Sunday, 19 May 2013

Birchbox May 2013

So this month’s Birchbox has arrived and it is inspired by the idea of getting ready for your own red carpet moment this summer.

Inside the box this month there is….

Make Believe shimmer lip gloss (full size £10)
I am aware of the Make Believe brand, I have the bronzer and my sister is a fan of the tinted moisturiser but this lipgloss leaves me a bit underwhelmed. I don’t have a tan at the moment, so I feel there is nothing to ‘enhance’ and I suspect this is a product they added to the range just to include a lip product rather than because it is something special. You never know though, I may be pleasantly surprised.

Elemental Herbology Cell Plumping Facial Moisturiser (sample size — full size £42)
I am always on the hunt for a good moisturiser so samples are very welcome. This will be my first experience of this brand too and I am glad that the sample is a decent size for a thorough test.

OPI Nail Lacquer (sample size — full size £11.50)
Such a cute little bottle but such a shame about the colour. It’s white or grey, I can’t tell. It doesn’t say red carpet to me, I would expect a colour that is in this season. Hopefully it will be more impressive on the nails, but I suspect it may well end up as something I use for manicure tips rather than an all over colour.

B/Attitude Body Souffle (sample size — full size £24)
Generally I don’t like body moisturiser samples but I immediately opened this up to give it a sniff. The scent is fresh but sweet and you can see the souffle texture. I expect this to be a treat to use even though I am unlikely to be persuaded to so much on a body moisturiser.

Kusmi Tea Detox Tea (lifestyle extra — full size £13.85)
Of the whole box this was the sample I was most excited to see. I tend to go for English tea but I know that I should incorporating more herbal teas. This is a blend of mate and green tea, flavoured with lemon and lemon grass and is meant to help rid the body of pent up toxins and boost energy, which is very much needed right now as I lie in bed with a cold! If it tastes good I’m sure I’ll repurchase.

Doctor Duve Anti-Ageing and Firming Eye Cream (beauty extra, sample size — full size £115)
A sachet sample for an eye cream in particular is pretty useless, unless the effects are immediate or overnight there is never enough product to do a full trial. I can understand why the sample isn’t bigger though, the full size product is £115!

I’m in two minds about this box, I know I’ll use everything but it doesn’t scream ‘red carpet’ to me or really excite me. What do you think?


If you are interested in subscribing to Birchbox more information can be found on their website and this month they are donating 30% of all sales in the e-shop to Fashion Targets Breast Cancer! 

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