Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about making art, too much eyeshadow and becoming a grown up.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

My August Birchbox

It's that time again folks, my Birchbox arrived - and it was actually delivered to me this time rather than hidden under a shrub or in a bin. Good start. I' m relatively happy with what's in the box too as well as its arrival, but, let me just get this over with: the lifestyle extra this month, I'm not keen on. I know it's an extra so I'm not too bugged, but basically it was a sample chapter from the novel The Propsal - by Tasmina Perry. I understand that they were going for an 'Away We Go' Theme and this is like, the holiday read in miniature.. but it seems a little pointless to me. Just not my cup of tea; neither the novel, nor the idea of 'sample chapters'.

So, with that negativity aside, what else was in the box? Well they switched out the usual fabric pouch this month in favour of this very well themed plastic case, I thought this was a great idea; really ties everything together - unfortunately the quality of this is awful; when mine arrived the zip was broken, I fixed it, but it falls apart every time I touch it. Still though, from a presentation point of view it was a cool novelty. 

Number 4 Super Comb Prep and Protect - labeled as a leave in conditioner spray that protects against heat damage and detangles, this sounds pretty much like my Holy Grail of a hairspray - assuming it can walk the walk as well as talk the talk. We got a 30ml sample insie the box and, even with my super thick mane, I feel like this is a good amount to let me get a feel for it.

Nude Progenius Omega Treatment Oil - This is a facial oil enriched with a number of Omega  goodies to provide a nourishing boost for skin. I have to admit I'm not big on oils for my skin anyway - my hair on the other hand... - but I'm looking forward to giving this a shot. It's a 5ml sample, but with something like this you are literally using a coupla drops at a time.

Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvinator - I received a Vasanti cleanser in a Birchbox before and it did not agree with my skin. It was fine after the first use, but after the second it was like someone had sucked all the moisture from my skin, it was so tight. So, given that this is harsher sounding (being an exfoliant and all), it's fair to say I'm a little apprehensive. But, never judge a book by its cover I guess...

Supergoop! Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream - This is a high end CC cream for the full size, 47ml, it costs £32. So it's safe to say that on my budget, this is not something I'd be looking to buy in the near future - still it's fun to try things out. This is a 'self adjusting' CC cream, meaning it looks terrifyingly dark in the tube but, on application it should match your skin tone. Unfortunately, while undoubtedly it does adjust, and I do like the finish - it is still far too dark for my skin. Not a complaint though as I have very fair skin and this is a common issue for me.

Wild About Beauty Creme Eyshadow in 02 Edna - Saved my favourite for last! We all know I love to get some makeup in a beauty box, and this is a nice addition indeed. It comes in the most adorable packaging for a start, and, it's a good wearable colour that would, I think appeal to most folks; it's a kind of shimmery, golden sand colour. It's a creme shadow, but it is very firm, or it seemed that way to me, being used to using the likes of the Maybelline Color Tattoo shadows,but this still applies wonderfully and boy, does it last!

And that's it for another month! I'm happy with this box overall, but with next month being the last in my 12 month subscription, I have no plans to renew. Too many unsuitable products that outweigh the precious few gems for me. Would love to hear your thoughts on the matter - whether or not you subscribe to any beauty boxes!

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