I don't know about you, but come this time of year not only does my skin lack a little lustre but my desire to scrub, polish and buff seems to have faded along with the sunshine. Which is why every month, when I receive my little box of goodies from the fabulous Birchbox, I get a renewed enthusiasm for skincare and beauty rituals. The arrival of the monthly Birchbox is a great opportunity to sample the latest and most popular items at home; it's like opening up the pages of a glossy magazine and being able to sample all of the goodies.
I'm fully aware that with the looming party season ahead, my skin (as well as my liver) is going to have to start working overtime. No amount of gazing into the mirror at my pretty shabby chic dressing table can escape the fact that the party season takes its toll. The last thing I want to have to do is trawl the beauty counters looking for the answers - instead they arrive at my door, beautifully packaged and hand-picked by someone in the know with customisation to suit my particular needs!
Once I've had a chance to sample all my goodies, I am able to buy the full size products I love in the Birchbox fully stocked e-shop - which quite often tempts me with other wonderfully sourced products.
Air Printed Canvas, from £183; Diana Bust, £98; Defaced Duchess Canvas, from £183;
Birchbox Monthly Subscription from £10;
Pictured: Ultradex Toothpaste, £8.15; KMS California HAIRPLAY Makeover Spray, £14.85;
theBalm® cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen, £10; Dr Brandt® Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant, £67;
Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips, £11.50; Akane Mask Cocoon Nocturne, £18;
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance, £28; Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream, £34.90
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Author: Jess Warner, The French Bedroom Company, purveyors of pretty French style furniture, progressive design, beautiful chandeliers and shabby chic furniture