Birchbox UK is the UK’s no. 1 beauty box, delivering 5 personalised products each month to suit your skin, hair and style. When subscribing you create a profile of your beauty preferences, ensuring the box contents jibe with your look and beauty routine.
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December’s Birchbox is created in collaboration with London based British fashion designer Matthew Williamson.
The box is gorgeous, featuring Williamson’s Treasure Garden print. I always love the look of Birchbox boxes, but this month’s is particularly opulent with rich jewel tones that are perfect for December.
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In following with the print, this month’s box theme is Life’s Little Treasures. It’s all about luxury and indulgence. Again, totally appropriate for the holiday season.
Every month, an insert provides more details about each item.
The first item in every box is a full size Pixi by Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose (RRP £8). I’m not crazy about this. It is quite a thick balm and despite the shade being a nude pink, it didn’t blend well with my lips and looks a bit cakey. Also annoying is that when I twist the balm up it doesn’t stay, but falls back down into the tube, making it difficult to apply. Maybe my tube is just broken? Despite nourishing and hydrating lips, this isn’t a product I would purchase for myself.
Never have I ever encountered such a delicious smelling product as Baija Paris Caramelised Honey Body Scrub (RRP £14.90). This 97% natural exfoliator, a mix of sugar, honey and sunflower seed oil, smells like a butter toffee candy. In fact it smells EXACTLY like these little round butterscotch candies in the shiny yellow wrappers that I enjoyed as a kid. I would recommend this scrub on the scent alone, but it is also a gentle exfoliator which refreshes skin.
Kebelo Clarifying Shampoo (RRP £13.95), when used just once or twice a month, deep cleans your scalp and removes product build-up for soft and shiny hair. I really liked this! I have only used it once so far, but it made my hair feel cleansed, lighter and bouncier.
Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream (RRP £20) is a 99% natural treatment for tired, dark and puffy eyes. It is difficult to judge how well under eye treatments work, but I do think this noticeably minimised the dark circles under my tired early morning eyes upon the first application. I still prefer eye gels with a metal rolling applicator, they just feel more refreshing, but this is probably the best eye cream I have tried in the past year.
Spectrum Collections B04 Angled Blender Brush (RRP £4.99) is a Birchbox exclusive synthetic eye brush for use with powder or cream shadows. I like the Spectrum range of brushes, they have the right combination of softness and structure in the bristles. This is a fairly wide brush, definitely not designed for precise application, but ideal for blending and contouring.
While I wasn’t into the lip balm, I really liked all the other products in December’s Birchbox. I will be using the shampoos and eye cream again and again. And the body scrub, well it smells as sweet and rich as any baked good I’ve had this holiday season, so what’s not to love about that?
What’s your favorite item this month?