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Inside My Birchbox: May Edition

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

This month I finally subscribed to two beauty boxes. Glossybox (you can read my review on this months box here) and Birchbox. 

Birchbox costs £10 each month with £2.95 postage. They also offer 25% off your first box for students through My Unidays. And to top it all of they were offering a free full size Jelly Pong Pong highlighter for new subscribers - free makeup? yes please!

Just like Glossybox, Birchbox have a rewards scheme. When you review the box and the products within you earn Birchbox points, 100 points is worth £10 and they can be spent in Birchbox's online store which stocks sooo many popular makeup and beauty brands and products.

Unlike Glossybox, Birchbox has a new design every month. This months design - only revealed once you'd scratched away the top coating, kinda like a giant scratch card, and who doesn't love scratch cards - was inspired by dreams, specifically, dream holidays. Birchbox teamed up with Destinology to treat two subscribers. Two boxes this month had a secret message under the scratch coating. One, a holiday to the maldives, and the other, a holiday to Crete.

And although I didn't win a dream holiday, I did receive some pretty dreamy products

Spectrum Collections Unicorn Tears Wonder Sponge
Full Size: £4.99

So before this arrived I'd never actually used a beauty blender - I KNOW WORST MAKEUP ARTIST EVER RIGHT? My buffing brush had always done me proud and i'd never really felt the need to change things up; but, with the promise of flawless makeup and a unicorn theme (mostly the unicorn theme) I decided to give this a go. The sponge itself is super soft and doesn't absorb too much off the product as you apply. I wouldn't say I was left looking flawless but this did create a beautiful dewy base and it is definitely something I'll be integrating into my everyday makeup routine.

LOC One and Done Shadow Stick in Empress Me
Full Size: £8

LOC is Birchbox's first in-house makeup brand and I was super excited to try it out. I received a full sized product in the shade Empress Me which is a beautiful rose gold, copper tone. I am obsessed with anything and everything rose gold and was so happy to receive a shade I knew I would use. These shadow sticks promise 11 hours of creaseless, waterproof colour. The product is really pigmented and, as promised, lasts all day without budging. The only thing I did notice was that it lost its metallic finish towards the end of the day. The only difficulty I had with this product was that the staying power was a little too good and I wasn't able to blend or smudge out the edges of the product after applying. This was my favourite product in this months Birchbox and I'm sure this shadow will be making it into many of my makeup looks over the coming weeks.

Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner 
Full Size: from £11.50 

Infused with nutrients, vitamins and Amino Acids, this shampoo and conditioner aim to repair the hair. The shampoo gently opens and purifies the hair cuticles, doubles the moisturising effects for dry hair and strengthens and rebuilds damaged parts of the hair. The conditioner nourishes and strengthens the hair whilst binding moisture molecules to ensure hydration. I've tried so many shampoo and conditioners that promise wonderful things and i've seen no real difference so I didn't really know what to expect. I was amazed! My hair dried in half the time and omg it was so smooth! I have long hair with bleached ends so I am riddled with split ends but after using these products they were far less noticeable. My hair looked so healthy and I am convinced that if used over a long period then my hair would be in far better condition! This is definitely a product I will be investing in!!

Claudalie Vinosource Moisturising sorbet
Full Size: £23

With antioxidant boosting benefits and a unique gel-cream formula, this moisturiser promises to hydrate, reduce redness and instantly smooth the skin. My skin has been super sensitive recently and this has caused a lot of redness. I applied this product before bed, and when I woke the following morning I noticed that the redness was much calmer. The formula is hydrating, without causing the skin to feel oily. The only downside to this product was that it doesn't spread as much as some moisturisers I've used and I've used this twice and the tube is almost empty so even though the packaging for the sample was a decent size, the product that was actually in the packaging was not.

Kueshi Foot Care Cream 
Full Size: £12

Foot cream is a beauty product that I've never really acknowledged. 1) I hate feet, 2) Isn't that something that old people use? This cream is enriched with Sweet Almond Oil and Royal Jelly to smooth and soften as well as tea tree oil to calm and relieve. Because its something i'd never thought about using I was pretty intrigued to see the results. MY FEET WERE SO SOFT! The product absorbed so quickly and my feet felt instantly softer. I still don't think its something I would necessarily go out and purchase, but I will definitely be using this sample!

Givenchy Live Irresistible Fragrance
Full Size: from £44

As a little extra, Birchbox threw in a sample of this perfume. It such a lovely summer fragrance with top notes of juicy pineapple, heart notes of spicy rose and base notes of amber accord. Its a very fragrant scent and actually lasts all day! I love this perfume and am very tempted to purchase the full size version to add to my collection.

Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter
Full Size: £8.95

As I subscribed to Birchbox this month I received this full sized product for free. I am obsessed with it! This lightweight gel is 80% water based and oil free meaning it won't clog your pores and its also hypoallergenic so its perfect for those with sensitive skin. The highlight this creates is beautiful! It creates a natural looking soft glow and as a highlighter obsessive, I would say this is now a firm favourite!

I've loved the products in this months Birchbox and I'm so excited to see what next month has to offer! I also created a makeup look with the products I received so head over to my instagram to give that a lil' look
Instagram: sophiemae_mua

And if you decide you'd like to subscribe to Birchbox then i've left a link for you below!

Subscribe to Birchbox here

Inside my Glossybox: May Edition

Sunday, 22 May 2016

This month I signed up to two beauty box schemes, Glossybox being one of them.

I found that as a student, through 'my unidays' I was able to get 30% off my first two boxes. At full price a Glossybox costs £10 each month plus £3.25 postage and packaging.

Glossybox also have a rewards scheme. Each time you receive a box, you're invited to review the products inside and for each review completed glossydots are earnt. Every 1000 glossydots earnt, you receive a glossybox for free. I've just reviewed my first box and received 120 points.

This month I received my very first box. Having signed up on the 12th May I received my box on the 17th. Delivery was much quicker than I expected!

This months box actually had a collectors edition design. For this, Glossybox teamed up with the illustrators at 'OMY studio'. Four cities were selected; London, Paris, New York and Berlin and each city was imagined and brought to life on four collectable boxes.

This months box featured two full sized makeup products alongside a selection of travel minis and travel essentials. 

The first thing I saw when opening my box was this little pack of Proper Corn - Lightly salted .. Woo to healthy snacks!

I also received:

Hairon - Zero Crease Hair Tie 
Full size: £3.99

No damage, no kinks and THEY'RE PASTEL PINK!! The spiral design on these hair ties isn't the cutest thing but it is practical. Those of you with long hair will know the frustration of whipping your hair out of a top knot its been sat in for hours in the hope the words 'because I'm worth it' will finally belong in your mouth when instead you end up rocking the not so cute kinky hairstyle. These ties stop this completely and have allowed a smooth transition from troll doll to "because I'm worth it" all week. These ties also help to prevent damage. I am forever ripping hair ties and clumps of the matted mess I like to call my hair from my head. This has lead to more split ends than I care to acknowledge and so many flyaways. The smooth finish on these ties actually prevents them from rubbing against the surface of your hair preventing any damage. Heres to longer, thicker, fuller hair.

Absolute New York Velvet Lippie - Lolita
Full size: £4.93

Everyone is going crazy for Matte Liquid Lipsticks right now and I am no exception to that rule, meaning I was so happy to see this as one of my full sized products in this months Glossybox. I received the shade Lolita which is a pale dusky pink with a blue undertone, looking almost lilac in some lighting. As much as I love them I find matte formulas can be quite drying, but this formula is a little different. The lightly whipped texture is butter soft and even when set into its matte finish it isn't drying.

Hawaiian Tropic Protective Dry Oil SPF 15
Full Size: £13.99

Being as pasty as I am, during the warmer months me and suncream are BFFs and as much as it saves my skin I hate it. I hate the sticky, greasy feeling it often leaves. This water resistant dry oil is completely different. After applying, my skin felt smooth and moisturised but without any greasy residue. Living in the UK and being a broke ass student that waved goodbye to any chance of holiday when I submitted my application to university, I've not actually had a chance to test the protective properties of this product (it does say it protects against UVA and UVB rays) but, as soon as the sun comes out of hiding, I will for sure be reaching for this product. The only thing I'm not sure on is the scent. The formula is a blend of cocoa butter, coconut oil and vitamin C (to nourish your skin) with a coconut and guava scent - I EXPECTED SUCH GOOD THINGS! when actually, I kinda smelt like one of those candles you burn in the garden to stop yourself being eaten alive by mosquitos. The smell was slightly more bearable 5-10 minutes after applying but still not the heavenly aroma I expected.

Bee Good Youth Enhancing Plump & Firm Moisturiser 
Full Size: £23.50

Even if I had hated everything in this months glossy box this one product would have made it worthwhile! The natural ingredients within this moisturiser aim to hydrate, fight visible signs of ageing and give the skin a youthful glow. As soon as I hit 21 I felt old. I was terrified I would wake up with my boobs round my ankles and lines as deep as my uni debt so anything that claims to plump, firm and smooth has my full attention. I've been using this everyday, morning and evening and I can honestly say that i've seen an improvement in my skins appearance. Usually, I hate over priced beauty products but with this, I would be very tempted to pay full price although, I saw sooo many products by this brand in Tk Maxx this weekend for £6.99 so keep an eye out!

 Revlon Super Length Mascara
Full Price: £9.99

This was my second full size product in this months Glossybox. Usually, with a product like this you're able to choose which you'd prefer. Revlon have actually brought out five mascaras in this range, each does something slightly different. Because I was new to Glossybox they actually decided for me. This product is pretty decent. The wand isn't plastic - HALLELUJAH - and the formula does exactly what it says.. lots and lots of length. Personally, when choosing mascara I always opt for a volumnising formula so this version of the product isn't really for me but I will definitely be picking this up again, just the formula designed for volume instead.

Overall, my first impressions of Glossybox have been great and I've loved every product I've received.

I'll be doing another post when I receive my June Glossybox but in the meantime, if you decide you want to subscribe then I've left a link for you below!

Subscribe to Glossybox here

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