Birchbox September 2014

by - Sunday, September 21, 2014

How many irrelevant intros you'll get to see in this blog, I really don't know. All I know is that my mind is a train that gets derailed a lot. I mean, A HELL OF A LOT! This time, when I heard of the theme Birchbox had picked for the month of September, I instinctively thought of two things. A summer camp in Greece that has the exact same name (which I've never attended by the way) and a certain song from Sister Act 2. I bet by now you're wondering what I'm talking about. Well, the theme of September's box is "Happy Days", packed with all kinds of memories from school, evenings with friends and family and everything else that would bring a smile to your face.

Now let me tell you how much I liked this box!

First of all, the packaging. It's the very first box I receive from Birchbox that is not the ordinary, boring looking box the company uses. The box is of the same materials but this time it's bright, happy and has a pattern on the lid. Generally, it's a box I want to keep rather than throw in the recycling bin.

As always, the box comes with cards where all the editorial tips and tricks are. I usually don't spend more than 5 minutes on them but this time I did, because all the photos used are from subscribers who shared them on Birchbox's UK Instagram. A brilliant idea indeed. 

But enough with that, let's start with the products!

  • Agave Healing Oil Treatment: An oil that hydrates, helps preserve the colour and smoothes frizzy hair. I can't exactly describe the smell, but it's really nice and not offensive at all. Directions say that it can be used from roots to ends, but I will only use it on my ends, as I have naturally oily roots as it is and don't want to end up with greasy hair from day two. The sample I received is 4ml, which may not seem much but with every oil a little goes a very long way, so even with the amount of hair I have I still believe I will get two to three applications before it's up. It's also free of parabens, sulphates and phthalates, an added bonus. 120 ml retail for £27.

  • Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream: I'm really happy I received this in my Birchbox. I've read so many reviews about it in the past and I was really wondering if it would work on me. Luckily I don't suffer from dark circles, but it's almost impossible to eradicate the bags under my eyes, no matter how many products I use. The 3g sample I got will probably last me a few days, so hopefully I will know by then if it's a product I have to buy in the future or not. Full size is 14.2g and retails for £25.50.

  • Skin & Co. Sicilian Light Serum: I'm always hesitant when a product claims to do a handful of things instead of one or two things in particular, because most times they tend to do nothing at all. This one here promises to brighten, soften and tighten the skin while minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With only 5ml to sample, I don't believe I'll notice any difference in the couple(?) of days it will last me. It does smell nice though and absorbs really quickly, leaving a sense of deep hydration. For £29 you get the full size version of 30ml.

  • Model Co Lip Lacquer in "Morocco": You won't hear me rave over lip glosses, I'm one of those people who rarely wear them because I hate their stickiness and lack of longevity. BUT! I believe in exceptions to the rule and I think this lacquer is one of them. It's not as sticky as most lip glosses, smells like Big Babol gum (flashback to childhood anyone?), is so lush and hydrating to the lips and on top of all that, its colour is a beautiful sheer dark nude. It does claim to be long lasting but so far I can't attest to that. I don't know exactly how many ml the sample I received is but the 3ml (full size) cost £15.

  • BeautyBlender + BlenderCleanser Solid: If you haven't heard of the infamous Beauty Blender yet, then I have to congratulate you on waking up from the coma you previously were. Seriously now, everyone and their grandmothers know of the evolutionary sponge that applies makeup flawlessly, giving an airbrushed result. And in this case it came with its own soap to clean. I'm over the moon. I was thinking of buying one for quite some time now, especially after using another very similar makeup sponge. Its price covers fully the value of not just one Birchbox but two, as it retails for £26.

As with all of my previous boxes, this one also includes a couple of lifestyle goodies too.

  • Urban Fruit Perfect Pineapple: A small bag of 100% fruity goodness, this snack comes in Smashing Strawberry and Magnificent Mango as well, but luckily enough I got pineapple, which has been my fruit obsession this summer. And let me tell you, I don't like dried up fruit at all (besides sultanas), but I really enjoyed this snack. Plus it was the perfect size snack pack for my lunch break at work.
  • Birchbox Happy Days Photo Clip: This month's box was a collaboration with Photobox, so along with the special offer every subscriber got for either a print/phone case/photo block, there had to be something relevant included too. I got the pink photo clip, which I'll probably use to keep notes in one place. 

I'll say one thing before I wrap this up. After a disappointing August box, a missing product from the July one and the incident with June's delivery, I had decided that depending on this month's box I would cancel my subscription or not. Again I had a problem with delivery but the contents of the box were so great and better tailored to my personal preferences, so I will be getting at least October's box. If the quality remains as high as it currently stands, then I will definitely keep the sub running, but if I get one more disappointing box I will go forth with the cancellation.

So that's it! What do you think of this month's Birchbox then? I'm waiting for your comments, whether you're a subscriber or not! 

Until next time,


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