Birchbox UK – March 2018

Birchbox UK March 2018 unboxing

I have no complaints with Birchbox UK March 2018 telling me to sit back and relax.  We started this month with SNOWMAGEDDON (or ‘the beast from the east’ vs storm Emma). If you, like me, were one of the unlucky souls who tried to drive in this insane weather, then you’ll know the beauty of just sitting back and relaxing at home.  (Thank god for working at home, hallelujah technology!)

Of course Birchbox have a slightly different slant which is behind this month’s theme.  Instead of looking back (like last month’s 70s, 80s, 90s theme), this month is all about looking within.  A bit hippie-ish yes, but this box seriously has you sorted for a proper pamper sesh.

Birchbox UK March 2018 unboxing

I’ve already spoken a bit about the theme behind Birchbox UK March 2018, but officially it’s named; Be Present, Not Perfect.  Basically this is telling us the importance of ‘me time’ and being more mindful.

I can’t find any important dates in the month of March that can explain Birchbox’s move on this.  (Maybe International Woman’s Day, at a push?)  But who cares, obviously caring and looking after yourself should be a priority all year round.

Birchbox UK March 2018 samples


So how does being more mindful relate to beauty products?  Birchbox lays down the first step which is to sit back and relax with the following five beauty treats:

    • Benefit BADgal BANG! Mascara
      Birchbox and Benefit have a good thing going on – meaning they basically treat Birchbox subscribers to a sample of their latest product!  Benefit mascaras are considered the best (they’re certainly a strong contender).  I liked this mascara, but I wouldn’t agree that it was volumising though.  Regardless, this still gives a big impact to lashes.
    • BLAQ Peel Off Mask
      We were given a choice this month between two Blaq products; a peel off mask or an eye mask.  The peel off mask was a winner for me because logically I’ll get more uses out of it (over the eye mask) and oh my god these charcoal masks look just so satisfying to peel off.
    • GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Clearing Mask Treatment
      Another OH MY GOD moment.  I noticed Glamglow sliding into the Birchbox shop, but I didn’t expect to receive a sample in my box!  I am so stoked to receive this, honestly.  If you’ve not heard of Glamglow then you’ve missed out on one of the biggest cult beauty products in the last year.  I can’t wait to try this!  (This might even deserve its own separate review on here.)
    • Nuxe Reve de Miel Body Scrub
      Every Nuxe item I’ve received has been a banger.  Since receiving the Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse Enrichie (moisturiser) in my Birchbox in November 2016 (whoa, that was ages ago), it’s become one of my skincare staples.  So I have high hopes for this scrub!
    • Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray
      Did you see the result this left my hair in the video?  Need I say more…

I was also lucky to have received the Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer.  Although this wasn’t explained anywhere in the box, I think I’ve received this as an extra because someone couldn’t resist signing up to Birchbox through my referral link (which I will leave at the end of this post, if you’re interested).

Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer Hi-Speed Sonnet

Box round up

WELL, Birchbox UK March 2018 has been the BEST Birchbox of the year so far, imho.  No seriously, every product here has been so strong in terms of branding and type of product.  I’ve been so excited about receiving these products I’ve written this post without even trying some of them yet – just because I wanted to get this out to you asap!

SPOILER ALERT!  We’ve already received an April sneak peak at the back of our leaflet this month, which reveals the choice of a ModelCo Baked Highlighter.  Spring is definitely on its way in our April box judging by our two choices (between Frose or Moonshine).  Can it beat this month’s box, though?

Here’s my Birchbox referral link, where you can get 50% off your first box!


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Birchbox UK – November 2017

Birchbox UK November 2017

Birchbox UK November 2017 is a big one – with a BIG collaborator -namely Vogue, having found out last month as a teaser on the back of the sample booklet.  (Oh, and my Birchbox is ON time this month.)

I doubt there’s ever been as big collaborator as Vogue and considering the iconic magazine works with hundreds of big brands, this surely means we’ll get some big names in our box too, right?

Birchbox UK November 2017 Unboxing

The theme this month is… THERE IS NO THEME!  I had to read the leaflet twice to check this, but yep, there is no theme mentioned.  But who needs a theme when you’re collaborating with Vogue? (Honestly, I can’t get over how big this is.)

Vogue celebrated its centenary last year and created their edit of 100 greatest beauty products of all time – and some of these items will appear in our box too!  *claps hands excitedly*  How exciting!  So, let’s get to the good stuff…


Birchbox UK November 2017

We had the choice of two box designs this month – I chose the one above, obviously, just because it looks more ‘Vogue’ to me, darling.  There were no teasers of which products may surprise us inside from last month’s box, which built anticipation!  (For me, anyway.)  Here’s what I got:

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
Percy & Reed Smooth, Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Birchbox Brush Cleaner (FULL SIZE!)

Wow, okay, where to begin?  I hadn’t heard of Klorane before, but from only trying the dry shampoo, quickly and whilst filming my unboxing, I’m already considering buying it full size.  Many dry shampoos can leave my scalp feeling a bit itchy, but this really felt like it was gentle to my skin whilst soaking up unwanted grease too.  (Sorry if that’s TMI.)

I was very happy to see the L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream as it is tipped to be one of the best in the industry.  I’m receiving this at a perfect time of year too, my hands are at their driest when the temperature drops, so it’s brilliant I’ll now be equipped with this.

Whilst Benefit is a brand that isn’t a stranger to Birchbox subscribers, it’s still a pretty big deal to receive the praised cult Hoola Bronzer.  (Even if it is sample size.)

Added Little Extras…

Birchbox UK November 2017

With all big collaborations, Birchbox are good to us and usually slip us another little offer.  This month, Birchbox subscribers have been given 6 complimentary issues of Vogue magazine, when buying a one-year or two-year subscription.

Box Round Up

Well wasn’t this a very exciting box?  And there was even the comeback of a Birchbox lifestyle item too!  Although I didn’t receive it in my Birchbox UK November 2017, I was quite impressed to see other subscribers getting a Clarins hand cream too.  (I love Clarins, you lucky devils.)

December is always a strong box and the only teaser Birchbox have given us so far is on the back of this month’s leaflet.  In the next few weeks we’ll have to make choice out of a festive lipstick; a classic party red, or a nicely natural tint?  Decisions, decisions…

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New Purchases Show & Tell – February 2017

New Purchases Show & Tell February 2017

Catch up & watch

I’m onto the next New Purchases Show & Tell February 2017 already!  Other than Valentine’s Day, I can’t say a great deal has happened this month but it’s flown by.

I’ve been keeping up my promise (not only to me, but to you too) to try and buy things that are more varied in the hopes of making this series a little more interesting…

New Purchases Show & Tell February 2017

Now for the detail!

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson – 21 seconds in
As I mentioned in the video, this was quite an interesting read particularly aimed at social media.  Albeit in a negative light, it’s really incredible how our life online can affect everything around us.  It’ll make you think twice the next time you tweet about anything. Fact.

H&M iPhone 6/6s Phone Case – 1:23 minutes in
One Saturday I was standing in the queue at H&M when, all of a sudden, I was drawn to this very phone case!  Don’t laugh at me, I try to be all professional on the outside, but on the inside I still like pink, glittery cute things.  The fact I’ve had so many compliments on this phone case proves I’m not the only one too!

Benefit They’re Real Mascara! – 2:14 minutes in
As if I need to add more detail about this mascara, everyone already knows this mascara!  I received a tester a long time ago once upon a Birchbox.  I remember being impressed then, so I picked it up on a whim.

New Purchases Show & Tell February 2017

Clinque Line Smoothing Concealer – 2:31 minutes in
If you’ve read my Clinque Airbrush Concealer review then you’ll already know why I’ve picked this up.  This is such a creamy concealer, which I hope to post a full review on soon.

Clinque Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser – 2:42 minutes in
This was not on my shopping list whatsoever, but one of those Clinque ‘free gift bag’ deals were on!  I’m so glad I gave this a shot, I might even be as bold to claim it’s replaced my favourite ever tinted moisturiser.  It provides a really lovely finish and feels weightless.  A full review might be in the pipeline for this too, I love it!

Urban Decay Naked 3 eyeshadow palette – 3:05 minutes in
*choir voices sing!* Oh yes, as I mentioned in my previous New Purchases Show & Tell blog post for January, I was planning a trip to an Urban Decay counter this month and that I did!  I had a £50 Debenhams voucher to spend and I just had to buy an Urban Decay eyeshadow palette, but which one?  After some deliberation between this and the smokey eye palette, I opted for the safer, everyday colours bet.  I can’t wait to get started with this!

Spornette 3″ Provo Collection Round Brush – 4:14 minutes in
Everyone’s raving about the Wet Brush at the moment and I’m sorry to say I haven’t tried it.  I am, however, trying this – a real boar bristled brush.  After seeing a friend’s amazingly silky hair and her swearing by this brush, I had to get it.  Update soon!

Topshop PETITE Red Spot Mini Tea Dress – 5:17 minutes in
Another month, another Topshop dress.  Topshop are just so on it right now with dresses, I need to stop checking the app before I buy the whole petite range!  This dress is just lovely though, and I think I can definitely wear it now and when the weather gets a bit warmer too.

Next Month…

I’ve always wanted to try Nars and their foundations, so I’m planning a trip to a Nars counter sometime this month.  I know I made a few beauty purchases this time and I want to keep this varied, so I will be on the lookout for other things other than make up.  (Remember: recommendations always welcome!)

Other than that, I’ve been recommended a game I might like… the only game I’ve included in this series is an app.  This game, however, is a PC/Mac game – but more on that come the end of March!

I have not been asked, sponsored or paid to review any of these products. I just like to shop!


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