Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about anxiety, minimalism and eyeshadow.

Monday, 19 May 2014

My May Birchbox


firstly I'm aware that every single other UK blogger has beaten me to getting this post up (for anyone interested/following the saga - Birchbox royally screwed up the delivery again. Our neighbours freaking hate us now), but I've been pretty vocal about my Birchbox experience the past couple of months and so I wanted to put something up, even if everyone is sick of hearing about this box.

Firstly, I want to start by pointing out that this box is about a billion times better than the previous collaboration fiasco in March. For starters they've actually bothered to design a box rather than stick it in a cheap sleeve. Hurrah. 

So what did I get. 

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish 30ml plus muslin cloth // A product that's been very much in the spotlight of late due to winning it's 100th award. It's been a household staple for us for as long as I can remember, but it's nice to get a little tube - not something new and exciting but at least I'll definitely use it!

 Aromatherapy Associates Morning Revive Bath/ Shower Oil 3ml // Another brand that beauty insiders seem to love, and something I'm really happy to have received and will definitely use. I would have been happy to try any of the bath oils from them, but I'm extra chuffed as this one smells amazing.

Benefit's They're Real Mascara 30g // Truth time: I've never owned a high end mascara. I've always been happy with drugstore offerings and so I've never splurged 'unnecessarily' on a high end option. But, if ever I've felt tempted it's by the Benefit offerings. If I could have chosen any mascara in the world to sample, this would have been the one. Can you tell I'm happy to have this?

Beauty Protector Shampoo and Conditioner // Truthfully, I'm not personally as excited to have these, but only because my hair is so, so moody and I don't mess with it's routine much. But, objectively, I totally appreciate the fact they've given the shampoo and conditioner to try out as that will give a much better sense of what the products can really do for your hair. They're also a decent enough size so you'll actually get a few washes out of each - hurrah for no sachets!

Soigne Nail Lacquer  Full size bottle // Forgot to take it out of the box when taking the photographs. Woops. Anyway, it's a lovely nude colour, which we all know, I love. I've never heard of the brand, but always enjoy trying new ones - especially when they come in fancy packaging like this! 

So overall, I'm happy with this box - I think it's really well thought out and put together and it offers decent size samples that can actually act as a valid test of a product. The box also came with a discount code for a subscription to Harper's Bazaar which I thought was a nice touch. I'm glad that it seems the Lulu Guinness fiasco was a one off collaboration disaster and a box like this really restores my faith in the service and what it's supposed to be offering.

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