Can you believe we’re already in June?! I swear this year is going by so quickly! Ever since we got married in February the days are just flying by. So I’m now 3 months into my Birchbox subscription and I loved doing my last blog post on what was inside May’s box (you can read that post here) so I thought I’d share what products I received this month….
Jelly Pong Pong Paradise Pigments shade “Fig Jam”
This is such a cute product! I absolutely adore cream products as I think they look a lot more fresh and natural looking on the skin. I remember years ago when I first started out with make-up I was always told to stay away from bright shades like this and I remember there being a photo of me in the school play looking like a clown with bright pink cheeks! But as I’ve grown up and learnt to apply make-up properly (if you like) I do love a flush of colour!
The colour is definitely intense and the product is very pigmented but you can sheer this out by using the SMALLEST amount on your cheeks to give a natural looking healthy glow to the skin. This product can also be used on the lips – and we all know how much I love a multi-purpose product so this is a winner for me!
I particularly like the formula of this product as it’s very hydrating which means it’s not going to make your cheeks or lips look wrinkly and dry. The instructions for use say to blend onto the lips then use the excess products across the apples of the cheeks and to be honest that would be exactly what I would do.
You can buy the product here for £17.95 with free shipping 🙂
Percy & Reed Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray
I’m so pleased that I’ve received another hair care product this month as I’ve not been disappointed by any that I’ve tried so far. Plus I love getting mini samples as they are great for travelling and throwing in my bag. To be honest I don’t really stray too far away from my Ellnet Precious Oil Hairspray as I find that it does a good enough job for what I need it for, however this hairspray is really nice.
The description claims an “ultra-fine, humidity resistant, crunch free” spray which is going to allow you to brush out and restyle your hair should you wish which I always find handy especially when I’m playing with different hairstyles which I quite frequently do when I’m bored!
The packaging is nice and so is the nozzle, it feels quite “high-end” for a mid-range product and I would definitely consider buying a full size. If you’re interested you can purchase the full size (250ml) here for £12.
Huygens Le Gommage Visage Face Scrub
Before I go any further in talking about this product I’d just like to clarify that this is a face scrub! My husband always tells me I need to be more specific in blog posts (even though it says it on the photo?!) as I tend to ramble on about products – automatically presuming people know what I’m talking about but apparently not everyone “knows as much about beauty as you do!” Oh shucks, Stu. Thanks. Moving on…
Even though my preferred method of facial exfoliation is to use a chemical exfoliate, sometimes it is nice to get into those nooks & crannies with something gritty! Exfoliating your skin is very important if you want you make-up to sit nicely on your face and it also helps to reveal the new skin cells that make you look more glowy and alive. This scrub is suitable to use on a daily basis as it is quite gentle. If you do suffer with sensitive skin, maybe only use this two or three times a week. It is quite creamy in texture and the “beads” are made out of rice powder particles (no microbeads, yay!) and really helps to purify the skin, giving you a deep cleanse.
It does have quite a strong scent, I think possibly a mixture of citrus & lavender? I’m usually rubbish at trying to describe smells so if you do know what it is please let me know! You can purchase it here for £17.90
Whish Coconut Milk CC Body Cream
I wasn’t expecting to like this product much, but it has surprised me a lot.
When I first got it out of the box I looked at it thinking “what on earth?!” but surprisingly it’s actually a very nice product. It’s a body cream with shimmer running through it. It makes me think of those shimmer sticks you used to have as kids where you’d just roll the glitter all over your entire body (lol). Isn’t it amazing how your childhood can even put you off beauty products?!
You can sort of see the subtle shimmer in the picture above. It is becoming more popular at the moment, particularly now its summer, to use shimmer on the chest, shoulders and legs to give a healthy glow whilst you’re out in the sun. It can also be used to highlight the areas of the chest to give you more prominent collar bones and an enhanced cleavage.
When you first rub the product into the skin it’s very creamy and has the slightest tint to it. It smells heavenly (so heavenly) like coconuts and holidays. But it blends out to give a really subtle glow to the skin – as seen below.
I can’t tell you how good it smells. It’s worth a look at simply for the smell alone! You can purchase it here for £24.70 – however I do think it’s quite a steep price for only 142ml of product.
Absolution Le Nettoyant Purete Cleanser
Last but not least, let’s talk about this cleanser. From the packaging I was expecting it to be more of a cream cleanser but once I opened it I realised it was a gel. It does foam ever so sightly but it claims to not leave the skin feeling dry after you wash it off. I haven’t used it yet to test this theory but if you would like a more in-depth review just let me know. It contains natural ingredients such as chamomile and oats which are naturally softening. It does have quite a strong herbal scent – definitely not my favourite but I’d be willing to see past the smell if the cleansing properties deliver.
Probably the product I’m least excited about this month. But if you are interested in reading more about it you can purchase it here for £26.
So that concludes the blog post! I’d say my favourite products are definitely the Fig Jam pigment, the Whish CC body cream and the Percy & Reed hairspray.
I hope you enjoyed reading this, if you subscribe to Birchbox let me know what you got in your box. If you do try out any of these products let me know what you think!
Until next time…