27 Aug 2014

Of all the beauty boxes available in the UK, Birchbox is my favourite. Every month I'm treated to a box of products I can't wait to try, and the contents always impresses. If there's one box to invest in, it's Birchbox. 

The August box comes with a perfect theme for all you lucky lovelies heading away to catch the last of the summer rays. Disappearing to places unknown, taking adventures and making magical memories. The theme, Away We Go!, perfectly matches the box of travel friendly products, full sizes and little extras, covering skincare, makeup, body care and hair care, with a perfect lifestyle extra. As always, there's some super pretty postcards tucked inside the box, full of handy tips, must-have products and insider knowledge, as well as handy check-lists for anyone going away this summer, of the essentials you'll be glad Birchbox reminded you to take! Unlike the usual fabric bags, this month Birchbox have popped the August products inside an adorable carry-on travel cosmetics case, which will come in very handy for popping in my handbag with some essentials!

Liaison de Parfum I Dare You Eau de Parfum (100ml, £105)
I love receiving perfume samples in beauty boxes (in spray form only, though!), because it's the perfect way to try before you buy. You know pretty quickly whether you like a scent, and I've picked up many full size perfumes after trying sample sizes. This is a very pricey scent and one I'm not sure I would ever be able to afford myself, but it's lovely to be able to give it a try! A luxe fragrance, I Dare You combines Vetiver, Sandalwood, Leather and Amber. A very deep, warming, musky and masculine scent with the perfect feminine touch, this is one I'll get more use out of in the colder months ahead. Although strong, once it settles the scent really is lovely - strong, but lovely.

Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect (200ml, £20)
I love this, after a week of using it I am absolutely smitten! A leave-in conditioning spray which works to de-tangle, protect against heat and sun damage, nourishing, strengthening and repairing, whilst taming flyaway ends. It's a fab multi-purpose product that does the job of a lot of my hair care usuals, in one. Plus? My hair feels amazingly soft after each use. It's also 100% vegan, gluten-free, sulphate-free and paraben-free! A full size purchase is definitely on the cards.

Supergoop Daily Correct SPF35 CC Cream (47ml, £32) 
Another pretty high-end product, I don't think I've ever paid over £30 for a base product! I was a little sceptical about this one - I love BB creams, I've found I don't get on so well with CC creams. So far though, I've been pleasantly surprised with the Supergoop Daily Correct SPF35 CC Cream. It feels weight-less when on, evens skin-tone easily whilst leaving a flawless finish that's like velvet to the touch. It also works wonders are disguising pores and works well with my oily skin. The SPF35 is a lovely bonus. Have I finally found a CC cream to adore?

Wild About Beauty Powder Eyeshadow Paradise (£13) 
I was so, so thrilled to see Wild About Beauty in the August box! I've tried a few products from Wild About Beauty and each one I have adored, it's a brand I want to explore more and I've had my eye on their palettes, so to receive a full sized shadow was amazing! With a creamy soft powder formula and gorgeous satin finish, Paradise is a beauty shade which would work well with any skin tone. A warm gold with fine shimmer that works lovely worn alone as a wash of colour, but really comes into its own when used with more oomph for a pop of colour. The colour pay-off is really great, easily built up, easily blended, and can we just appreciate how beautiful the embossing is? I love bees.

Miracle Skin Transformer Hydro-Active Microderm (1.oz, £25)
The only product I wasn't keen on in the August box, I recently mentioned this product in my Products Not Worth the Hype #5 post. I'm just not a fan and it's also not a product my skin, at my age (26), needs. It uses mirconised magnesium-oxide crystals to smooth, refine and polish, but for me it's just far too abrasive and I'll be passing this sample size onto someone I think will get more use of it! 

Lifestyle Extra
The Proposal by Tasmina Perry (£7.99)
I was like a kid in a sweet shop when I saw this month's lifestyle extra, a snippet from the new book of one of my favourite chick-lit authors! I am a huge fan of Tasmina Perry, and included inside my August Birchbox was chapter one of the Perry's new book, The Proposal. Can't wait to get stuck into this - and this is one thing I'll definitely be ordering, as I want to read the whole thing! 

Overall, I'm definitely happy with the August box. There's only one product I don't like, and it's rare for me to find a product I really don't get on with in a beauty box, so I'll let Birchbox off. I adore the Wild About Beauty Paradise eyeshadow, the I Dare You scent has truly grown on me and I'm over the moon about The Proposal snippet! I'm so impressed by the Supergood CC creme, and I'm smitten with the Super Comb Prep & Protect. Another month, another great Birchbox! 

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