Saturday, 15 October 2016

Birchbox First Impressions

I rarely treat myself to beauty products because I am always worried I won't like them and be disappointed, or they wont agree with my skin...the list goes on!

So recently I came across this beauty box, by a company called Birchbox. The business has been running since 2010 and was created by two friends who shared a love of beauty and the internet. They wanted to make shopping for beauty products easy and fun, and hey presto Birchbox was born!

It's a subscription box, so every month you get a beautifully designed box through the post, which is the perfect treat to look forward to!

They fill them with 5 gorgeous, luxury miniature beauty products for you to trial. This is super handy if you are like me, and are afraid to commit to making a full size purchase. It also means you get to try products you might never have seen or heard of before, which makes each box even more exciting!

Sometimes they even sneak in a full sized product if they are feeling particularly generous and they also give you added gifts as extra treats!

You fill out a survey which helps them to know what your skin type is, the types of products you love, and which ones to avoid sending you. This prevents you from receiving things that you don't like, that would just end up getting stuffed in a drawer.

So here is the run down of all the products I received in my first box...

This is by a brand called Doux Me which is a brand for women, designed by women. They believe good skin care is as essential as a good diet, and that we must pay attention to it. This mineral-rich hydrating mist is a lovely, refreshing pick me up for your skin. It is gentle, unscented and does exactly what it says on the tin.

This is a particular favourite of mine so far, by the brand Rituals. They believe in making daily routines such as skin care into meaningful moments. This purifying body exfoliator contains Rhassoul clay, as well as eucalyptus, which makes it feel refreshing and tingly. It purifies and scrubs away dead skin leaving your skin soft as a babies bottom! You can even use it as a 5 minute body mask in the shower if you want a more luxurious experience.

The next product was my free gift with my first box. This is a beauty blender, which has revolutionised the way we apply foundation for a flawless coverage. It is by a company called Spectrum who create stunning, expertly designed beauty tools for applying makeup. I am a beauty novice so I have never strayed from classic make up brushes, however I am open to trying new with a little time, who knows...I might be converted by this cute little sponge!

Next we have a moisturiser that smells like you have been transported to a heavenly spa. It is Trilogies Vital Moisturising cream. Trilogy believe that you can have the best skin care, using only natural ingredients without sacrificing product performance. It is packed with an antioxidant oil blend with beautifully fragrant orange flower, which only adds to the luxurious experience. I think it could be used anywhere on your body, however it is recommended to be used on your face, neck and decolletage. 

This little product does not need fancy packaging to draw you in, the products performance does the talking! Number 4 believe the most beautiful things in life are simple. The products are 100% vegan, cruelty free and they are on a mission to help save our planet...what's not to love? This Fluoro5 elixor is a restore and repair oil. Using natural ingredients, innovation and cutting edge technology it leaves tangled locks beautifully shiny, healthy and soft. You can apply it to wet hair or dry hair to be washed out which apparently gives even better results. I'll get back to you on that one!

This Works have been one of my favourite brands for a long time! The Deep Sleep Stress Less collection is a staple in my bedtime routine. So when I discovered this in my box, I couldn't have been happier. Their products combat the effects of daily life and the impact it has on our skin. This Works uses beautiful, high quality and gentle ingredients to maximise your skins performance. This little spray is for your pillow, to help send you off into a deep slumber. With a heavenly blend of mixed aromas, including lavender, vetivert and camomile it helps prevent sleep anxiety and improves your sleep quality. I genuinely would still suffer from anxiety induced insomnia if it wasn't for this range, I cannot recommend it enough!

Finally we have this lovely Ultra-Gloss lip pencil by LOC (Love of Colour) who specialise in the latest makeup colour trends. Their products are paraben and cruelty free, as well as bold and beautiful, which are all major selling points for me! This high shine pencil gives the perfect amount of smooth colour, provides your lips with hydration and avoids that horrible sticky feeling. You can build the colour or just add a hint of subtle colour to complete your makeup look. Plus, this was in collaboration with the lovely Millie MacKintosh, so what's not to like?!

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into my Birchbox! I will be sharing each months with you, so there is a lot more to come! 

Cat Xx


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