Bonus review: BIRCHBOX ** Eyeko fat eye stick. ** Shade: Smoke

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Over the last few months I’ve bought a couple of beauty boxes on an ad-hoc basis. You can get some fantastic bargains from a number of websites. The contents of the boxes I’ve bought in the past have been known to me in advance but I have toyed with the idea of trying a beauty box subscription such as Glossybox or Birchbox. They’re delivered once a month and the contents are a surprise. With some you can check out the likely contents online before they arrive if you want to, but I think that would spoil the experience somewhat. If you don’t know what you’re getting it will be like Christmas every month!

I recently saw a fantastic introductory deal online so, with continued blogging in mind, I signed up to Birchbox.

My first box arrived today and I love it. The packaging is adorable (as you’ve probably noticed by now, I’m a sucker for cute packaging) and the products are well worth the value of the subscription. It contains: a purse, a tester size bottle of Benefit High Beam highlighter, a sample of English Laundry perfume, a small bottle of Electric Hairdressing London shampoo, a small tube of Elemental Herbology Facial Glow Radiance Peel, a full sized bottle of Models Own nail polish in the absolutely gorgeous shade Valerian, a full sized Eyeko fat eye stick in Smoke and a cute little canvas bag to put them all in. Phew! Although some of the bottles are small they’re not advent calendar teeny (with the exception of Benefit High Beam). For example, the shampoo is in a 30ml bottle which (based on normal price per ml) is worth £2.10 and you get 15ml of the facial peel, worth a whopping £12.00. The cost of each box (based on a 6 month subscription) comes to £11.28 including postage, so you’ve more than got your money’s worth from just these two products. That’s before you add the value of the two full sized goodies thrown in.

The product I want to talk about today is the Eyeko stick. It’s basically a huge twist-up crayon you can use either as an eyeliner or an eyeshadow. The shade is Smoke which is an absolutely gorgeous, rich charcoal/blue colour with just a hint of shine. It’s perfect for creating a smoky eye (who’d have thought it with a name like that) and is so easy to apply with precision you can get very close to the lashline. When applied as a shadow, it blends beautifully with an ordinary soft bristled brush. To create a perfect smoky eye all you’d need to start with is a blank canvas. This brings me back to Stay Don’t Stray which would do the job, or you could use a light or neutral shade of ordinary eyeshadow. Then apply Eyeko Smoke over the top lash line, along the crease and below the lower lash line. You can build up the colour to achieve the desired intensity and blend as necessary. Smoke is quite a bold colour so isn’t a daytime shade but you could easily take your look from day to night just using this. Start with a neutral palette of browns/beige during the day and keep this in your bag. Then when you’re heading out, apply Smoke over the top et voila!

The Eyeko stick comes in lots of other shades and I’m so impressed with it I’ll be on the lookout for more. That’s the point of these beauty boxes really and why you get so much more than your money’s worth. The hope is that you will love the contents so much you’ll invest in full sized versions, but of course you don’t have to.

Aside from this review and the occasional Wonk post, this month the blog is all about the Benefit calendar. Then, as promised, in January I’ll move on to the No. 7 calendar. From February onwards I will probably focus on the Birchbox contents and if this one is anything to go by, I’ll get to try some gorgeous goodies. I’m excited! 😀

Lou x

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