Birchbox announced last month that the November box was in collaboration with Vogue. I have to admit some beauty box collaborations have a lot to be desired when they’re non beauty brands, but I’m all for a Birchbox x Vogue collaboration as the products within the Birchbox November 2017 box are all items which are featured within the vogue ‘100 Greatest Beauty Products’ of all time edit which they created in 2016 as part of their centenary celebrations. I was excited to see which items were in the box as I knew they had to be great products to be included within a greatest beauty product roundup, and the box really didn’t disappoint.
Birchbox always like to do a sneak peak on one of the items within their boxes, and the sneak peak for November was Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder which is appearing in everyone’s boxes. I don’t know how big this sample is as there’s no mention of weight but it’s a decent sized sample in a plastic little compact. As much as I love it when Birchbox treat us to theBalm samples, they’re always in magnetic cardboard compacts which aren’t the best but this has a handy little plastic container which closes tightly so it’d be fine for your makeup bag.
Next up in the Birchbox November 2017 box is a 25ml sample of the James Read Sleep Mask Tan Face Gradual Tan worth £12.50 (half the size of the 50ml full size) which is a soothing tanning gel enriched with beautifying skincare ingredients to deliver a subtle, golden glow by morning. It’s a clear gel to protect both clothing and bedding, and although I don’t use fake tan products I think this product will be loved by those that do use them as it sounds like a fab way to achieve a subtle colour overnight.
The next product is a 10ml sample of the L’Occitane 20% Shea Butter Dry Skin Hand Cream worth £1.33 which isn’t the most amazing value for a box item but the L’Occitane hand creams really are amazing. This is a perfect handbag size and this 20% shea cream is one of the richest handcreams I’ve tried so it’s a godsend to try and keep your hands soft, smooth and nourished which is exactly what we need during the colder months.
Then we have 30ml sample size of the Percy & Reed Smooth, Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil worth £7 (half the size of the 60ml full size) which contains violet extracts and pro vitamin B5 acting to strengthen, deeply nourish and moisturise you hair as well as protecting the hair against heat damage. I’ve got a few samples of this oil within my collection from past beauty boxes and it’s a nice, lightweight oil which leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth.
The last item in the Birchbox November 2017 box is the Birchbox Makeup Brush Cleaner worth £5 which is a silicone disc which you place over your fingers, with different textures to help you clean your makeup brushes. These brush cleansers are easy to use under running water with a little brush soap and it’s a good thing to own if you don’t already as it helps you to dislodge makeup from the bristles.
So that’s everything in the Birchbox November 2017 box. I’d love to know your thoughts? I’m not loving that the box contains two bronzing products as it doesn’t really fit in with an Autumn/Winter box, and the brush cleaner feels like a little of a cop-out as it’s not on the top 100 beauty product list and you can get something similar from eBay for 99p but overall I think it’s a pretty good box.
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