Subscription boxes are such fun (and cheap) ways of trying new products without having to dish out a fortune. Birchbox recently reached out to me and asked if they could send me a box for me to try out and write about, so obviously I couldn't resist some new goodies! August's box was a collaboration with Etsy, so my box was designed by Holly Maguire and it came with a little leaflet telling me about everything that was in my box.
CLE Melting Lip Powder in 'Red Cherry'
I was soooo excited to see this, as I'm really interested in powder products for your lips. I was a bit apprehensive about the colour at first because bright lips really aren't for me, but the lip powder is only meant to be a tint and once I tried it on I fell in love! It's really wearable and the red definitely compliments my skin tone. My only issue is that the tube is a little messy when you remove the applicator, so be careful!
Rituals Foaming Shower Gel
I love Rituals, so I was over the moon to see this in my Birchbox! It smells amazing and I'm never left disappointed with Rituals' products, so I already knew what I was going to get. I definitely smelled fresh after using this and my lemon shampoo from Lush!
A big thank you to Birchbox for sending me August's box for me to try out. Do you guys subscribe to any monthly boxes? Let me know!
Last week I received two 'Highliners' from Marc Jacobs Beauty. A quick disclaimer - I got them for free through an Influenster Voxbox, so I didn't actually pay for these products but that doesn't mean my review won't be honest! I was super excited to try these out as I'm a complete amateur when it comes to eyeliners, so I wanted to see how good they were for someone like me. I received two shades, Deja Blue and (Earth) Quake.
I absolutely fell in love with this bright blue as soon as I opened it. I'm starting to get into weirder and wilder colours when doing my makeup, so this definitely ticked that box. It was super creamy and easy to use, I wanted to use it in my waterline but it didn't seem to sit properly (maybe because it's so creamy) so I put it under my eyebrow to get a proper test of the product. Here's the final look! (By the way, an overall review of both products will be at the end).
I wasn't too sure about the earthy brown colour of (Earth)Quake due to my blue eyes, brown eyeshadows have never suited me. Istillgave it a go, though. The formula was exactly the same as Deja Blue, which shows the products are consistent. It was creamy and so easy to apply to my lash line. I applied it quite thick and then blended it out with a Spectrum A06 brush. I must say, I quite liked the final look but I probably won't use the colour that often purely because it doesn't suit my eye colour. I think it would be better suited to someone with brown eyes.
I'm aware it's not that visible, by the way. That's just how I like it!
These Highliners retail for £20 at John Lewis and I totally think they're worth that price. There's 0.5g of product in each and the pens have a little twisty thing at the bottom to give more product (described perfectly, I know) so that you don't have to carry a sharpener around with you. Both colours were intensely pigmented and were sooo creamy. The formulas were practically identical except for the fact the swatch of (Earth)Quake was way more difficult to take off, which isn't a huge issue. They're easy to blend and have great staying power once they're down, but you do have to work quick with the blending! I loved both products, but do think I'll be using Deja Blue more solely because it compliments my eye colour much more. However I won't be getting rid of (Earth)Quake as I think I could give it some deserved love. They've both got the approval from me, and another thanks to Influenster for sending them to me.
Another disclaimer..I've edited my skin in the above photos because I have no other makeup on so I wanted to smoothen it, but I haven't edited my eyes or the products in any way.
Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow pomade in Medium Brown
ABH Clear brow gel
Too Faced Better Than Sex (my holy grail makeup product!)
Too Faced Sweet Peach palette
Stila liquid eyeshadow in Sunset Cove
Violet Voss x Laura Lee palette