Birchbox x Vogue Review

November is one of my favourite months purely because it’s my birthday month. Hurrah! This month is also fabulous because of the new Birchbox which landed on my doormat.

If you didn’t already know, Birchbox has collaborated with one of the UK’s most renowned glossy fashion magazine, Vogue. All the products in this month’s box have been chosen from the Vogue 100 Beauty Hall of Fame. The hall of fame was created as part of the centenary celebrations of the magazine and appeared in the June 2016 issue.

Way back in my teens I always felt terribly grown up whenever I bought Vogue, I’d pour over the pages reading cover to cover obsessively. I show my parents all the things I was saving up for. I of course never bought any of the super expensive things and as I got older my taste changed and I wanted to read about things I could actually afford. I am excited for the new generation Vogue with Edward Enninful at the helm, I see changes coming!

So what exactly was in my box?

November Birchbox in collaboration with Vogue

First up Bumble and Bumble prep primer. I love Bumble and Bumble hair products and tend to use the invisible hairdressers oil every day when blow drying my hair. I find it keeps it in good condition and super shiny. The prep primer, much like a makeup primer, is designed as that first step before styling. It’s also meant to revive your style on the second day. I’ll use this when I’m trying to create soft waves.

No beauty hall of fame would be complete without Benefit’s bestselling bronzer, Hoola. It’s a mini travel size but super generous in terms of product. I do like Hoola but, I don’t love it – controversial I know! I find it a little too dark for my complexion, even when only using the tiniest amount. I guess this is just testament to how pigmented the product actually is.

Next up; overnight tan sleep mask tan face from James Read. Now I’m not a fake tan user and the only time I had a spray tan it was a disaster and the soles of my feet were orange for ages, oh and I smelt like a stale biscuit. But, having said all that, I have heard great things about James Read tan products and I can confirm it won’t leave me smelling like a stale biscuit! I have a wedding on 30th Dec and I know my complexion will need a little boost, otherwise I’ll look like Casper the ghost’s long-lost sister.

This time of year, sees me reaching for hand cream literally every 10minutes. The combination of cold weather and heating leaves my skin quite dry and a bit lacklustre. So, the inclusion of L’Occitane shea butter hand cream was a welcome sight. Size wise it’s perfect for even the smallest of handbags. Unlike other hand creams I’ve used, I’m looking at you Clarins! L’Occitane shea butter absorbs quickly and didn’t leave my hands feeling sticky.

The final product in the box is a Birchbox exclusive brush cleaner. I hate cleaning my makeup brushes purely because it always takes so long and I’m never 100% sure they are totally clean, so anything that will make this process quicker is a winner in my book!

All in all, the November box is a nice one and I’m extremely happy with all the products included and know I will use them. Sometimes with subscriptions boxes I find there’s always one product which is just a bit meh, but not in this box.

Birchbox is £12.95 per month including postage.

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