|April 2014 Birchbox* (£10 + p&p)|
Birchbox are excellent at creating different themes for their boxes. Although I think they could have made last month's Lulu Guinness Edition a little bit more special, I'm really excited for this month. As always their design and photography team are on fire with the information cards and there's even a Hummingbird Bakery salted caramel cupcake recipe included - yum!
I'm still loving the drawstring bag they have inside the box because they're surprisingly useful! First impressions this month were really positive, I immediately saw some brands I recognised and a couple of things I was instantly excited to try.
Lord & Berry Couture Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil | Sample size. (Full size: £10)
I'll start with one of the things that I know I won't get a lot of use out of, not because it's bad but just because I rarely wear eyeliner. I'm quite fond of the things I've tried from Lord & Berry minus the mascara that was drier than a desert. Once this pencil is warmed up slightly it seems to apply pretty smoothly and smudges out amazingly so I think this might be the perfect liner for a sultry, smoky eye look. I don't think I'll have much trouble finding someone who would love to give this a try.
Color Club Gala's Gems Nail Polish | (Set of four: £15)
Birchbox teamed up with a London-based Spanish blogger to create four nail polish shades that are exclusive to Birchbox. This pretty green is a little bit too metallic for me, but I think it would look amazing for the summer. There's a beautiful blue in the collection that looks especially beautiful along with a soft gold and a pearly off-white.
Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Towelettes | (Full size 30 towelettes: £4.99)
The Yes To range has consistently been one I've heard good things about for a long time. The only reason I haven't purchased anything from the Yes To Cucumbers range before is I hate the scent of cucumbers.
These do have a definite cucumber scent but for some reason, I actually quite like it so although I don't reach for wipes that often, I'll be keeping hold of these for when I have one of those 'I need to take my make up off right now' moments!
Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Souffle Body Creme | Sample size. (Full size £44.50)
So I opened this, put a little on my hands and the scent immediately had me wanting to grab my purse, head to the nearest Laura Mercier counter and give them ALL my money in return for their beautiful beautiful products!
The whipped consistency makes it feel super light, it sinks in almost immediately but it manages to feel intensely hydrating and soothing. And the scent. Oh my gosh, the scent! It's so incredibly luxurious and it lingers beautifully for hours. I now totally understand the love that people have for Laura Mercier body products!
The Balm Cosmetics How 'Bout Them Apples? Cheek & Lip Cream | Sample size. (Full size palette with all 6 colours: £26)
It's no secret that I'm a total sucker for cream products, the Stila Convertible Colours are my favourite ever but they might just have a rival in this beauty from The Balm. So far I've tried it both as a blush and on my lips and I must say, it's pretty impressive. The formula stays very dewy so the wear time isn't the longest ever, but the finish is beautiful and utterly perfect for fresh, Spring time make up looks.
I have a little sample of the shade Pie which is a very pretty pinky-red & definitely the one I would have chosen for myself. The full size palette contains all 6 shades and oh my goodness I would very much like to own one!
Propercorn Sweet Coconut & Vanilla | 90p
The lifestyle extra is popcorn which is just about my favourite thing right now so this was very much appreciated. And I say was because it lasted all of 5 minutes after I opened the box. I love coconut. I love vanilla. I love popcorn. I loved this!
Overall I completely loved the box this month. I especially liked the variety of products and the brands they've included. The star products for me are the Laura Mercier body cream and The Balm cheek & lip cream!
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