Birchbox UK – June 2017

Birchbox UK June 2017

I’ve fallen off the blogging wagon for the last few weeks (sorry!), but if there’s one post/video I never skip it’s Birchbox!  We’re onto Birchbox UK June 2017 already, which is another reminder to me that this year is just slipping away.

As for all my complaints in the last few months about my Birchbox being delivered late, I actually received it on time.  And oh yeah, it’s a Birchbag this month, not a Birchbox.

Birchbox UK June 2017

I knew from last month that a Birchbag would be on its way to me, instead of a box, as our choice was to choose between two colour combinations of bag we’d liked to receive. (Birchbox claim we’ll make a choice every month this year, which will be either choice of box design or choice of product.)

The month’s theme is ‘Daytripping‘ and the Birchbag has been inspired by those UK summer day trips to somewhere like Brighton.  It sounds a bit flash in the pan, but there is a point behind it…  All Birchbox subscribers are also treated to an exclusive voucher from Trouva this month, (as well as receiving the usual 6 samples)!

I’d never heard of the website, but apparently it’s an online store full of independent boutiques from across the UK!  Like Amazon, but with no chains.  Something that does actually sound like my kind of Birchbag.

Samples

Birchbox UK June 2017

As I said last month, there were absolutely no clues, teasers or giveaways as to what the samples were going to be for Birchbox UK June 2017!  So, now I can finally reveal them, find out below to see what I received this month (including 2 FULL SIZE items, again!):

Scrub Love Coffee Body Scrub
Cowshed Cow Pat Hand Cream (FULL SIZE!)
Korres Milk Proteins 3-in-1 Cleansing Emulsion
MeechNMia Brow Liner (FULL SIZE!)
AAROW Enhance Waterproof Eyeliner in Bright Now

You’ll be forgiven if you were thinking my featured image (above!) is looking a little sparse.  The one product (that is also full size!) Birchbox UK seem to be bragging about the most in June was actually missing from my box.

Unfortunately I couldn’t show you the MeechNMia Brow Liner in the video because of this.  However, after I pinged Birchbox an email this is now on its way to me as I type, so no troubles there.

Despite this lapse, I quite like the variety of products this month.  The Body Scurb is what intrigues me the most from them all.  I haven’t ‘got dirty’ with it yet, but I’ve side aside some time this weekend to do so.

Conclusion

Birchbox UK June 2017

I’ve not yet talked about receiving two full size items for the second, no wait, third time in a row!  The Cowshed hand cream (despite the fact I already own it) and the Brow Liner add to a total of £20.99, which is almost twice the value of my box.

As well as this, we already have something to look forward to next month too. One of Birchbox’s favourite brands to work with is returning once again!  (Can you guess what it is yet?)  Although it hasn’t been that long since we last received a Benefits goodie (only back in March I believe), I’m not complaining, as I do enjoy Benefits products.  So I’ve already opted for the Cha Cha tint.  I love corals in summer… bring on July!

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Birchbox UK – May 2017

Birchbox UK May 2017 unboxing

The sad news is my Birchbox UK May 2017 box was late, just like April’s.  The good news is there were two full size items inside!  So I didn’t feel too disappointed.

As my box was late the design wasn’t a surprise to me, thanks to it being plastered all over my Instagram feed.  But luckily most of the samples remained a mystery…

Birchbox UK May 2017

This month’s theme is ‘it’s all in the details‘ and this month Birchbox say they want to zoom into on all the small things in subscriber’s lives. Meaning they want to make little tweaks to our beauty regimes that’ll improve our everyday overall.

That’s not the only tweak Birchbox have made, they’ve actually made a fairly big change to their service; a newly launched loyalty programme!  But first, the samples…

Samples

Birchbox UK May 2017 review

Birchbox UK May 2017 had a little to live up to compared to last months box.  Although I knew already one full size item I’d be receiving, I wasn’t expecting a second!  Find out below what I received and click on the links to find out more details:

Marsh Mineral Eyeshadow in Vanilla Frosting (FULL SIZE!)
Whish Firming Body Cream
Kueshi Hair Mask Shine & Volume
Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara
SKIN79 Clean-on 2 Step Nose Pack (FULL SIZE!)

Now for my own little detail with what I thought of the products!  I opted for the Vanilla Frosting colour for the Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow because I already had enough grey/black smokey eyeshadows and eyeshadow sticks.  Plus it’s a great addition for crazy festival make up!

The Marsk eyeshadow also linked up nicely with the mascara.  Doucce are not a brand I know, but I LOVE the fact they’ve described their mascara as punk!

The Whish body cream and Kueshi will be used as usual and might not bring any major revelations to my routine.  However the SKIN79 2 step nose pack looks a lot of fun to me!  I can’t wait to try it.

Hello Birchbox Benefits!

Birchbox UK May 2017 what's inside

I’ve been a Birchbox subscriber now for around three years (I know, three years!) and it was great to hear I was finally going to be rewarded.  Birchbox Benefits is a new loyalty programme that rewards subscribers who’ve been with Birchbox for six months or more!

We get much of the same benefits as all subscribers, such as choosing a product or your box design every month and free delivery when we review our boxes.  But we have these two added little extras too:

  • First Chance to choose our product or box design.
  • 15% off everything in the Birchbox Shop.

Personally, I’m really pleased to see this introduced.  I’m already a big fan of the ASOS points scheme, now if only TopShop would follow suit…

Conclusion

The two full size items in my Birchbox UK May 2017 box add up to an impressive £17,39, more than the total of my box!  It’s hard not to be happy when that happens.

Currently there are absolutely no teasers, clues or hints on what we might have in store for next month’s Birchbox.  Although here’s hoping it’ll arrive on time for me at least!

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Birchbox UK – April 2017

Birchbox UK April 2017 Boden Collaboration

Birchbox UK April 2017 has landed and the air already feels a bit warmer and the sun brighter.  As soon as I read Birchbox UK were collaborating with Boden for their April 2017 box I was super excited!

Despite never being a Boden customer (although I’ve wanted to, I need more cash please!), I thought this is a dream pairing.  Watch my Birchbox UK April 2017 unboxing video below:

Birchbox UK April 2017

This month’s theme is ‘The Bold and the Beautiful‘ and just look how much LIFE this print brings to my blog!  I’ve mentioned Birchbox teamed up with Boden this month, so it’s no real surprise Boden are behind the gorgeous floral design.

This same design will be one of Boden’s key prints for the upcoming season, which I think is a fantastic idea!  Although it might be a bit too bold for me, thoughts?

Samples

Birchbox UK April 2017 samples

I thought Birchbox and Boden are a dream pairing enough, until I discovered the fantastic samples packed inside!  Below are the samples I received (2 of which are FULL SIZE!), click on the links to find out more details:

Nib + Fab Colour Correcting Concealer (FULL SIZE!)
Polaar IcePure Gentle Scrub with Arctic Cotton
Baija Paris Crème Moana in Fleur de Tiarè
PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Volumizing Lifting Spray
Manna Kadar Cosmetics High Definition Power (FULL SIZE!)

Oh my goodness me!  (Something I kept saying in the video…)  After being left a little disappointed after last month’s box, Birchbox UK April 2017 box has definitely pulled it all back!

I’m really pleased to receive the Nip + Fab Colour Correcting Concealer.  I’ve never used a colour corrector before or any product from this brand.

I’m also happy to receive my choice of Manna Kadar product.  I opted for the High Definition setting powder, over the bronze/highlight duo.  Mostly because I am so intrigued by this product because I’ve never tried any form of high definition make-up!  Unfortunately I couldn’t try this on in the video, so please comment below if you’re after an individual review.

Added Little Extras…

Birchbox UK April 2017 Boden Collaboration

Being a lucky Birchbox UK subscriber I was offered a few added extras – bare with me, there’s quite a few!

First up, before the box even arrived I was offered the chance to buy a discounted Boden branded cardholder.  When big brands team up with Birchbox I tend to take them up on these offers.  This time I got my hands on the above cardholder for £8, down from £15.

As you can see, another extra for me is being treated to £10 off a Boden shop!  Oh, I will be using this, there’s no question about it.

Finally, I’m yet to enter the monthly competition and it’s a good’un this month.  If I snap a picture of my Birchbox on Instagram (and ensure I tag and hashtag all the right handles…), then I could win a £200 Boden voucher and £200 worth of beauty essentials from the Birchbox shop.  Hell yeah, that’s a good comp!

Conclusion

WELL if you can’t tell I’m back on the Birchbox train and flying a flag of subscriber pride this month.  I think this box has been a HUGE success, ticking off every box for design, samples and collaborator.

I’m not usually fussed over the added extras, but this month Birchbox and Boden have really gone all out.  I appreciate that, long may it continue!

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Birchbox UK – March 2017

Birchbox UK March 2017 unboxing

Another month swings by and it’s already the arrival of Birchbox UK March 2017!  I couldn’t help but reflect back on last year’s box, as something told me it was a good one.  So I re-watched my video, and it was! I had received 3 full size products this time last year!

That hadn’t happened before and it hasn’t happened since.  I was a bit excited to open this month’s box and my expectations were running high, to say the least.

Birchbox UK March 2017 Unboxing

The only title of a theme I can find is ‘celebrating the original Birchbox!’, which isn’t exactly clear.  Apparently this simple box design is how Birchbox used to look back when  starting out as a kraft box, over 6 years ago!

However, there is a hint of a postage design on the leaflet and the outer protective packaging. This is down to a competition running this month to win a trip to Paris, where the first Birchbox store is opening in Europe!  (Hopefully that’ll explain my ‘To Paris, with love’ scribble!)

Quite exciting, but more on that later.

Samples

Birchbox UK March 2017 samples

Below are my 5 personalised samples I received this month!  These are all clickable if you’re after more details on the product:

Benefit They’re Real! Double the Lip
Balance Me Instant Lift Primer
Batiste 2-in-1 Invisible Dry Shampoo & Conditioner
Rituals Sakura Foaming Shower Gel
Caudalie Glow Activating Anti-Wrinkle Serum

I knew I’d be receiving the Benefit They’re Real! Double the Lip from last month, but I was hoping it would be full size.  Nevertheless, I think this will last a little while and the colour is great.

I know I’ll definitely use all of the remaining samples, however I can’t help but feel a bit disappointed in this month’s box.  Again, I’ve seen other subscribers receiving some Bobbi Brown samples that were released in this month’s box.  Meaning this is the second time I’ve missed out on Bobbi Brown in Birchbox!

Competition

As I mentioned, there’s a competition that’s a pretty big deal this month and even I’ve entered!  Teaming up with Destinology.co.uk, Birchbox are offering subscribers a 3 night trip to Paris with a friend.

The usual competition entry applies; take a picture of this month’s box, make sure you’re following @BirchboxUK and @Destinology on Instagram and hashtag #BirchboxUK or #BirchboxIRE in the caption.

Conclusion

Benefit They're Real Double the Lip selfie

Like I’ve said, I feel annoyed I missed out on Bobbi Brown samples ahh-gain…  However, there is one product I was pleased to receive in Birchbox UK March 2017 and that’s the Benefit They’re Real! Double the Lip (worn above)!  Despite it not being a full size item as I hoped, I really do quite like the colour.

That brings me to the fact a full size sample is noticeably missed this month, perhaps it wasn’t a good idea to look over my box from last year! So sadly the full size roll this year, from January onto February, has ended.

I’m yet to receive any news or reveals on what’s to come in April’s box, so until then it remains a mystery. But bloody hell, please let me have something from Bobbi Brown at one point please!

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Birchbox UK – February 2017

Birchbox UK February 2017 unboxing

I’m not entirely sure how it’s time for Birchbox UK February 2017 already, it only seems like yesterday I was sipping mojitos on my 28th birthday and Donald Trump became president.

Alas, the year moves on fast and another Birchbox was delivered to my door (or over the fence as I wasn’t in.)  Watch my unboxing video below to find out what this month’s box was all about!

Birchbox UK February 2017

‘Express Yourself’ is the theme this month with a choice of two boxes to choose from.  Both have a leafy design – best word I could think of to describe it – and I opted for the lighter, green box.

This is supposedly the first month where Birchbox subscribers will be given a ‘choice’.  This ‘choice’ may be from choosing between two box designs (like this one) or products/samples that’ll be in that box.  I’m quite excited about this will continuing every month until the end of the year.

Samples

Despite some negative feedback I’ve already seen and read, I’m quite happy with the samples I received this month.  Click on any of the samples below to see more details:

Beaver Professional Conditioning Spray 
Whish Shave Cream
POP Beauty Eyeshadow Trio 
Keeome Hydration Mask Therapy
Spectrum C06 Eye Contour Brush (FULL SIZE!)

Immediately I’m drawn to the Korean face mask from Keeome.  Using an Etude House sheet mask has become my weekly ritual.  And for a mask so cheap (usually around £1) it works wonders on my skin!  Keeome, on the other hand, come in a few bob extra compared to Etude House, so I’ll be interested to see just how good they are.

Some might say receiving another Spectrum brush has been repetitive. (I’ve received a Spectrum highlighter brush and Beauty Blender inspired sponge since I’ve been subscribed). However, I don’t agree.

Birchbox UK February 2017 unboxing

Make up brushes can be pricey, so receiving the few in my Birchbox adds up to a varied collection!  I’m especially not complaining about this being full size either!

At £4.99 (the leaflet for some reason says £5.99) it equals around half the value of my box AND works well with the Pop Beauty eyeshadow trio.  (Swatches for which I’ve put above.)

Extras

How have I forgotten to add that this box is in collaboration with Papier?  Birchbox subscribers were offered a notebook from the company with the box design on it, for a knocked down price of course.  Me, being a bit of a stationary hoarder, couldn’t turn it down.

If my memory serves me right Birchbox did a similar offer when they collaborated with Papier last time.  That’s another similar, hard-to-turn-down notebook to my collection!  There was a 25% promo code also slipped into my box, so I received two added extras this month.

Conclusion

I’m not sure if I’ve just read moaner’s comments, but I don’t get the beef with this month’s box.  Again there has been a variety of samples and another full size item too!

With both my January and February boxes containing full sized items, if Birchbox keep this up every month this year too I’ll be delighted!

Next month (spoiler!) I’ll have a Benefit They’re Real! Double the Lip lipstick and lip liner in one.  I’ve already chosen my shade from receiving an email earlier this week and I just hope it’ll be full size!  To be confirmed…

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