A loving Birchbox February 2015


How great is it when one minute you're thinking of a topic to blog about and the next minute the postman knocks at the door, delivering you your February Birchbox? Cherry on top, he is also able to pronounce your very long and difficult surname right, because, guess what, he is part Greek as well! *insert big smile here*


Love is in the air this month, with Valentine's Day only around the corner, and of course this is only an excuse for Birchbox to be awesome one more time. Why am I saying this? Well, take a look at this!

Aren't they sweet?
They chose to address me as "excellent", something that brought a smile to my face and made my day even better than before, because a day of rest is already a good day, right?


Now, I have a confession to make before I show you the contents of my Birchbox. I don't celebrate Valentine's Day, never have done in the past, quite possibly never will in the future (but I'm leaving a small window open here in case my partner suddenly decides otherwise ). I don't need an appointed day to celebrate my love towards that special person that holds the keys to my heart. I do that throughout the year, with small gifts, gestures and simply by still showing him my interest. So does he. Now why did I feel the need to share this with you? Well, because I was expecting a special edition Valentine box for this month's Birchbox, yet instead I received their ordinary looking box. And I'm more than pleased with this.


Of course, no matter the looks of the actual box, the theme of this month is "Birchbox Loves", and as they say themselves, it goes way beyond being limited to one day for Valentine's. Among those loves is ice cream, dancing and lipstick, but I have to add on-the-go coffees, TV box sets, old books, lazy weekends and the most important of all, Me Time. That last one usually includes snuggly duvets, hugs with my beloved Mocha (my Tibetan terrier daughter/dog) and pampering. Speaking of which, let's get to the point of this post!

  • T London Darjeeling Hand Wash: I've never really thought of hand washes as beauty products before but more as hygienic products you must have in a house, so I'm finding hard to get excited with this one in particular. Don't get me wrong, I do like its smell of freshness, packed with tea tree and lemongrass, but that's more or less it. Nothing special here, Birchbox team you disappointed me with this one. The sample I received is 50ml, full size is 300ml and retails for £18.

  • theBalm cosmetics Stainiac in "Beauty Queen": OK, I've heard some of the best comments when it comes to theBalm's eyeshadows and highlighters (hello, of course I'm talking about Mary-Lou Manizer!), so I was expecting this stain to be of similar quality. Unfortunately it's not. It just about leaves a stain on my lips but completely disappears when I used it on my cheeks. I don't know if I got a bad sample or an expired(?) one, but sorry, I'm going back to my Benefit ChaChaTint, thank you very much! Sample is 1,2ml, full size is 8,5ml and costs £10.

      
  • Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner in Black: The last few months I have received a number of black eyeliner pencils, not just from Birchbox but also the other two subscription boxes I get. This one isn't the one that would convert me into a brand. I'm not complaining again, I'm just not excited. Not disappointed either mind you, not when the formula of the eyeliner is buttery soft. It's not the blackest of blacks (nothing can compare with Rimmel's Scandal Eyes Kohl Liner in Jet Black), but it builds up really easy. The only full size product of this month's box, it retails for £11.

  • Liz Earle Beauty Co. Botanical Shine Shampoo: If you haven't heard of the name Liz Earle before then I don't know under which rock you have been hiding, because there is a big cult of followers to the brand, swearing fealty and allegiance. I'm hoping to become one of them as I've ordered their bestseller, the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, but I was super psyched when I saw this sample in my box. With vitamin E, apple and orange extracts, shea butter and aloe vera, you can imagine how divine it smells. I haven't used it yet but will be doing so shortly. It comes in 200ml full size and costs £10, I received a luxe sample of 50ml.

  • Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum: Can you see the tears of excitement that stream down my cheeks? Yeah, it was caused by this 10ml deluxe sample of pure Caudalie gold I received. Why do I love this product so much? Because it's oil free, applies so easily, smells incredible and leaves my skin with a healthy, radiant glow. Can I ask for more? Its full size is 30ml and retails for £45.

What, you thought we were done? No, no, no my sweeties! Similarly to previous months, there was a lifestyle sample in the box. 

  • The Chia Co. Oats + Chia: I have to admit I quickly googled Chia to find out more as to what exactly it is before I even dared writing anything here. Apparently it's a seed rich in omega-3 fatty acids, very good for our health, that is mainly used as a topping put into smoothies, breakfast cereals, energy bars and the like. You obviously guessed the sachet I got is a portion of porridge, but what you haven't guessed is that it's a 'just add water' porridge, vegan, with mixed berries and wholegrain oats, lightly sweetened with low-fructose coconut sugar. I'm no vegan myself (I refuse to take meat out of my diet) but I will surely be giving these a try. A pack of 5 sachets retails for £4.95.

So that's it for Birchbox's February box! Aaaaand I have some news as well! 
Birchbox has decided to add a slimmer box to its range, the Slimbox (click for more details), whose size fits most UK letterboxes. The value of the box will be the same like the normal one and you can opt in or out whenever you want. Seriously, this was the best news for me, especially since I had delivery problems with my first two boxes. I've already opted in for it, can't wait to receive my March one!


Until next time,

Dora

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