It’s time for the Birchbox November 2016 box, and this month we’ve been treated to a peacock design on the box. It looks like Birchbox are keeping their drawered boxes which is a shame as I don’t like them as much as the proper boxes as they’re not very good for beauty storage but I guess they’re cheaper for Birchbox to make. The theme for this month’s box is ‘Shake Your Tail Feather’ and they’ve collaborated with Tatler again (they collaborated with Tatler in April 2015) for a ‘party centric’ box which is greatly timed for the party season. There were a few spoilers on the Birchbox Instagram, one of which said there would be two makeup products within this month’s box which was really exciting as I much prefer makeup items to skincare or haircare.
The first item in the box is a 15ml sample of the NUXE Anti-Fatigue Moisturising Cream worth £7.87 and is described as an antioxidant packed moisturiser to restore hydration and boost tired skin. NUXE are one of the most repeated beauty brands but they’re one of my favourite skincare products so i don’t mind too much and I think this will be great for post-party skin. The other skincare item in the box is a tiny 4ml sample of the Darphin Rose Aromatic Care Hydration Essential Oil Elixir worth £12 claims to soften and smooth the complexion leaving skin feeling nourished and looking radiant. The oil is very strongly scented with rose so it’s not for me, but Darphin are a great skincare brand.
The first of the two makeup items is a sample of the OCC Lip Tar Primer and this was one of the products which was the spoiler on their Instagram so I assumed that the second makeup item would be an OCC Lip Tar to go alongside the Primer but strangely enough they’ve not included a Lip Tar to go with the Primer. The Primer contains Vitamin E, Hemp and Peppermint Oils to soothe and hydrate the lips and keep lipstick in place for longer. I already own this primer and it’s really good but it doesn’t work very well with products other than OCC Lip Tars. The other makeup item in the box is a full size and is the High Definition Brow Define in the shade Vamp worth £18, which is a brow pencil with a sharpener within the lid. The ‘Vamp’ shade is a very dark brown, almost black shade which luckily suits my brow shade perfectly but I can’t imagine it would suit many others brows especially those with lighter brows.
The last item in the box is The Wet Brush Midi worth £8 which is the best hairbrush I’ve ever used so I’m really happy it’s in this month’s box so those who haven’t tried one, now can. As I’m such a big fan, I have quite the collection of these brushes so I’ll pass this onto someone who doesn’t have one. The Wet Brush is the best detangling hairbrush as it cuts through knots easily with little tugging and it’s gentle on my sensitive scalp too. If you’ve never tried one of their brushes, I highly recommend trying one as they’re fantastic.
Although I won’t use a couple of products, I still think this is one of Birchbox’s best boxes this year and I’d love to know your thoughts?