Birchbox July 2014

by - Sunday, August 10, 2014

"Sun, Sea and Sand", what an idyllic setting, right? It's also the theme of July's Birchbox
To begin with, I love the question they posed on the postcard. "Remember when summer holidays used to stretch on for-ev-er?!" They had me reminisce of my childhood years when all I could think of were summer camp, icecreams and sandy beaches. Did the contents of the box help take me further down the memory lane? Keep reading if you want to find out!

Well, in a very extended sense of summer memories, I have to admit they did it. Out of the five samples I received, two of them smelled of the sea and one (the lip lube) had that summery coral colour which reminded me of a stripy white and coral skirt I had as a child. Without further blabbering, let's go to the products.

  • Gilchrist & Soames English Spa Sea Kelp Extract Mineral Bath: Let's talk about freshness, shall we? Then I could incorporate this shower gel somewhere as a synonym! Goodness me, from the minute I opened it and took a whiff I instantly fell in love with it. It has that distinct smell of lemongrass with just a hint of the sea kelp, which to my senses screamed of summertime afternoons before playtime (because after it we all were dirty, muddy and smelly as hell). The sample I received was 40ml, full size is 236ml and retails for £11.25.

  • Benefit The Porefessional: Is there anyone out there who has done even the tiniest research on primers and hasn't heard of this one? Because it was the first one I stumbled upon when I got a lot more into make-up. It even became my favourite one, after sampling quite a few other brands and having them falling short in comparison. It's not a coincidence that it's UK's No.1 bestselling primer. It does what it says and more. With a velvety finish, it does blur enlarged pores and doesn't clog them up (I would know, I suffer from an extremely oily skin with enlarged pores you can spot a mile away). I would recommend it (and have done in the past) any day of the week. Just go grab it, you need this in your life! Sample size was 7ml while the full size product is 22ml and retails for £24.50.

  • Compagnie De Provence Mediterranean Sea Hand Cream: Here's the second product that brought the memories rushing back, as it smells of the summer breeze! Not impressed at all with the packaging of this, but definitely happy with the cream itself. I felt my hands moisturized after several hours I had used it (the benefit of olive oil) and the smell had obviously waned but wasn't completely gone. It has made it into my handbag, that's all I have to say! Full size is 75ml and retails for £8.50, my luxe sample was 30ml.

  • Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream: I can't say much about this product as I haven't used it yet but will do once my current eye cream is finished (which will be soon I reckon). I've heard of the brand and have gifted one of their products to my sister but had no feedback back, so I'll leave it here and let you know in the near future. Sample size was 7ml, so a luxe one as the full size product is 15ml at the cost of £20.

  • LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Bees Knees: I wish this was edible, I really do. The colour is, along with mint green and fuschia, the colour of this summer for sure! (personal opinion stated here) Easy to apply, smooth, with a little bit of microshimmer in it and so easy to carry around your bag, it's such a great nectarine coral addition to my collection (oddly enough I only have two other chunky pencil lip lubes/balms). Full size comes at 3,7gr and retails at £14.

The box came with a Lifestyle extra for this month, Vita Coco's Natural Coconut Water in Lemonade, which made me laugh as it follows to the T the celeb hype about coconut water. Needless to say, by the time I took the photos for this post it had already been consumed.

Before I close this post I want to share my thoughts about Birchbox so far. My very first box arrived in such a sorry state (as I've mentioned and shown to you in my June's post), courtesy of the delivery service the company uses. I was quite upset and annoyed with that but decided to be patient before I took action. Come July's box and one product is missing. 
Yes, you read that right. 
Although the box was in mint condition, Benefit's sample that was mentioned on the postcard wasn't in the contents, so I contacted customer service to let them know. I received an answer in less than 3 hours after my initial e-mail and the resolution to the problem came that same day, with customer service reassuring me I would be receiving the missing sample in 3 working days. And I did, so now my faith to Birchbox is restored.

What did you get in your July's Birchbox? Did you like your product samples? Will you repurchase them again? Let me know in the comment section below!

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