I’m back with another Birchbox unboxing. This time it’s the November box in collaboration with Vogue and all the products have been selected from the Vogue 100 Beauty Hall of Fame. Subscribers had the option of choosing the box design this month and I went for ‘Rose Repeat’, the other option was ‘Centenary Chic’ which is white with black and gold lettering.
Here’s what I received this month –
Benefit Hoola Bronzer – RRP £24.50
Everyone receives the Hoola bronzer in this box and I’m really pleased about that, I’ve been meaning to try this bronzer for the longest time but have always worried about paying so much just in case I didn’t like it. At first glance the sample size seems teeny weeny but I’ve checked it against the mini size (which is around £12), this sample is 3g and the mini is 4g so there isn’t a huge difference. The bronzer itself is lovely and truly matte which is just how everyone describes it!
Birchbox Brush Cleaner – Full Size – RRP £5
This is the second item that everyone will receive. I’ve got to say, I never really got the hype with these because I think that brushes are easy enough to clean without anything like this. Nevertheless, I’ll give it a go next time I’m cleaning my brushes.
Percy & Reed Volumising No Oil Oil – RRP 14
This is my favourite item in this month’s box and I’m quickly becoming a Percy & Reed fan! I received the overnight recovery in a previous box and it worked really well so i had high hopes straight away for this product. I’ve used it once and it makes such a difference, my hair is so much smoother but the dry oil formula means it doesn’t make my hair greasy. The fragrance is the same as the other product I’ve had so I’m guessing they stick to this one across their range, it leaves my hair smelling lovely all day long. It’s a good sample size which will last a long time due to the small amount needed on each application.
Clarins Hand & Nail Treatment Cream – RRP £21
I love seeing great, well known brands in my Birchbox so it was nice to see a Clarins product… the only downside, I think this product is aimed at the older generation – the first clue is the fragrance, it’s a very traditional smell and it is also designed to target age spots. This is where I feel that Birchbox should be a bit more careful on the products they send out because they say that the boxes are tailored to the individual subscribers’ preferences, so technically they should know from my age that I’m not yet likely to want a product that’ll reduce age spots. The sample size is really good, it should last a while and is perfect to pop in handbags.
Nuxe Multi-Purpose Dry Oil – RRP £17
In some ways this is another let down from Birchbox because they sent me the same product a couple of months back in the shimmer version. Along with the Percy & Reed product it also means that I’ve received two dry oil products in one box. This isn’t the first time Birchbox have done this, the September box contained two lip balm products which frustrated a lot of their subscribers).
The annoying thing is that I’m going to have to let them off a little bit, because in all fairness, this product is gorgeous! It can be used to nourish the face, hair and body and it has such a cute, floral fragrance. The dry oil formula means that it doesn’t leave any residue on your skin and a little goes a long way. It’s also so much nicer than the shimmer version I previously received.
My favourite thing about this month’s box is that (aside from the brush cleaner) they were all good, well known brands which I think is down to the fact that they’re from the Vogue 100. They’re also really good sample sizes and I know I’m going to get lots of use out of everything.
Everyone also receives a voucher code for 6 free issues of Vogue when purchasing a 12 month subscription which is a nice little touch. Maybe a better idea could have been to take Look Fantastic’s idea and just include this month’s edition of Vogue with the box.
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Hope everyone got some nice things in their subscription boxes this month, thanks for reading!
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