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Birchbox May 2016 - For the Dreamers...

Oh Birchbox what a good box you have this month! This months inspiration is fantastic dreams, one of which Birchbox thinks is winning a dream holiday.

Birchbox May 2016 - For the Dreamers
Birchbox May 2016 - For the Dreamers

Let's start off with the box itself shall we. This month the box has had another make-over, but to see most of it you'll need to grab a coin and scratch off the silver coating on top of the box. You know when you scratch a scratch card? It's just like that. For two lucky subscribers scratching off the silver covering will reveal they've won a dream holiday of five nights in either the Maldives or Crete. Even if you're not one of the lucky ones make sure you check the booklet in the box for another opportunity to win a holiday, this time to Mallorca.

As my box is a PR sample I was pretty sure I wasn't going to be winning a holiday but I wanted to reveal that gorgeous design so got scratching. I really like the idea of revealing if you've won a prize, but in practice scratching off the whole lot was a real pain! It took ages, made a hell of a mess and damaged the box a little as in the light you can now see scratch marks all over it. I personally think it would have been better to just have a small scratch panel, maybe just under the Birchbox logo. But I love the design and it will definitely be added to my pretty box collection.

Birchbox May 2016 - For the Dreamers
Birchbox May 2016 - For the Dreamers

On to the actual box contents and for me they're just as amazing as the box itself (the design, not the scratching). I'll actually make a start with the 'little extra' as going from left to right feels right. This months lifestyle extra is a little sample sachet of Vite Coco Coconut oil. I'm fully aware that everybody has gone crazy for coconut oil but as of yet I haven't tried it myself in any way. I did ask on Twitter what I should use it for as a newbie but got no responses (nobody loves me!) so if you have a suggestion as to the best way to use it please leave me a comment (someone, anyone?). 

I do like to have a good scrub (I'm talking my body, not Birchboxes covered in silver) so I was pleased to see a tube of Rituals Tao | Wai Wang Mild Exfoliating body scrub as my current pot of scrub is approaching finished. I've actually tried this already #EagerBeaver and it is quite a mild scrub. I'd possibly like it to be slightly scrubbier, but if you prefer a mild scrub then this is for you. This does contains shea butter and coconut oil quite high up in the list of ingredients so it does provide some moisturisation as well.

Birchbox May 2016 - For the Dreamers

Caudalie have recently repackaged their Vinosource range with new pink packaging and my box contained a sample of the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. The new pink packaging has definitely caught my eye and I wanted to try their Moisturizing Sorbet so I'm delighted to see this in my box. 

Birchbox posted a sneak peak on their Instagram of the Philip Kingsley PK Prep Polishing Balm and I noticed a lot of people moaning about having Philip Kingsley in the box again. I personally don't mind repeat brands as long as it's not the same product that's been featured before. I don't recognise the packaging on this one so I believe PK Prep might actually be a new range, so it's not 'the same old samples'. I find the ends of my hair frizz quite easily even when blow drying so I'm all for trying a new product that might help smooth them. 

There's another repeat brand with theBalm Stainiac. Yes theBalm has featured numerous times in Birchbox but each time I've received a different product including a cream blush, powder highlighter and lip/cheek stain. Their samples sizes are so cute and I've got a lot of use out of the previous two I've received. This one is a Benetint type product that comes with a little doe foot applicator.  

Birchbox May 2016 - For the Dreamers

Finally there's a Spectrum Unicorn Tears Wonder Sponge. This one was the 'pick your sample' this month as you could choose between pink and lilac. I would have quite liked a Spectrum brush because I'd like to try one, but I believe they have featured one of their brushes recently. I do already own three foundation sponges but as I've only used each of them a couple of times and then left them sat on the side they probably need chucking for hygiene reasons. Once I'm settled in my new place (with a dressing table) I intend to start using one regularly so I'm glad to have received a brand new one. This one feels much stiffer than the BeautyBlender and feels more like the Nicka K one I have. Price wise at £4.99 this comes in a little cheaper than the Real Techniques version. 

Overall I'm really pleased with this months box. The actual box features a beautiful design and there's a good mix of products including body skincare, face skincare, make-up, a make-up tool and hair care. If you like the look you can subscribe to Birchbox here.

What do you think of the May Birchbox?

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8 comments:

  1. Birchbox has kind of gone down hill i dont get why anyone would pay what £15+ for a box of samples when there are beauty boxes out there for less that give more

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    1. Birchbox is just under £13 including the postage and I personally think they're one of the better boxes. I really liked this months and last months

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  2. This is a good box, I really want to try something from Rituals. Coconut oil is great on your hair and for your nails/cuticles. It can be used for removing makeup but I prefer not to use it on my face as its comedogenic xx

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    1. Ah yes I'd probably prefer not to use it on my skin then as I am prone to blackheads x

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  3. I love Birchbox! This is a really good one. My subscription just ran out and this makes me want to renew!! Great post. x

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    1. I think you need to, they've had some amazing boxes recently x

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