Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Review | Birchbox June 2014

It doesn't matter how many times I tell myself that I won't look at the "hints" or the bloggers preview reviews I always end up peeking and then hoping I end up with the "better" items in my Birchbox. I was lucky again this month so read on to find out what I received!

Birchbox June 2014
The box's theme is "Global Strikers" and is a selection of items from all over the globe in a loose tie in with the World Cup that's happening in Brazil. The least exciting 'Lifestyle Extra' I've ever received from Birchbox is the flip flip keyring in the colours of the Brazilian flag. Ooh...

Beauty Blender + Blender Cleanser Solid £26 (full size)
Having read several reviews of boxes that people had been sent prior to release I was very excited at the prospect of receiving a Beauty Blender which retails for £26 with the cleansing solid. My favourite tool to apply my foundation is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge but after using the Beauty Blender I can honestly say... that it still is. I just don't like the shape of the sponge and instead of using less foundation I used more than twice the amount I normally would. It was awkward to hold too. I used it as per the instructions so I'm not sure what (if anything) I'm doing wrong! I'm really grateful I got to try this but feel bad that lots of other people didn't get this who might have appreciated it more.

Yves Rocher Sheer Botanical Lipstick £9.90 (full size)
I've heard of this brand before but never tried anything by them. For some reason I can't see their name without thinking of Ferrero Rocher and so I immediately think of chocolate! The lipstick is sheer and enriched with moisturisers to leave lips soft. It smells divine which might be because it's infused with cherry oil. It gives a light wash of colour which I can build. The shade I received is marron glace which is a deep neutral and was the shade I'd been hoping for and the one I'm most likely to wear. It feels really nice on the lips but being sheer it doesn't last too long so regular top up is required. This isn't a problem though because it's so creamy and leaves lips feeling soft and well cared for. I would probably re-purchase this!

OPI Nail Lacquer - The Brazil Collection £3.48 (3.75ml trial size)
Typically, because I just can't have it all, I got the one shade of polish that I won't wear. Where Did Suzi's Man-go is a mango orange colour and not suited to my skin tone at all. It required two coats but it seems to go on quite well. I will find a nicely tanned friend to donate this to!

Korres Citrus Body Milk £2.38 (50ml trial size)
This brand is completely new to me and hails from Greece. The entire range seems to be infused with citrus scents so I'm very tempted to try more from them as citrus is my favourite scent. This body milk is very runny which I should have realised given that it's a milk and not a balm or cream. Duh. I poured some out to photograph and half the bottle came out. Oops! The smell is lovely and it leaves only a slight lingering scent on the skin which I really like. I think I would buy more from this range.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Cream £9.50 (10ml trial size)
I was hoping to receive something from Caudalie and luckily I did! This cream is a light beige which disappears into the skin without a trace. It's very lightweight and seems to work quite well. I have a hundred and one different moisturisers in my arsenal so once this is gone I can't see me forking out £38 but it's been great to try it and hopefully it'll help with my rosacea.

Total value of contents: £51.26
Cost of box: £10 (+ £2.95 P&P)

This month's box was great value and Birchbox just seems to be getting better and better whilst other subscription boxes are, in my opinion, falling short of the mark. I probably won't use the Beauty Blender and now I've used it I can't really give it away which is a shame, and the OPI polish isn't to my taste but I love the other items in my box and they'll definitely be used and appreciated!

Did you get Birchbox this month? What did you receive? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. This - with How Bout Them Apples instead of the Yves Rocher - is my box should it arrive (1st box went AWOL)! Did you moisten the Beautyblender? I'm sure I read somewhere that wetting it slightly it works better as it stops it soaking up the foundation. It's a shame you don't get on with the Blender as it seems to be the one product people really wanted in their box. I've never used one so don't know if the hype is deserved! X

    1. I did wet it and then it seemed to soak up all the foundation and none went on my face... very odd!

  2. I wish I could receive this in Canada, wow! Try running your Beauty Blender under water and squeezing it out until it's doubled in size. Then try using by bouncing it against your face while applying your foundation, or to blend out your under eye concealer. Did you do it that way? I love mine so I hope you can get the proper use out of yours! :)

    1. I did wet it, yes... but it seemed to just soak up the foundation so I used triple the amount to get the same made up look :( Thanks for stopping by Emily!

  3. The lipstick looks such a nice colour! I know what you mean about looking at other boxes first! I did this before receiving last months Glossybox and I ended up slightly annoyed with a few things I got as I had seen the products that others had got! But I guess thats the fun of beauty boxes, I haven't tried the beauty blenders, because I think that other sponges will do just as good a job :) xx

    1. I love the Realisation Techniques sponge but the Beauty Blender cleaning disc is amazing so it was worth receiving just for that - it's brought all my brushes up to their original colour!

  4. Wow really interesting things! Usually I see all mini packages but these are all full size :)


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