Birchbox Misses

Since September I have been purchasing a monthly beauty subscription that I’ve really been enjoying, although I’ve not enjoyed every single product. Some of them I’ve loved and I’ll be likely to repurchase but others just didn’t work for me and my skin, which is totally OK. 

The BirchBox is £12.95 a month which includes delivery and you receive 5 products. Sometimes you get 1 or 2 full sized samples and other times you don’t. They come in the most gorgeous draw boxes that I love and wish I had kept most of them since they’re so cute. I’ve loved receiving my BirchBox each month and I often forget about it so it’s like a gift to myself. 

With that in mind, I didn’t like every single product that I’ve received. Most of them I’ve enjoyed and like I said, will probably repurchase for full sample. However, there are 5 particular products that I don’t really care for as they haven’t cooperated with me. 

I’m a fan of colour correcting and when I received the NIP+Fab colour corrector in the yellow shade I was excited to try it. I tried it and I could not have been more disappointed. I used it under my foundation and my foundation looked cakey all day. It wasn’t pretty and due to this, I won’t ever purchase a NIP+Fab colour corrector through absolute fear. 

I cant remember which month but I received a sample trio of the POP Beauty eyeshadows. I had never heard of this brand before so I gave it a go and it just didn’t do anything for me. The shadows weren’t anything special and the trio had all shimmery shades. It includes a shimmery dark brown which I would have used to smoke out but it just was too shimmery. It also includes a shimmery pink shade and a shimmery neutral shade. Like I said, they just didn’t do anything for me and I had no feelings towards it at all. 

In a recent box we got to choose a full sample size and I picked the Mannakadar beauty powder. I think this was priced crazily expensive, something like £27! It’s the smallest product I’ve ever seen. Normally, powders are a fair size and worth the money. This is a small pan which actually looks like an eyeshadow. This is probably the bit that disappointed me the most. Also, the product wasn’t good at all. Again, it made my base look cakey and I wouldn’t recommend using this under the eyes at all. 

Now, these next two products are fairly similar. I have the Amika: Bombshell Blowout Spray and the Beauty Protector protector and detangle spray. I do like to use products in my hair when I blowdry it just to make it look nicer and a more fresh but these products do nothing for my hair at all and it’s as simple as that. I don’t think they’re good or bad I just don’t think they do anything to my hair but they might do something to someone else’s. They smell good though! 

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September 

October 

November

December 

January 

February 

March

April 

May

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BirchBox Unboxing // May 2017

In my April 2017 BirchBox I said that it would be my last until October. Little did I know, my payment went out and the May 2017 box arrived. I’m not complaining as it’s a nice little treat but I did unsubscribe from BirchBox and it sort of irritated me that they didn’t follow through. So, now I have cancelled the direct debit, this is my final BirchBox unboxing until I return in October.  

I will admit, this months box really isn’t my favourite ever and I’m probably least interested in these products more than any. Hopefully they will surprise me. However, I love the packaging of this months box. It’s a marble looking box and it’s just gorgeous, in fact I think I’m going to keep this to store things in. 

This months box gives us two full sized products which is lovely. The first is the Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in Vanilla Frosting. This product retails at £14.49 full sized. I like this product 1. because you get your moneys worth for the box from this product alone and 2. because it actually looks like it would be a lovely highlight as well as eyeshadow. I actually don’t own anything like this so I’m probably most excited about this product than any other in the box. 

I also got the SKIN79 Clean-on 2 Step Nose Pack (full sized) which retails at £2.90 which iS crazy affordable. This product is supposed to de-clog your pores and just refresh your skin. 

Another makeup item that I received is the Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara which retails at £18 full sized. I’m always keen to try new mascaras and this is suppose to add volume and thickness which is good since I do have quite thin eyelashes. 

I received the Whish Firming Body Cream. This product is £27 full sized and is super good as the brand doesn’t test on animals. It’s supposed to protect and soften skin which is good but it’s essentially a moisturiser. 

Finally, the product that I’m least enthusiastic about is the Kueshi Hair Mask Shine and Volume which is £10.50 for a full product. It’s a basic, simple hair mask but because my hair is so thick I find that these types of products just cling to every strand of hair and does take ages to remove. 

There we finally have the last unboxing. Enjoy! 

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BirchBox Unboxing // April 2017 

My April BirchBox arrived and there is some real good products that I’m looking forward to trying. Firstly, I’ll just let you guys know that this will be my final BirchBox until October! I’m heading away for the summer and won’t have no use for these as they won’t even be delivered to me or will I have time to post about it.

So, these will probably… possibly continue in October! For now though, lets jump straight into this months box. 


We got to choose a product in this months box and for me I picked the Manna Kadar Cosmetics High Definition Powder. This retails at £27 full sized and this month we all received it as a full sized product! Which is incredible. I’ve been looking for a new powder for a while now and this powder is supposed to help you look less dewy and your makeup last a little longer! After swatching it I feel that it’s so soft and velvety, it’ll probably glide straight onto the skin. 

The second full sized product that I received was the Nip+Fab Colour Correcting Concealer in Yellow. This retails at £8.85. I think these two products alone are fantastic for the price of the BirchBox in general. I do love to colour correct using the green shade and I’ve never tried the yellow before. Apparently, yellow is used to create a more highlighted look which will be perfect for the spring/summer time! 

Next is the Polaar IcePure Gentle Scrub with Arctic Cotton. This retails at £23.50 full sized which is rather expensive, however it says to have Arctic cotton in it and this just sounds very luxurious and exciting. Apparently, Arctic cotton is super moisturising which means that the product will exfoliate and smooth out the skin.. looovely! 

I also received the Amika The Shield Style Extending Spray, retailing at £20 for a full sized product. This is supposed to be used by spraying it onto damp or dry hair before applying heat, i.e hair dryer/straightening. I do find that my hair does become very damaged if I don’t use a heat protector so I’m sure this will come in very handy. 

Finally, the last product I received was the Boija Paris Creme Moana in Fleur de Tiare, which retails at £15.90 full sized. This is supposed to be used by massaging it into dry skin. It’s pretty much a body lotion that helps with dryness and generally making your skin look and feel healthier. I don’t ever go out of my way and buy things like this but I’ll be sure to put it to the test to see whether it’s actually any use. 

There we have it! My April BirchBox. I really liked this month’s, it’s such a shame I’m missing them for the next few months. They’re like a little gift to myself. 

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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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Ciaté London Fierce Flicks liquid Eyeliner 

In my December BirchBox I received the Ciate London Liquid Eyeliner and ever since I’ve been trailing it to see whether it’s actually worth the £15. Now, you’re probably wondering why I’ve been testing it for 2 months and I do have an explanation.. I really struggle to use felt tip liquid liners. Really struggle, it’s so difficult to master and I have by no means accomplished mastering the ability to draw liner using a product that looks like a black felt tip colouring pen.

On their website BirchBox have stated that “whether you’re a newbie or a pro, even those of us with the shakiest of hands can master all of our favourite liner looks”. They’re wrong, don’t listen to them, these aren’t the types of people you want to be friends with. I have the shakiest of hands and sometimes it’s really bloody difficult to draw a decent line on my eyelid. However, after testing this product for some time now I’ve definitely become more confident with using it and I’ve been really enjoying it.


The eyeliner is black, literally so pigmented and the colour is gorgeous and since it’s so dark it makes any eye look pop. The quality of the liner is outstanding and I’ve always been the biggest fan of the Rimmel eyeliners but I’ve converted into a lover of this one and it may just be my go to liner. I wear this with a dramatic, glam look or even a simple day time. It’s so lovely to wear and dries so quickly that it doesn’t transfer or smudge. It’s crazy long wearing and lasts for the longest time. I do love this liner but for those who are new to liner and want to try new types of applicators, I do not recommend this one at all. It was far too difficult for me and I’ve been wearing eyeliner for a long time. However, if you persevere you’ll eventually get the hang of it after throwing it in anger several times.

Overall, lovely product and it’s definitely interested me in trying more of the Ciaté London products.

February 2017 BirchBox UnBoxing

BirchBox’s are my favourite thing. Some months they’re brilliant and other months they aren’t as good, but February 2017 has smashed it. I’m so excited to share with you guys what fun and exciting products I got this month. Let’s jump straight into it! 

For those who don’t know what BirchBox is, well it’s a monthly beauty subscription that deliver your box to you. It has 5 products each month whether it’s makeup, hair or skincare. Normally you receive 1 full sized products and then 4 small samples or depending on the occasion you may find more than 1 full sized product which is fortunate! 

This months is a good one and I’ve been so excited to share with you guys what I got. Firstly, the most exciting part of this box is the Sprectrum Collections Marbeleoud C06 Tulip Eye Contour Brush which retails for £5.99 and obviously this is a full sized products. I’ve been wanting to try some of the Spectrum brushes but I’ve always been nervous as some of them are really expensive. However, after having this brush I can definitely say I’ll be purchasing more. It’s so soft it’s unbelievable and the fluffy brush will be perfect for blending eyeshadow. 

Next fits perfectly with the brush, it’s the Pop Bright Up Your Life Eyeshadow Trio in Champagne Mocha. The three colours are gorgeous and this is probably going to be ideal for those who are starting fresh with makeup. So very excited to try this product. The full size of these shadows retails at £15.50. 


For hair care I was given the Beaver Professional Daily Moisture Conditioning Spray which retails at £21 for a full sized bottle. If I’m honest, generally I like to use minimal products on my hair as I find that it becomes greasy if I use too many. However, I do have quite frazzled tips so I’m exicted to try this product out and see if it makes any difference the condition of my tips. It does say to use this on damp hair and as I only was my hair a few times a week I’m assuming it won’t make my hair greasy. So we’ll just see! 


Next I got the Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel which retails at £5.69 full size. This is specially designed to target acne to heal without drying out the skin. I do have acne prone skin so I was extremely happy about receiving this! It’s always nice to try new products which may help my troubled skin. This is also full of hydulronic acid which is great to moisturise dehydrated skin. 

Finally, the last and full size product is the keeome Hydration Mask Therapy which retails at £29 for 6 masks, usually they’re £66 which is so expensive. I’m really hoping i dislike this mask simply because I’ll probably have to sell a limb just to afford them! However, it says that this helps to revitalise the skin in 25 minutes. At the moment my skin is so dry and I’m hoping this will help just to make it feel more alive again. 

I’m so pleased with this months box! I love receiving these every month. Let me know what you got. 

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BirchBox Unboxing // January

The first BirchBox of 2017 has arrived and I’ve been super excited for this (I am every month though aren’t i?). I love that I receive a little gift to myself every month and I totally forget about it, so when it’s arrive it’s like Christmas! This month’s box is in collaboration with HelloFresh and we were given a discounted coupon to try out their weekly subscription for £9, meaning that we save £30 in our boxes this month. HelloFresh is a food service that deliver a week’s worth of meals, fully prepared and ready to be cooked right to your front door. I’ve researched more about this company and personally I won’t be purchasing a box because I can’t ever see myself eating these types of meals but I know some people would love this type of service especially if they’re busy and always on the go. So, let’s jump straight into this months BirchBox! 


I first noticed this small sample sized product of the Nuxe Multi-Purpose Dry Oil for the face, body and hair. Now I’ve seen this as a full size product in person and it’s huge, the bottle is massive. It’s retail price is £21 for a full size bottle and I definitely think if you enjoy this product, you should definitely repurchase because it will last you for so long. I’m actually most excited about this product because who doesn’t love a bit of shimmer on their body, hair and everywhere in between right?. It’s description says that it is full of six essential oils plus vitamin E which is so good for your body. It provides nourishment with a hint of golden radiance. I can’t wait to give this a try!

Next is the Merci Hand Cream and it’s a full sized sample, it’s price of £4.90 and it’s actually quite a large product. It’s big enough to keep you going for a little while but small enough to put in your handbag and head out. It’s packed with pearls and nourishing extracts to pamper and smooth. I think there is a connection with each of these products this month, they all seem to be nourishing.. not that I’m complaining of course. I do like a good hand cream and I always find my hands get really dry, regardless of the season so I’m very pleased. 

In a previous BirchBox I was given a Lord & Berry lip crayon which I absolutely love, so when I saw that I received a Lord & Berry Conceal-It Crayon I was over the moon. It retails for £12 and this month we were lucky enough to receive another full sized sample, win! I tested it on my hand and it’s so buttery and smooth, it blends lovely too which makes me more excited to try it out for my under eye area. My shade is in ivory and I’m interested in how good it’ll be at highlighting my face too. 

I also got the Kebelo Clarifying Shampoo which retails at £13.95 for a full sized sample. I’ve never ever tried a clarifying shampoo but I know so many people who swear by them. It’s said to deep clean and detox strands and scalp to create healthier and less dull looking hair. What more could you want seriously? 

Finally, I also received the Prismologie Yellow Day Shower Gel. If I am totally honest, this is the product I’m least excited for. It’s retail price of £30 full sized and that’s a ridiculous price for a shower gel and not something I’ll ever purchase. I feel like shower gel’s all do the same thing and I’ve got some really affordable shower gel’s by Leather Imperial which I swear by and are less than £2 a bottle. However, I’ll definitely be giving this a go and seeing whether it’s actually worth the fuss. 


So, there you have it! January BirchBox. Let me know whether you liked yours this month. In the mean time, check out my social media: 

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