Birchbox Review: April 2015

It's the time of the month again - today's post is a Birchbox review! This month's box is themed 'Royally Good', to coincide with the arrival of the new royal baby, and I'm pleased to say it lived up to its billing. Here's what I thought of this month's offering...

Isn't that just the prettiest design? Subscribers this month will get two different coloured boxes with the same pattern - pink or blue - and, depending on whether the royal baby is a boy or a girl, could be up for a chance to win £500 worth of Birchbox goodies. Not bad, right? As you can see I got the blue box so here's hoping Prince George gets a little brother...

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer

I mentioned in my March Empties that Smashbox is the king of primers, but from what I've heard Laura Mercier is a big rival to them, so when Birchbox offered their subscribers the chance to pick their Laura Mercier product this month (you could also get a mascara or eyeliner) I opted for this as I was keen to give it a go. It does have a slightly odd texture - very creamy, which is odd when I'm used to more gel-like primers - but it felt nice on the skin without being too much and kept my make-up on for a good 12 hours at work. I think it needs testing for longer to decide whether I'd buy it but I'll keep you posted.

Lola Barcelona Nail Polish in Rambla

As the weather starts getting warmer, I'm moving more towards bright colours on my nails, and this is perfect - a lovely cheery coral that will see you through the summer. It actually looks much more orange on my fingers than it does in the bottle, but has certainly brightened up my day to see it when looking down at my keyboard! It also held up really well - I painted my nails with this on Sunday and it only started chipping on Thursday when the second photo was taken. A great colour for the warmer months and one I'll definitely be breaking out on holiday!

Percy & Reed London Smoothed, Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil

I was really excited to get this in my box because I've been keen to try ever since Sali Hughes recommended it in one of her Guardian columns. And, thankfully, it lived up to my expectations. I have real problems with my hair wanting to frizz up and flick out, especially since I got my blunt cut, and this tackles it like a dream. I put two pumps in my hair after towel-drying, then rough dried my hair as usual and it made a huge difference - my hair was soft, sleek and, although there was a little bit of flick at the ends, nowhere near as much as usual. I'll definitely be buying this when the sample runs out! They sell a thick hair version too so will give that a whirl next time.

bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash

bliss is another of those brands that has been on my 'to-try' list for ever, so it was great to get this product. It lathers up really nicely, has a lovely sort of 'spa' type smell (but not in a medicinal way), and the exfoliating grains in it are incredibly fine so it doesn't feel harsh or abrasive on the skin. I didn't feel like it did a massive amount for clearing or preventing my spots, but my skin did feel clean after I'd used it without being tight or too dry. I think it needs a bit longer before I decide whether I love it but so far impressions are good.

Korres Bergamot Pear Body Milk

Firstly, how gorgeous is that packaging? It's so bright and cheery and would definitely brighten up any bathroom shelf. And the product inside's pretty good too; a lovely fruity citrus smell, sinks in easily and feels really nourishing on the skin. It worked really well at tackling the dry patches on my arms and left them feeling moisturised for a long time after using, plus I like the fact that it's not as runny as previous Korres body lotions I've tried so you can control how much you use. I've got way too many body lotions to use up at the moment, but I'll definitely come back to this one when they're done.

Befine Warming Clay Mask

Fetching, no? I must admit my feelings about this are a bit mixed - I found it really difficult to spread over my face (which is why there's loads on my nose and chin in the picture but not so much on my forehead) and, apart from one first flush of heat a few seconds after application, I didn't think it was particularly warming. That said, it didn't feel too greasy on the skin after being removed and my skin was very soft afterwards, whilst the morning after I noticed it had had a significant effect on my breakouts - I'd been to get threaded a few hours before and that always breaks me out but this seems to have stopped the spots in their tracks overnight. Possibly not one I'd buy again but not bad for an occasional treat or as an emergency spot prevention method.

Overall I was really pleased with the April Birchbox - everything in it was decent at least (though some products do need longer testing that I could give them) and discovering that Percy & Reed hair oil was probably worth the cost of the box on its own. Looking forward to what's in the May box now...

Did you get the April Birchbox? What did you think of it?

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