Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner

benefit eyeliner

I didn’t get this when it was first released because I heard completely mixed reviews about it, but I eventually picked it up from Birchbox with my points so it didn’t cost me a penny!

THIS IS THE BEST EYELINER I HAVE TRIED. The angled rubber tip makes application so easy, even for someone like me who is atrocious at applying eyeliner. Once applied, the eyeliner lasts all day without smudging or crumbling. It lasts so well that I have to use two different cleansers to remove it!

This is a product that everyone has to try! Easy to apply, long-lasting, exactly what it says on the tin!

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May Birchbox

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LIZ EARLE CLEANSE & POLISH HOT CLOTH CLEANSER | Full size £13.25 100ml | Sample 30 ml £3.97 | I have used this product before so I know that it is brilliant and I was very pleased to see that they had included the muslin cloth

SOIGNE BOTANIQUE NAIL POLISH IN CREME AU BEURRE | Full size £11 10ml | It was nice to receive a full size nail polish and the colour looks lovely. I have never heard of this brand before so will keep you posted

BENEFIT THEY’RE REAL MASCARA | Full size £19.50 8.5g | Sample 3g £6.88 | This is a fantastic mascara that I have had before so I am glad to have this sample to use it again

BEAUTY PROTECTOR PROTECT SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER | Full size £14 (Doesn’t say size) | This is a birchbox exclusive brand that is all sorts of nasties-free so I am interested to try this out, however it would have been nice to have a more well-known brand

AROMATHERAPY ASSOCIATES REVIVE MORNING BATH & SHOWER OIL | Full size £40 55ml | Sample 3ml £2.18 | I am really glad to have received this product as I have heard amazing things about their bath oils so am excited to try this out

Overall I am pleased with this months box. It is nice to see come popular brands in there. However, some of the sample sizes are a little bit small such as the bath oil. I like to try products out more than once before deciding what I think of them and the small samples don’t allow for that. That being said, I still look forward to receiving my birchbox every single month

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November Birchbox

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Laura Mercier Body Butter in Fresh Fig |£26 for 170g| Sample is 30g so worth £4.59Packed with nourishing shea butter, grape seed oil and protecting aloe vera gel for silky, scented limbs | This body butter smells fantastic. It is a lovely thick creamy texture, however, would I pay £26 for the full-size? I don’t think so. It’s a lovely treat to use but there are other body butters on the market for a much cheaper price tag

Weleda Replenishing Oat Shampoo | £8.95 for 190ml | Sample is 18ml so worth £0.85 | This gentle shampoo contains nourishing organic jojoba oil to smooth, reduce breakage and improve suppleness | This is a very disappointing sample size especially when it is one of the 5 main samples. I have not tried this shampoo as it does not say whether or not it is safe for coloured hair so I don’t want to risk it. Even if I had tried it, it would have been difficult to give a true review as with my long hair I would be lucky to get 2 shampoos out of the tiny tube. 

Chella Highlighter Pencil |£15.95| Presumably the sample is full size | Brighten and add glow to areas you wish to accentuate | This is a peach toned highlighter pencil. This is not a good colour match for my pale skin so I will not be using this as a highlighter. When I applied this it did not seem to highlight much at all after you had blended it. However, on the plus side, it would make a good waterline highlighter (however I wouldn’t recommend this as I am not sure how safe it is to use actually as an eyeliner). 

Lilla’lli Line Define Fill in Blackmail | £10 | Presumably sample is full size | A waterproof pencil to define eyes | I received the black eyeliner. It is a lovely soft, creamy pencil and the pigmentation is fantastic. However, it smudges very easily and did not last me all day. Definitely not a contender to replace my Rimmel black eyeliner!

English Laundry Signature For Her EDP | £16 for 10ml | Sample is 2ml so worth £3.20 | A divine delicate fragrance with elegant notes of quince, jasmine petals and musk | This is a beautiful feminine fragrance. It is sweet and floral at the same time. This would be a lovely summer fragrance. I will definitely consider purchasing the full-size of this. Or maybe put it on my christmas list. 

Lifestyle Extra | Pukka Herbs Teas | £2.29 for for 20 teabags | Sample was 3 teabags so worth £0.34 | I quite liked this as a sample as I love trying new fruit teas. Unfortunately because I am very fussy with my teas I gave the earl grey and the cinnamon to my mom, but the elderberry and echinacea was very nice. If they sell them in my local supermarket I would definitely consider buying them.

Beauty Extra | Pencil Sharpener | £3 | This would have been really useful a week age when I had lost my sharpener and had to repurchase a new one. There’s not much else to say about a sharpener, they’re much of a muchness!

Total Box Value = £34.73

The box was good value, however, there were a few disappointing products in there. I would prefer to see some more well known brands and better sample sizes for some of the products  

October Birchbox

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The theme of this months birchbox is ‘Beauty Buzz’

For any of you that have not heard of it, Birchbox is a monthly beauty sample subscription.

It costs £12.95 per month including postage

In each box you get 5 samples plus a lifestyle extra, but this month there was also a beauty extra

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I have to say that this month I was especially excited because I finally got the pink bag! 

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KMS California Curl Up Wave Foam Mousse|£15 for 200ml| Sample was 75 ml so worth £5.62 This wave enhancing mousse encourages curls, while protecting hair from heat | I haven’t actually used this product as I haven’t had the time to let my hair dry naturally to get the best results. 

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance |£28 for 50ml | Sample was 15ml so worth £8.40 The universal pearl tint creates a soft focus effect to minimise the look of imperfections with a radiant finish | This is a fantastic primer. It has a lovely radiant finish and is a fantastic primer for foundation. It’s nice to see a high-end brand such as this. 

Dr Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant | £67 for 60g | Sample was 7.5 g so worth £8.37 An exfoliant that brightens all skin types, reduces the appearance of fine lines, acne marks and discolouration | This is a beautiful exfoliator. It has fine grains which really make your skin feel super soft after use

theBalm cosmetics Stainiac | £10 for 0.3oz | Sample was 0.04oz so worth £1.33 | This easily blended two-in-one lip and cheek stain gives a natural, understated flush | I have only tried this product on my lips as I am not a fan of cheek stains. The colour is lovely and looks perfect with a lipgloss on top

Dr Lipp Nipple Balm for Lips | £11.50 for 15ml | Sample was 3ml so worth £2.30 | Versatile lip balm that started life as a nipple balm! Hydrates and repairs dry flaky skin, sealing in moisture | I was really excited to try this product as lanolin based lip products are normally good. However, I could not get any of the product out of the tube. The product is so stiff that it is impossible to get out. I definitely will not be purchasing the full-size of this product 

Lifestyle Extra | UltraDEX | £8.15 for 75ml | Sample was 15 ml so worth £1.63 | This award=winning line kills bacteria, lifts stains, whitens teeth and freshens breath | I will not be trying this product as there is not enough fluoride in the toothpaste to meet my dentists recommended amount. My dentist recommended only using toothpaste’s with a minimum of 1400ppm of fluoride whereas this toothpaste only has 1000ppm

Beauty Extra | Egyptian Magic | £29 for 118ml | Sample was 3 * 3ml sachets so worth £2.21 | A cult multi-purpose healing cream made with just six all-natural ingredients | I haven’t actually used this product yet but am very excited to try it as it can be used on the skin and the ends of the hair 

Total value of box = £29.86

I think that this was a good box this month. I love the inclusion of a Laura Mercier product and apparently there is another product by this brand in November’s box. Even though there are a couple of products that I won’t use I still feel this is great value for money.