This month Birchbox teamed up with shoe designer Sophia Webster to bring us a box worthy of the festive season. Having seen the spoilers I already knew we were in for a treat, but as always nothing beats actually getting the box in your hands and delving through the contents. Due to delays with the courier, Yodel, my box was rather late to arrive so I watched in envy as other people revealed their contents, but finally it has landed, in a flurry of glitz, and I can unveil its contents and my thoughts.
First of all what strikes you is box. Rather than the usual plain brown box December’s Birchbox has an exclusive print and with its bright, jewel pattern is so pretty; it’s begging to be repurposed as a jewelry box or somewhere to stash treasures! The contents cards are equally glam; sparkly, bejewelled and very apt for this fan of anything that glitters!
Onto the products and first up is the item we all got to select from one of four shades – Models Own Velvet Goth Polish (RRP £5). This is a product I already have in Sardonyx, a deep red, so I chose Absinthe as it is a polish unlike any other in my collection. The polish itself is packed full of glitter and gives full coverage, but unusally dries to quite a matte finished giving a sophisticated finish. This polish in these jewel hues will be perfect for the party season and looks like it was made for this box!
Second is another item every subscriber gets – Benefit High Beam. Tucked into a cute Christmas cracker this cult highlighter will give a subtle sheen to every makeup look this December and although it is a mini a little really does go a long way. I use High Beam on my cheek bones but this can also be used underneath the brows, on the collar bone and dotted above the centre of your top lip to emphasise your cupids bow.
The final item that is the same across all boxes is a full size Eyeko Fat Eye Crayon (RRP £8) in Smoke. This is a chunky eye pencil that is ideal for creating a dramatic, smoky eye. Eye pencils are a staple in my makeup bag so this product is very welcome!
The next product is from a brand exclusive to Birchbox and one that is new to me. Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream (100ml, £50) contains marine collagen and a whole host of nutrient-rich botanicals that work to lock in moisture, restore elasticity, and boost radiance to leave skin looking more youthful. Formulated without parabens or skin irritants it sounds great. The 10ml pot is worth £5.
My fifth item out of the box is a 30ml bottle of Electric Hair Hydrate Shampoo (250ml, £17.50), a British indie brands founded by hair stylist Mark Woolley. The Hydrate Shampoo is packed with moisture-rich ingredients, including Meadowfoam and Sugar Beet, that retain hydration and add a beautiful, healthy looking shine. This shampoo smells lovely and i’m looking forward to trying it!
Unbelievably Birchbox have packed an amazing six beauty products into this box and my final one is a 2.5ml sample of Trilogy Organic Certified Rosehip Oil (20ml, £16.50). I love face oils and this is one I’ve been meaning to try for a while. Choc full of essential fatty acids Rosehip Oil is one of those buzz ingredients right now and all you need is a couple drops smoothed on before your usual skincare.
As if that wasn’t enough, last but by no means least we have the lifestyle extra; a beautiful coin purse designed by Sophia Webster for Birchbox.
If I was pleased with last month’s box i’m absolutely ecstatic about the December box; everything, from the stunning box design, the gorgeous purse and most importantly the selection of products, is perfect. The theme is executed to perfection and the box really feels special, which I think is a must for December. We also have everything needed for the party season, from indulgent skincare, to glam makeup and lush haircare! Birchbox have really gone out on a bang for 2014, and have really left me excited for what 2015 will hold!
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