I’ll admit that I’m not really a huge fan of monthly beauty boxes: they get a little repetitive and not that exciting, but I was so impressed when the new Spring Tili Beauty Box by QVC came in! Since it is only seasonal, it seems to be a little more substantial with some great QVC brands, which I don’t regularly see in other beauty boxes.

Available online at QVCUK.com, this beauty box includes some of my favourite cult brands in very generous travel sizes. For £20 you get a carefully curated edit of skincare, makeup, nails, haircare, bath & body products which makes this box a must-have if you will be travelling at all this spring/summer.

Let’s delve deeper into the box….

Exclusive to QVC, there is the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer 75ml in Coconut Breeze: a pre-shampoo treatment that super conditions hair whilst adding shine & bounce. This Coconut Breeze edition is an exotic coconut scent which really remind me of holiday and which I’ll be packing on my next beach adventure.

There are two makeup offerings: the Mally Shadow Stick in Smoky Quartz and Dolly 10 Lip Velvet in Material Girl. Both brands are available on QVC but I actually haven’t ever tried anything from Dolly 10 before. I always get excited to try new brands and am really impressed by the Lip Velvet; I love the nudey colour, it has a mousse-like texture, which leaves the lips matte but still comfortable and not too harsh. I’ve tried a few things from Mally before and always been very impressed, this Shadow Stick is no different and it has already made it into my makeup bag.

If skincare is more your thing then this box won’t disappoint as there are some must-have cult classics. There is a 15ml Pixi Glow Tonic; an exfoliating toner that helps perfect skin tone and texture as well as the This Works In Transit Camera Close Up – one of my favourite multi-purpose products: it’s a mask, moisturizer and primer all-in-one. Finally for skincare, there is a small Decleor Smoothing Oil Serum in Mandarin – which is a super serum that draws on Mandarin Essential Oil’s abilities to protect cells from Radical Damage; cleanses and detoxifies – as well as the Elemis Gentle Foaming Facial Wash to remove pollutants and impurities from the skin whilst maintaining the skins natural oils.

Everyone always needs bath and shower gels and there are two offerings in this box: a 50ml Molton Brown one and an Australian Body Care Tea Tree Oil Skin Wash.

To add a final splash of colour to your spring, there is the much-loved Essie Mint Candy Apple, the perfect crème mint shade.

Overall, I think this is an impressive box for any beauty junkie and I wasn’t disappointed in a single product – which has gotten particularly rare in beauty boxes. Since receiving this box, I have found myself reaching for its contents on a daily basis.

The Tili Beauty box by QVC is available here

*This is a sponsored post.

Yesterday morning, after getting back from Portugal the night before, I rushed off to Selfridges to check out the Build Your Own Birchbox Pop Up Shop which has been created to celebrate Birchbox’s 5th Birthday!

I had great fun building my own Birchbox and there are some great products and brands to choose from including Elemis, Benefit, Decleor, Nuxe, This Works and more. You get to choose five samples plus a beauty treat where I chose the This Works Sleep Plus Pillow Spray. From the makeup section I picked the Stila Convertible Colour, which I didn’t even give a second thought to and the Wild About Beauty Gloss– a few of the other products I have already had samples of in a previous box but there were some good options. For skincare I was tempted by the Embryolisse Lait-Creme but as I haven’t tried the Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream I went for that instead. I rarely get excited by body care but I loved the sound of the Whish CC Body Cream and in haircare I choose the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer.

Each box costs £15 which although is a little more than the usual box I think s justified by the fact that you get to pick exactly what you would like inside the box. The pop up runs until the 28th September 2015 in the Selfridges Beauty Workshop but for anyone that can’t get to London they will be releasing a exclusive Limited Edition Selfridges Birchbox online on the 10th September with seven deluxe samples!

I haven’t featured a Birchbox in a little while but July’s one caught my eye instantly as it isn’t even a box! It came in a pink, clear bag, perfect for the beach or pool in the summer, inside theres a whole range of mini summer essentials too.

The Barely Prep, Blot & Blend Sponge caught my eye first as I love a makeup sponge, it’s a full size sponge and although I haven’t had a chance to try it it, it does look great. There is also a mini Benefit Cosmetics Dream Screen sunscreen which has SPF45 and is ultra lightweight with a matte-finish, it isn’t quite big enough to take away but it’s a good size to try the product out or even to keep in your handbag for a bit of a top up.

There is also a Balance Me Congested Skin Serum, Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Luminizer Gel and a UNANI Aloe Vera Gel which is great as an aftersun. I was also very impressed by the POP beauty eyeshadow Trio in Peach Parfait, it isn’t a full size palette but is the perfect travel size one if you’re only going for a few days!

I also picked a few bits of the Birchbox website which I’m taking away on holiday with me. I’ve heard so many people talking about the The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer and it’s as good as everyone says it is, perfect for adding a bit more of a glow to any look. I’ve also been using the The Balm Nude’tude palette which has such an adorable design, twelve wearable shades and is perfectly streamline to travel with.

Birchbox has also been kind enough to offer £5 off to my readers on their first box using the code SUMMERLO 

I’ve mentioned before that My Little Box is probably my favourite out of the subscription boxes, it’s the only only one which is doing anything mildly different and I love that you get more than just beauty products, plus the illustrations are just beautiful.

This months box however is even more exciting as they have teamed up with L’occitane to produce My Little Provence Box, merging together the french brands.

Inside there is a range of L’Occitane’s best selling products in perfect mini sizes, especially if you are traveling this summer. My favourite is the En Provence Roses et Reines Hand and Nail Cream which is one of my all time favourites, En Provence Mer & Mistral Shower Gel smells amazing and the mini soap and Body Lotion are also perfectly sized.

From the My Little Box own brand there is a beautiful metallic bronze eyeshadow crayon which is very creamy and the most perfect colour to reach for if you are on a rush and just need a wash of colour over the lid.

The box also comes with a fun magnet sheet which you can play dress up with (sorry forgot to photograph it but it’s super adorable) which is a nice extra touch and also a DIY accessory kit to personalise your own gold cuff bracelet.

I attended the launch of the box at the Covent Garden L’Occitane which you must visit if you are ever in central London. I was treated to champagne and a hand massage which was amazing, they initially used a lovely body scrub and finished with their best selling hand cream. I love their hand creams and it’s clear why they are always so popular.

There have actually been some great subscription boxes this month; Birchbox had a limited edition box which you could colour in and the products in GlossyBox were the best I have seen in a long time but this still remains the only one I would personally consider signing up to as I like the mixture of products. A great box to try if you have never tried either My Little Box or L’Occitane, my Little Box’s are £14.95 including P&P and you can order your own here.

Since it is International Women’s Day I thought I’d talk about something which I don’t usually cover but affects all women, periods. Actually it’s not strictly about periods but instead Pink Parcel a new beauty subscription box that delivers your monthly essentials along with some beauty and lifestyle bits.

I haven’t been terribly inspired by subscription boxes recently which is why they haven’t featured much however I thought this quite an interesting one for anyone that always forgets to buy their monthly essentials or simply someone that that would like a few extras along with it.

With Pink Parcel you select the tampon or pad you like from leading brands, the date and length of your period and you receive a box with them every month.

In this months box I was surprised to receive some really great items including a full size OPI polish, a Which Moisturiser, a Pukka Tea sample and Doisy & Dam Chocolate, which is exactly what I want during my time of the month. I also received a lot of tampons, more than I expected and I really don’t think I would need to buy any more for a month.

The boxes retail for £9.99 including postage and package, although this is the only box I can really comment on, I do think it’s a great idea, worth the money and really convenient. When I’m on my period I am not always the happiest bunny so I feel like this is quite a nice treat and well thought out in terms of the chocolate and tea bag.

Is this just another subscription box?

More info on the Pink Parcel Website where you can get your first parcel for only £5.95 (or free before Midnight today)