January BirchBox – First Impressions

Hello lovelies, I hope you are all doing well. Today I am going to be talking about the January BirchBox and giving you my first impressions.

This months box is in collaboration with Rochelle Humes. To with off the design of the box is beautiful, it’s a marble design with a white/rosey quartz and gold foil running through it. There are 5 items in this months box one being full size and the other 4 are travel size or minis and each months box costs £12.95.

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Mélusine Jade Roller

This was the first item I spotted in this months box, I was so excited when I opened it up and realised what it was. I have seen some much about facial rollers and to get a full sized one in this months box was great.

I’ve given this roller a go and it’s really cooling. I think it will be great for calming skin if you’ve had a stressful day it could be quite therapeutic. I love the Jade colour as it’s a bit different from the rose quartz ones I see more often.

On the information sheet it states the roller can be used for “improving elasticity and fine lines, as well as puffiness and flawless skin. It also says to keep in the fridge to use it when applying a sheet mask to get an extra smoothing feel”.

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Greenfrog Botanic Body Lotion

This body lotion looks lovely, is it in the scent sweet argon and 85% of the ingredients are natural which is great. This is a vegan body lotion, it’s cruelty free and the bottle is fully recyclable!

I’ve never heard of this brand but I’m really impressed with this lotion. The scent is lovely, it definitely smells of argon but the sweetness gives it a vanilla aroma as well which I love.

This lotion is very soothing on the skin and it soaks into the skin quickly I’m really pleased with it and am tempted to purchase the full size product when it runs out.

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The Beauty Crop Glow Milk Highlighter

This highlighter is so cute! It’s a little travel sized product and I’m in love with the packaging it looks like a little milk carton and has a white and rose gold cow print design.

I loved the bronzer from beauty crop I received in another months box so am looking forward to trying it out. This product in enriched coconut and argon oil which I think will give it a great texture for a highlighter I think it will help the product to blend into the skin.

I have tried this product on the back of my hand and it blended well, it is quite shimmery and there a lots of flecks of glitter when you are under a light. I think this will look great on top of the cheek bones or underneath foundation if you wanted a glowy look.

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Phillip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner

As I’ve been using BirchBox for a while I’ve noticed the often put Phillip Kingsley products in their monthly boxes. I am quite excited to give this product a go as Rochelle has said she uses it and loves it. I have quite curly hair so am interested to see whether it will enhance them and make my hair look shiny rather than dry which you’ll know is a struggle if you have thick curly hair.

I like the scent of this conditioner it quite different from anything I’ve used before. It smells like a salon conditioner but it also has a little bit of a musky scent so I’m looking forward to how it will leave my hair smelling.

This product is labelled as “ultra hydrating with long-lasting moisture, it gives your hair a tangle free finish with softness and shine”.

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Vasanti Brighten Up Exfoliator

The last item in this months box is this facial exfoliator on the packaging its called a enzymatic face rejuvenator. I don’t use face exfoliators very often but when I do I use it to remove makeup and get any impurities out of my skin at the same time. Some of the ingredients include papaya, micro crystals and aloe in the formula.

This sounds like a very nourishing product. As it contains the micro crystals it is said to mimic professional microdermabrasion results, I may write another blog post about my experience using this exfoliator. 99% of the ingredients are natural, the exfoliator is said to leave the skin feeling “softer, brighter and younger looking”.

This is a good travel sized product, I like how BirchBox gives you a few smaller items that you can use and try out rather than a couple full sized that you might end up not liking.

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Thats all for the January Birchbox, i think this one has to be one of my favourites, let me know in the comments what product you would most like to try from this months box!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Chloe xx

December Birchbox – First Impressions

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Hello lovelies,

How are you all doing today. I’m starting my first blog post back in a while with a first impressions. I can’t believe Christmas is already over i hope you all had a great day, this December has flown by!

I was quite impressed with this months birch box, I love that it all came in a makeup bag instead of a box this month I think its makes it a bit more special as its the christmas one. I love the style of the bag, its a lovely forget green velvet fabric and the rose gold star in the middle of the bag makes it extra christmassy, I also love the rose gold detailing on the zip.

In this months pack I received 7 items, 4 of which were full size. At first glance I think the product I am most excited about trying out is the eyeshadow palette and also the soap sponge.

Palmers Coconut Oil – Body Lotion

This was a great first item to find in this months box, I absolutely love the brand palmers so i was very excited to see one of their products. I already have the hand lotion version of this scent so I knew I would love the smell of it. This is only a sample size but you get enough to know whether you’d like to repurchase it again. I am looking forward to trying it out to see if its any different from the cocoa butter body lotion.

Full size – £4.19

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Daily Concepts Soap Sponge – Mother of Pearl 

When I opened this months box this was the first thing I could smell, so was instantly drawn to it. I think the idea of this is different as I haven’t tried a soap sponge before. I am intrigued to know how it works and if it works well. I love the smell, so I’m hoping when its used the scent will stay with you for the rest of the day. This is another full sized product, it’s a 2 in 1 soap so can be used on the face and body.

Full size – £6.00

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Forgive Me Suzie Naturally Yours – Eyeshadow Palette

The next product in the bag was this full sized eyeshadow palette, the colours look perfect for me as they are exactly what I would normally use. I love the warm tones in this palette, the glittery shades look gorgeous. I don’t often use darker browns so am excited to give this a go. I have never heard of this brand before, they are cruelty free and vegan which is great!

Full size – £9.00

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BirchBox Angled Eyeshadow Brush

To go with the eyeshadow palette BirchBox have also included this lovely angled shadow brush. The bristles are really soft and full so I think this will be perfect for blending products into the crease of the eye. This is another one of the full sized products. Can you ever have too many brushes? I think not!

Full size – £4.00

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Percy and Reed Reassuringly Firm – Session Hold Hairspray

The next item is this Percy and Reed hairspray, I remember back along in a previous box I revived a Percy and Reed curling creme I liked the way it made my hair look but I wasn’t too keen on the smell. Hopefully this product will have a different scent. This is travel sized so would be good to take with you if you were going away.

Full size – £12.50

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Joliderm Nose Patch

The last full sized product was these nose patches. They are used for removing blackheads as well as impurities and excess sebum to also help prevent blackheads from returning. I’ve only used a nose patch once which was from Primark and unfortunately it didn’t work at all, so I’m hoping to see some results after using these patches.

Full size – £13.90

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Candy Kittens – Wild Strawberry

The last item was a little mini bag of candy kittens. As I’m vegetarian its amazing when you find a brand that do sweets that taste amazing. I love the peach flavoured candy kittens so was really happy to see a different flavour to try out. I really loved the strawberry sweets and would definitely recommend them to anyone whether your veggie/vegan or not! I thought it was a lovely little extra and a great treat.

Thats all for the Decembers BirchBox, i was really happy with all of the products I received this month. Let me know in the comments which product you would most like to try!

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Thanks for reading 🙂

Chloe xx

March Birchbox | First Impressions

Hello lovelies,

Today I am going to be sharing my thoughts on the March Birch Box. There were lots of lovely products in this months box so read on if you would like to find out about them!

Detoxifying Clay Face Mask | Generation Clay

The first item in the box I picked out was this detoxifying clay mask, it really caught my eye. First impressions were that I loved the packaging, I think it’s really sleek and classic they grey colour also goes with the theme of the mask as its contains charcoal. I have tried this mask out once and i really enjoyed using it. I applied a thin layer onto my face a let it sit for 15 mins. I loved how this felt when applying, it is quite a thick consistency so i found that I didn’t need to use lots of product. As the mask was drying it did make my face become quite tight which i liked as it felt as though it was working and doing something. I didn’t make my face feel itchy or hot at all which is something I’ve had problems with in the past with other masks. After leaving this on for 15 mins I removed it using a flannel and some warm water. The results of using this mask for me was that my skin felt very smooth and soft and the amount of bumps on my skin had seemed to receded a little which i was happy about. It also didnt break out my skin. I defiantly think I’ll continue to use this and may buy the full size product when i have run out. The only thing that holds me back slightly is the price as it is £28.50.

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“You Go Girl” Bronzer Compact | The Beauty Crop

My first thoughts when I saw this product was that the box and the packaging was gorgeous, that drew me to this item straight away. I have only tried to bronzer out once but from that i think i will definitely be using it again. The colour of this compact is a warm bronze rather than cool, I quite liked that this had more of a warm undertone because i think this will be nice to wear in the summer with a bit of a tan. The consistency of the product is lovely, it is really smooth but has a little bit of a creaminess to it so it’s not chalky at all. At first glance this looks as though it is a completely matte bronzer but it does in fact have little bits of shimmer within it which I think is lovely.

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Eyebrow Cream | Chella

I was really excited to see a brow product in this months box as I’m always looking for new beauty products to try. I love this look of the packaging it quite simplistic, the design of this product is also really clever in my opinion. I think it would be good to travel with as it’s not very big and you get the brow pomade and the brush all in one. To use this product you pop the lid off if one end to reveal an angled brush and on the other end you unscrew it and the product is in the end of the little pot. I thought the colour match was great for me, it is a cool toned brown colour called “tantalising taupe”. The consistency was creamy and went onto the brows really nicely I loved using the brush as it allowed me to be really accurate. This brow cream dries down pretty well and i would say it is completely smudge proof so will stay on the brows all day long. This product is £20 so in my opinion its a little pricey but i do like the results.

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Original Clear Balm | Dr.PAWPAW

The next product in March’s Birch Box is this hydrating balm. I have really enjoyed using this lip balm, it is unscented which is a little disappointing but the quality makes up for it. This is a clear balm and it was really soothing on the lips. The main ingredients in this balm are aloe vera and olive oil, so is very moisturising. This was a full-sized product and would cost £3.95 if bought individually. This balm has multiple uses can be used for lips, cuticles and skin.

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Smoothing Balm | Number 4

Also in this months box was a smoothing hair balm. This product smells lovely, it is used to help with curly hair that is frizzy and or coarse. I used a small amount on damp hair and it made my hair feel a lot smoother, it also looked really shiny which doesn’t normally happen when I leave my hair natural so I was quite impressed with that.

Scent Of A Dream Perfume | Charlotte Tilbury

The last product I received in this months box was a Charlotte Tilbury perfume Sample. I was quite surprised to find this in the box as i know this is quite a high-end product, the full-sized bottle is £49. To be brutally honest i was not a big fan of this scent, i think it is a little bit mature for me so i will probably give this away to a family member. I loved the rose gold and white packaging but just wasn’t to keen on the scent. I think this would be great for an older women as that’s what this scent reminded me of, it’s just such a shame i didn’t love it.

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That’s all for today lovelies, i hope you enjoyed reading. Let me know if you have tried any of these products out in the comments below!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Chloe xx

C.K Beauty

February BirchBox | First Impressions

Hello lovelies,

How are you? Today I am writing about the February Birchbox, whats inside and my first impressions of the products. Read on to find out more!

As february is the month of love, being valentines the box has this sort of theme, in this months box a few post cards were added in with different wording on the design as you can see.

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Anatomicals Body Cleanser

The first thing that caught my attention in this months box was this cleanser. It is a full size product as it is 100ml. This cleanser is called “no one gets flirty with the dirty pick me up body cleanser” sticking with the theme of valentines day. I have heard of this brand before but until now haven’t tried any of their products out. I really like the scent of the cleanser, at first I wasn’t sure but the more I’ve used it the more I’ve grown to like the smell I would say it’s a unisex scent as it’s not either too feminine or masculine it sort of meets in the middle. It lathers up really well and a little goes a long way. As the RRP is only £4 i would consider buying it again.

Geranium and Grapefruit Body Milk

This lotion is by the brand John Masters Organics, the size of this product is only small as it’s a sample but would be great for travel or to keep in your handbag as it won’t take up too much room. I really love how this makes my hands feel, as one of the ingredients is coconut oil it really hydrates and moisturises.  After using this product my hand feel so smooth and soft but you don’t get any oil residue and the product sinks into the skin very fast. The scent of this body milk is the one thing that I wouldn’t rave about, the main ingredients are geranium and grapefruit. As I am not a big fan of citrus scents this isn’t to my taste, the grapefruit is a powerful scent but you can also smell the floral notes of the geranium. I wouldn’t purchase this again as the full size version is £18 and I don’t love the smell enough to buy it.

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Coconut and Fig Hair Masque

The next thing that caught my eye was this coco & eve “like a virgin” hair mask. I have seen this product advertised so am looking forward to giving it a go. I will do a full review on this once I have given it a few tries. The first thing to say about this product is that i adore the scent, one of my all time favourite scents is coconut so i can’t go wrong with this! It’s not an overpowering type of smell but it is really lovely, and i can’t wait to find out what its like when it’s in the hair. The directions for this product are different to what i thought they would be, you shampoo your hair and towel dry it, then distribute it evenly throughout your hair. This product claims it improves shine, texture and tames frizz. As i have naturally curly hair i can’t wait to see what the results are because my hair goes very frizzy when its natural.

Liquid Shimmer Shadow Eclipse

In this months box there were two shades of this eyeshadow you could possibly get, I received Eclipse. I really love this colour, it is a coppery shade and is a shimmer eyeshadow. I have worn this eyeshadow out once for a few hours, it applied really easily and is really pigmented. This product lasted the whole time i was out, its pretty smudge proof which is great as most powdered shadows start to wear off the longer you wear it. I love how shimmery it is and the applicator makes it easy to apply and enables you to be more precise as it’s not too big.

Tapered Blending Brush

The last item in February’s BirchBox is an eyeshadow brush from the brand Luxie, I’ve heard of this brand and think they are quite popular but I myself haven’t tried their products before. I like the look of this brush and the rose gold detailing is lovely! The bristles are quite soft, although i don’t think they’re as soft as the real techniques eyeshadow brushes. I am yet to give this brush a go but as it say i think it will be really good for blending shadows together. It does feel like a good quality brush and i am going to look into the brand more if i love using this brush.

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That’s all from Birchbox this month. I am quite happy with the selection of different products I received this time, but would’ve liked to see maybe another beauty product added into the mix.

I hope you enjoyed reading and let me know what you think of these products or if you’ve tried any of them out in the comments!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Chloe xx

C.K Beauty

January BirchBox | First Impressions

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Hello lovelies,

I hope you are all well. Today I wanted to talk to you about the January BirchBox and you give my first impressions.

I had been wanted to subscribe to a beauty or skin care box for a while but couldn’t decide which one to go for. After looking around for a while I came across BirchBox and thought it looked really good, there are products that are skincare and beauty related in each box so I decided to go for this one.

I think this box is really great value for money, I pay about £12.95 inc postage a month. For the quality for the products and the variety of different things you get to test and try out i definitely thinks its worth the money.  Just to let you know this is not a sponsorship!

SO…

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Whats in the box?

CLE Essence Moonlighter Cushion 

The first item in this box was this full-sized highlighter in the shade copper rose. It has a very classic look to it and feels like a really nice quality product. When you open it up you will see that there are two layers, on the first layer there is a little applicator which feels lovely and soft and is great quality. This would be really good if you wanted to take a highlighter away with you as it comes with an applicator so you wouldn’t need to pack anything extra. The highlighter is on the second layer it is not what I expected it to be but I really love it. I have only tested it on my hand currently so may do a full review of it another time. The highlighter itself is like a sponge, you dab the applicator into the sponge and it picks up the product. On the skin this gives a really lovely glow, the pigment is good but not blinding and the sparkle is like a sheen across the skin.

Becca First Light Priming Filter 

At a first glance this looked lovely, I love the pearlescent shine it has to the packaging and the product itself. I imagine this product is meant to give your skin a little bit of a glow under foundation. It is a really lovely consistency as it evens out well on the skin. From what i felt using it on the back of my hand it doesn’t complete sink into the skin which will be good for applying foundation over the top. This product is not full-sized but i was shocked to even see a Becca product in here! This again would be good for travelling as it is the perfect size.

Hair Ties

BirchBox like to add little extra things to their boxes and in this months box they added these cute hair ties. I love how bright and colourful they are and the little pom poms as well. I always seem to lose my hair ties so I am grateful to receive a couple more.

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Dr Botanicals Cleansing bar 

I was really happy to receive one of these because I love trying out new bars. This is the lemon superfood cleaning bar. I have tried this product out and it leaves you feeling really fresh. I can imagine this being a really great product to use in the morning and the smell of the lemons would wake you up and get you feeling re-energized. This was another full-sized item which I think is great.

Phillip Kingsley Shampoo

This shampoo states it’s for flakey or itchy scalps, I am interested to try this as my scalp does get very dry and i have not found a product yet that helps it. It was good to get this within the box as i will be able to try a small sample of it and if it works out really well I can go and buy the full-sized version but if it doesn’t work then I will know and not have spent lots of money trying it out to begin with.

AfterSpa Facial Micro Scrubber 

The last item in the box is this cute facial scrubber first impressions are that I like the packaging. By the feel of this cloth I think it would be really good for exfoliating your skin, it states to use the scrubber with your favourite cleanser. It isn’t very big so you would have to work it round your face but I can’t see that being a problem. It has a cord attached to it so I’m guessing you’ll be able to hang it up to dry after using it.

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That’s all of the items in the January BirchBox. For just the three full sized products if they had been brought all together would have come to £34.90!

I love not knowing whats going to turn up in the box until I open it, and its great getting to try out some many different products.

I hope you enjoyed reading, let me know in the comments what product you would like to try from this months box and if you’re subscribed to any boxes?!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Chloe xx

C.K beauty

 

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