April 2016 Birchbox: Rifle Paper Co.
For the April 2016 Birchbox, the beauty product sample box company have teamed up with Rifle Paper Co. a US cult stationery and lifestyle brand founded by designer Anna Bond. Rifle Paper Co. have designed two beautiful boxes. Jardin De Paris, a beautiful pink floral themed design and Herb Garden, which is the box I received, pictured above. As well as receiving your products, if you order an April 2016 Birchbox you will also receive a 25% off code to use on the Rifle Paper Co. website which includes items such as notebooks, iPhone cases and weekly deskpads. As usual this months box retails at £10 + £2.95 postage and packaging. The box is available to purchase on the Birchbox website (link) Here are my thoughts on the products that I received in my box:
Parlor By Jeff Chastain Detangling Leave-In Conditioner
The first product I received in my April 2016 Birchbox was the Parlor by Jeff Chastain Detangling Leave-In Conditioner. Parlor definitely isn’t a new brand to Birchbox as I personally have received quite a few of their products in previous boxes. Nevertheless, I was happy to see their Detangling Leave-In Conditioner. This is said to be a product for all hair types whether your hair is thick, thin, straight or curly. It’s a product that you apply to damp hair which contains a blend of Vitamin B5 and sweet almond extract. It is a little sticky and feels ever so slightly heavy but it gives the hair lovely shine. The smell of this stuff is extremely nice and the formula also acts as a heat protector meaning it is ideal for applying before blow drying your tresses. I must say I do like this for really giving my hair that gorgeous shiney look however, for everyday use I do think it is a little heavy so I think I’ll stick to using my little 30ml bottle for special occasions and maybe in the future I’ll order a full size 147ml bottle which retails at £17.00 (link)
Kueshi Foot Cream
The second product I received in my April 2016 Birchbox was the Kueshi Foot Cream. Kueshi isn’t a brand I’ve ever heard of but I was eager to try the Foot Cream out as I suffer from really dry skin on my feet. The product is said to be enriched with royal jelly and sweet almond oil to soften as well as tea tree to calm and relieve. In terms of the scent the product has that typical tea tree oil scent. Personally I don’t mind tea tree oil, especially on the feet as it is a really good ingredient for tackling odor but I know many people can find it a bit pungent so do keep that in mind if you are thinking about purchasing this. Anyway, the formula is actually really lovely. It’s not too thick or too runny, it blends into the feet very well and feels very silky and non sticky. My favourite time to apply this is right before bed. I apply a really generous amount and pop some thick fluffy socks on top. I do this because by allowing the cream to soak in overnight I find I get the best possible results and my dryness improves. Another good thing is that the cream gives the feet a soothing sensation which is particularly good if you’ve been on your feet all day. I really enjoyed this product and it is definitely something I would recommend. Kueshi Foot Cream retails at £12.00 for 100ml (link)
Balance Me Tinted Wonder Eye Cream
The third item I received in my box was a 5ml tube of Balance Me Tinted Wonder Eye Cream. This product is said to help tackle dark circles as well as claiming to treat beneath the surface of the skin too. It is said to firm, plump, hydrate and help fight the signs of ageing. Now when I read that this product tinted I was expecting it to be that dreaded orange shade that is always way too dark for my pale complexion however, although when first squeezed out of the tube it appears orange, it somehow kind of weirdly works when blended out. On my under eye circles it does conceal my discoloration a tiny bit however, if you are after good coverage, I’d stick to a concealer. As for the feel on the skin, the cream definitely feels firming but it did make my skin a tiny bit dry. Personally I wouldn’t purchase this however I think if I was older and after something to tackle the signs of ageing, I would probably enjoy this a lot more. The full size version of this product is 10ml and retails at £20.00 (link)
Cynthia Rowley Eyeliner
The fourth product I discovered in my April 2016 Birchbox was the Cynthia Rowley Eyeliner. I received the shade Black which is your typical classic jet black colour. This liner was created by Cynthia Rowley, a fashion designer who has created her Birchbox exclusive makeup line. The pencil its self is extremely creamy and is perfect for smudging under the eye for a smokey effect. I find you do have to work quite quickly with the liner as it does become fairly budge proof in next to no time and also becomes a pain in the backside to remove. The eyeliner retails at £11.00 for 1.13ml of product (link)
Benefit Dew The Hoola Soft Matte Liquid Bronzer
And last not least, I received a 5ml sample of the Benefit Dew The Hoola Soft Matte Liquid Bronzer. This is essentially Benefits award-winning Hoola bronzer but in liquid form. This stuff is meant to melt into the skin to create a natural sun kissed glow. The formula is shimmer free and it is also meant to have a undetectable formula which means that you aren’t supposed to be able to spot any tell-tale lines. When I first spotted this in my box I thought it would be fantastic for contouring but I just cannot get along with it. The formula is nice, it feels fairly lightweight and it blends well but the shade just does not work for me. It looks very orange on me and it actually makes me look dirty. I really wanted to love this product but unfortunately it just is not for me. The Benefit Dew The Hoola Soft Matte Liquid Bronzer retails at £22.50 for 30ml (link)
Overall I’m really happy with the April 2016 Birchbox. I love the box design and I am happy with the selection of miniature products that I received. If you want to see how this box compared to last months, be sure to check out my March 2016 Birchbox review.
What do you think of this months Birchbox?