BIRCHBAG | All that Glimmers | December 2015

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BIRCHBAG | All that Glimmers | December 2015

So for the second time of the year we are getting a bag and I like when they change the rules and it is a good balance, the last one was for summer and this one for Christmas. I am just not really into the design of the bag. To be honest it is very tacky and feels cheap. I would have preferred something more Christmas with candy cane or stars. But I like the effort.

The selection inside is quite good and finally I get to try new brands. The Ciate nail polish is calling to me !

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BENEFIT| Ultimate Party Kit | £5.45
Benefit Puff off! And They’re real Push-up liner

I have to say that even if we are receiving all the time Benefit samples well I am never tired. I have never tried those two and I am very excited about the Puff Off! If it works I would probably get the full size. It is a very nice kit for Christmas time. Not to mention that it is pretty rare to get two Benefit products at the same time.

MODELCO | Ultra long lasting lipstick in Smitten | £15.50

Truth to be told when they were giving away sneak peak couple of weeks ago about a full size item I wasn’t expecting that. Model Co is not my favourite brand. I was never impressed and it is very pricy. The colour looks nice but a tiny bit dark for me. It claims to be a semi Matt and I usually don’t go for that. I was also a bit disappointed because it is so soft that the product is going everywhere and is already damaged. But I will try it and it is nice for them to give us a full size. Let’s be positive !

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CIATE LONDON | Assorted colour pot in | £4.5

This is a nail polish brand I always wanted to try but as you may know it is very expensive so I usual always get back to Barry m or my trusty Essie. But the colour is very festive, a nice metallic silver and this tiny sample is so so cute. It’s quite a decent amount for a sample and the colour is very on point for the festive season.

BALANCE ME | Congested Skin Serum | £5.30

Again. I feel that I repeat myself a lot this month but I have never fell in love with Balance Me. I already got 4 different samples and I was always disappointed and very frustrated because I am basically not a fan of the smell to start with. I know it is stupid but it is a big selling point for me. But this time I am willing to try again. I have never got any type of skin problems but when I have a break out well, it is massive ! I don’t have anything like that at home so it is a very good surprise. Can’t wait to try it !

SKIN & CO| Sicilian Body Gem | £3.75

The smell is or of kind. Hard to explain but very nice. Some people get sick of getting shower gel but I love it. It’s the easiest way to try a brand and my husband can give it a go as well in the shower so it is a plus. Now I don’t know the brand but it is also made with olive extracts and it is so good for my skin. Not to mention that the sample is a generous size this time.

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ROLOXIN | Lift instant skin smoothing mask | £???

I am always a bit annoyed when we get samples like that. It is a one time only sample and it is always so expensive to purchase afterward if you like it so I don’t know. It is one of the heating mask that you have to massage in your hands to activate whatever is inside so very nice. I will probably use it after a hard week at work to cleanse my skin.

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Overall very Happy. I have now been with Birchbox for more than a year now and so far I have been more happy than disappointed. Of course some month are totally crap but it is hard to please every single woman with a £12 box and 5 different tiny samples.

Total Value of the box : £36.5

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November Birchbox 2015 | Skinny Dip Collab’

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BIRCHBOX | Skinny Dip Collab’ | November 2015

I know it is very late to do my November review but I just received it 2 days ago. I want to mention again that if you go on holidays or you know you won’t be there you can always contact them. Instead of sending it with the first batch they have waited until I got back so it is a very good customer service.

Although I have to say that I didn’t receive any email that my box was sent and now I cannot even redeem my points by doing reviews but I have send an email and I am pretty sure I will receive an answer today or tomorrow.

Anyway back to this month box. I have to say that I am not very thrilled. The box is very cute, the Skinny Dip design is awesome and I will keep it for sure to store things. But I am not “Wowed” by the actual samples. Not enough discovery and very small in size but not the worse trust me the “Habitat” Collab was way worse than that.

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SO SUSAN | Featherlash Mascara | £18

I was so please to get a full size mascara. I know that there is a subscription box with the same name and I was really curious. The price is quite expensive so I guess it is one of the in between luxury brand in terms of price. The wand is not my favourite (not curved) but very black so it is always nice to try new mascara.

TRILOGY | make up be gone cleansing balm | £2.40

I am a bit perplex on that one. I checked the description and how to use it but still. It is very rich and the texture very waxy. I have never used a make up remover like that but I will give it a go. I only heard good feedback on the brand so why not.

LORD & BERRY | Silhouette lip liner | £4.5

I am not originally a big fan of the brand. It is for me expensive for what it is and doesn’t really work for me but I already gave it a try with a red lipstick and that lip liner is made to stop your lipstick from bleeding and I have to say that it works so, good discovery.

DELAROM | Creme acquaconfort | £3.40

Never heard of that brand but I am always welcoming with open arms any rejuvenating products. It doesn’t say if you have to use it day or night but I will probably include it in my night routine to give my skin that boost of moisture that I am always in need. It is made with almond, apricot oils and vitamin E so very nourishing.

BEAUTY PROTECTOR | Beauty cream body lotion | £2

At first I thought it was the shower gel that I have already received but nope this time it is the body lotion. I love that brand and I am always happy to receive their products, I have almost the entire collection in samples so can’t wait to try out the lotion. All their products are great so far.

THUMBS UP | Rosa nail wraps | £6.99

Those nail wraps are an extra in that box but I am not going to lie it is not my cup of tea. I love the idea though and will give it away but it is not for me. This is a full size product by the way.

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Overall I feel a bit weird about that box. I don’t get the collaboration apart from the design of the box and I feel that this time the samples were tiny. There was still plenty of space in the box. I really like 3 products out of 6. So I guess it is not a bad box, but not a great one at the same time. Now let’s hope the Christmas edition this year will be amazing.

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October 2015 Birchbox : Stylist Edition

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BIRCHBOX #Stylist | October 2015

This month we had to choose between two boxes and the other one was “back to basics” and I wasn’t really thrilled by the toothpaste so I got the stylist one. I am pretty happy with my choice and again it is getting better and better. I joined a year ago now (happy anniversary to me!) and I will not stop my subscription for the world. It is a great way to get new product and if you don’t like them well come on well all have family members or friends to pass it along so thumbs up to that great company. Now let’s get into the bow below.

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100 % pure | fruit pigment lip glaze | £19

Love the fact that it’s a full size. That is pretty unusual for birchbox and when you look at the price it is very exiting. The smell is very strong but in a good way. It is very natural and the pigmentation from another world for a lip glaze I love it. Can’t wait now to see if it is hydrating and comfortable on the lips.

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Bioderma | Sensibio H20 | £0.80

Not going to lie, that is a very small sample but good enough for a week or so I would say. Never tried anything from Bioderma and this particular product is pretty famous amongst beauty Blogger/ YouTuber so I am very pleased to finally sample it (even if the sample is tiny!).

Parlor by Jeff Chastain | Smoothing Blowout Spray | £3.45

When I opened my box and picked up that spray I almost cried (not out of joy) because first I totally forgot which box was coming so I was not aware at all then I was disappointed by the sea salt spray that at first I thought it was that one. Thanks God it is not and it smells really good. Now can’t wait to try it as I am looking for more new hair care lately.

Rituals | Yogi flow foaming shower gel | £2.12

Love Rituals. The scrub and body I got are amazing but yet another shower gel. I love though that it is a foaming one. Never tried anything in that shape and it smells good very relaxing so perfect to grab with me on my holidays.

When | Travelmate sheet mask | £6.25

Sheet masks are so the trend lately. I don’t know how I feel about it. It is 30mn with a sheet on your face so for me sounds long and annoying so I will either try it just to review it or give it away. But it is full size and those masks are very expensive so I clap my hands for the effort.

Bonus | English Laundry N7 signature for her | £1.00

This perfume smells good, that is a fact but come one it is the second one. The sample size is a joke (I mean you can get that in any drugstore for free) and they are presenting it as a “bonus” item, come one guys ! You can do better ! But yeah it is a nice clean smell that last all day.

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Overall Note : 8/10

Overall I love it. I don’t know I how feel yet about picking my box because lately I feel that we don’t have anymore surprises. I know I could avoid spoilers but being a blogger it is hard to avoid social medias in general. Anyway I will use every single sample (still debating about the sheet mask) so it is a good box and come one for £10 a month it is great to test new brands.

Value of the Box : £32.62