Birchbox #3: May 2016

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It’s been such a busy month I barely even remembered that I was due a Birchbox, and since it’s arrival I have found little time to let you know of its contents, I do hope you understand, that this is a little late.

As it has been such a busy time I was quite pleased to receive the box, and have such a nice treat land through the letterbox. The box came with five items, and an interactive design. I accidentally got a sneak peak of the contents before I opened it, so I knew some of what I received, but here are the contents of my box, for your pleasure…

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A LOC One and Done Shadow Stick in Empress Me was the first item out of box, it is cold bronze-esque shade. LOC is the debut makeup brand from Birchbox, and this stick claims to be both waterproof and crease proof. For a new product this is pretty flawless, and I’m impressed. The stick is full size, but it would easily be something that you could take on a night out or for a weekend away, without it even taking up too much space. It’s super easy to use, you just apply to eyelids and then blend for a smokey look that’s easy, even for me.

In the box there was also Yu-Be Moisturising Skin Cream, it’s a small sample that promises to ail cracked lips, rough hands or scaly skin. Since this post is late I’ve had plenty of time to test it, I’ve been using it on my sore and cracked elbows as well as my lips and I must say it’s really effective on both. A little does seem to go a fair distance, it doesn’t have a particularly strong scent, so it’s perfect for pairing with other moisturisers without being noticed.

The Spectrum Collection Unicorn Tears Wonder Sponge is the star item of the box. I’ve toyed with makeup sponges before, but only the ones that come in a cheaper multipack and are more based on being disposable rather than quality. The teardrop shape of this sponge helps to blend any type of foundation, with the top designed to get into the creases around the nose and eyelids. Birchbox members got the choice between a pink or purple sponge, and I received the purple.

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Puriskin Resurfacing Formula is quite the wonder cream treating everything from blemishes and bruises to stretch marks and scars. The cream absorbs into the skin very easily leaving smooth skin behind, I’ve been using it for a few days and am hoping to start to notice a difference soon in the areas I have been applying it to. It also has a charitable aspect with this product being produced in support of Passionate Pink!

Even though I have had the box for nigh on two weeks now, I haven’t used the Philip Kingsley PK Prep Polishing Balm. Tackling frizz, whilst also delivering nourishment in the form of ProVitamin B5 and Vitamin A it seems to be quite the wonder product, and what with the weather we have been having at the moment I could very much do with something like this. I’ll be putting it right next to my hairdryer so I can’t forget, and keep you updated as to my thoughts.

I was most excited about receiving the Caudalíe Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet. I like Caudalíe, I know the brand is expensive, but I do enjoy their Instant Detox Mask, which I won as part of the Glamour Beauty Power list competition. The sorbet is really light to apply, and smells rather refreshing. If you’re keen to try this, but don’t want to pay the full price just yet there’s a free sample in this month’s Glamour magazine if you can get your hands on it.

IMG_1932.JPGThe box design is the second one that I have received with an interactive element. The top is coated in a silver foil, much alike a scratch card, below is a bright and vibrant design, on a black, contrasting background. As you can see by the photos at haven’t taken a coin anywhere near the lid, though I will do soon! There’s a chance for two lucky subscribers to scratch off the panel and reveal that they have won a holiday so I should probably dig out a tuppence.

Next month we get the choice between a choice of pineapples or palm trees for my box, and I think I’m airing towards the former. I’m guessing it’s going to be quite the Summery themed box, as, somehow, we’re already knocking on the door of June.

Remember if you want to sign up use my refer a friend code on this link and you’ll get £5 worth of points to spend in their online store.

The box has a very good range of items, which I’m delighted with. My collection of Bircboxes has reached five, I haven’t yet found the perfect spot to display them all, but I know they can’t just go in a cupboard. I still really enjoy receiving Birchboxes, and it’s now so late into the month that it won’t be long before the next one arrives through my door.

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