I purchased the August Birchbox right before the September one was due for payment because the folk at the brand were giving new subscribers the chance to pop a voucher code in to receive a free Wild About Beauty palette in Safari Nights worth £29 for free.
I wasn't too fussed about the box to be honest but I thought it was worth paying £12.95 for the box to receive the palette for free.
In the box I received the following which were okay, I'd hoped for the Wild About Beauty eyeshadow some people had received in their box but I sadly didn't get it. However, I've been enjoying the Chella highlighting pencil. It's very creamy and works really well for brightening the brow area. I've swapped the Tommy Guns because it's just not a type of product I would use but saying that, the sample was a fantastic size.
I will at some point get around to using the Supergoop cc creams and thankfully they arrived in light to medium shades. Plus, the clear bag was used during my trip to Turkey.
I've used Dead Sea Minerals before and some of the products are a bit hit and miss for me. It's a good size to travel with and smells very fresh. I also received the microderabrasion
which sounds really interesting which at some point I may try.
But here's the free palette. Oh be still my beating heart.. isn't it gorgeous?
I've not had the chance to create a look yet but I've had a swatch around when I took this photo a long with several others all at once, to catch up on my belated blogging, it seemed very nice anyway.
The range is created with Louise Redknapp and her makeup artist and focuses on natural beauty and wildlife. The packaging is pretty and I'm so chuffed to own this as I've flirted with the idea of owning it before.
On to You Beauty, which is a monthly subscription charged at £6.95, with the difference being you choose two products from a list at the start of each month and then received a few extra treats for free.
I signed up for the very first box over a year ago and enjoyed it but unsubbed then the September box seemed too good to pass up, particularly when I saw that you had the chance to obtain products from exciting brands such as Pixi and Wild about Beauty again.
I managed to receive the Pixi endless silky pencil in black cocoa which is gorgeous and such a me colour. It's very creamy and worth buying a full size as this is a rather generous mini.
Thankfully, I also received a half decent Wild about Beauty lipstick in the shade Maddy which is kinder a brown nude colour. I've been pairing it with a Benefit pinky, apricot gloss to perk it up a bit. The texture of the lipstick is beautiful and I was really interested to get hold of another shade I saw others receiving in Eve which was a coral shade. (I own eve now).
At the start of that October, I joined the scramble to select the best products for that month before they were sold at 7am and was met with no end of website crashes and confusion. However, that point aside..,. If I tell you that full size Illamasqua lipsticks, a pricey serum and Wild about Beauty eye shadows were up for grabs to name but a few, then you'll know why there was such a frenzy.
I received my two boxes as cheekily I ordered two and I was really pleased with my selection.
I received the Illamasqua Glamore shades in Tease - creamy peach nude and Minx a pink, berry brown tone both worth £18.50!
Minx is a very beautiful colour, perfect for the autumn season. I was originally hopeful for the rosepout shade but this shade has taken me by surprise and I'm so happy to own it.
Tease is a little harder to pull off. It's a very light nude which leans peachy. I have tried it and well it isn't the worst. I again added some gloss and dabbed it down to less opacity and it's wearable, perhaps with a smoky or more done up makeup look. I'm pleased to report I didn't find it made my teeth look too yellow looking as some have reported.
The two eye shadow shades I received were Eva and Alana both browns but equally wearable and stunning. One is slightly lighter and cooler whereas the other is darker. I've not yet touched these but the packaging is stunning. I'm starting to fall for Wild about Beauty I must admit.
I wasn't as impressed with the product selection for November and the current choices for December, so I left it but I did order the November Birchbox. New subs could use a coupon code to receive a free Wild about Beauty palette in DIVINE NIGHTS rrp £29.
A very quick picture, please excuse the background, I only received it yesterday and may go into details about some of the products at a later date. I was really impressed to receive 3 full size products.
I'm excited about the Dr Jart primer and the pixi balm is stunning; I love it!
My free palette is yet to arrive but I cant wait
I also ordered the special edition Harvey Nichols glossybox for £38.25 on November 17 filled with all those amazing products (below). Unfortunately, it isn't available anymore as it sold out really quickly but I may do a further post. Its contents are worth £150 including brands such as Laura Mercier, Nars, Dermalogica, Benefit and Elemis.
Just a quick round-up of all the beauty boxes recently, sorry about the picture quality I'm just doing what I can at the moment technology wise lol.
Thanks for reading, I only ever sub for really good value boxes or ones that come with freebies.