Birchbox – February Review

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February’s Birchbox is here, arriving bang on Valentine’s Day, which is appropriate for the Birchbox Loves theme. This month’s box is all about the things we love; from film and books, to our friends and naturally our favourite beauty products, and the team at Birchbox HQ have promised us a box full of sumptuous treats for the body and exciting, lust-worthy makeup.

Birchbox has had a really good run of boxes and themes recently and of course with February being the month of love expectations are naturally high. So what is in my box and is it love or loathe?

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My first item is a 10ml sample of Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum (30ml RRP £45). This oil-free serum promises to brighten the skin, fade dark spots and even skin-tone preventing them from making an unwelcome appearance. Perfect for all skin types, the formula is free of irritating ingredients like parabens, sulfates, and petrochemicals. I really love Caudalie products so i’m always happy to see them pop up in my beauty boxes. I actually got the matching Day Cream to this in a Birchbox last year and it was really nice.

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My second item is a travel sized tube of Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo (200ml, RRP £10). Packed with loads of the naturally active ingredients including shea butter, Vitamin E, apple and orange extracts this SLS-free shampoo gently cleanses the hair without leaving it stripped and boosts shine. It smells lovely too! I’ve never tried Liz Earle shampoo before but I adore the skincare, so i’m eager to see if this stands up to them.

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Next we have a brand that every subscriber will sample – theBalm Cosmetics. I received a little 1.2g tube of theBalm Cosmetics Stainiac (full size RRP £10), a lip and cheek tint similar to Benefit’s Benetint, but the texture is thicker. Although it looks quite dark in the tube the stain adds a sheer tint to lips and a lovely, natural flush om the cheeks. I actually prefer this as its gel formula makes it much easier to use.

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The fourth product is a massively generous full size Wild About Beauty Golden Skin Glow (RRP £21). This is a lightweight, wash-off, bronzing gel with a soft golden hue that suits all skin tones. There is no shimmer in this product and the colour is very natural looking, not a hint of orange, which is great! I’m naturally quite pale so this product is just what I need to give me a glow as we enter the Spring months.

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The final product in this month’s box is a 30ml sample of London Butterflies Body Butter Souffle (175ml, RRP £37). This gorgeous body souffle is packed with a blend of nourishing Shea Butter and Vitamin E, indulgent Golden Jojoba Oil, and the fresh fragrance of Lemon and Sweet Orange Oil. It smells good enough to eat and leaves skin feeling super-soft. London Butterflies is a brand exclusive for Birchbox and is a new discovery for me. I really love body creams as I have such dry skin that I use them daily, and I’ve instantly fallen in love with this one, from the high quality packaging, soft texture and beautiful scent, i’ll definitely be on the look-out for more from this brand!

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My lifestyle extra this month is a pack of The Chia Co. Mixed Berry Oats + Chia (RRP £4.95 for 5). This is an oat-based porridge containing chia seeds, fruit and coconut milk, to which you simply add water. I already use Chia Co chia seeds in my baking and cooking and I regularly sprinkle them into plain porridge, so i’m really interested to sample another of their products.

I think February’s Birchbox is a grower; on the face of it it may look a little unexciting, and the theme isn’t as in your face as previous months, but delve a little deeper and this box is packed with wonderful brands, new discoveries and top-to-toe treats. I’m over the moon with my selection of products and the value of the box is excellent. What did you think of this month’s selection?

If you are tempted to subscribe to Birchbox you can use my referral link and as a thank you we both get 50 points to spend in the Birchbox shop! A subscription to Birchbox costs £10 plus £2.95 p&p, which can be cancelled at any time.

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