Come with me guys and let’s unbox my November goodies and see what Birchbox has to offer this month! Ready, steady, birrcchh! 🤓
What is a Birchbox? Well it’s a monthly sub box where you receive 5/6 samples of either skincare, makeup or beauty accessories with one surprise beauty bonus thrown in by the Birchbox team. (For more deets check my sept posting!) or http://instagram.com/birchboxuk
This month Birchbox has teamed up with Skinnydip London! Launched in 2011 by Lewis Blitz and brothers James and Richard Gold. A concession brand that has gained momentum by placing themselves in leading stores such as Selfridges, Nordstorm, Asos and Topshop. Skinnydip is loved by many celebrities by the likes of Miley Cyrus, Millie Mackintosh and Zoella! Take your pick from a fun range of iPhone cases, bags, headphones and travel accessories with over 350 different styles!
1. Lord & Berry – Silhouette Lip Liner £9
In 1992 an Italian fashion house, Lord & Berry (L&B) decided to revolutionise makeup. They wanted to signify makeup through fashion e.g. Swipe of a lipstick or a flick of an eyeliner coining terms very similar to an ‘it’ bag or those ‘Louboutin’ shoes!
Their innovative and modern textures were recognised and appreciated by makeup artists worldwide. The brand has gone from strength to strength in developing their eye, lip and face products plus bi-annual collections.
This innovative lip liner has defo lived up to their ‘modern’ ethos. I have only come across two brands with neutral lip liners and that is Urban Decay (UD) and now L&B. This lip liner is in a pencil form, clear with no hint of colour at all.
This lip liner has been designed to stop your lipstick from ‘bleeding’ and to make it last longer. Now if you have been following my blog you will know that I am a massive lipstick fan! So to receive a product like this in my Birchbox is like Christmas to me 😍 I already have the UD one so I thought I would compare both.
To wear dark lips you have to have a nice, smooth, lined mouth. When I wear a dark lip I always find that it bleeds more easily than my neutral ones so I’ve been using these neutral lip liners to tackle this problem.
The UD one defo has more ‘slip’ than the L&B one. UD one is also more pricier than the L&B one (a difference of roughly £7/8!) Performance wise I actually preferred the L&B as its a little stiffer and doesn’t ‘melt’ as you apply it on your lips. The L&B one was also easier to sharpen and both gave my lipsticks longevity. Both were pretty good at stopping the lippie from bleeding, however I did prefer the L&B one due to it not falling apart everywhere! A defo repurchase 👍🏽
2. Living Proof. No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream £21
Born in the heart of Cambridge, England this brand was founded by world class biotech scientists and beauty experts. The brand has one simple ambition: to challenge conventional wisdom to solve your toughest beauty problems. With over 45 awards to date and patent formulas, this brand literally wants you to turn heads!
I used a pea sized amount of this product before my blow dry. It has a nice texture, no stickiness and a pleasant smell. The product claims to make your hair frizz free, humidity proof and sleek. I admit the product did just that! My hair looked sleek until my next wash, which was a bonus. However I like a really volumised blow dry (fine hair problems 👎🏽 ) and this product gave no volume to my hair at all but the product does not claim to give my hair volume! So that is a plus point! However due to my preferences, I will not be repurchasing (will stick to my big blowout spray by sexy hair) This product a defo worth a try though!
3. Cowshed. Cow Pat Hand Cream £8
Discover a range of award winning bath, body and skincare products. Since launching in 1998, they have expanded locations worldwide! Whilst their names are playful, they take their formulations very seriously. With scents to enhance your mood and textures that really make a difference.
My hands are awful in the winter and if you read my winter essentials post it will say just that! I love moisturising hand creams, with a hint of scent but this hand cream smells strongly of lavender and geranium. Scents that I don’t mind in small amounts but it’s very heady for me in this handcream 😷 It’s beautifully moisturising but I can’t stand the smell! Will be sticking to my E45 hand cream. If you don’t mind strong scents go for it! Sorry Cowshed 😔
4. Delarom. Creme Acquaconfort £34
With over 40 years of experience in aromatherapy, aromachology and phytotherapy this is the science behind Delarom. A skincare brand created by the Benet family, previous owners of decleor and darphin. All of delarom products are 0% paraben. 0% phenoxyethanol. 0% mineral oils. 0% silicone. 0% animal origin ingredients.
This cream is beautiful! And sure does feel very luxurious however when I used it, it made my skin more greasy?? Strange as it says that it is ‘suitable for all skins’ Even when my makeup was applied on top, it made the shine come through very easily (usually with my dermalogica skin smoothing cream this does not happen!) The texture was nice and light, even the smell was pleasant. Aloe is big in this cream which would be fab for your sensitive types but I will not be purchasing the full size 🙁
5. Pure and light organic. Revitalising Facial Exfoliation £25
Pure and light organic is a philosophy on how one should approach life. Agnes Donazey (founder) ethos and beliefs is to make you feel peaceful, lighter and radiating from within.
I have to be honest here guys, this is the only product from the Birchbox that I have not tried 🙈 This is because at the mo I have so many exfoliaters (courtesy of Birchbox) that I do not want to consistently change, as too many changes irritate my sensitive skin. However I love the packaging and smell so will give it a try some time later.
6. L.Erickson. Grab and Go Ponytail Holder £11.50 for a set of 15
Founded in 1997, this Washington based hair accessories company is determined to make your hair look super polished. The brand has a wide range of headbands and ponytail holders. These accessories have been loved by Alexa Chung and Ashley Greene!
Mmm it’s a hair bobble guys that’s all I can say 🤐 don’t really have much to say on this product as it doesn’t really interest me (sorry) I would have preferred to have received the headbands! I did try these out at the gym but my hair is too fine, so I have to wrap the band round a few times! It did not hold my hair well in the band 👎🏽 I understand this was a Birchbox treat but this treat was not for me 🙁 and it’s a little pricey for me as well.
And that concludes Novembers Birchbox!
I’m not really sure how I feel about the last two Birchboxes, as I seem to receive lots of skincare and would really love more makeup! I am defo considering the glossybox (missed the Nars edition! Damn) but will hold out for the Christmas Birchbox and see how it fares as the packaging looks awesome!
Did you like this months Birchbox? If yes what was your fave product?
Till next time my loves 💋
Happy Reading X