Birchbox X Cath Kidston Review
If you’re into beauty products and you’re active on the internet then I’m sure that you’ve heard of Birchbox. Birchbox is a subscription box, sending cute little boxes filled with 5 personalised beauty samples monthly. Birchbox charge £10 + £2.95 postage a month, if you pay monthly, arriving within the first week of each month.
When I was in my first year of University, I was subscribed to Birchbox and the samples quickly piled up. After 6/7 months I unsubscribed, then ordering one box at a time when I wanted to try something. Recently, BirchBox sent me their April Box which is a collaboration between themselves and Cath Kidston to review.
If you prefer video reviews you can watch mine below, if not carry on reading!
Of course, as the box was a Cath Kidston collaboration the box features a lovely floral design. I quite like this one, I used to use the boxes as storage so I love that they’re pretty. This month’s box features a 30ml Cath Kidston hand cream, 10ml Marcelle BB cream, 1.5g Model Co. baked highlighter, 4ml Beautaniq Fill + Tame brow gel and 15ml Lumene sleeping cream.
Model Co. Highlighter
When I opened the box the highlighter was the thing that excited me the most (I’m highlighter obsessed). The highlighter in the box is from Model Co. and is in the shade ‘Moonshine’, which is a very shimmery pink shade.
I’m not usually the kind of girl who likes wearing pink highlighter as it just makes me look kind of like a tomato. However, this was a very subtle pink on the skin and gives a really subtle glow. I’m actually really surprised how much I like this colour and have already ordered the full size as I think it’s the perfect shade for summer days.
Beautaniq Brow Gel
Next I tried out the brow gel, which I first tried on by adding to my brow pencil I was wearing and it kind of didn’t really make much difference and was kind of meh.
I later tried this out on bare brows and then found that it actually did add a lot of colour to my brows and dried really quickly to fix my brows in place. I found it really difficult to work with and found that it actually made my brows look more unruly than they did before I added it.
Top Left: My usual eyebrows. Top right: No brow make-up. Bottom Left: Brow gel only. Bottom Right: Brow gel and pencil.
Lumene Sleeping Cream
I then took a look at the Lumene overnight bright sleeping cream, of course I couldn’t really give an opinion on this immediately but I did immediately think that it smelt absolutely incredible so I was really excited to smother it on my face.
I’ve used this for 5 days before bed so far and haven’t seen any brightening effects but my skin does seem a little softer. However, my skin also looks more shiny/greasy in the mornings so perhaps that’s why it feels softer? Either way, I think that this would work better for people with dry skin as mine is combination to oily and it doesn’t work for me.
Marcelle BB Cream
Next up was the Marcelle BB Cream in golden glow. I love no make-up make-up and very subtle looks/glows for a day-to-day look so this really excited me.
I would definitely say that this is a much heavier coverage than your general BB Cream, probably more like somewhere between a BB Cream and foundation. I’m not mad about that though, its a nice level of coverage if your skin isn’t as nice as you would like it to be. I feel like this is too dark for me though (I’m usually shades called something like ‘porcelain’ and am NC15 at Mac) and I can’t seem a paler shade, but if they do come out with one then I’d definitely be down for trying it.
Top Left: Normal Foundation. Top Right: Bare Skin. Bottom Left: Application. Bottom Right: BB Cream.
Cath Kidston Hand Cream
I saved the best for last, which was the Cath Kidston hand cream. I’ve never tried anything from Cath Kidston so I was really excited to try it. I also have dry/sore hands so I was pleased to see a hand cream in the box.
My hands immediately felt softer and less cracked, it also smells lovely so I’m very happy with this. I also like that it came in a pretty large size so it’ll last a long time.
My Conclusion on Birchbox?
Overall, I now want to resubscribe. But I’m going to wait until next month and see what the box is like before I do. If you’re stuck in a rut with makeup, skin care or hair care Birchbox is perfect for you. About 2/3 of my favourite make-up bits are things that I found through Birchboxes that I’ve had in the past.
If you’re a beauty blogger/YouTuber who wants to review new stuff then this is a great (and relatively affordable) way. Even if you’re not, it’s a fabulous way to treat yourself anyway or a friend. Plus its a fun surprise/gift to yourself each month. If you’re looking for other gift ideas, you can check out this post.