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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!

October Birchbox!

It’s taken a little longer than planned to get this blog done, life got in the way! Note to self, must manage time better! Or get a clone?

Either way one of the blogs you can regularly expect from me will be a monthly Birchbox review. For those of you who aren’t sure what a Birchbox is it’s a monthly beauty box that I subscribe to, these monthly boxes are huge now and I’ve seen so many varieties. Things for crazy cat lovers just like me, beauty supplies like my Birchbox, man stuff to keep them smelling slightly better than normal (boys are so smelly right?) and I’ve even seen one called Pink Parcel for ‘that time of the month’!

So here’s the thing about a Birchbox, it is easily the best £12.95 a month I spend on beauty shopping. Why you ask? Because every month my Birchbox arrives at my door with 6 items that are tailored to my profile. My skin type, my hair type and my beauty needs. Every month I get at least 1 full size item and even the samples are a good size normally. Because of my specific profile I get at least 1 Makeup product a month and I have often had application tools such as makeup brushes! The brilliance is that to buy everything they send would be a lot more than the £12.95 a month I pay by direct debit (other options are available and I can cancel anytime) Bearing in mind every month I get at least one full size item! Plus I am constantly discovering new beauty products and brands. They have exclusives and everything can be bought on their website where you can also earn Birchbox points. Very often I get an email half way through the month asking me to choose an option for the following month, e.g. did I want a mini highlighter palette or cheek and lip stain? Would I like my mini beauty blender to be purple (obvs) or pink? There are other similar monthly beauty box options on the market, I’ve heard good things about Glossybox. I went with Birchbox for one reason, I had been debating a monthly beauty box for a while and they sent me a sign up offer so I jumped at it, now I’m hooked! I would recommend them to anyone but as I’m a helpful girl I will review my Birchbox every month, right here! And if you do want to sign up for one, or even treat someone, here’s the link! https://www.birchbox.co.uk/

So let’s get to it!

Here’s my October box. Every month is a different design, this month it was the elements and mine was Earth as I’m a Capricorn. Plus the boxes are so handy for organising ‘that draw’ we all have stuffed full of beauty supplies. Well they were on offer! It saves money right?

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Batiste Dry Shampoo with Root Boost

https://www.birchbox.co.uk/shop/batiste-stylist-oomph-my-locks-xxl-volume-spray

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Lets face it, dry shampoo is the single best item ever to enter the beauty world, give that man/woman a noble prize! I’m quite fussy about dry shampoo, I hate when they leave residue or a white powder on your hair, in fact the best one I’ve ever found is a Boots own, but this one wasn’t bad. The addition of root boost is brilliant for people like me with silky hair that goes very flat and loses volume once slept on. This would be great for adding texture before an updo! FYI Birchbox accidently sent this item two months in a row, they sent an apology email and 500 extra Birchbox points to say sorry!

Rituals The Right of Sakura Magic Touch Body Cream

https://www.birchbox.co.uk/shop/rituals-the-ritual-of-sakura-magic-touch-body-cream

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I like this cream, it has a rich thick texture, yet still absorbs quickly, and the scent was lovely and soft with floral notes. My skin was really silky afterwards and stayed moisturised for ages.

Eyebrow brush

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Fairly self explanatory. Not the sturdiest I’ve ever used but always handy! Interestingly I can’t find a link on the Birchbox site for this one. Hmmmmm last minute box top up? Either way still handy!

Number 4 Fluoro5 Elixer Restore & Repair Oil

https://www.birchbox.co.uk/shop/number-4-lumiere-dhiver-fluoro5-elixer-restore-repair-oil

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Unfortunately this is no good for my hair type, however it is perfect for my Lobster! (FYI my Lobster is my roomie/bestie/business partner Amy! I literally cant do anything without her, seriously, not exaggerating! And if you don’t understand ‘my Lobster’ go and watch series 2 of Friends, NOW!) Anyhow, Amy has obscenely long thick hair and this oil has given her hair a lovely shine and healthy glow without weighing it down. be advised, use liberally!

Doux Me Pure Spring Mist

https://www.birchbox.co.uk/shop/doux-me-pure-spring-mist

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I love a spring water spray, it’s my go to toner for lazy skin care! Amazing on a hot summers day and even works as a makeup prep/set/refresh spray! My normal one is Eau Thermal Avene and honestly I didn’t notice a difference, except the price tag. This one is twice the price so I definitely wont be switching, however I’m keeping it for a handy holiday beach bag spritz. Every cloud!

and lastly…..

LOC One & Done Shadow Stick Full Size Birchbox Exclusive!

https://www.birchbox.co.uk/shop/loc-one-and-done-shadow-stick

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LOC (Love of Colour) is a Birchbox exclusive brand and in the past I’ve had a fabulous lippie from them. As you can see this eye-shadow stick is a lovely gold colour with an excellent payoff! The creamy texture blended well and as much as I prefer powder eye-shadows I did love the result from this. It did crease after a few hours but that’s often the case with cream eye-shadow I find and why I prefer powders. Having said that I would be tempted to buy it again as the result was lovely and the creasing wasn’t anywhere near as bad as others I’ve used. I would however recommend investing in the LOC sharpener if you are going to use this, or their other products, regularly. A normal sharpener just doesn’t quite cut it with these! https://www.birchbox.co.uk/shop/loc-sharpener