Monday, December 29, 2014

The Best of Birchbox 2014

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Hello, beauties! The end of the year has finally come, and with that means the end of my first year as a Birchbox subscriber. There have been loads of fantastic lotions, potions, and salves that have come through my mailbox this year, but there were several that were truly best in show. Today, I'm wrapping up 2014 by giving you the inside scoop on ten products that I feel were major standouts from this year's Birchbox samples!

It's been a good year for makeup. 2014 saw so many amazing beauty products, but there were five this year that absolutely made my boxes. Starting with eyes, the Coastal Scents Revealed Palette was a surefire winner. The neutral mini-quad I received has gotten a proper workout with loads of product left to see me into 2015. Plus, the stunning golds and browns ensure I have a look for any event. And to really make my peepers pop, I'll be topping things off with Benefit's They're Real Mascara. A beauty blogger darling, this mascara gives my lashes the oomph they need to flutter with a dash of glam.

Moving on to cheeks, this list wouldn't be complete without giving some love to ModelCo.'s Shimmering Bronzing Powder. All the way from Australia, this little beauty gives you a summer glow all year round, and the generous size has meant a sun-free bit of color well into winter. However, if a cheeky flush is more your speed, one can't do better than theBalm's How 'Bout Them Apples? Cheek and Lip Cream. This double duty product is great for women on-the-go whose makeup routine is all about keeping things low maintenance. Speaking of lips, we can't talk about makeup without mentioning the Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge in New York. Bright enough for summer, but deep enough to complete any holiday party look, this super pigmented beauty is the ultimate red lip lover's dream!

On the hair care front, there were several worthwhile products to choose from. However, there was one duo that just couldn't be beat. I'm talking about the Bain de Terre Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner. Boasting a paraben-free formula packed with argan and monoi oils and a passion flower scent, these beauties kept my color looking fresh and whipped my hair into red carpet shape. A lovely way to bring the spa to your shower and give your hair a reviving treat!

When it comes to skincare this year, there were two items that stood head and shoulders above the rest. Top marks go to the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, a cult beauty classic in the UK. It's ability to melt off the most stubborn of makeup and it's skin soothing natural ingredients make this a must have for any skincare fanatic. And it wouldn't be a proper wrap up without gushing about the Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Morning Eye Rescue. This little wonder saw my morning puffiness and persistent dark circles fade in a snap.

Finally, we round out the year with the best bits in body care and fragrance. With it's intoxicating floral scent and nourishing ingredients, the Gilchrist and Soames London Collection Body Lotion has to be given an enthusiastic mention. I've never been much of a lotion girl, but I absolutely want to bathe in this stuff. Gorgeous doesn't even begin to describe it! As for fragrance, English Laundry's No. 7 perfume is top of the chart. This musky floral is a great alternative for those looking for a less powdery version of Chanel No. 5. I've been nursing my little phial all year long by making it my special occasion scent. It makes me feel very grown and womanly!

With all the fabulous samples I've received in 2014, I can only imagine what's in store for 2015. One thing's for sure. My mailbox and vanity are better with a Birchbox in it!

What were your favorite samples from Birchbox this year? Which samples would you love to receive in 2015?

Stay gorgeous, peaches!


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  1. The Liz Earle cleanser was one of my favorites as well!

    xxLauren
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