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Perfectil Plus Nails

Over the years I've gone through stages of taking different types of vitamins for different reasons. When I was younger I used to get back to back colds through the winter and so my mum thought it might be a good idea if I took vitamin C to see if that would help. I can't remember if it did, but I don't get that many anymore. More recently I started taking vitamin D and calcium tablets because I was concerned (and still am) about my bones and joints. I'm not sure if it helped my bones and joints in any way but one thing I did notice was my nails grew like crazy and were in really good condition. I'm not sure why I stopped taking those, I really should start up again. 

I received an email asking if I would like to try out Perfectil, which is a daily supplement designed to help improve the condition of your skin, hair and nails. There are a few different types available including ones to specifically target either your hair, skin or nails, or a max version to cover all three. There's always room for improvement in my hair and skin but as my nails weren't in the best condition at the time I was sent Perfectil Plus Nails extra support*

Perfectil Plus Nail extra support

Perfectil contains biotin for skin, zinc for hair and selenium for nails and as mine were more targeted towards nails they contained extra selenium. In each pack you get 60 tablets and as you're directed to take two a day that's a 30 day supply. They're to be taken with meals (they should only be taken on a full stomach) and should be swallowed with water rather than chewed (I haven't chewed one but I wouldn't recommend trying it). If you're not good with swallowing tablets then I don't think these will be for you as they are huge! I'm not bad at swallowing tablets at all, in fact I can take some without needing a drink to wash them down, but I struggle with these sometimes.  

Perfectil Plus Nail extra support

One of the first things you notice when you pop one of the tablets out is the smell, which I don't find particularly pleasant. It's definitely a smell that other similar tablets have but I can't really place what it is. I guess it's a natural kind of smell. As I've already mentioned these are pretty big so they're not the easiest to take and you know when you swallow a tablet and then shortly after start burping the taste of it, that can happen with these. They also come in quite large blister packs so they're not really ideal for taking out and about with you if you're eating out and so need to take your tablet then. 

Perfectil Plus Nail extra support

As I mentioned I did struggle taking these at times and along with the smell and the taste if one didn't go down well this meant they certainly weren't the nicest tablets to take. Although I did see an improvement in the condition of my nails it wasn't as big an improvement as I saw taking calcium and vitamin D and as they are also much more pleasant to take (a bit like large citrus refreshers you can chew) I would personally prefer to take those ones over these.

Have you ever taken a beauty supplement like this?

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Carmex Lime Twist lip balm

I'm pretty sure we're all a little bit addicted to lip balm. Is there anybody that doesn't use it at all? I've tried a fair few over the years and I definitely have my favourites, but one brand I haven't tried at all is Carmex. So when I received a message on Instagram asking if they (Carmex) could send me a little something of course I said yes.

What I received was a very sunny little parcel in a bright yellow envelope containing two Carmex Lime Twist lip balms* and some little packs of sweeties. This was in the run up to best friend's day, so there was one for me, one for my best friend and some sweets for us both to share (yeah she never got a look in with the sweets, we do live 100 miles apart now!). I've been giving this a try for a couple of months now so I thought I'd let you know what I think.

Carmex Lime Twist lip balm

The Carmex Lime Twist lip balms come in pretty traditional twist up and down tubs; nice and easy to carry around and don't involve having to stick your finger in a pot. The first thumbs up! The second is that these contain an SPF of 15. I don't know about you but although I do use facial SPF most days (a must if you're using retinol or similar products) I don't apply it to my lips. But yet your lips haven't really got any where to hide; if you're out in the sun they are too, constantly. So having SPF in your lip balm means they're protected. It's not a particularly high level of protection, but if you're anything like me you probably reapply quite frequently.

The primary ingredient in this is petrolatum (what you'll find in Vaseline) which is an ingredient that works as a barrier; sealing in the moisture that is already there rather than adding any. However the next highest ingredient is lanolin, which is the complete opposite of petrolatum. Lanolin is an animal by-product (so no good for vegans I'm afraid) and is what makes sheep (or more specifically, their wool) waterproof. Lanolin is an effective moisturiser that soothes and softens rough, dry skin.

I love the Lime Twist flavour; it's a little different and when you first apply it there's a nice tingle to it, and I do mean a nice tingle, a refreshing tingle. I have a whole load of lip balms (doesn't everyone?!) but this is one of my current go to's and the one (yes just one) in my handbag. I haven't suffered with really sore lips as I don't tend to in summer but it does a good job at keeping my lips soft and hydrated. I also like that there is a best before date on the bottom of each tube. The dates on my two were quite short, but I have no way of knowing how long the samples had been hanging around before being sent out. 

Prices vary but a Google search suggests you can find the Carmex Lime Twist lip balm for around £3.

What is your favourite lip balm?

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New in from Lush - Bunny Moon Jelly face mask

If you're a Lush fan then you may have heard that a few Lush products are shortly going to be retired, or in other words, discontinued. I'm not usually bothered about the Lush products that are leaving us, they're often something I've not used or are not keen on if I have tried it. This time however it is a bit of a blow that The Comforter shower cream will soon no longer be available. Knowing just how popular The Comforter bubble bar is this feels like a strange move to me and every person I've spoken to about it online feels the same. But it is going, and so I've stocked up on a few bottles. I just wish I could afford to spend nearly £30 on 1kg of shower cream...

As is usually the case when old products are discontinued this is to make way for some shiny new products to hit the shelves. So far I'm aware of two new products, and both involve jelly. There's the new jelly bombs that turn your bath water to jelly (I haven't found these in my local store yet) and jelly face masks. 

Lush Bunny Moon Jelly face mask

Lush do like to come up with some quite unique product concepts, but they don't always quite work, like the solid in shower block of sun screen that lasted for I think three uses. Jelly products aren't new to Lush, they already have shower jellies (which are slippery little buggers but do work if you can keep hold of them!) but jelly face masks are new.

There are currently five jelly masks available and they're £6.95 for 65g, so 30p cheaper than their existing masks for 10g less. I suffer with redness across my cheeks and breakouts on my chin, so I decided to go for one called Bunny Moon. This contains antiseptic and moisturising honey, soothing and balancing rose oil, calming chamomile and marigold infusion and a little comforting vanilla absolute. There is some talc in there and a trace of fragrance, so that's worth bearing in mind if you are sensitive.

To use the mask you pinch off a bit (I used a little spatula I got with a hair dye to break some off) work it between clean, dry fingers to make a paste and then apply it to your face. Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse off. 

Lush Bunny Moon Jelly face mask

Before I go any further I want to talk about the scent. It's unusual, but oh it's gorgeous! I think it might be a combination of the rose and vanilla with a little hint of honey. It's difficult to describe but you have to go and have a sniff in store. I don't think it's one that everyone will like, but if you do like it I think you'll love it. It's not hugely easy to break a bit off as it is a jelly so there's that whole almost suction like effect, but it wasn't too difficult using my little spatula. I used a piece probably about the size of a small marble and there was enough, but I would like to use a little more in future. It's only a small tub but I can see it lasting a couple of months if you use it once or twice a week. I thought breaking it down into a paste wouldn't be that easy either but it melts down quite nicely. It then applies easily to the face but you might want to use a mirror to make sure your application is as even as possible. 

I don't know about the other masks but this is a joy to wear. You don't need to store these ones in the fridge as they're self-preserving, but it still had a slight cooling effect and just felt lovely against my skin. You can also smell it as well, which I found very soothing. When it comes to rinsing I would recommend using a facial cloth as it does set again and splashing water on your face is not enough to remove it all. Once rinsed off my skin felt amazing. Smooth and soft and soothed (with a reduction in redness) and I actually didn't do my second cleanse (I'd removed my make-up earlier in the day) because I didn't want to risk loosing how lovely my skin felt. I then applied my evening skincare and that absorbed really well.

One thing I've never been keen on with Lush face masks is having a shelf life of only three weeks, although in general I've always found them to last longer than that. However these ones, or Bunny Moon at least, have four months, so if I do accidentally forget about it for a week or two I'm not risking it having gone off. I can't see me forgetting about this one though as I'm dying to use it again, I love it!

Will you be trying one of Lush's new jelly masks? 

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My first products from The Ordinary

The Ordinary is one of the latest brands bought to us by Deciem, whose other brands include Niod, Hylamide and Fountain. The aim of The Ordinary is to cut out the fancy packaging and names and offer high quality skincare products that just do the job, with a budget price point. As with all Deciem brands these products are free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oil and all the other things you might want to avoid in your skincare. 

At first glance The Ordinary can appear quite a scary brand due to the very clinical names of the products. But these are designed to be straight to the point, telling you exactly what the product consists of and is for, if you know what you're looking for. Don't worry though, if you know what you want but not what the clinical name for it would be the product descriptions tell you exactly what each product should be used for. You can of course also turn to Twitter for advice from people who will have already tried the product you're looking for.

Products from The Ordinary

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 - 'the Hydralauron one'

As you may be aware hyaluronic acid is a pretty amazing ingredient when it comes to dry or dehydrated skin as it attracts 1000 times its own weight in water. The key with hyaluronic acid is apparently the size of the molecule used; many products use too large a molecule, meaning this can't be absorbed by the skin and it instead sits on the surface drawing moisture out of the skin. The Hyaluronic acid from the Ordinary contains different size molecules for absorption through different layers of the skin. B5 has also been added to enhance hydration on the surface of the skin. 

You can't tell from this picture but this one is actually almost empty now. I'm not quite sure exactly how long I've had these now, but I do tend to use this one twice a day every day. I will be repurchasing this one at some point but probably not just yet as I have other serum type products I really should use up/try first. I have loved using this product though and am itching to repurchase it. Although my skin does become a little more normal in the summer I do suffer with bad dehydration and dryness the rest of the year and this product is perfect for me. 

High-Spreadability Fluid Primer  - 'the POREfessional one'

The products I really wanted to try were the Hyalauronic Acid and the Advanced Retinoid, but as just those two products meant I needed to pay for postage I decided to order another product to qualify for free postage. I'd much rather pay another few pounds on top of what I'd have paid for postage to get another product instead.

Benefits POREfessional is I believe one of their top selling products and one of the UKs favourite primers, but I've never been a fan. I always found that it didn't spread very well and just disappeared into my skin where I first applied it, so I was curious about a high-spreadability primer.

Unfortunately when I first opened this product I quickly realised there was something wrong with the lid as it doesn't screw down properly on one side. At first it wasn't too much of a problem, but I certainly wasn't confident to try and travel with it incase it leaked. At this point I contacted Beauty Bay about the lid and was offered a full refund if I returned the product or a 50% refund if I was happy to keep it. As the product was only £5.50 anyway I was happy to go for the latter, but I'm now regretting this. The lid now no longer fits at all and either pops up straight away or does it at some point between uses. The product, which was very fluid when I first received it (to the point where it tended to drip off the pipette) is rapidly thickening up because air is getting to it and it's becoming a bit unusable.

Despite the issues with the bottle I do like the product. It is a silicone based primer but unlike others I've tried it spreads really well and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth and make-up glides over it meaning I tend to use a little less.

The Ordinary Advance Retinoid 2%

Advanced Retinoid 2% - 'the Luna Sleeping Night oil one'

I'm lucky that my skin is ageing well and my mum looks much younger than she actually is, so things are looking good for me. So much so I didn't even start using any skincare until I was approaching my 30s and my oily skin switched to very dry. But now I've hit my mid-30s I thought it was probably time to start introducing some anti-ageing skincare into my routine. 

I have sensitive skin and am aware that retinol can be irritating, so I was a little cautious about trying it, but I needn't have worried. I won't pretend I understand what it says about this product on the The Ordinary website but the retinol product I chose combines two types of retinol that avoid irritation and apparently work better.

I took it slowly introducing this into my routine and to begin with used it every third night to try and avoid overwhelming and irritating my skin. I haven't had any problems with it at all and did move this up to every other night up until the really hot weather arrived. Sun protection should be used every day when using retinol products so I wasn't sure if it was a bad idea to use it when it was so sunny. As I said I haven't had any problems at all with using this and it has done great things for my skin. My skin just generally looks better when I use it and most noticeably my pigmentation issues have improved.

I am so impressed with these products and think they are pretty amazing considering their price point, with prices ranging from around £4 up to about £10. The next products I have my eye on include the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning solution 'the Glow Tonic one', Salicylic Acid 2% solution 'the Effaclar Duo + one' and Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG 'the one where I've run out of comparisons'. I'm also very curious to try their serum foundation to see if it's anything like my beloved YSL Fusion Ink foundation. 


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DHC Liquid Eyeliner

If you follow my Instagram then you may have seen (who knows for sure with Instagram!) that I received a very generous PR package that contained a load of DHC products. I don't know an awful lot about DHC as a brand but the two products I've always wanted to try are their cleansing oil and their liquid liner, so I was delighted to find both in my parcel. 

DHC Liquid Eyeliner
DHC Liquid Eyeliner

Since mastering the art of liquid liner my liner of choice has been in the form of a felt tip style liner with a thin pointed nib and hopefully (as I can't judge this from just looking at the product) a good flow. I'd heard good things about the DHC Liquid Eyeliner and it looked like my perfect product. 

The first time I used the product (and actually the second time as well) I loved it. It does flow well, has a thin accurate nib and is easy to use. However, I have personally hit a problem with the product that is down to me rather than the product itself. The first time I used it I had no problem at all with it until I woke up the following morning with a swollen eye lid, like a had a particularly nasty sty. At first I didn't link this to the product at all and after a few days it went down. 

DHC Liquid Eyeliner
DHC Liquid Eyeliner

I used the eyeliner again the following week and again I woke up the following morning with a swollen eye, this time the lower lid (is that part actually called a lid?). This time it was worse and it took several days for it to go down. In fact a little whitehead developed right on the edge of my eye lid, inside my lashes and against my eye ball. I know I really shouldn't have done, but I was disturbed by it, so I gave it a little squeeze and it went and my eye went down again. 

I would really like to try the liner again in case it was just a coincidence that the two issues with my eyes occurred when I had used the liner, but I don't think I should because this is my eyes, one of which is already damaged, so I don't want to risk it. I assume there is something in the product that I'm allergic to, so despite how much I enjoyed using it, I don't think I should use it again.

Have you tried the DHC Liquid Eyeliner? 

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New in from Collection

I have several issues with the skin on my face, but the one I'm going to talk about in this post is redness. I've suffered with redness for years now and although it does sometimes look a lot better than others it has never disappeared completely. I mostly suffer across my cheeks, where I believe it is most common to suffer from redness, and depending on the state of my chin at the time I may have some redness there from a breakout or residual scarring. I did go to the doctors about it many years ago but was just told there was nothing they could do to help. Rosacea wasn't mentioned at all so I have no idea if that is what is the cause of my redness or not.

I used to use a green concealer/corrector but for some reason haven't used one for years now and have instead just relied on standard concealer. When I spotted that Collection were releasing some colour correctors within the Lasting Perfection collection I decided to give the Collection Lasting Perfection Colour Correction Concealer in green a try.

Collection Lasting Perfection Colour Correcting Concealer and Primed and Ready Make-up Fixing Spray

To be honest I was really surprised to actually find one in my local Superdrug that hadn't been opened/tested, but it was the only one there. While checking out the stand I discovered Collection had also just released a make-up fixing spray. I was planning to replace my L'Oreal Infallible one, which is pretty much empty, but they've increased the price by £1 recently. As the Collection Primed & Ready Make-up Fixing Spray is cheaper and was also on introductory offer I decided to give that a try instead. 

As the Colour Correcting Concealer is within the Lasting Perfection line it has exactly the same packaging as the existing concealer. It has a clear tube so you can see at a glance in your make-up bag that it's a green concealer and it has a doe foot applicator for applying the product. Recently I have used a green primer, but despite the product being green you couldn't tell it was green once applied. With this you can really tell it's green! You only need a small amount and I'd definitely recommend using this under your foundation because the slightly green tinge you're left with after blending doesn't quite disappear completely. This does completely knock out any redness through leaving an evened out (slightly green tinged) skin tone. 

Collection Lasting Perfection Colour Correcting Concealer and Primed and Ready Make-up Fixing Spray

The Collection Primed & Ready Make-up Fixing Spray comes in a simple black plastic 100ml bottle with silver/white writing. You can't see how much is left in the bottle but it's quite easy to tell how much is left by the weight and giving it a shake. The first time I sprayed this I was really impressed with the spray itself. Although the L'Oreal Infallible one had a pretty good spray on it this one sprays in a perfect even mist that doesn't leave your face feeling a little on the wet side. In fact I can't always quite feel it and probably end up using a little too much thinking I've missed. I haven't found this to leave me with any kind of powdery residue and it does what it's supposed to do; it helps my make-up stay in place longer and look better. 

You can find the Primed & Ready Make-up Fixing Spray (£5.99) at both Boots and Superdrug but I believe the Collection Lasting Perfection Colour Correcting Concealers (£4.19) might be exclusive to Superdrug.

Have you given either product a try?

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Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Class Act Growth Boosting & Thickening mascara

Last week I reviewed the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Divine Lips lipsticks and this week I'm moving on to the mascara from the same range. So far the lipsticks from the Timeless Beauty range have been a big hit with me (overlooking a few shades that don't suit me) and the powder from the Duo Compact not so much. Unfortunately the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Class Act Boosting & Thickening mascara* also falls into the not really for me category.

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Class Act Growth Boosting & Thickening mascara
Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Class Act Growth Boosting & Thickening mascara

As well as being a mascara this claims to be a treatment promising longer, thicker and fuller lashes in 30 days. The claim is that lashes will be 169% longer and 13% thicker when applied every day adding an extra 1mm growth in a month. To be honest I'm a little confused by these figures and am wondering if they are actually the wrong way round. 169% longer would mean lashes become over double the length they currently are, which seems unrealistic, especially when growth is supposed to be 1mm in a month. 13% appears much more realistic when it comes to additional length. Similarly, a 13% increase in thickness when it comes to something as thin as an eyes lashes is nothing, but a 169% increase would mean lashes more than double in thickness, which is much more realistic.

In terms of packaging this is exactly the same as the packaging on the lipsticks but just longer. It's the sort of packaging I would consider holding onto after the product is finished with as it's perfect as a blog picture prop for those rose gold lovers. The lid unscrews to reveal a reasonably chunky natural bristle brush that is a little thicker at one end and tapers slightly towards the lid of the product.

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Class Act Growth Boosting & Thickening mascara
Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Class Act Growth Boosting & Thickening mascara

It does have a nice formula, maybe a little too wet for some people, but it can get a bit clumpy if you're not careful with your application. This is one where I don't even attempt to try and get to the lashes in the inner corner of my eye because every single time I attempt it I get mascara on my eye lid that I then have to attempt to clean up. I also don't really attempt to try and get down to the bottom of my lashes, which I really should do if possible as my lashes are blonde, as the brush feels too chunky and I do end up with it on my eye lid. Once applied this does provide some good volume and a little length.

It's not a difficult one to remove (my method of choice is an oil cleanser) but I do find that it smudges through the day and it's not one you can nap in unless you're a back napper and your eyes don't go near the pillow.

Unfortunately I can't comment on whether this made a visible difference in the length and thickness of my lashes because I just didn't enjoy using it enough to keep up with it for 30 days. I drifted back to other open mascaras I had that I enjoyed using more.

Not that I can remember the last time I actually bought a mascara myself but I'm not one for spending more than £10 on a product like this. The only exception if I had the spare cash would be Benefit's BADgal or They're Real. At £20 this isn't one I would consider purchasing myself.

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Orly Breathable Treatment + Color nail varnishes

Breathable nail varnishes are certainly not a new thing, I believe they may have been around since 2012/13, if not before that, but they don't appear to have become particularly popular. The constant wearing of nail varnish is not particularly good for your nails and ideally nails should be left bare regularly to allow them to recover. Nail varnish usually forms a barrier over the nail that prevents air getting to it and causes nails to become dry. There are plenty of strengthening treatments around, but ideally you should reapply daily to really see the benefits and so this means you can't really wear a colour over the top. 

There are also religious implications for breathable nail varnish. Before Muslim prayer women are required to wash their hands and arms and traditional nail varnish prevents water from making contact with the nail, meaning the nails are unwashed. A breathable nail varnish means water can reach the nail and therefore is suitable to be worn during prayer. 

Although I don't wear nail varnish all the time (it doesn't last long enough on me so I'd be painting every few days) my nails aren't in amazing condition. They tend to be quite dry and split/flaky and I suffer with 'fault lines' down a few of them. But I only really tend to remember to regularly apply strengthener when they get really bad. So when I received an email about the Orly Breathable Treatment + Color* nail varnishes I thought I'd give them a try. 

Orly Breathable Treatment + Color nail varnishes
Orly Breathable Treatment + Color nail varnishes

The Orly Breathable Treatment + Color nail varnishes contain vitamin C, pro-vitamin B5 and argan oil and are inspired by the technology of contact lens, allowing air to pass through the colour and penetrate the nail promoting growth, increasing thickness and helping damaged nails to heal by keeping them hydrated. The formula also apparently includes adhesion promoters and shine additives meaning you don't need a base coat or topcoat. This is pretty handy because using a base coat or topcoat or both would obviously ruin the whole breathable bit. Not having to use a base coat and topcoat also means you can paint your nails in half the time it would usually take.

I think the only experience I've had of Orly in the past has been their mini bottles, so I was surprised by the size of these ones when I pulled them out of the envelope. The bottles are large and contain 18ml each, which I think is quite a lot when it comes to nail varnish. The nail varnish is a pretty good consistency, not too thick or too thin, and they come with a wide flat brush that can cover some of my nails in one swipe. I would say two coats is enough for the purple shade and three best for the red shimmer as with other shimmer shades this is thinner than just a colour on its own. 

Orly Breathable Treatment + Color nail varnishes

Please excuse that I put my finger in one of my swatches!

One of the things I was most concerned about was staining on the nails because of not using a base coat between the nail and the colour. With other nail varnishes I've suffered from staining despite using a base coat, but I was surprised to find that I didn't suffer with any staining at all, all colour removed easily. The shimmer was a little harder to remove as is standard, but all colour came away from the nail. I also thought the finish wouldn't be particularly glossy, and if I'm not going for a matte nail and I want all the shine, but again I was surprised by how glossy the finish was, better than some top coats. Finally I thought as there was no base coat or top coat involved that this would be chipping off my nails almost instantly, as no nail varnish lasts particularly long on me. However, again I was surprised to find that this actually lasted longer on my nails than most nail varnishes used with a base and top coat. 

Overall I've been really impressed by these nail varnishes. The downside is that they are £12 each, but my favourites do tend to be around £11-£15 and if I found a shade that I liked enough or was unusual enough I would definitely consider purchasing it. You can find the Orly Breathable Treatment + Color range at Graftons Beauty

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Birchbox x Boden April 2017 - The Bold and the Beautiful

I've just realised that there are only three days of April left and I haven't yet managed to get my post up on the April Birchbox! This arrived just before I had to go away over the Easter weekend to visit my in-laws and then I couldn't manage to get any pictures taken before I was then on set for a couple of days and time has just run away from me.

For the April box Birchbox have partnered with British fashion brand Boden. Although I have heard of Boden before I've never actually taken a look at any of their products before so I'm not familiar with the kind of thing they have on offer.

This month's box is another drawer that features a very spring-like print that I believe is a print currently available on some of Boden products. The theme for this month is being bold and beautiful, whether this involves wearing a bold print or how you choose to use the products in your box, and the mantra for this month is Be bold. Take risks. Be a trailblazer.

Birchbox x Boden April 2017 - The Bold and the Beautiful
Birchbox x Boden April 2017 - The Bold and the Beautiful
Birchbox x Boden April 2017 - The Bold and the Beautiful

This month there are two full size make-up products that I believe are in every box. The first is a Manna Kadar Cosmetics High Definition powder, which is a Birchbox exclusive. I have never come across this brand before and was surprised to see in the booklet that this is worth £27, especially considering the product is really quite small and I can't see anywhere how much is in it. This is a HD powder with a velvet finish and I'm looking forward to trying it because I don't think I've tried a HD powder before. 

The next one is from a brand I have come across before, although their make-up range is new to me. Nip + Fab have been doing skincare for a while but their make-up is hot off the press and I received a Colour Corrector in Banana. The booklet says the yellow shade acts like a subtle highlight by illuminating the skin. I would have personally preferred the green shade for covering redness or the orange shade for brightening dark circles, although the orange shade does look rather dark. I haven't tried this out yet, but I'm not a huge highlighting fan, and am not sure exactly how you do this with a colour corrector, so I'm not sure how much use I will get out of this.

Birchbox x Boden April 2017 - The Bold and the Beautiful

The next brand I am aware of but only because I have previously received a product from the same brand in a previous Birchbox. The previous product was a heat protection spray that I have actually just finished. This time I've received the amika The Shield Style Extending Spray. I assume this is a hair spray as it says it protects, maintains and extends, but it doesn't appear to specify. It also says on the back (in really tiny writing) that it defends against frizz-inducing humidity and dulling, dirtying pollution. It is says in the booklet though that this is a heat-activated product and to spray it onto damp or dry hair before heat styling, so I'm not sure what it is. 

The next two products are both from brands that are new to me. The first appears to be a French brand and is Baïja Paris Crème Moana, which is a body lotion, and I believe the fragrance is Fleur de Tiarè. This came sealed but I could actually smell the cream through the seal so it's pretty highly fragranced. It feels quite a rich cream and does say in the booklet a little goes a long way, so this sample might last reasonably well. There's shea butter and coconut oil in there and it absorbs nicely leaving soft residue free skin, but as I said it is highly fragranced so that might be a deal breaker for some people. 

Finally there's the Polaar IcePure Gentle Scrub with Arctic Cotton. I'm not really a manual scrub fan but apparently Arctic Cotton is a powerhouse ingredient with moisturising properties that leave skin both smooth and soft. So if it is an amazing ingredient I look forward to seeing what it can do. I believe this might also be a French brand; these beauty boxes do like their French products don't they!

If you do buy the April box you will also receive a £10 gift voucher for Boden that is valid until 31st May 2017. You can sign up to Birchbox here.

What do you think of the contents of this months box?

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