Birchbox Review – December 2017

*Birchbox x Matthew Williamson – December 2017
Monthly subscription is £10.00 plus £2.95 P&P
No. of Products in the Box – 5 items
www.birchbox.co.uk

I’m back today to share a quick unboxing of the latest Birchbox for December and in light of the season it even came packaged like an early Christmas present! This month they’ve collaborated with British designer Matthew Williamson and as you can see they’ve really pushed the boat out in terms of the design – this one sure is a keeper! Line-up wise, the box came with a host of goodies to help us feel festive like warm fragrances, a red lippy, hydrating skin care to fight off the cold weather and not one but three full sizes which doesn’t happen often!

Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription service. The box consists of 5 luxe beauty treats from well-known brands and emerging brands and occasionally you may also receive a lifestyle item too. Birchbox is also a full-blown beauty destination where you can purchase all the brands which have been featured in their boxes.

Here’s what I received inside my *December box (Contents may vary. Please see the December spoiler post to see what you may receive)

Up first and a firm favourite out of the box is The Ritual of Ayurveda Foaming Shower Gel (Travel Size 50ml RRP £4.50), I absolutely love every single thing I’ve tried from this brand from their shower foams to their home diffusers!  This foaming shower gel features a mix of Ayurvedic ingredients such as Sweet Almond Oil and Indian Rose and together they create somewhat of sensual and romantic fragrance.  I’m already thinking about picking up the body cream so I can smell like this for the rest of the year!

This month all subscribers got to choose a lipstick from two variations and shade wise I’m pretty delighted that the LOC Vibrant Matte Lipstick in confident (Full size RRP £6.50) made its way inside my box as it’s the perfect pop of red for this time of the year and all-year round really! In case you didn’t know LOC (Love of Colour) is Birchbox’s in-house make-up range! The formula is creamy and smooth but I wasn’t impressed by the overall wear performance but nonetheless it’s very wearable.  

Sticking to make-up, all subscribers can also expect to see an Eye Brush (RRP £4.99) from another one of my favourite brands Spectrum Collections! Described as the perfect size and shape to fit the contour of your eyes, this synthetic brush can be used with powder or cream shadows to shade and define your eyelids for a foolproof smokey eye or simple wash of colour.

Moving onto skin care up we have the Nip & Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser (Sample size 10ml) which contains kale, watercress and almond oil to help enrich the skin with vitamins and protect against external factors that dries the skin. This also contains aloe vera and shea butter to improve the texture of your skin and keep it hydrated. I love the refreshing cucumber scent but I found the thick formula to be way too rich for my oily skin.

Lastly out of the box and my least favourite sample is the Kebelo Clarifying Shampoo (Travel size 40ml). I have nothing against the brand but I sampled this a couple of years ago and it stripped somewhat of my hair colour so isn’t something I’ll be using again. This paraben free and detoxing shampoo promises to be gentle in formula but tough on grime and deeply cleanses with a blend of mild ingredients to exfoliate your hair, rejuvenating every strand for purified, soft results. Can be used as little as once a month!

My Verdict

And that about wraps things up! The stunning design and collaboration with Matthew Williamson, the Rituals Foaming Shower Gel, the Spectrum Collections Brush and the LOC lipstick was enough to make this a great Birchbox for me but I have to say, the real winner was the shower gel as I love bath products and the fact that I can easily incorporate this into my daily routine. The only items I won’t be able to make use out of is the moisturiser and the shampoo but other than that I’m really happy with what I received and value-wise the line-up included three full sizes which doesn’t happen often so that was a lovely bonus. Here’s to hoping the January box is just as good! 

January Sneak Peek: Choose your Lord & Berry Blush from two shade options. 

Birchbox Offer:

Get a FREE LOC Eyeshadow Duo when you order your December Birchbox. 

Use the code LOOK via www.birchbox.co.uk


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Look Fantastic Beauty Box Review – December 2017

*December Look Fantastic Beauty Box
Price of the Box: Subscriptions start from £13.00 per month including P&P
No. of Products in the Box – 6
Worth over £62.00
www.lookfantastic.com

When Look Fantastic revealed their Beauty in Wonderland theme for December I’m not going to lie but I had really high hopes as the campaign alone just looks so, so pretty – you just to need to take one look at the advent calendar to really appreciate the beauty of the design plus last month’s box was pretty awesome too so the bar was set super high! In terms of the line-up it’s a little skin care heavy for my liking but what makes me even more sad is that there’s nothing that really wows me or particularly stands out apart from the bath bomb and the exfoliator! Not a great end to the year but on a positive note there is quite a few newbies on board in the form of brands/products I’ve not come across before and you can also expect to see the latest copy of Elle Magazine.

The Look Fantastic box offers a selection of handpicked, must have beauty fixes wrapped in a beautifully presented box and delivered straight to your door. The beauty box will always include a minimum of six products and offers a selection of skin care, hair care, cosmetics and body products, catering for every beauty lover.

This month’s box showcases products from Figs and Rouge, Bubble T, Gatineau, Polaar, Suki and MDMFlow.

Here’s what I received inside my December Box: 

Up first and my favourite product out of the box by far is the Bubble T Limited Edition Beauty in Wonderland Bath Fizzer (RRP £4.99) and judging by the description it’s been exclusively created for this month’s edit which makes it extra special. Packaged to match the Beauty in Wonderland theme, this bath bomb contains a unique blend of blueberry and grape infusions, delivering nourishment and hydration to all skin types.

The MDMFlow Matte Lipstick (Full size £15.00) in the shade Bossy is without a doubt is a generous inclusion and would have been another firm favourite but it’s something I’ve received previously. Formula-wise, their semi-matte lipsticks are the perfect in-between formula as they create the look of a matte lip but at the same time also keep your lips hydrated thanks to the silky texture. The shade does lean more towards a warm toned nude which surprisingly doesn’t look bad at all against my pale skin but think I would have preferred something more festive.

Moving onto skincare there’s a couple of variations from Gatineau and I received the Melatogenine AOX Probiotics Youth Activating Beauty Serum (Sample Size 5ml). Described as a light refreshing pale pink emulsion, the serum is a pure infusion of longevity that diminishes lines and wrinkles, smooth’s and rejuvenates the face and improves radiance and luminosity. It’s ideal for skin which is beginning to show fine lines and wrinkles.

Sticking to skincare we have the Figs and Rouge Hydra Activ Smart Nutient Day Cream (Travel size 20ml), a replenishing day cream complex that delivers instant and long last hydration to leave skin smooth & radiant. It’s formulated with moisturising ‘Smart Nutrient’ Technology and Nourishing Vitamin Complex A, C, E. + Phase System: 3 Hydrate.

Up next is the Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser (Sample size 7.5ml) and is just one of the two products that caught my attention this month. This hardworking cleanser does a hell of a lot such as enhancing clarity, unclogs pores, reduces dullness, exfoliates dead cells, smoothes dryness, lines & wrinkles and reveals fresh, new skin. It’s scented with lemongrass and smells really refreshing.

Lastly and to weather-proof our hands is the Polaar Hand Cream (Travel Size 25ml), an ancestral formulation developed by the women of Lapland which is highly concentrated in arctic berries extract. It preserves the beauty and smoothness of your hands and benefits from a light and discreet fragrance wrapped in comfort within an invisible and protective “glove”.

My Verdict

You can probably tell from my review that I just wasn’t very much in love or excited by any of the samples that I received this month which of course could be due to the fact that they set the bar high last month but personally I think they should have saved that particular edit for December. While the design of the box matched the theme I felt that the same quality just wasn’t passed down to the contents and it was a little too skin care heavy for my liking but on a positive note it was nice to see some newbies on board in the form of new brands and products I’ve not come across before. Favourites so far include the bath bomb and the exfoliator but other than that I’ve got to admit this is probably my least favourite offering from them in a hell of a long time which happens from time to time as not every month can be a winner but taking into account it’s December the line-up just lacked that sparkle.

The November Look Fantastic Beauty Box is available now via  www.lookfantastic.com

If you fancy subscribing their pre-paid plans (3,6 and 12 months) are currently on offer.

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