Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Birchbox November 2017.

birchbox x vogue november 2017 uk

As soon as Halloween was over the temperature here dropped. I am constantly cold now and I've bought many fluffy fabrics to combat it (including the grey tartan throw in these pictures). I don't actually mind the sun setting at like 4pm or the fact that the countdown to Christmas has already begun, but I do feel a bit sorry for November. It's quite a 'meh' month (no offence November babies) - after the autumnal excitement of October, this month tends to get overlooked in favour of December. But will the same be said for the products in my beauty boxes?

birchbox x vogue november 2017 uk

This month Birchbox has teamed up with none other than Vogue. Not only are there two beautiful designs for the box, all the items within are from the Vogue 100 Beauty Hall of Fame so should theoretically be some of the best the beauty industry has to offer. I've been giving them a go and my results are in...

Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Benefit Hoola Bronzer swatch

Benefit Hoola Bronzer | RRP £24.50 (8g) | sample size worth £9.19 (3g).

I'll admit it, I've never tried Hoola before. It's shocking, I know. And honestly, I tend to shy away from bronzer in the winter time. I know some people will think that's odd but I am so pale that if I slap on a brown powder, particularly when there's been no chance of catching some rays, it looks ridiculous. Hoola is probably the only product I've tried that would alter that. 

Although in these photos it is coming across quite warm-toned, it's actually nowhere near that orange in real life (damn you, camera). It also has a completely matte formula - there's no shimmer or sparkly pigments in it so it looks really natural. It also blends very easily which is good when you're crap at makeup like me; it helps to prevent the 'stripes-down-the-cheek' look. It's got really good staying power too, as it doesn't budge all day (even the day I had a tantrum and started crying, it put up quite a fight). There's a reason this is such a well-loved product - probably the best bronzer I've tried.
★★★★★

Bumble and bumble. Prep Primer

Bumble and bumble. Prep Primer | RRP £18 (250ml) | sample size worth £3.60 (50ml).

Perhaps I'm not the best person to review hair products as I honestly have fuck all idea what to do with mine. The only time I make much of an effort is when I'm testing these products; if I don't get a hair-styling product in a box you can bet I'll spend the month with my hair in a messy (and I mean really messy, not just 'styled' messy) ponytail. So maybe you should listen to an actual haircare expert but that's not going to stop me blabbering on.

So what actually is a hair primer? Apparently, this detangles, can refresh second-day hair, and preps for styling. It's got lots of 'nutrients' (bit vague) that help both your hair and the performance of the products you use in it. Sounds dreamy. 

For me, I use this mainly as a detangler on damp hair and it works really well. When used alone on hair that I've allowed to air-dry I find that it helps reduce my chronic frizz issue, which is awesome.  I've used it before styling products and I'll be really honest, I don't see a huge amount of difference. I've also tried it on styled hair mid-way through the day as a bit of a 'refresher'. I think my hair is perhaps too thick for it to make much of an impact - their website does state that this is best for people with ultra-fine hair. Overall though, I quite like it. I always enjoy a detangler that works well and smells nice - and this ticks both boxes. I just don't see enough of the 'miracle worker' aspects to justify the price tag.
★★★☆☆

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk | RRP £8 (150ml) | sample size worth £2.67 (50ml).

I'm not going to waste too much time banging on about this because we all know what a dry shampoo is and there's only one question really - does it work? The answer is yes, but no more or less than any other I've tried. Dry shampoos are a fairly dull product to receive, it's basically just another bottle of hair-talc, but this one does smell really nice and it doesn't leave grey patches or a sticky residue. The oat milk is supposed to soften, which I didn't notice at all, to be honest, but this does give a nice boost of volume if you use it while styling.
★★★☆☆

L'Occitane en Provence Shea Butter Hand Cream

L'Occitane en Provence Shea Butter Hand Cream | RRP from £8 (30ml) | sample size worth £2.67 (10ml).

I feel like I'm constantly ranting about how much I hate getting multipurpose balms or hand creams in beauty boxes, but in this case I'm going to eat my words a little bit. L'Occitane is a bloomin' nice brand and I think that's reflected in the cute packaging of this. It's a little bit classier than some of the other creams I've received in the past. It also smells bloody lovely - there's a hint of a floral scent with jasmine and ylang ylang essences.

This is very thick when it comes out of the tube which had me a little worried, but it sinks in beautifully. Afterwards, there's no greasiness or stickiness (I feel like I've said the word sticky about 100 times in this post - sorry) but when you touch your hands you can feel that they are really hydrated and smooth. I've used this on my horribly dry heels too and it makes such a difference. It's finally happened - a hand cream I don't resent receiving!
★★★★☆

Birchbox Brush Cleaner

Birchbox Brush Cleaner | RRP £5 | full-size sample.

I felt annoyed about receiving this when I got a brush cleaner in last month's Glossybox, but I suppose that's not Birchbox's fault. Again, this is a tool to help make cleaning your makeup brushes a faster and less tiresome process. You add some soap to it, swirl your brush over the textures and rinse off. Much easier and less damaging than swirling it on the back of your hand or the basin of your sink like some people might do... *shifty eyes*

I really liked the cleaner I got in my Glossybox but on comparison, I actually prefer this one. It's more comfortable to 'wear' on your fingers, it has spikey bits which get properly into the bristles, and it has a larger surface area meaning it's big enough for face brushes or cleaning two eye brushes at once. It's definitely disappointing to get something that I've already got, but the actual product is really good, and is cheaper than the one I got in my Glossybox too. I can't complain about that!
★★★★★

Total Box Worth: £23.13
Total Box Price: £12.95 (£10 + £2.95 p&p)
Overall Rating: ★★★½

birchbox x vogue november 2017 uk

This is a mixed bag, but if I hadn't got a brush cleaner in my Glossybox I think it would've been four stars. It just ruined the excitement of the box overall. The Hoola bronzer is lovely and the L'Occitane hand cream is perfect for how the frickin' freezing weather is ravaging my skin, but the hair products are just a bit boring overall. I'll use the detangler but dry shampoo isn't something I often reach for. Hopefully the December box will be a lot more exciting and festive!

What did you make of this month's Birchbox?
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  1. Interesting! I love themed boxes like this. I have tried the Hoola before but wasn't impressed. I think Benefit is very overpriced!

    Corinne x
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