Happy 2016! But really, where has the last 31 days gone?! I started my new year abroad in a very hot and sunny location so that was fab. I came back to 4degree weather, my family and my first Birchbox of the year!. So it wasn't all too bad!
My new years resolutions are to blog more, experiment with my make up & style and to eat much more healthy ( to also loose a few lbs!) . New Year means new beginnings. Birchbox started the new year by joining forces with Pinterest to start the year with inspiration for everyday life. I love using Pinterest to create inspiration in My Style, Make up, Hair , Food, Home interior and Holidays! Its a great site and also amazing for creating wish lists.
Whats inside my January 2016 Birchbox?
So all the items I received were all new to me, but as you most will know I hate receiving shampoos and shower gels! So lets start from my fave to most liked.
When I first saw how thick the felt tip pen was I was worried that I wouldn't be able to achieve the prefect flick. However the tip of the pen able to shape out the line & flick and the thickness off the pen was able to complete the line in fewer strokes. The liner lasted all day, was a deep black , it didn't flake but it was not smudge proof as its advertised. Overall I enjoyed using this liner and was great that this was the full size product of the month.
I really enjoy using Benefit products so I was really surprised to have received this primer as I didn't know it existed. The primer is supposed to separate lengthen and boost each individual eyelash to prepare it for mascara. The primer did not create volume, but it did lengthen and separate my eyelashes. Due to the fact that my lashes are currently falling out, I prefer to use my current favourite mascara that gives me thick full volumed looking lashes.
The one thing I loved about the parlour shampoo and conditioner was that they both smelt so amazing and my hair still smelt of the product a few days later. The smell is the brands signature scent of ripe peaches and freshly cut grass. Recently I got my hair balayage and also after coming back from holiday my hair did need a repair and deep nourishment. I thought that this product would be great. I didn't feel like my hair was any smoother and it felt just like it would after using my normal shampoo.
I prefer to wash my face after cleansing when removing my make up, so I used this cleanser as a pre-cleanse. I needed more product compared to my existing pre cleaner, it did remove my make up but was slightly difficult with my eye make-up, it left a sticky residue and smelt a bit weird!
This shower gel it was easy to lather up, smell very refreshing like cucumbers and was uplifting and was easy to rinse away. I don't think there is anything special about this shower gel and I think I prefer using my dove soap!
BONUS ITEM: Compact Mirror This little handy mirror is slim enough to pop into your hand bag and is handy when you require it. It is not a real glass mirror so doesn't give you the perfect reflection .
Overall I do not think I was completely over excited with this months box but was happy that the item I most liked what a full sized product. I hope next month box is a little bit more exciting.