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It’s BirchBox Time!

Who else looks forward to seeing this little box drop through their letter box??BirchBox Package

I know it’s not just me! But if you have no idea what I am babbling about, here is a quick intro into this little box of lovelies. It’s a subscription service. It costs £12.95 a month and that includes postage. I’m assuming all, but if that is wrong then at least on my account, they take the money on the 1st of the month and then a few days later I get an email stating that my box is on the way. A couple days later, it arrives! Normally, they are delivered through Hermes. I have had such bad experiences with that blasted company, that I spoke with BirchBox about this and they now send mine through Royal Mail. It’s not trackable as it is with Hermes, but at least I know my box arrives each month (the first one never arrived, but BirchBox were so lovely about it and sent a replacement straight out to me)!

When you join, you fill in a little questionnaire about yourself and what you would like to receive, and that is it! I have to admit, I don’t use everything in my box. Some I do get very excited about, and some, well, it looks nice in the box. I put those that I am not interested in away, and then I have a selection of little goodies that I can make into little gifts if needed later on for people.

So, April then! This is what I have in my box this month. Each month, all the goodies come in a specially designed box. I have 4 of these now, and they are SO handy. They are sturdy little boxes and look so good. The drawer kind, I stack and keep my nail art supplies in at the moment. This is this months box…

BirchBox Drawer

Doesn’t that box look so much fun?! If you take out the drawer, turn the outer upside down and pop the drawer back in, you don’t get the wording on the top then, just that gorgeous pattern.

So, inside the box then. This is everything that is inside this months box…

BirchBox Contents

This month, BirchBox partnered with Boden, so you get a little card to let you know a little bit about them, their website and a £10 discount voucher code. Then you get the card that tells you about all of the products. It gives you info on what the product is, how to use it and the RRP of the full sized products if you were to buy them from BirchBox.

This month, I got two full sized products and then three trial sized ones.

The first on the list, is the Manna Kadar Cosmetics Full size BirchBox exclusive, High Definition Powder with a RRP of £27.

The card reads, ‘For days when you’re less about the dewy look and more about keeping your make-up on lockdown, this velvet-finish, HD powder creates a beautifully matte finish.’


Next is the second full size product, and that is the ModelCo Eye Define Crayon Liner with a RRP of £11.

The card reads, ‘Whatever your liner style – feline flick or subtle definition – keep it in place all day with this pigmented crayon. The water-resistant formula glides on with ease, and doesn’t budge.’Pencil

This is one of those products that I am excited to try! I know, it’s only an eye liner, but my current one is not water proof and for me, this is an issue. And within hours, it has smudged all over the show! And as my eyes are ALWAYS done…big no-no! So yes, I am super excited to get this one. In fact, I’m going to go open it right now and try it! Wait there, I’ll be two ticks!! Well, it goes on so smoothly! And, you can not only twist to use, but you can untwist it too to drop the crayon back inside the pencil…my current one you can’t do that. So, so far, so good!

Now to the trial sized products. First is the Popaar Gentle Scrub with Artic Cotton with a RRP of £23.50, and comes in a 25ml tube.

The card reads, ‘Never heard of Arctic Cotton? It’s a powerhouse ingredient known for its moisturising properties meaning that this double-action exfoliator both smooths and softens the skin.’

Nicely timed, BirchBox, my current exfoliant is just about gone!

Ice Pure

Next is the Luseta Beauty Keratin Smooth Conditioner with a RRP of £5, and comes in a 40ml tube.

The card reads, ‘ From curling tongs to central heating, it’s no surprise that our hair can get a little frazzled! Strengthen it from the inside out with this nourishing treatment that locks in moisture and boosts elasticity.’

Keratin Conditioner

Last but no means least is the Baija Paris Creme Moana in Fleur de Tiare, with a RRP of £15.90, and comes in a 30ml tube.

The card reads, ‘When your skin needs a little TLC, this super-nourishing lotion will save the day. A blend of shea and cupuacu butters, coconut oil, jojoba wax offer immediate relief to dry patches for baby-soft skin.’

Moana Cream

This one, I might well use too. I have terrible dry patches on my cheeks and the top of my nose between my eyebrows.

So not too bad really this month! I think I may well use everything, by the hair treatment – I have loads of those now. But the other four products most definitely. So four for me, and one for the gift pile. The eye liner will be an every day use item though more than anything else from this months box. I need a good eyeliner!

Did you get a box this month? Or maybe going to try one? Let me know!

Talk soon!





Hi there! Welcome to my new blog. I’m so glad that you found me. I do hope that you might stick around and become a regular and a friend of SoapieZo’s Vlog Blog. Well, it’s good to meet you! How are you? You doing OK? How are things? The sun is shining here with gorgeous blue skies. It could be a little warmer, but making new friends always gives the warm fuzzies, so we are all good!

The Sun

So a little about me. Well, I’m Zoe. I’m 43 and I’m married to a very patient man (!). We got married in 2006 and just last year celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with a Handfasting! I am a stay-at-home mother and housewife. We have two children together. My ‘train driver’ is 11 now and my little princess, well, she just turned 8 last month. I love my family. And I am loving making a home for them. We moved into this house two years ago. The first year I did nothing here as we weren’t sure if we were going to stick around. Year two was covering walls with lining paper to create a blank canvas. This year…I decorate! So I am very interested in everything home – furnishing, decorating, accessories, recipes and cooking, home crafts, storage ideas (we have none!) oh, you name it!

I wanted a place to put everything, and share with people what interests me, and the bits and bobs that I like to try. So, what better than a blog where I can chat away to my hearts content about anything and everything and record it all! So, what exactly do I hope to share? Well, to be perfectly honest with you, right at this very second, I’m not 100% sure. But, what I do know, is this will evolve into something. It’s an organic outlet. I’m sure that one month it will all go recipes and everything this or that, and then as a new interest pops up, it will flow into that, and so on. So for that reason, I’m not going to set anything in stone just yet. Lets see how it goes and where it all takes us. What I do hope though, is that you will come along with me. I’m sure there is bound to be ‘something’ in here that might interest you? If not, here is a thought…let me know!

Some of the things that I hope will show up here, are recipes (as I have mentioned once or twice!). Today, I am going to start trying to loose some weight and get a little fitter, which I can cover in another post. So I shall be sharing how I get on, what I learn, eat and with the winds in the right direction (PLEASE!!!) what I loose. I love to create. So I hope to share some of the things that I like to make, new crafts that I try my hand at, home furnishings – bought or made, anything exciting that me and my family get up to, life. I also like to try the posts that you see on You Tube or Facebook letting you know life-hacks or potions and lotions. So we can try them here together and see if they actually do work. We can do hauls & unboxings too. And of course, what I get up to with my wood burning and glass engravings! So there is an awful lot that we can do together. It should be fun! At least, that is the hope.

This is all new to me, but I hope soon to settle into my blogging shoes and get a schedule going and soon we will be up and running smoothly!
Talk soon!