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Friday, 27 June 2014

The Best of Birchbox - First half of 2014

We’re already half way through the year. I know, already! Therefore, I decided to take a mid-year look back at what Birchbox UK has had to offer so far in 2014. I could easily be writing this at the end of the year, but due to the difficulty that I have had trying to narrow down this list, I have decided to split it into half year sections!




If you don't know what Birchbox is, then please check out my 'Beauty Boxes' page for a quick explanation!

Due to the fact that Birchbox select what samples each person will be receiving, there are certain products that I never had the chance to test out. This means that those products weren’t really able to be taken into consideration. However, if you received different products that you would classify as being one of the best that you have received this year so far, definitely leave a comment at the end!

In regards to planning out my list, there was only one way that I could really structure it. I have selected my favourite products in the format of a Birchbox: 5 samples and an additional lifestyle extra!

So without further ado, here is my list of ‘The Best of Birchbox 2014 part 1,’ with part 2 coming at the end of the year:

Cellu-Cup

From the March box






I have raved about this gem of a product since I first tried it out. Not only this, but ever since I wrote a review about it on my blog, it has been one of my most popular posts.

The Cellu-Cup is a natural way to help reduce the appearance of cellulite. It works by replicating the massage method of pinching and rolling the fat under the skin to break down fat clusters that cause that 'orange peel' effect.

I have been using it since I received it and now, a few months later, my legs are looking far firmer than they used to. Also, this is great to use for a massage on your legs when they’re feeling pretty tired or achy!


Of course, you don't just have to use it on your legs, you can use it wherever you wish! 

You can buy the Cellu-cup and extras from Birchbox for £16!



One Love Organics Skin Savior Waterless Balm

From the April box






If you are a frequent reader of my blog then I probably don’t need to introduce you to this product.

If you aren’t, then let me introduce you now!

One Love Organics Skin Savior Waterless Balm is a multi-purpose balm that can be used as a face cleanser, moisturiser, lip balm, eyebrow tamer, cuticle balm and all over body cleanser amongst other things.

Made up of all organic and natural ingredients, this product is a must have for everybody. I am in love with it!


I have written a post discussing 11 uses for this balm, so if the idea of a multi-purpose balm interests you, definitely check it out!

You can buy One Love Organics Skin Savior from Birchbox for £30



Benefit POREfessional

From the January box






There was no way that I could write this list without including a Benefit product. If I could then I would have included all of the Benefit samples that have been available so far, but I figured that would be a bit too far. Therefore, I had the tough task of choosing. To do so, I chose the product that I use the most out of the products sampled in Birchbox: The POREfessional.


I have mentioned my love for this product on my What's in my Makeup Bag post amongst briefly mentioning it on a few others. This is my go to primer for pretty much every single day. 

It leaves your skin feeling silky smooth, the look of pores are reduced and it also helps to reduce the look of shininess on your skin, which if you know me in person then you will know that I am always trying to keep on top of that...!

If you are looking for a pore reducing primer and you haven't already tried this out then definitely, 100% try it!

You can buy Benefit POREfessional for £24.50 from Boots, Debenhams, Feel Unique, Look Fantastic and Birchbox amongst others! 




Color Club Nail Polish

From the April box






My favourite thing about this product in my April Birchbox was the fact that we were able to choose the shade. I was instantly drawn to Breakfast At… because green is my favourite colour, but this polish is genuinely fantastic.

This collection was a Birchbox exclusive that was part of a collaboration with Gala Gonzalez. It it part of a set of four which includes the other shades that were available to choose.

A one coater, this polish is a perfect pearly pastel shade that I thoroughly recommend! Honestly, everyone should have this as part of their collection.

You can buy the Color Club Gala's Gems collection from Birchbox for £15.



OPI Brazil Collection Nail Polish

From the June box






Just like with Benefit, there was no way that I could post this without including the OPI Brazil Collection sample. This is one of my favourite OPI collections, but I thankfully received a colour that I didn’t already have (but did have my eye on, of course!).

In my June Birchbox, I received Kiss Me I’m Brazillian which is a bright, bubblegum pink. The formula is good, a little streaky on the first coat, but beautifully opaque and strong on the second. Perfect for summer, this polish is that bright pink that flaunts your fun side!

In addition to what I wrote about this shade on my June box review, I have also written about three other shades on my OPI Brazil Collection review with swatches.

You can buy the OPI Brazil Collection from BeautyExpert for £11.95 each. 





Lifestyle Extra -


Propercorn

From the April box






Yep, my favourite lifestyle extra so far this year has been the bag of Propercorn that was included in my April box. My gosh, that stuff is heavenly! Popcorn that comes in a variety of sweet and savoury flavours! Beautiful.


You can test it out for yourself from Tesco for 75p a bag! 

So there we have it! My top Birchbox products of 2014 so far!

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What have been your favourite products that have appeared in your Birchboxes this year so far? 
Let me know in the comments below!

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Zoe. @Beautifinous

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