My August Birchbox has arrived so I thought I would share what I got. This is actually only my third Birchbox so I am still quite enjoying seeing what surprises are in store in each box. The theme this month is ‘mermaids’ and the box is a lovely design with different shades of blue/teal. There is also gold detailing for the mermaid scales and the logo (to anyone else who has this box… did you notice the weird patch on the box that looks like it is water damaged? It’s actually in the same spot on all the boxes so not sure whether it’s meant to be there but looks like somebody at Birchbox overlooked this in my opinion!)
Let’s dive in!
Spectrum Collections Full Size A05 Brush in ‘Glam Clam’ (RRP £59.99 for full set)
We were given the option of this design or the pink coloured brush – ‘Bomb Shell’. The brush is described as being great for setting powder or bronzer. I would usually prefer a larger brush for setting powders so would recommend this brush for contouring, particularly because it is angled. All in all, it’s a very pretty brush that I’m looking forward to having on my dressing table.
LOC Full Size One and Done Shadow Stick in Out of Your Shell (RRP £8)
I absolutely love eye shadow sticks! No matter what eye look I go for, I always start with a shadow stick (or the Maybelline Colour Tattoo shadows) because they genuinely do last all day long. They are also the perfect base when applying powder eyeshadows on top because they will make the powders last much longer (more so than a primer). These are comparable to the Mally ‘bulletproof’ shadow sticks and seem to perform just as well so at £8 these are really good value.
Number 4 Sugar Texturising Spray (RRP £20)
This texturizing spray is formulated with sugar cane and creates texture ‘without any crunch’. It can be used on damp or dry hair. I have tested this out on my very thick, coarse hair but was a little disappointed because it didn’t do anything for me. Hopefully it would work better for someone with naturally fine, straight hair to help them create soft waves.
Nuxe Multi-Usage Dry Oil Shimmer (RRP £20)
This product comprises of six essential oils and vitamin E which makes it very nourishing. It states that it can be used on the cheekbones as a type of highlighter but I wouldn’t recommend it unless you want to look like a Christmas decoration! The gold glitter is very prominent so it’s not ideal. I would use it on my legs when they are tanned but that would probably be it. On a plus side, the sample size is pretty good, I feel that this bottle would last quite a while.
Whish Renewing Mud Mask (RRP £29)
I love a good face mask (don’t we all!) so I’m looking forward to trying this one out. It is one of those that you only leave on for a very short amount of time so great for people who are in a rush. It states that it is packed with fruit enzymes to brighten and purify. It does state to patch test first so I will make sure I do that, after all, nobody wants an allergic reaction to a product that’s on their face.
That’s everything. I’ve got to say, this has probably been the most underwhelming product selection I’ve received so far… although this may be because I felt spoilt last month; my box was bulging because there was a full size Tangle Teezer! It also had 6 items instead of 5 because there was a perfume sample. Hey ho, I should still get use out of most of the products.
The September sneak peek is a full size Mannakadar 3-in-1 blush, highlighter and eyeshadow which looks lovely.
What do you think about Birchbox? Which is the best beauty subscription box in this price range? Are their sample sizes big enough??
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