May Birchbox 2017 Word of Rachel

Why I Cancelled my Birchbox Subscription

But I have decided that along with shelving the monthly subscription box posts, I’m also cancelling my Birchbox subscription. I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while, but when I received my July box and opened it up with an emotion of pure indifference I realised it wasn’t worth the monthly fee any more. I kept up until July to see what the Birthday Treat was (I’m guessing an extra sample, unless everyone else got 6 this month?), but I couldn’t get excited for the contents. Having a quick glance, I closed the box without really taking it in. I wasn’t disappointed, just underwhelmed. It was time to close my Birchbox account and kiss goodbye to that monthly gift.

Review: Manna Kadar Cosmetics GLO Illuminator

In the June Glossybox came this product: The Manna Kadar Cosmetics Glo Illuminator. I was really excited when this first came out of the box, and swatching it onto the back of my hand it gave a really pigmented rose-gold glow. I couldn’t wait to try it out properly! Today I decided to give it a go, by mixing it into my foundation! Applying one pump of my foundation to my oval buffing brush, I carefully squeezed a generous amount of this illuminator on top and blended the mixture onto my face.

Review: Scrub Love Cacao Butter and Coconut Oil Scrubs

So a few weeks back I posted a review of a Scrub Love Activate Charcoal Scrub, and was a little on the fence about the whole thing. The scrubbing power was incredible, and gave me such a satisfying scrub. But the whole thing smelt a little… off. Being the open and honest reviewer I am, I including a lovely description of the smell. In rolls Scrub Love, the lovely people behind the scrub, to tell me that it should NOT smell the way I was describing it! They asked me to send it back and offered me a free full-sized scrub to make up for the mishap. Me being me, I chose my free one and paid for another because indecisiveness for the absolute win! So, a few days later, I sent back my smelly scrub and found myself with two new ones!

Brands and Bots – What’s the Deal?

A few weeks back, having reviewed a small brand with a great ethos and wonderful audience, I was followed by another start-up British brand. Having liked the look of their products, I gave them a follow, and then I ordered a few and waited patiently for them to arrive. All I received was an order confirmation, nothing else. No estimated shipping time, no invoice, nothing. I put it down to the brand being small and thought little of it. When the products took almost 2 weeks to arrive, I was anxious. The products, thankfully, were good, but the packaging was a little confusing. I decided to check the website to see if their was any advice on how to work the packaging. Not knowing the website, I quickly went through Instagram and noticed something suspicious; their following had grown exponentially, from around 2000 to over 9000 followers in the 2 weeks since I’d ordered, despite very little new content. Checking their following list, I noticed I’d been mysteriously unfollowed.

Review: Scrub Love Activated Charcoal Scrub

But over the years I’ve found exfoliation products to be a little hit and miss. Some products have so much scrubbing power it hurts whereas others have a few beads in them, so small you can hardly feel them working. I usually use mitts because they provide the best scrubbing power, and you can control it. But this month I was provided with an interesting exfoliation product in my Glossybox (read my full unboxing here); the Scrub Love Activated Charcoal Scrub, and a little scrubbing pad to go with it. I was so excited to try it out, and today I finally opened up the packet and gave it a go!