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
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
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.
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!
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
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).
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
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!