Birchbox time again and this is a box I’ve been looking forward to for a while as the product which we already knew about is one that I’ve been intrigued about for a little while. If you like the look of the boxes that I get then you can sign up using my referral code and get £5 off your first box (and that also gets me £5 to spend in the Birchbox shop!) – https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/m6bv3
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It’s the time of the month that subscription boxes start arriving! I miss getting quite as many as I used to but I just don’t need samples upon samples, however fantastic and exciting they are. I am glad I still get Birchbox, though, and do want to get back in to the habit of sharing the contents with you.

If you decide to sign up, yourself, then you can use my referral code which will get both myself and you some points to spend in the Birchbox shop! My link is: https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/m6bv3
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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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I can’t believe how long it’s been since I did beauty box unboxings, my poor Birchboxes have been feeling unloved as I’ve not been sharing them with the world! Unfortunately, with the pregnancy making me as ill as it has, I’ve just struggled to get going on things like this. But, although I’m still very ow and very run down, I’m finally back on track with my blog which means I want to get back on track with my beauty box posts! 

I was very excited by this month’s box after seeing Birchbox announce that this month’s products were coming in a beautiful clutch bag, rather than the standard box. And, when it arrived yesterday evening, I was as pleased with the bag as I expected And very pleased with the products inside too. If you find yourself wanting to sign up then I’d very much appreciate it if you used my referral link, it will get you £5 to spend in the Birchbox shop, and it’ll get me £5 to spend too! My link is: https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/m6bv3

And here’s the bag we were sent our goodies in this month – I know we’ve been sent bags before, and they’ve been great, but this one definitely wins out as the best. It’s a, rather nicely made, little clutch in a forest green velver with a leatherette panel and a gold glitter panel. Now, I don’t go out much (or, rather, at all) but I can definitely see this being a lovely way to take your bits and pieces out on a festive night out. I don’t know what I’ll use it for yet, but I’m definitely keeping this one as it’s so so pretty.
There’s a nice selection of products in the bag, too, and you definitely won’t find me complaining about the fact that there’s a lot of cosmetics. I’ve got some closer ups of a couple of the bits, but for those that are covered by this picture, I’ll describe now. 
Firstly, the smallest item in the box, is a foil packet of Roloxin ‘Lift’ which is an ‘Instant skin smoothing masque’. This, wee, 3.3g sachet should give one use, but considering the full size is worth £79, I’d say as far as sample packets go, that’s a pretty decent value. No one is really a fan of foil packets in beauty boxes but I’d, definitely, say that if I am to get one then a mask would definitely be the one thing I’d be ok with as it gives you a representative full use of the product. This is a good item to have for the party season as it’ll help you get ready for that big Christmas bash (look at me pretending I know what I’m on about with all this socialising stuff!).
At the far left of the picture you can see a 60ml bottle of Skin & Co ‘Sicilian Body Gel’ which contains Sicilian orange and olive extracts to make for a refreshing, and moisturising shower companion. As far as shower gels go, the scent really does have a brightening ‘zing’ to it, I almost feel like it’s cleared my head a little just from smelling from the bottle. This is a nice sized sample which could go for a couple of uses unless you totally bathe in the stuff. Its full sized rrp is £15 so  it’s a rather luxury product and definitely worth using to wake yourself up with of a cool winter morning, or before getting ready to go out. 
Lastly, for this picture, just to the right of the shower gel we have a sample tube of Balance Me ‘Congested Skin Serum’ (full size would cost £16). I’ve tried a lot of Balance Me products and I am a big fan, but this is one I’ve not heard of before; I am intrigued though. The serum is made with chamomile, aloe vera and lavender which are all supposed to work together to restore the skin’s balance if you have a break out. You can use it all over the face, preventively, or use it on a break out that’s already occurred. As it’s only a 7ml tube I think I’ll stick to using it on problem areas to see how it fares. 
Next up we have the full sized offering from this month’s box – An ‘Ultra long-lasting lipstick’ in the shade ‘Stiletto’ by Model Co (these come in a set of 3 for £15.50). I have to admit I really don’t need more red lip sticks, especially as I’ve just had a big lip product clear out (and have got another new one in another box!) but I do, really like the formula of the other Model Co lipstick I have, so I may well give this one a go. I know red isn’t for everyone, but you can’t get much more festive, can you.
As you can see the swatch is very pigmented, this isn’t going to be a sheer option, and the shade is a very true red. I quite like that it’s not Too blue toned or Too orange toned, it’s quite neutral so should suit most complexions. 
My favourite item in the box is, probably, this Ciate mini in the shade ‘Antique Broach’. I love Ciate polishes but at £9 for a full size they’re towards the top end of my budget so getting one in a beauty box is always a bonus. And the shade! I love, love, love the shade, the mix of small gold glitters with a rose gold, larger, glitter. I am itching to use this, already. It’s a perfect festive shade but without being too obviously festive, if that makes Any sense; I’d happily wear this all year round. 
Lastly, this is what’s in the Benefit ‘Ultimate Sample Kit’ box which you can see in the main picture. The idea of providing these two samples together is to get yourself ready with the ‘Push-up liner’ sample for your big night out, and then apply the ‘Puff off’ once you’re home and your makeup is off, or the next morning, to help your eyes recover from the party season. I do like getting Benefit samples in the box (especially things like the liner as it’s a proper marmite product by all accounts) but it’s, definitely, even nicer to get two! 
So, I think it’s safe to say, Birchbox has us pretty well covered for the festive season. The bag, alone, is an amazing draw towards getting this month, but even without that there’s a really nice range of products, some higher value and some lower, and they definitely tick a lot of boxes. A real winner of a month for me.
Don’t forget, if you do want to sign up this month, get £5 in the shop for both yourself and me by using my referral link: https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/m6bv3

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