I signed up to Birchbox last week, so this is my first experience – how exciting! When it came yesterday it was like Christmas. (No really, I was that excited.) I’m just going to give a quick overview of each product, then I’ll give a full review of each of them once I’ve given them a trial. Maybe. If I feel like it.
The theme of this box seems to be holidays – is that what Brichbox does? Have a little theme for each box? If so, that’s pretty cute. I approve already.
First of all we have Number 4 Lumiere d’Hiver Super Comb Prep & Protect, which is a leave-in conditioner spray. I’ve tried it once and I quite like it! I used it as well as my normal conditioner, which I don’t think I was supposed to, but my hair still didn’t feel heavy, just very, very soft. Like a kitten. I like it. Not sure it’s worth the £20 price tag, but I guess I’ll just have to try it some more and see.
Next up is the Dead Sea Spa Magik Refreshing Bath Shower Gel. I’ve used this a few times and it’s…okay. Sure, it smells good and cleans my disgusting, work-sweated body, but would I pay over £7 for a shower gel? Probably not.
Okay, this next one, I’ve only sort of tried. By which I mean I used, like, a drop on my face to test for sensitivity. It’s the Nude ProGenius Omega Treatment Oil, which you use as a sort of intensive moisturizer before bed. I checked the price, and ho-lee shit, the full size bottle is £58! I’m not sure how much you get for that, but I wouldn’t pay £58 for a litre of what is essentially a bottle of apricot kernal oil (which you can get for less than £5 on Amazon). Plus, most of the oils used in this are quite comodogenic, so it’s likely to give you blackheads if you use it too often. Definitely not worth the hefty price tag, in my opinion.
I also got Wild About Beauty Powder Eyeshadow in….I’m not sure what shade, because I don’t have it to hand, but I have used it and I quite like it. It’s a dark gold shade which is very shimmery – not sparkly, shimmery, which is why I rather like it. It’s a nice product, blends well and looked good all day. I’m not sure if I’d buy it though, ’cause I’m not much of an eyeshadow person; one Urban Decay Naked Palatte will do me just fine.
Also in my box was Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator. I haven’t used this yet ’cause I don’t want to try any more new skincare products this week (currently trialing a new moisturiser) and to be honest, I am a little worried it might not suit my sensitive skin, but I will try it when I’m ready and I will review it.
The lifestyle product included is the first chapter of The Proposal by Tasmina Perry, which I will read on the train to go visit Monsieur Raptor tomorrow.
My Verdict: Hmm, I’m not sure how I feel about this particular box. No brands I’ve heard of, and a few disappointing products, but I’ve read a few reviews on other blogs, and the general consensus seems to be that this box has not been the most impressive, so I’ll continue with my subscription and see what September’s box has to offer.