Thursday, 14 August 2014

Birchbox August : Away We Go : First Impressions...

I never really usually know what to do in terms of my Birchbox reviews, I want to show you what's in the current month's box so you can see the kind of things in them beforehand, if you fancy signing up yourself, but I usually want to tell you a little about each product too. However by the time I've got round to testing them, it's usually the end of the month and then it kind of defeats the object as it's too late for you to sign up by then. So.... I've decided, when I get my box every month, I will post up my pictures with a first impressions post within the first week of receiving it, so that you can see what's in it and then I will do a Birchbox favourites post or hit and miss post, I've not quite decided yet, to review the products in a little more detail.

Onto this month's box...

This month's Birchbox's theme is : Away We Go, designed for helping you on your next adventure, be it a fortnight abroad or a weekend away, the travel essentials are there to help tide you over until your return, with a travel bag to put them all in and a chapter of a book to keep you entertained on the way.

I actually really like this month's box, which was a nice surprise considering I haven't been the happiest with the two previous month's, due to a case of Birchbox jealousy! Here's what I got..

How cute is this little toiletries bag? This may not be everybody's cup of tea, but I think it's super cute and it's perfect for putting all your liquids in for the plane if your flying or keeping your daily essentials in your handbag.

Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect : ' A leave in conditioning spray to detangle and protect against heat and sun damage.' with how long and thick my hair is, I almost always end up in a fight with a brush after washing my hair and yep, I usually lose! So I'm always on the look out for a good detangling spray and this one by Number 4 looks perfect, smells amazing and is the perfect size to take away with me on trips away.

Wild About Beauty Creme Shadow in 03 Buster : 'A long-lasting, satin finish shadow from Louise Redknapp and Kim Jacob's PAraben-free range.' I've been lusting after WAB's collection for some time now, they have some gorgeous products, they are Paraben free and they don't test on animals, so I was very excited to see this eyeshadow in my box! Buster is a gorgeous bronze gold shimmery colour, perfect for an all over wash of color during the day or to add some depth to your smokey eye in the evening. I have only swatched this so far but the pigment is amazing and it blends into the skin so effortlessly, I love it already!

Nude ProGenius Omega Treatment Oil : 'This nourishing oil is rich in omegas 3,6,7 and 9 for hydrated, smooth skin.' I've heard such good things about NUDE so I was very impressed to see this product in my box. I love a good face oil and this one is designed to 'increase your skin's natural radiance' so it sounds pretty promising. It seems to sink into skin pretty well, the only downside is it smells very herbal and that does put me off a little but if it works, I'll stick with it.

Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator : 'A Multi-action exfoliator to ensure a renewed, refreshed complexion.' I don't know much about the brand but I love the clean and clear packaging. The scrub smells quite nice and I like that it's really grainy, it looks and feels as though it would work really well at buffing away any dry areas, which is perfect for me as I always have pesky dry patches around my nose and lips. The grains appear to almost disintegrate as you scrub and it leaves your skin super soft. You only need a pea size amount each time, so the 20g is a pretty generous size and should last a month or more, depending on how many times you use it per week.

Supergoop! Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream : 'A natural shade-adjusting CC cream with SPF to smooth fine lines and even out skin tone.' I've never really been one for BB and CC creams but I'm happy to give this a go, on first glance this seems quite dark however it does adjust when blended. I have only tested this on my hand so I'm not sure how well it will blend on my face but a CC cream made with '100% natural ingredients' which protects your skin sounds pretty good to me.

Lifestyle Extra:

The Proposal by Tasmina Perry : 'Chapter one of this spellbinding and romantic novel, which spans 1950's London and present day NYC' I love a good book and a cup of tea so this book sounds perfect! This is far more intriguing to me than miso soup or breath freshener as we've had in previous boxes and I'm much more likely to buy the full version. I'm saving this one for my late night at work!

So after this month, I think I've fallen back in love with Birchbox and I can't wait to test the products out properly! Are you subscribed to Birchbox?


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