June 2016 Birchbox

My June’s Birchbox (UK) has reached me at work just before lunch and whilst I was really happy to see it, a tiny part of me was cursing inside as I still haven’t uploaded  my review for May’s Cohorted box! Just bear with me, I will. Just you know…later. Sorry! It has been a few hectic weeks!

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It’s that time of the month again! 

When I wait for all my boxes and am overly critical towards them! Honestly, I am very happy and usually really excited when I get them, but one must be cruel to be just!
If you are new to my reviews – Welcome! None of this is sponsored. I also rate things with my kittens. I hope you enjoy it!
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 None if this is reflective of their personalities! I love both of my shittens. If you want to see more of them you can find it on my Instagram @SaturdayonWednesday

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Subscribers got an email with an option to upgrade their boxes with a pair of Quay Australia sunglasses. Love those, but not enough to spend this amount of money if I cannot chose between more options and the only 2 were not really my thing. Shame. Though I did order a pair from ASOS that were on sale (not that it arrived – different story), so their marketing did work!

There were two possible box designs this month, you couldn’t chose but both were really pretty so no one should complain either way. One featured pineapples; I feel like pineapple is the new black this year. That doesn’t make any sense, I hear you say. Correct, yet it’s still true. Don’t get me wrong, I love pineapple so I am not mad, it deserves the hype. And the other box featured palm trees. I got the latter – yay! It’s also a drawer box this month, which just robs me of the lid, as I use those boxes as organisers for my drawers. Much sadness. Still a very pretty box. Enough ramble. Let’s look inside.

* If you wish to subscribe to Birchbox and receive £5 worth of Birchbox points here’s the link to do so! Enjoy xxx *

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                                                         Birchbox costs £10 (£12.95 with P&P)                                                    The samples in the box come to £39.19 in proportion to their full size equivalents.                A big improvement from May’s box that totalled to £18.2! Cheers, Birchbox.


Hairspray

Percy & Reed

I give this  Curiously Supportive Zeuses

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Full size is £12, this comes to £2.4

What?

‘Spent ages perfecting those Pinterest-inspired braids?’ – hah, no. I don’t get so far as to perfect anything I see on Pinterest, I don’t understand how those people do it, they must have a lot of hair to work with. ‘You need a spritz of strong hold hairspray to keep your hard work in place’ – oh Birchbox, it’s as if you don’t know me at all.

How? 

From 10cm distance.

Pro’s

  • Suppose to be crunch-free which is always nice. I don’t like my curls to feel like they are going to snap. I like them to hold the shape but without being suicidal, thank you.
  • Because of that, you’re able to restyle if you’re not happy with it – but then how well does it hold? I am confused. Do you see why?
  • The packaging is cute, especially as some brands just don’t try really hard with the mini versions, it’s still nice to see it look pretty, amaright?
  • Good for throwing it in your bag on the go. For weddings and such.

Con’s

  • I’ve been to like 1 wedding.
  • As I mentioned, if you’re able to restyle after applying it, what’s stopping it losing the shape? Am I missing something here?
  • Has quite a strong chemical smell.

 

Could alternatively be used as: self-defence spray. It’s not quite pepper spray but I am certain it would burn regardless if sprayed in the eyes. So that’s handy, and it’s conveniently small to take it with you!

Would I buy it & should you?

I’ll have to use it to see if it’s different enough from my TRESemme hairspray. And even then, I only use hairspray maybe 3-4 times per month if that, so unless you’re someone who does use hairspray regularly, maybe there’s no point in investing in one for £12.


Jelly Pong Pong

Paradise Pigments in Cake Pop

I give this 4 Curiously Supportive Zeuses

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It’s a full price and costs £17.95 (wuuut?)

What?

A really expensive little pod of very vivid pigment.

How?

Could be used for both lips and cheeks.

Pro’s

  • It smells really nice
  • The packaging is nice and heavy, doesn’t feel cheap at all (and clearly isn’t)
  • A little does go a long way, just as claimed
  • The colour is quite nice
  • Really vivid and summery
  • Unique
  • It lsts for quite a long time, I feel like this is one of those products that would fade equally and would last fine through the dinner.

Con’s

  • It’s small, but it’s seriously heavy. It’s cute and it does make it feel fancy, but how practical is that really? I already bring half of my flat with me to work, I don’t need a freakishly small yet heavy glass pod.
  • I am just not convinced that any cream blush offers the precision and control of a powder blush. I just don’t buy it and I never use these stains/pigments for that. #sorrynotsorry
  • It’s quite pigmented (especially with a bit more product) so I am not sure how comfortable I am in applying this with my fingers that are not exactly known for their precision as compared to the actual lipstick.
  • It says ‘hydrating’ but I am truly sceptical of that.

Could alternatively be used as: nose tint. I tested it. While enjoying the nice scent of it. Just kind of dipped it in there a bit. 10/10, would recommend.

Would I buy it & should you?

I am not mad at this at all, and I do like it. As for how much I will actually use it during my everyday routine, I am not sure. I will try and incorporate it as I do find it interesting. I would not buy it, it’s too expensive for what it is and it’s not like I lack lip products at the moment. But I am more than happy to have received this!


Self Tanner

James Read

I give this 1 Sceptical Momo

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Full size is £25, this would cost £12.5

What? 

A ‘make me golden’ cream that it’s see-through during the application but tans your face while you sleep.

How?

Exfoliate before applying, don’t wash your face for the next 8 hours (you dirty), use twice weekly.

Pro’s

  • The sample size is very good, it’s half of the full size product.
  • Doesn’t have a strong tanning cream smell
  • Doesn’t stain your pillow.

Con’s

  • I don’t use self tanning creams. So… *sigh*

Alternatively could be used as: a permanent mustache-effect  cream. If you apply this to your upper lip you will achieve a mustache effect just in time for  2017 Halloween!

Would I buy it and should you?

I wouldn’t, but I appreciate the idea. I think it’s great that you can tan while you sleep, there’s nothing better than being productive while you sleep. I wish there was a cream that made me work while sleeping. I’d buy that! I am not sure if the see-through gel helps or not, just in case you can’t see you’re applying way too much on one side of your face. Imagine that. But anyways, I do appreciate the idea, it’s just the fact that I cannot give a good review for a product I will not have the use for. Boo. It might be brilliant for someone else though.


Cleanser

Absolution Le Nettoyant Purete

I give this 3 Curiously Supportive Zeuse

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Full price for both £26 the samples would cost £2.6

What?

Gentle gel cleanser with natural ingredients such as camomile and oats. Removes ‘dirt and grime’ – where do they think we shove our faces in?.. ‘while reducing redness and irritation’ – okay, that I can get behind with.

How?

Massage and rinse. I would recommend not applying it anywhere near your nose. Not that this would help much.

Pro’s

  • I had a product from Absolute in my January box, it was a make up removing water and it did do it’s job brilliantly so I am already in favour of the brand.
  • Anything that says ‘gentle’ next to ‘skin’ is a win for me.
  • If it also reduces redness then that’s just great.

Con’s

  • So now you think why just 3 kittens? Because it smells like death by herbs! The previous Absolution product also had this scent but in a much subtle way!  I was, in fact, about to give this an ‘unusable’ review, until I realised that as harsh as the smell is initially (and it is really harsh) it does go away fairly quickly.
  • Seriously, I am not exaggerating, it smells way way too strong.

Would I buy it & should you?

Unless this is magic that literally cuts the redness in half or more, then no. I would not buy this for £26 just to hold my breath until I wash it off my face.


Souffle Body Creme

Laura Mercier

This deserves 5 Curiously Supportive Zeuses

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The full size is £45 and this comes to £3.74

What?

A lovely rich cream. It’s whipped and so feels really light and easy to distribute. It smells devine of vanilla and sugar. I am not big on sweet scents but this I am all for. The formula includes grape seeds, sweet almond and rice bran oils for hydration, and vanilla extract and honey for soothing the skin.

How?

Just bathe in it and then sit there sniffing your skin from time to time.

Pro’s

  • The scent! It feels so luxurious!
  • Leaves your skin really soft
  • Provides deep hydration
  • Did I mention the smell?
  • Gets absorbed into skin fairly quickly, although could be a bit oily at the begining.

Con’s

  • So bloody expensive
  • The smell does stay on you for at least 5 hours (!) so might be a bit sickening if you don’t like that.

Could alternatively be used as: perfume. Legitimately, it probably lingers longer than some of my perfumes. Sad times.

Would I buy it and should you?

I wouldn’t buy it at the moment. I am not saying that I will not ever, though! It is so so so expensive, but it’s also so so so good. If I find myself with some cash to spend quilt-free, then yaaas, girl! Not likely though.


A little extra

Nope.

VERDICT

 

I don’t know, guys. I am confused. On one hand, this box did have a much better value and included a full size product. On another hand, however, I only got 1 make up item. That’s also the only item that is summer related, really. I got so much skincare that it almost feels like this would have made a great winter box. Even with the tan, if you just sell it right as in ‘Don’t worry about your winter-blues, we have your back with this little bit of sun-in-a-tube’ – or something equally ridiculious. You get my meaning.

That being said, I did really like the cream and I was intrigued about the Jelly Pong Pong. I also like the name of it. Jelly Pong Pong. I mean, how do you not like that. But that’s about it. I am not going to use the mask tan, I might try the Absolution cleanser (God help me) but might not survive it, and the hairspray is just a hairspray. Maybe it’s not though, we’ll see. Maybe it’s secretly magic. Maybe this is my invitation letter to Hogwarts, just cleverly disguised. Please be that. 

I believe the box was:

WHY, NO, STAPH!

REALLY POOR

MEH

SETTLING ON PASSABLE

ABOVE AVERAGE 

REALLY ENJOYABLE

AWESOME

PERFECTION IN A BOX

What are your thoughts on the box? Did you receive it and did you like your products? Let me know in the comments!

* If you wish to subscribe to Birchbox and receive £5 worth of Birchbox points here’s the link to do so! Enjoy xxx *

Saturday on wednesday

*Whispers ‘Jelly Pong Pong’* 🙂

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28 thoughts on “June 2016 Birchbox

        1. Aw thanks so much, really means a lot ❤️ I haven’t tried it myself but a person I know did. She said it worked fine but she thought it was a bit too dark. But then it depends on your skin tone. But it sounds like it works! I might try it if I get any tan at some point to match my face with haha xxx

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  1. I love your alternative use of the hairspray as a pepper spray haha! I’ve recently had a whole lot of my hair chopped off, so am kinda chuffed with this hairspray just to give it some volume, nothing quite like holding pinterest fantasy styles in place though…
    The jelly pong pong whatever is it I have on my lips as I type, and it has dried to an absolute crust and I am in quite some discomfort… ):
    Other than those two items everything else I received was different! *I think* xxxx

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    1. I know! I had the jelly pong pong for 3 hours at work and when I had a chance to look at the mirror i realised my lips look like I’m a hundred and ten!! Disappointed. So drying. I might insert an edit. Why is it so expensive? Maybe it’s the glass haha I will look forward to seeing what you got!!
      P. S. I realise I haven’t replied to your email, I’m so sorry! I promise I will haha so bad at this. It’s because it’s a different email than my personal. Sorry ❤️

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      1. My lips are literally flaking off onto my keyboard, it’s really quite gross. I think you should definitely insert an edit and tell the world that this tiny pot of 98% glass 2% product is shit! 😀
        That’s fine, you probably have like 3 emails from me or something silly, but no rush! I appreciate that you’re probably quite busy with new job and bits, so no worries 🙂 xxxx

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