First of all apologies that my Xmas collab treat did not go up on Sunday as scheduled as me and my collaborator had issues posting it, grrr! But I promise it will be up soon😁
Right let’s get straight into unboxing or unbagging🙂 my December Birchbox goodies! This months surprises did not come in its usual pretty box but a gorgeous,emerald clutch bag!
I have been using the bag all weekend! Love it! It has a mixture of textures such as leather, velvet and gold glitter😍 It is big enough to fit in a small-medium sized coin purse, your phone and a (not so large) bunch of keys😅 This bag is sooo versatile you can dress it up or down! Here I have added my own chain to use a shoulder bag (it does not come with a chain but does have little loops to attach one) you could even use it as a clutch😄 Now on to the internal goodies! 👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼👉🏼👇🏽
Benefit Cosmetics founded in San Francisco in 1976 by twins Jean and Jane Ford. The company started as a small beauty boutique for ‘quick fix beauty dilemmas’. Benefit Cosmetics is now a global beauty brand now selling at over 2,000 counters, in more than 30 countries!
Now I am a fan of this brand! It’s quirky packaging and some products I love. Products like ‘They’re real’ mascara, eye potent cream and rebel tint. However I own the full size ‘They’re real’ push up liner and I don’t like it😩
When I saw this in my Birch bag I was a little disappointed. I am a massive wing liner gal (one of those that cries when they are not simultaneous lol) I find that the packaging and design of this product difficult to master. The pigment and longevity of the product is fab! But I just can not draw my lines with this😒 (if anyone has any tips pls let me know)
Also this sample is extremely small to work with and difficult to push the product up! You have to remove orange plastic tip from the tip, then really squeeze the base hard to push up the product! If you have weak hands, you may struggle guys sowiee😟 Would I repurchase? Due to my first experience, no👎🏽
Benefit- Puff Off £20.50
I have been naughty and have to admit that, I have not tried out this product 🙈 But it is because I do not get puffy eyes (few lines and that’s it! Phew lucky lol) The texture is that of a peachy cream and smells pleasant too but it looks like one of my sisters will receive this as a gift👍🏽
Due to no puffing off😅
ModelCo shade- Stilleto lipstick £15.50
Based in Sydney Australia, an award winning brand who’s motto is to make women look and feel fabulous! The creator, a former model agent, Shelley Barrett, who after working with models, make up artists and stylists saw a niche in the market for innovative, quick fix, multipurpose, beauty solutions which gave us their holy grail tanning product.However due to their success they are now expanding into areas of makeup, hence this gorge FULL sized lipstick I received in my Birch bag!
A look I created using the ModelCo lippie!
I love reds and burgundies! They off set my medium-golden tones beautifully😄 so I was pleased to recieve this red lipstick! The red has the slightest hint of an ‘orangey red’ which warms my complexion nicely. The formula is lovely! Very creamy and pigmented. It does NOT go on matte but a lovely,deep set, glossy finish. This lipstick is also quite hydrating (unlike my Mac RubyWoo!) and it has a lovely smell of Shea butter😋 However I would not say it has awesome lasting power (through cups of green tea!) So beware.
Would I repurchase? Yes, I would but in different colours as I have so many reds!👄
Ciate nail polish shade- Talent Scout £9
Founder Charlotte Knight has used her passion, soul, colour innovation to develop the Ciate products. Her passion started backstage at Fashion week where she would mix up her own, unique nail colours. Colours that would transform any outfit or simply spark a conversation, hence ciate was born!
The formula of this polish is lovely! I agree with the Birchbox team, it is a dream to apply. The brush application covers the whole nail in three easy strokes and the polish is nicely pigmented. It does not take long to dry and applied with a base and top coat the mani lasts pretty well😄💅🏽
However I am not sure if I liked the colour I received😒 Don’t get me wrong, I love experimenting different colours but I find that purple is hard to pull off with all outfits! Nonetheless I would like to check other nail polishes in this range👍🏽
Catherine Malandrino- style de Paris Eau de Parfum £50
A well known French fashion designer Catherine Malandrino born in 1963, in France and now splits her time between New York and Paris. Much of Catherine’s brand embodies feminity and strength, just like her perfume!
This was a Birchbag beauty bonus! (Not sure what that means? Check out my previous postings on the Birchbox or head over to their site birchbox.co.uk😘) Shame only a teeny sample arrived! As I love the smell of this!
Oh my goodness it is heaven guys! It has the right fruity notes for me but not overpowering and has the aura of evening glam and sophistication😍 The fragrance lasts for ages and I can not stop sniffing myself😂 When I recieve my paycheck I will defo be rushing to purchase this baby! It’s worth it👍🏽
Guys I could not find a specific link for Catherine’s perfume but you can purchase it from birchbox.co.uk
Skin & Co- Sicilian body gel £15
A family owned business by hubby and wife duo Sabatino and Giuseppina Balestra in 1911. A luxury brand player on the international beauty scene, which keeps its family roots very close to heart.
It smells lovely and lathers up well but I am so not a fan of different shower gels!🙍🏽
It is quite hard to squeeze the product out of the packaging but I have uber sensitive skin so I stick to Sanex shower gel and that’s enough for me. My lucky sisters will be getting another freebie lol. Again this can be purchased directly from birchbox.co.uk
If you love changing up your shower routine, go for it! You will like the smell and bubbles of this one. It has Italian orange and olive extracts, so will be nice and moisturising.
Embryolisse- Lait-creme concentre £12.99
A story of a brand that started in 1950 by a Paris hospital dermatologist, specialising in skin diseases. The legendary milk cream concentrate was created and sold millions worldwide. A physician who desired to create his own pharmaceutical skincare range, that met expectations and acceptance of the profession.
Now I feel silly to say that I’ve never heard of this brand or the worldwide selling milk cream! Anyone else tried it? I wonder if it’s because I have such sensitive, acne prone skin that I have stuck very true to my Dermalogica products. As a devotee to Dermalogica I am afraid to try new stuff on my skin but as my skin gets drier (thank you old age! Boooo lol) I need richer creams, so I may give this a go and keep you updated. The consistency feels nice and I don’t detect strong smells, let me know if anyone has tried it!
I was surprised to know that this range is available at my local drugstore boots.com So I may see what else they have to offer as I could with a very nourishing hand cream!
More info on Embryolisse www.embryolisse.co.uk
And that wraps up my BIRCHBAG post! I did enjoy some products but I wish I could receive more make up treats rather than skin treats mmmm, may have to see if there is a sub box exclusive for make up! If anyone knows of one pls let me know😬 However I loved the bag that was a nice December treat! And will defo be using it again and again😄
Any fellow Birchers out there? What did you think of your Birchbag goodies this month? If you are thinking of becoming a Bircher, try it as everyone has different opinions but I would say there are usually more skin/hair treats than make up!(you have been warned!)
Merry Christmas BIRCHBOX🎄
Please note that I have purchased the Birchbox myself! I have no affiliated links with the brand and the opinions are solely my own😊
Happy Reading to you all X