My first Birchbox

Because I don’t treat myself enough (kidding, I love me), I’ve signed up to the very popular Birchbox! For those who don’t know, Birchbox is a monthly subscription service that sends out a box of 5 hair and beauty products for you to try each out. When you sign up, you can set your preferences and advise on the condition of your hair and skin, so that the products you receive are tailored to you, and more likely to be enjoyed. Most of the products are minis for you try out, but there is always one full size product included too. Plus, you get a free gift in your first box, as a little welcome.

I’ve always wanted to try Birchbox, and I finally succumbed after seeing an ad on Instagram. It costs £10 each month (plus delivery), and you also get a discount in the Birchbox online store. I signed up at the beginning of January, and waited rather impatiently for it to arrive, and I was definitely not disappointed. Lets take a look at what’s inside!

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January Birchbox review

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance. I am obsessed with glowing skin, so I was very happy to see this primer in the box. It’s a water based gel that comes out the tube shimmery/ivory and blends into the skin really nicely and made me look, well, radiant! Once it had settled, I applied the Charlotte Tilbruy Light Wonder foundation over the top and honestly I was G L O W I N G

Lord & Berry Blusher Crayon – Camelia. I have never used a blusher in the form of a crayon before so I’ll be honest I was a little bit sceptical about how good this would be. It felt weird drawing on my checks, and I did at one point look like I was going as a cat for fancy dress, but, it actually blended out really well, and gave my checks a pretty, natural rosy blush.

Marcel Waterproof Eyeliner – Charcoal. I actually do not own a pencil eyeliner at the moment, least of all one in a shade that isn’t black. I’ve always been a bit wary of waterproof formulas because they tend not to blend/smudge well for a smokey eye. I was pleasantly surprised by this one though. I was able to create a pretty, natural smokey eye that stayed out all day.

Pop Beauty eye shadow trio – Champagne Mocha. A cute little eye shadow trio that creates a really natural day time smokey eye. To be honest, this felt a little bit cheap, especially because it came with a sponge applicator – so 2000! The nude shades didn’t really show up all that well but hey, it was free!

Orbie Dry Texturising Spray. I am a big fan of the Ouai texturising spray but sadly that has recently ran out, so I was really happy this one was in the box. But that’s kind of where the happiness ended. To be honest, apart from making my hair smell nice, I don’t think this really did much for me, especially compared to the Ouai version.

Afterspa Makeup remover. I’ve seen these clothes advertised on Instagram and have never really seen any appeal to them. How can they remove makeup, especially mascara with just warm water? Is your face actually clean? So many questions! Sadly no answers yet as you have to out the cloth through the washing machine before you use it for the first time and really who can be bothered with that? When I do eventually get round to that, I’ll let you know how it goes.

Spectrum eye shadow brush – This was my full sized gift for subscribing to Birchbox. I’d never heard of Spectrum but my cousin Emma was really jealous when I showed her this was included and she is an eye shadow expert so I knew it had to be good. The bristles were really soft and it picked up/applied a lot of product, pretty much all you can ask for in an eye shadow brush.

 

Does anybody else subscribe to Birchbox or a similar version? Let me know!

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