BirchBox February 2016

It’s that time of the month again and my February BirchBox has arrived! It’s contents were intact thankfully despite the best efforts of the Yodel courier who left it on the doorstep outside in the pouring rain – apparently he didn’t fancy hanging around long enough to bother knocking on the door! He’s certainly no diamond!

BirchBox Feb 2016

BirchBox are carrying on with their ‘Best Year Ever’ idea this month and have themed the box design around diamonds – and one lucky BirchBoxer, sadly not me, will have received a £200 diamond necklace along with their box.

So did the box’s contents “Shine Bright Like a Diamond”? Let’s take a look:

Spectrum Collections, tapered powder brush, full size, RRP £7.99*
This is a very brightly coloured brush and really stands out next to the rest of my brush collection. The brush is from Spectrum Collections ‘Unicorn Collection’. The bristles are super soft artificial fibres and thus qualify as vegan for those who prefer such things. The small-ish size of the head of this brush makes it perfect for contouring. *Having had a look n their website Spectrum themselves seem to call this brush the Flawless Finish CO3 and it’s actually £8.99 from them.

LOC, shadow stick in shade ‘Champagne Problems’, full size, RRP £8
24558377340_74d8bd0885_zLOC, standing for love of colour, is a new brand being launched by the people who do BirchBox so naturally they’re going to give us some to sample!
I do love the shade I chose to receive, we were able to choose which one of two we would like a couple of months back. It’s a soft gold shade that’s not too yellowy so it’s very wearable even by those us who are quite cool toned. The stick goes on very smoothly and dries quickly onto the skin becoming quite immovable. They say you can get up to 11 hours wear from it – I’ve yet to test this out but based on the sturdiness of the swatch on my hand I’m actually tempted to believe them. I’ve never seen a cream shadow stick stick that well before. Well done BirchBox!

Eslor, Firming Collagen Day Cream, sample size
A moisturiser containing hydrolysed marine collagen (aka fish gelatin, pure cod science!) and retinyl palmitate (although this second ingredient with some science behind it is not mentioned by BirchBox). Smells slightly soapy to me to be honest and at £50 for a full jar I want something a bit better than some retinyl palmitate I can get for half that price, pore clogging avocado oil and cod science #SorryNotSorry

TheBalm, ‘Frat Boy’ blusher, sample size
TheBalm 'Frat Boy'
This very cute thumbnail sized sample of blush is highly pigmented so you really don’t need very much of it to create a lovely glow. It’s a slightly peachy-pink that works well on my pale skin tone, I think it would translate quite well to medium skin tones too given that it is quite pigmented but I’m not sure how well it would work for dark skins.

Ayres, body butter in Patagonia, sample size 
Coconut oil based with added shea butter this rich cream (it’s not solid as a true body butter should be) is enriched with vitamin E and antioxidants with a scent mixture composed of   jasmine and rosemary blended with lavender, bergamot, ylang-ylang, oakmoss, patchouli and fir – inspired by Patagonias mountains and lagoons. Smooths into the skin easily and smells lovely, I’m sure it won’t take me long to use up this little pot!

Catherine Malandrino, ‘Style de Paris’ eau de parfum, sample size
An extra product this month is this little perfume sample from French fashion designer Catherine Malandrino. I’m not brilliant at describing perfumes so I’ll give you the notes from BirchBox “Sophisticated yet fruity (we’re talking mandarin, red grapefruit, and pear) it’s guaranteed to turn heads”. My nose is not good enough to pick up any of those! It strikes me as a fairly classy, elegant fragrance for a grown lady. Unobtrusive enough for everyday at work and being an eau de parfum rather than eau de toilette you won’t have to take it with you in your handbag risking breaking the bottle.

Not a bad box overall, naturally it would be nice if the blush sample had been a bit larger but at least it’s tininess is incredibly cute. I remember we had a tiny sample like this of one of their bronzers a couple of boxes ago and there was a lot of whining on the BirchBox social media pages about how small it was, looks like round two is about to kick off so I’m going to go grab some popcorn!

Did any of you get anything different in your boxes this month?
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