Live A Little Beautiful: August’s Birchbox

I know this is pretty late to post August’s review but it’s not September just yet. I’m so happy Birchbox have gone back to their drawer design as I find them so much more useful to re-use than the gift box style. This month Birchbox has teamed up with Etsy and 10 of their sellers who have each created an individual box design. I received Lucy Says I Do’s design and I love the floral print, it’s so bright and summery and just what I need now the weather is beginning to turn. Included in this box was two beauty products, two skin care and one hair care product.

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Dirty Little Secret, Eye Shadow Crayon in Gold Plated (RRP £10.50) Full Size

I’m still a big fan of eye shadow crayons, even after last month’s not so great one from Eyeko, but I had a bit more hope for this one. You could choose form either ‘Gold Plated’ (self-explanatory) or ‘Fetch’ which was a pink shade. I chose Gold Plated purely because I thought I would use it more and I simply preferred the colour. The shade is a bronze with gold reflects and looks super pretty. It applies really easily to the skin and blends nicely too. It’s got a few hours of wear time which can be lengthened if you powder it down with a shadow. It’s nice to have and I’ll use it again, but it probably won’t be a go-to item.

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CLE Cosmetics, Melting Lip Powder in Blushing Peach (RRP £15) 0.9G Sample Size

This product absolutely fascinates me! I’ve no idea how on earth the powder turns into a liquid but that’s where the fascination ends I’m afraid. This peach colour is nice, but it doesn’t give a great colour pay-off and because of this I’ve no idea how long it lasted as I could barely see it to begin with! I even tried it on my cheeks and it still barely showed up. For a natural no-makeup makeup look I suppose it could be nice but it’s a little too subtle for me.

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Dr. Botanicals, Pomegranate Superfood Regenerating Sleeping Mask (RRP £14.90) Full Size

I’m interested to know why this is called the Pomegranate Mask when there is less pomegranate than any other ingredient. Anyway, this mask has a really lovely citrus smell (not pomegranate) and sinks into the skin nice and quickly. I couldn’t see a distinct change in my skins brightness or completion, it didn’t make my skin look rejuvenated or like I’d had 13 hours sleep, it was just nice to put on. I had one small blemish when I tried this mask and it didn’t make it worse, but it didn’t make it better either. I’ll probably be giving this away.

heart rating 1

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Number 4, Sugar Spray (RRP £20) 30ml Sample Size

I’ve loved the other Number 4 products I’ve tried but I wasn’t so keen on this one. It has admittedly made my hair feel quite smooth but that’s about all the difference it’s made. The spray is a nice fine mist and applies evenly through the hair. My hair is still the frizzy little mess it normally is when I let it air-dry, but just a little smoother.

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Rituals, Happy Budha Foaming Shower Gel (RRP £8.50) 50ml Sample Size

This shower gel feels super luxurious! It foams into soft bubbles when you spray it and a little goes a long way with this product. The scent I found to be a mixture of citrus and floral which I loved, and it lasted for a long time on the body too. I would definitely buy this for when I’m wanting to give myself a little pamper.

heart rating 5

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I can’t help but feel just a little bit disappointed with this box, and I’m beginning to more and more with Birchbox every month. I feel a loyalty to them because they were my first beauty subscription box and I’ll be sticking with them to see if they improve because I really do love getting them. I’m hoping next month’s will be better as I already know one little treat…

What do you think to this months Birchbox? Havne’t tried it yet? CLICK HERE and get your first box HALF PRICE.

-Lauren

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