It seems like absolute ages since I have picked up a subscription box! My last one was October – I don’t know how I’ve managed to go so long!
I went for a Birchbox again because they are reasonably priced, I like trying out products from brands I’ve never heard of and this month they were doing a free The Beauty Crop eyeshadow palette when you entered “Latte” at the checkout. How could I resist it?
This month Birchbox have teamed up with notonthehighstreet to give you and a friend 15% off your next order at notonthehighstreet.com and their box has been designed by Miss Bespoke Papercuts.
The packaging on this one is beautiful. Definitely fitting for a February theme with the flowers in pink and red. You also get three post cards in the same style which is really cute!
In the box you get five products, four are full-size and two are exclusive to Birchbox. The value of the full-size products alone are almost triple the amount of what the box cost me and with the eyeshadow palette on top of that, I’m very happy with my purchase.
What makes it even better is that all the products in the box are cruelty free which is fantastic! I love how more brands are doing this!
I only received this a few days ago so I’ve not had a chance to test everything out as fully as I normally would but first impressions still count right? 🤣
Anatomicals – Body Cleanser
I love the packaging of the Anatomicals products. They are really eye-catching and pretty amusing if you read the small print. For example, this reminds you to recycle or “recycle man will recycle you!”
This smells amazing! It’s a very subtle floral scent which will brighten your mood until you get to work at least!
This lathers up fairly well (using a body puff anyway) and leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean and smelling great!
This retails at £4.00 which is more expensive than I would normally spend on a shower gel but for a treat, I don’t think I’d mind picking this up again.
LOC – Liquid Shimmer Eyeshadow
This was the product that you could choose your shade, I’m a risk taker (🙄) so I didn’t choose! I was sent the shade Moonlight which is a beautiful bronzey-gold shimmer.
I’ve not tried this on my eyes yet but I did swatch it and it did not budge! It’s water based so should be removed easily using a cleanser but it stayed on the back of my hand for ages and it didn’t smudge or crease!
It set really quickly too and it says it can be layered to make it more bold. The doefoot applicator will make it so easy to apply to your lid.
I’m excited to try this one as I’ve not really been a fan of liquid shadows for the most part but this seems fairly promising!
This costs £8.00 and is a fairly small bottle but I think it will last a while as I wouldn’t wear this type of shimmer every day, only when I’m feeling a bit extra!
Coco & Eve – Hair Masque
So I haven’t tried this because you’re supposed to wash your hair, towel dry it and then pop this on for 5-10 minutes which I just don’t have time for during the week!
I’m interested in this though, as I love a hair mask. Having bleached, fine hair means my hair isn’t in the best condition most of the time and it is due for a bit of a pick me up!
The coconut and fig scent is really nice and thankfully not overpowering! It claims to repair damage, hydrate, fight frizz and detangles your hair. With all those claims it should be sold as a miracle product!
This costs £9.00 and I’ll probably get about 10 uses out of this as I only need a tiny amount. If you have thicker hair than me (that’s everyone!) this will be gone in a flash!
John Masters Organics – Body Milk
Again, another product that smells amazing! Geranium and grapefruit is definitely an invigorating smell to me!
This absorbs really easily and quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave any tackyness or greasyness on the skin so you can get dressed pretty much instantly after application.
It leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated which I think we all need after these winter months!
This was the only sample product in the box and I kinda understand when it retails at £18.00 a bottle! I don’t buy “luxury” skin care as I think cheaper brands can do just as much for a much smaller pricetag!
Luxie – 205 Tapered Blending Brush
I love getting new makeup brushes, mainly because I am hella lazy and can’t be bothered washing them most of the time so more brushes equals more time between washes!
The brush feels really soft and I haven’t noticed any shedding of the bristles at all yet.
It blends eyeshadows nicely and picks up product well. It’s a really good size for blending in the crease and could be used on the lower lashline for creating a dramatic smokey eye.
This costs £11.00 which is probably standard for buying brushes on their own I think? I tend to buy sets so it works out slightly cheaper!
The Beauty Crop – Espresso Yourself
This was my freebie this time and I’m really surprised that you get a full-size eyeshadow palette for nothing!
This palette has 21 shades which contain coffee extract and antioxidants which are supposed to help reduce dark circles and tighten the area around the eyes. I didn’t notice any benefit like that when I was wearing it but maybe it helps with regular use?
The shades themselves are really nice and as the name of the palette suggests, are all named after hot drinks such as Latte, Chai and Flat White.
On first application I was a bit confused as to where the pigment was but the colours are buildable and you can create everyday or dramatic looks.
The shadows blend really easily together and there is a nice gradient of colour. Every shade would look nice with any others from the palette as the compliment each other so well.
I didn’t notice very much fallout on my cheeks but there was a ton of kickback in the pan!
The shimmers feel nice and buttery and didn’t crease or fade throughout the day.
One thing I did really notice is the smell, I was hoping for coffee but instead it smells really chemically. I’m not sure if that’s the glue that holds the pans in or if it’s the shadows themselves but something to be warned of if you don’t like that type of smell.
This costs £23.00 on its own and the pan sizes are smaller than your average palette but it would be a good choice to dip into for your everyday looks! The only thing that would put me off would be the fact I would likely get hit with custom charges here in the UK.
All in all, I’m really happy with this month’s box. I’ve never tried any of these brands before and it has given me a chance to try them out. I’ve been very pleasantly surprised as normally you get at least one questionable product in these types of boxes!
Have you tried any new subscriptions recently? Is there any you would recommend I pick up next month? Let me know down below ⤵️.
As always, thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it! Please leave any feedback – positive or negative – as I’d love to hear your views!