May Birchbox: Palm Leaves & Warm Breeze

Another month, another Birchbox post. I am always excited to find out what in my box every month, May especially as it is my birthday month. I am now 23. Feels a bit weird! This month's box has been inspired by the desire for warmer times, which for those of us in the UK, we are always looking for! So hopefully all the beautiful palm leaves on the box will keep the warm breeze with us. There are only two brands that I have not tried before in this box, Greenfrog Botanic and Native Unearthed. So let's have a peek inside!

Doucce Luscious Lip Stain in Steaming Red
Matte or gloss? Skip the contemplation with this lip stain and achieve the best of both worlds, thanks to its dual action design which means you can switch up your look throughout the day! The pigmented base applies matte, dries fast so it won't transfer onto anything, and lasts for hours too. Wear it alone or follow with the top coat to add shine for lips that are luscious and glossy!
I'm still a big fan of liquid lipsticks, and I am always up for trying new brands. Although this is a lip stain, it does seem slightly thicker and more like a liquid lipstick. From the Birchbox team, the Doucce Lip Stains should be very good. At the moment I have only swatched it, and the swatch alone dried quickly, and even when I rubbed it, it did not move. It only came off when I had a bath later in the evening. So from that, I am looking forward to giving this a try.

Greenfrog Botantic Geranium & Peppermint Botanical Bodywash
It’s not just the brand name that’s green, this organic formula is cruelty-free, vegan and completely free from chemical nasties! Brimming with moisturising aloe vera and Saponin-rich soapberries, this gentle wash cleanses your skin while maintaining pH levels.
It is always handy to have a travel-size shower gel, saves you space in your travel bag. Not only that but this is completely cruelty-free and packed with skin-loving ingredients. So there is no reason for anyone not giving this a go! It does have quite a strong floral scent, so that might not be for everyone.

Native Unearthed Activated Charcoal Natural Deodorant Balm
This all-natural deodorant cream is nothing short of a great leap forward! Using high performance, all-natural ingredients, it forgoes chemical nasties in favour of plant-based ingredients like sweat-absorbing arrow root, antibacterial coconut oil, and soothing shea butter. It forms an invisible shield, that won’t irritate skin, to keep odour in check.
When it comes to deodorant, I prefer the solid stick ones. However, this puzzles me a little. I'm not entirely sure how to use this, so if you have tried this before or anything similar, please let me know how you use it. I have not used products with activated charcoal, but I know its popular with many people so it will be interesting to give it a go.

NUXE Aquabella Micro-Exfoliating Purifying Gel
Finding an effective product that works for your skin, but that is gentle enough for everyday use can be quite the challenge- that was, until this routine-changing product came along! The purifying gel formula provides a deep cleansing action without drying the skin, removing excess sebum thanks to active ingredients such as white waterlily and exclusive natural blur complex. Blue micro-beads help to smooth away irregularities and resurface skin texture for a more flawless looking base in an instant!
It is always good to mix up the products in your skincare. You don't want your skin getting used to products, and then the products becoming pointless. I am interested in trying this as it claims to be exfolitaing, purifying but still hydrating as well thanks to hyaluronic acid. The only thing that slightly disappoints me about this before trying, is that it contains micro-beads in it, which is not good for the environment.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner
Twiggy fans, rejoice: this London-based brand's liquid liner lets you create mod looks in a flash. Rather than frustrating us with a hard-to-control brush tip, it features a pen-style applicator that's completely goofproof, allowing you to control the thickness of the line you create and vary the intensity of your look. Plus, the fade-proof formula will hold up all day and night (and it has Alexa Chung's seal of approval!).
I have been using this in the last few days and so far, I am absolutely loving it. It applies really easily, you don't have to re-apply over and over like you have to with some thinner formulas. Even though this is the small size, it is comfortable and easy to use. I will definitely be re-purchasing!

Sp that's what was in my Birchbox this month! As always, if have ever tried any of these products let me know in the comments!

Ellyn xx

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