Monday, 24 March 2014

Birch Box UK March 2014 - What's in the box?

Birch Box UK partnered with Lulu Guinness for their March 2014 box - and what a pairing it is! I was so excited to see the black and white stripy box wrap around this months box, I love it when they do a collaboration box and this one is certainly no let down! So lets just jump right in and get to the good stuff!

Benefit Stay Don't Stray 

We've been getting quite a few Benefit goodies in our Birch Boxes lately and I've been loving it! I've never heard of their 'Stay Don't Stray' and the little package was just so cute (like everything with Benefit) that I couldn't wait to try it. Stay Don't Stray is an eye primer for eyeshadow and concealer. I got a light shade which when applied goes on like a very thin concealer, brightening the yes and erasing dark circles - not completely but enough to cause me to use less concealer. Not what I was expecting at all from a primer!

Dr.Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner

Last month we got a sample of Benefits Porefessional so I'm eager to compare both products now. The Dr.Brandt version carries a higher price tag too. It's a sheer formula designed to minimise pores and absorb excess oil. I'm back on the fence about Benefits Porefessional, it's staying power was less than impressive. I wonder if this will work any better? My nose is my pore-problematic zone and I've yet to find anything that really masks them.

Aroma Works Serenity Body Oil

Thanks to Birch Box I've become a little obsessed with body oils. Thankfully they keep sending me various body oils to try out. This one is a blend of sumptuous oils including coconut oil which leaves your skin silky and smelling great. the vial is so tiny and precious looking, I almost want to keep it out on the dresser as delicate decoration! Best used after a bath or shower, I just love how these oils make your skin glow and feel oh so smooth, it's luxurious! I might have to save this one for a much needed pamper session!

Molton Brown Rhubarb & Rose Replenishing Hand Cream

I always get excited to find Molton Brown in my Birch Box and we've had quite a few samples from them so far this year! This little sample went straight into my hand bag when I ventured off to York for a weekend and I loved it! It smells amazing, very floral, and left my hands feeling so smooth. It's a fast-absorbing formula, so no greasy fingers and a deeply nourishing moisturiser, perfect for restoring moisture to my hands after I'd spent a little too long in the hot tub! 

English Laundry no.7 for Her

I've had these little English Laundry samples before and they're not bad at all if you like light floral scents. They're ideal for travelling so I think that's what I'm going to save this one for. It's a pear and jasmine blend with gardenia, vanilla and sandalwood, by far one of the best they've sent out if you ask me and perfect for stepping into Spring. I know a lot of people don't like perfume samples in their subscription boxes but I do! You never get little sample vials like this on counters any more and it gives you a chance to wear the fragrance a few times and decide if you really like it or not!

Candy Rock

As this months Birch Box was in collaboration with Lulu Guinness they included a stripy bar of rock as it's the sweet that inspired her latest collection. Have to say, I have a pretty sweet tooth but I'm not a big fan of rock, it hurts my teeth! This bar is pretty big and weighty too, it'd be a shame to let it go to waste so I might pass it onto my brother. I love the little lifestyle extras they include but I'd have preferred some smaller humbugs than the one solid rock!
Once again I'm super pleased with all the samples sent to me this month! Everything will be used up - something I've found with almost all of my Birch Box samples since I made the switch from Glossy Box to Birch Box. I've yet to regret making the switch and I can't wait to see what my April Birch Box brings!

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