Birchbox May 2017 Review – Plus £5 Off!

One of my favourite ways to treat myself is to a new beauty box. Who wouldn’t want a fabulous little box full of beauty goodies!? Birchbox is the number 1 beauty box in the UK. It’s a great way to receive products at a discounted price and to try things you may never have picked before. It is a monthly subscription service costing £12.95 (including postage) which can be cancelled at any time. I had never tried it before so I thought I would check it out.

Upon opening the package, I received this beautiful marble patterned box, smelling divine. This is so cute! I am definitely going to keep this to store cards in. The quality is great. Inside were 5 different products and a leaflet giving details about each item.

Firstly, I noticed the little pot of Marsk – Fifty Shades Mineral Eyeshadow. I had not heard of this brand before but the 1.2g pot is worth £14.29 alone, which is more than what I paid for the whole box! It’s a mineral eyeshadow – talc, paraben, fragrance and GM free. The colour is very dark and not a shade I have worn since age 12! I don’t think this colour suits me but I can pass it along to someone else who would appreciate it.

Next was the Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara. A full-size product would be £18. The size was not written on this product but it is mini. The brush is thick and short and the product smells pretty nice – not too chemical. I love volumising mascaras and I can’t wait to try this one!

I received dr. brandt® PoreDermabrasion in a travel sized tube at 7.5g. This retails for £43 (60g) which makes this version worth around £5.37. This exfoliator with salicylic acid helps to refine the appearance of pores plus give them a deep clean and smooth the appearance of skin texture. This appealed to me as I’m not a fan of my pores but the smell was quite overpowering.

The product that stood out to me the most was the Kueshi Hair Mask Shine & Volume with rice protein, jojoba & calendula (50ml). It claims to give shine and volume to damaged hair which is exactly what I need! I have been looking for a new hair mask, so this is just what I need. I’m really pleased with this item. It smells lush too. Retailing at £10.50 (250ml), this makes the travel sized version worth around £2.10. The texture is lovely too. It isn’t super creamy and has a gel-like feel to it.

Finally, I got the Whish Rice Milk Firming Body Cream (22ml). This smells absolutely gorgeous, like a perfume. Some of my favourite ingredients are included (green tea, shea butter, cocoa seed butter) which is probably why I love it so much. It claims to smooth blemishes and give a firmer feeling. I’m very slim but my body is by no means firm and fabulous. Maybe this will help? The full sized product is worth £27 for 150ml, making this version cost approximately £3.96.

In conclusion, the products I received are worth around £31 which is pretty good for £12.95. All of the products are available on the Birchbox website but unfortunately, most are out of stock. You get 10% off this month’s products as a subscriber. The only downside is that they aren’t widely available. I couldn’t find any on Amazon or many beauty stores in the UK. You just have to shop around. I would try a box again as it’s like getting a cute little beauty present each month. Let me know which products you have tried!

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2 comments on “Birchbox May 2017 Review – Plus £5 Off!

  1. I have to say, I’m not a fan of beauty subscription boxes. But, I know that’s because of my allergies. I’d be lucky if I ordered a box and could use more than one product! However, I do love seeing what other people get in their boxes, it really inspires me to check out different brands and products. The Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion sounds really interesting. I’m trying to get back into a better skincare routine, so will be checking the ingredients of this out! Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

  2. Ooh the mascara and hair mask sound interesting: would love to see a review of them! Although the Lee Stafford Coco Loco hair mask is incredible, and a slightly cheaper alternative!
    I’m forever looking at subscription boxes but find that there’s usually very few items that I would use, so I’ve never been able to commit to one. Maybe one day I’ll find the one for me!
    Saph xx

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