Birchbox UK March 2014

Saturday, April 05, 2014

My boyfriend gave me a lovely present and got me a 3 month Birchbox subscription. Box from the outside is cute and small and has this simple earthy look.

Inside there are usually 5 - 6 sample/full size products.

First one is Beauty Protector Protect & Oil - RRP £16 (4 oz, it is about 110ml). Mine is a sample size product in a cute little glass bottle, which I love! This protecting oil is for hair, to keep it healthy, shiny and happy. It guards your hair from UV rays and heat, at the same time smoothing and repairing. 1 - 3 drops into damp hair or dry ends should work well for all hair types! I am a big oil fan. I like all kinds of oils for my hair, face and body. If it works well and I like it, I would definitely consider buying a bigger bottle! At the moment I am using L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinari Oil, which leaves my hair a bit too heavy and greasy.

Gilchrist & Soames The London Collection Shower Gel - RRP £13.75 (8 oz, 236ml). Mine is a sample size, 45ml. It looks and smells luxurious. Paraben-free formula with red tea, grape seed and milk thistle to refresh and hydrate skin.

Urbanveda Radiance Daily Facial Wash - RRP £7.99 (150ml). I got a sample size, 20 ml. It is a vegan-friendly and natural skincare solution. It contains no SLS - Sodium lauryl sulfate, no parabens and is not a GM product. Which made me look into this a bit more.  

I found out that the problem with sodium lauryl sulfate is that it strips the skin (and scalp, in the case of shampoo) of natural oils that our skin actually needs for protection. Also it can be very irritating, especially if a person is allergic to it. Studies show that even modest amounts in products can cause allergic reactions. What's more, because it removes the skin's natural, protective oil, the body ends up producing more oil (the very thing you're trying to get rid of) to compensate. (LINK)

I am using L'Oreal Paris Youth Code Foaming Gel Cleanser, 8 Ounces over a year now and after checking the ingredients, I found out that it contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate! So far I have not had any problems with my product. And I actually have to admit, my skin has never been as clear as it is now. I have always had very sensitive skin and I was fighting with skin and acne problems for years. I will continue with my regular routine and am considering giving this away instead. 

Modelco Party Proof Lipstick - RRP £15.50 (for set of 3). My colour is 'Get Naked'. It says everything - basic, reserved and nude!

Eyeko Skinni Liquid Eyeliner - RRP £12. Created with Alexa Chung, it’s easy to create her signature cat eye. Apparently it is Alexa's favourite eyeliner, as it is easy to use and the sharp pen tip ensures a tidy line. I am not big fan of eyeliners, mostly because I have a shaky hand and it is too much messing around.

Overall I am very happy with the box and can't wait until my April Birchbox, which should be with me pretty soon!

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