Birchbox UK – Unboxing/Review – February 2015

I was rather pleased that my Birchbox came through my door quite early, this month, as all of the beauty boxes have seemed to be getting later and later recently. I’d managed to avoid all spoilers, yay, and couldn’t wait to see what the February box had to offer.

I like my box, I’m not crazy about it, but it’s got some great items in it, and some great brands. If you love the box (or other combinations you’ve seen) then you can sign up with my referral link and you’ll get £5 worth of points to spend in the Birhcbox shop, and I’ll get the same, the link is: 

The theme, this month, is ‘Birchbox Loves’ which is, of course, rather fitting for a February box – I think the design on the cards, for this month, is really cute too which is always a bonus.
First up we have the London Butterflies ‘Whipped body cream’ with ‘Winter Jasmine, Starflower and Sweet Almond Oil’ which come together to make a delightfully light, sweet, floral scent which isn’t at all overpowering. The formula of this really suits the name ‘whipped’ as it’s really light and sinks in to the skin very quickly, leaving it silky smooth. The 30ml sample comes in a heavy, glass jar which screams high quality (and I’m already trying to think of uses for it once it’s used up) and the full size of this costs £37 so it’s a real taste of luxury.
This is the only disappointment in the box, for me, because it’s something I’ve already got two tubes of (not sure if it was from Birchbox or another box company) so I really have no use for it as a little goes a long way. Also, this isn’t really the sort of product I use very much – That said, it is samples of The Balm who are one of my favourite beauty brands so I can’t complain totally. If I’d  not known that some people got a sample of the ‘Cindy-Lou Manizer’ power than I may not have minded so much, haha (yes. that’s right, some of you will get that!)

That said, the ‘Staniac’ lip and cheek tint in ‘Beauty Queen’ is a good example of this type of product and is much more usable than its liquid counterparts – Rather than a thin formula, this is more of a jelly/gel and, so, it applies much more easily. I do like this, product, I just don’t need it and… highlighting power!! But, regardless, it’s nice that you get two vials rather than just the one – Each one of these is 1.2ml and the full size costs £10.

The lifestyle item is one that I’m, actually, really pleased with this month (and you can have a sneak peak at one of my favourite items at the top right too, hehe) – The Vita Coco cold pressed coconut oil is a very useful product. I’ve had a tub of coconut oil before but it wasn’t the raw, organic, cold pressed oil that this one is, and you can really tell the difference, even the smell is worlds apart – The scent of this is coconuts, pure and simple, not a coconut based product which my binned tub was.

Coconut oil is all the rage at the moment – Many use it for beauty and many use it for food/nutrition/health reasons. In fact if you pop over to google you’ll be able to find countless uses for this stuff and I’m looking forward to trying some of them. For now I’ll just enjoy smelling it… mmmmm. There’s not an amount on the jar but it’s a really good size and, depending what you use it for, could last a while.

Definitely never going to complain about getting Liz Earle from a beauty box, I do love Liz Earle products. If I had a choice I wouldn’t pick a shampoo but, regardless, I am definitely interested in trying this out. This is the ‘Botanical Shine Shampoo’ and, as you can see from the picture above, it has some really interesting ingredients in it – This is, definitely, reflected in the beautiful scent which is fruity/citrus with a hint of that shea butter underneath. I may not have gone for a shampoo, but I’m rather looking forward to trying this one out and the 50ml tube will last me quite well (especially if I save it until I get my hair cut… whenever that is). The full size of this is £10.
Alright, alright, my favourite product next! Yes, that’s right, it’s a Cynthia Rowley product! I’ve read/watched so much about Cynthia Rowley that I was so so pleased to get this in my box. It’s a 0.6g pencil, which looks about half the size of a normal eyeliner pencil as long as it sharpens all the way, and even the design on the packaging looks great. I have a lot of black eyeliners… but in this instance I just don’t mind getting another. It glides on smoothly and it doesn’t want to budge once it’s dried, very very impressed. The full size of this is £11. 
The last item in the box is a 10ml sample of the Caudalie ‘Vinoperfect – Radiance Serum’ – It’s not a massive sample but, then, serums tend to go a long way. I am interested to try this out as I really like Caudalie products and have a few other samples that I’ve been saving too. I’m always going to be pleased to find Caudalie in a box, especially if it’s not Divine Oil because I love Divine Oil but have 3 or 4 bottles that I’ve not fully used, yet, haha. The full size of this serum is £45.

I think you can see why I like the box but am not crazy for it – For the most part it’s full of amazing brands, but it’s just that the products from the brands aren’t ones I’d have gone for. There’s a lot of variety in this month’s boxes, though, and I think there’s some even better boxes out there than mine. I Am happy with the box, though, the brands are great, the sample sizes are great and, due to the coconut oil being such a good lifestyle sample, it feels like there’s actually 6 items in the box rather than the standard 4-5.

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  1. Milly Youngman February 9, 2015 / 8:42 pm

    I really like the look of a fair few of these products actually! I'd really want the Lou-manizer in my box though, as cute as the Staniacs are…!

    Milly // Mini Adventures

  2. Everything Dora February 9, 2015 / 11:15 pm

    I only got one Stainiac in my box and after sampling it I'm actually disappointed. No coconut oil for me either but a Chia porridge, also I got a handwash instead of the body cream. In general the box was above average, great compilation of brands though.

  3. Jessica Edmunds February 10, 2015 / 1:19 am

    I haven't even tried coconut oil before so I definitely need to as it seems so good for the hair and I love the balm..I don't sub anymore and I think because it becomes wishy washy xxx

    Blonde Of Carbs

  4. beautyqueenuk February 10, 2015 / 1:28 pm

    OOh you got some different products to all of the ones I have seen so far, I love the look of the theBalm Stained x

  5. Kate Musgrove February 19, 2015 / 8:42 am

    Just looking and you got practically got everything that was available rather than just 5 samples. You got a few extra.

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