Birchbox #12

In my box:
Benefit High Beam
Biorganics Perfect Balanced Shampoo
Elemental Herbology Facial Glow Radiance Peel
Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in Charcoal
Models Own Velvet Goth in Absynth
Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
Lifestyle extra: Sophia Webster Purse

The December Birchbox is a collaboration box with accessories designer Sophia Webster and has the theme “Put on Your Party Shoes!”. The box itself is really pretty with a pale blue lid covered in brightly coloured jewels in various shapes and sizes with the base of the box being navy.

If I’m honest I’m not blown away by the products in this months box, but I am excited to try the Model’s Own polish in Absynth (fairly predictable!). The Velvet Goth collection has a unique velvet formula, it’s packed with glitter but has a matte finish which is rather unusual. Abysnth is a deep emerald green with fine glitter and larger hex glitter. The swatch photographed is 2 coats, I’m really looking forward to trying this out for myself. I think I would probably add a top coat as I think it will really help to define the sparkle.

I received the Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in Charcoal which I’m quite looking forward to experimenting with. I don’t think I’d use this as an eyeliner as it’s quite a dark grey shimmer but I’d like to see how it works when smudged across the eyelid to create a smoky eye. There’s some easy to follow instructions on the insert which I think I’ll use the first time. I’m hoping it won’t be too dark and something I can use over the party season as I don’t have anything like it.

The Benefit cracker is such an adorable Christmassy addition. Inside the cracker I found Benefit’s High Bean which is a a liquid illuminator that brightens cheekbones, arches brows, opens up eyes and plumps up lips with a dab of a wand. I’m hoping the shade matches my skin tone so I can use it on my brow bone and in the corners of my eyes to open them up.

The Elemental Herbology Facial Glow Radiance Peel promises to counteract the affects of pollution, UV rays, hormones and stress to provide super-nourished skin by gently exfoliating dead skin cells. Working in London I’m facing the affects of pollution on a daily basis so it will be interesting to see what affect this has on my skin.

Next I received the Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil. I hadn’t heard much about this product previously, but it’s meant to be highly effective for scars and stretch marks and other skin concerns including dehydrated skin. I don’t often use an oil on my face as I still haven’t gotten used to the oily feeling but I will start using this regularly overnight from tonight to see whether it helps to fade scarring from spots more quickly. Watch this space for an update.

The Biorganics Perfect Balanced Shampoo is an organic product that contains lavender, aloe vera, chamomile and jojoba which is suitable for all hair types as a gentle cleanser. I don’t really get excited by shampoo and conditioner samples but it’s a handy size for taking away so I’ll save it for my next trip.

The Sophia Webster designed purse isn’t really my thing but I’ve gifted it to my sister who seems thrilled to have received it, so it has quickly found a loving home.

I think the products fit the December theme perfectly and there is definitely a variety of products included, I guess I’m just not as excited by it as I have been in previous months but at least they’re all products I’ll use!

What were your thoughts on the December Birchbox?
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