My little sister is absolutely obsessed with makeup. She knows more at the age of 13 than I know now at 23. If I ever need makeup advice or tips, she’s who I go to. 

I’ve been toying with the idea of a beauty subscription box for a while, mainly so I can teach myself some things without having to go to my sister! And when I saw a fellow mama blogger do a review on Birchbox and Glossybox, it convinced me that I actually do need one in my life.

I chose Birchbox because it’s one I’ve heard the most about. It was super easy to sign up to, I just filled in my details and a style profile about my beauty preferences, skin type and hair type and they do the rest. It costs £12.95 per month and they also do 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions meaning you save money in the long run. I just went for the rolling month one in case I didn’t like it. I placed my order on a Sunday evening and it arrived on Wednesday. I was really impressed, especially when their website says it can take 5-8 working days.

This month’s theme was Vogue who celebrated their 100th birthday last year. The beauty products in this month’s box were selected from the Vogue 100 Beauty Hall of Fame and the box has a Vogue print with the word in big gold lettering across the top. All in all, a very sleek box. I opened it up to reveal the goodies inside. On top was a leaflet, explaining the products I’d received as well as talking a little bit about Vogue. So, here’s what was in my November’s Birchbox;

Brush cleaner – this is a Birchbox exclusive and is a full size product, retailing at £5. Simply add soap and water to the cleaner and sweep it over your brushes. The different grooves in the cleaner will remove any trace of product, leaving your tools clean and good as new. 

Percy and Reed Volumising No Oil Oil – as well as protecting your hair from heat styling, this no oil oil also has added ProVitamin B6 and violet extract which add volume to your hair. 1-2 drops is all you need, rub between your palms and add to towel dried hair. I’ve used it a couple of times and I can’t say it adds volume but it does smell amazing and leaves my hair smooth. It retails at £14.

Benefit Hoola bronzer – bronzer just isn’t s product I’ve ever thought to use. My skin is really pale, I have to buy the lightest foundation and sometimes even that is too dark. I haven’t fake tanned since I was in school so I don’t think this is something I will use. I’ll probably give it to my sister, she knows how to apply it properly! This would retail at £24.50 which to me is really hefty for a bronzer!

Klorane Dry Shampoo with added Oat Milk – I haven’t used this product either but that’s only because I wash my hair every day (the curse of having short hair!) It does smell really good though and I think I will use it at some point in the future, especially if we go camping again. It did come with a broken plastic lid though which I wasn’t impressed with. Full size, this would cost £8.

Nuxe Multi-Purpose Dry Oil – again, the smell from this is incredible! I’ve been using this on my face to give it some moisture and it’s been working. You can also use it on hair like the Percy and Reed one, I just haven’t yet. At retail, this would start at £17. I’m not sure it’s worth it, although it does have many uses. 

Cargo Cosmetics Sunset Blush – this was my free gift for signing up to my first box. Like the bronzer, blush isn’t something I use because I’m scared I’ll look like a clown. I’ve used this a couple of times on the apples of my cheeks though and it does give a shimmering glow. The leaflet didn’t mention this so I’m not sure how much it retails for.

Overall, I was impressed with my Birchbox. I’m going to stick with it for another month and then maybe branch out and try some others. Do you have any you like? Any recommendations would be great, I’m really getting into subscription boxes now!

Shannon x

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