Category: Products tested

June Birchbox review – why am I cancelling?

Hello all, welcome back to another Birchbox review, and my last Birchbox review. Lets jump straight into it.

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First of all I liked the tin idea.   At least with a tin I know it will last longer than the normal boxes and it is re-usable.  However I DISLIKED the design, it is so old fashioned.  The design is for their 5th year Birthday, but not pretty compared to the other boxes I have received.
Lets dive into the products.

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Whittard of Chelsea tea bags x3

Yep tea bags,  I don’t even drink tea so this was a waste.  In my profile when I complete my likes, dislikes and preferences no where did it state do I want tea in my box.  I bet this is because it’s a UK box – STEREOTYPES!!
There were 3 flavours:
1- Earl Grey
2 – Mango & Bergamot
3 – Lemon & Ginger

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POLAAR sun cream – retail price £25

Another product that I didn’t really need, I will use it as it is sun cream but not needed as a sample.  Sun cream is so easy to purchase why spend £25 on it :/
I am turning into  a negative reviewer, but when I spend money for samples and I get two products so far that I won’t really use…… WASTE

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AMIKA Bombshell blowout spray – retail price £14.99

Okay I received 2 hair products again this month,  I don’t even use them all.  This is a common complaint online that I see, makeup products are less and less where as there is always loads of hair products….
However I did try this texture spray the other day for my ponytail and it was very good- used on dry hair.  I probably would buy the larger version.

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Benefit – POREfessional pearl primer – RRP £27.50 full sized.

YAY beauty products, and a good one.  I have wanted to try this primer for a while but refused to pay the full price.  I was sent a tin tiny sample size which is good enough.  I do like it under my makeup, it smooths out dry skin and dry spots – leaving my makeup after application flawless.

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Number 4 Jour d’automne smoothing balm – RRP £24.50

I have tried the balm when my hair was dry due to me having naturally frizzy/curly hair.
It worked well, but really smells like men’s lynx body spray :p weird but it works.

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Ella Eden eye shadow – RRP £12.99

Very nice creamy eye shadow, no fall out and very shimmery.
I use this in the centre of my eyelid for a highlight.
May even be good to use as a highlight on the face, see the swatch below.

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I have tried this box for the last 4 months, however I have decided I no longer want to spend £12.99 a month on this box.
I get loads of hair products and rarely get makeup products like promised.  Each month I am slowly becoming disappointed.
My profile was always updated so that products should match my needs however I never felt Birchbox paid attention to it.

This month was the last one I wanted and I have now decided to cancel my subscription.

Will I look into other boxes HELL YES! However next time I am going to research into a lot more depth to get the best price for my money.
Leave your thoughts below.

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Links to my previous boxes:

March Birchbox – first time buying

April Birchbox 2018- Cath Kidston special edition

May Birchbox 2018

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May Birchbox 2018

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Welcome back to my 3rd Birchbox I have received this year.  This box is only worth £10 + postage and packaging.   Truth be told, I was only excited about two products in this months box.  However for £10 I can not really moan.  BARGAIN!!

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Check out all these goodies: Shower wash, eyeliner, face wash, matte lip gloss, and activated charcoal deodorant.

Remember all products are sample sized in these boxes…I am about to give you the full retail prices.

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Eyeko Skinny Liquid eyeliner – black.
£16

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Nuxe aquabella micro exfoliating purifying gel.
£12

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Native unearthed activated charcoal natural deodorant balm.
£7.99

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Doucce luscious lip stain.
£21
Definitely going to review this soon, wow.

And finally: Greenfrog Botanical bodywash – Geranium and peppermint.
£8.95
(Sorry lost my image for this)

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Hope you all enjoyed a little tour into my Birchbox.
So far I have only really tried the lip stain, the eyeliner i have swatched and it looks promising.

Check out my previous boxes:

March Birchbox – first time buying

April Birchbox 2018- Cath Kidston special edition

Old makeup clear out.

Hello all my beauty lovers,  I am bringing back my makeup reviews, hauls and used products.  Tried and tested.
I always buy a mixture of high end and drug store, and now I feel I am getting used to the sort of formulas I like I feel I am more than ready to show you my tips, tricks and all time favourite products.

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Today I had a good look in my makeup drawer and thought, I do not use half of this makeup and it’s taking up so much room.   Today was the day to remove the makeup I have tried and disliked or just not used for a LONG time.

All the products in the picture above have probably been in my drawer for as long as 1-4 years (hides face in shame).  I know I know 4 years is a bloody long time to not use it all.

I am trying to teach myself to use eye shadow more and create some new eye looks.  This is a huge lesson for me, I am no way going to start looking like those beauty gurus on Youtube in a LONG time.  Hence why a lot of the above makeup is eye shadow palettes.

Products removed:

Smashbox palette with 30 eye shadows, 3 blush and 1 contour shade- lovely palette, amazing.  I just never used the bold colours and then never used the palette.  Have had this for 4 years.

Smashbox smokebox  6 shades- too dark for me. I used to use the black shadow a lot more for liner.

Estée Lauder blush palette- too dark for my complexion now.

W7 neutral eye palette- not used.

Urban decay setting powder-  too orange for me now.

Smashbox contour- too orange for my skin tone, but a fantastic contour shade that lasted me for EVER.

Benefit – double brow.  Just not easy for me to use, I am a beginner with drawing on brows.

Rimmel BB cream- did not like the formula

Maybelline velvet- Again did not like the formula and tried multiple times.

Milani blush-  not very pigmented so ended up not using it.

Mascaras- out of date

NYX matte lip- felt very dry and used to feel crusty on my lips EWWW.

Rimmel lasting 25 hour powder foundation- only bought on holiday as waterproof and had sun protection but again not easy to use.

Collection, concealer-  not my type of formula and just pulled at my skin.