Birchbox chose a different route with their Harper's Bazaar collaboration by sending their favoured bloggers boxes out a week or so early to break the contents news. I have to be honest and say that that I don't like finding out through a blog but equally, I can't stop myself looking!
Well, back to the box and what I got....
1. Soigne nail polish in Creme Au Beurre
Full size which is valued at £11.
I am excited to try this brand but so disappointed with the colour. Don't misunderstand me, there is nothing wrong with it, in fact it's really pretty. It is a warm, creamy, slightly pinkish with teeny pieces of glitter which create more of a sheen than a glitter effect. It was just I had my heart set on receiving Pomegrante after seeing it reviewed. The packaging makes the brand feel expensive and very luxurious although it is not really necessary and slightly overindulgent in these eco times.
Funny I should receive this product now as I have just started using it about two weeks ago. Well what can I say? The reputation really is fully deserved. The smaller tube is handy for travel and will be saved for my anniversary trip to Nottingham in July. The cloth is smaller than the one you receive by purchasing straight from Liz Earle but still a good size.
0.1oz sample valued at £6.50
I love They're Real mascara, in fact it is my joint favourite with Lancome's Hypnose. It's inclusion in this Birchbox however, doesn't overly excite me as I regularly get freebie mascaras when I purchase from Benefit instore. This is an excellent way for many to try this product.
3ml sample valued at £2.13
I have had this oil on various occasions in the past and although I really like Aromatherapy Associates as a brand, I think this oil smells like washing up liquid. I have not noticed any skin improvement after use at all and wonder whether this oil is purely used for the scent? I checked a little further and found that 'The Ritual' on the packaging is to follow with appropriate body wash and moisturiser. There are no claims of any skin benefits on the packaging.
I am not an aromatherapy expert but my home fragrance and uplifting scent needs are met by Yankee candles. I could have two large jars for the price of one AA oil....
Shampoo sample 25ml sample (approx) £1.48
Conditioner sample 25 ml sample (approx) £1.48
Well I have searched the internet far and wide and cannot find these available on any other site apart from Birchbox US and Birchbox UK. I am pretty sure it is against some European law that product ingredient lists are included. These bottles have nothing on whatsoever, no contact details or manufacturer, no ingredients list, no directions. I checked the Birchbox website and the ingredients aren't even listed there either.
I took this from a government explanatory document which is available here and note:
There are very specific requirements for labelling, which must include an address within the European Union from where the product information is available, and a full ingredients listing amongst other items. A product manufactured outside of the EU must also include country of origin.
I will contact Birchbox about these items.
The total recommended retail price is £27.02 for what I received but overall I am a bit 'meh' about this box. I was so excited when I heard of this collaboration but there is only one product that really stands out to me which is the polish.
What did you think of this month's Birchbox?