Birchbox May 2015: Free Your Mind

I've been really impressed with my Birchboxes over the last few months so when the latest one landed on my doorstep, I had high hopes for it. This month's theme is 'Free Your Mind' and is all about doing new things, which is always something I feel keen to do at this time of year - I think it's something about the days getting longer and the weather (hopefully!) improving. So let's see what we have...

Birchbox is knocking it out of the park with their box designs lately and this month's is no exception - it's designed to be one that you colour in yourself! I haven't jumped on the 'colouring for relaxation' bandwagon yet but this has inspired me to give it a go. Plus I really like the idea of being able to personalise your box in this way and unleash your creative/childlike side. Birchbox is also offering a prize of £500 worth of beauty products for the best box so make sure you enter if you haven't already!

I really like this new booklet design for the information about what's in the box and how to use it - it's much easier to flip through and keep than the previous pile of cards. The sneak preview for June was particularly exciting (though I won't spoil that in case you haven't seen it yet...).

WAH London Nail Polish in Be Better Not Bitter

This month Birchbox let subscribers pick their product from WAH Nails, and I opted for a nail polish. Be Better Not Bitter, the shade I received, is a British Racing Green type colour - very nice but seems like a bit of an odd choice for a spring box when maybe a pastel or bright colour would have been better. I also wasn't wild about the wear time; it started chipping after a couple of days even with top coat. So I'm afraid it's not for me right now, but maybe one I'll come back to in the autumn months.

Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge in Paris

I'm a big fan of a bright lip but tend to only stick to certain colours - red, hot pink or maybe a coral - so initially was a bit unsure about this Mirenesse Mattfinity liquid lipstick in Paris, a kind of purply-pink colour. However, once I got used to it, I actually really liked it (even if my facial expression doesn't look like I did!). Again it's possibly something I'd wear more in autumn or winter than spring but it's quite a nice alternative to berry lips, even though the wear time wasn't great - it had worn off within about five hours. Not one I'd necessarily buy again but it was nice to try something different.

Parlor by Jeff Chastain Moisturising Sea Salt Spray

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I'm trying to slowly ease myself back into wavy hair, and I think this is the best wave-creating product I've tried so far. It doesn't look as messy as some of the others I've tried, smells nice and doesn't have that 'crispy' texture that lots of salt sprays can have. Plus it held my natural waves nicely and that they didn't drop too quickly over the course of the day. I think it's still a look I'm getting used to but this is definitely a product I'll come back to when I want to try it again.

Whish Three Whishes Body Butter in Almond

I am a sucker for anything almond-scented so was very excited to get this body lotion in this month's Birchbox. Having tried the lavender version of this product, which I really liked, I was optimistic about it and my good faith was rewarded. It's rich but without being too heavy, sinks in nicely, moisturises for a long time - my skin still felt really soft the next day, even on my dry patches - and the almond smell is sweet but without being overwhelmingly sickly. This is definitely my favourite product in this month's box!

Jelly Pong Pong Caribbean Sun Bronzer Duo in Martinique

(Yes I know it looks messy. I'll explain why in a future post.)

Bronzer is one of those products that has always scared me a bit; I think because I'm so pale I worry I'm going to end up looking orange. However, this product has made me rethink my views on it. It's not too heavy and adds a nice subtle glow and contour but without looking too 'done', especially when teamed with the pretty mid-pink blush - though you could quite easily build it up too. I also found the wear time was quite good at around six hours, but suspect if I'd applied a bit more it might have held up longer. Definitely one I'll be reaching for when I want to add a bit of colour this summer.

Number 4 Lumiere d'Hiver Reconstructing Masque

The final item in this month's box was this lovely hair mask. Firstly, it smells absolutely amazing - a gorgeous creamy, slightly sweet scent that adds an extra touch of luxury. It also made my hair feel really soft and smooth but without weighing it down too much in the way lots of masks can. Finally, as it's so rich a little goes a long way, so even though it's not cheap it's definitely worth the investment. A really nice treaty product to finish off the box.

Birchbox Colouring Pencils

Finally, a set of colouring pencils to decorate the outside of the box. I really liked that as a little extra touch as it means you're not forking out on other products to colour it in. And there's always a use for pencils...

Overall I was really pleased with this month's Birchbox. It definitely lived up to the theme as I tried lots of stuff I wouldn't normally experiment with, plus I found some really lovely products in the bronzer and the hair mask. The one misfire was the nail polish but if that had just been in a more springlike colour then I'd have no complaints, Looking forward to seeing what's in the June box now...

Did you get this month's Birchbox? What did you think of it?

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