Rose gold and marble. They’re the in thing right now.. and why not?! They’re gorgeous! Birchbox has really put the wow factor into this months ‘it’s all in the detail’ edition. But while Birchbox design some fantastic re-usable boxes each month, it’s what’s on the inside that really counts.
Kueshi Shine & Volume Mask – RRP £10.50
Now I love a good hair mask and I’m always on the look out for new ones that are quick. If I had the time each morning I’d use one daily, but alas I work full time and I really like to sleep in until the last possible minute, so I only get the time to treat my hair at the weekends. Kueshi is a new brand to me, but they have created magic in a tube with this product. 3 quick minutes after shampooing left my hair feeling really light, soft and super silky. I found that styling my hair was much easier and quicker, which is a real bonus as my hair can get really dried out and hard to manage.
The sample was a good sized tester, and at £10.50 for the full sized product, I would happily pay that for the results I got.
Dr Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant – RRP £67
I’ve been getting beauty boxes for well over a year now, and I can tell you that this product probably trumps everything I’ve ever had. I don’t have the smoothest of skin, and finding an exfoliating face wash that has a long-term impact on the texture of my skin is difficult. Queue Dr Brandt. This is the second product I’ve had from the brand, and so far have no bad words to say.
This product claims to refine the look of the skin’s texture and softens imperfections for a radiant, smoother, clearer and brighter complexion in just a few minutes. When applying, I found the product had quite an aggressive texture to it, so you only need a small amount and to massage lightly. My skin felt instantly smoother and more refreshed, after only one use.
I can’t vouch for the age-defying element, but this product is definitely going on my wishlist to buy again in the future!
Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in Vanilla Frosting – RRP £14.49
The star product this month is Marsks Mineral Eyeshadow, and subscribers got the chance to choose from Vanilla Frosting or Fifty Shades. I tend to sway towards using lighter shades on my eyes, so I opted for Vanilla Frosting which is a silver-white shade. So what are the pros and cons?
Pros: Made from 100% natural ingredients, it’s a good product for anyone with sensitive skin or eyes. The pigmentation is pretty rich too, so it builds nice and relatively evenly on your lids. It applied nicely on its own, but worked best when paired with other shadows as your base. You get a thicker application when applying with a wet brush (though I’d definitely use primer spray, rather than water).
Cons: Mineral eyeshadows are known to be messy and time-consuming – and I can tell you this product continues that trend. Even opening the pot you have to be super careful, because it goes everywhere. It doesn’t stay as long as I’d hope for it too, and if you accidentally rub your eyes, it’s game over.
Other uses? You could definitely get away with using a light dusting of this as a highlighter! I don’t think I’d re-buy this product, but I’m interested to see what other goodies the brand has to offer.
Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara – RRP £18
The Marsk eyeshadow wasn’t the only makeup product we were blessed with this month, and I am over the moon with this one! The super plump wand has allowed for a really volumised application, and after just two coats my lashes looked long and thick enough to trick you into thinking I was wearing falsies.
At £18 for a full sized mascara, this will soon be a neat little addition to my makeup bag.
Whisk Rice Milk Firming Body Cream – RRP £27
Previous products I’ve had from Whisk have been absolutely fab, so I’m slightly disappointed in this firming body cream. The cream claims to leave your skin smoother and softer whilst banishing blemishes such as scars and stretch marks. I’ve got a few patches of stretch marks that needed a bit of TLC – so I used this for several consecutive days after showering to see how it handled my blemishes. I’m really disappointed to report that i’ve seen very minimal results, and my sample hasnt lasted as long as i’d hoped.
At £27 for the full sized product, I won’t be purchasing this to continue it’s use, but I’m not giving up on whisk yet! I have really enjoyed their other products, I just think maybe this one is not for me.
I’m pretty happy with the box this month. A stunning design, a wide mix of products, and some new brands I haven’t heard of before! After the anoucement that Birchbox were scrapping their points system, I was very close to cancelling.. I just don’t think 15% off is a good deal compared to collecting points to spend. But i’m pretty glad i’ve kept it. If you’re new to Birchbox, they have an offer of the get a free Benefit They’re Real! mascara trio when you subscribe to the May box – use code REAL at checkout.