Friday, 12 April 2013

My First Birchbox - March

Hiya Girlies!

If you read my blog regularly, especially my beautiful followers, you will know that I already have a subscription to Glossybox. For those of you who don't know what Glossybox is, it is a monthly subscription box in which you pay £10 plus £2.95 postage and packaging and you will recieve a box containing 4-5 samples of beauty products (see my last box here). Glossybox also give you the opportunity to fill out surveys on there products every month which in return earn you glossy dots, when you have enough glossydots, you can use those to purchase a box, which is what I did this month.

Because I did not have to pay for this month's box I decided to try out Birchbox for a month, as I have heard so many good reviews, this is the same concept and price as Glossybox, but contains different branded products. Where Glossybox branded products are usually well known, Birchbox products tend to be less well known and more luxurious, but that's just my opinion, and being a beauty addict, of course I was a little too intrigued. I ordered my box at the end of March with the intent of getting April's box, but because they had some boxes left for March, I received one of March's boxes.

Here's what I recieved...


I must admit when I first opened the box, my first impression was complete dissapointment, I had barely heard of any of the products, yes, that's part of the reason i was intrigued, but the packaging of the products didn't even particularly excite me either. I also recieved some Lindt chocolates, but my boyfriend devoured them, of course, before I even got a chance to tell him they were there. I also received The Sanctuary Spa Active Reverse Thermal Transformation Mask, but I love this mask so much and was so excited to receive another, I had one in my first Glossybox, (see the review here) and therefore I used it straight away. This means that I received seven products instead of the usual 4-5, but I still wasn't overly impressed.

La Sultane De Saba Body Lotion with Argan Oil


I absolutely love this product, the smell reminds me of talcum powder and it leaves your skin feeling super soft and luxurious, for best results, take a nice warm bath, apply a body scrub, soak, and then apply this lotion before bed for super smooth skin.

Molton Brown Valbonne Fragrance


I was intrigued to try this frangrance, as I love how a scent can bring about so many memories. However this frangrance wasn't for me. I would say it's more for the older lady and as it is a very strong scent, I had to wash it off quite quickly. That's not to say that it's a bad scent, I just prefer more fruity and floral day time scents whereas this is a much deeper scent more sutied for the evening, and just not my cup of tea.

Laura Geller Inkwell Waterproof Gel Liner


I have really mixed opinions on this product, because at first I was so excited, as I thought that I was receiving a new black eyeliner, and I have so many eyeliners, so why need another one? right? but how can you go wrong with a black eyeliner, that is waterproof, and has a handy brush to apply, my perfect product. However I received the eyeliner in purple, and I do not wear purple in any shape or form, so I wasn't too impressed. Being the beauty blogger that I am, I had to give it a go anyway, and suprisingly purple does go well with brown eyes, and the brush does make it easy to apply, so I am going to give this product the benefit of the doubt, and I will definitly check out the brand online.

Yu-Be Moisturising Skin Cream


This is another multi-purpose medicated moisturiser, much like Elizabeths Arden's Eight Hour Cream and who doesn't love these? I think there great to pop in your handbags for any burns, bites or stings that may occur while on the move. 

Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Plump N'Thick Leave-In Thickening Mist 


Before my box arrived, I took a peek at the surveys to see what I would be receiving, this product was not on my list, but instead the RMK Cleansing Balm was; I ensured to fill out my beauty profile upon signing up, to ensure that I do not receive products that I do not need, and I stated that I have thick hair. So i'm sure you can imagine my dissapoinment when I received a thickening hair mist instead of the cleansing balm.

As I am not able to use the this product, I will pop it in a giveaway soon, so keep your eyes peeled for my very first giveaway to be in with a chance of winning this.

Although the box wasn't as good as I had hoped, I understand that not every box will contain products that everybody likes, however because of the last product, I did decide to email Birchbox to give them my feedback. They were great and replied straight away, apologising for the survey showing the wrong product, and they sent me the RMK Cleansing Balm straight out, which I was so so happy with.

RMK Cleansing Balm


This balm is gorgeous, with an amazing rose scent that will leave you feeling like you've stepped out of a spa; the instructions aren't in English so I wasn't sure how to use it, but if you go to the website, there are of course instructions. The product is in a solid form, but when you apply it to the skin, it smooths out, and becomes a sliky, oily texture, removing makeup perfectly, even mascara. The website instructs to take a grape size amount of balm and place onto a dry palm, massage into the makeup, emulsify with wet hands and rinse off with warm water.

If it wasn't for Birchbox sending me the RMK Cleansing balm, I would have probably cancelled the box altogether, but because I was so impressed with this product, I have decided to carry it on for one more month to see if I like April's product's and I will decide from this box, so fingers crossed it's a good one, I can't wait!

Do you have a monthly subscription box? What did you get in yours?

Love Abbie x

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