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Birchbox June 2014 - Global Strikers

I don't actually subscribe to Birchbox, or any other beauty subscription boxes, but I do obviously see pictures of the contents of peoples boxes popping up each month and if I particularly like the look of a box I might order it as a one-off.  From the first picture I saw of this months Birchbox I knew I wanted it, so last week I ordered one.

As I'm sure you're all aware this month is The World Cup (you can't really hide from it can you!).  Although beauty and football don't usually mix Birchbox has used The World Cup as inspiration for a theme of Global Strikers; top beauty products from around the world.  The outside of the box is, as far as I'm aware, the standard box you would normally receive but when you open the box you're then greeted by a green and yellow inner bag, of course inspired by the colours of the flag of the host nation Brazil. The products I've received originate from the United States, France, Spain and kind of Brazil.  

Beautyblender & Blendercleanse Solid - This was one of the items I was really hoping I would receive.  I've tried the Real Techniques version but have yet to try the Beautyblender.  I don't tend to use my RT sponge because my two go to foundations are a compact powder and a liquid mousse I apply with my fingers, but now I have this I will be pulling out some of my liquid foundations and getting some use from them.  Beautyblender is made in the USA, but is easily available over here.

Full size £26

OPI Nail lacquer - There's a little Brazilian flag next the OPI nail lacquer on the information in my box but OPI is actually an American brand.  The flag might be there however because this one is from the Brazilian collection.  I really wanted one of these in my box, as I'm a big fan of OPI, but unfortunately yellow nail varnish really does not suit me.  It's the perfect shade for The World Cup though!  This one is called You're so Flippy Floppy, don't you just love OPI shade names?  I would have much preferred any of the pink/red/coral shades available in this collection, but that's the risk you take with a surprise beauty box.  

Mini varnish £3.50 (full size £11.95)

Caudalie Vinoperfect SPF15 day perfecting fluid - I was hoping I would receive the Caudalie Divine oil in my box but I'm happy to receive any kind of Caudalie product (except for their Beauty elixir!).  Caudalie are a French pharmacy brand that I'm sure you'll probably have heard of.  This is described as a light oil-free facial moisturiser to hydrate, brighten and even skintone. Sounds perfect.

Sample size 10ml £9.50 (full size 40ml £38 currently available on Escentual for £30.40)

Naobay Body radiance lotion - I haven't heard of Naobay before but they are a Spanish brand and as this is part of a Global Strikers box I'm assuming this should be good.  A quick blob applied on my hand revealed this has a light citrus scent and appears to have a firming effect.  This contains Olive oil, Avocado oil, Shea butter and Aloe vera and this is a natural and organic product.  

Sample size 30ml approx £1.70 (full size 250ml £14.00)

The Balm Cosmetics How 'bout them apples? - I haven't tried anything from American brand The Balm but have heard good things about them and have seen the How 'bout them apples set on a couple of blogs.  This is a cheek and lip cream housed in a little book style cardboard compact.  I believe in the full size version you get six shades in the book but this is a mini version containing one shade, my shade being Pie (Apple pie, geddit?) which looks like a red/orange shade (think rosy apples).  The outer design on the packaging is ok but when you open it up it's a bit tacky with topless cowboys next to each shade.  The sample is just about large enough to get your finger in but having just given this a quick try it's very soft and creamy (although that might be partly due to the heat) and I love the look of this, I can't wait to give it a try.

Sample size 0.57g worth less than a pound (full size 20g £26)

Lifestyle extra - Each month Birchbox include a lifestyle extra which might be a mini bar of chocolate, some tea or something along those lines.  This month the extra is a very cute little Birchbox branded flip flop, of course in the Brazilian colours of green and yellow.  I don't actually have a keyring on my keys so I'll be popping this on very soon.

Overall I'm very happy with my box.  There's only one full size product in there but it's a pretty impressive one.  The only thing I'm not keen on is the nail varnish, but that's only because of the colour, but I will give it a try and you never know it might be the first yellow nail varnish to look ok on me.

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  1. Love the look of the polish!

    1. I really love OPI nail varnishes but yellow just makes me look like I'm ill! x

  2. I used to subscribe to Birchbox but stopped all my subscription boxes a while back to save a bit of money. This one looks like a lovely one, you got some fab stuff :)

    Emma | DollfaceBlogs

    1. I used to subscribe to Glossybox but their boxes are very hit and miss so I cancelled and just order boxes occasionally as one off's once I know what's in them :) x


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