I was really pleased to see, today, that Birchbox uk announced on Facebook that the boxes had been sent out – It meant it’d only be a few days until my box arrived, I’d be optimistic and hope for a day or two but last month the couriers dragged their feet and it took three or four days.
Well, imagine my surprise when I’m upstairs, after my mum has just taken The Boy to my grandparent’s place for a few hours, and I hear our front door open and close – No one came into the house so this meant only one thing, a delivery man had left something on our porch!
So, welcome to my unboxing of my April 2013 Birchbox uk box!
I haven’t read the magazine, yet, but I just love the beautiful front cover so though I’d share (Also gives you a chance to click away if you don’t want to see what’s inside the box and you’ve clicked by accident, see I’m nice like that!)
And here’s what’s in the box. There’s a nice selection in there, and a mixture of things I’m more excited about and less excited about. So let’s get on to the products!
This product came in a box so seemed really quite exciting. As it happens, it’s soap. It’s by a company I’ve not come across before called ‘La Societe Parisienne De Savons and it’s really rather posh looking. It’s got a strong, quite nice fresh scent which I think I quite like. None the less, it’s soap, so it’s not something I’m hugely excited by – I think this is likely to stay in my box of samples until we’ve got our own place and then it can be our posh ‘we’ve just moved in’ soap. As far as soap goes, I like it, but I won’t be repurchasing it as the full size is £8.50
This is a 50ml bottle of relaxing conditioner by ‘Green & Spring’. I absolutely love the bottle, it looks really classy and has a lovely vintage feel to it. The conditioner itself smells divine, and relaxing is most definitely the word. I’m not a massive fan of lavender, which is the primary scent in this, but because it’s not overpowering and is mixed with other natural, herby scents, it has a balance to it that means I really really like it. This little product screams luxury and I look forward to using it – It’s definitely going to be used as something special as I won’t be able to repurchase as the full size is £16.
Next I noticed a familiar looking box, as the product is made by Weleda and I have other samples of theirs in this distinctively designed packaging. This is their ‘Skin Food’ which, even the little card says, Victoria Beckham loves. Now, I’m not a massive fan of celeb news or culture so the fact that she likes it isn’t particularly important to me, but I guess she probably has expensive tastes so if she says it’s good it’s probably going to be a good product.
I love the fact that it’s all natural and I look forward to trying this moisturiser out on my driest patches to see how well it holds up. The full size is a, very reasonable, £8.95 so if it turns out to be as good as suggested then this might be re-purchasable.
This diddy little tube contains Gerda Spillman’s ‘Renaussance Age Serum’. It’s a 3ml tube so I’ve not even opened it as I’ll want to make the most out of it – If it’s like other serums, though, there should be a good few uses, even though it’s tiny, as serums tend to go a long way. I’m only just starting to really use serums so this’ll be nice to try out but even if it’s an utter miracle I doubt I’ll be repurchasing as it’s a pricey £69 for the full size.
This was the most exciting thing in the box, for me. As you’ll know if you’ve seen my more recent beauty posts, I’m love love loving lip crayons at the moment, so I’m really pleased to have another one to add to my collection.
I’ve got a little Mirenesse lipgloss which I got in the LIB advent calendar so I’ve heard of them as a brand, but I’ve not used the gloss much as it’s clear with glitter in and so hasn’t really been a lot of use. But this lip crayon is just lovely. It’s soft and creamy and applies so nicely. It’s quite sheer but it’s easily buildable for a stronger shade, if that’s what you want. It does have shimmer in it, so when it is more built up you will feel a little of that grainy, shimmer feeling, but it’s not too bad at all.
I have the shade ’14 Perfect Kiss’ and I absolutely love it. The packaging makes it look quite corally, so at first I was a little disappointed as the crayon comes out quite pinky – But that’s where the shimmer comes into play; it’s a gorgeous peachy, gold shimmer so, mixed with the pinky base, it makes a really lovely coral colour. I think I will be wearing this a LOT this spring and summer. The value of this, full sized, crayon is £17.50
A more sheer layer.
A little more built up.
Lastly is the little ‘Lifestyle extra’ and this month it’s a lovely little mirror. It says it’s called the ‘Paname Paris’ mirror and it’s by Birchbox – It’s got a nice little saying on it and it’s quite a good size, but it’s not a clam sort and doesn’t close, so you’ll need to be more wary of scratching. It says it’s worth £7.50 which seems a tad excessive to me, but as a little extra I’m quite happy with it, it’ll be handy on my bedside table.
All in all, I’m really happy with this box. The soap is the least exciting thing but it will get used and it’s much nicer than any other soap I expect I’ll have in the future. Everything else I will most definitely use, especially the lip crayon. Thank you for another, fab, box Birchbox. And as for the super fast delivery, thank you even more!