sounding 80 years old, where is this year disappearing to?!  As usual, if you’re a new reader, you can find out all about how the subscription works and the cost in this post.  Otherwise, stick with me and we’ll get right into it!

If you’re tempted to sign up, and use this link, you will be credited £5 of points to be spent in the Birchbox online shop.  I will also be credited with points for referring you.  Of course there is no pressure to do this, you can just Google them and sign up that way, but of course you won’t get the £5 free points yourself.  Just wanted to be totally upfront about that!:)

Birchbox April 2016 - Birchbox x Rifle Paper Co - Blooming Marvellous

Birchbox April 2016: Birchbox x Rifle Paper Co – Blooming Marvellous

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Glossybox March 2016

Glossybox // Beauty Subscription Box // March 2016 // Unboxing

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Sorry I’m sooo late with this one!  I usually like to get my beauty subscription box posts up as soon as possible, so that you can find out what was in them on time.  Unfortunately I’ve been a bit behind this month as I’ve been struggling health-wise.

As you’ve probably already seen a few posts about the March Glossybox, I’m not going to do my usual really detailed review.  I don’t want to repeat stuff you’ve already seen!  But in case you haven’t, or you just wondered what I thought about this month’s box, here’s a look at what was in the box, and how I felt about it.

Glossybox March 2016

Glossybox March 2016

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You Beauty Box March 2016

YOU BEAUTY BOX // March 2016 // REVIEW AND UNBOXING!

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I received my March You Beauty box about a week ago but I’ve been really poorly, so sorry for the delay in getting this post up.  I hope it was worth waiting for 🙂

You Beauty Box March 2016

You Beauty Box March 2016

You can find out about how the subscription works, how you can choose some of your own samples and the price in my post here.  The theme for the March box was ‘the best of British’, with all the samples being home-grown brands.  I like this idea as it’s always nice to support local brands and businesses.

So let’s get straight into it – here’s what came in this month’s box!

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Birchbox UK March 2016

Birchbox // March 2016 // Review and Unboxing!

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If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I’ve been getting the Birchbox beauty box subscription for quite a while now.  If you’re a new reader, firstly hi!  Secondly, here’s a little bit about how the subscription works.  Birchbox is a monthly subscription box, containing 5 beauty samples (and sometimes full sized products) delivered straight to your door.

Each month’s content is curated by them, so you do not choose any of the samples yourself.  The majority of products will be received by everyone, however you might get one or two different products every so often.  This is because you are asked to fill in a profile when you join up, giving details such as your skin and hair colour, your skin concerns and preferences for bodycare, skincare or makeup etc.  Although boxes aren’t totally personalised to you, it does steer them in the right direction.

Subscriptions cost £12.95 a month, which includes postage, for a monthly subscription where you can unsubscribe at any time.  If you can commit to 6 months or a year, you can save around £25.  If you’re tempted to sign up, and use this link, you will be credited £5 of points to be spent in the Birchbox online shop.  I will also be credited with points for referring you.  Of course there is no pressure to do this, you can just Google them and sign up that way, but of course you won’t get the £5 free points yourself.  Just wanted to be totally upfront about that! 🙂

So!  The bit you’re all actually here for – here’s what came in the March box:

The theme this month was ‘Word Up!’  The box design is a beauty-related word search as Birchbox want to help us search for, and find, our ultimate beauty discovery.

Birchbox Accessories Hair Ties

Birchbox Accessories Hair Ties

These two blue hair ties are from the Birchbox brand, which they seem to be expanding on a lot recently.  They are just soft, snag-free hair ties so although not that exciting, they’re definitely something I’ll get lots of use from.  I like the fact that these look slightly nicer on your wrist than a standard hair tie (come on, as if you don’t always end up walking around with an ’emergency’ hair tie on your wrist!)

ModelCo More Brows

ModelCo More Brows

Oh gosh I love this!  I’ve surprised myself as I’m not even that into brow products – I use them about half the time, and just leave my brows natural the rest of the time.  They’re naturally black and don’t really have sparse bits so I don’t always feel the need to use anything on them.  But this has probably changed all that!

This is a little tube of brow gel that contains hair-like particles, to give the illusion of thicker brows.  The tiny little brush is the perfect size for precision application.  What I like is that although the product is dark, the brush doesn’t over-apply it and leave you with crazy brows like a lot I’ve tried!  Although I’ve never tried it, it seems pretty similar to Benefit Gimme Brow.

Arrow Boost Color Enhancing Lip Balm

Arrow Boost Color Enhancing Lip Balm

This is the second Birchbox-own product in the box.  Arrow is the new paraben-free, cruelty-free, vegan brand from Birchbox!  I’m really pleased to hear they’ve launched a cruelty-free brand, as I know it’s something more and more people are looking for these days.  If this product is anything to go by, I’m going to like it!

The mango seed butter infused lip balm changes colour depending on your own skin’s PH level.  I thought that was a bit gimmicky, but it’s actually quite nice as it changes to a colour which suits each person (although it’s still very sheer and natural).  I tested it on my husband/guinea pig and I can confirm it definitely does change to different colours, as it was a lot lighter on him than me!  It’s also a great lip balm (and believe me, I’ve tried them all, as a dry lip sufferer!), it lasts a long time and is really smoothing.  Good job, Birchbox!

Beauty Protector Beauty Cream Body Lotion

Beauty Protector Beauty Cream Body Lotion

I’ve had a few different products from the Beauty Protector brand and have always liked them, so I was pleased to see this (although a bit surprised as I thought they were a hair brand!)  It’s a rich moisturising cream which can be used on both the hands and body.  The booklet said it has their signature scent (which is a gorgeous, sweet toffee smell) but I don’t think it is as far as I can tell.  This one smells quite floral and a lot like a Lush bathbomb (which is always good!)

Crea-m Antiaging Serum

Crea-m Antiaging Serum

This serum is described as a ‘real-life Instagram filter in a bottle’… which can’t be bad, as we all know how much better they make us look! 😀  To use, just upload a photo to… wait, hang on, no… to use, just apply 2-3 drops to your face after cleansing and then follow with your usual moisturiser.  The serum should leave your skin illumiated and lifted!

I like that this serum is a gel texture, as I find the oil based ones leave my skin a bit too greasy (my skin is oily-combination).  It dries into the skin really quickly and has a fresh smell.  I like it!

Ok so this is the bit where I should be reviewing a hair mask, except for some reason I didn’t get one!  It’s in the booklet but not in my box.  This is the first time that’s ever happened so I don’t mind too much – I’ll get in touch with Birchbox and see if they can send me one out.


 

Overall, this was another really good box.  My favourite item by far is the ModelCo More Brows (which is full sized and worth £13, so great value)!  What do you think of this month’s box?  Did you get anything different to me?  Or are you tempted to subscribe?  Let me know in the comments!

Birchbox February 2016 - Contents

Birchbox // February 2016 // Review and Unboxing!

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Sorry this one is a little bit later than usual – I haven’t been too well (even more than usual!) so it’s taken me a while to be able to photograph the box and write this.

Birchbox February 2016

Birchbox February 2016

This month’s Birchbox theme is ‘shine bright like a diamond’.  In line with their 2016 theme of ‘best year ever’, they want this box to remind us how brilliant we are, and how to shine.  Alongside the diamond theme, 2 boxes this month also contain real diamond necklaces!  Unfortunately mind didn’t… But here’s what was in it!

Birchbox February 2016 - Contents

Birchbox February 2016 – Contents

Spectrum Tapered Powder Brush

Spectrum Tapered Powder Brush

I was so excited about this!  Spectrum are a great makeup brush company, as they make good quality, cruelty-free makeup brushes.  Plus… just look at it!  Isn’t it so pretty?  This tapered brush can be used for any powder products – setting powder, highlighter or bronzer.  There’s not much to say about this other than I love it!  It works really well.  I’m planning to get one of their eye brushes in the near future, to replace a non cruelty-free brush I already have.

Value: £7.99.

Love of Colour (LOC) Shadow Stick in Perfect Cents

Love of Colour (LOC) Shadow Stick in Perfect Cents

You may not recognise the brand LOC… that’s because it’s Birchbox’s brand new in-house makeup brand!  There will be more products to come, but this is their first released one.  We actually had a choice of two colours prior to receiving the box – a champagne colour and this copper colour, which I chose.

This is a creaseless, waterproof eyeshadow crayon which claims to last for 11 hours.  The idea is that it negates the need for primer, brushes and blending.  Although that’s a good idea in theory, I’ve never come across an eyeshadow stick that truly doesn’t need priming or blending (the closest I’ve come is Maybelline Color Tattoos, which are amazing!)

The stick glides on easily, but does need a little blending out around the edges – which is not a problem at all, as it can be done in literally 10 seconds.  The colour of the one I chose is beautiful (see the swatch above) – I love wearing copper so I’ll get tons of use from this.  I’ve already worn it as eyeshadow, but I’ll probably give it a try smudged under my eyes too.  This is a great first product, so I look forward to seeing what LOC release next!

Value: £8.

Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream

Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream

I’ve never heard of Eslor before.  They seem to be relatively new from what I can tell (although their website doesn’t have an actual ‘About’ page).  They are all about paraben free, science-driven, naturally derived products.  My first impression was… the tub is beautiful!  It’s a beautiful rosy-copper colour that will look really pretty on my vanity desk… priorities right?

This day cream contains hydrolysed marine collagen (which seems to be a big thing in skincare these days – Elemis and other high-end brands use the same ingredient).  The cream aims to lock in moisture, restore elasticity and boost radiance.  Although it’s called a day cream, the instructions say to use morning and evening.  Personally, I found it a little bit on the heavy side to use in the morning (especially before makeup, as I like a very matte finish), but it’s great as a richer night cream.  If you had dry skin it may be fine as a day cream, but mine is combination/oily.  It is creamy white with a very light lotion scent. It’s not something I would purchase just because of the price – it’s £50 full size.  However it does contain quality active ingredients.

Value: £50 full size (we received a 10ml sample).

The Balm Cosmetics Frat Boy Blush/Shadow

The Balm Cosmetics Frat Boy Blush/Shadow

I’ve had a few The Balm samples before and I currently own a full sized Mary-Loumanizer (best highlighter ever!)  I’ve never tried this blusher before.  It’s a baby rose pink, meant to replicate the look of a natural flush.  It’s fairly subtle in colour, but actually quite pigmented, so a little goes a long way.  This is exactly the sort of blusher colour I suit, as I’m very pale, so I love this!  It reminds me of Benefit Hervana but more pigmented.

They say it can also be used as an eyeshadow but I really can’t see myself using it as that – I don’t think it’d be a very flattering tone on the eyes for me (although could look gorgeous in contrast to darker skin I reckon).

Value: £15.50 (we received a small sample).

Ayes Body Butter in Patagonia

Ayres Body Butter in Patagonia

This is a luxurious, plant-based body lotion containing shea butter, vitamin E and antioxidants, to soften and hydrate the skin.  It smells lovely, with a mix of jasmine, lavender and ylang-ylang.  I actually really dislike lavender, but it’s not too strong in the scent of this.

The packaging has a very traditional, old-fashioned apothecary style.  Again, it’s a brand I haven’t heard of before.  Although we got a small sample, it goes on nicely and spreads quite a long way – I reckon you’d get 2 full body uses from this tub.  What I really like is that it doesn’t leave any greasy residue on my skin.  I hate body lotions that leave you all sticky for ages after applying!  This is another one I wouldn’t actually purchase myself as it’s £19.50 – there are so many great, cheaper body lotions out there.

Value: £19.50 (we received 28g).

Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris Eau de Parfum

Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris Eau de Parfum

The beauty bonus item was a perfume sample.  If you’re a regular reader, you’ll probably know I hate getting perfume samples.  I’m not that fussy but for some reason I usually dislike about 90% of the ones they send!  Luckily, this one is actually quite nice!

It is created by fashion designer Catherine Malandrino, and is described as sophistocated yet fruity.  It contains notes of mandarin, red grapefruit and pear (sounds like breakfast, lol!)  It’s quite a strong, heady scent but the citrusy fruit notes save it from being too old-fashioned.  It’s probably something I’d keep in my bag in case I needed to freshen up whilst I was out, but I definitely wouldn’t buy it.  Hey, it’s progress though, at least I don’t hate it!!

Value: £50 (we received a mini sample vial).


Overall, another great box!  I always really enjoy my Birchboxes.  It was nice that they went for a slightly different theme this month, instead of going for the obvious of love and Valentines.  The box is gorgeous, with the quote in gold script, so yet another box I’ll be keeping!  I’ll run out of room for boxes soon haha.  Most of all, I LOVED getting a makeup brush in the box – that’s something I’d love to see again in future.


What did you think of this month’s box?  Have you tried any of the products?  Let me know in the comments!