November Birchbox.

This month I decided to take the plunge and buy my first beauty box. Up until now I've been admiring from afar and read countless mixed reviews about them unsure on whether to get one for myself. However, I finally decided to make my own mind up about them. I decided to try the Birchbox beauty box. It arrived in this adorable packaging, which made me really excited to see what was inside. The theme for this box was 'Icons' and came with little cards, explaining the items, giving tutorials and one card full of words of wisdom, which I thought was a very nice touch. Now, on to the items themselves.

I'll start with the smaller 'extra' items. First up, the double pencil sharpener. I wasn't particularly overwhelmed with this item, I have three or four sharpeners already and wasn't in desperate need for another one, but it's always nice to have another one, just in case. I then found three little samples of Pukka tea. The flavours were three cinnamon, elderberry and echinacea and earl grey. Once again I wasn't particularly very excited about this. I am a massive tea drinker, but just a standard Yorkshire tea will do me fine, however, I promised myself I will try these eventually. And finally, from the smaller items, a perfume sample.  This sample is a 2ml and called English Laundry by Christopher Wicks. I find this scent a little strange (if I can say that?), I can't explain, it smells similar to a vintage clothes shop to me. Personally, I didn't think it was particularly nice, but my mum seems to really like it, so it's all to do with personal choice. I actually don't mind to much getting a perfume sample in the box, especially if it's a nice scent. I love trying out new perfumes and this is the perfect way to do so. 

On to, what I feel to be the more exciting items. I was very excited to see the Model Co Party Proof Matte Lipstick in shade 'Kitty', a nude lipstick. I don't normally wear nude lipstick, as to be honest, I've never seen the point, but I really like this lipstick. The formula itself is really moisturising on the lips and leaves a slight shimmer on there, however, it leaves a slight sticky texture, which is not so nice. 

The next item I was really excited about was the Chella Highlighter Crayon. I never heard of this brand before, but I was looking forward to giving this a go. It's a lovely matte shade called 'Ivory Lace' and aims to 'brighten and visibly lift your eyes when lightly applied on the brow bone, dark circles, blemishes and red spots'. The item is really versatile and can be used for different areas on my face for a required look. It's nice subtle colour and blends really easy with your fingers or brush. Overall, I am very happy to see this product in this months box. 

The last two items I found in my box was a Laura Mercier body butter and Weleda Oat Replenishing Shampoo. First, Laura Mercier Body Butter. The first thing that strikes me about this product is the gorgeous scent. My sample was scented vanilla and is very strong and lingering. I could smell it throughout the day. The cream itself makes me skin feel so so lovely and soft. The only negative is the tiny sample, however, I adore this product and love using it. Finally, the Weleda Oat Replenishing Shampoo. It aims to bring life to dry and damaged hair, which I desperately need after constant dying. I have only used this product a couple of times and I haven't yet seen much of a difference to my hair, but I am excited to carry on trying in hope of improving my damaged hair. 

Overall, I am happy with my first beauty box, I wouldn't say I'm blown away, but I'm willing to give next months a try and see how I feel about it, The beauty box allows me to try products that I would never have the chance to before, especially the higher end bands like Laura Mercier. There's a huge element of excitement and surprise in the beauty boxes, which I think makes them so appealing to me.