Birchbox #15

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In my box:
Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara
Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris Eau de Parfum
Philip Kingsley Straight Hair
RMK Ingenious Jelly Cheeks in P-12 Holographic Orange
TanOrganic Self-Tanning Oil
Lifestyle extra: A Perfect Heritage by Penny Vincenzi and Birchbox and Habitat “Here’s The Plan” Notebook

For March Birchbox has teamed up with Habitat to bring the “Do Try This At Home” edition to incentivise us to refresh things in our homes. Whether that’s clearing out, reorganising or even just trying something new. I think this is the perfect theme for March. For the past couple of weeks I’ve been feeling in the mood for a bit of a Spring clean and have started with tasks such as cleaning the oven which I’ve been putting off for ages, now I feel encouraged to keep on going. I love the vibrant and colourful box this month.

Birchbox gave subscribers a choice of 3 Benefit mascaras this month. I’ve tried both Roller Lash and They’re Real so decided to go for BADgal Lash which is a volumising mascara. I always love testing new mascaras so I’m really excited to see how this compares to Benefit’s other offerings.

I am also excited to try RMK’s Ingenious Jelly Cheeks in Holographic Orange. I’ve not heard of RMK before, but after a quick search I discovered that they’re a Japenese cosmetics line. I also established that this blusher is full sized and worth a whopping £26 so I definitely feel as if I’ve got my money’s worth this month. Holographic Orange comes in a luxurious compact with a handy mirror and brush that feels incredibly soft. Holographic Orange looks extremely bright in the pan but when swatched on my arm it seems to be a subtle, buildable blusher so I think it’s definitely wearable. I’ve never tried such an orange-toned blusher before so it will be interesting to see whether this suits me.

My box also contained TanOrganic’s Self-Tanning Oil. I don’t tend to use tanning products until the Summer months, and when I do I go for the gradually tanning moisturisers as I tend to get on better with them. I’m not sure how far this 25ml sample will stretch but hopefully it will be enough to tan both my legs.

I also received a tiny vile of Catherine Malandrino perfume which is described as a “playful yet sophisticated fragrance with citrus top notes and a fruity twists” – this does smell lovely so I’m pleased I’ve got the chance to try it but I would never spend £50 on a perfume for myself.

The last beauty product in my “Do It Yourself” box is Philip Kingsley’s Straight Hair, a heat protector and smoothing product. I rarely straighten my hair but I’ll try and remember to use this next time I do, otherwise I’ll pass it on to my sister who straightens her hair daily.

The March Birchbox contained two lifestyle extras, the first couple of chapters from A Perfect Heritage and a little red notebook which are both lovely editions. I think Birchbox did a pretty good job this month, I really like the theme and collaboration with Habitat and I’m particularly excited to try the blusher and mascara.

What are your thoughts on the March “Do It Yourself” Birchbox edition?
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