It’s Birchbox time again and what a delight this month’s box has been! Not only has the collaboration with British designer Matthew Williamson brought this stunning box design from his Treasure Garden print, but also some amazing products too.
Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose
I’m a big fan of Pixi products, especially their iconic Glow Tonic, but this was my first experience with their lip balms. In a classic lip balm style packaging, the balm is easy to apply and the shea butter formula leaves lips feeling hydrated and nourished without feeling sticky or greasy. I initially thought the Natural Rose shade would be quite dark, as it looks like a deep mauve in the tube. However, the wash of colour is a beautiful subtle pink hue that seems to adapt to your own lip colour. What I like even more is that even after the balm has worn off, there is still a hint of colour left behind. I’ve been wearing this more than any other lip product lately and this will definitely be replacing my lipstick during the winter months to keep my lips in tip top condition.
Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm – RRP £8.00
Baija Paris Caramelised Honey Body Scrub
If there was one skincare treat I couldn’t live without during the winter months it would have to be a body scrub – and this one from Baija Paris fits the bill perfectly. This 97% natural exfoliator, which contains sugar, honey and sunflower seed oil, leaves skin feeling softer, smoother and gloriously radiant. The caramel scent is incredibly comforting for this time of year and a little goes a long way. I can certainly see a full-sized pot of this coming my way in the future!
Baija Paris Caramelised Honey Body Scrub – RRP £14.90
ModelCo Contour Stick
I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who groaned with disappointment at the sight of a contour stick in this month’s Birchbox – but I shouldn’t have worried as this has turned out to be a gem of a product! I’m already a huge fan of ModelCo cosmetics and the quality of this creamy contour stick exceeded my expectations. The colour of the contour stick looks quite dark but is actually a lovely golden brown shade which blends like a dream to create a beautifully natural contour. Now i’m personally not a contour fan, but I’ve been loving this as an eye product (and have actually been using it every day since my box arrived!). I’ve applied this just above the crease of my eye, and blended out with a brush, to give definition for the perfect no make-up, make-up look. The creamy formula gives such a natural look, and can be blended out to practically nothing or is buildable for a more intense look. If you’re looking for an affordable cream contour, this is a great place to start!
ModelCo Contour Stick – RRP £13.00
Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Purifying Clay Mask
I’ve been wanting to try this cult product for so long as the reviews have been incredible – so you can imagine my delight when I discovered it in December’s Birchbox! The pink Australian clay helps to brighten, refine, invigorate and detox the skin in just 10mins. The creamy texture goes on well and even though this mask dries out, it doesn’t make your face feel uncomfortable or tight like many other clay masks do. After 10 minutes, my skin had noticeably improved. My skin looked brighter and felt clean and fresh. The appearance of my pores was visibly reduced and my skin felt great. Some may wonder with the price tag of £39.90 for a full-sized tub, is it worth it? In my honest opinion, it is very worthy of it’s price as I’ve never had a product which makes such an instant difference to the brightness of my skin. I’ll certainly be treating myself to a full-sized product in the New Year.
Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Purifying Clay Mask – RRP £39.90
Spectrum Collections – B04 Angled Blender Brush
I always have a feeling of joy when I discover a new Spectrum brush in my Birchbox as not only are they stylish and great quality, but they are also very affordable too! I feel like this particular brush has so many uses as the angle of this brush fits perfectly into the crease of the eye, the flat side is great for packing on product to the lid and the size is perfect for along the lower lid and highlighting under the brow bone. The synthetic bristles creams, powders and liquids beautifully and I have to say that this has already become my go-to eye brush (so much so that I am already looking at purchasing more!).
Spectrum Collections B04 Angled Blender Brush – RRP £4.99
So there you have it, one of my favourite Birchbox’s of the year and one which will end my Birchbox year on a high! I have decided that this will be my last Birchbox, as I’ve decided to try something new. While Birchbox has served me well by helping my to discover some amazing brands, providing great customer service and delivering some beautiful box designs each month, I feel like the excitement has gone.
So it is bye-bye Birchbox – it’s been a pleasure!
Remember to check back in January to find out which beauty box subscription i’ll be trying in 2018!
Have you tried any of these products? Let me know in the comments below.
Emma @ Beauty Folio x