Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Free Your Mind With Birchbox


Birchbox May 2015 UK

Birchbox (May 2015)* £10 (Plus P&P - Get free shipping this month with the code FREEMIND)

As you might have noticed, if you're an avid reader of Ellis Tuesday, despite blogging predominantly about beauty I have only ever reviewed one beauty box (link here). Well this month, if you're a fan of reading about the latest and greatest beauty boxes on the market, then you are in for a treat as I will be reviewing not one but two beauty boxes, starting with the May Birchbox.

When I was the given the opportunity to try out and review this month's Birchbox, little did I know that it would combine beauty (as you would expect) and one of the biggest crazes of the moment; adult colouring/art therapy.

Birchbox Free Your Mind Box

Before I even opened the box to unveil it's contents, I was immediately won over by the colour-it-yourself design. With the success of adult colouring books and art therapy it's no surprise that brands and companies are beginning to take notice and I could not be happier that Birchbox came up with this fantastic idea and design for their May box, especially with it being the first box that I've had the pleasure of putting to the test. It's also made me incredibly excited about re-purposing this box to hold my collection of Sharpies, which seems to be growing steadily month on month. And the fact that Birchbox have provided a dinky little box of colouring in pencils really is a nice touch, particularly for those of us out there who don't have an out of control colouring in stash like myself.

What do you think of my take on the Birchbox design? It's been so lovely to sit and colour it in bit by bit and it really has taken me back to the days when I would spend every evening after school drawing, painting and creating. But back to the products themselves. 

Birchbox UK Beauty Sample 2015

From left to right: WAH London Press On Nails £9 - PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturising Sea Salt Spray (Full Size £17) - N.4 (Number 4) Lumiere d'Hiver Reconstructing Masque (Full Size £36)

The May Birchbox contains one full sized product, the WAH London Press On Nails and five sample sized products. I was actually surprised to count six beauty samples instead of the five that were promised on the Birchbox site. But it appears that the N.4 (Number 4) Lumiere d'Hiver Reconstructing Masque was added as a little bonus this month which I certainly appreciate. My first thought when I looked at the collection of samples together was the fact that I only recognised two of the brands looking back at me. These two brands, Caudalie and WAH London, are ones that I have wanted to try out for quite some time now and the others exude pure luxury. I do like the idea of being able to try out slightly more luxurious brands without having to purchase a full size product or investing fully. I was also very intrigued to find that one of the brands, PARLOR, is exclusive to Birchbox.

I've had a little play around with the samples included in this month's box and I've been really impressed thus far. My favourite product has to be the Caudalie Vinoperfect Tinted Moisturiser. It's surprisingly hydrating and gives my skin such a lovely glow. Perfect for the summer really. Another summer beauty staple; the PARLOR Sea Salt Spray. This is nothing like the crispy sea salt sprays that I've done my best to steer clear of over the years and I've also been very impressed by the RMK Make Up Remover. And then the Mirenesse Lip Rouge is just such a gorgeous shade. Oh and WAH London, how cool are your press on nails? The only product that I've not yet put to the test is the N.4 (Number 4) Reconstructing Masque but I will be sure to update you on that over on social media at some point.

Birchbox May 2015 Review UK

From left to right: Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturiser in 01 Light (Full Size £27) - Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge (Full Size £21) RMK Point Make Up Remover (Full Size £20)

Unlike many of the other beauty boxes on the market, Birchbox tailor your products to your Beauty Profile (which you fill in when joining) to give you a personalised service. However, depending on your way of thinking, this could be seen as a pro or a con since not every single Birchbox subscriber will receive the same samples in their box. I don't know about you but I would be a little bit miffed if I received a product that I wasn't that impressed with only to see someone else receive my dream product in their box but I guess that is something that you would need to consider if you're prone to a bit of jealous Ellis thinking like myself. Hehe. Birchbox also have a points programme which means you can earn Birchbox points to spend on full size products on their site which is a definite added bonus of being a Birchbox subscriber.

So what do you think of May's Birchbox? Have you tried any of the products enclosed in this month's box before? And what do you think of the colour-it-yourself design? Have you jumped on the adult colouring bandwagon yet? And are you subscribed to any beauty boxes?

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16 comments

  1. This looks like such a great box! I'm not subscribed to any beauty boxes at the moment as I've found them pretty hit and miss but I'd be really happy if I'd received this one. The design on the box is such a cool idea and I LOVE the print of the Wah! nails! xx

    Charlotte / Colours & Carousels

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    1. That's my biggest concern with them too Charlotte but this one is definitely a good'un! :)
      They are my favourite aspects too!

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  2. Such a lovely idea! I used to subscribe to Birchbox but unsubbed a while back.. maybe they deserve a second chance!

    Georgina
    foxonthehunt.com

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    1. Oh I would definitely look into it again Georgina! :)

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  3. I love May's box, although I'm not a massive fan of the salt spray I got, maybe it will grow on me. The press on nails look lovely and your box design is fab!

    www.bethsbeautylove.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Salt sprays can be a bit hit or miss but this one actually did impress me Beth. I know some sprays like that just don't work with my hair even though others adore them!
      Thank you so much lovely! :)

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  4. I absolutely love the idea of the box! I think I want to order this month just to get that box (or I can just get a colouring book....)

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

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    1. I certainly need to treat myself to some colouring books asap Rachael! :)

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  5. your photos are so so pretty.
    Love your blog, would be amazing if you could check mine out too.
    Ana xxx
    https://www.bloglovin.com/people/ravishingroses-4222521

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    1. Aww thank you so much Ana! :) That really makes my day to hear that!
      I'm on my way over now!

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  6. I love the look of this, I need to sign up to a beauty box!

    www.saltandchic.com // UK Fashion Blog

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    1. I'm hoping that next month's will be as exciting as this one Amy! :)

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  7. I used to be subscribed to a couple of beauty boxes, but then I started to be disappointed by the contents, so cancelled them. I have been tempted back by Birchbox, though. I love the design of the Wah London nails and the Caudalie Tinted Moisturiser sounds gorgeous!

    Alice / Alice Grace Beauty

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    1. I know exactly what you mean Alice!

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  8. Oh I'm so glad I came across this post! I have been wanting to try Birchbox for some time now but I previously had a different subscription box and hated the samples as they really weren't anything that I would even use! This has definitely made me want to try it so thank you!

    Yasmin
    xx

    The Not So Secret Lives Of Pizza Lovers

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that Yasmin! :) No problem at all lovely!

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