Birchbox February 2016: Shine Bright Like A Diamond

For Februrary, I've noticed a lot of brands tend to fall back on the Valentine's Day theme - but not so for Birchbox. Continuing their theme of making 2016 your best year yet, this month's box aims to remind readers how brilliant they are, celebrate the different facets of themselves and add a bit of something special to everyday routines. So let's see what's inside...

Spectrum Collections Tapered Powder Brush

I'm a firm believer that you can never have too many makeup brushes so this is a nice addition to my collection. The blue and purple ombre colour is lovely and the fact it's quite small makes it good for using with palettes where often a bigger brush is more difficult to manoeuvre. I tried it with the Frat Boy blush sample I got in this Birchbox (more on that below) and it was really soft rather than scratchy as some cheaper brushes can be. Definitely a new favourite!

LOC One And Done Shadow Stick in Perfect Cents

LOC (which stands for Love Of Colour) is Birchbox's new makeup brand and every subscriber this month got an eyeshadow crayon in either silvery Champagne Moments or coppery Perfect Cents. I opted for the latter and had high hopes as I really like eye crayons for on the go. Unfortunately I had to put quite a lot on for it to show up in photos so a crayon this size wouldn't last very long. Additionally I found it made the skin on my eyes feel quite tight, though I could potentially fix that using a primer. I'm also not wild about the colour; it's a bit more orange than I was expecting, though it would be nice for summer. One plus point for it is its staying power - I smudged a bit under my eye and it did not budge! So overall not for me I'm afraid.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster

I've heard many good things about Ole Henriksen products but hadn't got around to trying any, so was keen to see what this would be like. Initial impressions were that it was a very runny serum and one pump would be plenty for your face, but that it also absorbed quickly. I also liked the orange scent, which is neither too sharp nor too sweet and isn't overwhelming. It doesn't seem to have had an enormous impact on my wrinkles yet but it's only been a couple of days since I started using it so I'll keep going with it and keep you posted.

Ayres Body Butter in Patagonia

This was a surprising product in more ways than one. I normally expect body butters to be quite thick but although this was rich it spread really easily and sank in quickly without feeling heavy or greasy on the skin. The floral fragrance was a surprise too as from my own travel experiences I expected a scent called Patagonia to be a bit more earthy, but I actually really liked it; it's such a nice scent you could skip perfume if you were in a hurry. The product also worked really well on my dry patches which is always a plus point with body creams! Not sure I'd repurchase yet but definitely one of my favourite products in this box.

theBalm Cosmetics Frat Boy Blush/Shadow

Frat Boy has been on my 'to try' list for a while now so I was really pleased to get this. I applied it with the Spectrum brush - killing two birds with one stone and all that - and although I didn't feel it gave me a lot of colour at the time, looking at it in the photos it actually shows up quite well without being overly glaring. (I apologise for the horrendous spot scars by the way.) Plus you could always build it up if you wanted more colour. It's a really nice neutral matte peachy pink that I can see myself wearing all year round.

L. Erickson Grab & Go Ponytail Holder

Oh the irony of getting this just after cutting my hair short! I can't really review this one as my hair isn't long enough to tie back at the moment, but it's a pretty alternative to my plain hair ties and I'm sure I'll find a use for it when my hair has grown out a bit more.

This is going to be my last Birchbox post for the foreseeable future, mainly as I'm no longer able to afford the expense every month. I've found some great products in previous boxes but unfortunately finances won't allow me to stick with it (although I may be back in the future if things change). However I'm really glad to have gone out on a high - the only thing I wasn't keen on was the eyeshadow and I'll definitely be buying a full size Frat Boy when my sample runs out.

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

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