Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Birchbox Away We Go - August Edition

I am in receipt of my very first Birchbox and it is the August edition, aptly titled Away We Go. Full of samples to take with you on a weekend away.  So when the little box was handed to me by my blog reading postie, I was really excited.

The box, which is slightly smaller than the Glossybox boxes contains five sample products, all of which are available in full size from the Birchbox shop.  This I quite like the idea of because you often get sample products, love them and haven;t got a clue where to get them from, now with Birchbox, you do!

The first item my eyes were drawn too was the chapter sampler, an amazing idea if ever there was one for us book lovers.  How many of, you like, own a Kindle and before buying a book which you are not too sure about, download a sample of it first? Well this is the same concept for me and having already read that sample chapter, I have ordered the book because I was gripped!  

The Proposal by Tasmina Perry features chapter one of the spellbinding and romantic novel, which spans 1950s London and present day NYC. Just 27 pages this long, this sampler did leave me wanting to know what happened next.

Next comes this very cute travel toiletry bag which is very summary looking in bright yellow and pastel blue shades and inside it has the following products:

Liaison De Parfum - Inside this envelope which boldly states "I dare you" which happens to be the name of the perfume, it is said to capture the romantic essences of life and travel. , With notes of vetiver, sandalwood, leather and amber. A 100ml of this has an RRP £105 which at that price is out of my price range, but is a scent I actually quite like.

Number 4 - Super comb Prep & Protect. This is a leave in conditioning spray to detangle and protect against heat and sun damage.  To use you simply spritz over damp hair and comb through before drying and styling. This is a sulfate-free formula sinks in quickly and has a pretty floral scent thanks to white freesia, amber, and musk.  A 200ml bottle has an rrp of £20

Supergoop - A Daily Correct SPF35 CC Cream.  A natural shade-adjusting CC cream with SPF to smooth fine line and even out skintone. This CC cream uses 100% natural ingredients and antioxidants to triple protect against UVA, UVB and infrared-A rays. Light-diffusing mica minerals soften the appearance of pores and wrinkles for a fresh, flawless complexion. I have two 3ml tubes in shade light-medium and it is just a little it too dark for my skintone, but mixed with my MAC foundation, it works perfectly well.

Wild About Beauty - Creme Eyeshadow. A paraben-free eyeshadow from Louise Redknapp and Kim Jacobs make-up range, which is said to give a long-lasting satin finish.  I have shade 03 Buster which is a dark bronze shade.  This is a full sized product with an RRP £13

Nude Progenius Omega Treatment Oil - Nude's signature treatment oil is a work of pure genius. Rich in omega 3, 6, 7 & 9, this pure and active treatment oil delivers a precisely balanced diet of vital skin nutrients.

The addictive oil redefines how we treat the skin, lighting skin from within. Created with 10 precious oils, the beautiful formula absorbs instantly, for deep and long lasting skin cell nourishment. Skin is instantly luminous and younger looking.   

Overall I am really impressed with my first box from Birchbox and I love the toiletry bag plus the book sampler, such great ideas.  For monthly subscriptions, Birchbox is £12.95 per month, including Postage and Packaging.

Are you a subscriber to Birchbox? Are you a fan?

If you have read my blog recently, you will have read that Birchbox have partnered themselves with Breast Cancer Charity CoppaFeel! which you can read all about HERE.


  1. Awww I love books so it would make a nice surprise if I ordered it :)

  2. This is a great way to test if you like products. The thought of receiving a book among the goodies is a change too.

  3. I love the idea of being able to try and sample all these products first before commiting - it'll be like Christmas every month. Not knowing what you are going to get thrills me :) x

  4. It's nice idea to try out some of the products before committing to buy the full size especially since some of them are very expensive. I do need a clear toiletry bag as mine has become a real life black hole!

  5. Seems like lovely box! I should subscribe to a beauty box too :) xo's

    Pink Frenzy

  6. Great idea having the book chapter in there x


  7. Birchboxes just don't fill me with any excitement anymore, nor do any of the others for that matter. The Nude product will be good though, their formulas are pretty awesome!

    Sara | This Girl Loves

  8. The book sample is a nice touch.

  9. i love that little pouch! to be honest i'm not a fan of this type of box thing, but i can TOTALLY see why others would love it and find it super useful to discover new products.

  10. looks like a great box! I have always wanted to sign up to Birchbox.


  11. As someone on a budget, I am NOT a fan of subscription boxes, but do understand the idea of getting a surprise each month.

  12. I cancelled my Glossy Box recently as I found that the samples I receieved weren't really things I would use x x

  13. Very clever of them to include a "sample" of the book. :)


  14. What a cute bag!!! I am not a fan of Birchbox anymore though...

  15. I would love to have the CC cream and the conditioner. I must subscribe to a beauty box

  16. The book sample sounds like such a great addition. I love reading so it would definitely sway me just a tiny bit more towards making a purchase.


  17. This looks like a fab box and the chapter sampler sounds like a great idea! I love reading but always stick to the same type of book (chic lit all the way!) but this would perhaps help me to step outside my comfort zone and try something new :) xx

  18. nude products are gorgeous I'm sure you'll love! I sometimes get the book samples in magazines x

  19. I love the idea of these beauty boxes but I don't use the products they send

  20. The sample chapter really is such a good idea, I've heard a lot about this book! Also, I'm really impressed with the goodies and love that they have the full sizes available! :)

    Style Sunrise ☀


  21. I think an annual subscription will make a lovely present for friends and family.


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