Birch Box- May

Here’s my monthly review of the contents of my Birch Box,

Have to admit, I was a little disappointed with the May box, I don’t think there’s anything I’m going to immediately be buying full sized versions of. But luckily my June tin (?!) has arrived and has more than made up for it.

So here’s the lowdown on my May products:

Benefit Hoola Bronzer: This is a product I already use a lot when doing full make up. It’s the first bronzer I’ve ever had so don’t have much to compare to but I do like it. It’s easy to apply, stays put and really makes a difference to my face. I much prefer the powder to the cream version and will continue to use this in the future.

Spectrum Collections, the Bomb Shell Make-up Brush: I’m not really into the whole brush thing. The products I use that require a brush come with their own which I use. So initially I thought this obviously great quality brush was wasted on me. I have however been using this to apply my blusher and it does work very well and makes it easy to apply evenly. I’m not sure I’m going to start buying whole brush sets but I do appreciate this one and may purchase again in the future.

Luseta Beauty Keratin Smooth Conditioner: I really like the Luseta hair products and this one is no exception. It left my hair really smooth and shiny but is a bit too heavy for frequent use. To get your hair looking good for a special occasion however, it is definitely worth a go.

Doucce Luscious Lip Stain, Steaming Red: We had a choice of colour for the lip stain , so, true to form, I opted for the Steaming Red. However, when it came it’s not what I would really describe as ‘Flaming Red’. When compared to my friends, who chose the pinkier more natural option, they were actually very similar. It’s a very matte colour which I’m not used to and initially did feel quite strange and dry on my lips. However the colour did last a while and I did get used to it. Was also good to try a different colour as I am so loyal to my Mac ‘Last Minute’ stain and need to start experimenting with different colours.

Greenfrog Botanic Botanical Bodywash- Geranium and Peppermint: I do love a natural, environmentally friendly product. This smelt fresh and clean and did the job shower gels are meant to do. I wouldn’t rush to buy it again but its certainly not bad.

Katie x

Birch Box- April

The Cath Kidston one! I was very excited about this one and it didn’t disappoint! The box is just so pretty, a lovely addition to my bathroom!

Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow Illuminator– This is fab! As I really don’t like foundation I now use this as a light base when getting really done up. It works well with my skin when I’m fake tanned and does make my skin look great. I’m a big fan!

Whish Shave Crave Acai and Grapefruit Shaving Cream- I am really guilty of not using shaving cream in the shower and when my legs are sore and dry afterwards I feel pretty guilty about it. In the bath I use a bath cream conditioner from homemade beauty product company Bath Bake Love (look them up on Insta, they’re fab!) So I was pleased when this came in the box to keep in our shower room to avoid the post shower-shave sting! It did make a difference to make skin afterwards and gave a really nice finish however the smell was quite subtle and a little chemically!

Model Co Baked Blush (Moonshine)- I love all the different tones on this blush and that it has a highlighting element that gives a really bright glowy look! It’s very pretty and simple to apply and I really liked how it looked on! This is a real winner if you’re looking for a blush that’s a bit extra!

Beautaniq Beauty Fill + Tame Brow Gel (Brunette)- I am such a big fan of this! I thinkkkk thinkk it might just beat my Benefit Ka-Brow. The colour is a perfect for my brows, goes on easily and evenly and makes a real difference without being too much! I’ll be buying this again fo sho’.

Cath Kidston Hand Cream- Such a pretty edition to my handbag, the scent is a lot more florally than I would usually go for but it does the job! And I adore Cath soo this is probably quite a bias review…

I’m so late with this post my May box has already arrived!
I’ll review that in the next few weeks!

Katie x

Birch Box- March.

This boxes theme was ‘Be Present, Not Perfect’ which is something I know I definitely need to work on! I worry so much about how I look and come across when I should be focusing more on enjoying the situations and what I can learn from them.

I love, love the design of the box and here’s what I think about the products inside:

This Works- Deep Sleep Pillow Spray.

I’ve been using this religiously since I got a sample sized in a set I got form Christmas and have since purchased a full size bottle. But a new travel size spray is definitely useful for upcoming holidays. I really couldn’t big up this product enough, it really works. Since I started using it I have noticed a real improvement in the quality of my sleep and now never settle down for the night without it. It maybe is a bit of a mood killer when I break Max’s hug to grab the spray from the bedside table to spray the pillow, but hey ho.

Beauty Protector- Protect and Volume Spray.

My hair doesn’t really struggle with volume if I’m honest so this is a product I’d usually bypass on a shelf. But as I had it I thought I would give it a go. I used it to create a full ponytail look for a night out and feel it did really help to give it a bit of boof and hold! I’m going to keep trying with it and update you on how it goes!

LAQA and Co, B’Lighter Blush + Highlighter- Peacher’s Daughter.

(Yet to try as currently drowning in blusher)

Benefit BADgal BANG! Volumising Mascara.

I am a massive Benefit fan girl. 90% of the make-up products I religiously use are Benefit so I was very excited when I found out we were receiving their new mascara in the March box. But here is a shock horror comment: it’s not my fave. I read great reviews before I tried it myself and was optimistic for a future of crazy good lashes and ditches the stick-on ones. Buttt, I found it a bit heavy and smudgy.  I’m going to keep using it however as I’d really like to be convinced but once the sample has finished I’ll probably never back to They’re real which a find gives a much better effect and stays put!

BLAQ-Hydrogel Eye Mask

I was really excited to try this one. I seem to spend a lot on products to try and reduce the eye bags and make me look less tired as they’re the main thing I notice when I look at myself in the mirror. I like the masks, like this one, that you place under the eyes, feel like then it’s really getting to the route of the problem. I did notice a difference the day after I used this mask but obviously it is quite hard to tell after one go. But it did feel refreshing so I would definitely give it a go again!

The April box is with Cath Kidston which I’m very excited about! Couldn’t have wished for a more perfect Birch Box collab to celebrate my birthday month!

Katie x

Birch Box- February

 

It’s February and time for another Birch Box review! This months boxes were retro themed with 3 different designs for the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. You could chose your own design but I let them choose for me and ended up with 70’s one (which was the one I did secretly want the most so was quite chuffed when it arrived!)

So here’s my verdict on the products I got this month:

Marcelle Gentle Make-up Remover– this is lovely, really gentle and removes eye make-up really easily with just a few dabs. However, after the magical gift of the Afterspa cloth last month this seems a bit inferior. I will however happily finish the sample!

ModelCo Conceal and Correct Green Concealer– I was really impressed with this concealer. I’m naturally very rosy, especially in the weather we’ve been having recently and it really helped to tone it down and cover blemishes. The green colour blends in well and lasted a while on top of my primer. A really winner for the rosy-cheeked folk.

Percy and Reed Quite Frankly Flawless Finishing Polish– To be honest I was a little disappointed to see a hair finishing product in my box, I wouldn’t have really said I’m a hair finishing product kinda gal. I’m more, shampoo, condition, the occasional mask, and go. My hair is naturally curly, sometimes bordering on frizzy mess so not sure why I was so opposed to a finishing product really. I guess in my head and because of past experiences I just assumed they’d weigh the curls down and make my hair look a bit greasy and flat. This product however is a bit of a curl revelation. As directed I used a pea-sized amount and and evenly pulled it through my curls. I have been so impressed with what it does, it really takes them, making them smooth and sleek without weighing them down or making them looking greasy. It makes my hair much easier to style, even the day after I’ve used it. I really recommend this one!

The Beauty Crop Eyeshadow Trio- Love You So Latte- I feel like I’m drowning in nude and smokey brown eyeshadow palettes at the minute. I had 2 already and have received one with my last 2 Birch Boxes. This one has three different tones and are lovely colours. Applies really well, lasts through the day and the dinky size means it’s ideal for trips and holidays! But I think I’m eye paletted out for a while!

Luseta Beauty Coconut Milk Hair Mask- as well as smelling delicious this worked a treat. It made my hair so soft, shiny and healthy looking. I do like a hair mask and this is the best new one I’ve tried in a while! If you’re looking to perk your hair up a bit I’d definitely give this a go, I think I’ll be buying a full sized tub soon!

One Birch box subscriber perk is that once you review all the items in your monthly box on the app you’re awarded with free delivery from the Birch Box shop. May be a small gesture but it definitely helps if you’re fancying treating yourself. This month I bought a large sized This Works pillow spray which I wrote about in my New Years resolution post. I got a travel sized version in a set I got for Christmas and has been my favourite new product discovery so far this year (as well as the after spa make-up remover cloth), so I’ll be enjoying really good quality sleep for more months to come!

Katie x

 

Birch Box- January.

One way to get through January is definitely just to treat yourself. My thinking is if you’re getting up in the freezing dark every morning to get yourself to work, without Christmas on the horizon, then you definitely deserve it. So I decided to treat myself to a Birch Box subscription. I’ve been admiring them in social media for a while and decided it’s time I got in on the action. And I love a subscription, it’s like a surprise present in the post every month. The plan is I’ll post a mini review of each box on here every month and the products I really really love I’ll big up on insta.

So here’s what I think about my testers in from the January box:

Rituals the Ritual of Ayurveda Foaming Shower Gel: I had forgotten foam is really fun. Is that a really lame thing to say? It is though isn’t it. It’s so soft and smells amazing. I am in a very long term relationship with Body Shop shower gels but I would buy this product as a lovely treat.

amika Perk-up Dry Shampoo: I try not to use dry shampoo too often. My hair is so dark it often leaves very visible grey powdery patches which aren’t great. But on quite a desperate work morning I thought I’d give this one a go. There were no patches and it really perked my hair up. I’m impressed with this one and may be converted to the dry shampoo life.

Lord and Berry Concealer Stick: I wasn’t so sure about this one at first. My usual concealer (Benefit Boing Brightening) is very soft and creamy and the hard pencil just seemed a bit hard and industrial. But I decided to give it a go over my primer one weekend on the troublesome patches. Once on it did blend well and provided good coverage and in the pencil form was easy to target certain areas. I’ll definitely finish this tester off but but stay faithful to my Benefit.

Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner (Charcoal): I love this charcoal colour, not too heavy but no too subtle either. It was easy to put on, quite soft and not too scratchy. It lasted all day with no smudging despite a few tears while watching a film at the cinema so I can confirm it is definitely waterproof! I’d buy this again. Best new pencil eyeliner I’ve tried in a while (but have to admit I am very far from the pencil eyeliner expert!)

Afterspa make-up remover: This can only be called magic. Ever since I was about 11 and and was allowed to start wearing make-up on Saturdays my mum has warned me about pulling my eyes to take off make up and how it can age you. So I’ve always been quite cautious about it and tried to go for a cotton wool dab with a nourishing make-up remover or Vaseline rather than a hard pull with a wipe. In recent months I’ve become a big fan of Micellar water but I don’t think I’ll be needing it now I have this! No idea how it works but it does and I love it. Just wet it, dab eyes with it and tah-dah! It goes through the washing machine too. I couldn’t recommend this enough.

Pop Eyeshadow Palette (this month’s free gift with new subscription): Not too much to say about this one really, does what it says on the tin. Really like the two-tone natural colours and goes on nicely. But once again I’m very faithful to my Benefit ‘They’re real’ eye palette and it would have to be something very very special to convert me.

Can’t wait for the February box!

Katie x