Merry and Bright – December 2016 Birchbox

img_0840It’s been such a busy couple of weeks that I totally forgot to share my December Birchbox with you guys… better late than never I suppose.

This box beats the November box by a mile in my opinion, although I pretty much use last month’s wet hair brush everyday and highly recommend it to get through your tangled knots after a shower.

So what’s in the box?

The full size product for this month was the Fierce Flicks Eyeliner by Ciaté London. I’ve used this product everyday since getting this box. I always prefer to use a felt tip liner and this one is the perfect thickness to allow you to get a precise finish and it’s a lovely dark black shade and looks great. The only downside is that it does tend to smudge a little so you will need to make sure you use some finishing spray or powder after applying to help it last longer and check it out every now and again to make sure it doesn’t look like you’ve had a mini meltdown at work! But all in all I’d give this product an 8 out of 10 – one of the better felt tip eyeliners that I’ve used.

Next up is the Cavier Stick by Laura Mercier in the Amethyst shade. This is an absolutely stunning colour and has a lovely creamy texture. It’s got a lovely sparkle to it which makes it perfect for the Christmas season and is a great addition to your Christmas or New Year’s party outfits. 10 out of 10.

This box also contains a travel sized Benefit product. My box came with the Benefit POREFessional Matte Rescue Primer but just note that it might vary as my boyfriend’s mum got a Cheek and Lip tint – which she already had and so donated to me #DoubleWin. This primer is fantastic and a great base for your makeup. I’ve heard lots of good reviews about this primer from various people and, after using it myself, I totally agree. This primer is a must-have and I’m definitely going to be purchasing the full sized product as a key feature of my beauty bag. 10 out of 10. 

img_0842December also brought the Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm by Percy and Reed. I’d never heard of this brand before and was a bit dubious as it doesn’t really smell of anything and I wasn’t sure on the consistency as it feels a little thin. All in all, it’s okay but I’m not sure that I’d purchase it again – especially at an £18 price tag. I prefer the texture and the smell of the Aussie leave in conditioners and last month’s protect and detangle spray by Beauty Protector personally. I’d give this product a 3 out of 10. 

Last but not least is the New Leaf Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish by amie skincare. I will put my hands up and say that I haven’t yet had chance to use this product so will let you know how I get on with it, but from taking a look, it seems to be quite a creamy texture and I’m not sure how abrasive it will be at first glance. Usually I use St Ives Apricot Scrub as an exfoliator, purely because it’s one of the more effective ones and this product looks to be the other end of the spectrum so I’ll give it a go and see what I think. Product rating TBC. img_0847

I love the packaging of this box. It’s nice and simple and would look lovely under the tree with a bow on top. The various leaflets that come with the box have a beautiful candy cane design and it made me feel instantly festive as it came to the door.

As an added bonus, this box has a cute gift voucher which you can use to share a Birchbox subscription code for a last minute gift. I thought this was a lovely touch and it’s perfect for those friends and family members who love to img_0849try out new brands.

With only a few weeks left of December – scary I know – there’s still time to place an order for the Merry and Bright Birchbox whether that’s for a friend or for yourself. Christmas shopping is hard, remember to treat yourself too! You deserve it.

Use this link to get your first box at half the price.

For those of you that already have a subscription, I’d love to hear what you thought of this month’s box and which full size products you are looking to purchase as a result of trying them.

In case you missed my review of the November edition of the Birchbox, you can catch up here. I’d love to know what you thought of your November beauty gifts!

-Em

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My first Birchbox – Shake your tail feather, November box

Having spent the last week a bit down in the dumps, tucked up in bed with the flu, I decided that now was a good time to finally order the Birchbox subscription that I’ve been thinking about for a while. I was a bit dubious at first, having heard a few people who weren’t fussed by it and ended up cancelling their subscription but I thought I may as well give it a go and rule it out instead of sitting there thinking about it.

I, personally, have a bit of an obsession with buying beauty products and trying out new brands, shades and trends – you only have to look at my giant makeup bag that it bursting at the seams, much to my partner’s dismay, to see that. The Birchbox is a great way of trying those new products that you wouldn’t necessarily think to try if you were to purchase the products yourself.

Now, for the unboxing.

I have to say that the delivery was very prompt. I ordered it on the Sunday night and expected not to receive it until the following Monday but sure enough, it arrived that Friday afternoon and brightened up my pretty dull day cooped up in bed.

The packaging is absolutely stunning and they do a different theme each month when they partner up with various brands. This month’s box was a partnership with Tatler and featured a gorgeous peacock designed box – to say I LOVE it is an understatement.

Cut to the chase – What were the products?!

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This month’s box included 6 products – one of which was a bbrowbar mascara as a free gift for subscribing.

  • Black mascara by the bbrowbar free gift for subscribing
  • Lip tar/ primer by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
  • Golden Glow Illuminator BB cream by Marcelle
  • Anti-fatigue moisturing cream by NUXE Paris
  • Protect and detangle spray by Beauty Protector
  • Midi brush by the Wet Brush Pro

So… what was the verdict?

I absolutely love the Birchbox and will definitely be keeping my subscription – for now at least. It’s a lovely idea and a great way to reward yourself for all the hard work you do throughout the week.

I haven’t yet managed to try out all the products just yet, I just got so excited that this arrived that I wanted to share it with you all. Look out for my reviews on each of these products as I give them and keep your eyes peeled for a December box opening.

If, like I was, you are toying with the idea of getting a subscription, just go for it. Use this code to get 50% off your first box and do share which products you get in yours and what you think of them.

Anyway – here’s to a good weekend and wishing I was back in Ibiza sipping this gorgeous cocktail!

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-Em

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