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Birchbox UK August 2016 Review

Birchbox UK August 2016 Review

I did say that it was Beauty Box time of the month so here is the second of my usual monthly run downs of the latest beauty subscription boxes. This time I'm reviewing what Birchbox have on offer.. Or should I say Birchbag!

This month, instead of the usual pretty coloured boxes, subscribers were treated to a Scuba Birchbag instead to go with their Summer "dive-in" theme. This is a soft grey coloured bag with neon zips as you can see and is actually a really good size to use as a travel makeup bag or to carry your travel sized toiletries if you are travelling and only taking carry-on luggage. Mine is already marked as I was swatching the eyeliner earlier and then smudged it off my hand onto the bag but never mind..
So onto the products inside this lovely bag then..

Birchbox UK August 2016 Review

Anatomicals The Buff Stuff Citrus Body Scrub.

Anatomicals The Buff Stuff Citrus Body Scrub

This is a gel formulation with little exfoliating particles in it and smells like pink grapefruit with a hint of something else which reminds me of the scent of the Molton Brown Rhubarb and Rose range.
It is said to eliminate skin impurities and slough away dead skin cells to leave your skin soft and silky. I washed my hands with it a few minutes ago to see whether it foams up or not being a gel consistency and it doesn't. It has a nice delicate fragrance and left my hands nice and soft at least so I will definitely use this on the rest of me! The RRP of the full-sized product is £3.99 for 200ml and this tube contains 50ml.

Merci Handy Antibacterial Hand Cleansing Gel.

Merci Handy Hand Cleansing Gel

When I saw this, I was reminded of the hand sanitisers from Bath and Body Works - a store we don't have over here but that I'm dying to get into some day. Hand sanitisers, though not groundbreaking, are handy to have (pardon the pun!) and as a Mum I always have some in my handbag and in the changing bag for the messy toddler moments. Mine is in the scent Black Vanilla so it's a little nicer than the standard chemical smell that usually comes with hand sanitisers. This is apparently a full-sized product (which is teeny tiny in my opinion) and costs £2.90.

Parlor by Jeff Chastain Volumizing Root Lifting Spray.

Parlor by Jeff Chastain Volumising and Lifting Spray

This is the second product from this range that I've received from a Birchbox - the last one being a leave-in conditioner. This is a spray that you spritz onto the roots of partially dried hair and then finish styling as usual to provide extra height and volume. I'm always looking for extra volume and height so this will again get a good testing over the next while. However, I don't tend to blow dry my hair more than twice a week due to lack of time so I may not have full results on this for a while yet!
This is a 30ml sample and the RRP of the full-sized 147ml is £17.

Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner in Espresso.

Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner Espresso

Subscribers got to choose which shade of the eyeliner they wanted this month - either this dark brown shade or a purpley shade called Mulberry. I decided to be practical and go with the shade I would get the most use out of as I use brown eyeliner almost every day.
Brown eyeliner is a great alternative to black as it still adds the extra definition but without the harshness that can come with black eyeliner if used for daytime looks. If you haven't tried brown eyeliner instead of black then you need to go and buy one, whatever the brand, and try it out!
This one claims to be waterproof to withstand humidity, trips to the gym and a trip to the pool on holliers so we shall see if it lives up to that. The swatch on my hand was very hard to remove and I couldn't smudge it with my finger so I think they may be correct in their claims. I'm looking forward to testing this out properly on the eyes. The RRP of this is £10.50.

Amie Morning Clear Purifying Facial Wash.

Amie Purifying Facial Wash

This is a moisturising facial wash which is said to remove overnight grime without irritation to refresh skin. It's a nice creamy texture with a subtle fragrance and appears to be soap-free which makes it good for drier skin types. I will probably take this on holidays with me to save bringing big bottles of my usual cleansers. This is a 10ml sample so rather small, and the RRP of the full-sized 150ml is £4.95.

Nude Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly.

Nude Omega Cleansing Jelly

There was a little extra in the bag in the form of a sachet of this cleanser which is said to transform from a gel to a milk on contact with water and to be packed with omegas and plant extracts to lift impurities and gently cleanse. It can be used on the eyes as well which is interesting. This is a higher end brand that is sold in stores like Space NK and Mecca - not the Boots and Superdrug that usually fits my budget! The RRP of the full sized product is £32 for 100ml and this is a single use sachet, probably around the 5ml mark. I'm looking forward to treating my skin with this and I would actually nearly have preferred another sachet of this instead of the Amie wash but I may change my mind after using both of them - time will tell..

So that's everything in my August Birchbox - definitely more of a skincare focus this month than makeup and the bag is a nice bonus. Interesting to note that Glossybox included their cosmetic pouch as a fifth product but Birchbox are giving the bag as an extra!
Did you receive a Birchbox this month? Were your contents the same or different? Do let me know I'm nosey as usual :)

Bye for now,

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