Birchbox UK Unboxing – May 2015

You may’ve noticed that I haven’t posted as many unboxings, recently. Firstly I’ve cut down on what I’ve been getting, quite considerably, and secondly the boxes I Have been getting haven’t filled me with the desire to write about them, until the May Birchbox arrived! This has been a really redeeming box, for me, so I’m really pleased as I was feeling rather disenchanted. 

If this box re-lights the spark for you, too, and you decide to subscribe then don’t forget to use my referral link and we’ll both get £5 worth of points to spend in the Birchbox shop: https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/m6bv3

If you use Facebook, or other social media, you may already have seen that this month’s Birchbox, box, is a little bit special. The theme is ‘Free Your Mind’ and the box is a colouring in box! Now, as a fan of colouring in Anyway, this was amazing to me. I’ve been having a big clear out of lots of empty beauty boxes but this one is Definitely going to be in my keep pile.

The box was, also, sent with a little box of crayons which I thought was a lovely touch. They’re not the softest crayons ever so they do scratch a little but I love the subtle colours. I may need to break my crayon stash out to finish it off, though.

In all honesty I have no idea how Anything other than the box fits with the ‘Free Your Mind’ theme but I really am not bothered about that. The products are, definitely, the sorts of things I enjoy, though, and fit nicely for the upcoming spring-like weather that’ll hopefully come back after all the gloom we’ve had recently.

Birchbox seem to have changed back to using a little magazine/booklet style leaflet rather than the stack of cards that they previously had – I liked both formats but I do like the abridged version that we seem to have now – Even the list of products is inside the booklet rather than on a separate card.

The smallest sample, first which is listed as an ‘Extra beauty bonus’ – This sachet of ‘Reconstructing Masque’ from Number 4 is a nice extra to get. It says you apply after shampoo and leave it in for 2-5 minutes; it’s supposed to moisturise the hair with shea butter as well as sunflower seed and jojoba seed oils. Although it’s a sachet it’s got 7.5ml of product in (which a lot of little tubes do, too), this should work as one treatment for normal hair and maybe two for my super short hair. 

Next up we have this 22ml tube of Whish body butter in an almond scent. We’ve had this brand in beauty boxes, before, but it’s always been lavender and (although it’s smelled ok) lavender isn’t a big scent for me. Almond on the other hand? I Love. I’ve given this a smell and it’s only got a subtle scent (which you’d expect for almond) which is sweet and delicious smelling. 22ml isn’t a bad size and should get a few uses; I applied it to the back of my hand ages ago and it Still feels lovely and soft. 

A full sized product, next, (though the leaflet doesn’t say full sized but the Jelly Pong Pong website does) we have the Jelly Pong Pong ‘Carribean Sun’ bronzer duo in the lightest shade ‘Martinique’. I’m so pleased I got the palest shade as dark bronzers are totally pointless to me. I like Jelly Pong Pong but have never fallen in love with any of their products but I feel like this one might be the first one that I fall for. 

I, absolutely, love this little duo – The bronzer is plenty pale enough for my pasty skin and the shimmery blush is just beautiful. It might be a bit too shimmery, for some, but for the summer I can see myself using this and not needing to use a highlighter. This full sized product is worth £15.95. 

This is the other full sized product in the box. I believe we had an option to pick what we’d get in the box, a little while ago but I must have missed the email; I only saw it when Birchbox said that new subscribers could pick, but it was too late for current subs. So, if you do decide to sign up (don’t forget to use my link) see if you can pick your sample for this brand). 
Boxes, this month, will either have press on nails, a nail art pen or a nail polish by Wah London – I’d have preferred a nail polish but the nail art pen would’ve been my second choice. Not sure if I’ll have use for this as I Think I have a pink one, in a similar shade, by Barry M, from a previous box and two seems a bit excessive. This could be a nice gift to add to a giveaway, though, and if I didn’t already have the shade then I’d be really happy with this. This is worth £7 and it’s the shade ’04 Baby Pink’ – I’ve had a look at some of the nail polishes in their brand and there’s some gorgeous shades, definitely a brand to check out some time. 

Next up we have a Parlour by Jess Chastain ‘Moisturising Sea Salt Spray’ – I like sea salt sprays for texture but, as you’d expect, they’re often really drying so the idea of a moisturising one is rather intriguing. The bottle is a 30ml sample so that’s going to last you a good while and I’m really looking forward to giving this one a go (It smells lovely too). 

Lastly is a sample that really caught my eye – I love Caudalie and I’ve never tried their tinted moisturiser so this one is a real winner for me. I was relieved to see that it’s arrived in the shade ’01 Light’ and I’ve tried it on the back of my hand and it Seems to be a decent match. The only disappointment was that the tube looked really rather big but only has 15ml in it (it’s only double the size of the sachet sample) and there’s a Lot of air in there. 15ml is fine but it just looks So much bigger which seems rather silly. Regardless, I’m definitely looking forward to giving this one a go. 
So, yes, the box is a real winner for me this month. Aside from the fact that the shade of the nail art pen might not be quite right for me, I love everything in the box and they’re all items I’d have picked had I been given the choice. If you love the box, too, and want a nice colour in as well, then don’t forget to use my referral link as it’ll get you £5 worth of points in the Birchbox shop, as well as the same for me – https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/m6bv3
Nicely done, Birchbox, I’m going to keep my sub at least one more month, now, and we’ll see how next month does (the sneak peak at the floral box and the hint at another collab box is intriguing to say the least!)

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5 Comments

  1. beautyqueenuk May 9, 2015 / 6:07 pm

    I love the idea of being able to do some colouring in x

  2. Angela Kate Webster May 18, 2015 / 5:17 pm

    Very nice! I wish I hadn't cancelled my subscription now 😀 I'm a big fan of tinted moisturiser but I haven't tried this one.

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