I never got around to posting my October Birchbox review but, having just received the November box, I thought it would be good to post a comparison review. Let's just say, after the October box, I was happy to stay subscribed but I think I've changed my mind now!
I actually got this by accident - I ordered September's box for just £5 with a voucher and didn't read the website properly - I thought I was buying it as a one-off, oops! So it came as a surprise when I had this month's confirmation email but I'm so pleased this happened as the box is amazing! I really love how you are supposed to get 4-5 products from the selection but I got 7, even though some of them are quite small. It seems like a much better deal than some of the other boxes that I've seen.
I had literally been thinking earlier on the day I got the box that I wanted to get a spare pair of eyelash curlers to carry in my make up bag so these came at the perfect time! They are really good and give a lovely natural curl to the lashes.
Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Cream
I hadn't heard of this but it looks really intriguing. It contains just 6 natural ingredients - honey, beeswax, olive oil, royal jelly, bee pollen and bee propolis - and nothing else. It has so many uses, from a hair mask to treating burns. I am excited to try it!
Dr Lipp Nipple Cream for Lips
Yep, a strange name! Originally a cream for cracked nipples, I think this has just been rebranded to reach a wider audience! I am visiting my friend who has just had a baby later this week so may give this to her as it is a bit thick for my lips.
I'm pleased to have received this as my liquid stain from The Body Shop has just run out and my one from Soap and Glory split when I went on holiday (the worst product to spill in your suitcase!!) so I am in need of a new one. I'm also excited to try another product from theBalm as I love the Nude Tude palette.
Not to be a moaning minnie, I already have this and don't love it. As I have oily skin, it usually makes me look too shiny although I have used it in combination with a matte foundation and it gives a nice radiance.
1 = Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
2 = Dr Lipp Nipple Balm
3 = Stainiac 1 coat
4 = Stainiac blob
I'm so glad I got this option as I think it will suit my hair perfectly - it is essentially a dry shampoo with the added bonus of giving a restyle boost. I am looking forward to trying this.
This is an interesting little moisturiser that contains collagen and hyaluronic acid - 2 buzz ingredients in the beauty world. It has a nice texture - not too thick but still rich enough to moisturise well.
Unfortunately, I am not as impressed with this box. I just don't feel that it has anywhere close to the same value for money and I don't particularly want or need any of the products inside. I suppose this is the problem with beauty boxes - because you don't know what you are going to get, it is always going to be a gamble.
What I got in my box:
Now I love Laura Mercier and this smells delicious so I think I will enjoy using this, but I don't think such a small tube will go very far.
I have greasy hair so already this is not perfect for me. Again, it is such a tiny bottle that it will only work for one shampoo - so for this reason it is no better than a sachet in a magazine.
I'm not quite sure of the point of this yet - it has neither shimmer nor pearlescence and it settles in my pores and lines. I suppose it is used in the same way as a light concealer for contouring/highlighting rather than a shimmer-brick style highlight. I will try using it for an eye look and let you know if it gets better.
Spa Find Sculpted Silhouette Bust Firming SerumThis sounds really good from the description on the Birchbox website - it contains powerful ingredients and claims to tighten skin and boost collagen production. I will start using it and let you know how it goes, though I think it is one of those longer-term products so I am not expecting miracles straight away!
I love little sample bottles of perfume - I find them really handy to carry around in my handbag or in my travel bag - but you can get them for free by asking at department stores or Boots. This is nice: sweet and young but maybe edging towards a little too sweet and too young for me!
I am not really a fan of fruit teas and I have a cupboard full of random tea bags so I guess these will just go in the cupboard with the others for when we have visitors.
I have a few make up sharpeners already so again this is something that I don't need - I may give it away for Christmas or add it to my giveaway!
Did you get a Birchbox this month?
What did you think of it?