Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Birchbox : February 2015

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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:

birchbox uk february 2015, thebalm cindy lou manizer
birchbox uk february 2015, thebalm cindy lou manizer

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.

birchbox uk february 2015

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

black eyeliner

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.

If you're interested in trying Birchbox, sign up to your monthly subscription box in which can cancel at anytime. It costs £10 per box, plus £2.95 for postage.



  1. Thanks for the review!
    I don't think it was the best box ever though…
    Can't wait to receive my glossy box and little box this month!

  2. Personally I think Birchbox/ Glossybox just switching things over.
    I was long term both boxes subsriber and they always had same items so I ended up having one item 2-3x.
    So I finished with them. Same labels- same makes. No good.

  3. This actually looks like a pretty great Birchbox. There's a couple of things in here i'd like to try, especially TheBalm highlight and Liz Earle Shampoo. I'm glad they've switched to smaller packaging too!

    Antonia x | Fifi and the Diamonds

  4. These items are so adorable !

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  5. Ohh! I didn't know the Cindy-Lou Manizer existed! I have loved the Mary-Lou Manizer for years and when they came out with the Betty-Lou Manizer I was excited but a little disappointed because it is less versatile for my pale skin because of how dark it is. Cindy-Lou Manizer looks like a great new colour! still able to be used all over, but adds a little more warmth while highlighting.

    Sweet Spontaneity

  6. What a fab box! I think this is my favourite Birchbox yet & it makes me a little sad I don't subscribe. All the products look so good & I would use them all

  7. The Balm highlighter is so pretty! I can't get enough of their products. I just love their packaging!


  8. Oh this box looks lovely. I've been wanting to try one of those types of boxes for a while. You might have just pursuaded me!

    UK Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger

  9. This box looked amazing I hope mine comes soon as I can't wait now! Shame the highlighter is so small as I was so excited for that xx

    Blonde of Carbs

  10. I didn't know that Liz Earle did shampoo, strange as I own so many of their other products. I bet this smells divine. The hand cream would appeal too but the blusher is too small to use properly which is a shame. Lucy x

  11. I got the exact same products as you again haha!


  12. I cancelled my Birchbox two months ago but this month makes me want to get it again!


  13. This is a great box! Cannot wait for mine to arrive :)


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