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.


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.


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.

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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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It’s been a little while since I wrote a Birchbox review and I thought it was high time I shared the contents of my latest box. 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.

Birchbox June 2016This months box was mostly a good one. I absolutely loved the box itself, which opens like a little drawer. I reuse the boxes to organise all my vintage jewellery, so this will be perfect for keeping some of my brooches or earrings in.

June 2016 Birchbox ReviewThe tropical themed box, is packed with summer beauty essentials and has a great mix of products. I like it when boxes contain a good variety of products and this one has a make-up item, 3 skincare items and a hair product, I was really happy with the selection.

June 2016 Birchbox ContentsSo here’s what I thought of everything in the box…

June Birchbox Jelly Pong Pong Paradise PigmentThe first product in the box was the Jelly Pong Pong Paradise Pigments in the shade Cake Pop. This lovely product adds a touch of colour to lips and cheeks and can be built up for more intense colour. The pigment is easy to apply and super moisturising. The colour goes on quite subtly for a lovely everyday glow. I really like this product, which I will be popping into my handbag for when my makeup needs a little brightening up. This full-sized product would usually cost £17.95.

June Birchbox Percy and Reed HairsprayThe next product is the Percy and Reed Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray. This is a nice strong hairspray, perfect for setting up dos and vintage curls. The spray is very fine and doesn’t make the hair feel crunchy. I liked this product and I think it will be handy to carry around with me, to keep my hair looking nice. I probably wouldn’t repurchase despite this being a great product, as I prefer cheaper hairsprays! The full size product costs £12 a can.

June Birchbox Monu Body OilThe only body product in the box was the Monu Professional Skincare MONUSpa Relaxing Bali Body Oil. This body oil, contains a comforting blend of essential oils. Sandalwood and Rosewood to sooth tired muscles and apricot seeds nourish and hydrate the skin’s surface. You only need a small amount of the product to cover the skin. I found that it absorbed really quickly and my skin felt amazing after using it. I really loved this product. The full sized version costs £29.95.

June Birchbox James Read Overnight TanThe only product that I haven’t used yet is the James Reed Overnight Tan Sleep Mask for Face. I used to fake tan quite a lot, but I prefer to stay pale now. I will be keeping this product in case I decide to use it in the future though. The full size product usually costs £25.

June Birchbox Ainy Face ScrubThe last product in the box was the Aïny Pure Lumiére Gommage Pureté Eclat Visage. This is a gentle face scrub, which turns into a nourishing milk on contact with water. The product contains beads of jojoba to exfoliate the skin. I really liked the scent of the product and my skin felt great after using it. My only complaint was that for me it wasn’t scrubby enough. I like my exfoliators to be a little more harsh than this one. That’s just my preference though, this is a lovely product. The full-sized version costs £25.

June 2016 BirchboxOverall I was really happy with this months box and really enjoyed trying all the products.

I planned to review May’s box and got as far as photographing everything, but then somehow managed to misplace the products and didn’t get to use them. But I thought I’d just share a picture of the contents so you can see what was inside…

May 2016 Birchbox ContentsI was a really lovely box, so I hope I find it!

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March 2016 BirchboxLast month was a busy one for me, I managed to have a good house sort out and also went a bit crazy with my vintage selling. The kids are even busier than usual doing loads of activities and generally keeping me very busy. This hasn’t left much time for blogging and it’s something I definitely want to devote more time to over the next few weeks. February flew past and I didn’t get round to writing a review for last months Birchbox, so I’ve gone straight to my lovely March Birchbox which arrived just over a week ago.

Birchbox March 20016 Contents
Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription box, packed with high-end surprise beauty products which arrive at your door once a month. When I first opened it, this months box didn’t really inspire me. However since giving all the products a try I have completely fallen in love with two of them and really enjoyed using the rest. I think the main reason I wasn’t initially impressed is because the box contained 3 hair products and although I like to try them, they aren’t my favourites and I usually favour make-up and skincare products.

Arrow boost Colour Enhancing Lip Balm

March Birchbox Arrow Boost Colour Enhancing Lip Balm
The first product I tried, is probably my favourite from the box. The Arrow boost Colour Enhancing Lip Balm is a lovely moisturising lip balm which adjusts to your lips PH to create a colour perfect for you. It looks like a clear lip balm but on my lips it adjusts to become a lovely subtle pink, whilst lumping my lips with lots of moisture. Since first using it I’ve had it on every day and I absolutely love it. My lips look natural and soft with just enough colour to finish off a natural make-up look perfectly. This full-sized product is usually £11

ModelCo More Brows

Birchbox March 2016 ModelCo More Brows
The other product that I really love is the ModelCo More Brows. I’ve been loyal to my usual brow product for a long time now and wasn’t really looking for a change, so I was surprised how much I liked this and how much I’ve used since it came. The product is a quick-dry gel, it contains hair like particles to make the brows appear fuller and it really works. It is applied with a mini mascara style wand and the colour is perfect for me. I found it really easy and quick to apply and my brows look fuller and well-shaped when I use it. This full-sized product usually costs £13 and I will definitely be repurchasing it.

Philip B Drop Dead Straightening Baume

March 2016 Birchbox Philip B Drop Dead Straightening Baume
The next product was a Philip B Drop Dead Straightening Baume. I very rarely wear my hair straight at the moment, as my hair has got quite long and I think it looks better with some curl. However when I do wear it straight this will be a very useful product. It helps relax unruly hair and shortens blow dry time, which I love because I have a lot of hair and it takes ages to dry. This definitely smooths out frizz and makes it easier to blow dry, so I’ll be keeping it to one side for when my hair’s a bit shorter. The full-sized version costs £20.

Polaar IceSource Moisturising Gel

March 2016 Birchbox Polaar Icesource Moisturising gel
The only skincare product in this months box was the Polaar IceSource Moisturising Gel. This is a great moisturiser if your skin is in need of a pick-me-up. It contains glacier water and rehydrates dehydrated skin. I loved the cooling feel of this product on my skin and it definitely did help when my skin was feeling a bit dull and dry. I’m going to save the rest of the sample for the summer, when I usually go for a lighter moisturiser and I think the cooling effect will be lovely in the warmer weather. The full-sized product costs £29.90.

Amika Nourishing Mask

March 2016 Birchbox Amika Nourishing Hair Mask
Another hair product from this months box was the Amika Nourishing Mask. I haven’t actually tried this product yet, as I’ve not had time for a hair treatment this month (poor hair!). The product claims to fight dryness with its hydrating and completely natural formula. I’m a huge fan of natural products so I am looking forward to trying this one. It contains sea buckthorn berry and jojoba oil which softens the strands and repairs damage in just a few minutes. The full-sized pot costs £19.99

This Works Sleep Plus Hair Elixir

March 2016 birch box This Works Sleep Plus Hair Elixir
Lastly another hair product from the box is the This Works Sleep Plus Hair Elixir. All the products in the world will not beat a good nights sleep when it comes to looking after yourself and looking good. This over night spray-in hair treatment contains essential oils to not only treat your hair, but also to help you have a good nights sleep. This smells absolutely amazing and I found the scent extremely soothing and I definitely went straight to sleep all the nights I used it. I love the idea of waking up to healthier happier hair after a good nights sleep. The full-sized product costs £16.

March 2016 Birchbox Review
So despite not feeling inspired when I first looked in the box, I’ve actually received a good selection of products all of which I’ll be using. See how this box compares to last years March Birchbox here.

March 2016 Birchbox Contents and Review
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