So, whilst in London a few weekends ago I dragged Taylor to Oxford Street with the intention of getting one thing – a DIY Birchbox from Selfridges.
I’ve always been a fan of beauty boxes and made the difficult decision over a year and a half ago to subscribe to Glossybox. I chose Glossybox originally as I thought it had more brands that I liked, and I thought their website was really girly, yet clean and minimalistic. I’d heard of Birchbox and known people that had been subscribed in the past, yet a gut instinct meant I chose not to go with them.
However, now having a little more disposable income, and falling in love with my monthly Glossybox, I had been thinking about getting another monthly box of some sort. That is when my Instagram became flooded with pictures of Birchbox at Selfridges. A DIY beauty box? As in, YOU pick the samples?! Sold!
So, we ventured into the busy streets of London on a sunny Saturday afternoon to find the Birchbox section in Selfridges. When there, I picked up a box, a cute little pouch and a menu, and then I bored Taylor to death whilst deciding which products to have.
You were able to choose two makeup products, and then one from each of the other sections: skincare, body care, haircare and a beauty treat.
After what probably seemed like a good few hours for my boyfriend (sorry!) I eventually chose my items and skipped happily to the till, and went on to waste a few hours wandering around Oxford Street before heading back to our hotel room.
The POREfessional by Benefit
I’ve wanted to try this for a while as it always gets such good reviews on social media. I’ve applied this as a base to a few makeup looks now and it has definitely improved the staying power and appearance of my bb cream/powder around my T zone and cheeks. I have some large pores on my cheeks which are only ever hidden under lashings of foundation, however after patting this cream onto the area, some simple powder did the trick. Excellent for days I don’t want to wear much makeup.
Overall view: Amazing! Will definitely purchase, although a tad pricey
Full size price: £24.50 for 22ml
Couture Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Black by Lord & Berry
I love Lord & Berry. I’ve had a few of their lip products in my Glossybox and now whenever I see or hear of their products I get so excited! I’m not a massive fan of pencil eyeliner, however, this is so soft and creamy it went on like a dream. I was actually able to create a flick – with a pencil!
Overall view: Would definitely recommend.
Full size price: £12
Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil by Nuxe
One thing you need to learn about me – I LOVE oils. I’m so glad they came into the limelight at full force over the past few years as they have made such a difference to my beauty regimes. I’m constantly putting oil on the ends of my hair to keep it soft and silky, and having quite dry skin, I’m all for a bit of hydration! I loved the fact this oil could be used on your hair, face and body. It is quite runny and probably would be better distributed in a pump type bottle, so if I had any spares I definitely would have transferred it to one. Having forgot my moisturiser the evening after I purchased the Birchbox, I had no choice but to use this oil to hydrate my skin prior to applying a full face of makeup…. and I was so surprised – it did the job! My skin didn’t flake up toward the end of the night as it normally would if I forget to moisturise – result!
Overall view: Perfect for a face oil
Full size price: £28 for 100ml
Protect & Oil by Beauty Protector (Birchbox Exclusive)
Lemon and Sage Body Butter by Bliss