I think everyone has already seen the next Birchbox advertised on every possible social platform with their pretty multicoloured little bags. I’m more of a bog girl myself (it just feels more like a gift) but I was open to a change, especially since I got a blue one (yay for blue!). It’s the important things in life, right? During mid July subscribers got a choice between a purple or a brown eyeliner to be included in their August box and I though ‘Oh no…’. Shall we say, my first impressions were absolutely wrong and I found my likes/dislikes quite unexpected. I’ve recently also been a bit on a fence on wether I will keep ordering this, so let’s see!
* If you read my previous box reviews you will notice I have changed the format a bit, let me know if you think this is better/worse/you don’t care and if you like it from bad to the best or would you prefer from the best to the worst? I feel like I want to end on a positive note so will try it this way. Let me know! (Thank you!!)
In the territory of Give me my Cash-monies back Momo’s (from 1 to 5, 5 being the worst)
The bag! It’s of such bad quality. It doesn’t show up on the camera, but the grey has a yellow undertone that makes it look dirty, it feels like it’s made of a wet suit material and you can see the state of the inside so I don’t need to say much more about that. It’s a sloppy job of a bag, but you can use it for when you need to powder your nose when scuba diving, because that makes sense. You can always use it for something, but I don’t think it is good enough to be a core selling point in their campaigns! 4 bored Momos for that.
The category where Zeus and Momo have a party and don’t really have any strong opinions about anything else.
English Laundry Signature For Her Eau de Perfum (full size is £60, this would be around £2.4). This was a lovely extra this month. I am quite picky about my perfumes (let’s be real, what am I not picky about..?) and usually cannot stand sweet scents, which this is. This smells of gardens, however it does have a spicy musk hint. I actually really like it! I spread some on my wrists and neck the same day I got it. So I love it except that little minor flaw of me being actually allergic to something in it! Weird, I was never allergic to anything that I was aware of. I will still use it, but I might just dab some on my clothes instead. Maybe on my boobs, so the scent would always be one step ahead of me. It’s just unfortunate really, so meh!
Anatomicals The Buff Stuff (full size is £3.99, this is £0.99). I can always use up a body scrub, so I’m not mad at it, but as scrubs go this is quite meh. The beads are big and sparse and so this is more of a shower gel with some inconvenient bumps. But it smells of fresh fruit, so that’s nice.
Anything from 2 to 4 Very Curiously Supportive Zeuses
This little full size Merci Handy Antibacterial Hand Cleansing Gel in Lollipop(£2.90) is incredible. They are so pocket friendly (price and size wise) and look so adorable. I got one in Coco Rico from July’s My Little Box and look how adorable they both look, aww. And being the girl that is painfully aware of all the bacteria around I am loving this. 4 Zeuses for sure.
Balance Me Radiance Face Mask (full size is £18, this would cost £3.6) is going to replace my current mask in it’s natural habitat (my shower) for those lazy mask/face scrub days. I welcome these little additions as it lasts me a while as I only do it maybe once a week ( I know, I know I should do it more *rolls her eyes*) and it doesn’t take much space. Win win win. I tried this once and I really do like it, the beads are very tiny and it’s 98% natural (there’s always that 2%, right?). 4 Zeuses again! Not too shabby!
Philip Kingsley One More Day Dry Shampoo (full size is £14.50, this – £3.63). Uhhhh, yes please! Dry shampoo anytime & every time. I love the fact that the scent of this is not as fruity as most of the Batiste ones, I like it subtle and non-obvious that my hair was filthy and I’m just trying to win another day without leaving a lardy track behind me. I like the simplistic packaging too – 4!
My top pick from the box: 4 or 5 Very Curiously Supportive Zeuses
This! Imagine my surprise when I swatched and tried this and realised it’s actually really good! An item that I was least existed about proved me wrong and look at me, honestly admitting I know nothing *Whispers ‘John Snow’ as unable to resist*! It’s a full size Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner in Expresso (£10.50). It’s so smooth, smudges beautifully but once it sits for a while it’s firmly in place. The colour is beautiful and it’s so so so soft.
The only thing, yet again, is that you have to sharpen this! Why?? Why would you do that to us?? At least it’s a regular size so I don’t have to buy a collection of sharpeners on display so I could stop pushing splinters towards my eyelids! Who am I kidding, I just use a knife. It’s not ideal :(. Still 4 Zeuses!
Despite the crappy bag and a minor allergic reaction, this was one of the best Birchbox boxes I have ever received from them. The main reason I like this is the fact that I will actually use everything. It’s lovely for a change not to shove stuff in the drawer for it to ‘wait it’s turn’. It might or might not have something to do with the fact I was lucky not to receive any moisturisers this month. The total value of the box was nothing particularly shocking, £21.12, but it just goes to show that it’s not the price that matters. I will keep this box for at least another month, keep it up Birchbox!
I believe the box was:
WHY, NO, STAPH! REALLY POOR MEH SETTLING ON PASSABLE ABOVE AVERAGE REALLY ENJOYABLE
PERFECTION IN A BOX
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What are your thoughts on the box? Do you love it as much as I do or am I being a bit overwhelmed by it? It was an amazing feeling opening this up, really felt special.
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