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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Thanks to the lovely people who’ve clicked through my Birchbox link, and signed up, I’ve had another big build up of reward points and, due to some really exciting items being added to the shop, I decided it was time to redeem some of those points and get a haul in! I spent almost £100 worth of points and got some fantastic things! Thank you anyone who’s ever clicked through my Birchbox links, it reminds me how many pop by to have a read!

As I said, above, this totalled almost £100 worth of points, but you can see why considering there’s two ‘The Balm’ palettes in there and a Caudalie product – All of these things can be picked up in the Birchbox Shop. I wanted to pick up some of the sweet and salty Propercorn to share with Azii but it was out of stock so I got a few of the new Coconut and vanilla, but sadly I can’t share those as Azii doesn’t like coconut!
I fell in love with a miniature of the Caudalie ‘Beauty Elixir’ last year but I couldn’t afford to sustain the addiction so I just forced myself to stop using it. Now I have one of the 100ml bottles I’ll be using it plenty, especially in the lead up to the wedding.
I needed something to top up my spend to a rounded number and my Balmi collection was just begging for another member. I love anything raspberry so this was an easy choice to make, really.

I was very excited to see ‘The Balm’s ‘Balm Jovi’ palette available in the shop – I’ve seen this around but not had a chance to buy it before – A nice collection of eye shadow shades, a highlight, a blush and two lip/cheek stains all with a rock ‘n roll theme! It was made for me!


I’ll try to get a swatch post for this together soon – Tough one to photo whilst getting the whole palette in there but you get the idea! Love it.
And lastly ‘The Balm’s ‘How ‘Bout Them Apples’ palette – I’d not seen much of this particular one before but I am Such a big fan of their brand as a whole and I was incredibly excited to see the miniature in the box so when I saw that this full sized version was available in the shop I knew it had to be mine – Especially with the warmer weather arriving, I’m going to love trying out these cream formulas!
With 6 different shades, fun names and a big mirror this palette promises to be tonnes of fun to play with. Again, I’ll try to get a swatch post up when I get the chance!

So yes, thank you again, anyone who used my referral link. I can’t believe the goodies I’ve managed to pick up this time, very very pleased with what’s available in the Birchbox shop and, more so, that I could afford them with points! Now to hope that this months box is just as exciting as my haul was!

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The lovely lovely people at Birchbox have sent me something rather amazing to review and, not only that, they have sent me a second item so that I can run a giveaway for my fantastic readers (that’s you!).
I’m going to show you the palette and talk, a little, about my first reactions and then you’ll find the giveaway, with the rafflecopter widget towards the end of the post.

The fantastic team have also given me two codes which you can use if you decide to sign up yourself – You can only use one code but they’re both fab – Check my post HERE if you’re interested.

The item that I’m going to be showing you and, then, giving away as a prize to one of you is the ‘Nude ‘tude’ palette by The Balm (Which retails for £26 and is available on the Birchbox site HERE). I’ve used a number of The Balm’s products before and really like them so I was very pleased to be able to try their shadows too – I’ve heard really, really good things about this palette and I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.

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One of the reasons I was so so pleased to see The Balm blush sample in this months Birchbox (HERE) is because it meant that there would be some products by The Balm appearing in the Birchbox shop and I just happened to have £10 worth of reward points to spend!

I really didn’t expect the exact item I wanted from them to be available, but to be able to get anything from them with a £10 reduction and free p+p was a really exciting concept.

Turns out I was wrong, the item I wanted Was available and, so, I was able to get The Balm’s ‘Mary-Lou Manizer’ highlight powder for £5 with free p+p!

I’ve wanted this for quite a long time and every time I see another blogger post about it it makes me want it more and more so I am soo pleased to have been able to get it, and for such a bargain too!
It might not look like much but it’s absolutely Stunning! 
 Another little added bonus is that I was sent a free pair of eye lash curlers and one of the little mirrors that are available in the Birchbox shop, due to a very good promotion running. 
I already have the mirror so I’m thinking that this second one might be a lovely addition to a future give-away! Yup, more potential goodies for someone to win!