Friday, 15 August 2014

• August Birchbox #5 // review •

Every brand in this month's box is new to me which 
is very exciting, and I was pleasantly surprised
 to find a Nude product in there.

I feel like Birchbox have done really well this month to choose products that fit with the theme 'Away We Go'. I'm over the moon with what I received as I've heard great things about some of the brands, particularly Nude and Wild About Beauty. I think there's a good mix of face products, skincare and haircare, and I'm so relieved that I didn't receive another nail polish as I literally have no room left in my nail polish drawer, and I'm quite particular to colours and finishes so would prefer to choose them myself! Birchbox tried something a little different this month and popped in a chapter of a book as a 'lifestyle extra' which is cool, as I could probably do without something such as a keyring... (ahem). If you wanted to see what I received in previous Birchbox's, you can click here

I'm so chuffed with this little product. I tried it for the first time last night, so have only tried it once, but I'm already really impressed. My skincare routine was missing a facial oil and I was in the process of researching which ones would be best for my skin, and I think this one is a serious possibility. It is expensive at £58, but I literally used two drops last night which was plenty for massaging into my face and down my neck, so I could see it lasting such a long time. I do need to keep trialling my sample before I dive into the full size, but for now, I'm really enjoying it. I'll probably pop a review up on here after I've been using it for a good amount of time.

I recently had my hair ombre'd (is that a word?) so I've been trying harder than usual to keep my hair in good condition. Any type of de-tangling, strengthening product is a winner in my eyes as I can't do enough to help condition my hair. This product is pretty standard; it does the job, it smells nice, it makes it easier to brush my hair with my tangle teezer. To be honest I own so many detangling sprays and they all work the same, so I was pleased to receive this product, but I probably have enough sprays to last me a few years! Still, another one doesn't hurt. PS. It's sulphate-free and paraben-free - it's always a bonus when brands make an effort to make their products as natural as possible.

I'll be honest, I haven't actually used this product yet, but I have swatched it on my hand to give me an idea of texture, coverage and colour. It has minimal coverage so I would probably use it as a primer as apposed to a base, but that's okay with me. The colour is a teeny bit dark for me, but I don't mind as it blends out very easily and is really sheer. It has SPF 35 PA+++ which is incredible as I've really been conscious of wearing sunscreen lately so this product will make that a lot easier and quicker. I randomly received two 3ml samples (??) so I'm not sure whether that was a mistake or not - if you received two, let me know! For £32, I'm not sure I'm sold on purchasing the full size, as there are better primers and CC creams in Boots or Superdrug in my opinion.

Now this product really intrigues me. It's an exfoliating cleanser but from the reviews I've read, it's not drying - perhaps this is due to the aloe vera and coconut packed into the product. I've heard of exfoliating toners but not cleansers, and I'm really looking forward to using it. I think it'll work wonders on my scars and dark patches around my chin and tops of my cheeks, and I'll certainly be reporting back with my views on it after I've used it for a few weeks.

This product definitely excited me the most! The shade of creme eyeshadow is absolutely stunning and I couldn't be happier with it. I'm a sucker for cream products and I love trying out new brands, textures and finishes, so this item was a bit hit for me! It goes on super smooth, super creamy and is so pigmented. I love the gold sheen and it can be used as a base for powder shadows or you could just wear it on it's own. It doesn't crease, it doesn't fade and it doesn't go patchy. I really love this product and I'll definitely be looking into the other shades in the range.

Receiving a book as a lifestyle extra is really sweet and a nice way to find something new to read. Although I'm not into the romance genre, I like the idea of sampling the first chapter of a book.
Lastly, a very quick mention about the clear plastic travel bag. Again, going with the 'Away we go' holiday theme, this handy little piece of kit is perfect for hand luggage as it's clear and tiny, so can hold little bottles of toiletries whilst on flight. I love that Birchbox have even thought to do this and it's such a cute little bag! I'll definitely be getting some use out of it.

I'm really happy with these products and I'm excited to try all of the new brands. I know that some people would prefer to just receive brands that they've heard of or have read reviews of, but for me, finding a new brand in my monthly subscription box is what it's all about. I'll be testing these products out and writing reviews as soon as I've had a chance to properly test them all!

What do you think of this month's Birchbox?
Did you receive the same product as me?
Daniela xo
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  1. Woah!!! So many pretty things!!!!! So cute that they sent you a box, too! I'm actually very curious about beauty boxes, I'd love to get one some day... so maybe someday somehow! x

    Crissy @ My Cup Of Tea

    1. I really recommend Birchbox! Go for it, you won't regret itttt... :) Daniela xo

  2. We got exactly the same stuff! My eyeshadow was a slightly different shade though. I am really excited about the Nude oil too. Oh and I got 2 of the CC cream - I guess because they are so small! xx

    1. Wow, the NUDE oil is amazing isn't it! Daniela xo

  3. Really love the eyeshadow :) Really pretty colour x

    1. So lovely, isn't it :) It's had a lot of wear already! Daniela xo