Birchbox April & May 2013

Long time no write? Sorry that I haven’t been blogging recently! With my old laptop completely dying on me and having to wait for my new one meant that there was a week and a bit without a laptop! Anyway, I have recently subscribed to a few beauty boxes and one of them is from Birchbox (get yours here) I have also subscribed to Miss Glossybox however, I haven’t received that yet but when I do I will be blogging about it!

April and May boxes!

As some of you may know I was subscribed to SheSaidBeauty boxes but then they stopped doing them and I never bothered looking for a replacement until I got an email from SheSaidBeauty saying that there was a promotional offer for SheSaidBeauty customers only. So I snapped up the chance! The offer was to get the regular beauty box and a FREE editors pick box as an extra.

So let’s talk about them in order!

Aprils Birchbox

Gerda Spillman Renaissance Age Serum (full-size £69)

I haven’t used this yet, however, I can’t see myself ever using it if I’m honest, I know they say you should start the anti-ageing process young but I think 19 is too young to start!

La Société Parisienne de Savons (full size £8.50)
This is yet another thing that is unlikely for me to use because I’m not that fond of soaps because I think they are unhygienic but I’ll try and use it up. The smell is rather unappealing because it smells like the soaps that your grandma used to have that had heavy floral scents.

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss – Perfect Kiss (full size £17.50)
I had a love-hate relationship with this if I’m honest. I loved the colour but I didn’t like the shimmery gold that was in it, however after the colour faded a little the shimmer wasn’t as in your face but I don’t think I would want to spend £17.50 on a product that I’ll end up taking half of it off, so sadly once again this is another thing that I was a little disappointed with.

Weleda Skin Food (full size £8.95)
Now, this I absolutely adored! As you may know, I work in a supermarket so I am on my feet a lot of the time which means my skin suffers from the amount of walking I do throughout the store, I have used about 2 times and it an amazing product! The first time I used it I noticed that it had a slight lemon scent to it which reminded me a lot of when I used to help my nan make lemon drizzle cake when I was younger so that was a happy little memory. Anyway back to the product, it is a thick consistency so a little does go a long way.

Natio Renew Radiance Foam Cleanser (full size £9.20)
Even though this product is for more mature skin is still quite liked the effects. It didn’t make my skin feel dry or tight and my skin did look pretty amazing after using it. So I think it is most definitely worth the money!

Paname Paris Mirror (£7.50)
This is a cute little travel size mirror which is perfect for on the go touch-ups and it is one thing that is always in my bag even if I do change my bags over (which is quite often!)

The editors’  box

Nail Girls Silver Nail Polish (Full size £10.50)
I only had to use one coat of this and they were done! The varnish is the exact same colour on your nails as it is in the bottle and the brush spreads the varnish on the nails really well banishing the streaky looks, unlike the O.P.I varnish!

L’Occitane Angelica Hydration Cream (full size £30)
This is another thing that I have been loving and I have noticed a big difference in my skin since using it! Even though I have been using it every night since I received it there is still quite a lot still in the tub. It is quite a thick cream which is why I only use it at night and days when I know that I’m not going to be going out anywhere that day because it does leave the skin feeling a little tacky but once it sinks in properly (after 4-5 hours!) my skin felt really soft and smooth!

Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Plump n’ Thick Leave In Thickening Mist (Full Size £13.90)
I fell in love with this the moment I used it!! Not only does it thicken your hair but it also acted like a hair treatment because my skin was so soft every time I used this. The thickening effect doesn’t happen straight away but when you brush through your hair or style it then you really notice it! I always wave my hair using my straighteners because I like the volume, so when I carried on with my normal routine after using this my hair was so voluminous and bouncy it was unreal! So this is something that I will definitely be purchasing a full bottle of!

Birchbox Eyelash Curlers (£7.50)
I have mixed emotions about this curler! I love the fact that it fitted my eye a lot better than my Revlon eyelash curler but I didn’t like the look of it, I think it looks kind of cheap because when you hold it, it feels like those metal safety scissors that you used to have in school that wouldn’t even cut tissue paper! However, it does give your lashes a lovely even curl!

Mays Birchbox

O.P.I Nail Laquer (Full size £11.50)
This was horrendous! I was so excited to try this but I was very disappointed. It was rather patchy when I put it on, even with two coats it still looked streaky and because of the colour, it just looked like I had painted my nails with Tippex! I don’t know maybe it was because of the small brush or the formula but it has put me off of using O.P.I again because I don’t really want to waste £11.50 on something that I will regret buying.

Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for eyes (full-size £57)
I don’t have dry skin around my eyes and I usually just put whatever moisturiser I’m using around my eyes too but since I have tried this it has made me want to buy an eye cream! My eyes look so different, the skin actually looks normal instead of looking like I’m a 100 year old corpse! I would love to repurchase this, however, I can’t afford it. Sadly.

Bioganics Hair Therapy Salon Secret Elixir Hair Perfecting Oil (full size £12.99)
This is AMAZING!!! As I have been trying to stay away from heat and look after my hair the best I can, this has been a life saver!  It is an oily consistency but it doesn’t make your hair greasy! I put this on the mid-lengths and ends of my hair and it has worked absolute wonders! The ends of my hair are no longer frizzy and damaged which also helps the fact that I am trying to grow my hair out! So this is another thing that I will buy a full size of once this runs out.

Kusmi Tea Detox (full size £13.85)
I’m actually having a cup on this right now! It is really nice! It is a Chinese green mixed with lemon grass and the smell of it hits you as soon as you open the tin which is what I love! Now I was a bit of an idiot when I first tried this out, I read what the instructions were on Birchbox’s website but I was stumped when it said “Steep in hot water.” Me being me I just thought they were using a fancy work for pouring but I was wrong! I use half a teaspoon each time and the tin is quite big so I think it’s going to last me for quite a while! Gives me plenty of time to decide if I want to repurchase it but I most likely will!

Wei Chinese Foaming Cleanser (full-size £25)
I think this is one of those products that you use for when you have a ‘homemade spa’ day. It smells absolutely amazing and it cleans your skin really nicely. I used this at night time and in the morning my skin was glowing! My skin tone didn’t look as red, my blemishes had faded quite a lot and it didn’t dry out my skin. I think I will purchase this sometime in the future and just keep it for special occasions and when my skin is freaking out.

So there is my massive Birchbox review and overall I am very happy with what I received and I will most definitely stay subscribed to them.

If you are interested in receiving a box then you can subscribe by clicking here. The boxes are £12.95 (including p&p) which I think is a great deal seeing as you get full-size products occasionally and quite a few extras!

Did you get a Birchbox? What were your thoughts on it?

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