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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Review | May 2016 Birchbox

may 2016 birchbox review
Happy May everyone! Being a May baby, nothing beats blooming flowers, beautiful weather and double bank holidays. Today, I received my 'For The Dreamers...' May Birchbox and I couldn't be more excited to open it.

After frantically opening my box, I was made aware that the box cover was actually scratchable! Apparently, two lucky subscribers would find a special message under the silver scratch-card coating stating that they've won a luxury holiday. However, I think Birchbox made some kind of box manufacturing mistake because my box didn't reveal anything? (doh!)

may 2016 birchbox review

may 2016 birchbox review

may 2016 birchbox review

may 2016 birchbox review

What I Received...

I was really looking forward to seeing this in my box because subscribers were able to choose which colour they wanted before the boxes were delivered. Out of pink and purple, I chose the purple one because I didn't want to confuse it with my original Beauty Blender. The Beauty Blender has become a staple product in my make-up bag and I've been loving the Spectrum Collection ever since I received the tapered powder brush in February's Birchbox. So receiving the Unicorn Tears Wonder Sponge seemed like the perfect combination of both and I couldn't be more happier about it.

Lip stains, lip stains, lip stains... my favourite make-up product in the world (alongside eyeliners). As if I don't own enough lip stains, I've now got one more to add to my collection - not that I'm complaining! Sometimes, lip stains can dry too quickly during application, so I love the fact that TheBalm Cosmetics Staniac is water-based because it takes slightly longer to dry, meaning that you have more time to blend and correct. Oh! Did I also mention that you can use this product on your cheeks too!?
Other than using hair detangling spray and dry shampoo, I don't really use any other hair prepping products like serums or oils on my hair because I always feel like it'll weigh my hair down and make it more greasy than what it already is. However, I am a little keen to try out this balm-to-serum product on my hair just to see if it'll change my mindset on these kind of products. The PK Prep Polishing Balm does also contain ProVitamin B5 and Vitamin A to nourish the hair too, so there's no reason for me to not try it!
I have to admit, I am just too lazy to exfoliate my whole body. With my face, I always exfoliate at least once or twice a week as it's easy because you're only covering a small area. However, if you're telling me to take time out to scrub my whole entire body, my brain would instantly be in shut down mode. I wish I wasn't like that, so I will put in extra effort to use this body scrub to see if it's performance can break me out of this habit.
First thoughts on this product were... "How amazing does this moisturiser sound?!" Having the word 'Sorbet' in its name made me instantly think that this moisturiser is insanely refreshing for the skin with a pleasantly fruity smell for the nose. The first part is correct because the gel-cream formula does soothe, hydrate and reduce redness. Whilst the second part is less pleasant as it holds a strong floral smell, which I'm not too fond off.
Coconut oils has had an on-going rave since last year and I actually haven't came round to trying it yet. I absolutely adore the coconut water from Vita Coco. So when I saw a sample of their Coconut oil in my Birchbox, I was instantly prompted to try it. I used it for one session of oil pulling and I can genuinely say that I am going to purchase a full jar of this, as it smells amazing and is actually the perfect health and beauty all-rounder! Really happy to have received this sample in my box!

My Thoughts...

My feelings for this month's Birchbox has been pretty neutral. I'm neither ecstatic nor disappointed with my box because I've received a few products that I know I will most likely continue to use. There are also products that I know deep down won't make a comeback on my vanity table but hey ho! That's what Birchboxes are about! To let you try products which could lead to future purchases. Not everything is going to suit!

Have you tried any of the products featured in my Birchbox before? What did you think of them?

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8 comments

  1. I love May if not for the allergies that come with it!
    Lovely box!

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  2. Oh yes I totally agree! haha! x

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  3. What a nice collection within your Birchbox. I've always been curious to try Birchbox, we don't have it where I am from. I love that it came with a Caudalie product, it's such a beautiful brand. The Balm Stainiac didn't work for me, I received a small deluxe sample like that one in a beauty bag with purchase at one of our department. I think mainly because the ones they were giving out were half empty and quite dried out. I love the idea of the stain though!

    Jennifer | Amour JNFR

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    1. Oh that's such a shame that they don't stock Birchbox in Australia. Hopefully they will in the future as they're getting bigger.I haven't yet tried the Staniac yet, the concept sounds great so hopefully it'll perform well. P.s. thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting on all my posts, it really means a lot <3 x

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  4. Thanks for sharing your review hun, I'm not always a fan of beauty boxes and too often there are products I will never use I'm a fan of Caudalie, so it's great they've included a sample :) Do you prefer the Wonder Sponge to your Beauty Blender? I've never used a blending sponge before but thinking about getting the Reals Techniques one. xx

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    1. That's what I used to feel like, but since Birchbox advises you to fill in your details and preferences, they tend to cater to them every month. I've actually tried the Wonder Sponge today and I genuinely cannot tell the difference between them both yet. So far so good! Need to keep using it and see if it can last a while like my Beauty Blender could. I haven't tried the Reals Technique one yet, so please let me know how you get on if you do get it.. or do a review so I can read how it is on your blog! ;) xx

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  5. I enjoyed your May UK Birchbox review and I have tried Rituals bath and lotions and Caudalie products! I am enjoying the US Birchbox theme of "get outside" which partners with KEDS footwear and SPF products! I know that I will be using all my items this month!!

    Ursula

    www.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

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    1. Thank you :) Oh wow the US version sounds so interesting! What did you think of your Rituals and Caudalie products? xx

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