Birchbox UK – July 2018

Birchbox UK July 2018 unboxing

Summer is well and truly here; we’ve hosted our first BBQ (summer wins) and I got sunburnt in the process (summer fails). So I wonder what Birchbox UK July 2018 has in store for us subscribers this month…

Summer months and Christmas are the only two times of the year where Birchbox can really create a seasonal sample selection. (A bit of unintentional sibilance there.) I remember a few years ago my Birchbox for July (maybe 2015?) contained a Benefit sun screen, a soothing after-sun and a glittery summer-inspired eyeshadow trio. I can’t remember the other items, but my point is that it was all very summery.

Birchbox UK July 2018 unboxing video

Last month, I went live on YouTube for the first time (!!!) to unbox June’s box. It’s back to the usual programming this month though, with a normal edited video. (Let me know which you prefer?)

There’s no real hints of the theme Say Yes to Adventure from the pastel pink designed box. However the clue as to why this is the theme actually lies in the offer available to Birchbox subscribers this month, which I’ll discuss in the moment. First; let’s dissect the samples.


I was looking for summer skincare and makeup, which I think I’ve received in *maybe* some of the items in Birchbox UK July 2018.

  • Manna Kadar Long-Wear Powder (FULL-SIZE!)
    I’ll start with the product we knew we’d be receiving. Birchbox subscribers were given the choice out of two shades of Manna Kadar’s Long-Wear Powder. One called Paradise, a deep coral pink, or Trifecta, more of a bronze-y brown. I opted for the bronzer option, as it could be used as an eyeshadow too. Using only my fingers it feels very soft, which suggests it’s both buildable and blendable (if that’s a word).Birchbox UK July 2018 samples
  • Klorane Floral Water Makeup Remover
    Although it’s not especially summer focused, I’m pleased to see another Klorane product. I received their famous dry shampoo back in November and have been intrigued by the brand since. Micellar waters are always nice to try, too.
  • Vita Liberata Body Blur
    Oh my god! I’ve heard about this product and I was REALLY excited to see it in my box. This is basically a skin tint – think Rimmel Skin Tint (which I use to be extremely loyal to), an instant tanner. Although the blurring effect looks amazing. My only disappointment is that I’ve received a medium-dark, which will be too dark for me, why Birchbox!¬†ūüėę
  • What’s in it for me…? Shower Scrub
    With self-tanning, or just normal tanning, a good scrub matters. So I’m quite happy to see this in here, although I’ve not heard of the brand before and probably would’ve mixed it up with This Works without a closer look. Regardless, the ingredients sound scrumptious!
    Birchbox UK July 2018 samples
  • Browcote Waterproof Brow Gel (FULL-SIZE!)
    Did you ever try Lipcote? Usually found next to the fake nails in Boots, it’s a clear liquid you apply to your lips after lipstick to keep the colour locked in. I’m not sure how long this product has been around, but it kept my brows neat and tame all day since I applied it during the video.

Added Little Extras

As I mentioned, the theme began to make sense when I spotted the offer leaflet at the bottom of my box, sitting underneath all the samples. This month Birchbox subscribers have been given 25% off their next stay at one of the Generator Hostel in either Venice, Barcelona, Madrid, Hamburg and Copenhagen. Not bad! (I was thinking of going on a weekend trip to Copenhagen too…)

Birchbox UK July 2018 unboxing

Box Round-Up

I’ve failed to say so far that there are TWO full size items in this box! Amounting to way over the total of my box at ¬£21.99, which feels pretty satisfying. Although speaking strictly design and overall theme, I think more could have been done with the adventure message. Especially to promote the great offer inside! (Alas, I speak only as someone who works in marketing…)

As for a Birchbox UK August 2018 teaser… expect to receive another full size item in the form of a Dirty Little Secret Eyeshadow Crayon. Bonus.

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Birchbox UK – November 2017

Birchbox UK November 2017

Birchbox UK November 2017 is a big one Рwith a BIG collaborator -namely Vogue, having found out last month as a teaser on the back of the sample booklet.  (Oh, and my Birchbox is ON time this month.)

I doubt there’s ever been as big collaborator as¬†Vogue and considering the iconic magazine works with hundreds of big brands, this surely means we’ll get some big names in our box too, right?

Birchbox UK November 2017 Unboxing

The theme this month is… THERE IS NO THEME!¬† I had to read the leaflet twice to check this, but yep, there is no theme mentioned.¬† But¬†who needs a theme when you’re collaborating with Vogue?¬†(Honestly, I can’t get over how big this is.)

Vogue¬†celebrated its centenary last year and created¬†their edit of 100 greatest beauty products of all time – and some of these items will appear in our box too!¬† *claps hands excitedly*¬† How exciting!¬† So, let’s get to the good stuff…


Birchbox UK November 2017

We had the choice of two box designs this month – I chose the one above, obviously,¬†just because it looks more ‘Vogue’ to me, darling.¬† There were¬†no teasers of which products may surprise us inside from last month’s box, which built anticipation!¬† (For me, anyway.)¬† Here’s what I got:

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
Percy & Reed Smooth, Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil
L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Birchbox Brush Cleaner (FULL SIZE!)

Wow, okay, where to begin?¬†¬†I hadn’t heard of Klorane before, but from only trying¬†the dry shampoo, quickly and whilst filming my unboxing, I’m already considering buying it full size.¬† Many dry shampoos can leave my scalp feeling a bit itchy, but this really felt like it was gentle to my skin whilst soaking up unwanted grease too.¬† (Sorry if that’s TMI.)

I was very happy to see the¬†L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream as it is¬†tipped to be¬†one of the best in the industry.¬† I’m receiving this at¬†a perfect time of year too, my hands are at their driest when the temperature drops, so it’s brilliant I’ll now be equipped with this.

Whilst Benefit is a¬†brand¬†that isn’t¬†a stranger to Birchbox subscribers, it’s still a pretty big deal to receive the praised cult Hoola Bronzer.¬† (Even if it is sample size.)

Added Little Extras…

Birchbox UK November 2017

With all big collaborations, Birchbox are good to us and usually slip us another little offer.  This month, Birchbox subscribers have been given 6 complimentary issues of Vogue magazine, when buying a one-year or two-year subscription.

Box Round Up

Well wasn’t this a very exciting box?¬† And there was even the comeback of a Birchbox lifestyle item too!¬† Although I didn’t receive it in my Birchbox UK November 2017, I was quite impressed to see other subscribers getting a Clarins hand cream too.¬† (I love Clarins, you lucky devils.)

December is always a strong box and the only teaser Birchbox have given us so far is on the back of this month’s leaflet.¬† In the next few weeks we’ll have to make choice out of a festive lipstick; a classic party red, or a nicely natural tint?¬† Decisions, decisions…

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