Birchbox June 2017 was all about making the transition into summer. The theme was “Daytripping”, celebrating holiday destinations within the UK. There was no box this month but rather a Birchbox bag which was apparently inspired from the Brighton beach. There were two colour choices for the bag that Birchbox members could have chosen between, or kept it a surprise if you fancied. I went for the more all-around the year coloured one, turquoise with purple, although I must admit it was a difficult choice as the other had yellow stripes and was a lot more summery looking. I was tempted to not choose and keep it a surprise. Either way I love that this month was a bag and not a box, it’s a nice change and who doesn’t need another cosmetic bag?
The bag is actually of a surprisingly quite good quality. It is fairly thick and waterproof and while you know it can’t have been expensive (it’s a plasticky material), it doesn’t feel that cheap either. It is also much bigger than I expected Birchbox to go for.
However, the contents inside were not as great. The products included this month were, from left to right as shown in the picture, An eyebrow liner, an eye liner, a hand cream, a dry hair shampoo and a body scrub. So let’s go in a little more detail as to how each product performed.
Bear in mind that these are my personal opinions and as beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa, please leave your comments below!
MeechNMia Brow Liner #021
One thing that Birchbox get’s right is product personalisation according to your beauty profile. When you setup your Birchbox account you have to answer a few questions and tell them what colour your hair is, what skin issues you have etc. So according to my beauty profile and the colour that I said my hair is, they have sent the right liner colour for me. Unfortunately, my eyebrows are naturally darker than my hair and their beauty profile doesn’t cover details like that. Anyhow at least they do have a personalised beauty profile unlike other subscription beauty boxes (Look Fantastic, Cohorted). Even though this colour was slightly light for me, I tried it out to let you know how it performed.
The pencil tip is a little too hard and I ended up pulling out some eyebrow hairs when using this over them to fill in the gaps. It is not as soft and easy to apply as other eyebrow liners and unfortunately it is not waterproof either. It doesn’t smudge but it does rub off after 2-3 “rubbing motions”. You don’t need a makeup remover to remove this, if you keep rubbing for 10-20 times it is completely off. The pigmentation is also not applied evenly. Sometimes it comes off more brown than other times, when you hit a hair or a pore for example. It comes out evenly coloured on smooth, hairless and pore less skin though. But how realistic is that? It has a faint smell typical of a pencil cosmetic in a good way.
The pencil came with a see-through, cheap and standard cap. The outside of the pencil looks nice and sleek. The branding and presentation are definitely on point. However, this is apparently a full size product which I find very hard to believe. This is a definite, 100%, travel size in my opinion and other brands must agree as it is as long as other travel size pencils I have. It retails for £12.99, too pricey for it’s size and quality. SCORE = 5/10.
Arrow Enhance Waterproof Eyeliner in Bright Now
According to the Birchbox information leaflet, this is supposedly the half of a double ended pencil with one side being a “highlighter” or brightener and the other a coloured pencil such as a black eyeliner. Was it really that hard to include the full pencil? It’s not like it wouldn’t fit in the bag. Anyhow, past this disappointment, this pencil is actually a light pink colour instead of a white which surprised me a little.
It is very buttery and easy to apply, it doesn’t smudge but it does rub off quickly, after a few “rubbing motions”, and disappears completely if you keep going. It is waterproof though and at least it has a proper, sturdy cap that doesn’t feel super cheap. The pencil itself looks nice and it doesn’t seem to smell of anything.
I was thrown back by the pink colour (which is supposed to be a nude but it’s a light baby pink), I personally prefer to highlight inner corners with white but there might be some looks where this might go with better. Perhaps it might also be more charming on darker skin tones than my super milky white one? I don’t really know. I haven’t even considered using this as a main eyeliner, I just assumed it would be a highlighter because of its colour but I guess it depends on the look! It can feel a little sticky if you apply 2-3 layers of it. SCORE = 6/10.
Cowshed Cow Pat Hand Cream
Points for the fact that this product made me laugh. I mean…Cowshed cow pat? And I want to put this on my hands? Who thought of this branding and even coupled this with a black tube colour with some balls or flowers?? at the front. Presentation and branding wise, I have no idea what happened here!
The actual tube itself though feels of good quality. It is steady and I love that the black colour is mat. At least the tube is full with product which is something that Birchbox doesn’t do all the time! I’ve had many tube products from Birchbox boxes that were not full.
The cream is standard white with a standard hand cream texture. I can’t quite specify what it smells like but it’s neither pleasant or unpleasant. It’s ok. It gets absorbed really quickly and doesn’t leave any residues behind. It does indeed moisturise nicely and leaves the skin feeling soft. It contains grapefruit, coriander and bitter orange and so I guess the smell can be described a bit on the citrus side but not in a wake-up, refreshing way.
This hand cream does work and I will definitely use it until it’s out but I’m afraid the branding mess means that you won’t catch me with Cowshed in my handbag. This is a full size product that retails for £8. If it wasn’t for the branding mess I’d say the price is ok. Not a bargain but not too bad either. SCORE = 6/10.
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo Sea Buckthorn Berry
Dry shampoos are so super useful, where do I even begin. So this product type is very welcome in my kit. Unfortunately though when it comes to dry shampoos you just have to compare it to the Batiste ones and it just doesn’t cut it. The Batiste are just better.
The packaging is cute, I love that it is colourful and the small size means that you can easily throw this in your handbag. This is supposed to be some kind of berry smell but to me it smelled like a cheap perfume from a one pound shop. It’s not a “bad” smell, just not what I would want my hair to smell off. It doesn’t really absorb oils or condition as nicely as the Batiste products do but it does leave the hair slightly soft. Can’t really say much on this one as it just doesn’t compete with Batiste. SCORE = 6/10.
Scrub Love Body Scrub Coconut Mango
I received a Scrub love body scrub in both my May Glossybox and May Look Fantastic box so Birchbox you are a little late including this in June. Additionally, both Glossybox and Look Fantastic included a bag of 100g whereas Birchbox, which is known for its smaller samples, included only 50g. I checked and actually a 100g bag would have fitted easily in this month’s Birchbox bag so why Birchbox? Why do you always have to include smaller samples? It’s not like we pay much less for it compare to the other boxes!
Anyways, at least this is a good product and I got a different scent in all three of my boxes. Function wise and feeling wise all three products were the same. They leave behind a “dirty” feeling like something is still there. The skin is not squeaky clean but rather oily, which personally I didn’t like and felt that I had to soap clean my skin afterwards.
All three though smell nice and I love how raw they look as if certain natural ingredients were just mixed and that’s it – see picture. However, this rawness means that it feels quite rough on the skin, especially on sensitive areas like inner thighs. I now only use these scrubs with a glove as it does get painful on the hand by the time you scrub your whole body.
If you don’t mind the oily feeling or if you don’t mind just rinsing with soap or shower gel after then this is the product for you. As I mentioned last time, the packaging, although not traditional for a body scrub, is quite nice and attractive. It is water proof and does seal very well after opening or between uses so you don’t have to worry about your scrub getting wet.
The ingredients used, coconut and mango are supposed to nourish, hydrate, smooth and soften your skin. This product is for normal to dry skin whereas the other two I got in other boxes were for all skin types. SCORE = 8/10
Overall I love that this month’s Birchbox was a bag instead of a box. It’s a nice change and it is also a useful item. The products included though were not as good as I would have hoped and unfortunately this month was a very good example why I keep saying Birchbox is the subscription beauty box with the smallest product sizes.
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 6/10
Overall box score after product testing (a sum of product scores) = 6.2/10
Star product = Scrub Love Body Scrub Coconut Mango.
Did you get this month’s Birchbox box? What did your box contain? What did you think of the products? Have you tried any of the products listed? Let me know your experiences!
For general Subscription Box reviews see my: Birchbox, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Cohorted general review posts. For help on how to choose the right subscription box for you check out “Which Subscription Beauty Box is right for you?”.
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.