Birchbox : February 2015
Whilst I was writing up the blogpost for January's Birchbox, the postman delivered February's edition. When the parcel arrived, I noticed the difference in the way it looked straight away. Birchbox boxes are offering a slimline box which measures 3.5cm high and should fit through the letter box. It will still contain the same products and the same value as the classic style packaging. The only difference is that the slimbox uses less material (or wasted, even) to make the packaging, and the box looks fuller and more compact! Win-win!
The February edition of Birchbox is a Valentine's Day special and I received contained 6 products; 5 beauty samples and 1 lifestyle bonus item which was a packet of breakfast oats (oats are not photographed in this blogpost). Here's a close look at each of the samples received in the latest Birchbox:
TheBalm Cosmetics Cindy-Lou Manizer:
I always love receiving the little samples from TheBalm, I think the packaging design are adorable. Cindy-Lou Manizer is a highlighter, eyeshadow and an all-round shimmery powdering awesomeness!
I don't think that I'll be able to use this teeny tiny sample properly as a highlighter because the surface of the product is not big enough to swirl my make-up brush around but I'll definitely use a light sweep of it under my brow bone. I might also try patting a small amount over the apples of my cheeks with my fingers and even it out with a brush. The full size version of this is £15.
Liz Earle Bontanical Shine Shampoo:
Just like January's box, I have received another travel sized tube of shampoo. Perfect, this will go in my stash which will come in handy when I am travelling. (I hate taking large bottles of shampoo with me when I'm away for a few days). I have actually got the Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo in full size and I can confirm that it is indeed a great product. It is expensive but at £10, it's not a bad price for a premium brand shampoo. It contains shea butter, fruit extract and Vitamin E to give you a boost of shine to your hair.
Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum:
Ok, I'm not going to say too much about this because I actually received this exact same item in last month's Birchbox. I've also tried it prior to that as it was included in Glossybox a while ago. In my previous Birchbox write-up, I expressed that this doesn't do much for my skin but we'll see. I don't think the formula of this serum is suitable for me but I'm glad I got a chance to try it before splashing out on the full size product which retails at a whopping £45!
T London Darjeeling Hand and Body Lotion:
I have needed to use hand lotion on an hourly basis for the past week since the cold snap has come back. In cold conditions, the skin of my hands look old and crepey (ha, that's crepey, not creepy) and I've got about 5 hand creams on my desk to soothe and add moisture & elasticity back in to the skin. So this T London sample is a very welcome one, I'll go through this in no time! It is made with nourishing jojoba and aloe oils. Full size product costs £6.50
Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner:
Yessss! I loooove it when there's a black eyeliner in these beauty boxes. Black eyeliner is one of my beauty must-haves, so I know I'll get a lot of use out of this. It's a creamy formula which can be blended and smudged. I really like the black and gold packaging design, the polkadot lid is a nice touch too. It's the little things that count! I received a full size product, and this cost £11.
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