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?)
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).
- 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! 😫
- 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!
- 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…)
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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