\ March 2013 Birchbox Review - Sweet Elyse

March 2013 Birchbox Review

I received my March Birchbox yesterday. I previously subscribed when the company was Joliebox (there are reviews on this blog) and I actually loved Joliebox more than any other UK beauty box company, I actually only un-subscribed due to Christmas coming up and my husband changing jobs so I am so happy to be subscribing again.

This is my first box since the brand became Birchbox, Birchbox is an American beauty box company but they now own Joliebox and have re-branded as Birchbox. The contents I feel are still as good and the packaging blows any other beauty box out of the water.

Birchbox costs £10 per month and once you subscribe you aren't held in to any contract. So the items I received are:

Laura Geller Purple Inkwell Waterproof Gel Liner - Full size £24.50

I haven't tried the Laura Geller branded products before so I was really happy to find this in my box. I love a good liner and this was definitely a good one, the purple was a true royal purple with a teeny amount of shimmer. It applies like a dream and stays put all day, when I tried this after using a primer the colour really pops so I would recommend also trying it with primer on your eyelids.

Molton Brown Valbonne Fragrance Spray Vial - Full size £65.00

With tops notes of bergamot and hints of leather, rose, vetiver and orange flower I was left confused as to whether this was for men or women. The scent smells strong and powerful at first like a sexy topless man but it then smooths out and becomes more feminine, I wasn't sure if it was for men or women so I did Google it and had an 'ahhhhh that makes sense' when I found out it's actually a unisex fragrance, it is definitely suited to both men and women and I actually really like it.

Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Plump 'N' Thick Leave-In Thickening Mist - Full size £13.90

I have never heard of Nick Chavez so this was one product I felt indifferent to. I have fine flyaway hair and I really wish it could be thicker, I currently use Aveda to give my hair that much needed fullness so this was tested straight away. After testing I hate it, it's really as simple as that, it got me all excited with the prospect of thick hair and then just completely let me down. My hair was left just as thin but it looked greasy-ish and lifeless the next morning. I wouldn't purchase this personally.

La Sultane De Saba Body Lotion with Argan Oil - Full size £26.50

I couldn't believe this product costed £26.50 full size as the tester I received didn't look like it fit that price range in regards to it's packaging. However, I tried it out and it smells gorgeous and very similar to the scent that baby products have (like Johnsons baby wash and shampoo), this is a lotion so is thin and would be suited to normal or greasy/combination skin types. Unfortunately I have dry skin and while this left my skin feeling soft and balmy the results didn't last for even an hour. I wouldn't pay the full size price as there are so many more products suited to my skin type but I do like having this sample to use on my neck and hands. 

Yu-Be Mosturizing Skin Cream - Full size £19.50

Again this was another new brand to me and the product information says it's a glycerin based cream containing vitamins B2, C and E. It's suited to dry and sever dry skin areas including your body, hands, face and lips! The using it on your lips part intrigued me so I have literally just popped some on to my lips as I type and bleurgh! it tastes really disgusting, like Vick's mixed with dry wood, the consistency is fab but the taste really needs some work done to it, I can see this being used as a healing balm for spots, dry elbows and things like that and I do like it as it is really moisturising but not on your lips.

Sanctuary 30 Day Thermal Transformation Mask - Full Size £27.50

This product was actually a beauty extra and I have received this before in a previous Joliebox, the product is actually amazing and I would love to purchase the full size but at £27.50 it's a luxury buy especially while my shoe addiction has kicked in with full force. This comes with 2 samples one being a peptide transformation serum and the other a thermal rose clay. You apply the serum (which is more of a cream consistency) to the face and then apply the rose clay on the top. Your skin will start to naturally warm for around 15 minutes and then you cleanse your skin removing the mask. I did notice that my skin looked tighter, fresher and this didn't leave my skin feeling dry and sore. I would recommend this (if you don't have a shoe addiction to pay for).

Lindt Lindor Heart Tin with Chocolate Truffles - Full size £2.99

Does this really need any commenting? it's pretty, it's Lindt and it's chocolate? These were scoffed in 5 minutes and yes they were oh so good!

What are your opinions of this box? did you get the same products as I did and if so, did you try the Yu-Be on your lips?

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