Sunday, 7 February 2016

Birchbox UK - Unboxing / Review - February 2016 'Shine Bright Like a Diamond'

If you're a regular reader, here, you'll know I used to post multiple posts, a month, for beauty box subscription unboxes but, more recently, the posts just haven't been forthcoming. I've, vastly, reduced the amount of boxes I get and even the ones I do get haven't been making me want to grab my camera and get snapping. But this month has been quite the exception - This month I opened my Birchbox and instantly tweeted them, the box really is the best one I've had in a long time. 

Obviously not everyone will get the exact same box but the two items which are my favourites are the two that everyone will get so I am quite confident a lot of people will be happy with this one. If you aren't a member but decide to sign up after reading this I'd really appreciate if you used my referral link as that'll get both you, and I, points to spend in the Birchbox shop (and those points do add up quite quickly so I'm sure it wouldn't be long before you were making a sneaky purchase). My link is - https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/m6bv3



I do quite like that Birchbox are doing special box designs even more regularly, now, I keep some boxes and ones like this one instantly go in to my collection. I love the pattern, the purple stripes, the colour in the diamonds and even the phrase on the front - All in all, even the box is a bit lovely this month. 


The diamond references are linked to a wee collaboration for this month - There are two ways to win yourself some diamonds! One person (sadly not me) will open their box to discover a £200 diamond necklace inside, this month, and then there's a more standard competition for all subscribers to enter as well. 


I have to show you this, first, because this is the most exciting thing in the box, for me - I've wanted to try some Spectrum brushes for a while now but I do have rather a lot of brushes so I've been very good and not bought any. The moment I opened the bag, this month, the first thing I saw was this brush and I was over the moon. It's a 'Tapered Powder brush' which lends itself to being used for applying a setting powder to specific areas (if you aren't someone who wants a full face of powder) or maybe for blush, contour or highlight. I can't, quite, decide what to try it with first but I can't wait. It's SO soft, I keep touching it, I can't help myself, and So pretty and they're cruelty free and not bank breakingly expensive. This brush is worth £7.99. 


Next up we have the Ayres body butter in 'Patagonia'. Listed as a Birchbox exclusive this light, creamy body butter smells really rather lovely. The jar says that it contains essential oils of jasmine and rosemary and that balance of floral and savoury works really well. Floral scents tend to be a bit much for me, these days, but the rosemary really balances this out. It disappears in to the skin almost instantly, unlike other body butters, and the shea butter and vitamin e, that it contains, clearly do a good job as it leaves the skin feeling really, really soft. The jar is a 1oz/28g jar which will give you a good chance to experience the product before deciding upon whether or not you want to try the full size (which costs £19.50 from the BB shop). 


Next up we have an interesting item from the brand LOC which is a new, in house, brand brought to you by Birchbox themselves. I'm very intrigued to see how this little eyeshadow stick stands up against other brands, considering it's from BB. There were two shades available, which I believe some people were able to pick, but I didn't get the email for that option. I have got the shade 'Perfect Cents' which is a very pretty copper (picture and swatches a bit further down the post), the other shade is 'Champagne Problems' which, as you may have guessed, is a champagne shade. I'd have much preferred the champagne shade and may pick it up if I make a Birchbox order any time soon. 

These sticks need to be sharpened to get to more product (I do prefer a twisty end but that's just me being picky) but the pigmentation seems pretty good, swatch wise. I am a little surprised that this tiny 1.35g stick is the full size, especially as they're £8, but I am definitely intrigued by the product and it's something I'm very glad to have got in the box. 


The other cosmetics product from this box is this wee sample of The Balm's 'Frat Boy' blush/shadow (Though I'm instantly going to say this is much more of a blush shade, in my opinion). I really like these little samples from The Balm as they're a great way to try out a higher value item, but get a decent use out of it. I've got a picture of the shade, and a swatch to show you in just a moment. A full size of this blush is £15.50.


And here we have the LOC pencil and the blush from The Balm. As I said, above, the pencil is a nice copper shade, not much more you can say other than that. I really like the shade of the blush, it's a light, slightly dusky shade with a hint of peach, it's the sort of shade I love for spring/summer. 


And here's swatches of them both. You can see they both have a good level of pigmentation, but I can't say anything about their staying power or application as I've not used them yet. But, so far so good. 


This month's 'beauty bonus' is a single make-up remover wipe from Derm Eyes - This, probably, isn't something I'd normally use but I'm planning on slipping it in to my hospital bag in case the need arises. I haven't worn a lot of make up recently, but if I do happen to be wearing it on the day I go in to the hospital, I think this'd be a good way to get it off. The price for a full pack of these is £9.50 so I'm interested to see how good they are. 


Lastly, for this month, we have a '3-in-1 cleansing emulsion' from Korres. Cleansers from beauty boxes is something I often pass on to other people because I know that, even if I love it, I won't be able to afford to buy a full size. But I really do have a soft spot for Korres so I'm going to be keeping hold of this one. It's a 16ml tube so I can imagine getting a few uses out of it and I'm looking forward to giving it a go. A full size of this is worth £15. 

And that's the box. With most boxes I keep some products but instantly find myself allocating other's to friends and family because I know I won't use them (hence cutting down how many boxes I get) but, this box, I genuinely am going to use every single product and am excited about them all too. The brush is the stand out item, for me, I keep just rubbing it on my skin, as we weird beauty addicts do, as it's So soft. I definitely need more! 

Again, if you decide to subscribe to this box, I'd really appreciate you using my referral link, it'll benefit us both so it's a real win win situation - https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/m6bv3 

Hope anyone who Does sign up gets a fantastic box, and hope those of you who're already subscribers have had boxes as good as mine, too. What's the stand out item for you, this month? Either from my box, your own. or other box contents you've seen.

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