Monday, 27 March 2017

Birchbox March 2017.


How is it nearly the end of March? I swear Christmas was about five minutes ago, and now we're being treated to sunny days and double figure temperatures! I'm not complaining, but as usual, this year is racing past. I'm so excited to ditch the scarves and gloves and swap the dark lips and golden smokey eyes for pretty pink and peach makeup shades. Bring it on Spring!

March 2017 Birchbox and bag


This month's Birchbox is a bit of a throwback. It's celebrating the success of the brand, which is now the number one beauty box in the UK, by replicating the original kraft box and little fabric pouch that they used to send out. Personally, I'm a massive fan of the drawer boxes Birchbox has produced over the last few months, and I have been pretty open about loving the designs they've had too. In comparison, this looks a little boring, but it is a reminder of when I first signed up. The pouch inside is really cute - I love the 'best day ever' print on it and I'll probably hang on to this! What about what's inside?

Benefit They're Real! Double the Lip in Lusty Rose
Benefit They're Real! Double the Lip in Lusty Rose close up

Benefit They're Real! Double the Lip in Lusty Rose, RRP £16.50, sample size worth £8.25 (0.75g).

I honestly don't know how I feel about this. I like the concept - it's a teardrop shaped product, containing a lipliner in the pointed tip and a complimentary lipstick shade. I love a novelty product, and I like the fact that this could save a lot of faffing around with separate items. However, I did find it quite fiddly to use - although this may be because I was using a miniature. While I like the shade mine came in (a pretty dusky pink colour), the lipliner is quite a lot darker than the lipstick and I found it hard to blend them, leaving me with 90s-style overlined lips. The formula of the lipstick itself is quite nice though; a semi-matte finish that feels very comfortable to wear. It's not the best lipstick I've ever used, but it'd be great if you're limited on space in your makeup bag.
★★★☆☆

Balance Me Instant Lift Primer

Balance Me Instant Lift Primer, RRP £22, sample size worth £7.33 (5ml).

I got a primer in this month's Glossybox too, but I suppose now that we're coming into warmer weather they are useful little things. This one, however, is not my favourite. There's nothing really offensive about it, but I just don't have heart eyes about it. It's pretty sticky at first, which I find very off-putting in most products - like a lipgloss that you keep getting your hair stuck in, except this is all over your face. Once it's on I don't really think it does very much. It feels alright on the skin but for all that stickiness, I don't notice much difference in how long makeup lasts over it. It claims to leave you looking "virtually pore-less" but I can tell you this is not the case for me. It's also pretty heavily fragranced, which I'm not that keen on. 
★★☆☆☆

Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Foaming Shower Gel

Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Foaming Shower Gel, RRP from £4.50, sample size worth £4.50 (50ml).
The price for this is slightly confusing - the 50ml version that I received is a travel-size, but it costs £4.50 in the Birchbox store. The full-size 200ml version is £8.50.

I'll be real with you: I own an inordinate number of shower products, but none of them are foam products. I thought from the minute I saw this I was going to hate it, but actually, it's quite nice. I got the body cream from this range back in October's Birchbox and I really love the cherry blossom scent. You really don't need a lot of this as it goes a long way, and once I got over the fact it reminded me a bit of shaving cream I quite liked the novelty of it being a foam. It also left my skin feeling really soft, which is always a treat! This travel size would be good for a trip, as I'm always worried that shower gel will leak all over my bags. 
★★★★☆

Batiste 2-in-1 Invisible Dry Shampoo & Conditioner in Vanilla & Passionflower

Batiste 2-in-1 Invisible Dry Shampoo & Conditioner in Vanilla & Passionflower, RRP £4.49, sample size worth £1.12 (50ml).

A dry shampoo and a conditioner? That's a big claim. I know I bang on about this all the time, but I rarely find any products that actually work in my hair as it's so thick, dry and tangled most of the time. So I was actually really pleasantly surprised by this. I don't tend to use dry shampoo much as I don't really get much greasiness even after a few days, but what this did help with was just making my hair look a bit fresher, giving it some volume at the roots and made it feel a bit softer in between conditionings. I'm not sure how this product would work on someone who had more oil in their hair though, as I don't really get how a product can target both oiliness and dryness? For me though, this was pretty good - and I loved the vanilla and passionflower scent.
★★★☆☆



Marcelle Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes, RRP £14.50, sample size worth £4.83 (50ml).

I have a love-hate relationship with eye makeup removers. I always listen to their promises of being able to remove even the most stubborn traces of mascara and eyeliner without having to pull at my eyelids, and then almost universally they let me down. When I pulled this out of the box and saw it was labelled as a 'gentle' product, I'd already made up my mind about it. Luckily, I was wrong (it's rare but it does happen). This actually does do what it says on the tin, and I watched in wonder as all the black around my eyes disappeared. It's definitely a gentle product and doesn't hurt my eyes like some removers I've used. But, and this is a pretty big but, this product feels horrible on my skin. It leaves such a greasy residue that I could practically feel in my eyelashes. I wouldn't repurchase this, I think there are much better, cheaper products out there!
★★★☆☆

Total Box Worth: £29.40
Total Box Price: £12.95 (£10 + £2.95 p&p)
Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

Birchbox March 2017 UK

I'm slightly disappointed that there are no full-size samples in this box when Glossybox managed two (and some months have four!). I'm not blown away by any of the products I received, although I do like the shower foam. It's not an offensively bad box, but it isn't wonderful. On a slightly unrelated note, I was pretty annoyed to sign into my Birchbox account and see I'd lost around 200 points (the equivalent of £20 in their shop) without being informed, despite signing up to be notified when my points were going to expire. Not cool Birchbox!

Did you get anything different in this month's box? What do you think of the products?
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4 comments

  1. I'm so not a fan of products which make you feel sticky or greasy, so I'm sad to say that I'd have been quite unimpressed by this box! I am intrigued by the dry shampoo / conditioner but my hair is so damn thick that it'd have to work wonders to have an effect on me! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, I don't subscribe to any boxes so reading what other people get always interests me!

    Abbey 🦋 www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. It definitely wasn't my favourite box of all time! There have been better products than these ones! xx

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  2. That benefit lipstick looks like a gorgeous shade :D

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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    1. It is a really pretty colour! Not too dark or too bright xx

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