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Saturday, 17 May 2014

Inside May's Birchbox

I was so excited when my Birchbox came last weekend, I know it's taken me a little while to post up but I wanted to use as many products this week to get a good review. 

This month's box is a collaboration with Harper's Bazaar and the box was so utterly beautiful on the outside that my expectations for the inside were high, I wanted it to be filled with goodies that were just as beautiful. 




I can honestly say that I love everything that came in this box I was so surprised.


 

So where shall I start how about with this turquoise gem...



Aromatherapy Associates - Revive Morning bath and shower oil. 

When I first opened the box, I though this was a little perfume sample but when i read it i was actually quite interested to learn that it was a bath and/or shower oil. Now I'm the type of girl who loves bubbles, though bath oils have been around for quite sometime, I can't help it I just love copious amounts of bubbles in my bath. I did consider using this in the shower, but it was only a little sample and I have a lot of body so I didn't think it would work so well in the shower. I emptied the entire contents, as instructed, into my bath and was overcome by the scent. It was beautiful fresh and quite strong. It was a real mix of scents though ranging from grapefruit, rosemary, juniper and eucalyptus. It definitely made my skin feel a little more nourished than after my standard bubble bath. A little different but I would probably try bath oils again in the future. 




Liz Earle - Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
One thing I love about Liz Earle samples is that they are always beautifully wrapped, it still keeps you guessing, even though you know it's from Liz Earle you still wonder what little treat for your skin it could be. As you know I'm super cautious about things that go on my face but I do have a little bit of trust in Liz Earle because the ingredients are a more gentle on my skin as they are more natural. This cream is a little indulgent too with rosemary, chamomile, cocoa butter and eucalyptus (I'm sensing a box theme!) I actually quite liked this, I think the texture is quite similar to Simple's cleansing face mask that I use often. It even came with a little cloth to wash it off with. My skin felt lovely after using it. I was super impressed, I actually would even consider buying this. 






Benefit - They're Real mascara
Now, I know this might be a slightly unpopular comment about this brand, but I just don't see they hype. This is my second sample that I have tried of this mascara and to be fair I think that it doesn't live up to my expectations. Every blogger absolutely loves this mascara, I'm a fan of the brand just not this particular mascara. I'm fairly lucky because I have naturally long eyelashes anyway so most mascara makes them look good but I'm such a fan of my L'Oreal's Volume Million lashes that nothing else really compares. I don't really like They're Real brush it's too hard and doesn't really get all of my eyelashes coated the way I like. Sorry guys!!




Beauty Protector - Protect and Shampoo/Conditioner
This is one product I've actually yet to try so I'm gonna have to follow this up in a separate post. But let's just have a little look at the packaging, because I love it! I love the contrast between white and red, it really stands out and I think the design it really cute. It really looks like nothing I've seen before in shampoo or conditioners branding. I love the scent of this product which is why I'm pretty excited to use it.The shampoo is also sulfate free, paraben free and vegan. How cool is that? So keep an eye out for my post next week about these products. 




Soigné - Créme Au Beurre nail polish
I had to save the best til last! I practically swooned when I saw this in my box, the packaging is just to die for and it's full sized. I was super excited to see what colour I had and it was just the perfect shade between nude and pink. I have been looking for a shade like this. I'm in love! Also, this polish claims to have 85% ingredients that are from natural origins, free of formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate and camphor. I'll be honest I don't pay much attention to the indegrents of my products (I know I should) but this will probably make me consider what's in my products a little more.The shade is just perfect, it's a little sheer on first application it definitely needs a second coat but looks lovely. The colour has a very very subtle shimmer to it which is only picked up in certain lights but it's gorgeous!



So that was my box, another utterly fabulous box this month. 



Have you signed up to Birchbox? What shade of Soigné did you recieve?



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