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

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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New Purchases Show & Tell – November 2016

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Catch up & watch

And there I was last month thinking ‘I bet my New Purchases Show & Tell November 2016 will be full of Christmas gifts…’

Sorry to disappoint anyone – but it’s not.  I haven’t even begun Christmas shopping yet – which is very unlike me!

So if like me, you’re inevitably leaving it to the last minute and want to spend a little more on yourself first watch my video below!

H&M Jumper – 31 seconds in
I’m so happy I spotted this, it’s reignited my fondness for H&M’s budget friendly clothes.  Despite being under a tenner, the quality of material isn’t too bad and I really love the mixture of colour.

Orelia Flat Heart Stud Earrings – 1:04 minutes in
Everytime I seem to browse the jewellery on ASOS Orelia always catches my eye.  Delicate yet still quite cute, I couldn’t resist getting these when they were on offer.

ASOS PETITE Lisbon Mid Rise Jeans in Blackened Oxblood – 1:25 minutes in
I’ve been wanting a pair of dark red jeans for a while now.  These jeans, however, did not look quite the colour I was expecting them to be.  I ordered anyway, as they were close enough and then got another shock when they arrived!  They’re more s dark purple kind of red, which is not really representative from the website photos.  But, I like them anyway.  (And they’re a really good fit!)

Miss Selfridge PETITE Lace Sleeve Top – 2:00 minutes in
Something I don’t usually go for, but I decided to follow my inner boho Alexa Chung wannabe voice!  Boho will definitely make a comeback next spring/summer people, you heard it here first people…

Miss Selfridge PETITE Floral Kimono – 2:35 minutes in
Okay, so if I was following my inner boho voice with the previous Miss Selfridge top then maybe I was following my inner geisha for this one? Another item for both warm and cold weather, which adds a touch of class to casual outfits.  And it was in the sale.

Dorothy Perkins Petite Wine Velvet Pinafore Dress – 2:59 minutes in
Pinafore dresses are definitely the dresses of the season right now, although I’ve loved them for years. I can’t help but notice the abundance of choice in pinafore dresses we’ve had this autumn/winter.  Nor can I seem to be able to resist this burgundy colour in clothing, have you noticed?!

Dorothy Perkins Petite Grey Herringbone Trousers – 3:21 minutes in
I bought these on a whim, thinking I’d end up returning them.  However, low and behold I was actually impressed with the fit, which is not too tight and the comfort level.  They’re also perfect height wise for shorter than average people (like me).

Phillip Kingsley One More Day Dry Shampoo – 3:41 minutes in
Extortionate for dry shampoo, I know.  I would have never considered buying it if I hadn’t tried a sample first.  Fantastic at refreshing hair and doesn’t leave any ‘grit’.  A dry shampoo that actually cleans, rather than texturises.

NUXE Crème Prodigieuse – 4:32 minutes in
I only received this in my Birchbox at the beginning of this month, which should tell you how much I was impressed with it!  It calms redness wonderfully and provides a pretty decent base for make up too.

Next month I promise I should have some Christmas gifts to talk about, to give you all any last minute ideas!

Until then, as always please feel free to leave any recommendations based on what I’ve been buying in the comments section below.

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

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