Birchbox UK – June 2018

Birchbox UK June 2018 unboxing

Last month we went through ALL of the emotions and come-downs of the Royal Wedding (can we do it all again please, Megan and Harry?). So already Birchbox UK June 2018 has a lot to contend with. What a clever move Birchbox has made then to carry on the British celebrations into this month as well.

But there’s another good reason to celebrate, as Birchbox is turning the ripe age of 5 years old this month too. Plus I have a lot going on in June (mostly me trying to post out a video every day over on my channel.) So there’s plenty going on to bide us time until the next royal wedding (which won’t be for a few decades yet, but, ya know).

Birchbox UK June 2018 video

So to celebrate my Every Day June bonanza and to save time on video editing, I decided to go LIVE on YouTube this month by unboxing my Birchbox UK June 2018 limited edition tin box! (This was also my first ever live YouTube video, eep.)

The tin box is definitely a first. Since I become a subscriber way back in 2014 (4 years ago – eek!), I’ve never received a tin box Birchbox. So this combined with a British tea party theme is just splendid. (I’m still on a high after the Royal Wedding and I’m all for Britishness at the moment.)

Samples

A 5th anniversary is a big milestone, so do the samples we received reflect that and a British tea party theme? Find out below…

  • Ella Eden Compact Eyeshaow (FULL SIZE!)
    As ever, I’ll start with the product I knew I was receiving. Last month I had the choice between two colours of a full-size Ella Eden eyeshadow; a brown named Faith, or a muted pink called Julia. I opted for Julia, but as you can probably see, I’ve had a bit of an accident since filming my live! Sadly I dropped it on the floor, resulting in smashing it to pieces, although I did save some of this sparkly pink for the swatch below…Ella Eden Compact Eyeshaow in Julia
  • Benefit POREfessional Pearl Primer
    It wouldn’t be a Birchbox celebration without a Benefit sample now would it! I’ve said before how Benefit and Birchbox have a good partnership going, so I’m pleased to see this in my box. I’ve not tried the hyped up original POREfessional, so I can’t compare but I’m all about the added radiance.
  • Whittard of Chelsea Teabags
    So this is where the tea party theme comes in! I received three selections to try; Earl Grey (a quintessential favourite everyone knows and loves), a remedial Lemon & Ginger, and a fruity Mango & Bergamot too.
  • Number 4 Jour d’automne Smoothing Balm
    This brand has cropped up a couple of times in my Birchbox over the years and I’ve usually been pleased with their products, so Number 4 isn’t an unwanted face (to this tea party haha). I can tell you that it smells absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to try this properly with damp hair. (It’s a heat protectant too!)Birchbox UK June 2018
  • Polaar Velvety Sun Fluid Face & Body
    I’m pleased to see a SPF in here! I’m quite pasty, so I take sun care seriously (I have to, otherwise I burn). With my skin being sensitive as well I find it helps to sometimes spending a little bit more on sunscreen, as it means I won’t break out (on my face) and irritate my skin.
  • Lord & Berry Strobing Highlighter Pencil
    An interesting product, that still has me pondering why this wasn’t made as a stick, instead of a pencil? It will help with highlighting the areas around my eyes though.

Box Round Up

The tin box was definitely a treat! I do agree that some of the samples seem a bit laid back for a celebration though, but they’re all quite useful to me, albeit in a low-key way. If only I hadn’t dropped the full-size eyeshadow, which was more than the total of my box, I’d have been more happy with Birchbox UK June 2018.

Another full-size product is on the horizon too (as in next month’s box). As Birchbox subscribers, we’ll be given a choice out of two long wear powders (in blush-like colours) from Manna Kadar, another returning brand. I wonder what we’ll be celebrating then…

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New Purchases Show & Tell – May 2018

New Purchases Show & Tell May 2018

Since vowing to post a video every day in June, my spare time has diminished. Hence the reason I’m late in posting this; an excuse, but a valid one. (I’ve really got to stop starting my blog posts this way.)

There are some holiday leftovers in my New Purchases Show & Tell May 2018. I mean, as I was out of the country for nearly half the month, there’s bound to be. But I’m saving all the purchases I bought while on holiday in a separate post and video. (I went to America and I went to SEPHORA! So this deserves its own post right?)

New Purchases Show & Tell May 2018 video

So here’s what I’ve been buying either side of my holiday…

Ultrasun Tan Activator Body 30SPF + Ultrasun Face 50+SPF – 24 seconds in
I was sold on Ultrasun after listening to Emma Gun’s podcast with the UK CEO. The level of protection, no greasiness and still catching a bit of a tan ALL attracted me to this product. The result; I was definitely protected, there was no grease in sight, although I’m not sure about the tanning bit… I wasn’t exactly sunbathing every day, but I didn’t tan much either (but then I rarely do).

ASOS Petite V-Neck Swing T-Shirt – 1:44 minutes in
I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect, white simple t-shirt, which is slightly loose-fitted with a V-neck for a while. (I know, not TOO much to ask for.) Every option I ordered came and was sent back, mostly down to the material being too transparent. To be honest, this ASOS option isn’t the best (it’s still a bit see-through), but it’ll do.

New purchases Show & Tell May 2018

ASOS Petite high waisted denim skirt – 2:32 minutes in
I’m really into denim skirts at the moment. I often wear another denim skirt I got from ASOS too, so when this popped up under What’s New it spurred on an ASOS order! It’s a little different to the other denim skirt I own. With pockets in the front and back, it has a front fastening and is a lighter denim in colour. As predicted, I’ve been wearing almost non-stop since ordering it.

Missguided Petite Polka Dot Playsuit – 2:53 minutes in
I think Missguided are getting their mojo back… I’ve not really felt drawn to their clothes for a while (they were too Kardashian for me, personally). But now it seems they’re back onto cute playsuits (like this one!) and other summery prints.

ASOS Toucan Wedge Sandals – 3:39 minutes in
Writing this post has made me realise I’ve gone and bought a whole outfit at ASOS. Haha! I did need some new shoes though, because I always get distracted by pretty dresses and playsuits (see above). So it’s time to focus on the day-to-day basics, and, more importantly, SHOES. These are perfect – a platform heel, which is flat and comfortable to wear. I have no idea what the link is to the tropical bird though (anyone know?).

New purchases Show & Tell May 2018

A Passage to India by E.M. Forster – 4:30 minutes in
After getting a few books read and added to my Reading Challenge whilst away in Florida, I needed a new read. I know that this is considered a classic and it’s set in an exotic country I’d love to visit one day, which are two good reasons why I’ve downloaded A Passage to India. Plus it isn’t too expensive on the Kindle store generally. Bonus!

Next month…

Florida is over and we don’t have another holiday planned for the rest of the year (yet). Although we do have the Great British Summer to look forward to. (If and when it appears.) It’ll be our first summer in our new house since moving in, so hosting a BBQ is in our sights. (Although first we’ll need to BUY an actual BBQ.)

And if ASOS keep coming up with the good stuff (as they have been in my recent ‘What’s New’ checks), then there could well be another ASOS order on its way to me… we’ll see.

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Birchbox UK – May 2018

Birchbox UK May 2018 Unboxing

I always feel annoyed with myself if I haven’t posted many blog posts between my most recent Birchbox post (this) and my last (April’s). Mostly because it feels glaringly obvious I’ve not kept up with pushing out content, which is true for this month. However another reason is down to Birchbox UK May 2018 and I being in sync.

I know I can’t really be in sync with a cardboard box, but bear with me. With its theme (which I’ll get to in a bit) and how impressively well it’s matched me to the samples, we are both on the same wavelength. Let me explain…

Unboxing: Birchbox UK May 2018

Okay I can’t stifle the brag any longer… I spent 2 glorious weeks in the sunshine state of Florida and the theme ‘Palm Leaves and Warm Breeze’ sits very well with me indeed. (Now that the holiday is over it’s more reminding me what I’m missing…)

Samples

Clearly the theme isn’t reflecting on the climate of Florida (as I am), instead it’s in the hope that a warmer climate is just around the corner for our shores. And these 5 beauty samples are selected for us in anticipation for clearer skies and more BBQ’s!

  • Doucce Luscious Lip Stain in Amber Rose
    We were given a heads up that we’d be receiving this sample this month, thanks to Birchbox giving us a choice from two colours! I choose the dark and musky pink option and it looks just my bag. (Tip: don’t apply like a gloss, only a little is fine!)

Doucce Luscious Lip Stain

  • Greenfrog Botantic Geranium & Peppermint Bodywash
    With a name like that you know it’s organic and cruelty-free (it’s vegan too). But the reason I’m so pleased to find it in my box is because it’s tipped as great for psoriasis sufferers! Although my psoriasis is under control, it can affect which beauty products I use. So thanks Birchbox, this has got to be a first!
  • Native Unearthed Activated Charcoal Natural Deodorant Balm
    Déjà vu? We actually received a similar product back last July. Although this seems a little different and on first impressions it sounds more than just a deodorant. Inside are ‘sweat-absorbing’ natural ingredients like arrowroot, to ditch any harsh chemicals. (Another plus for my skin.)

Birchbox UK May 2018 samples

  • Caudalíe Make-up Removing Cleansing Oil
    Ahh a brand I’ve discovered and grown to love from Birchbox. I’m always happy if I catch a glimpse of their logo in my box. Another natural sample, this oil dissolves make-up to which you just need to add water then rinse. Sounds a little less hassle than hot cloth cleansing (which I’m up in warmer weather).
  • Luseta Beauty Keratin Smooth Conditioner
    And finally, a conditioner to top things off. I did find it odd we received only the conditioner and not the shampoo. But occasionally between washes I will just wet my hair and massage in some conditioner to keep some softness. I usually keep silicones and sulphates away from my hair (there’s a silicone in here), but I’ll give this a try- if only to test out the keratin too!

Birchbox_UK_May_2018_unboxing

Box Round Up

So after America (and the endless burger and hot dog snacks) I am looking to detox. Birchbox UK May 2018 have picked up on my signals and provided a few natural brands in my box this month. Now all I have to do is plan a detox meal plan.

Although sadly we’ve missed out on any full-size treats, we have been promised and given a choice out of two full-size products in June (if you don’t want to find out what this is stop reading now). So I am currently trying to decide if I want a rich warm brown, or pale sandy fawn compact eyeshadow from brand ella EDEN. Choices, choices…

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New Purchases Show & Tell – April 2018

New Purchases Show & Tell April 2018

New post: New Purchases Show & Tell April 2018. Wait a minute, April? Yes, judge me, I struggled keeping to time with my blog posts recently, I’d judge me too. Ever since mid-April hit, I’ve been counting down to a BIG holiday. All of my focus (and money) was spent on preparing for said BIG holiday, so much so that I fell behind on many blog posts (and here’s the start of the backlog).

I need to get this over and done with, so if you haven’t caught up with my New Purchases Show & Tell April 2018 video (it’s below for you to watch) then here it is in written form. Let’s just dive straight in…

New Purchases Show & Tell April 2018 video

At least my new purchases are year-round purchases, and are not SPECIFIC to April…

IT Luggage 4 wheel suitcase – 22 seconds in
I described this in my video as “probably the coolest suitcase, ever”. An overstatement? Maybe, but I’m seriously impressed with it. The thought has never occurred to me that the weight of my suitcase eats into my weight allowance. What makes this suitcase so cool is that it weighs NOTHING. (Okay obviously it weighs something…) But, I can actually lift this with one finger it’s so light. ONE FINGER!

TOMS Lexie Sandals – 1:01 minutes in
For my big holiday, I wanted to get some shoes that were comfortable in hot weather and practical for a lot of walking/standing. (A bit of a clue of where I might be going, but not much of one to be honest.) Toms are super comfy anyway so I’ve invested in some of their flat Lexie sandals. I’ll let you know how I get on with them…

New purchases: Toms Lexie Sandals

ASOS Mono Spot Bikini – 1:37 minutes in
Are you surprised to see a bikini in my new purchases when I’m about to embark on a BIG holiday? You shouldn’t be. Inthefrow is to blame, if anyone is. I loved the print of this cheap bikini in her recent swimwear haul and had to have a slice of the action myself. (That sounds weird, I meant I just really liked the bikini, so I bought it.)

Clinque Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm – 2:32 minutes in
Just a quick break from holiday purchases, for a moment. I was trying out a new cleanser that was breaking me out BIG TIME. So I was on the look out for another and bought Clinque’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm in the sale at World Duty Free (as I work near to a store). If your skin breaks out with harsh cleansers and prefers something more gentle, you should *honestly* give this a try.

New purchases show & Tell April 2018

Caudalie Tinted Moisturiser – 2:58 minutes in
This was a Birchbox discovery from long ago (cringes at the video) and become my favourite ever tinted moisturiser. Again, I’d been testing out a few overs, but I’ve gone straight back to this little beauty. It gives a good coverage for just a tinted moisturiser, which is kind of matte with the slightest glow (seriously just the slightest, though). Perfect for summer.

GoPro Shorty Mini Extension – 3:16 minutes in
VERY last minute purchase (along with the next) before my flight, but the panic of knowing if I had all the GoPro accessories I might need was real. (As I’m a GoPro owner now guys, since Christmas.) This little gadget was expensive (it’s GoPro branded) but I liked how I get two products in one – an extension pole and mini tripod.

GoPro Chest Mount Harness + Head Mount Strap – 3:49 minutes in
I couldn’t afford anymore GoPro branded accessories, so I bought a chest mount harness and head mount strap in one, with a lesser known brand. There were plenty of good reviews on Amazon, and having used non-GoPro branded accessories before, I’m sure this will do just fine.

New purchases show & Tell April 2018

Next month…

Next month, which is now at the time of posting, may have some holiday overspill (just to warn you now). But I would have already travelled to and returned from my BIG holiday when it comes to the time of posting it, which is a depressing thought. So there’s a chance a few holiday buys might make the list too.

Of course summer is ahead (or supposed to be) and I need to get a move on and actually make some preparations to tick off my ‘host a BBQ’ goal in my 30 before 30 list

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Birchbox UK – April 2018

April is the first full month of spring and conjures up images of blooming flowers with clear blue skies. But at least we have a heat wave of sorts on the horizon (BBQ anyone?). Oh look, I’ve started a Birchbox post describing the weather again. (Sadly last month it was the beast from the east that introduced my post!)

My point is… Birchbox UK April 2018 have all the springtime feels wrapped up in its box this month. With a totally appropriate brand as the bow on top, too.

Unboxing: Birchbox UK April 2018

Officially, this month’s theme is ‘Brighten Up Your Day’. But the bigger deal is that Birchbox UK have collaborated with Cath Kidston to celebrate their 25th birthday! Spring time, flowers and blue skies? Cath Kidston’s prints are ALL about that. It’s no wonder the brand were born in this month.

Samples

In their promises to deliver ‘a little sunshine to your month’, Birchbox UK April 2018 have delivered us 5 unique beauty treats…

  • Cath Kidston Hand Cream
    Well I wasn’t expecting this! Although I’m fully aware of Cath Kidston, I’m not a regular customer to their brand (no diss, that’s just the way it is) so I had no idea they made hand cream! This smells lovely, with a fragrance of with jasmine and orange flower, which is a Birchbox exclusive too.
  • ModelCo Baked Highlighter
    Now this sample I was expecting, as Birchbox subscribers were given the choice of two colours before receiving the box. I went for Moonshine, which gives a subtle rose pink glow.
  • Lumene Overnight Bright Sleeping Cream
    Since receiving the Thermaliv Night Cream in January’s box, I’ve grown accustomed to night creams. This sounds just as dreamy too with Cloudberry seed extract, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. (Hmm I feel sleepy all ready…)
  • Hask Coconut Oil Deep Conditioner
    Just what my hair needs right now; a ultra-restorative, revitalising, re-hydrating deep conditioner! (My weekend pamper session is sorted.)
  • Beautaniq Beauty Fill + Tame Brow Gel (FULL SIZE!)
    And to top it off… a full-size product worth £8.60, just short of the total price of my box. What’s great about these brow gels is that they keet your brows neat and tidy, whilst the colour adds structure to your face too.

Birchbox UK April 2018 samples

Added little extra: As is the usual protocol when Birchbox collaborate with brands, we’ve been treated to 15% discount at Cath Kidston! In-store and online, with plenty of time to peruse any treats. (until 31st May).

Box round up

Birchbox UK April 2018 has continued to add a little sunshine to our month… but I knew last month’s box was going to be hard to beat. (Still the best box this year so far, IMHO.) I think they’ve really delivered on the brand collaboration front though, and there’s the right balance between beauty, hair and skincare.

SPOILER FOR NEXT MONTH: Our May sneak peak printed on the back of the accompanying leaflet see’s the return of New York brand Doucce. We received their punk mascara (way back in May 2017), which delivered on lashes with VOLUME. This time we’ll be given a choice of two different coloured lip stains. Let’s hope they can deliver on lip colour too…

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