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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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2 comments:

  1. This was my first Birchbox and I was quite pleased with it. I love the polar ice scrub the smell is amazing although it has left my cheeks a bit dry. I also love the style extending spray - I swear my hair is softer and has more body! I'm really excited about getting my next box.

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    1. I would say Birchbox is probably one of the best to be subscribed to x

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