When December comes around, everyone has high expectations of beauty boxes and what they might hold. I am no different, with high expectations for the December beauty boxes. The December Birchbox* (Birchbox*, £10 + £2.95 p&p) will now be making it's way around the Country to all of the Birchbox subscribers, and today I am going to share with you the contents of my December box - as well as a fantastic subscription offer! The December Birchbox is themed around the festive Christmas period, with products covering makeup, body care, hair care and skincare, as well as a few cheeky extras. Let's delve in shall we?
Number 4 Non-Aerosol Hairspray (Birchbox, 200ml, £18.50): A brand I have never heard of before, Number 4 Non-Aerosol Hairspray uses a botanical-rich formula which provides a flexible hold. After styling simply spray the product at around 10-12inches away from your hair, for crunch free hold. I can't wait to give this a go! A sample size of 43ml (worth £3.98), this will be perfect for the Christmas period whilst I am travelling between family and friends and making festive present-swapping visits!
Nail Rock Nail Glitter in Pink (Birchbox, £6.99): The first full sized product in the box, this will come in handy during the festive season for adding a touch of sparkle to my nails. With a nail polish in a soft, baby pink and a pot (quite a big pot, too) of a rose-gold/pink glitter, you're getting a full sized nail polish and nail 'accessories'. Nail Rock suggest applying two coats of nail polish, before lightly dipping your still-wet nail into the glitter, brushing off the excess and wait to dry. The result? Sparkling, party-ready nails.
Twistband (Birchbox, Pack of 6, £10): I love, love, love these things! So although this is a repeat product in the box, I was thrilled to add another Twistband to my collection, and in an adorable baby blue, too! I received just the one Twistband in my box (worth £1.67) but I'm happy with that - these are actual miracle workers! Designed to keep your hair secure without snagging, breaking or creasing your hair. Fab product, adore!
Sin-Care Party Girl Serum (Birchbox, 50ml, £46.50): I'm always happy to see a skincare product in beauty boxes and Sin-Care isn't a brand I am familiar with; meaning I've been introduced to a new skincare brand, oh I love when that happens! Described as the perfect product for taking dull, lack-luster and tired skin to brighter, party-ready skin, this detoxifying serum is to be used after cleansing, for a happier complexion. Can't wait to give this a go! I received a pretty decent sample size of 5ml (worth £4.65); for a skincare product that's fab and this is set to last a while!
Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow in Paris (Birchbox, 2.5g, £12.50): Alima Pure isn't a brand I have personally tried before, but one I have seen in reviews, so I was really chuffed to see one of their luminous shimmer eyeshadows included in the box! An all-natural mineral eyeshadow which is suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types, the shade I received is a lovely silver taupe. The colour pay-off is admittedly not as good as I had hoped for a mineral shadow, but I reckon built up with other shadows, primers and bases, this could have a lovely little something-something about it. Keep your eyes peeled for a full review soon! I'm unsure on the size of the product I received, but it looks pretty decently sized, if not full size!
Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning Bath & Shower Oil (Birchbox, 55ml, £39): The final product in the box is not only from one of my favourite aromatherapy brands, Aromatherapy Associates, but also one of my favourite products from the brand, too! The Revive morning bath and shower oil is my secret to a refreshed, ready-to-go start to every day. With the invigorating powers of grapefruit, rosemary and juniper, this has a delicious, soothing and reviving scent that's sure to get your day starting right! The size I received in the box is 5ml (worth £3.55), which can go a lot longer than you'd expect. A lovely sample, and a product well worth the splurge.
Also, I thought it was worth mentioning that Birchbox now stock the Number 4 & Twistband Kit, containing three Number 4 products and four Twistband products, for just £17! A perfect way to delve into both brands. (Birchbox, £17)
As well as six fabulous products, one of which is full sized and five generous sample sizes, there's also a fab voucher within the December Birchbox. Hidden within each box there is a voucher for $20 over at US jewellery store BaubleBar (their bracelets look absolutely adorable!) $20 is roughly £12, so that's not bad as a little extra within the box! As per usual there's also the wonderfully decorated card inserts which come with the box and this month they feature an Agenda; things to do and see over the festive season, Festive Fixes; product recommendations to help you sparkle over the festive season, a tutorial for creating a lovely up-do as well adorable little gift tags festively themed which you can cut out and use on Christmas presents. How lovely! I'm pretty impressed with the December box, how about you?
The lovely team over at Birchbox have shared a couple of festive offers with me, so that each of you can indulge in Birchbox too.
Subscribe & receive a free box!
If you'd like to subscribe to Birchbox, you can use the code 'BBXbloggers' at the checkout when subscribing and your free box will automatically be sent out to you with your first Birchbox! You can keep this second box for yourself (the boxes contents varies) or you can gift it to a friend this Christmas, which would make a fabulous gift on Christmas day of lovely beauty treats! Please note all of the free boxes will be sent automatically once the offer ends, January 10th - you won't receive a confirmation email, but it will be sent out!
Offer valid until January 10th 2014.
£5 off when buying a gift subscription!
Another way to treat a friend this Christmas (or, yourself!) is with a fab £5 off when selecting a gift subscription! There's three different types of gift subscriptions available which you can find on the Birchbox website. To receive £5 off of your selected gift subscription, simply use the code 'BBXoffergift' at checkout!
Offer valid until January 10th 2014.
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