Saturday, 6 February 2016

Birchbox February 2016 | Shine Bright Like A Diamond

February's Birchbox* is upon us, and I, for one, am really glad that it's not another Valentines Day themed box. There isn't a hint of pink in sight. YAY! The February 2016 edition of Birchbox has a diamond grid design with marble print and gold foil lettering. As last month's beauty box had such an uplifting message, they have decided to keep up with the positive vibes with reminding us to SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND. I love it! I hope February is a bright and sparkly month for all of us!

Helping us to add sparkle, the beauty samples in February 2016 Birchbox are:

Birchbox February 2016

Birchbox February 2016 | Shine Bright Like A Diamond

Spectrum Collection Tapered Powder Brush

Spectrum Collection Tapered Powder Brush
This is one sexy looking make-up brush! Uh, it's so pretty! A part of me really doesn't want to use it but a brush as nice as this is meant to be swirled in to powders, right? I haven't used it yet but it the soft bristled, hand-finished tapered brush promises to make light work of powder application. You can use this with all kinds of powders but I reckon I'll save it for a setting powder. 

Ayres Body Butter
This is a plant-based formula and features essential oils from jasmine, lavendar, and ylang-ylang, shea butter and Vitamin E. I've never heard of this brand before but the packaging and branding is right up my street! Since it's such a cute and diddy little pot, I'm going to save this for travelling - it's the perfect size!

theBalm Cosmetics Frat Boy

theBalm Cosmetics Frat Boy Blush/Shadow, mini sample
These are really cute samples, I love the packaging design, I'd compare it to Benefit Cosmetics - with the quality and pigment to match - but I've never been able to make use of a blusher powder this small.   Beauty box subscribers will know that theBalm is a regular - I just wish it was a cream formula, so I could dab it on to my face. I might actually buy the full size version (I'm assuming there is a full size version) as it is a very pretty pink/peach shade though, just the kind I usually go for - it reminds me of MAC's Peach Melba.

LOC One and Done Shadow Stick

LOC One and Done Shadow Stick
Birchbox have branched out in to their own brand of make-up. LOC looks really cool from what I can see, it definitely has the cool vibes of MAC/Lord & Berry. The Birchbox in-house product development team has created 'convenient' make-up that doesn't require the need for brushes, blenders and primers. The LOC shadow stick I received this month is in a stunning, shimmery gold, and claims the creamy formula can stay on for a whopping 11 hours - creaseless AND waterproof. Uber impressive!

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster
YES to all things serum! I actually can't wait for Winter to be over so that I can start using lighter products on my skin - but for now, I am grabbing all the serums and oils I can so that my skin doesn't dry, flake, and shrivel up. I CAN'T WAIT to use this collagen-boosting serum. It uses a potent, high-powered Vitamin C complex to smooth fine lines and plump up the skin. 

L.Erickson Grab & Go Ponytail Holder (Bonus Item)
I normally buy hair bobbles from Primark, so I'll consider this a special item which I'll (try) not lose. I'm wearing it now and I already love it. I might consider buying a whole set with my birthday money - you get 15 for £11.50 which might sound like a lot of money for hair bobbles - but after years of crappy Primark ones that loses it's elasticity, and eventually stretches and snaps, I feel like I owe it to my hair! Maybe these will last a long time without snapping?

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16 comments

  1. Looks like a really great box! I love your phone case too!

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  2. I would love to try the blush. The color is so pretty!

    http://victressvic.blogspot.lt/
    Victoria ♥

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  3. I have been really impressed with Birhbox lately and can't wait to receive this months box as it looks really good again, it's the only sub I currently have going xxx



    BlondeOfCarbs

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  4. This looks like a pretty awesome box! The LOC eyeshadow stick is such a pretty shade and I really like the sound of the Ole Henriksen serum and the Spectrum brush <3

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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  5. This is a really good box! I'm impressed!

    Stephanie xxxx
    http://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/
    https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/hope-freedom-love-3436251

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  6. Looks like theres some goodies in this months box! The serum sounds lovely xx

    www.lucy-cole.co.uk

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  7. I love your review of this UK Birchbox and the theme...great samples to try out and enjoy! I love my LOC eye shadow in gold for the holidays! :)

    Ursula

    www.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

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  8. I wouldn't be able to use the moisturiser because I can't use products that contain lavender but the rest of the box looks pretty amazing. Although you're right I'm not quite sure how you're supposed to be able to get a blush brush into that mini theBalm sample to actually use it x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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  9. The Spectrum brush is gorgeous, I'd be a little afraid to use it in case I ruined it's prettiness. I'm tempted to sign up just for that lovely looking brush! x

    Jodie // Jodie Loue

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  10. I love the color of the Frat Boy blush!! So pretty
    -Olivia
    Miss Olivia Says

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  11. I love the look of that brush! You got any amazing box!


    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

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  12. This is a really great box. I love the makeup brush xx

    A British Sparkle

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  13. Such a lovely box ! Always wanted to try the brushes from this brand !

    Sara,
    www.thecrimeofashion.com

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  14. I would use all of the products in this box - usually there's always one or two I'm not that fussed about! Love the gorgeous packaging too x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

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  15. Loving the sound of that collagen boosting serum. I am really tempted to sign up to Birchbox myself.

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

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