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Sunday, 13 April 2014

April 2014 Birchbox: Good Enough To Eat Edition!

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!

Are you subscribed to Birchbox
What do you think of this month's box?


  1. This is a brilliant Birchbox! I wasn't really impressed by the Glossybox this month but this one is great :) hope you're doing well! xx

  2. This looks a great box. You photos are great.I love the vintage/retro looking cheek and lip tint packaging.
    I recently stopped Glossybox to start using up my many products, but feel I may need to start a new subscription, but I a tempted to give Birchbox ago instead. It looks fab.

    Jade x


  3. In your opinion, what is the best beauty box you are subscribed to?



    1. At the moment I think my favourite is Birchbox, they seem to be the most consistent. When glossybox get it right their boxes are amazing, but I think they've been quite hit and miss for a little while. I also like Love Me Beauty, you get to choose between three different boxes so you know what you're getting before it arrives. There's no surprise element but at least you know that you're getting things you'd really like to try. xo

  4. I love Birchbox and I love your "box opening" and great pictures:) I'm from Poland so maybe you don't understand my reviev of this month edition of Birchbox, but I have to say that I'm for a big impression about Laura Mercier Body Cream (oh yes, this scent is amazing!), I'm so happy that I get The Balm and popcorn was so delicious! This three products are my favorite :) Cheers!

  5. This looks like a lovely box x

  6. I'm the opposite, I LOVE the smell of cucumbers, would like to try a few things from the range. Also love the look of that blush palette!! x

  7. this looks like a great box, i think i would use everything in this box, love the colour of the nail polish xxx

  8. I would be quite happy with this box as well c:
    I can't believe you don't like cucumbers smell!
    You should try out their other Yes To series
    like carrots, tomatoes or blueberries c: Xx

  9. This looks like a bloomin' amazing box! The salted caramel cupcakes sound delicious, and I love the nail polish. The Laura Mercier body soufflé sounds absolutely beautiful, too.

    Jess xo

  10. I read this post on my phone earlier on and knew I'd have to come back and have a second look. I'm actually super impressed with the contents in this box, it's so much better than the Lulu Guinness one.
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

  11. I just love everything you received this month and your blog in general :) new follower and love the overall design so cute with the bunnies I love it :') xx
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  12. This looks like a really good birchbox! I want to try that nail polish brand, heard really good things about
    Daniella x


  13. So jealous of the UK Birchboxes! I'm afraid I may cancel my US version - it's exciting to get, but it's a disappointment half the time when I go through the products ;(

    xx becky / star-violet.com

  14. Wow, this looks like the best beauty box I've seen in a long, long time!

  15. Wow, this looks like a really good one this time around! Especially jealous of the Lord & Berry eyeliner (and popcorn haha!)

    Eve & Faye x
    Sugar Spun Sisters - A blog about cosmetics, clothes & coeliac disease

  16. The lip and cheek cream looks so good and the packaging is very cute - imagine how awesome the full on version is! The shade 'Candy' looks so pretty, I might go and check out their website now <3 xxx

  17. What a great box, mine hasn't arrived yet and now I can't wait! The LM lotion is divine...just don't rub your eye after applying it as it stings like you wouldn't believe...!
    Katie x

  18. Omgosh, love the lip + cheek cream packaging, I'd love to try this!

    Tara xo

  19. This looks like an amazing box, I especially like the look of the Laura Mercier cream and theBalm blush!
    Megan x MeganRoisinn

  20. This looks like a really good box! I unsubscribed from Birchbox after just 2 boxes as there wasn't a single product I could or would use, but this one would have totally changed my mind. That popcorn, especially, looks delicious!


  21. I've never tried Birchbox but the recent posts I've seen they look so good! Always a great mixture of products :)

    Would love to have a go at making those Hummingbird Cupcakes they sound ah-mazing!

    Sarah @ sarahlouxo.com xx

  22. That laura mercier cream looks amazing!


  23. The brich box is really awesome this month ... so many lovely goodies ! specially the cheek and lip tint

  24. I thought this was a lovely box too, it came on the first day of the holidays too which made it keen more special! Love the blusher and popcorn and I got face cream instead of the eyeliner which plead me.
    I wouldn't say I was disappointed by the Laura Mercier, it does smell lovely. But, so do the 12 quid body shop pots. And it doesn't moisturize as well as my tub of E45 which is an eighth of the price. I am pleased to have it but I wouldn't buy it. Hah, sorry that was a rant! About body lotion!

  25. Yet again, this looks like such a fantastic box! Laura Mercier and the Balm, think I'd best get signing up!

    Catherine, xo | Lady Liquor Vintage

  26. I'm always umm-ing and aah-ing over whether to subscribe to birch box and this box is making me want to. I love that nail polish it looks like such a pretty colour, and that lip and cheek balm and the laura mercier body cream both sound amazing :) xx

  27. I loved this month's Birchbox! The last few months have been a bit mmmm but this one is fab, especially as it has popcorn! xx

    Quite Frankly She Said - UK Lifestyle Blog

  28. Wow that looks like a pretty good box!! The LM body cream!!! And The Balm How Bout Them Apples is adorable!

  29. dayuuum that's a good box! love the sample by theBalm, it looks so cute. and the Laura Mercier product... I can only imagine how good that must smell.

    annie || www.nouveauchique.com

  30. That's definitely one of the better beauty boxes I've seen - the lip and cheek cream looks great, I love the nail polish colour and am a massive popcorn fan, too!

    Emma | Fluff and Fripperies

  31. This box looks amazing, Jennie! I used to get their boxes and didn't feel like they were worth all the hype. To be fair, I'm not a huge cosmetics person so that definitely had something to do with it. I'm loving all the great goodies you got this month though (especially the cheek and lip cream) and am definitely considering getting another subscription!

    Lace and Combat Boots | a life + style blog

  32. every thing is wrapped such beautiful way <3 i really like that mint polish nail.

  33. I'd love to see a review on The Balm cheap and lip product. I've heard good things about the brand!

  34. I love Birchbox and I love your "box opening" and great pictures:) Thumbs up!!

  35. This is the reason why I love Birchbox! I love the products they put in their boxes. I have tried that lip and cheek creme and I love it. Though its not that long lasting but its okay, I just love it!

  36. That seems like such a great box, I kinda wish I had been subscribed now.
    Rubi x
    The Den


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