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Birchbox Review - March

Fashion & BeautyHarriet AtkinsonComment

Now guys I do realise I am slightly late in this review, and the reason is because I wanted to give myself enough time to actually try these products over a few weeks so I could give you a more accurate review. Forgive me? THANKS.

This was my very first Birchbox so I totally had no idea what to expect. When it arrived I got a little burst of excitement because I obviously had no idea what was inside this little bundle of joy. I felt like someone had very sweetly brought me a lovely gift, then I realised I had actually purchased it myself. But still. EXCITE.

So this is what I recieved (thank you me, you're too kind xxx):

Birchbox Marc

Catherine Malandrino - Style De Paris - from £50

This little tiny spray bottle brings my nostrils so much joy. The smell is simply divine, fruity and citrus-y and just a little bit WOW. But, it is pricey. I would 100% buy this for myself if I ever won the lottery, but for now I'll just have to squeeze as much goodness out of my sample as possible. It's lovely to wear during the day and in the evening, I would say it is more of a summer scent, and as summer is coming up we are all winners.

Philip Kingsley - Elasticizer - FROM £27.50

I have used this a couple of times now and let me tell you, my hair thanks me for it. You wet your hair in the shower and then pop the elasticizer on for about 20 minutes. A perfect opportunity to shave your legs and do other pampering in the meantime. Then just wash your hair as normal. It does recommend you use the Philip Kingsley shampoo and conditioner but I'm not rich so I just used my normal shampoo for regular people. Once your hair has dried it is left soft, supple and full of life. My dry split ends seemed to have vanished into thin air which is always nice. I would say as it is expensive there will definitely be more affordable alternatives out there - I will hunt these down and do a review for you pretty people. (Oh I do love a blog post opportunity!) But is lovely all the same.

Birchbox March

Benefit - Roller Lash Mascara - from £17.50

Guys I had massively high hopes for this bad boy. The reviews of it are so top notch I thought it would be the mascara of dreams, but in reality, it isn't. Devo'd. Yes, it goes on like a dream and makes my lashes stand to attention for pretty much the whole day, and washes off without having to rip my eyelashes out. All very peachy. But I did find that when I got to work I would end up with black smudges under my eyes which was firstly embarrassing (as I didn't notice till lunchtime on day #1) and just bloody annoying. It could be because I had tube sweats, but it doesn't happen with my usual Maxfactor baby (here). I would say Maxfactor 1, Benefit 0. Soz.

Caudalie - Vinoperfect Radiance Serum - £45

Now this one I havent quite become best mates with. I find when I do use it, it dries my face up before I have time to reach for my moisturiser, which isn't ideal. I may be making a massive beauty boo-boo here but, like, I don't really see the point of it? It just adds time to my morning routine which is bad in itself, and when you don't reap the benefits you become kind of resentful. I struggle to understand how this costs £45, it ain't made of gold. Hmm yeah no I don't love this at all.

Whish - Three Wishes Lavender Body Butter - £14.50

I have really been enjoying using this body butter, it's spreadable and light and really very moisturising. I'm not a huge lavender scent fan so if I were to buy this, which I am tempted to come payday, I would choose one of the other scents: pomegranate, almond, lemongrass, lavender, blueberry or coconut. My skin is all confused at the moment because of the temperature being so up and down, so it's healing powers have done my poor cracked skin wonders.

Birchbox & Habitat Exclusive Notebook

So... it's a notebook. Cute, small, practical...? I don't really know how to review a notebook? THANKS BIRCHBOX & HABITAT. *thumbs up*

So overall, I have enjoyed my package of wonders from Birchbox - however I have just one gripe. Or two actually. The first is that a lot of the goodies recommend you to use the brands other products in conjunction with the sample you have to gain maximum results. I don't have the Philip Kingsley shampoo and conditioner, or the Caudalie moisturiser and toner or whatever else you need. Which is a tad annoying as the point of Birchbox is that it allows you to dabble in brands that you may not have used before.

My second gripe is that a lot of the products Birchbox seem to feature are on the upper half of the price scale. It's amazing if you can afford to endulge in expensive products, but for a lot of these, once the samples are finished, I won't be able to afford to purchase beyond that.

I will plough on with Birchbox for a few more months and see how I get on. You can unsubscribe at any time, which is really good. I may do my research on these little sample boxes for maybe more affordable realistic brands that you could actually see yourself buying in the future. If any of you pretty ones have any suggestions, please let a gurl know.

Love and stuff xxx