So we’re now well into November and I can’t quite believe how quickly this year has passed. A new month means another exciting delivery from Birchbox. Having had a few slightly disappointing boxes this year, I was quite happy with this months offering.

birchbox-november-2016-reviewThe box itself is another pretty one. With its lovely peacock design, this one is another collaboration with Tatler. As I’ve mentioned before I really like the drawer boxes, as they are great for storing away vintage treasures and most of my jewellery collection is housed in my empty Birchboxes.

birchbox-november-2016-contentsAlthough I generally like a good mix of products in my Birchbox, the products I welcome most are usually skincare. I’m a big skincare addict and I love trying out new products. some of my all time favourite skin saviours were originally discovered through Birchbox samples. My box had some fab skincare products and I really enjoyed giving them a go.

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birchbox-november-2016-whats-insideThere was no bonus product in this months box, so there were only 5 items. However I rarely make much use of the extra product and I still think this box is pretty good value for money, with a great range. Here’s what I thought of all the products:

november-birchbox-lip-tar-primerFirst us was the Lip Tar Primer from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I absolutely love this brand and have used their Lip Tars in several different colours in the past. I don’t really like that they have named themselves after an illness though – not cool. This product is a fab addition to my make up bag. It’s great for keeping my lipstick looking good all day. It contains hemp and peppermint oil, which I’ve found has really stopped my lips feeling dry while wearing lipstick. The RRP for this product is £15.

birchbox-november-2016-marcelle-bb-creamAnother product that I really enjoyed using was the Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow. I’ve used this a few times when I’ve wanted a lighter make-up look without foundation. It really does even out your skin tone and gives a lovely fresh-faced glow. It’s a great product for worn out mums like me, who don’t get nearly enough sleep! The RRP for the full-sized product is £22.50

birchbox-november-2016-nuxe-creme-prodifieuseI am always so happy when I get a moisturiser in my Birchbox, as it stops me needing to buy a new one that month! The Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse, is a really lovely face cream. This really boosted my tired skin. It smells absolutely divine and glides onto the skin really smoothly. The product is light and easily absorbed, while still giving my skin plenty of hydration. I think I will have to purchase a full-sized version of this one, as I was very impressed. The RRP for the full-sized product is £21.

birchbox-november-2016-ecotools-brushI have quite a few brushes from Ecotools, infact I picked up their brow brush kit earlier this week and its amazing. I was really pleased to see the Precision Blush Brush in this months box, as I know it’s something I will use a lot. The brush is made with synthetic bristles and recycled materials, which I think is awesome. I really liked the tightly packed, very soft bristles which made blusher application really easy. This is definitely one I would recommend. This would usually cost £7.99, so not a high-end product, but I don’t mind because its fantastic quality.

birchbox-november-2016-darphin-lumiere-essentielleLastly I tried the Darphin Lumiere Essentielle Serum. This is another excellent hydrating skincare product. It smells lovely too. I liked this product and although it was lovely to use, I don’t think it boosted my skin enough to justify a repurchase. The full-sized product costs £55.

birchbox-november-contentsAll in all this was a really good box and I thought it was excellent value for the £10 plus postage which I pay each month.

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It’s been a while since I last reviewed a Birchbox. Although I was a little disappointed by my August box, the September and October ones have been really good. I didn’t get round to reviewing September’s box, but I’m including a picture of its contents at the bottom of this post. So before the November box comes in the next few days, I thought I’d pop a quick review of last months box up.

october-2016-fire-birchboxOctober’s box had a Fire theme as I’m a Sagittarius and was one of four different element designs for the month. I was pleased to have another drawer style box, as they’re always great for storing things in.

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birchbox-october-2016-contentsThe contents are pretty good this month and a good mix of products and price points. I always like a good mix of make-up, skincare, hair and body products and getting to try new brands.

birchbox-october-2016-lord-and-berry-matte-crayon-lipstickFirst up in the box was the Lord and Berry 20100 Maxi Matte Crayon Lipstick in the shade Intimacy. I really like pencil lipsticks, because you can use them as a liner and fill them in, giving a lovely neat precision look. This one has quite a creamy formula while still being solid enough to work with, so I found it really easy to apply. The colour is absolutely beautiful, much more pink than it looks in the picture, the shade is sophisticated and the perfect pink shade for winter. As with many matte lipsticks, despite the creamy formula it is a little drying after a few hours, but I still love it. This full-sized product would normally cost £12.

birchbox-october-2016-rituals-the-ritual-of-sakura-body-creamNext up was a Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Magic Touch Body Cream. This is a product I use all the time anyway and one of my favourite body creams. The smell is absolutely beautiful and really lasts. I’d highly recommend all the products from this range. I was also really impressed with the sample size of this. The full-sized product costs £19.50.

october-2016-birchbox-review-doux-me-pure-spring-mistThe only product in the box that I wasn’t that enthusiastic about was the Doux Me Pure Spring Mist. Although I like mineral water sprays, I do find them a little over priced and this isn’t a product I would really use at this time of year, although they are nice in the summer. This was very refreshing and I have been giving my face a spritz in the morning before applying my moisturiser, as recommended. I probably wouldn’t invest in this for the £16 rrp though.

birchbox-october-2016-which-renewing-mud-maskI really love a good mud mask, so I was pleased to see the Whish Renewing Mud Mask in my box. This exfoliating mask contains fruit enzymes to brighten and purify the skin. This is a great quick skin boost as you only leave it on for a short amount of time. I really liked the product and it definitely gave my tired skin a helping hand. The sample however was quite small, despite the tube not being tiny, the amount inside was just enough for one application. The full-sized product costs £29.

birchbox-october-2015-no-4-fluoro-elixir-restore-and-repair-oilAnother really useful product in the box, was the No4 Fluro5 Elixir Restore & Repair Oil. Recently I’ve been using more natural and silicone free shampoo and conditioners for my hair. I prefer products that don’t coat up my hair and leave build up. To stop my hair feeling dull and flyaway, hair oils are really useful. This product was really lovely and just a little bit run through the ends of hair, helped to moisturise and smother it. A little goes a long way, so this little sample has lasted me ages. The oil also smells really nice. The full-sized product costs £18.

birchbox-october-2016-eyebrow-brushThis months bonus item was an eyebrow brush. I found this one a little hard and scratchy on my brows, so it won’t be replacing the one I currently use.

october-2016-whats-inside-your-october-birchboxOver all this was a pretty good box and I’ve enjoyed using the products. I was also impressed with the overall value of the products and at £10 a box, I think I got my monies worth this time.

birchbox-october-2016-reviewAs I didn’t get round to reviewing the September box, I though I’d quickly show you the box and contents. This was one of my favourite boxes of the year so far, I really liked all the products inside and have used them all loads.

birchbox-september-2016-contentsIf you’d like to receive a monthly Birchbox too, I have a refer a friend link which adds £5 worth of points to your account when you sign up. These can be used to buy full-sized products in the Birchbox shop.

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I am always on the lookout for affordable make-up and beauty products. I never have a massive budget for things like make-up brushes, so I like to try really good quality products that won’t break the bank. I was recently offered some make up brushes from Brush Works to try and I was excited to give them a go and see how I got on.

brushworks-brush-set-reviewI’ve been using them most days for a couple of months now. I like to try things for a while and see how well they last and I was definitely impressed with these. I’ve used all of them and washed them a few times and they are still as good as new. They also hold up well against some of the higher end brushes I use.

brush-works-make-up-brushesI tried 4 brushes from the range; the blush brush, multi tasking brush, foundation brush and the duo eye brush. Together they make a really good basic kit and are perfect for applying my everyday make-up when I’m not being too technical.

brushworks-make-up-brushesThe brushes are all hand cut for the perfect shape and made using Taklon bristles, which are soft, hygienic and suitable for vegans as well as being allergy free. They are easy to clean as the bristles don’t absorb any of the product.

brushworks-powder-brushThe blush brush is a lovely full brush, with really soft bristles. The fullness is perfect for picking up just the right amount of product and the shape is great for a smooth even application. I also use this blush for all over powder, which works really well. The blush brush is priced at £6.99, which is really good value for money.

brushworks-brush-reviewThe multi tasking brush is a smaller shorter version of the blush brush. I’ve used this for powder, contouring, highlighting and blending. Again this one picks up the product well. This is definitely the brush I’ve used the most as it’s just the right size for lots of different things. I will probably pick up a few more of these as I use it so much. This brush also costs £6.99.

brushworks-foundation-brushThe foundation brush is perfect for spreading liquid foundation over the face. I’ve mostly been using it for applying concealer and blending around the eye area. At £5.99 this another really great value product and is every bit as good as some of my other high street foundation brushes.

brushworks-eyeshadow-brushThe duo eye brush has two ends, one for applying and blending eye shadow and a tapered precision end for detailing. The eye shadow end isn’t quite soft enough for me, but the other end is perfect for finishing. I also use it to fill in my eyebrows as it’s the perfect shape for creating a perfectly shaped brow. This brush also cost £6.99.

brushworks-boxesSo if you’re looking for some new brushes and don’t want to spend a fortune, then I’d definitely recommend giving these a try. Check out the whole range here.

* These products were sent to me for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

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So yet again I’m a bit late to the Birchbox party! August has been a bit of a busy one for me. Not only have the kids been off school and keeping me very busy, I’ve also been to lots of wonderful vintage events and taken part in an exciting vintage themed calendar shoot, which I’ll tell you more about really soon. This hasn’t left me much time to keep up to date with blogging! Since my next Birchbox will be arriving any day now, I thought it was high time I shared the contents of this months box bag.

August 2016 Birchbox ContentsMy first response when this months package arrived, was to be a little disappointed by the lack of box. I use the boxes to organise all my bits and pieces and I was hoping to use this months empty box would house my latest naughty vintage jewellery purchases. All this months beauty goodies arrived in a cute little make-up bag, which I guess will come in handy anyway.

August Birchbox ContentsThe theme of this months box was ‘Dive In’, which explains why the bag is made from scuba fabric. It contains a good selection of products including make-up, hair and skincare. Here’s what I thought of all the different products…

August Birchbox Marcelle LinerFirst up was a Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner in the shade Mulberry. Now a waterproof eyeliner is definitely handy in the summer, I have been known to emerge from the swimming pool resembling a drowned panda on holiday. It’s also great for hot days when you sweat so much that your liner ends up somewhere near your chin. the downside of this one for me, is that I don’t really like the colour. I’ve had a few purple toned liners in my Birchboxes and I will always favour a black. The product does work well and stays put all day, only to be removed later by a very good remover. It is also really easy to apply, so I’ll keep it for when I fancy something a little different. This product would normally cost £10.50

August Birchbox Philip Kingsley Dry ShampooNext up was the Philip Kingsley One More Day Dry Shampoo. I’ve always been really impressed with all the Philip Kingsley products that I’ve tried via Birchbox. This one however just isn’t very good. For a dry shampoo, it really isn’t that dry. It goes on feeling damp rather than powdery, like other dry shampoos. It also left my hair feeling heavier than before I applied it. So I was pretty disappointed with this one and wouldn’t use it again. The full sized product usually costs £14.50

August Birchbox Balance Me Face maskThe third product is the Radiance Face Mask from Balance Me. This is a beauty brand that can do no wrong in my eyes, and this product did not disappoint. The clay based mask is lovely and light and contains ground walnut shells for a gentle exfoliation. This was easy to use, smelt lovely and made my skin feel great. I loved this mask and will probably buy the full sized product. This mask would usually cost £18.

August Birchbox The Buff StuffThe next product is the Anatomicals The Buff Citrus Body Scrub. I have used lots of bath products from Anatomicals before and I’m always really happy with them. This is a really nice body scrub and I love the grapefruit smell and level of exfoliation. My only complaint would be, that it isn’t really a high end or expensive product and I really love to get a bit of luxury from my monthly Birchbox. This would normally cost £3.99

August Birchbox Merci HandyOk so while I’m complaining about the box bag not having luxury products… The fifth product in the box was an antibacterial hand gel. The Merci Handy, does smell nice and I love that it’s full of vitamins to hydrate and nourish my hard working hands, but it’s just not a good enough product for a beauty box bag. I did keep smelling my hands afterwards and enjoying the smell though, so I’ll forgive it a little bit. This would normally cost £2.99.

August Birchbox Yes to CoconutLastly the Birchbox bonus was the Yes To Coconut Cleansing Wipes. This was in fact just one wipe. The wipe itself was lovely and soft and smelt very coconuty. It made my skin feel very clean, but wasn’t great for taking make-up off. I like the fact that it nourished as it cleansed, but I’d really need more than a single lonely wipe to really judge. A full packet containing more than one wipe costs £3.99.

So in conclusion, I’d have to say this Birchbox was a little stingy. Each month it usually feels like a little present coming in the post, but this was more like a disappointing present from a rubbish boyfriend who doesn’t know what you like. I’m hoping this is a one off, as I’m usually quite impressed with the high end products in the box. I guess I’ll see in a few days when my September box arrives.

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Another month has passed, and its time for another Birchbox review. Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription box, packed with high-end surprise beauty products which arrive at your door once a month. I’ve been subscribed for a few years now and always love getting my surprise package through the post.

July 2016 Birchbox ReviewThis months lovely box was themed ‘Never Ending Summer’. The box itself was a really pretty one, I love using them to store bits and bobs in and if I can keep this one away from the kids long enough, I’m sure I will stash some pretty vintage treasures away in it!

May 2016 Birchbox ContentsMy first reaction to the box was a good one, I love it when the box has a good mix of products and this one really does have a bit of everything. There is a skincare product, a hair product, two make-up items and a nail polish. I was disappointed to see no Birchbox Bonus in this box. I like the little extra bits that you usually get in each box and I always use them, so this was the only downside of the box for me.

July BirchboxThe box also contains 3 full-sized products, so it was great value for money, especially since they are all really usable products that most people can use.

July Birchbox LOC x Millie Lip PencilThe first product in the box was the Loc x Millie Ultra-Gloss Lip Pencil in the Shade Bohemian Rose. This lovely lip pencil is a collaboration with Millie Macintosh. The pencil has a high shine finish and the shade is a lovely feminine pink. This has a smooth lipstick consistency while looking like a gloss. I found this really easy to apply and was really pleased with the shade. I love the colour and will definitely be using this all the time as an everyday shade. This full-sized product would normally cost £9.

July Birchbox John Frieda Anti-Frizz PrimerNext up was the John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Anti-Frizz Primer. Since getting my hair cut back into a bob, I’ve been using lots of different products to keep my hair sleek and healthy looking. Having quite thick naturally wavy hair, products that keep the frizz at bay are always a welcome addition to my routine. This lovely primer has a light cream-like consistency. You apply it to wet hair and the smoothing effect is really good. I found it kept my hair frizz free without adding heaviness. I’m really happy with this product and will keep using it. This full-sized product usually costs £9.99.

July Birchbox Nails Inc Nail VarnishKeeping with the pink theme the next product in my box was a mini Nails inc. Nail Varnish in a lovely bright pink shade. I was really happy with the coverage of this product, which looks great after just two thin coats. The colour is perfect for me, as I love pink. The best bit is how quickly this one dries. I often find high-end nail varnishes take a while to dry, but this one was good to go in about a minute – great when you’re a busy mum. The little sample will last a while, so I’ll definitely get lots of use out of it. The full-sized version costs £15.

July Birchbox GA-DE Eyeshadow ReviewThe next product was the GA-DE Idyllic Soft Satin Mono Eyeshadow in the shade Natural. This is another product from the box which I absolutely love. This is the softest and easiest to apply eyeshadow I’ve tried in ages. It has a lovely fine silky consistency and can be applied with either fingers or an eyeshadow brush. It also contains vitamins C and E, which are really good for the skin. The neutral shade is also really handy for a natural everyday make-up look. This full-sized product would usually cost £10.50.

July Birchbox Thermaliv Lotion MicellaireThe last product was a very small sample of the Thermaliv Lotion Micellaire. I use Micellar water all the time to clean my skin and to remove my make-up if I’m in a rush. This particular one contains papyrus extract. Although this is a very good product and it smells lovely, I don’t like it as much as Bioderma or even the cheaper Garnier alternative, both of which I use a lot. I also found it left a slight residue, so despite being a non rinse product, I felt like washing the last traces off after use. The full-sized version of this costs £12.90.

All in all this was a very good box for me. Like I said above, I would have liked a bonus product but I still have loads of lovely new things, that I will be using a lot.

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