Beauty: April Birchbox + First Impressions

When I received word that this month's Birchbox was in collaboration with Rifle Paper Co. (AKA the dreamiest stationary brand EVER), I was so excited to get my box in the post. With a choice of 2 designs to pick from, I went for the gorgeous purple and green hued design done by Anna Bond herself and eagerly awaited my boxes arrival.

Inside the the pretty floral packaging this month are 5 luxe beauty samples - weirdly, all of which I was looking to buy or had run out of prior to my box arriving! 
Firstly, and unsurprisingly is another Benefit sample. I seem to get one in almost every box I receive (no complaints though!), and this month was the turn of the They're Real mascara (RRP £19.50). I haven't used this since college but it used to be my all-time favourite mascara so I'm looking forward to giving it another go! I'm not sure it deserves the hefty pricetag as there are a lot better drugstore mascaras out there for a lot less money but it'll be nice to use it and reminisce on why I loved it so much years ago!

Next is a black kohl eyeliner from Cynthia Rowley (RRP £11). I didn't know Cynthia Rowley even had a makeup line so this was a welcome treat in my box, and her packaging is bloody gorgeous! I don't usually wear pencil eyeliners, but I've given this a little play and I'm loving wearing it just along the upper lash line for a little definition. It's buttery formula applies so lovely and sticks around almost as long as my liquid favourites, which makes it an absolute winner in my book!

The product I was literally crying with happiness to try out is the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (RRP from £17). Basically a magic oil in a bottle, this works on the face, body, nails and hair! A blend of 6 essentials oils, just a few drops goes a HELLA long way and although the sample is teeny tiny, I reckon it'll last me a good month or so! I've wanted to try Nuxe products for ages, and this has been at the top of my wishlist so Birchbox done good!

Something I was in dire need of is the Parlor by Jeff Chastain Detangling Leave-In Conditioner (RRP £17). I'm just finishing up a similar sample by Beauty Protector that I got in an earlier Birchbox and it has completely changed the look of my hair so I'm hoping this Parlor version was just as good! I've used this a couple of times since getting my box and while it doesn't smell as god-damn amazing as the Beauty Protector version, it still does what it says on the tin and is a pretty fab leave-in conditioner! It leaves my hair feeling silky soft and has helped keep my hair cleaner for longer...WIN!

Lastly is the Kueshi Foot Care Cream (RRP £12) which again I was in desperate need of. Girl ain't got time for pretty feet when working 10 hour bar shifts so I'm hoping this little bad boy works miracles on my tootsies! Infused with almond and tea tree oils, this smells freaking amazing and although I've only used it once it's definitely nourishing! I can't say that I'd pay £12 for a tube of foot cream but maybe after a few weeks of using this stuff I'll be converted...

Overall, I'm seriously impressed with April's box. The products are diverse and things I'd actually use (ie, not a teeny tiny blush sample that doesn't fit a brush...) and will probably purchase full size when they run out! The only disappointing downside is there isn't a full size product inside like there ordinarily would be, although I can let that slide since the box itself is so friggin' gorgeous! There's also a 25% off voucher to spend at which I cannot wait to redeem...

What do you think to April's box?
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Always, Alice x


  1. Damn! The design looks so adorable! I would buy an empty box with the design alone. Hahaha.

  2. I love the Nuxe oil, I'm rationing mine at the moment because I just can't bear to be without it. The contents of this box looks pretty good to be fair!

    Jodie //

  3. Fab post lovely, this box looks fab! I’ve been using my They’re Real mascara again lately also as I used to love it when I was younger! I love the range of products in this months box and the design is gorgeous! :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

  4. I was so impressed by this month's box, I mean flowers and stationary, whats not to love! Also, your photos here are beautiful!

    Robyn |

  5. I'd almost buy it for the box itself! It's so pretty! xx


  6. The design of the box is so so gorgeous, I love Rifle Paper Co so much! That NUXE oil looks amazing too.

    The Makeup Directory

  7. I actually got one of those Cynthia Rowley eyeliners when I used to get the boxes ages ago and I loved it. And I have to say one of the prettiest boxes yet, wow! xx


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