Thursday, 23 October 2014

Birchbox- October 2014



This month Birchbox partnered with Coppafeel! as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, they switched up their usual drawstring bags for a pretty pink cosmetics bag as well as including tips on how to check yourself for signs of breast cancer. I was so happy to see them promoting such an important campaign, as a bra fitter I've met a fair amount of women who have survived breast cancer and it is just so important to catch it early, it's definitely made me more conscious of checking myself regularly and it only takes a couple of minutes. Anyway back to the box I had slightly mixed feelings about the contents of my October box their were some definite hits and some mediocre bits.

KMS are a brand I've only recently tried, I received another of their products in a past beauty box and really liked it so I was quite excited to try this out, I haven't had too much chance to give a proper go as I've mostly been at work and I've been ill but I've used it add volume and texture to my bun and ponytail. I really like texturising products and am always on the lookout for something to add volume and lift to my long messy hair. 

I really wasn't in need of any more nail varnish but I always like to try new brands and you can't go wrong with a classic red.

I was actually on the lookout for a balm or oil based cleanser as I fear my skin is acting out due the cooler weather and constant heating at work and also my over reliance on harsh/mattifying skincare, it has been over compensating resulting in a horrible breakout around my chin and cheeks. So I was thrilled to receive this as it's actually one I'd been considering purchasing I've only tried it once and it was really nice to use, I felt that it was thick enough to draw out any impurities whilst also gently exfoliating. I did find it quite hard to remove it all with a cloth so perhaps I need to use it a little more sparingly, I wasn't over keen on how my skin felt afterwards there was definitely a greasy heavy feeling to my skin and I think perhaps this is just a bit too thick for my combination skin.

This is a product that I've never heard of before and initially I was a bit dismissive about it but I actually think this will be quite useful although it does sort of seem like more of a summertime product to me. It smells nice and definitely has a cooling tingling effect when applied but as I haven't really had the need to try it out properly yet I'm not sure if it actually has any soothing properties. 

I can't say I was really in need of another lip balm but as I quite like Pixi products I was excited to try this and it is a really great lip balm, very moisturizing and long lasting I just wish I had received a different shade as this nude is just horrible on me. I hate pale lips as they make my whole face look washed out so unfortunately this is no good for me and I'll probably only use it before I go to bed to keep my lips soft. 

This was a nice little extra that fit well with the very pink girly theme of this months box, I've already popped it in my handbag.

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