BirchBox: May’s Beauty Box

I’ve been so busy lately that this month’s Birchbox took me by (a nice) surprise. Not one to waste time and therefore without further ado, these are the contents of this month’s Birchbox and it’s a good one:

Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara

I’ve dabbled with this mascara before. Whilst it does provide long, thick, luscious looking lashes, it doesn’t hold a curl and I’m talking specifically about my own lashes. I have the type of stick straight lashes that will not hold a curl with non-waterproof mascara. I’m not sure what it is but it’s obviously something in the waterproof formulation that makes my lashes defy gravity. Unfortunately I won’t have the pleasure of using this but it’ll sit nicely in my kit so that hopefully my clients will have the pleasure of using it.

Liz Earle Beauty Co. Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

Now this is one of those cult products that I’ve always been intrigued by but never gotten around to trying (and that list is endless let me tell you). As the name would suggest, it’s a cleanser that comes with an accommodating muslin cloth which is where the “polish” comes in and is designed to  be used with hot water and buffed over the face (once you’ve carefully wrung it out) hence the name “hot cloth”. This will definitely prove handy for my up-coming travel as the dinky size is perfect and saves me having to decant product in order to save space and not run the risk of exceeding my luggage allowance.

Soigne Nail Laquer 

Now this was the product my eyes were immediately drawn to when I opened up my Birchbox because a) the packaging was understatedly chic and b) It was a brand I’d not ever heard of before and c) I had no idea what the product was inside. To my suprise, once I managed to prise open the box, I tipped out what was a full size nail polish bottle secured in-between two pieces of black foam. Whilst I think the packaging is slightly excessive, it does add to it a touch of class and having not heard of the brand before, it does automatically convey a sophisticated and premium product, and I guess that’s the position in the market that they are going for. It’s a non toxic formulation which I guess is a plus and I got the shade Creme Au Buerre which, if my French understanding is correct, translates as butter cream (yummy).

Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo and Protect & Condition 

If these two are anything like the Protect& Oil that I got a couple of Birchboxs ago, then I know I’ll get on well with them. These are sulphate and paraben free and are gentle enough for daily use. I have been dabbling in a couple new shampoos recently especially as I’ve been struggling with a dry, flaky scalp (so gross I know but hey it’s life). Admittedly I am quite lazy when it comes to washing my hair (not in terms of frequency but in terms of ease of use) so I do prefer a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner, or a leave-in conditioner where I can give my hair a few spritz after washing and not worry about having to rinse afterwards (very lazy I know), hopefully the excitement of using new products for my hair will motivate me to do the whole separate shampoo and condition thing. We shall see.

Aromotherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath and Shower Oil.

I have really been into my oils recently, for both hair and body so this bath and shower oil by Aromatherapy Associates sounds right up my street. There’s probably only enough in the teeny, tiny bottle for one usage or two at a stretch but I absolutely love the scent; slightly fruity, slightly herbal and that’s down to a blend of pink grapefruit, rosemary and juniper berry which automatically induces a sense of calm and relaxation.

I think it’s the first month I’ve not had a lifestyle product in the form of some sort of edible treat. Not that I’m complaining (I should really be watching my waistline anyway seeing as I’ll be in a bikini by the end of the next working week ) but I wouldn’t say no to another bar of Green and Black’s Dark chocolate 😉 If you’re not signed up to a beauty box but have  been thinking about doing so, I think this month is definitely a good’un and well worth the £10 (plus P&P). Miss it, miss out!

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