The highly anticipated Birchbox collaboration with Vogue magazine arrived this month and with an amazing box design, and Vogue recommended products, it was sure to be a great month for Birchboxers!
However, for me, this was a little bit of a mixed box, as one or two of the products fell short of my expectations and initial excitement.
Birchbox Brush Cleaner
There isn’t a great deal to say about this other than the fact that it works. It’s design, like other brush cleaners on the market, makes cleaning simple and effective. However, I personally prefer my brush cleaning sink mat, as it allows me to clean more brushes and makes it slightly easier as you’re not actually holding it. However, on a positive note, the Birchbox one is a perfect size for travelling as it fits nicely into a make-up bag. I just feel a little bit underwhelmed as this has become more of a filler item as opposed to a great new beauty discovery.
Birchbox Cleaning Mat – RRP £5.00
Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream
Clarins is such an iconic skincare brand so it was no surprise to receive one of their products in this month’s box. This hand cream makes your hands feel lovely and it absorbs beautifully into the skin without leaving any greasy residue. However, I have to admit that I really don’t like the smell. I’ve tried to get past it, but the almost-musty fragrance lingers on the skin for quite a long time after use so unfortunately, I will be giving it to a good home (in the form of a willing family member!).
Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream – RRP £21.00
Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat
This Seche Vite top coat does exactly what it says on the bottle – it dries really quickly and gives the most beautiful shine. However, I had a very similar problem with this as I did with the Clarins hand cream and that is the smell. The chemical scent is incredibly strong and doesn’t wear off like other polishes. I eventually, after just a few hours, had to take it all off…Sorry Seche Vite, the smell is definitely a no go for me!
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat – RRP £9.00
Benefit is a brand that’s been growing on me recently and I have to say that Hoola is a product I’ve wanted to try for a while. The reason why i’ve never tried it is simple, as I always thought it looked way too dark for my pale skin – but how wrong was I! In the pan, this matte bronzer looks like a deep shade yet on the skin it is a beautiful bronze which is subtle and incredibly flattering. It is also buildable, if you desire a stronger colour, and it is also very long wearing. Overall I have to say that I’ve been really impressed but the results – and it’s lovely to see a matte bronzer that really doesn’t have a sheen or sparkle!
Benefit Hoola – RRP £24.50
Percy & Reed Smoothed, Sealed and Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil
Percy & Reed are among one of my favourite haircare brands. This volumising No Oil Oil is a haircare wonder that i’ll definitely be repurchasing. It’s lightweight and doesn’t leave any greasy residue on the hair as it has a water-based formula (which is also a heat protector too!). Just 2-3 pumps through damp hair leaves it feeling soft, smooth, sleek and weightless. Now this particular product is aimed for fine hair, due to its weightless nature, but it’s worked wonders on my thick hair too. A great versatile product that will make you love your hair.
Percy & Reed No Oil Oil – RRP £14.00
So that’s it, a brief round-up of this month’s Birchbox. Even though this box wasn’t my favourite, I did find two great products with i’ll be repurchasing. I’ll be keeping my finger’s crossed that next month’s box will end the year on a high!
What did you receive in your box? Let me know in the comments below.
Emma @ Beauty Folio x