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November Birchbox (Better late than Never!)

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Ummmmm. Yep. Even by my ‘standards’- 5 minutes late for everything – this is really late. Here it is, my November Birchbox product review!

Yes, I know it’s already December but only just!

Also, I’m basically working six day weeks until Christmas Day so the December box review will involve falling into some sort of fabulous mess under the Christmas tree, dribbling into a mince pie and babbling about updos and winged eyeliner! Note to self, quit second job!

Anyhoo, November Birchbox product reviews! FYI check out my 1st Birchbox blog if you don’t know what a Birchbox is.

Wet Brush Midi

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https://www.birchbox.co.uk/shop/wet-brush-midi-wet-brush

Hopefully by now you know who my lobster in life is, my business manager/ roomie/ bestie, Amy. Now the lobster has the most fabulous head of hair, all the way down to her shoulder blades. Is it thick you ask? Is it heck! The lobster still holds the record for the most hair pins in any updo I’ve ever done and many people have given her a good run for her money. 2 hair ties and 84 hair pins went into that messy side bun and said messy side bun came off the waltzer completely intact, I thank you! *breathes on fingernails and polishes on shirt*

So, having this amazing head of hair does cause the lobster a few problems. She has to go to bed with her hair up, otherwise she looks like cousin IT by the morning and as for drying and straightening, well that takes what feels like an eternity, slight exaggeration but you get the drift. So bearing all this in mind I gave the Wet Brush Midi straight to the lobster. She proclaimed it to be ‘Brilliant!’ and ‘Better than a tangle teaser!’ Nuff said.

Beauty Protector – Protect & Detangle

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https://www.birchbox.co.uk/shop/beauty-protector-protect-detangle

This product claims to be an all-in-one post shampoo jobbie. It protects from heat, adds shine, detangles and conditions. So along with The Wet Brush Midi I gave this one to the lobster. “If it can work on her hair…” etc. etc. According to the lobster it smelt lovely and refreshing, worked amazingly with the Wet Brush and after an eternity of drying and straightening, again I’m slightly exaggerating for dramatic effect, her hair looked luscious and shiny. Winner!

OCC Lip Tar

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https://www.birchbox.co.uk/shop/obsessive-compulsive-cosmetics-lip-tar-primer

Unlike other lip primers I’ve tried that felt drying this one feels lovely on my lips, that’ll be the vitamin E and peppermint oil I bet! You need very, very little. Literally a tiny dot. It almost gave the effect of a clear gloss but not quite so made up, if that makes any sense at all? Teamed with a nude lip liner this is my new favourite day-to-day look (only because the Arrow lip balm is out of stock and I can’t stop crying about that!) However, as a lip primer itself it was somewhat of a let-down. Under a super stay lipstick I actually found the lipstick wore off faster than usual. Ok, I thought, I’ll try with a normal lipstick. Nope, didn’t last longer than normal. Third time lucky with a lip crayon? Nope. I like the product but didn’t find it performed as advertised. As a day-to-day moisturising lip product it is nice but then again so is Carmex which gives a similar effect at a fifth of the price, so I won’t be buying this one again.

Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse

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https://www.birchbox.co.uk/shop/nuxe-creme-prodigieuse-normal-combination-skin

I am in love with this brand! I hadn’t heard of it until Birchbox started sending it to me. I’ve had several items by Nuxe and loved every single one but this Cream tops the lot and will definitely be going in my kit! It is the most amazing skin prep for makeup I have ever discovered. Once I’ve fallen out of my pit (bed), fed the kids (cats) and downed a coffee (coffee), I’m normally in a rush and a quick skin prep/ makeup/ out the door is on the cards. Micellar water, eye cream and now Crème Prodigieuse is all I need! My skin looks smooth and bright, the cream absorbs super quick and leaves no greasy residue. Putting makeup on straight away is so easy, rather than having to potter for 10 minutes letting the cream sink in. My makeup then appears flawless without additional primer. Love love love!

Marcelle BB cream Golden Glow Illuminator

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https://www.birchbox.co.uk/shop/marcelle-bb-cream-golden-glow-illuminator

And finally this month we have The Marcelle BB Cream! Now I’m not normally a lover of BB cream. I prefer more coverage and have never found anything like my YSL touché Eclat foundation, see my blog on that one for its sheer brilliance. I did give this a go by itself and honestly felt it was too Bronze, it has a lovely gold tone to it and doesn’t appear orange as bronzing products so often can, but I just felt it was a bit much. In the middle of summer or post-holiday it would probably be perfect. Having said that a drop of this mixed with foundation gives a fabulous base with a healthy glow. That as a base, mascara and a swipe of blush equals 5-minute makeup in a rush? Brillopad!

Bobbi Brown Art Stick

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Ahhh Bobbi! Bobbi you beautiful brilliant genius you! We must all bow down and give thanks for the Goddess of makeup that is Bobbi Brown!

Nearly a year ago during a stroll through my happy place (aka the makeup counters at House of Fraser) I stopped to grab a blusher I was low on at the Bobbi counter. I ended up having a jolly good chat with the counter girls (so unlike me!). They had literally, that morning, just got in the latest Bobbi newbie, The Art Stick, and were showing me the range. I was in heaven! Creamy velvety feel Matte lip crayons in gorgeous shades. With an 8-hour wear and non-drying formula thanks to the lovely shea butter it contains, this lip liner and lipstick in one seemed to be the perfect combo. Available in 14 shades which can be applied as a sheer wash or built up for full drama you even get a sharpener with every one! Brilliant!

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Anyhoo, time ticked on and life got in the way, as usual. Several times whilst walking through my happy place I considered stopping at the Bobbi counter and treating myself but just couldn’t seem to justify another new lippie. Bearing in mind I have a strict rule that I would never put a product on a client that I haven’t tried on myself I knew at some point I would have to invest in an Art Stick. Especially as I was fairly certain it would be perfect for a lot of my brides!

Slight side-line and shameless self-promotion coming up. All my brides get their lipstick bought for them! It’s simply part of the package I offer, which also includes a trial and no I don’t charge extra! Sometimes I can mix several colours when creating the perfect lip colour for a bride (my makeup kit case is already massive/heavy. If I carried every lipstick the toy shops stocked I’d break my back!). So imagine I mix 3 lipsticks to get the exact colour and texture for my bride, then she has to go to a sea of makeup counters and try and replicate it. Somewhat daunting no? Even for regular makeup users! Seeing as it’s my job to know about these things surely the least I can do is go and get the perfect lip product for my bride and make her life a little easier? Well that’s exactly what I do! The lipstick is part of my Big Day touch up kit that all my brides receive. The kit also contains some translucent powder and a kabuki brush, a travel hairspray and spare hair pins as well as a pack of mints and a pack of tissues, all in a reusable makeup bag.

Anyhoo, Bobbi’s Art Sticks. On a recent girl’s weekend away in Edinburgh the lobster and I found ourselves, whilst shopping on George Street, staring straight at a Bobbi store. Well quite frankly it would have been rude of me not to pop in! I had a wander and a look around and decided I would buy a new lippie for that evening as we were gonna hit the town (and I had a new lip primer in my Birchbox to test). A lovely sales assistant (whose name I’ve forgotten, sorry) asked if I needed any help. After and during a jolly good chat, shocking, I purchased my very own Bobbi Art Stick in Cassis. A gorgeous deep plumy red with blue undertones.

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It really did live up to expectations, it felt so lovely on my lips, not at all dry as matte products so often can and despite taking the sharpener out with me I needn’t have bothered. I reapplied after dinner and then again out of sheer vanity but it wasn’t totally necessary and I didn’t need to sharpener it once. It was so easy to apply with its creamy formula and pencil shape. Just as I suspected, I flipping love it!

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Me and the girls out on the town in Edinburgh! I’m on the right wearing my Art Stick, the lobster is on the left and Carter and Kinloch in the middle.

http://www.bobbibrown.co.uk/art-sticks

RRP £21