Birchbox UK May 2016 ‘For The Dreamers….’

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FINALLY, my Birchbox has arrived. I’m not sure what went on this month, with both this and my Glossybox arriving late, but nevertheless it’s here now! This month’s box contains 6 items, 1 full-sized, and as usual, it’s a nice mix of makeup, skin care, body care, hair care and tools.

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As you can see, it’s a really decent mix of products, most of which are from brands that I’m familiar with, but haven’t tried before. The box itself is a nice design, and the top layer can be scratched off to reveal the design underneath, there was also a competition that some subscribers scratched off to find a message stating that they had won a holiday. Sadly, I wasn’t one of the lucky ones! Anyway, let’s take a closer look at the contents shall we?

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First up is the Spectrum Collections Unicorn Tears Wonder Sponge. This is a full-sized product, which we knew we were getting as we were given the choice between this lilac colour or a pink version. I chose the lilac as I already own the Beauty Blender in pink, and didn’t want to mix them up. This sponge is meant to be the perfect partner for the application of cream, liquid and mineral products. This is similar to the Beauty Blender, as it’s the same size and shape, and they recommend that you dampen it before use. I havent tried it yet, but on first impression, it feels less bouncy than my Beauty Blender, it’s a bit more firm feeling. But I shall give it a go, and report back!

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The next item included was the Rituals Tao Wai Wang Mild Exfoliating Body Scrub, in a handy 70ml travel size squeezy tube. The only product I’ve ever tried from Rituals was a mascara which I loved, so I’m looking forward to exploring their body care range. This scrub has teeny little scrubby particles, meaning it should be a mild exfoliant, nothing too harsh for my skin. It has a gorgeous light spa-like scent, that should be lovely and soothing and relaxing to use in the evenings. I’m pretty pleased with this inclusion!

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Next up is some skin care, and the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet in a little 10ml travel size. I love the pretty pink packaging, and the formula of itself is a lovely light gel-cream, which absorbs instantly. It has a light grape scent which I really like. I would have liked a larger size sample, but this little tube will be the perfect size for me to bring on an upcoming weekend away.

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Every month Birchbox seem to send me a hair product, and this month is no exception. This is the Philip Kingsley PK Prep Polishing Balm, and it seems like it will be perfect for my hair type. It promises to leave your hair feeling smooth, conditioned and looking sleek and glossy. I’m currently off work after suffering a neck and back injury, so I’m looking forward to being able to wash and style my own hair again so I can use this!

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Next up is the only makeup item included in this month’s selection, from The Balm Cosmetics, the Stainiac in the shade Beauty Queen. This is a cheek and lip stain, perfect for multi taskers or for travel. I expected it to be similar to the Benefit Cosmetics Benetint, but it’s a more gel like consistency. I like the little tube and wand with sponge applicator, perfect for popping in your handbag. I’ve tried it on the lips already, and it applies easily and smoothly, leaving a really nice natural pink tint. A really nice little addition!

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Finally, billed as a little extra is the Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream in a dinky little 3ml tube. This is meant to be some kind of wonder cream, to apply to cracked lips, rough hands or any dry skin patches on the face and body. It’s a thick consistency, but it rubs in and absorbs quickly, and has quite a strong herbal yet medicinal scent, which I personally really like. It’s a nice added extra that I’ll definitely get some use from!

So overall, its a pretty decent selection from Birchbox this month. It’s probably my least favourite from the 4 boxes that I’ve received so far, but a good mix of products none the less. I do wish Birchbox were a teeny bit more generous with the size of their samples, I know they don’t promise full-sized items, but some slightly bigger tubes would be nice. Although I do like how they add in their teeniest items as a bonus extra, unlike Glossybox passing off some free samples as main additions. 

My only gripe with Birchbox still has to be their rather shocking delivery speed to Ireland. I received my dispatch email on May 6th, yet it only arrived on the 19th, almost 2 full weeks later. This is such a major pain, as I’ve seen UK customers and bloggers posting about it since around the 9th of the month, so it is impossible to avoid spoilers, and it does take the shine off receiving the box, as I usually know what to expect inside. 

I am going to stick with Birchbox for another while, as I enjoy receiving it, as it offers so many different brands to Glossybox, and I really like how each box is really tailored towards your individual beauty profile, I’ve yet to receive an item that didn’t match my preferences perfectly.

If you’re interested in signing up to Birchbox you can use my referral link here, which gives you 50 points (worth £5) to spend in the Birchbox store. If you have a UniDays account you can get 25% off your first box too, just click-through on the bottom right hand corner when you reach the Birchbox site 🙂

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