Monday, 17 March 2014

Birchbox: March 2014

Hey everyone,
 
I'm a bit late getting this post up, I actually received this box on Friday but didn't have time to write any posts over the weekend. We found out last month that the March Birchbox was going to be a collaboration with Lulu Guinness. When I heard that I was so excited as to what the collaboration would entail, but I have to say I'm disappointed.
 
Turns out the collaboration entails; a thin cardboard slip which surrounded the box advertising the new spring/summer collection, a little booklet with some tips from Lulu Guinness, a stick of rock (yes, seriously) and a voucher for £20 off a £100 spend online or instore at Lulu Guinness. Considering the handbags are about £300, the £20 off doesn't really make much of a dent in the price. I don't know what I was expecting but this definitely wasn't something I was excited about, at all.
 
But the box itself had some really great items and that's the main thing! This month's Birchbox was actually quite good (contents wise) and the items were all from very well known luxury brands but the collaboration was a massive letdown for me.
 
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English Laundry No.7 Perfume Sample
 
Least exciting by far is this tiny 2ml perfume sample from English Laundry. Everyone knows you can pick up these perfume samples at any department store for free, all you need to do is ask. I don't understand how beauty boxes can include these as an item when they are free. The perfume itself is ok, not something I would purchase. It is described as having top notes of pear and jasmine blended with gardenia, vanilla and sandalwood. I would actually prefer this scent as a room fragrance instead of on my body!
 
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Korres Citrus Body Milk
 
This is a 50ml travel sized citrus scented body milk from Korres and retails at £2.43 so very purse friendly. This body milk's hydating properties are all down to the inclusion of super nourishing almond oil and shea butter. 50ml is the perfect size for travelling and this smells incredible. Its almost a masculine scent and just reminds me of my Fiance's citrus scented aftershaves. Being a body milk, this means it is very light and much more watery than a standard body moisturiser, which I like. It sinks into the skin relatively quickly and leaves the skin delicately scented and perfectly hydrated. I definitely want to delve more into the world of Korres now.
 
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Molton Brown Rhubarb & Rose Replenishing Hand Cream

This hand cream is from Rhubarb & Rose Hand Collection, a new release for Mother's Day. 40ml retails at £10 and this is a tiny 7ml sample, I'm guessing you'd probably get about 3 or 4 uses out of this. I love trying luxury brands like Molton Brown, I just wish we could get slightly bigger sample sizes! Rhubarb and Rose didn't appeal to me at all but its actually a very nice and refreshing scent.  
 
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Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner

This product has a sheer formula which claims to hide and refine pores, instantly mattify shine and absorb excess oil - sounds great to me! You apply a thin layer to your face before make-up and after moisturiser. This is a 7.5ml sample (full size is 30ml and retails at £39) but you only have to use a tiny bit on your T-Zone, so this should last a while! I'm really excited to try this, my pores are quite visible and I'm always trying to mask them as best as I can.
 
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Benefit Stay Don't Stray

This multi-use primer from Benefit is suitable not only for eyeshadow but also for concealers. I love a multi-use product and having never used a concealer primer, this sounds quite exciting! I have actually received a sample of this before but I have no idea where it is! This sample is 2.5ml and retails at £20.50 for full size (10ml). So this is a decent enough size and will probably last quite some time :)
 
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Candy Rock

The lifestyle extra in this box is a stick of rock - what else can I say, haha.


Box Contents Total:
English Laundry No. 7: £1.88
Korres Citrus Body Milk: £2.43
Molton Brown Rhubarb & Rose Hand Cream: £1.75
Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner: £9.75
Benefit Stay Don't Stray: £5.12
Stick of Rock: 50p
Total Value: £21.43


Overall, I do like the contents of this box but I think most of them were relatively inexpensive tiny samples. I am really happy with the brands included and the variety of products though! :)

If you are interested in signing up to Birchbox, please sign up via this link. If you sign up through that link we both receive £5 to spend on the Birchbox eshop on so many exciting brands, including all of the above! :)

Thanks for reading!

What do you think of this month's Birchbox?

Emily :) x

 

6 comments:

  1. I've always wanted to try Birchbox, This months products are really nice, I love that theres a stick of rock in there!
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    1. Birchbox is definitely the best monthly subscription box at the moment, in my opinion :) Some lovely products this month! xxx

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  2. Oh, the Lulu Guinness collaboration really IS so disappointing! And, the stick of candy rock really made me laugh out loud. Lol. No, really, I woke one of my sons up, haha.

    By the way, I have nominated your blog for the Liebster Award, as it is one of the 11 that I like to visit. The award is a fun way to answer a questionnaire so that your readers can learn more about you. :-) To learn more about what it is:
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    1. Yes, so, so disappointing! Haha! I'm glad it made you laugh :) Thank you :D xxx

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  3. What a great box. I think the UK Birchboxes are so much better than the US Birchboxes.

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