Tuesday, 6 October 2015

HAPPY BIRCHDAY! // September 2015 #Birchbox

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Well, September is over, and what a busy month it was. Settling back into university, preparing to get back into a work-hard state of mind, and trying to gently transition back into the season of Autumn. All a little bit stressful!

Luckily, Birchbox's September edition lifted my spirits and helped me feeling pampered again. It's all too easy to neglect your appearance and forget to take care of yourself when you're suddenly swamped with deadlines and responsibilities again, after a long relaxing summer.

But Birchbox arrived at my door like a knight in shining armor, and I am super excited to share with you what was in this month's box!

This month celebrated the 1 year anniversary of BirchBox, and since it was their birthday, they included extra special treats for all their subscribers...

1. Benefit POREfessional licsense to blot | Worth £15.50

The latest warrior in the battle against shiny T-Zones, this unique oil-blotting stick uses tiny blotting spheres to mattify shine for up to 6 hours.

How to use: Apply straight from the tube onto the skin, using a blotting motion, on the nose, forehead, and chin.

My Verdict: 
As much as I love Benefit, I didn't really find this product suitable for my skin-type as I tend to struggle with a dry nose instead of a shiny T-zone. That said, I still tried it, usually after applying make-up and it did make my make-up appear smoother and softer. Shame about the tiny size, but not much is needed!

2. Beauty Protector Body Wash Cleanser Birchbox Exclusive! | Worth £8

We wouldn't expect anything less than a sumptuous fragrance from this exclusive-to-Birchbox brand, but the rich, foaming texture of this in-shower body wash is something to love too! 

How to use: Massage into damp skin, working into a lather, and rinse away. For a little something extra, add a dollop to your bath if you fancy!

My Verdict:
This little body wash really does have a lovely sweet scent that makes applying to your body a delight. I wouldn't say it's the best I've ever had, but I can see myself definitely using it as a bubble bath :-)

3. Laura Mercier Facial Polish | Worth £26

Going through a skincare rough patch? Look no further than this luxe facial exfoliator! Micro beads gently buff away dead skin cells while the rich formulation leaves skin purified and hydrated.

How to use: Massage into clean, damp skin using circular motions then rinse with warm water. Use every two to three days for best results.

My Verdict:
At the moment, I'm only really using this about once a week. I've noticed that when exfoliated too often, my skin can break out due to it's sensitive nature, so once a week is more than enough. This product is great though, and definitely one of my favourites from the September box. My skin looked cleaner and healthier after just the first use and it's not too harsh on the skin.

4. John Masters Organics Citrus Neroli Detangler | Worth £16

Wave goodbye to knots and tangles with this little miracle worker! Coconut oil and wheet amino acids help to nourish strands while neroli and grapefruit soothe troublesome scalps.

How to use: Apply to wet, clean hair and leave for 1-3 minutes. Either rinse away or use as a leave-in treatment.

My Verdict:
I've only used this product once since getting the box so would need to use it a couple more times to give a true review, but it did leave my hair feeling softer and more manageable as a leave-in treatment. I've also heard wondrous things about the powers of coconut oil, so this product has much potential!

5. Laqa & Co Cheeky Lip Pencil in Cray-Cray Birchbox Exclusive! | Worth £17

There's nothing we love more than a product that multi-tasks and this coral peach crayon does it beautifully! Easy to apply and ultra pigmented, it's the easiest way to add a pop of colour to lips and cheeks.

How to use: Apply straight from the bullet, wherever you need a flush of colour, and blend with fingers.

My Verdict:
I absolutely LOVE this lip pencil! I'd previously never owned a coral-toned lip stain but this one is perfect and really looks wonderful against my fair skin tone. I apply a little lip blam to prep my lips then smooth the colour onto it, then do the same on my cheeks by dabbing a little with my fingers. Another favourite from this month's box for sure :-)


6. The Birchbrush Birchbox Exclusive! | Worth £5.99

Work out knots, tame stresses, and smooth your hair's surface with this super-cute, and oh-so-effective, brush.

How to use: Pop it in your handbag for perfectly-tamed locks, even when you're on the go!

My Verdict:
This hairbrush is actually pretty impressive, and came at the perfect time: I've needed a good hairbrush for ages! I've never used one designed like this either, but it brushes through my curly tangly locks with ease.

So there we have it! If you received your September edition, which was your favourite item? If not, why aren't you subscribed already??

Get your October box now!

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