BirchBox Unboxing // March 2017

My March BirchBox arrived rather late this month, therefore my review on it had to be late, super sorry! However, it’s arrived and I’m really looking forward to digging into these wonderful products.

This month (and some other months) we’ve been able to choose one of the items that goes into the box. This month it happened to be one of the new Benefit They’re Real lipsticks and lipliners. I chose mine in the shade Lusty Rose as it seemed like the shade I would wear more often. It’s a very pretty, mauve shade and it looks beautiful with so many looks. Since the box arrived I have not stopped wearing it but I’m still unsure whether I love it. I definitely enjoy the colour and creamy formula but it just feels so heavy on my lips and if I’m paying attention to it and sometimes I can’t help but pay attention to it, I find that it really irritates me. These lipsticks retail at £16.50 full sized.

Next is the Batiste Dry Shampoo and Conditioner. I’ve been having a love affair with the Batiste Dry Shampoo for so many years now and I will always go back to it for a dry shampoo. I find that it works brilliantly, it isn’t bad for the price and the scents are gorgeous and really help the texture of my hair when I don’t feel like washing it. I’ve used this a few times and I do see a difference with this product in comparison to the original dry shampoo, I just find that my hair different with it rather than the original. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my dry shampoo from Batiste but I think this may be a new love of mine. This is a newly released product from Batiste (I could be wrong but I don’t think I am) and retails at £4.49 full sized which is around the same price some of the other dry shampoo’s from the brand.

I’ve never tried anything from the brand BalanceMe so when I received the Instant Lift Primer I was immediately excited. I love trying new primer’s and seeing what works for me and what doesn’t. This primer is supposed to help pores disappear and by using ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and acacia gum, it tightens and smooths the skin to create the ideal complexion. I have tried this already but I don’t feel like I’ve tried it enough to give a proper review. I also think the sample size is far too small and has very little product in it that I may only have 2 or possibly 3 portions left. This then means that I have to head out and buy the full sized product, which is £22 to see whether I really do like it.

I also received the Marcelle Gentle Makeup Remover for Sensitive Eyes, this retails at £14.50 and is a BirchBox exclusive. This is probably the product that I am least excited about, I often just use my normal skincare routine to remove my eye makeup and that works absolutely fine. I never go out of my way to purchase an eye makeup remover simply because I don’t think it’s worth the money and I don’t find any micellar water’s irritate my eyes at all. However, it’s a nice treat to have and I’ll take full advantage since I have it and hope that I don’t enjoy it too much because £14.50 for a eye makeup remover is a little pricey.

Lastly, I received the Rituals Sensational Foaming Shower Gel. I received the Rituals Magic Touch Body Cream in my October BichBox and loved it, it was incredible on my skin and made my skin feel really hydrated and refreshed. Since I’ve already tried something from this brand it has definitely made me look more forward to trying this shower gel.and it’s a foam which I find so much to play with!

Let me know what you had in your box this month.

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Birch Box Unboxing // October 2016

I’ve recently become a Birch Box subscriber and I love the fact that each month I have a surprise in the post from me to me full of goodies. I also love that I’m able to test out a whole new bunch of makeup and skincare for £12.95 a month. The October box is designed to match the element suited to your zodiac sign. As an Aries I received fire and I blooming’ love it a lot. 

This month I received 5 products and a brush, this also includes a full sized product. How exciting! Let’s jump straight into it. 

The first item I noticed and become super excited about is the Number 4 Fluoro5 Elixrr Restore and Repair Oil. This retails at £18 for a full sized product. I love products that help my hair look shinner and generally more healthy. After several years of colouring my hair I’m now at a point where my hair is slightly ruined and dry. I’ve used the Moroccan Oil for so long and I’ve been looking for something different, I definitely think I may have it here. 

In my box I also got a Lord and Berry 20100 Maxi Matte Crayon Lipstick in Intimacy. Retailing at £12 in stores and online. This colour is beautiful, genuinely went to lipstick heaven. It’s a pink mauve colour and is so creamy. I swatched it on my hand and it felt so soft and perfectly applied. I can’t wait to match this with a mauve eye and cheek look. 

I also got the Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Magic Touch Body Cream. This is sold for £19.50 and I’m most looking  forward to using this on my arm once I’ve had my cast removed in 6 weeks (gross but true). This is a Japanese made product and says to make each day feel like a new beginning. It can be used on both face and body too, which I think is fab! I’m always looking for new moisturisers. 

They also included a basic eyebrow brush which retails at £1.99. I already own two of these so I gave mine to my friend Nimbob (actually Naomi but this is what she will be referred to Nimbob forever). It’s normal, has a comb side and brush side, not much to say really. 

I also got the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. This is pretty much an alterative to dry shampoo, in fact the booklet that is included with the box says I should have received the Batiste Dry Shampoo which I know I already love. However, I’m still looking forward to trying this sample sized product especially because I’m 1 handed and washing and styling my hair is proving difficult. This product is retailed at a massive £39! Bizarre pricing for a texturising, dry shampooing spray.

Lastly I received the Doux Me Pure Spring Water Spray. Again, the booklet says I should have received the Whish Renewing Mud Mask and a part of me is slightly disappointed I didn’t get the mask but I’m also happy with the water spray. I love anything that helps my skin feel more hydrated and, wakes me up and makes my make up look good too. A full size of this product is worth £16 and I hope it compares well to the Urban Decay Spray!


Overall this months has given my some good and eh, thoughts. However, I’m mostly excited for the hair oil and face and body moisturiser. Let me know what you guys thought of your boxes! 

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Birch Box Unboxing // September 2016

Another spontaneous blog post on a Thursday, I don’t think this will be a weekly thing.. I hope! I just had to share with you guys what I’ve begun purchasing. Side note, I still have a fractured wrist so I’m writing this with my left hand, sorry for any errors!

I’ve always loved the idea of beauty subscription boxes and I finally ordered my first, through Birch Boxes. The September edition had a 2 for 1 deal, which meant that I received September 2016 box and July 2016 box and I was also able to choose 1 full sized product. I definitely believe I picked the right month to join! Firstly, lets discuss the packaging as they’re utterly adorable and so beautifully designed. I love how super practical but so fun and creative. Secondly, I paid a total of £12.95 (£10 for the box + £2.95 p+p) and received 5 products per box including a full sized product. I personally think they’re totally worth the money and you’re able to try a new variety of beauty products every month. What more could you want? eh!

In the September 2016 box I received some really exciting products. I probably should mention, your box shouldn’t have a line through the front, mine does because I’m a numpty who wouldn’t ask for help.

My full sized product was the ModelCo Creme Rouge. Septembers edition allowed you to choose either the cream blush or a highlight trio. As I recently purchased some new highlighters I thought I would be best suited to the blush. I’ve been so excited to try this product, it’s price is £14 and I think that’s a brilliant product include and it already makes your money’s worth. It’s a beautiful pink/red shade and can be worn on cheek and lip.

I also received the Amika: Bombshell Blowout Spray. This is designed to help protect the hair, add texture, volume and repair. It’s suitable for all hair types and the reviews are saying that it’s an excellent product. It’s retail price for a full bottle is £14.99. The instructions state to apply In sections to damp hair and spray from roots to ends before blow drying. I have really frizzy hair so I hope this helps to combat my constant humid hair look.

The next item is something I’m super excited excited about, is the Bliss Fabulous Drench ‘n’ Quench Moisturiser. It’s retail price is £29.50. This is the most expensive moisturiser I’ve ever used. My bottle is 15ml but you only need to use a small amount to cover the whole face. It’s a cream to water formula and is so silky to use. It supposed to be super hydrating for the skin and I’ve been using this since it arrived on Monday and I’m so glad. It’s made my skin feel so healthy and nourished.

Nuxe is a popular known brand, it has a range of products that cater for all skin and hair types. I got a sample of the Nuxe Shower Oil.  This is the only product that I’m not so enthusiastic to try, although it does have really good reviews I’m still slightly apprehensive to try it. I have such sensitive skin and I’m always scared to try new products but I’m definitely going to give a go eventually.

The final item in my box is the Puriskin Nurse Nail and Hand Cream. The retail price for this item is £12.99. Its stated to smooth out hands and make them feel fresh. I rarely paint my nails and I’ve got a terrible bad habit of biting my nails through nerves or stress. However this product has definitely enticed me.


July 2016 box was in collaboration with Millie Mackintosh, she is absolutely gorgeous and her make up choices are always excellent. The items come in a small grey bag  that says ‘best day ever’, it’s adorable and I’ll probably find use for this somehow.  I receive this extra box in the 2 for 1 deal to celebrate the 6th year of Birch Boxes, the July 2016 box was the most popular of the year. I received 5 products and 1 full sized included, I was really looking forward to having the extra box with my first purchase.

My first item was the Loc x Millie Ultra Gloss Lip Pencil in Bohemiam Rose. The retail price is £9. It’s a beautiful rose pink colour and has such a buttery formula. It’s instructions state to line the lips and then fill them in however, this seems to be more of a summery colour and I’m unlikely to wear it throughout this time of year.

Nails Inc areknown to be an expensive nail varnish brand and having never owned any I was excited to receive such a beautiful colour. The retail price is £15 for a full sized bottle. It’s called Porchester Square and is a nude with slight tint of purple. It’s such a pretty autumn colour and I can’t wait to try it.

Next Is the Thermaliv Lotion Micellaire, its full price is £12.90. This is pretty much your average micellar water that removes make up and doesn’t require any rinsing. The description says it removes away impurities to leave skin soft, refreshed and soothed. Can’t go wrong with that can you.

In my September edition I received the Amika blowout spray, in The July Box I got the Amika Nourshing Mask. It’s retail price is £19.99 and I’m so excited to try it, it’s supposed to help repair split ends and dryness. I’ll prbsbly try this after I’ve shampooed my hair and leave for 5-10 minutes before rinising.

Finally, the last item is the Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask. These come in a pack of 4 for £19.99. We all know I love a good face mask and I haven’t ever tried a sheet mask so I’m super looking forward to this product. It says to leave for 15 minutes and then message in the serum, not to rinse away. Sounds fantastic and I’m excited!


Here we go, my first Birch Box! I hope you enjoyed and I’ll no doubt be posting October edition. Let me know what you think.
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