Beauty Review: June 2014 Birchbox

Despite the fact that England lost their opening game, I am really enjoying this World Cup. Compared to the snooze-fest in South Africa for years ago it's far more lively, with goals and controversy aplenty. To tie in with this sporting event that brings the world together, this month's Birchbox is called 'Global Strikers' and is themed around a range of products from all over the world.

As this year's World Cup is in Brazil, the June Birchbox bag is in the Brazilian national colours of green and yellow. I actually really like this - it's a bit different from the usual Birchbox bags, and I'd like to see it more often. Maybe a patterned bag in a signature print for the next designer collaboration?

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate 5ml (sample value: £1.33)
This has been on my to try list for ages after Sali Hughes recommended it in her 50 essential beauty products a little while ago, so I was very excited to get this! It's billed as a multi-tasking product, with its main uses being as a primer, moisturiser and make-up remover, which is a bonus for me as I'm always keen on products that mean I can skip a step in my routine and save some time. This is definitely a product where a little goes a long way, but it sinks in really quickly and, despite its thick consistency, doesn't feel heavy or like it's clogging my pores.

Flip flop keyring
Reminiscent of the Havaiana sandals that are everywhere in Brazil, this flip flop keyring in the Brazilian national colours is a decent little lifestyle extra. It's not something I'd have picked out myself but it's a reasonable enough addition to this month's Birchbox.

Naobay Body Radiance Lotion (sample value: £1.68)
Naobay is a Spanish brand which I hadn't heard of before, but I actually really like this body lotion. It's got quite a 'green' scent (probably from the olive and avocado oils) but it's not too overpowering, and the lotion sinks in really quickly - again, a little goes a long way. That said, this is the third box on the run where I've got a body lotion and it's getting a little ridiculous. Some different options would be nice next time Birchbox!

OPI Nail Lacquer in Kiss Me I'm Brazilian (sample value: £2.98)
I'm a big fan of OPI nail polishes and had been eyeing up their Brazil collection for a few weeks now, so was pleased to get one in this month's box. Whilst Kiss Me I'm Brazilian, a bright Barbie pink, isn't the most original colour, it's a good summery shade that would work on fingers and toes. I haven't tested this one for durability yet but most OPI polishes are pretty good so I will report back and let you know how I get on.

Silk + Honey Shea Butter Conditioning Mask (sample value: £8.25)
I'm always on the lookout for a good nourishing hair product and this mask from Silk + Honey has a lovely texture, as well as feeling really moisturising for my hair but not weighing it down too much - vital at the moment as I'm growing it for the wedding. It has a lovely soft scent that doesn't clash too much with perfumes or body lotions and makes my hair feel lovely and smooth.

Yves Rocher Sheer Botanical Lipstick in Rouge Groseille (sample value: £9.90)
I hadn't tried any Yves Rocher products before this lipstick, but I really like it. The swatch here is with three layers and it still looks really sheer, which is great for the summer when you don't want heavy lipstick but still want to look 'done'. I can definitely see myself reaching for this a lot in the warm weather. And it's a full size too!

Overall this Birchbox was a bit mixed. Whilst I love the Embryolisse and am impressed by the lipstick, I'm less wowed by some of the other products as they're quite standard - I would have liked something that wasn't another body lotion and a more unusual nail polish, and could take or leave the keyring. That said, I think they've definitely upped the value of the box with the full size lipstick and the hair mask (although I'm not sure I'd pay £55 for the full size of that!). I think it would be good for them to offer something similar to the menus other beauty boxes offer, or perhaps asking customers what kind of colours they like to make the boxes a bit more varied.

Did you get the June 2014 Birchbox? What was your favourite product?

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1 comment:

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