Well, here I go. I've been a subscriber of beauty boxes, in particular Birchbox, for some time now, but here is my first review, on the first post, of my first blog. Exciting times.
This months box, a collaboration with Vogue, is probably one of my favorite so far.
We'll get started in a moment, but first, lets just take a moment to admire how pretty this box is!
Within our boxes this month we all received a complimentary voucher for 6 months worth of Vogue, when you subscribe to 12 months or more.
First up in this box, was this wonderful Clarins hand and nail treatment cream, RRP £21. The product claims to form a protective 'glove' to shield your hands from the elements, reducing signs of aging and drying. My hands dry out quickly in the winter months, but I found I didn’t need to reapply as often as I usually do with this product.
I can be rather fussy about hand creams, as there's nothing I hate more than sticky or slick hands after use. There was no evidence of that here however, as the product sunk into my skin really quickly.
Next up was the Birchbox brush cleaner, RRP £5. I'll be totally honest, I'm awful for cleaning my brushes, it's just not a job that's ever made it particularly high on my priority list. I've been trying to hunt down a good brush cleaner to break the bad habit. Receiving one in this months box certainly saved me a lot of searching, and I am pleased to report that I am using it!
As can be (somewhat) seem on the photo, this item is hollow, making it much easier to hold in place when using.
Following this was a product that was rather disappointing, and is likely to end up in the bin. A clear, top coat nail varnish from Seche Vite, RRP at around £9.
Despite great claims that it can make your polish last for days, my nails were chipped within 24 hours of using... as they usually are when I use regular nail varnish. I think I'll stick to my BlueSky.
Next up is the Benefit Hoola bronzer, RRP £24.50.
This wonderful, matte bronzer is easily my most used product in this box. It blends so easily, and you really don’t need much of this wonderful pressed powder to create a warm, healthy glow. As a little goes a long way, the sample size is quite generous, and will certainly be coming with me on my trip to the USA, where I need to pack light.
Last, and by no means least is the Percy and Reed, Smoothed, Sealed and Sensational Volumising No Oil, Oil. RRP £14.
I am a great lover of Percy and Reed, and was excited to see a sample from them in this months box.
With a nourishing burst of pro vitamin B5 to strengthen and protect, coupled with violet extract to keep everything sleek, this Oil is absolutely wonderful.
I find the best method for this Oil, is to apply with my head upside down, working from the roots, to towel dried hair. An added benefit to this Oil is the heat protection it applies to your hair, so make sure you use before blow drying and styling to reap the full benefit.
Use sparingly however, as I do find my hair starts to look greasy if I use too much.
Sadly I will be out of the country all of December, when my next box arrives, meaning I will have to wait all the way until January!!
If the December box is to at least a similar standard, then it’ll absolutely be worth the wait.