It’s that time of the month again- Birchbox time! My Birchbox and Glossybox were both delivered on the same day this month, so you can check out a review of my Glossybox here!. Along with the M&S Summer Beauty Box I posted about yesterday, its turning into beauty box central around here this week! Anyway, I got my dispatch email for Birchbox on June 4th, yet it only arrived today June 14th. A little bit disappointing, as I’d seen UK subscribers posting about it from June 6th onwards, and it was so annoying having to wait around for mine!
I loved the design of this month’s box, with the palm tree illustration, the gorgeous summery colours and slide out drawer detail, instead of the usual box design. I think Birchbox should definitely look at redesigning their boxes to be this drawer style, as they could then become stackable and a great way to store your products! This box contains 5 products which are billed as being essential for sunny days. Let’s take a closer look….
First up is the Monuspa Enriched Body Cream in a 40ml sample bottle. I swear I could smell the scent of this from outside the outer cardboard box when I took it from the postman! I have previously tried another Monuspa product from Glossybox, and really liked it, so this was a nice addition. It has a really lovely citrus, essential oils fragrance, and the formula is light and easily absorbed on the skin. But body creams don’t really float my boat, so this isn’t something I’m overly excited about receiving, as it’ll probably end up thrown in the back of a drawer.
Next up was the Ainy Skincare Pure Lumiere Gommage Purete Eclat Visage. This is a 20ml sample tube of a gentle face scrub which promises to leave your skin smooth and radiant. I will give this a try, but again, it’s something I find it a bit difficult to get excited about, as it’s a teeny sample, and I did receive a teeny sample scrub from Birchbox only a few months ago. I just wish the size was a bit bigger to get a better idea of how much I like or dislike the product.
The only hair care item included was the Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Leave in Conditioner. This wonder spray claims to detangle, de-frizz, add shine, protect against heat and safeguard colour, along with smelling like candyfloss. What more does a girl need, eh? I am pleased to receive this, but its the third time I’ve gotten one of these leave in conditioner type sprays in a Birchbox within 5 months. I would’ve preferred a different type of product instead as I’m still using leave in conditioner sprays from previous boxes!
More skin care, with the Absolution Le Nettoyant Pureté, in a 15ml tube. Again, I’m not overly excited about receiving a teeny tube of cleanser. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy skincare items immensely, but these teeny tubes never last me that long, surely a slightly bigger sample could have been provided? This is a gentle gel cleanser with natural ingredients which remove dirt and grime, reducing redness and irritation. I’ll probably take this away with me on holidays, and hope this little sample lasts a whole week!
Finally, the only makeup item included is the Cynthia Rowley Brightening Illuminator. Now, I sighed when I opened the box and saw the cardboard envelope, as I know that they usually contain piddly little samples, and I wasnt wrong. This 0.04oz tube is fairly miniscule, which is a bit crap. This is a cream formula that delivers a subtle sheen which has a pearlescent finish, which I think will be lovely for mixing with foundation, or for use on cheekbones, browbones and cupids bow for a natural glowing look. It does look like a great product, it’s just a pity it comes in such a miniature tube that will be gone in no time.
So, do I sound pretty negative throughout this post? I have to say, I feel pretty let down this month. It just seems like I was sent a selection of random products just thrown together, all of which are just a bit…meh. I’ve seen other subscribers this month receiving POP eyeshadow trios, full-sized Eyeko eyeliners and Stila lip glazes, whereas I’ve got a mix of teeny samples despite paying the same €17 subscription fee as everyone else. Will I continue my subscription to Birchbox? Well, at the moment I’m not too sure, especially compared to the contents of this month’s Glossybox (more on that tomorrow!)
Are you subscribed to Birchbox? Did you get anything different in your box this month? Let me know in the comments below!
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