Birchbox – September 2016: Heroes

Birchbox – September 2016: Heroes

September 2016’s Birchbox is unquestionably striking, both by box design and the products included, subscribers were definitely in for a treat. This month’s box focuses around the theme of heroes – the heroic products that get us through the gloomy end of summer, and the heroic women who inspire us every single day.

The box itself was inspired by a fellow Birchbox subscriber called Philippa Colliass, who created a bold, colourful moodboard to set our minds alive. I cannot deny that the final product is stunning – the pink, purple and yellow design is so pretty that I’m going to just have to find an alternative use for the box – its far too insta-worthy to go to waste!

The products themselves were definitely heroic too – five whopping products from big names! I was lucky enough to receive a ModelCo Highlighting Trio, Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray, Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Blemish- Less, Nuxe Prodigieux Shower Oil and Starskin Eye Catcher. What a mouthful!

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The first product to catch my eye was definitely the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Blemish- Less. I was a big fan of Laura Mercier primer back in the day (well, only a couple of years ago), but in an ever growing bid to cut costs I stopped repurchasing it, and I very rarely use a primer at all now as I’ve fallen out of the habit. So, I was super excited to see the primer in the box and couldn’t wait to give it a go. I first used the primer on a full face of makeup for a house party I was attending and was instantly impressed – it really helped ensure a smoother base and my makeup stayed put ALL night! We even ended up dancing the night away in a bar for a couple of hours – despite this, I woke up the next morning with my makeup still pristine. I cannot believe I ever stopped repurchasing this – never again. This is definitely a heroic product every girl needs in her makeup bag!

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The same house party also allowed me to trial one of the other products in this month’s box – the Nuxe Prodigieux Shower Oil. This shower oil is gold, glittery, skin softening and smells divine. I was a little disappointed the glitter didn’t stick to my skin (I’m a 5 year old at heart, the prospect of being a glitter fairy should definitely not have excited me as much as it did), but I cannot fault the formula at all – I probably towel dried a little too harshly. Added with water it turns from a normal shower gel consistency into a luxurious oil. My skin is left super soft after using this oil and it is now well incorporated into my more time consuming pamper days. Smoothing a gold oil gel over your body really does make you just feel so relaxed and princessy, even if you do have to wash it away!

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The Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray promises to protect, texturize, volumize and repair… and I have to say: it lives up to this! It gives a nice touch of volume but also helps control frizz and enables you to style your hair a little better. I can definitely see a difference when I’ve used this product on my hair before blow drying – my hair is smoother, glossier and holds a shape better. It is especially a handy spray to have near if you’re planning on curling your hair.

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This ModelCo Highlighting Trio is a dream come true… I just cannot fault it whatsoever. Firstly, it is the perfect size – it is SO handbag friendly for touch ups on a night out! It has everything you need in one, too – highlighter, contour and blush. The formula is SO creamy that it smooths on and blends well even with just your fingers! I am seriously impressed and this is definitely my new go-to for a dewy makeup look.

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Last but not least is the Starskin Eye Catcher. Starskin is a brand I’ve used before – their sheet masks are divine, so I was excited to try their eye masks too. The eye masks were well saturated in serum and hydrated my under eye area so well – I could definitely see a difference after using them as I looked significantly less ‘puffy eyed’. The only negative thing I have to say about these is they didn’t stay in place – they were too heavy so slid down my face, even when I was trying to keep my head as horizontal as possible!

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Overall I was thoroughly impressed with this Birchbox and it definitely contained some much loved heroic products! This seemed like the perfect box for September as it contained a lot of luxe products to get us through these darker evenings.

Our score: 8.8/ 10

A great Birchbox packed full of some all time favourite products to get you through this transitional period to Autumn. The box itself was eye catching and a delight to receive through the post!

  • Quality of products9
  • Originality8
  • Packaging and delivery10
  • Value for money9
  • Selection of products8

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