MANY moons ago (about four years, LOL) I was subscribed to the GlossyBox monthly beauty boxes and loved them, however as my blog migrated from being predominantly beauty based and moved over to more lifestyle posts, I just didn’t feel the need for them anymore so I cancelled my subscription and forgot all about them. However a few months ago I saw a advert on my Instagram for the May Birchbox Beauty Box and fell completely in love with the box design (which was palm leaf print, so bright and green!) so I signed myself back up for the monthly boxes. Now I am a mum I don’t treat myself to very much, perhaps the occasional book or Primark pjs, but other than that all my money goes on Teddy. I figured I deserve a little monthly treat & part of the excitement is not knowing what is going to be inside. Each month you also get a little sneak peek into the next months box, where you can select a shade preference of one item, whether that is a lip product, eyeshadow or blusher ect. That way you know you will get a shade that is more suited to you. I thought I would show you all the lovely products up for grabs and give you a August Birchbox review.
AUGUST BIRCHBOX REVIEW
This months Birchbox was in collaboration with Etsy, where they teamed up with TEN Etsy sellers to create a collection of box designs. My box was designed by The Lovely Drawers (I had a nosey on her Etsy page and oh my god, stationary DREAMSSS) I love my design, the colour sheme is perfect and just overall really pretty. The theme of July’s Birchbox is “embracing the moments that make life happy”.
Another good thing about monthly beauty boxes is that they are a great way to discover new brands that you would have never found or tried before. For example, Dirty Little Secret is a brand I had never heard of before, but this eyeshadow stick is BEAUTIFUL. I received the shade Fetch which is a creamy light-pink shadow, with lovely peach undertones. The sticks are multi-purpose, they can be used as a shadow (obvs), a base OR a highlighter! I applied this to the book of my hand when I first opened my box and the formulation is so creamy and it’s got a really good pigmentation!
This product BLEW my mind, it still really confuses me. It’s like fucking magic! When the lip product is in its packaging, it is powder form, as in you can tip it upside down & see the powder moving, but when you apply the product… it applies like a normal lip product. In liquid form! It goes from powder..to LIQUID. Told you. Mind? BLOWN. Using the applicator, you blend it directly onto your lips and you can literally see it melting into your lip, resulting in a smudge-proof, matte pop of colour. It can also be used as a cheek product too!
DR.BOTANICALS // POMEGRANATE SUPERFOOD REGENERATING SLEEP MASK // FULL SIZE
Dr.Botanicals is a brand I have heard of before but never tried! Sometimes with brands, when you have never tried them before, it can be really overwhelming knowing where to start. I absolutely LOVE the sound of this mask, you apply it to clean skin before you go to bed and let it work its magic overnight. It is described on their website as a hydrating overnight treatment for thirsty dull skin!
RITUALS // HAPPY BUDHA FOAMING SHOWER GEL // SAMPLE SIZE
I have ALWAYS wanted to try something from Rituals, it is a brand I have heard so much about, so I was really excited when I saw a mini foaming shower gel. It is in the scent sweet orange and cedarwood, i’m really intrigued with what these scents together will smell like! You just need to apply a small amount of gel to your hand & it turns into a thick foam with contact from water.
This is another brand that I had never heard of but I was instantly intrigued by the product. I have just come back from 11 nights in Greece and, due to the sun, my hair has become really dry & frazzled. I was using hair sun protector but it didn’t really seem to help that much so my hair did take a beating. This product is described as nourishing, it repairs and tames unruly strands by strengthening hair from the inside out. After shampooing, you leave this conditioner in for a couple of minutes, then rinse to lock-in moisture, fight frizz and boost elasticity.
That is my August Birchbox review! I hope you enjoyed it & i’d love to know if you receive Birchbox or any other monthly subscription?