The open box reveals a concertina of foodie postcards, with lovely ideas on the back - places to go and visit, natural face masks to make in your own kitchen, a recipe for salted caramel cupcakes, more info on some of the products featured in the box, as well as details on how to win the full sized version of all of them.
Enough rambling - on with the contents....!
The Balm Cosmetics - How 'Bout Them Apples? Cheek & Lip Cream in Pie - 0.57 g ...or I reckon about a 1p sized pan (£26 for the full sized palette containing all 6 shades)
I was just thinking the other day that I would like to try some more of The Balm's products so this was a really well timed surprise for me. How 'Bout Them Apples is a cheek and lip cream palette - I'm guessing subscribers will have received some of the other shades, the one I got was Pie - a corally red shade which leaves a lovely 'just bitten' shade to the lips or can be easily blended down to a natural flushed tone for the cheek. It's super easy to apply with the fingers and a fab product for summer. The size of it means perfect for slipping into your handbag for when a quick touch up or transformation is needed.
Lord & Berry - Couture Kohl SILK Kajal Eye Pencil in Black - 0.6g ....or a half sized pencil (full size is £10)
I'm a big fan of Lord & Berry but was yet to try any of the SILK Kajal Kohl Liners, and in my opinion, I can never have enough black liner - it's one of those things I will always use. This seems to glide onto the skin easily and is a true black. It's smudgeable for a softer, smokier look, although not overly creamy.
Color Club - Gala's Gems Nail Polish in Aquamarine Azulino - mini polish (£15 for set of 4)
Birchbox have teamed up with London-based Spanish blogger Gala Gonzalez to create a collection of four Color Club nail polishes exclusive to Birchbox called Gala's Gems. Each of the polishes is a pearlescent pastel shade - I received Aquamarine Azulino a gorgeous pearly sky-blue colour. I do love Color Club polishes and look forward to giving this one a go - it looks like the perfect spring shade.
Yes To Cucumbers - Soothing Facial Towelettes - 10 wipes (full size 30 wipes £4.99)
I don't really 'do' face wipes, but if I did, these would sound pretty good to me - 95% natural, hypoallergenic, oil free, and packed with cucumber and aloe vera. I think these will go in my kit for emergency situations!
Laura Mercier - Souffle Body Creme in Ambre Vanilla - 25g (full size 170g is £27)
A gorgeously luxurious body cream which sinks easily into the skin leaving a fragrance that sticks around for (seemily) ever! Subscribers will have received a creme or body butter - I'm extremely pleased with mine, particularly that I was given Ambre Vanilla as I love vanilla scents. It's packed with conditioning grape seed oil, vanilla and honey which soothes the skin, and really does smell, and feel, good enough to eat.
And this months lifestyle extra is...
Propercorn - Sweet Coconut and Vanilla popcorn - 8g (90p for 20g)
I'm not very adventurous when it comes to popcorn flavours, but coconut and vanilla certainly sounds interesting! The mini bag contains under 40 calories worth of popcorn, so if it's good, I will definitely repurchase!
All in all I think the April box has been a fantastic one - I can find a use for everything in my box, and the high proportion of makeup makes me a happy girl! It's not too late to order this box if you would like one for yourself. You can check it out, subscribe and shop for all the full sized items featured in the box on the BIRCHBOXwebsite.
Let me know your thoughts!