This was the third Birchbox beauty subscription I received and I have to be honest and say it isn’t my favourite. I’m also a little disappointed that Birchbox are doing away with their points-based reward system since that was part of the brand’s appeal for me. However, there were some nice products included this month.

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Here’s a round-up of what was in April’s box:

Baija Paris Creme Moana in Fleur de Tiare (RRP £15.90)
Manna Kadar Split pan bronzer and highlighter duo (RRP £17.00)
Nip + Fab Colour Corrector in ‘terracotta’ (RRP £8.95)
Oribe Dry texturizing spray (RRP £41.00)
Polaar IcePure gentle scrub with arctic cotton (RRP £23.50)

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I particularly liked the Baija Paris Creme Moana in Fleur de Tiare, or the Moana Cream as I’m renaming it. Aside from loving the name, the scent is delicious and genuinely softened my skin. I’m not sure it’s good enough to replace my current favourite moisturiser (this body butter from The Body Shop) but I am overall a fan of the product.

 

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I’ve used the Manna Kadar bronzer and highlighter the most this month. I’m pretty impressed with the pigmentation of the bronzer, but the highlighter does need a few swipes to actually show up on my skin – but of course that could be because I’m so pale.

 

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I’m pretty sure I don’t wear enough makeup to justify using the colour corrector, I don’t wear foundation so once the orangey colour is on, I don’t really have anything to wear over it so I stay a bit orange. I think if you were a makeup pro this corrector would be brilliant, especially the green shade which is specified for covering red spots/acne.

 

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The texturizing spray was the most useless for me personally. Even though the Birchbox subscription includes a profile for you to complete with your beauty needs (including hair type) this is the second time I’ve been sent a dry shampoo based product. I have voluminous, curly hair so I don’t need to wash it more than twice a week and the issue is it gets dry instead of greasy. So, dry shampoo is pretty useless for my hair type and a texturizing treatment does nothing! I’ve seen a few people complaining that they often receive dry shampoo, so maybe this is a common problem for all subscribers.

 

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This scrub smells delicious and leaves your skin feeling amazingly soft. However, in all honesty I wouldn’t spend over £20 on an exfoliating scrub, no matter how good it was! Despite saying that it is gentle enough for sensitive skin, I wasn’t brave enough to try this product on my face.

 

Although I was a little disappointed with the range of products this month, I would still recommend Birchbox in general since it’s like a little gift from you to you every month and is especially great for finding new brands.

 

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Posted by:MJ

20, studying at UEA in Norwich

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