BirchBox x Millie Mackintosh Review – July 2016

BirchBox x Millie Mackintosh Review - July 2016

 

This July Birch Box has teamed up with style icon and all-round beauty inspiration Millie Mackintosh to create a very special ‘Never-Ending Summer’ Box that’s crammed full of Summer beauty essentials including two full-sized beauty treats to keep you looking beautiful all Summer long!  With an exclusive preview of the new Millie Mackintosh Lip Pencil from Birch Box’s in-house beauty brand LOC, some nourishing skin care, frizz fighting hair care and a handy mini nail polish from much-loved nail brand Nails Inc this months Birch Box x Millie Mackintosh Collaboration a really refreshing and exciting box to explore!

What’s in the Box?

Price Per Box – £10.00 plus £2.95 P&P

Total Value of Products – £38.64

After a slightly disappointing June box, I am hoping that this beautifully packaged Millie Mackintosh Collaboration will prove the paradise I didn’t find in last months Birch Box, and with two full-sized products along with several big name brands featuring in their ‘Never-Ending Summer’ Edit this July, the future is looking very rosy even if the weather isn’t!

Your Beauty Treats

LOC x Millie Ultra-Gloss Lip Pencil in Bohemian Rose – Full Size £9.00

BirchBox x Millie Mackintosh Review - July 2016

Inside every Millie Mackintosh ‘Never-Ending Summer’ Box this month Birch Box have included an exclusive subscriber preview of the brand new LOC X Millie Ultra-Gloss Lip Pencil in Bohemian Rose – a custom shade that’s been designed and named by Millie herself specifically for Birch Box’s LOC Make-Up Range!  Packed with hydrating ingredients that keep lips super-smooth – but never sticky – the paraben and cruelty-free formula of this handy lip pencil provides moisture, nourishment and colour that lasts all day plus a gorgeous high-shine finish that you’d normally associate with a lip gloss not a pencil making it a perfect Summer make-up product to keep your lips looking pretty and pink all Summer long!  This pretty shade of pink is a great colour for my skin tone, and unlike a lot of lip pencils on the market it adds a hit of hydration and shine to your lips as well as a flush of colour and its long-lasting formula stays put through out the day without drying your lips out or losing the lustrous shine! It has also been released a month early exclusively for Birch Box subscriber to enjoy so you won’t be seeing anyone else wearing this pop of pink during July either!

Nails Inc Nail Varnish in Hyde Park Place – Full Size £15.00

BirchBox x Millie Mackintosh Review - July 2016

When we’re seeking that ‘fresh-from-the-salon’ mani, but we don’t have the time (or funds!) to book an appointment this is one formula that you can always rely on to give you a salon quality manicure or pedicure with out the price tag!  Boasting the brand’s new expertly designed brush meaning just one swipe of this richly pigmented polish leaves behind a flawless coat of colour with an amazing high shine finish that lasts for day!  There is no doubt that Nails Inc nail polishes provide amazing long-lasting intense colours that stay chip-free for longer than most nail polishes around and the colour, Hyde Park Place, is a beautiful subtle dove grey that flatters all skin tones and works well during the winter as well as the upcoming summer months making this polish a year round must-have, the only down side to this particular polish is the size – it’s a mini sized polish so you only get 4ml instead of the full-sized 14ml and as Hyde Park Place is only available in their Gel Effect Polish online and in stores, you won’t be able to get a replacement in a basic polish like this any time soon, but their even longer-lasting Gel Effect Nail Polish is a great alternative to Nails Inc normal polish range so it’s not all bad news!

Caudalie Polyphenol C15 SPF20 Anti-Wrinkle Protect Fluid – Full Size £29.00

BirchBox x Millie Mackintosh Review - July 2016

Caudalie’s Polyphenols C15 Broad Spectrum SPF20 Anti-Wrinkle Protect Fluid is the perfect way to protect your face this summer, providing the ultimate anti-oxidant shield for your skin along with a high performance SPF that filters damaging UVA and UVB rays preventing the signs of ageing associated with exposure to the sun.  Enriched with hyaluronic acid, which gives this protective treatment a plumping action, giving the skin a more filled out and smoother look.  Anti-oxidant rich Polyphenol and Vitamin C also help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles and offers additional protection from the sun making this multi-tasking serum an all round powerhouse product to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy this Summer!  I love Caudalie products!  I use the Micellar Cleansing Water every morning as part of my daily beauty routine so seeing this powerful little serum in my July Birch Box was a real treat!  Its light-weight formula melts into your skin and leaves you with a refreshed and radiant looking complexion without that sticky or overloaded feeling you get with some other serum products which is ideal for Summer!  The added SPF20 is also really handy for me as I always use an SPF on my face regardless of the time of year as I have had a small area of cancerous skin removed from my cheek in the past so need to ensure I protect my skin to prevent further issues arising but often find creams with SPF in them are thick and heavy on the skin, so this feather-weight serum is a refreshing change for me and suits my oily skin perfectly!  A great little addition to this months Birch Box!

Skin Republic Collagen Infusion Sheet Mask – Full Size £4.50

BirchBox x Millie Mackintosh Review - July 2016

I am relatively new to the Sheet Mask craze that is sweeping the world at the moment as although I have used them a few times in the past, I haven’t become obsessed like some of my friends, so finding a collagen boosting sheet mask in July’s ‘Never-Ending Summer’ Birch Box made me very excited!  Although Skin Republic is a new brand to me, their Collagen Infused Sheet mask is drenched in powerful anti-ageing ingredients to refresh and firm your skin, leaving your complexion looking younger and more radiant in just 15 minutes!  Featuring one of the most effective delivery systems this nutrient rich sheet mask acts like a ‘second skin’ and encourages rapid and effective absorption of the unique serum making it much more beneficial than most other skin care products on the market.  Collagen, Elastin and Vitamin E help revitalise the skin’s elasticity, tone and firmness, helping to minimise the appearance of both fine lines and deep wrinkles making skin appear smoother, firmer and more youthful.  A sheet mask is a strange thing to have on your face – it isn’t like a regular face mask at all, but the pre-cut mask is saturated in just the right amount of serum to deeply nourish and hydrate your skin without leaving it clogged and overloaded!  This collagen boosting sheet mask has definitely given me the sheet mask bug and I am hoping to give some more a try very soon!

John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Anti-Frizz Primer – Full Size £9.99

BirchBox x Millie Mackintosh Review - July 2016

This new innovation in fighting frizz is the perfect addition to any Summer beauty box, and with its revolutionary formula it works to realign the structure of your hair over time, strengthening hair strand by strand, building a natural immunity to frizz with every use!  The unique blend of coconut oil and glycerides fight frizz from the inside out, for noticeably smoother hair, but it also helps improve manageability and protects against heat damage too giving you instantly shinier, healthier looking hair with zero frizz!  Like many woman I suffer with the dreaded Summer frizz so this full-sized Frizz Ease treat from Joh Frieda is perfectly timed for me!  Its designed specifically for medium to thick and wavy-curly hair types, which, if you remove the ‘medium’ part describes my hair type exactly!  It’s a leave-in treatment that primes your hair ready to blow dry and straighten and although it isn’t as good as some similar products I have used it does smooth out my bothersome frizz and adds a healthy looking shine to my hair!  I haven’t used Frizz Ease products for a long while as I never found they worked but their technology has developed a lot over the last few years and this new Forever Smooth Serum does target my thick frizzy hair much better than I expected it to!  Although I may not purchase this serum again, it has definitely restored my faith in the capability of drug store hair care and means I will be buying more budget brands in the future!

My Verdict

Birch Box is always a bit of a hit and miss kind of beauty box for me, with one month being amazing and the next being a little less exciting but their product selection and monthly themes are always great and their box designs make them really stand out from some other beauty boxes around and this month is no exception!  Their collaboration with Style Icon and Beauty Trendsetter Millie Mackintosh has not only produced a gorgeous box design and a fabulous ‘Never-Ending Summer’ theme, it is also full of summer beauty essentials to help keep you looking fab from top to toe this July!  I love the fact they have included two full-sized items this month along with several luxury sample sizes as it makes this box excellent value for money as well as being a holiday hamper that gives you products that fit easily into your daily summer beauty routine!  The exclusive preview of LOC’s Millie Mackintosh Lip Pencil is also a real treat, and I love the bright, creaming pink and the high shine finish is perfect for those summer BBQ’s and days by the beach!  The full-sized Frizz Ease Treatment Primer is also spot on this month as with humidity rising the volume of us frizz prone ladies hair is growing by the day so this nourishing treatment is ideal to keep your hair happy and banish all traces of frizz!  The skin care this month is great with one of my favourite brands, Caudalie featuring with a protecting skin saving serum to keep your skin in top form this summer and a great sheet mask which has explained exactly why sheet masks are such a huge beauty craze right now!  I love the Nails Inc Nail Polish and the colour choice is simply beautiful – I just wish it had been a full size bottle as not only are these miniatures hard to use, they also don’t go very far and as this shade is normally only available as a Gel Effect polish not a regular polish you’d have to upgrade to continue to enjoy the exact same shade which although isn’t a bad thing as the Gel Effect Nail Polish is much longer-wearing than the regular polishes Nails Inc make, it is a little more expensive.  Having said that though this months Millie Mackintosh Collaboration Box has been a real winner for me as I have loved getting to know some new brands like Skin Republic, exploring more products from my favourites brands like Caudalie and Nails Inc and of course getting to try out the exclusive ‘Millie’ Lip Pencil from LOC can’t be ignored either, so overall this has been a great edition of one of the best-selling beauty boxes around and I am so pleased with all the treats they have included this month!  Such a different box from last months disappointing effort, this Millie Mackintosh Box is up there as one of my favourite Birch Box Collaborations to date!

My Beauty Favourite

It’s always a hard choice but my July Beauty Favourite is the Skin Republic Collagen Infusion Sheet Mask.  It stood out from the other great products in the Millie Mackintosh ‘Never Ending Summer’ Birch Box line up as I haven’t really used that many sheet masks until now, and it has shown me a new way to wake up my skin without needing a trip to the beauty salon!  With so many Summer beauty treats to enjoy this month – I loved how this purse friendly sheet mask perked up my complexion and left my skin glowing and radiant! Perfect for going make-up free this Summer!

For more information about Birch Box visit my ‘Which Subscription Box’ Review and to subscribe to the Birch Box Beauty Box visit their website!

 

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