Birchbox: October 2017 – Feeling Good / CoppaFeel! Plus Spoiler For The November Box

Birchbox has collaborated with CoppaFeel! in this months Feeling Good box. CoppaFeel! is an amazing charity who are on a mission to stamp out late detection of breast cancer so everyone will receive the Anatomicals – Grab Your Melons Shower Gel plus a CoppaFeel! Shower Hijack sticker so you know what signs and symptoms to look for / feel for, while checking your boobs in the shower.

This October, the Birchbox theme is all about Feeling Good – so the products in this months box will help us to do just that. Everyone will receive a gorgeous ModelCo treat plus there’s a Balance Me – Pure Skin Face Wash in every box too.

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Birchbox UK October 2017

Products In Box: 5
Monthly Subscription Cost: £10 (plus £2.95 postage)
Sign Up: www.birchbox.co.uk


Contents:

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(Full Size) Anatomicals – Grab Your Melons Shower Gel | RRP £1.50*

This is the first time I’ve ever heard of Anatomicals, so I’m excited about trying this shower gel. I absolutely love the name of it, ha and I think it’s a fantastic little product at only £1.50 for the full size 50 ml tube. The packaging is fab –  bright and zesty and the gel itself is clear with a slight melon fragrance. I can’t wait to use it in the shower later! I never check my boobs when I’m in the shower but I’m definitely going to start. I think because I’m young, breast cancer will never happen to me but it can seriously happen to anyone, young & old, male or female. So, yeah, I will make sure I CoppaFeel! of my melons tonight.

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The shower gel does contain SLS ingredients and artificial fragrance so I’m just letting you guys know, in case you are trying to avoid these ingredients.

For more information about the CoppaFeel! charity –  visit www.coppafeel.org.

ModelCo – Contour Stick | RRP £8*

The ModelCo Contour Stick has a creamy formula and lightweight texture. It comes in a bright pink packaging and has a clear plastic lid. I’ve given it a little try and so far I’m loving it. I love creamy contour sticks so this will definitely be getting used. It does wear down quite quickly so I don’t think it is long-lasting but it blends well and has a gorgeous, sweet scent which smells amazing.

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Balance Me – Pure Skin Face Wash | RRP £16*

The Pure Skin Face Wash is 99% natural facial cleanser. It contains spruce knot extracts which help to decongest the skin. It also contains grapefruit and frankincense which will soothe the skin and re-balance your complexion.The face wash is a white non-drip lotion and it smells amazing. I can definitely smell frankincense. I love my facial cleansers and actually prefer washes to oils and creams so this will definitely get used. It is free from parabens, dea, mineral oils, sulphates, pegs, petroleum, silicones, microbeads and artificial colourants and fragrances. I love how it’s an almost !00% natural skincare product so its bound to be gentle and kind on my sensitive skin. I’m unsure what the other 1% is though but I will find out and post a review in a couple of days.

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Number 4 – Super Comb Prep & Protect | RRP £26.25*

The Super Comb Prep & Protect spray is a multi-purpose hair spray which will help to care and protect by strengthening, de-tangling, de-frizzing and nourishing the hair.. It provides colour protection and UV protection and is also vegan-friendly, paraben-free and sulphate-free too. I’m so excited about this prep & protect spray from Number 4. I already have their Restore & Repair Oil which is my holy grail hair product so I can’t wait to use this and I hope it is as good as the oil. I’ll write a full review when I have given it a proper try.

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Beaver Professional – Hydro Nutritive Moisturising Shampoo | RRP £11.50*

The Hydro Nutritive Moisturising Shampoo contains 18 different kinds of amino acids keratin and vitamins to repair damaged hair and prevent breakage. It works by gently opening and purifying hair cuticles and provides necessary nutrients to dry hair. It also claims to strengthen hair and make it healthier inside out. It is a white non-drip shampoo and it has a nice, pleasant scent. This is the first time I’ve had anything from Beaver Professional and I will give it a try. Although it does contain SLS ingredients and dimethicone so it may irritate my scalp psoriasis. I’ll write a full review when I have used it.

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Also included in this months box was a CoppaFeel! reminder card, a CoppaFeel Hijack sticker, and a £10 off voucher to be used with any £50 purchase in the Birchbox shop.

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*RRPs correspond to full-size products in the Birchbox shop.


SPOILER ALERT!

Next month Birchbox will be collaborating with VOGUE! So we will receive a selection of beauty products that have been handpicked from the VOGUE 100 Beauty Hall of Fame which have been chosen by VOGUE beauty editors past and present. We also have the chance to choose our box design! Super excited I am!

Click HERE to use my referral link to sign up and you will get £5 off your first box!

It is £10 a month plus £2.95 postage.


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Birchbox: September 2017

 Last week I signed back up to Birchbox and I’ve been waiting patiently for my box to arrive. It turned up yesterday shortly after my Glossybox and I’m pretty pleased with the products in my box. When I signed up I was given the option to choose a box design out of two boxes but I was given the one I didn’t choose. Not that I’m bothered though. Ha.

Birchbox September 2017

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Products In Box: 4 (1 missing) plus 2 free gifts.
Monthly Subscription Cost: £10 (plus £2.95 postage)
Sign Up: wwwbirchbox.co.uk

Contents:

Manna Kadar – Fantasy 3-in-1 Blush, Highlighter, Eyeshadow | RRP £15*

Sorry for the lame photograph, I still haven’t bought a new camera! This is the first time I have ever heard or owned a product from Manna Kadar. The Fantasy 3-in-1 Blush, Highlighter and Eyeshadow is a gorgeous shade, almost bronze. I swatched a little bit of it on the back of my hand and so far I absolutely love it. I haven’t used it on my face yet as I am having a lazy, make-up-free PJ day so I will post a full review when I get dolled up.

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Polaar – IcyMagic Instant Eye Contour Energiser | RRP £22*

Okay, so I have been excited about this product from Polaar, it is the IcyMagic Instant Eye Contour Energiser which helps to eliminate puffiness, dark circles and stimulates eyelash growth and also contains Siberian ginseng. I tried this out before and although I’m happy with the results, I had the fright of my life when I was trying to lubricate the ‘ball’ by squeezing it a little – the metal ‘ball’ popped and nearly put a hole in my ceiling and cause me to have heart failure, ha ha. So, now it is ball-less and to be honest it’s actually easier to apply underneath my eyes as the ball felt ‘stuck’ and didn’t roll much when applied. Will post a full review soon.

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Dr. PawPaw – Original Clear Balm | RRP £6.95*

This is my first product from Dr. Paw Paw and I have been wanting to try their products out for ages. This is a 10 ml tube of the multipurpose balm which is fragrance-free and cruelty free. It’s also a great healing balm which can be used literally anywhere on the lips, skin and hair. I’ve only used a little on my chapped lips so far and it has soothed them and made them soft again! I’ve yet to try it on my skin and hair! I would repurchase this again! I think it is £6.95 for the 25 ml.

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Sand & Sky – Brilliant Skin, Purifying Pink Clay Mask | RRP £39.90*

Already used this Purifying Pink Clay Mask from Sand & Sky and I do really like it. It’s enriched with vitamin A and is also a cruelty-free product as well. In my box was a small 13g sample which is enough for about 2 maybe 3 face masks. I had a pamper sesh last night and used this mask with some cucumber on my eyes! Complete bliss! I would buy the full size but at £39.90, it is a bit out of my budget so I’m not sure if I’ll buy it again. I have added it to my wish-list though!

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Benefit – They’re Real! Doube The Lip in Pink Thrills | RRP £16.50*

I would have loved this but unfortunately Birchbox forgot to put it into my box. I didn’t even realise it was missing until I read the ‘what’s in your box’ leaflet. Not to worry though, I have emailed Birchbox and I’m sure they’ll send me one out pretty soon.

Free Gifts:

Lord & Berry Mascara & Eyeliner Duo

When I signed back up to Birchbox, I was asked to enter my email address to receive a free promo code for a special treat. The code they give me was for this Lord & Berry – Mascara and Eyeliner Duo which I will definitely be using. I love Lord & Berry and own a couple of their products already. Will post a review soon.

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*RRPS correspond to full size products.

Also included in this months box was a 15% discount code to use at oliverbonas.com. I got some fab little stickers too which I’ve put on my laptop!

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Girls, make sure you all head over to Birchbox’s Facebook page on FRIDAY 29th of SEPTEMBER for an exciting day of giveaways and exclusive treats. I know I’ll be there!

To sign up to Birchbox click here to use my referral link and get £5 off your box.

 

 

Review: Lord & Berry Bronzer

Hey Sexies!

You guys may know I’m a Birchbox subscriber and today I love Birchbox a whole lot more than I ever did before. I got myself a freebie! Woohoo! After reviewing some of my monthly box goodies, I was allocated some points to spend in the Birchbox shop and I bought myself a lovely little bronzer from Lord & Berry in the shade ‘Sienna’. The bronzer is £19 to buy but I got mine for 200 Birchbox points, so basically I got mine free.

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Most of you will know all about Lord & Berry, but for those who don’t they are an Italian based cosmetics company known as the eyes and lips specialists who make high-end beauty products loved by make-up geeks, MUA’s and beauty bloggers worldwide.

Thoughts:

I love the bronzer because it matches my skin tone perfectly. I always find it difficult selecting the right shade of bronzer but I’ve done quite well picking the shade ‘Sienna’ which is perfect and not to dark for my skin tone. I’m the palest of pale, so I often rely on bronzers to give my Casper-like complexion a bit of faux glow and warmth but most bronzers that I have used in the past have always been too dark for my skin tone, too shimmery leaving my face looking like Edward Cullen in daylight, making my skin look absolutely mingin’ like I need a good wash or they can be too drying on my skin making me look older. This bronzer just gives me a lovely natural glow with a matte finish and it doesn’t look OTT, fake or leaving me resembling an Oompa Loompa like most do.

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No flash in daylight

What I especially love is the powder blends easily and it doesn’t settle into my fine lines or wrinkles which is great as bronzers and powders often make me look older than I am but this is just lovely, it looks subtle, very natural because it doesn’t contain any shimmer and it makes my pasty complexion look a hell of a lot more healthier. Overall I think this powder is an excellent all purpose bronzer and works well for tanning the skin as well as contouring – leaving my skin looking one hundred percent natural. It is a bit expensive compared to inexpensive drug store brands but it’s totally worth it.

Buy the Lord & Berry Bronzer for £19 here. There are various shades to choose from.

To sign up to Birchbox click here to use my referral link and get yourselves £5 off your first box. If you sign up don’t forget to review your monthly products on the website to receive some points to spend in the Birchbox Shop.

Much Love,

Katie xo

Disclosure: This post contains referral and affiliate links.

Tried & Tested: Eve Lom Cleanser (Review)

One of the reasons I love beauty subscription boxes is discovering new brands and products for the first time and falling head over heels in love with them. I fell hard when I got this Cleanser  from Eve Lom in my October Birchbox and for the last couple of weeks, this multi-award winning cleanser balm has been an absolute diamond and it has fast become a favourite of mine. I have been using it twice daily and even though I was sent a small 30ml travel sized pot in my Birchbox, I’m actually surprised at how long this small tub has lasted. So. In two months I’ve used a 30ml tub so I’m guessing a 250ml tub will last around 6+ plus months so you would defo get your moneys worth.

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How To Use.

Rub a bit of the balm into your face, rinse the muslin cloth under hot water and place over the face to help open pores, wipe away all traces of make-up, dirt and oil and exfoliate and then rinse the cloth again under cold water and wipe over the face. It is a gorgeous smelling balm, quite minty and herbal and it melts as soon as it touches the skin, gliding effortlessly across the face. You can use a muslin cloth to cleanse and exfoliate the skin but I also use some cotton wool pads when I’m in a rush.

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I loved the fact that I seen results after the first use, no kidding! Plus my skin and complexion improved after each use and it has been looking very radiant lately. It has been almost two months and I have seen a huge difference to my skin tone, it looks more even in colour. I did have a bit of hyperpigmentation on my cheeks but the uneven patches are nowhere near as noticeable as beforehand and my skin looks and feels hydrated. This godsend of a cleanser is amazing at moistuising and nourishing the skin and my demon wrinkles and fine lines have also smoothed out so much, my frown line is not as deep-set as it was so hooray! (I hate getting older!)

This is the first product I have ever used from Eve Lom and I’m hooked on the brand already, I’m just gutted that the cleanser is a bit on the expensive side as are the other products. I have never paid more than £20 for a cleanser (my Glycolic Cleanser from InstaNatural). so it is a little out of my budget at £55 for a 50ml tub, £85 for a 200ml tub and £250 for a 450ml tub! Jesus! Mary! Joseph! I’ll have to rob a bank.

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Would I buy again?

I don’t usually spend that much on a cleanser but hell yeah, I’ll be buying it again! I’d be a fool not to. You can get some here if you’d like to try it out yourselves. I’m pretty certain you guys will LOVE it! This is definitely a cleanser I’d recommend for all skin types and skin concerns and I would use this all year round for sure – rain, snow, wind, sun, it really is a multi purpose cleanser.

Has any of you used any other products from Eve Lom before? What’s your fave one?

Love Ya,

Kate x

Disclosure: I got this in one of my Birchboxes.

Unboxing: Birchbox x Tatler (Shake Ya Tail Feather) – November 2016 (Plus £5 Off Discount Code) #BirchboxUK

 

Hey Hey…

My Birchbox arrived a few days ago so I’m a bit late posting because I’m a complete scatter-brain, ha.

I love the design of the box which has peacock feathers all over – absolutely gorgeous, the colours look fab and pretty. It’s another draw box too so maybe I will stack all my draws together and make a huge storage case out of them. This Month Birchbox have collaborated with magazine Tatler and everybody will receive two make up products this month. Woo-hoo!

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Here’s what was in my box.

 

Wet Brush® Midi Wet Brush – RRP: £8.99*

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Primer – RRP: £15*

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bbrowbar Eyebrow Pencil –  Indian Chocolate (Bbrowbar) – RRP £13*

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NUXE Crème Prodigieuse® – Normal to Combination SkiN – RRP: £21.00*

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Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle – RRP: £18.50*

 

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*All RRPs correspond to full sized products at Birchbox*

Thoughts:

I did like everything I received. I loved the BBrowbar in Indian Chocolate, it is probably my fave from this months box and I actually like it better than my goof proof brow bar from Benefit which I have been using the last few weeks. It is a good match for my brows and the nib is quite hard and will require sharpening less so I reckon this will last me a while, I love it and have used it everyday since I received it… The leave-in conditioner spray smells amazing – it literally smells like heaven and makes hair fell soft to touch, I just adore how it smells. I love the Wet Brush too, I hate brushing wet hair because my hair is quite delicate at the moment after using loads of blonde hair dyes but this combs through my hair gently, easily detangling any tats and nots and I like it. Pleased with the travel sized moisturiser from Nuxe too although I wouldn’t say I was the biggest Nuxe fan but I do like this moisturiser, its thick, creamy and makes my skin look moisturised and hydrated. I can’t wait to give the lip tar primer from OCC a whirl – I’ve not yet tried it out but I like the idea of it as one of my pet hates is lipstick that fades or is transferable. So I’m sure that will come in handy and I have a feeling I will like it a lot.

If you would like to subscribe to Birchbox click here to subscribe through my referral link and you will receive £5 off your first box. Youre very  welcome

Love

Katie x

Woohoo! My Birchbox Has Arrived – October 2016 (#BirchboxUK)

Hey hey….

Okay girls, so this is my second subscription box from Birchbox after signing up about two weeks ago. This months box has an astrological theme with four glow in the dark boxes based on the astrological elements of Earth, Fire Air and Water. The stars on the boxes literally glow in the dark. So pretty. I’m an Aquarius born in February so I have the ‘Air’ themed box which includes a full size make-up product and some good-sized samples.

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So what was in my beauty box this month?

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Lord & Berry Lip Crayon In Intimacy | RRP £12* (FULL-SIZE)

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Eve Lom Cleanser + Cloth | RRP from £40*

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Doux Me Pure Spring Mist | RRP £16*

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NKD Skin Pre-Shower Tan or Daily Moisturiser | RRP from £10*

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Number 4 Fluoro5 Elixer Restore & Repair Oil | RRP 18*

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The Hero Project Glow Drops | RRP £21*

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*RRPs correspond to full size items at birchbox.co.uk/shop

Thoughts

Overall I’m happy with this months box although I was a tad disappointed about not receiving the pillow spray. I really wanted that spray – I’m an insomniac ha ha. Everything else I’m pleased about, especially my full size Lord & Berry Lip Crayon because I absolutely love it, I love the colour and I was so glad when I opened my box and seen it chilling there because I had my fingers crossed for it. So, woo-hoo. I’m also excited to try out my Eve Lom Cleanser + Cloth as well as the NKD tan which will be getting some love tonight. Those three are my favourites from this months box.

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I’ll be reviewing each product individually in the coming weeks so keep an eye on my posts to find out what I thought about the goodies in my October box.

Competition

Oh and not forgetting the giveaway! This month Birchbox are running a little competition for the chance to win your very own custom horoscope book by Susan Miller plus a bundle of beauty products worth over £200. Competition ends midnight, 31st October 2016 and the winner must be a subscriber. Simply snap a pic of your October box and tag @BirchboxUK in the caption plus #BirchboxUK or #BirchboxIRE if you’re in Ireland. Good Luck girls!

To sign up to Birchbox for just £10 a month plus p&p, click here to use my referral link and receive £5 worth of points to spend on whatever you like.

What did you guys get in your box?

Much love…

Katie x

 

I’m A Birchbox Newbie | September 2016 Birchbox Plus a FREE Bonus Box(#BirchboxUK)

Hi Girls,

It’s been a while since I cancelled my Glossybox subscription and I have been trying to decide which beauty subscription box I should try next and last week I subscribed to my first ever Birchbox.

I saw tha Birchbox were running a two-for-one promotion on their Facebook page so I thought I would take advantage of the freebie box and sign myself up! First time subscribers were gifted a FREE BONUS BOX when entering the promo code ‘BONUSBOX‘ at the checkout.

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I’m not one to refuse a bargain and I’m happy that I got myself two boxes for the price of one and a load of fab stuff for just £10, I really can’t complain! I signed up just in time for the September box and my free box was the Millie Macintosh inspired box which I believe was the July box.

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Not bad for a tenner, eh!

What was in my September Box

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ModelCo® Highlighting Trio | RRP £17*

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Batiste Stylist Oomph My Locks XXL Volume Spray | £4.29*

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Whish Three Whishes Almond Body Butter | RRP £15.60*

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NUXE Prodigieux® Shower Oil | RRP £10.00*

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Bioderma Hydrabio H2O | RRP £10.50*

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RRPs correspond to full-size items at birchbox.co.uk/shop

Thoughts

Oh I love the highlighting trio, it is an absolute dream pot. I’ve literally used it every day since my Birchbox arrived. I was given two options to choose for my full-sized product, either the Highlighting Trio or the Creme Blush but I had to choose the Highlighting Trio because it looked amazing and I have seen some good reviews on this. It can be used as a highlight, a blush and an eye shimmer and I just love it! I love the Volume Spray from Batiste too, it’s a first time using this and I like it a lot, it really does give volume to the roots, it worked instantly and it makes my hair smell absolutely lush so I will be using this again and I will possibly buy the full size bottle! The Nuxe shower oil is not a favourite of mine to be honest as I have other shower oils I like better, but it is a nice treat and it leaves skin smelling divine but I doubt I’ll be buying the full size product. I’m happy with my first box it’s just I’m a little gutted that I didn’t receive the Laura Mercier Primer like some others have but oh well!

There was also a gift offer in my September box for a FREE LALABOX worth £12.69. You can choose 36 of your fave snaps to receive inside a gorg gift box all you have to pay after entering the promo code is £2.99 – so I am just about to order mine now! The offer is valid until 31st October 2016 so even if you ain’t a Birchbox subscriber, enter BIRCHBOXUK at checkout and Bob’s your uncle – you got yourself a free box!

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My free Never Ending Summer Millie Macintosh box:

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A cute little Birchbox makeup bag

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LOC x Millie Ultra-Gloss Lip Pencil in Bohemian Rose | RRP £9*

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Rituals Magic Touch Body Cream | RRP £17*

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Nails Inc in St Anne’s Lane | RRP £15*

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ThermaLiv Micellaire Lotion | RRP £12.90*

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John Frieda Anti-Frizz Primer | RRP £9.99*

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RRPs correspond to full-size items at birchbox.co.uk/shop

Thoughts

Pleased with my free box, I really can’t complain! I love the little drawstring make-up bag… the material is not the best quality but it will come in handy and I will defo use it. I really like this lip gloss too, it’s such a pretty colour. I’m not one who usually likes fragranced lotions and creams because they can irritate my psoriasis but the Rituals Magic Touch Body Cream is something else, it smells absolutely amazing and I’ve become addicted to applying it constantly because I love how it smells!The Nails Inc polish is a gorgeous nude mini nail polish, it’s very pretty and I have actually got the full size but this will come in handy if I ever run out or for travelling. Now my fave product from my free box has to be John Frieda’s Anti Frizz Primer. I absolutely love this, it smells like absolute gorgeousness and it has given my damaged and frizzy hair a little bit of TLC, making my wavy hair feel very soft to touch, I love it.

I will be reviewing a couple over the next few days so keep a look out for my posts! I will definitely continue to subscribe to Birchbox, I’m happy with both of the boxes I received and I have just recieved my October box like an hour ago so today is a very good day indeed!

If you’d like to subscribe to Birchbox – click here to use my referral link and get yourself £5 worth of points to spend.

Love

Katie x