I’m back again with my third Birchbox beauty box review. As always, I won’t go too much into how the Birchbox subscription works, but if you want more information, you can find it in this post.
This month’s goodies came in an exciting summer-themed bag – it’s a colourful, splash-proof bag designed to hold your summer beauty essentials. It came in four different colours and I was really happy to receive the orangey-coral one, designed by Edwina Ings-Chambers, Beauty Director at Sunday Times Style. This is definitely something I will use! So what was inside?
POP Beauty – Eyeshadow Trio in Peach Parfait
This cute little eyeshadow trio palette gives you the option to create a light peachy summer smokey eye, or just use a simple wash of colour. It comes with a small sponge applicator brush. I haven’t opened this to swatch for you as I may give it away to someone. Although it’s cute, I tend towards much darker or brighter colours, and these colours are a little light and subtle for me! Great for someone who prefers more natural looking makeup.
Benefit Dream Screen
This adorable little bottle contains an ultra-lightweight, matte finish sunscreen in SPF 45. It claims to absorb in a flash, keeping your complexion hydrated and protecting against sun damage. It is to be applied over your regular moisturiser and makeup can be applied over it.
The sunscreen is also fragrance free. I can still slightly feel it on my face once applied, but it leaves a fairly silky finish (a bit like a primer does) and once your makeup is on, you can’t really tell it’s there. This is perfect for the summer, as my moisturiser only has SPF15, which isn’t really high enough for my pale skin!
Value (full size – we received a mini): £25.
Pura Vida – Lace Headband in Aqua
This is a cute little stretchy elastic headband. The colour says aqua, but it’s more of a powder blue. It has a cute little ‘p’ button where it’s sewn together. I use headbands like this all the time, to keep my hair out of my eyes. I’ll definitely use this and am really happy to receive it.
Value: £11.40 for a pack of 8 (we received one).
Soigne – Nail Lacquer in Petale De Rose
I think this is my favourite item this month, as it’s exactly the sort of colour I would choose for myself. Soigne are a salon brand who produce non-toxic nail polishes. There were six different colours included in Birchboxes this month. I have never tried anything from this brand before, so I’m really excited to try it. I don’t think I’ve ever tried a non-toxic nail varnish before, so it will be interesting to see if it performs any differently.
It applies perfectly and you could actually get away with just one layer, as it’s pretty opaque. Two layers would definitely be the most you would need.
Value: £11 (we received full size).
Indemne – Eau de Genie
It took me a little while to figure out exactly what this does. It claims to give your skincare regime a boost, and is a 100% organic skin spritz. It says it “enhances your usual cleanser with a cocktail of grapefruit, lemon, apricot and tomato waters to leave skin clean, soft and glowing”. This didn’t completely clear it up for me, so I read the instructions on the cardboard sleeve and found out that you should use it after cleansing but before moisturising. Spritz on your cleansed face, and remove any excess with a makeup remover pad. There is no need to rinse it off.
It seems like a fairly unnecessary product but I’ll definitely use it and see if it enhances my skincare at all. It has a light, fresh scent (not citrusy like I thought it would be).
Value: £11.20 full size (we received a mini).
Unani – Aloe Vera Gel
This is a soothing lotion packed with aloe vera. It is especially useful after a day in the sun, and can be used to calm and nourish skin, helping it to recover. It is non-irritating to soothe, moisturise, and improve burns, blemishes, eczema and bites. It can also be used to soothe after shaving.
It is a clear gel, with a very plant-like smell of aloe vera (which I personally don’t like). It smoothes on easily and dries into the skin, leaving no greasy residue. It also states that it has not been tested on animals.
Value: £15 full size (we received a smaller but generous 30ml).
I absolutely loved this month’s box (or bag!), as usual. I always really enjoy my Birchbox, and it was nice to have something different this month in the form of the splash-proof bag. I like all the products, some of which will be really useful this summer. The eyeshadows colours aren’t for me but I’m sure I can find a friend who will really like them.
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