Birchbox // Beauty Subscription Box // December 2015 – Review and Unboxing!

Hey guys

Sorry this post has taken a little while to get to you.  The spoonie in me has been struggling with the lead up to Christmas, as there is much more to be done and people wanting to see me, so I haven’t had a lot of spare energy left to blog.  Hopefully I’ll get more rest and blogging done come January!

So this month’s Birchbox was actually a…Birch BAG!  I’m not sure if they’ve done this for previous Christmases as I didn’t subscribe last December, but I know they did a bag back in the summer (a waterproof orange washbag you could use on holiday).  The bag is a little clutch bag with three different fabrics – black leather effect, gold glitter and green velvet.  It’s very festive!  Some people have fed-back that they really don’t like the green velvet and it’s old-fashioned, but I have to say it’s so dark that it’s actually very subtle (as you can see below).  Also worth noting – Birchbox are selling a gold chain which fits on this bag, if you prefer a strap over a clutch bag.  It is £3 or free with any purchase over £20.

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As you’ll know if you’ve visited me here before, I always fully test and review beauty subscription products for you each month so I can give you as much information as possible.  Unfortunately, with how unwell I have been in December, I just haven’t had the energy to play around with everything.  I will be back to reviewing things fully in the new year, but for this month, I’ll just show you what came and give you my initial impressions.  Hope that’s ok guys!


 

The first thing I noticed was… we got Benefit!  Not just one but two Benefit samples! First was They’re Real Push-Up Liner, which I have tried before and found really hard to use.  I’ll definitely give it another go and see if this one is any better.  Second was Puff Off! – an under eye gel to instantly soothe the look of puffy eyes.  I use eye cream twice a day so I’m happy to give this one a try.

Next up is a Roloxin Revitalising Facial Treatment sachet, which you massage for 20 seconds to ‘activate’.  Apply to your cleansed face and allow to dry for 7-10 minutes and then rinse off.  It claims to smoothe wrinkles and boost radiance, which will be great as my skin is playing up at the moment and really not looking its best!

There was also a Skin & Co Sicilian Shower Gel, which is packed with ingredients directly from Italy, including Sicilian oranges.  I was excited to smell it as I expected it to be really fruity and citrusy but I actually don’t like the scent very much, which is a shame.  It is quite a masculine scent, with a hint of aftershave.  I know a lot of women like unisex scents, but I prefer something a bit sweeter or fruitier, so my husband will be lathering up with this one!

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Next up was Balance Me The Breakout Warrior… which is exactly what my skin needs right now, as I’ve broken out all over my chin *sigh*.  It is a soothing serum containing chamomile, aloe vera and lavender, to calm and balance the skin.  I can’t wait to cover my face with it!

Finally we have a product which is missing from all the photos above… basically I grabbed it out of the bag and used it the same day, then put it away, totally forgetting it came from the Birchbox!  Oops.  It’s a Ciate Mini Mani nail polish in Tweed, which is black with silver strands of glitter.  As an apology for forgetting to photograph it, here’s the polish (plus loose glitter on my ring finger) on my actual nails…

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Sadly it chipped really quickly but I think that was more the Essence Latex Matt black polish underneath not the Ciate.

I hope you’ve enjoyed unboxing this month’s Birchbox with me.  You can find more details about how the actual subscription works here.

Hope you had a lovely Christmas and are still enjoying lots of chocolate and mulled wine!


What did you think of this month’s box?  Have you tried any of the products?  Let me know in the comments or on social media!

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