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Birchbox: August 2015

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Oops I’ve been slacking with my posts again this month! They’ll be coming thick and fast over the next few days as I scramble to get all of the August box reviews in before my September goodies start arriving!
I was eagerly anticipating this month’s special #BeautyJunkie Birchbox, which promised each subscriber 2 make up items in addition to their other treats. I can’t deny that I was pretty disappointed that both said make up items were teeny tiny samples rather than full sized products (i’m sure my boxes seemed much better value for money when I first started subscribing!) but I will try not to let that sour my review of the products in question!

theBalm cosmetics Balm Desert Bronzer

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I have come across a few theBalm products before and I think that its a quirky and interesting little brand. The sample is nicely presented, even for a miniature and the bronzer seemed nice enough when applied to the areas of my face that would usually catch the sun: my forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Unfortunately I feel that the size of this sample hampered my ability to accurately test it, as well as being generally disappointing. The useage instructions recommend applying with a fluffy brush but it was difficult to fit any decent sized brush near the powder to apply it. I settled on a Crown blending brush in the end but I usually apply my bronzer with a nice big Kabuki brush for even and natural coverage and this just wasn’t possible to do. A big shame because I couldn’t really get a proper feel for the bronzer, therefore cannot assess whether or not I would be interested in buying the £15 full sized item.

Lord & Berry Blush in ‘Lotus’

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I love Lord & Berry cosmetics and judging by the size of this box I expected a full sized blusher so I was pretty disappointed when I opened it up and found just a little pan encased in plastic packaging. I understand that the full sized versions of these products are pricey and that the main aim of these Beauty Boxes is to introduce subscribers to a wide range of samples from various brands but when a box is hyped up as being make up focused as this one was, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect at least one of the products inside to be full sized. Is that just me?
Moaning aside, the shade of the brush is flattering and the Lord & Berry quality shines through but i’m generally not a huge fan of blush so I doubt that I’ll be purchasing the £17 full sized product.

Kebelo Clarifying Shampoo

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I received this ‘Ultimate Detox for Hair’ in a previous Look Fantastic box and I still hadn’t got round to trying it. At least receiving a second sample has reminded me of it’s existence! I did give it a go this time around and the results were pleasing. I don’t use many products on my hair other than occasional colourant and the usual shampoo and conditioner so there wasn’t much to ‘deep clean’ but I do love the idea of using a product like this once or twice monthly to give your hair the same sort of TLC as you do your face with regular face masks and treatments. After using this my hair felt moisturised and was shiny and more manageable. Better keep this tube somewhere close by in the bathroom so I don’t forget about it again!

Rituals Organic Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom Calming Body Scrub

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I really like Rituals bath and shower products and was pleased to find this in my box. It smells lovely and is nice and gentle considering its exfoliating properties. It transforms into a rich creamy foam upon contact with water and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.

BioNike Defence Tolerance Essential Cleansing Water

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As a loyal devotee of Garnier’s Micellar Water I have no real urge to find a new cleansing water, especially one that costs 3 times as much as my favourite, but I gamely gave this one a go. It is suitable for all skin types, is soothing and left my skin feeling clean and soft but i’m afraid that I couldn’t find anything that set it apart to justify the £12.20 price tag.

L. Erickson Grab & Go Ponytail Holder

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I am already a Popband devotee so I haven’t let a run-of-the-mill elastic and metal hair tie anywhere near my hair for months but this makes an attractive alternative to my usual no-snag hair ties. It is sturdy, flexible and metal free so it secures without damaging your hair and it’s a pretty silvery grey colour. I love my popbands but they sometimes slip out of my very fine hair unless I secure them tightly (thus rendering their ‘no kink’ characteristic useless) and I found that this tie held my hair more securely. I am sure to get some use out of this and it was nice to see something a bit different in a box for a change.

So that’s my verdict on this month’s Birchbox. What do you guys think? I may have been extra critical because I should probably pick another of my subscriptions to dump in order to save a bit of money, but I just wasn’t blown away like I hoped I would be. I am not a big blush user and I have plenty of bronzers already so I don’t think I could get over the disappointment of not finding a make up gem that I was really excited about nestling inside that familiar drawstring bag. Anyone else a subscriber? What did you guys get? I’d love to see some more reactions/posts.

Birchbox is available as a subscription service costing £12.95 per month. Check it out at http://birchbox.co.uk

Look Fantastic Beauty Box: July 2015

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After failing to be wowed by the last couple of Look Fantastic Beauty Boxes, I was beginning to think that I had found a definite contender to ditch so I could try to curb my expensive Beauty Box habit…then I unwrapped these little treasures! With a great mix of face, body, hair and make up products there is sure to be something that appeals to everyone, with some new brands to explore alongside some more established ones. Here’s a closer look at the box contents:

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil for Face, Body and Hair

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Regular blog readers will know two things about me. Firstly, I adore Nuxe products. Secondly, I received the gold shimmery version of this oil in the May Look Fantastic box and I loved it. I mentioned in that review that this standard oil version was also available and I would consider buying it as it is cheaper. Well I didn’t get round to buying it but now I won’t have to for a while! The oil is great for nourishing and softening the skin, so I plan to use this non-shimmery one on tough areas such as my elbows, as well as applying a layer to my face whenever my skin is feeling particularly tired, dry and stressed out.

Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash

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Balance Me is a regular brand on the Beauty Box circuit and that is fine by me. I have had the opportunity to try several great products from their range without ever having to buy any of them individually! This face wash is suitable for normal to combination skin. I usually err on the side of caution when trying new face products and go for ones for sensitive skin, but since Balance Me use 98% natural ingredients in their products and because I have tried other products from the brand before, I felt safe using this. It’s a no-nonsense, water based cleanser that is simply applied with your hands and removed with warm water so it is great for chucking in your wash bag for overnight trips or for using to quickly remove make up and grime when it’s late and all you want to do is get to bed. The sample is a generous 50ml size so it will last you quite a while too.

Monu Skincare Firming Fiji Facial Treatment Oil

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This firming facial oil looked great and I was really excited to try it until I read the usage instructions and they said that it was unsuitable for nut allergy sufferers! I have used products containing nut derivatives before and been fine, but I have also suffered a reaction before so I am always wary. The fact that the product expressly advised against me using it was enough to convince me not to which is a shame. For those of you not cursed with a nut allergy though, this oil claims to be all you need to firm and tone tired or dehydrated skin, and is suitable for dry or sensitive skin types. Sounds great!

Kebelo Clarifying Shampoo

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Now here’s a novel idea! This shampoo is billed as the ‘ultimate detox’ for your hair and should be used once or twice a month to deep cleanse, rejuvenate and revive your locks. I often think that my hair suffers from the fact that it is almost constantly up in a ponytail for work, only being let down to be quickly brushed then scraped back again! Every so often it’s nice to feel like I am giving it a little treat, which is why I am a fan of occasional hair masks. The idea of a shampoo which will work in a similar way to revive and restore tired hair is a new concept for me but one that I am excited to try! Unfortunately the shampoo advises that it may lift colour slightly and I am planning on dying my hair tonight, so I will be waiting a couple of weeks before I give it a go.

Trilogy Everything Balm

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Coincidentally, I was actually considering purchasing a pot of this from Naturisimo when I was browsing the site a couple of weeks ago! This soft balm melts on contact with the skin and can be used anywhere on the face or body that needs a bit of a moisture boost. It is particularly good on chapped lips, dry, cracked heels and the rough skin on elbows. I have been using it on the dry patches on my knees to try and smooth them before attempting to apply some fake tan at the weekend and it is working like a dream! At £12.50 for a 45ml pot it’s great value if you are in the market for a multitasking product like this, but this 10ml pot should last me quite a while anyway.

Lord and Berry Nude Lip Liner

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Make up products have been depressingly thin on the ground in some of my latest boxes so I practically jumped for joy when I saw this offering from a brand that I really like, Lord & Berry. I was in the market for a new lip liner and the fact that this is a nude shade means that it’ll work with a number of lipsticks from my collection. The pencil doesn’t drag and the formula is creamy and smooth. I used it alongside my Bourjois Rouge Velvet Lipstick in ‘Beau Brun’ and it complemented it perfectly, making the end result much neater and long lasting than it would be had I not used the liner.

Well that rounds off what was largely a very impressive offering from Look Fantastic. Just as I began to doubt them, they managed to reel me back in!

Look Fantastic Beauty Boxes are available at the beginning of each month and can be purchased as and when you want them, without the need to subscribe. They are £15.00 including P&P. Get yours at http://lookfantastic.com