Birchbox Review: July 2014

I'll be honest, I'd fallen out of love with Birchbox in recent weeks. The products I was getting were a real mixed bag and, whilst I'd had lots of stuff I really liked, I was also getting sick of being sent the same types of things. So I'll admit to being a bit apprehensive about this month's box, yet hopeful that I'd get some things that I'd like.

First things first though - the unboxing! Is it just me who always thinks that this is one of the most fun parts?

First impressions: it's very purple isn't it?

Now onto what's in the box:

Whish Three Whishes Lavender Body Butter
As I mentioned in my June Birchbox blog, I have got body lotions in all but one of my boxes so far. Not that there's anything wrong with body lotions per se - especially if like me you're prone to dry patches - but I would like a little more variety sometimes. That said, this is a really nice body lotion. It sinks in quickly, feels very light on the skin and has a slightly floral smell that's not too overpowering. Plus lavender is good for irritated skin, so this would make a good alternative to an aftersun lotion.

Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream
I've had a bit of dry skin around my eyes recently so this was a timely product for me. I've tried a few Balance Me products before and they've been OK, and I kind of felt the same about this. Whilst it was very light, easily absorbed, moisturising (the dry patches vanished overnight) and had a nice cooling sensation, I wasn't keen on the strong herbal smell and it didn't really do a lot for my dark circles

Laqa & Co Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Menatour
I will admit that I was a bit scared of this because, whilst I am a sucker for a bright lip product, purple just strikes me as too Halloween party. However, when it was applied it actually went on very sheer and was a lot more pink than it looks in the tube - although I'm still not entirely sure I'd wear it out of the house. Wearability wasn't the best at about two hours, but to be fair that's kind of what I expect from a product like this so I'm not too disappointed. I really liked the peppermint fragrance of this too - a red version for Christmas with a candy cane-striped tube would be amazing. (Also, apologies for terrible skin.)

Benefit The Porefessional
I have a tube of this in my stash at the moment but extra primer is always useful, especially as I have a tendency to oiliness so make-up can slide off me. The Porefessional is one of my favourite primers as it's got a nice silky texture, isn't too heavy (provided you don't overdo it) and makes your makeup last - with this mine held up for about eight hours which I don't think is too bad. Plus, how could you not love that awesome candy-striped packaging?

Models Own Nail Polish in Rocket
I've got quite a few Models Own Nail Polish so was really pleased to get this one. Rocket is packed with strands of red and green glitter as well as lots of smaller glitter particles, and looks utterly amazing when it catches the light. In the photo on the right it's been dabbed on rather than painted, which makes it really dense - if something of a pain to get off admittedly. It's definitely a colour for a party rather than for the office (unless you work in an office where glitter is encouraged), but it is utterly fantastic if you love your sparkles.

Filosofille 4-Sided Nail Buffer
And finally, we have this month's lifestyle extra, the Filosofille nail buffer. I've had a couple of these types of product before, and even if you prefer a glass file it's always useful to have something like this in your bag in case you need to hastily tidy up your nails for any reason. I haven't used it yet but it looks pretty decent so hoping it'll work well for quick fixes.

Overall I was fairly pleased with this month's Birchbox. Yes there was another body lotion, but otherwise it was a good mix of useful products I can use now and some slightly more frivolous things for the future. The one thing I'm not so keen on is the lip pencil - I would have preferred the nude shade as it's a bit more wearable - but other than that it's a hit. Looking forward to the August box now!

Did you get a Birchbox this month? What did you think of it?


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