Birchbox August 2014

by - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The last month of the summer is almost over (although based on the temperatures we're experiencing here I believe summer ended before August arrived) and the last Birchbox of the season's is one that urges us to go away on some late summer holidays. "Away we Go!" then.

I'm feeling a bit disappointed with this month's box if I'm honest with you. I personally believe this should have been the opening box of the season. Sure enough, Birchbox wanted to use FIFA football tournament as inspiration and I'm not complaining about that, but I don't see the point of giving away a travel toiletries bag now, when almost everyone has been and done with their holidays. Don't get me wrong, I love the bag, it's so beautiful, but I wish I had it with me a month ago when I was away. It would have made more sense to me. But enough with that, let's talk products.

  • Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect: First product from the left, it's a conditioning spray that helps detangle hair and protect them against heat and sun damage. I'm personally not impressed with this. I don't know if it does the job or not, but I refuse to put it on my hair after smelling it. Yuck. Plus I'm one of those "lucky" people with naturally straight hair that almost never tangle, so I wouldn't be using this product anyway. Full size comes in 200ml and retails at £20.

  • Supergoop! Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream: I received two small samples of this CC cream and have already used one because I wanted to see if the shade would indeed adjust to my natural one. Unfortunately it didn't, quite on the contrary, it turned darker after application, looking so out of place on top of my light skin. I will have to add though that it's a fairly lightweight cream and didn't feel bad while applying it. Full size is 47ml and retails for £32.

  • Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator: Third product of the box is an enzymatic light exfoliator face scrub. It has a nice, fresh smell of papaya and unripened melon. Texture wise, its grains are quite fine, so it's a scrub you can use multiple times during a week. I will be trying this but I find it a bit on the pricey side (full size retails £26 for 120ml).

  • Wild About Beauty Creme Eyeshadow: Definitely happy with this one. A beautiful satin finish shadow in 03 Buster (such an amazing warm golden colour), part of Louise Redknapp and Kim Jacob's paraben-free range. The packaging of the product is so cute and practical at the same time, with a small mirror located at the back of the lid. I have already used this once before I wrote this post and I can verify it's long lasting and didn't fade after all the hours I had it on. Retails at £13 (full size).

  • Whish Three Whishes Lavender Body Butter: Now this for me was the best product of this month's box (from the ones I received obviously!). Last but not least of the beauty samples, this luxurious body butter is exactly what you need after a long relaxing bath and before sleep. Definitely NOT your granny's lavender (as it so states), it smells sweet and not stuffy. I have to admit the first thing that came to my mind when I took a whiff was baby cream because of its sweet and calming smell. Plus it's soooooo moisturizing and not at all greasy! (yeah, I'm excited, can't you tell?) And with a price tag of £14.50 for 150ml, that's one product I can see myself buying after the sample is gone. 

I really hope they keep throwing Lifestyle extras in every month's box, because so far they have been super amazing. From the three I've got so far I definitely choose this month's one, as it suits me perfectly. I love reading books and getting the first chapter of "The Proposal" by Tasmina Perry made me feel warm and fuzzy inside (I know everyone got it but it felt such a personal choice for an extra). It even got me thinking how many more publishing houses should do something similar and distribute or even sell first chapters for a fraction of the actual price of the books (that way no one would feel let down of a book because of the author's writing style or atmosphere or main character or whatever). So what if romance novels aren't really my thing? I still appreciate this and would love to see it happen more often.

But I can't close this post without mentioning the Birchbox Manithon. On August 29th, in aid of CoppaFeel, Birchbox will be hosting a manicure marathon event in London's Soho Square. There will be 20 stalls for all the ladies who will prebook a slot, but if you live far from London or working that day or for any reason you can't make it but still want to support CoppaFeel, then you can visit Birchbox's shop and buy a gorgeous limited edition T-shirt (S, M, L, XL)designed by Sally Faye Cotterill. All proceeds will go to the breast cancer awareness charity.

So what was it that you got in your August Birchbox? Did you like the products or not? And are you sad like me that summer is now gone? Let me know!

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