August Away We Go Birchbox
This month’s Birchbox is a summery special which feels a bit out of place with the bloody awful weather we’ve been having in London: it is so cold I’ve considered putting the heating on. IN AUGUST. However, this box is aimed at those lucky people who are heading away on their holidays. I’ve already been away this summer on my honeymoon, but who doesn’t love a mini beauty product?! No one, that’s who.
For those of you who don’t know, Birchbox is a beauty subscription service: every month they send you a box with 5 carefully chosen items around a set theme. They are usually sample size, with some really good brands and you can then go on their website and purchase the full size should you wish. Usually they come in little canvas bags but this one comes in a ziplock see through bag which can therefore double as your carry-on toiletry bag which is GENIUS. The box is £10 + £2.95 p&p for a recurring subscription and you can see what I got in some previous boxes HERE and HERE.
So let’s dive in shall we?
‘Super Comb Prep & Protect’ by Number 4 – I’d never heard of this brand but the packaging instantly stood out to me. I love slightly clinical and simple packaging, especially on beauty products. This is a leave-in conditioning spray which smells divine and even boasts UV protection. Perfect for treating chlorine-soaked and beachy hair.
Creme Eyeshadow in ‘Paradise’ by Wild About Beauty – *sigh* just look at this beauty. I am a sucker for an embossed pattern or picture on beauty products and this little bee is just too cute. The outer packaging is pretty standard, fairly flimsy plastic but it comes with a big mirror and doesn’t waste space with those silly sponge applicators that no one uses. The colour is a yellow-gold which may be too warm for my skin tone but I’ll give it a whirl.
‘Resist Me’ Eau de Parfum by Liaison De Parfum – I love perfume samples as I can chuck them in my handbag for those days when I’m halfway to work before I realise I’ve forgotten to put on perfume. There are 4 possible scents in the Birchbox this month and I got ‘Resist Me’ which contains “Top notes of bergamot, lemon, tangerine, lavender and immortal. The heart is made of cedar, patchouli, iris and geranium. The base comprises of sandalwood, leather and musk.”
Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream by ‘Supergoop’ – Supergoop are a company that set out to make products that had protection from the sun at their core, something I can definitely get on board with. I tested the CC cream this morning and loved how it felt on my skin but it was just too orange for me. This is the shade ‘Light to medium’ which is something CC/BB creams tend to do and it’s just not helpful: no one who would consider themselves to have ‘light skin’ would suit this colour in my opinion.
Miracle Skin Transformer Hydro-Active Microderm by Sarah McNamara – I love skincare so this caught my eye but as soon as I saw the words ‘microderm’ I was instantly disappointed. As I have rosacea, any that offers microdermabrasion is a terrible idea (I’ve learnt this through painful and upsetting experiences in the past). People with rosacea already have thinner skin that the regular person, so using something harsh that manually removes layers of skin is never going to go well and they tend to make my skin very angry and trigger a huge flare up. This will be going to a friend which is a shame but these boxes can’t please everyone.
I still think the Birchbox subscriptions are a great idea, even though this one wasn’t the best one I’ve had. As I said in my last review, I think these are great for people who love trying new things or for people who want to get a tester of many different products.