Beauty: My September Birchbox + First Impressions

First of all, let my take a minute to introduce to you the new look Always, Alice blog! I've been a bit here and there with blogging lately (nothing new there!) and decided enough was enough and it was time to get back on the horse, and the best place to start and give myself a kick up the backside was with a beautiful new blog design!

I've been drooling over the Pipdig blog templates for some time now and while at £29 they don't exactly break the bank, I just couldn't bring myself to hit the purchase button...until now! It was so easy to install too and I couldn't be happier with my new little corner of the internet - hopefully I won't be as neglectful in the future!


The latest Birchbox offering fell on my doormat recently it's probably one of my favourites so far! The September Birchbox (UK) came as a celebration of the brand's 5th birthday, with birthday inspired packaging designed by lucky Birchbox subscribers - I received the birthday balloon variety which is gorgeous and I'll definitely be re-using it for something else.
To top it off, each of the products inside this month hailed from the US, which was very excited as I've never been! (Sephora, I need you in my life...)
But what was inside?

The first thing that caught my eye straight away was the 'Birchbrush' - basically Birchbox's version of the popular Tangle Teezer! I've never jumper on the TT bandwagon as they're a littttttle bit pricey so I was glad to have one of these in my box for a fraction of the price! It's the perfect size for my handbag which is handy as I've got A LOT of hair on my pea head that needs constant detangling.
Next was the Benefit Porefessional License to Blot oil-blotting stick. I've been a fan of the original Porefessional balm for a while and while I don't have particularly oily skin, I think this will be fab for use as a base before applying my makeup!

I received a Laqa & Co Cheeky lip pencil in a peachy-coral shade called 'Cray-Cray'...not sure I love the packaging on this one as it rattles around a little bit and sounds a bit cheap BUT saying that, the colour is gorgeous! I haven't tested it out fully but it looks like a perfect everyday your-lips-but-better shade.
A product I'm not really sure on is the Citrus Neroli Detangler by John Masters Organics. Being from the US, it's not a brand I've heard of before and while I love the fresh scent of this, I don't know if I'll have much use for it! I'll get back to you...
I love the idea of the liquid exfoliant from Paula's Choice. I've heard them raved about and while I'm not really sure how this works, I'm excited to try it as I'm too lazy to exfoliate the old fashioned way!
The best of them all is the Beauty Protector Beauty Wash body cleanser which smells frickin' AMAZINGGGG. I'm going to save this little mini for the gym (motivation to go, right?!) but I used a little and it makes my skin feel so clean and soft. WINNER.

Overall I'm quite happy with this months box and I'm counting down the days until the next offering!
What is your favourite beauty box?

Let me know in the comments below and don't forget there are still a few days to enter my GIVEAWAY to win some Lush, MAC and Benefit goodies!

Always, Alice x


  1. I really want to subscribe to a new box this year but I really don't know which one! This looks great :)

  2. Oooe these look so awesome!

    So wanna tr the porefessional

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  3. This looks like a good box! Think I may re-subscribe!

  4. Your blog looks lovely - Pipdig are great for easy layouts! This Birchbox actually looks awesome, I unsubbed a while back when I was quite skint but v.tempted to start it up again now!

    Milly // Mini Adventures


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