Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about anxiety, minimalism and eyeshadow.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

What’s in my November Birchbox?

Hello everyone!

It’s that time of the month again. No… not that time of the month. Announcing that would be a little odd. No, it’s Birchbox time!

This the second box of my one year subscription that was a present from my boyfriend and I have to say, as much as I loved my first box, this one blows it out of the water!

Molton Brown, Ylang Ylang Body Lotion – Full size is £18

We use a lot of Molton Brown in my house and, while it’s always nice to try new things through Birchbox, it was a great surprise to get a product that I know I love as a nice little treat. I love their products as they’re so perfumed that the smell stays around for ages, but, they have none of the nasty chemical scent that a lot of their cheaper competitors do.

Weleda Replenishing Oat Shampoo – Full size is £8.95

Really excited to give this a shot as shampoos aren’t something I’ve experimented with a lot. Because my hair has always been a bit temperamental, basically, once I’ve found a shampoo that works I stick with it; usually until it’s discontinued! This shampoo smells amazing though – much better than the name suggests, I promise – and I love Weleda body washes, so I’m super excited to see how this works for my hair.

Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara – Full size is £18.50

I seem to have found/bought a lot of new mascaras recently. They’re like buses; one day you think you’ve run out so you buy a tube, and suddenly loads appear out of handbags and drawers. Anyway, I’ve used a couple of products from Laura Mercier before and have always been thrilled with their performance, and I’m sure this mascara will be no exception. It’s a handy sized tube for on the go too.

Chella, Highlighter Pencil – Full Size is £15.95

I’ve had a little play around with this already- I was too excited, I couldn’t help it. And honestly; wow. It’s a fantastic match for my skin tone and the consistency and ease of application is incredible. It glides on so smoothly and then rubs in flawlessly. Looking forward to actually using it properly!

English Laundry Perfume – Full size is £16 (and up)

Ok, so I’ll admit I’m not keen on getting perfume samples in Birchboxes. To me they’re a freebie that’s given away, not something with monetary value. However, there was a lot in this Birchbox, so I guess it’s like an extra. Sort of. I don’t particularly care for the smell of this one, or actually, that’s not true, I quite like the smell, but it’s not something I’d wear.

*Lifestyle Extra* Pukka Herbs, Selection of Teas – a box costs £2.29

I got three tea bags; Earl Grey, Three Cinnamon and Elderberry and Echinacea. I’ve already drank the Earl Grey – had the kettle on about five minutes after I’d open the box. I drink quite a lot of Earl Grey in cafes etc. and this was a particularly yummy one! I’m a little apprehensive about the other two, in particular the cinnamon … I’ve never had a tea like that before and I’m not quite sure how it’ll taste! All the same, I’m very excited to try them and I think these were a lovely thing to have in a Birchbox.

*Goodie* Birchbox Pencil Sharpener - £3

 I thought that this was nice to get as a bonus but equally, who doesn’t have one? I know I have about three, so ultimately, this will just end up in a pile with the rest of them. And I know that Birchbox can’t be expected to guess what I have and don’t have but, unlike products that you consume (food, cosmetics, toiletries) that if you get more you can just use more, this feels like kind of an odd item as it’s really the kind of thing you just need one of.

Like I said, I’m thrilled with this month’s Birchbox, can’t wait to use the products – especially the shampoo and the highlighter – And I’ll pop back through the month with mini product reviews to let you know how I find them.

Do you get Birchbox? How was your box and what was in it? Have you used any of these products and what do you think of them?

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