Birchbox – September 2016 Edition

Birchbox Review - September 2016Ever since I signed up to Birchbox back in August, I’ve been looking forward to receiving my next box. And I have to say, it didn’t disappoint! The theme for September’s box was ‘Heroes’, and it was said to contain lots of lovely ‘hero beauty treats’. As soon as the box arrived I dived straight in and started trying the products out, and today I thought I’d let you guys know how I’ve been getting on with them.

img_6005September’s treats arrived in a really pretty box which had a pastel coloured pattern on. But instead of having a lid, like most of the other subscription boxes out there have, it actually has a pull out drawer! I absolutely love this idea as it means I’ll reuse it rather than just recycling it like I usually would.

Contents of September BirchboxThis month I received 5 products – one of which was full sized and 4 that were sample sized. There was a good mix of products, from makeup and skincare to hair and shower products. So, without further ado, let me tell you what I got and what I thought of each product …


All boxes this month included a full sized product from ModelCo, and we could choose from a creme rouge (which can be used on lips and cheeks) and a highlighting trio. I went for the creme rouge and I’m really pleased I did as it’s a really gorgeous shade, despite looking super scary in the pan! I used it as a cream blush, and found it gave my cheeks a lovely, natural-looking glow that lasted all day.

This particular creme rouge costs £14.00 for 3.6g, and I’d definitely consider repurchasing as a special treat to myself in the future.


Next up I received Amika’s Bombshell Blowout Spray. This spray is designed to be used before blow drying to give the hair extra texture and lift while providing a weightless layer of heat protection. It contains sea buckthorn berry oil, which contains nourishing antioxidants to strengthen and repair any damage to the hair as well. It claims to be suitable for all hair types, and as I struggle to get any volume in my super fine locks, I was hoping that this product would help give me the lift I crave.

Unfortunately, as with similar sprays I’ve tried, this did absolutely nothing for me. It smelt absolutely divine upon application, but left my hair looking really limp and greasy. I tried it on both freshly washed hair, and on second day hair and I had the same problem both times. From reading other reviews on the Birchbox website, this seems to be a common problem so I most definitely wouldn’t recommend trying it at its hefty £14.99 price tag. On a more positive note, I loved the packaging to this, and some of Amika’s other products look more up my street, so I think I’d be tempted to give them a try.


This month I was excited to find there was a product from This Works in my box! They’re a brand I’ve loved for a good few years now, but the product I received in my Birchbox was actually one I hadn’t tried before – their In Transit Camera Close-Up. I mention time and time again that I’m a big fan of multi-functional products, so I couldn’t wait to give this one a try, as it just happens to be a mask, a moisturiser and a primer in one handy little bottle!

The product itself is packed with hyaluronic acid, argan and starflower oils, and also has a hit of caffeine in, to really help brighten up the skin. I found that it smelt really nice, and it’s quick and easy to use. I felt it really hydrated my skin, leaving it looking brighter and feeling so much nicer than before. The only downside for me is that I didn’t find this product sooner, as it also has SPF 30 and would have been perfect to use as part of my summer morning skincare routine!!

The full sized version of the In Transit Camera Close-Up comes in at £30.00 for 40ml and I can honestly say that I’ll be repurchasing it again and again. It’s absolutely fantastic!


Nuxe are another brand that I really enjoy using, so I was thrilled to find something of theirs in September’s Birchbox. And again, it just happened to be something I hadn’t tried before – their Prodigieux Shower Oil. Now I have to be honest and say that I wouldn’t usually use a shower oil, as they tend to leave my skin feeling a tad greasy, and I’m always wary of it transferring to my clothes. But I didn’t find that at all with this one. Instead, it left my skin feeling soft, smooth and supple, and the scent lingered faintly on my skin throughout the day. That’s good though, as it smells really nice!

At £10.00, the Nuxe Prodigieux Shower Oil is slightly more money than I would usually like to spend on a shower product. But as I felt it helped nourish my skin I would definitely be tempted to repurchase it.

Puriskin Nurse Aid Cream for Hands and NailsPURISKIN NURSE AID CREAM FOR HANDS & NAILS

And last but certainly not least I received the Puriskin Nurse Aid Cream for Hands and Nails. I have to be honest and say I haven’t tried this product properly as I thought my mum could make better use of it than I could. She’s suffering with really bad cracked skin at the moment, and there’s very little that she’s tried that has helped her.

According to the Birchbox website, this rich barrier cream has been developed with nurses and clinical practitioners in mind. So it’s formulated to help protect the skin from regular exposure to harsh alcohol-based gels and soap, caring for dehydrated hands and nails.

I gave it a quick try and found that it sinks into the skin really quickly and easily. And it didn’t leave my skin feeling at all greasy, which is great. I think if it works to heal my mums hands then it will truly be a dream cream. I promise to keep you posted!

The full sized Puriskin Nurse Aid Cream for hands and nails is priced at £12.99, which, if it works, I think is a great price. What do you guys think?

Overall I thought the September Birchbox was really good. Although I was super jealous of everyone who received a Laura Mercier product in their boxes as I love their stuff. I’m looking forward to receiving my October box now, which I hear is based on the astrological elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water. It sounds right up my street!

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    • Louise
      09/10/2016 / 9:14 pm

      I’ve been subscribed since August and I’ve been really impressed with the products I’ve received so far 🙂 I think the This Works In Transit Camera Close-Up is probably my favourite product from September’s box as it works like a dream!
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  1. 10/10/2016 / 7:39 am

    I love birchbox. I also LOVE that you did a blog post on it. Its so personal and connected your writing. Thank you for sharing. I need to reactivate my account now!

  2. 10/10/2016 / 10:40 am

    I do love opening beauty boxes. Great review!

  3. 10/10/2016 / 7:06 pm

    I miss getting my Birchbox! The blow out spray looks super cool.

  4. 11/10/2016 / 2:53 pm

    my daughter has subscribed to this box before She is a teenager and so into makeup etc

  5. 11/10/2016 / 5:35 pm

    That shower oil sounds goood. I am a body product junkie. Def will check that out

  6. 11/10/2016 / 11:59 pm

    That’s a bummer the blowout spray didn’t really work out. I don’t like when a product leaves my hair feeling oily either!

  7. 12/10/2016 / 5:15 am

    These look like great products! Subscription boxes are so fun to receive.

  8. 12/10/2016 / 9:34 pm

    That shower oil sounds sooooo good! I love body products! Will check that out! Loved your list!

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