In my Birchbox Favourites post I asked if anyone would like to see monthly reviews of my Birchboxes and a few of you said you would! If you would like to see my favourites from my first 4 Birchboxes then please go and check out that post because I talk about some really lovely products!
This months theme is “Free your mind” and the box itself is for you to design with your own colours. Not only is the design super pretty but you get the cutest little pencils too! I love the concept of this box and if you have read any of my older posts, then you might have seen my A Book To Pass The Time post. If you haven’t then I talk about a colouring book that is full of quirky and adorable designs for you to colour in. Adult colouring books are actually becoming a thing now and I think they’re a great idea! Perfect for de-stressing. They also help get your creativity flowing so pick up those pencils!
My favourite product in this months box is probably this nail varnish! This was this month’s sample pick which I actually didn’t get to choose because I’m awful at checking the Birchbox website to see if they’re doing sample picks. The choices were a nail art pen, nail press ons or a nail varnish from the brand WAH London. I received the nail varnish in Baby Gurl. I always love this colour nail varnish for spring/summer. A perfect baby pink.
Normally I find that with these colour nail varnish, in pink shades, you don’t get great colour pay off and you’re left with streaky, translucent and highly disappointing product on your nails which is immediately removed. Not this one though and props to WAH London because you’ve completely won me over!
Next is this Jelly Pong Pong Caribbean Sun Bronzer Duo in Martinique. This comes in adorable packaging with a mirror, which I love in these little compact cases. It means I can chuck this in my bag and have a mirror on the go.
Unfortunately though, the product isn’t that great. In my swatch below you can barely even see the colours. It hardly looks like I’ve swatched them at all. But of course I wouldn’t let the swatches do all of the talking. When I tested this little duo out on my face the bronzer ended up doing better than expected. It adds very subtle colour. This works well on fair skin or it would be great if you’re a newbie when it comes to bronzer and the idea of being bright orange terrifies you, you can’t over do it with this one. The blusher goes a little further and has slightly more pigment. You can build this up but again you can’t over do it. It adds a lovely rosy glow. This duo is perfect for those ‘no make-up’ make-up days.
This Parlour Moisturising Sea Salt Spray was a little disappointing to find in this months box. Having naturally curly hair, which I rarely straighten, a sea salt spray is simply useless to me. However, I didn’t want to leave it un-reviewed. So I kindly asked my, beautiful, two oldest nieces to test this product out for me (they reluctantly agreed after some polite persuasion).
They both have a very similar hair type. Here they are side by side, on the left is Courtney with no product and on the right is Bailey. Both of them tried the product, I only photographed Bailey with the product in. We found that it works better on damp hair and using a diffuser to dry (the huge terrifying contraption that comes with your hair-dryer and usually gets forgotten about). Courtney told me that she didn’t like the way the spray felt in her hair because it left her hair crunchy. Bailey liked the way her hair looked afterwards but wasn’t sure if she wanted to use it again. I would say it did a pretty good job at adding a slight wave to the hair and is good for achieving the beach waves that everybody loves but if you don’t like crispy hair then this probably isn’t for you.
Next up is the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturiser in Light. I was excited to find this product in my box since I don’t own any tinted moisturiser and I’m always seeing different ones being talked about but I’ve never been sure which one to go for. Despite this though, I don’t think tinted moisturisers are for me. I like a medium coverage when it comes to make-up and because this is only a moisturiser you can barely notice it on your skin. It does even out skin tone and obviously hydrates the skin but after using this I went and put foundation over it anyway because I wanted more coverage, which defeats the object!
Last but not least is the Lumiere d’hiver Recontructing Masque. Firstly, lets talk about liquid products that come in a sachet. There is nothing quite as disappointing. I feel like the majority of the product goes to waste because I can’t get it out, especially when its a conditioner and I’m in the bath, doesn’t really call for easy handling. Secondly, opening these little buggers is always an issue for me. It took me like 10 minutes and I had to use my teeth, not really ideal. Anyway, the product itself is rather nice but I just didn’t have enough to cover my entire head of hair, I had just about enough to do the ends. My hair looks and feels soft but I didn’t have enough product to give this a decent review. So the product could be great! I’m leaving this one down to the sample size. 😦If you are interested in subscribing to Birchbox then you can use my referral link – https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/amberelizabeth. If you would like to know more about Birchbox then you can visit their site here.
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