Maternity Leave Essential: September’s Birchbox

Wednesday 28th September 2016

Missuswolf Maternity Leave Essentials Birchbox


Every month I receive a lovely little present in the post from myself to myself – a BirchBox.

I love getting post

– who doesn’t?

This month’s Birchbox theme is Heroes – celebrating heroic women who inspire us.

My heroic woman and ultimate girl crush is Beyoncé.

She oozes woman power .

Not only do I love her music (espesh after a fizz or four where I’m on that dance floor bootyshaking. Argh criiiiinge) I admire her work ethic too. She works super hard and is very humble. A good example to her little lady.

And that’s what I want to be. (You can read more about my obsession for the word Empowerment in my Guest Blog over on the Pocketnannies.)

For now, back to the beauts.

I have to say, this month’s BirchBox is rather late. There was some cufuffle with the payment at the beginning of the month (probs my fault for not having any pennies in the bank ooops). And although it was resolved swiftly with the  lovely people at Birchbox, my box went AWOL.

Another email to Birchbox. Who I can’t fault their customer service. They are quick to respond and advised another box would be on its merry way.

So I just picked mine up from the sorting office yesterday in Blyth. I do love a delivery but it helps if you’re bastard in to get in.

Which I never seem to be. I’m either running around like a loon at a buggy bootcamp or out singing and sensorying at a baba group.

And because of all this mix-up, I didn’t get my chosen ModelCo Highlighting Trio. Boo. Sob.

I got the ModelCo Creme Rouge instead. Never mind. #FirstWorldProblems

Missuswolf Maternity Leave Essentials Birchbox

Why it’s a Mat Leave Essential

Aside from it being affordable (despite my earlier mishap at the beginning of the month) the products are the right size to take in your changing bags.

Yes fellow Mammy Tribe – you are allowed to put products in that bag for you.

Mine is normally these little samples, an aloe lip balm (aaaalways got dry lips), a bottle of water and (was) an emergency KitKat. From the days where I felt faint from lack of sleep, food, water  –  just the general things you need to function as a human being and, you know, keep you alive.

The KitKat was replaced with an apple once the fainty stage passed (get me being all good and healthy).

Now the apple’s been tossed aside for Rice Cakes, Rusks and Wafers.That aren’t for me.

But I still snack on them. I mean, what better way will Ella learn than to watch me put her food in my gob?

Missuswolf Maternity Leave Essential Birchbox

September’s Samples


ModelCo – Creme Rouge –  despite being disappointed I didn’t get the highlighting trio, this is prob better for a crazy lady like me on the go. It’s a 2-in-1 formula to ‘add a flush of colour to lips and cheeks’. I can dab it on my lips and cheeks in a swift swoop and woohoo, I’m winning at life.

Amika – Bombshell Blowout Spray – This is a lightweight spritz that is volumising, smoothing and texturising. This won’t be going in the changing bag as you spray it on damp hair. It’ll go on my dressing table for when I remember (and get the chance) to wash my hair – give it a little bit of TLC. Which reminds me I MUST buy some more Dry Shampoo. I’ve ran out of Batiste Tropical and the last Birchbox sample of Philip Kingsley. I’m currently using Schwarzkopf Got2be volumising powder, which is god knows how many years old. It’s my emergency supply and it’s a sorry attempt at pretending I have clean hair.

This Works – In Transit Camera Close-up – A mask, moisturisier and primer. In the same bottle. Wow. Def a pick-me-up in a bottle if there ever was one. You see I’m torn – this one will prob stay on my dresser to put on before my make-up. However, it may be a nice pick-me-up to have in your bag. If you have time to rub lotion on your skin that is. Which I don’t and even if I did I’d forget. Plus the season’s changed and so has my skin. It really, really needs make-up now.

NUXE – Prodigieux Shower Oil –  This smells delightful and is described as a skin-softening oil. Hmmm – this one will stay on my shower rack. I’m not likely to take a shower elsewhere at the mo. Or I can save it for going away. That’s if I went away anywhere (hint hint Mr W).

Puriskin – Nurse Aid Cream for Hands & Nail – This one is def for the changing bag! All that wiping of both ends of a small human takes its toll on your once beloved hands. This is described as ‘show your hands some love with a rich barrier cream when times are tough’ and ‘sinks in quickly‘. Sums up Mat Leave – we’re all for efficiency and a snatch of a pamper where we can. ‘Nuff said.

Plus the box is cute (love the colours and design) and it can be used as a make-up drawer on top of my dresser.

I’ll leave you with one thought …

Who is your Heroic Woman?

Love Missuswolf xxx

I’m a full on BirchBox subscriber – this post is all my own wafflings and ramblings.

Photo credit – Unsplash and Pixaby

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