Birchbox June 2015 UK Review

The start of each month signals to me that my subscription boxes will soon arrive through my door, and that was the case when yesterday I arrived home, and had two sat there waiting for me. One of which is the June Birchbox, my personal favourite beauty subscription box of all. This month Birchbox have teamed up with French Sole, and given their subscribers the choice of three beautifully designed boxes filled with some really great items.

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My June Birchbox included;

  • Cowshed | Body Lotion in ‘Gorgeous Cow’
  • HIP | Ultra Shine Shampoo
  • Cynthia Rowley | Creamy Lip Stain in ‘Poppy’
  • Penhaligon’s | Iris Prima Perfume Sample
  • Premae | Dermabrasion Face & Body Scrub
  • STYLondon | Temporary Metallic Tattoo’s
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Birchbox June 2015 UK Review Beauty Subscription Box emiyloula Cowshed HIPCowshed | Body Lotion in ‘Gorgeous Cow’

RRP £20 for 300ml | Received 100ml Sample
I’m not a big fan of body lotions, so when previously, I received a different lotion from Cowshed in a subscription box, I gifted it to my friend and never actually tried it out myself. However, my friend absolutely fell in love with it, and has now fully converted to Cowshed’s lotions so I thought I had better give this a shot this time around. Firstly, this smells absolutely incredible, but I can’t quite put my finger on what the main note of the scent is. It’s described as containing Moroccan Rose, French Lavender, and Madagascan Ylang Ylang but to me it gives off a really homely warm floral scent, which I actually really really love. It contains shea and coco butters which help to moisturise the skin, and the lotion sinks in almost immediately, without leaving any weird or greasy residue behind. I’m actually very pleasantly surprised with this body lotion – which is really quite something, coming from me.

HIP | Ultra Shine Shampoo

RRP £15 for 200ml | Received 30ml Sample
I already have quite a large collection of shampoo samples stashed away so I wasn’t too overjoyed to see this within this month’s Birchbox. However, there are some really great points about this shampoo, so I am actually quite looking forward to giving it a try. Firstly, it contains no silicones or parabens, which is something I am actively trying to look for when purchasing new hair care products, so it ticks those boxes for me. Often my scalp goes through stages where it gets quite dry and irritated so the fact that this shampoo contains a specially created, oxygenated formula, to detoxify and rejuvenate the scalp is right up my street. It also contains Peppermint and Eucalyptus oils which refresh and soothe the scalp, whilst giving off a really lovely fresh minty fragrance. Retailing at £15 for 200ml, it’s actually quite pricey for a shampoo, so unless this absolutely blows me away it’s quite unlikley that I will purchase the full sized item – but we will just have to see!

Birchbox June 2015 UK Review Beauty Subscription Box emiyloula Iris Prima Cynthia RowleyCynthia Rowley Beauty | Creamy Lip Stain in ‘Poppy’

RRP £14 for 4.8ml | Received 2ml Sample
I’ve heard so many good things about Cynthia Rowley’s beauty line, so I was really happy to see this tiny sample within June’s Birchbox. It’s a really creamy liquid lipstick that also leaves the most gorgeous stain to your lips even after the majority of the colour has worn off. I received mine in the shade ‘Poppy’ which is such a beautiful pinky coral colour, unlike any other shade in my collection, and will be perfect for the summer months. Containing a doe foot applicator, it makes it super easy to sweep this lovely formula across your lips and is supposed to last all day, although I can’t comment on that just yet. This tiny sample would be great for a night out, as it’s contained within a plastic tube so it shouldn’t smash and is the perfect size to stash in your clutch bag. I’m really looking forward to getting some use out of this, this summer!

Penhaligon’s | Iris Prima Perfume Sample

RRP £85 for 50ml | Received 1.5ml Sample
I often feel like perfume samples are cheating slightly when they come inside a subscription box, as you can readily pick these up for free at most beauty counters, but I have to admit I love receiving them all the same. This perfume has been described as “an elegant fragrance that mingles fresh Bergamot top notes with musky Sandalwood and sweet Vanilla, to evoke by the magic of prima ballerinas at the ballet”. I absolutely love the scent of this, as both Vanilla and Sandalwood are my favourite scents, but at £85 for 50ml, this is a very pricey perfume, and one that I unfortunately, won’t be purchasing in full size.

Birchbox June 2015 UK Review Beauty Subscription Box emiyloulaPremae | Mild Dermabrasion Face & Body Scrub

RRP £25 for 100ml | Received 20ml Sample
I have tried quite a few Dermabrasion products in my time, as I have generally found they have worked rather well in helping to heal and get rid of my acne scarring, and I’ve been impressed with the majority that I’ve tried so far. Within the products I’ve used, the granules or beads have been very fine, and fairly harsh, but this is how they have worked to replenish the top layer of my skin. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case with this little tub. The beads are a lot larger than what I’ve been used to and disintegrate quite quickly, but this leaves me feeling like they’re not actually ‘scrubbing’ my skin like the others I’ve tried. I have only tested this out once since receiving the box, so it’s hard for me to say if it’s actually working the way I would expect it to, but it does leave my skin feeling soft and subtle, which is definitely a good start.

STYLondon | Temporary Metallic Tattoo’s

RRP £7.99 | Received Sample Sized Sheet
Temporary metallic tattoo’s seem to be all the rage at the moment, and that was definitely apparent when I opened my Birchbox as straight away, two of my sisters offered to ‘test them’ out for me. At £7.99 a packet, I do think they’re actually quite pricey, as obviously you can only use each one once, but I suppose if you were going to a festival they’d be the perfect way to dress up your outfits for the duration. You can use these on your nails as well as your body, so that opens up a whole other realm with these lovely designs for people that won’t use them as tattoo’s. Honestly, I’m still not sure if I’d actually get any use out of these, but I’m going to keep my mind open and bring them with me when I go to a festival later on this year, so we’ll just have to wait and see about that one!

Birchbox June 2015 UK Review Beauty Subscription Box emiyloulaAlso included in June’s Birchbox was this beautiful shoe bag, courtesy of French Sole, which matches the design of the box. I don’t actually think I’m going to keep shoes in here, but I adore storage bags like this, and think it will be absolutely perfect for travelling with.

Overall, I’ve been impressed again by Birchbox this month, and for once I actually think I will get use out of everything within this box (well maybe the tattoos?!) June’s box contained a bit of everything for me, body care, hair care, skincare, makeup, perfume and some lifestyle items and was definitely worth the £10 (P&P) that Birchbox charge.

If you fancy signing up to Birchbox, you can use my link – here, which gives us both £5 to spend in the Birchbox shop. Every time you purchase a box, refer a friend or review an item you got in your Birchbox you get points, and these start to mount up really quickly. I recently spent over £60 of points in the Birchbox shop, so if you fancy a nosey at what I picked up, you can read that post here. You can also read any of my previous Birchbox reviews here

What did you think of June’s Birchbox? Are you currently subscribed to any subscription boxes – I’d love to know in the comments!

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  • I love the design of the box and shoe bag – a great backdrop for blog photos. I subscribe to My Little Box and prior to this didn’t really get the point in beauty boxes because I’m always buying so much stuff myself anyway and was worried about duplication but to be honest I am converted and admit it is very exciting when you get the package in the post – especially after a hard day at work and there’s a little surprise waiting for you!

  • S Jones

    The design of this box is beautiful, and the products look lovely too (:


  • Pooja Mittal

    the box itself is so cool, beautiful watercolor effect
    such useful products in the box

    • It’s a gorgeous box isn’t it! Yeah there’s some really handy products in here too! x

  • love the golden tattoos and the shoes bag, a beautiful design.
    xx from Italy
    Cate ? kate/idoscope

  • Rita Ramos

    You have an amazing blog! What you think of follow for follow? 🙂


    • Thank you very much x

  • The box itself is beautiful! I haven’t subscribed to any subscription boxes yet because it’s a bit hard for me to find beauty boxes that aren’t too expensive and that will deliver in Portugal! Xx

    • It’s such a gorgeous design isn’t it! Oh that’s such a shame that you don’t have a wide variety of boxes that deliver to you, hopefully some more will branch out soon and will be affordable! x

  • I unsubscribed to Birchbox a while ago and I’m kind of glad, it doesn’t look too impressive this month!


  • reneejessome

    So many great things in that box! I have just signed up for Beauty Box 5 so i’m hoping it shows up soon. I was torn between the BB5 and Birchbox though!!

    Renee | Lose The Road

  • Great review, looks like the sizes are pretty good!

    xx Falasha

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    • Thank you Falasha! I think the sizes are quite good! There’s definitely enough in most of those products for you to make your mind up on whether you like it or not! Especially the Cowshed body lotion! xx

  • I think my favourite thing would have been the Cynthia Rowley lipstick if I had received this beauty box, although I think I would get some use out of the other things and would love to try the microdermabrasion scrub. I do like the design but I don’t think last month’s colouring box one can be beaten!
    Rebecca | The Two Twenty Somethings

    • The lipstick is my favourite too Rebecca, it’s such a gorgeous shade – the picture doesn’t really do it justice! Totally agree with you about the colouring box, that was definitely my favourite one to date, such a good idea! xx

  • Eloise Balazs

    Ah now this has got me really excited to receive my birchbox! I ordered the parisian stripe box but this one is pretty, I wonder if I will get the same products, I like the look of the tatoos and cowshed lotion! Hopefully ill get a few natural based products.
    Eloise x|

    • Oh the Parisian stripe box is gorgeous, I couldn’t decide between that one or this one! You’ll have to let me know what you get when it comes, hopefully you get some nice natural bits that you’ll love! xx

      • Eloise Balazs

        Fingers crossed. I wanted traditional parisian look but I loved this one also was a hard choice! thanks for recommending x

  • What a lovely collection of goodies 🙂 I keep wanting to sign up for one of these but I don’t know which one yet, as I keep seeing so many different ones available. But this one is definitely tempting, a gorgeous design, and it’s nice to have something to look forward to every month 🙂 x

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    • Yeah there’s some really great items in this month’s box! I love coming home to a parcel when I don’t know what goodies are inside – a lovely surprise each month xx

  • The face and body scrub looks amazing! I need to sign up for this as I’ve been eyeing it for a while now xx

    • I’m looking forward to trying it on my body, it seems really good! I love Birchbox, it’s definitely my favourite beauty based subscription box x

  • I’m not subscribed to any thing (I think mostly because I’m very picky, even though I’ve always wanted to try it out) but some of these things look awesome and worth buying!

    xx – Naomi in Wonderland

    • I’m very picky too, but I’m normally really impressed with Birchbox, I’ve found some real gems through them that I would never have tried before x

  • I’ve always been intrigued by these boxes but I’m very sceptical of what the boxes will contain… P.s: I’ve heard loads of good things about Cowshed shampoos! Xx

    Shaqinah || Shoes & Roses

    • I used to be subscribed to like 6 at one point, but I’ve narrowed it down just to Birchbox and My Little Box and I’m pretty much always impressed with them both! Oh really, I’ll take a look at their shampoo’s – thank you x

  • Aisha

    Oh this box is so nice !!! x

    • It’s a gorgeous box isn’t it! x

  • These all look lovely! I really want to subscribe to a box but I’m too cheap!

    Tegan xx – Permanent Procrastination

    • Such nice bits weren’t there! I wish I was cheap – I’ve spent way too much money on subscription boxes in the last couple of years! xx

  • Susan

    This box actually looks really great! I’m actually not subscribed to any subscription box services because I’m always worried that I’d be stuck with loads of things I don’t use and I’d be wasting money, but I think I might change my mind one day 🙂

    xx Susan | Growing Daydreams

  • Aleeha

    The box is gorgeous this month! The creamy lip stain looks pretty good I have to say…

  • Laura Black

    Oh my gosh I didn’t know you could get Birchbox in the UK?! I think you may have just started something for me haha! xx

    You’ve gained a new follower in me!

    Here’s my blog – Blog With Laura

  • Kat Horrocks

    Birch box have the prettiest boxes 🙂 these samples look really good as well, love the purse size perfume!

    Kat |

    • The box itself is so gorgeous isn’t it! I love the little perfumes, so easy to just pop into my handbag, plus it smells amazing! xx

  • Oooh, the packaging of the Birchbox is gorgeous! It’s super interesting that they included flash tattoos, but I’m not surprised — Like you said, it’s all the rage right now, but the pricing. Hmm. The lotion sounds great!

    May x • THE MAYDENbloglovin’

  • Missy May

    You got some really good products. Great review! 🙂

  • I’ve heard great things and you got incredible things, I’m impressed!


  • That box and bag are stunning! I’m not too keen on the products this month – there have definitely been better boxes for me personally – but they aren’t bad products at all!

    Rachael at

    • It’s such a gorgeous design isn’t it! I agree that there have been better boxes, this definitely isn’t my favourite box, but I was still happy with it xx

  • I really want to try Birchbox but I never have – I like the idea of getting perfume samples though, they would be great to carry around!

    Fancy coming to a meet up?

    • I absolutely love Birchbox, it’s so nice to come home to a box of surprise treats each month! Ohhhh yes I would love to hear some details about it! x

  • Stacey Louise

    Such a lovely box! I love all the bits! – A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog


    • It’s such a gorgeous box isn’t it! x

  • Pam Scalfi

    this looks like an amazing box. Glossybox is also doing tattoos this month…coincidence? I think not haha
    Pam Scalfi?

    • It’s such a beautiful box isn’t it! Oh really are they? What a coincident haha 😉 !! x

  • This looks like a gorgeous box! Definitely prepping for summer, I think out of all of the product you got I’d be most excited to see how you get on with the scrub!

    Fii || little miss fii

    • It’s such a beautifully designed box isn’t it! I’ll let you know how I get on with this scrub when I give it a proper go! x

  • francesca.hearn

    Wow! That is a gorgeous box. I have never tried out any of the subscription boxes but I think Birchbox is the one I may have to give a couple of months try out!

    Lovely post!
    Francesca xx

  • Ah Emily!!! Loved this post and love your blog. Keep it up girl

    Jill xo

  • What a lovely box of goodies.
    Fantastic review – a good read

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

  • Such a great box and the design is so pretty! I love the shoe bag – but, like you, would probably use it for travelling rather than putting shoes in it! 🙂 x

    Brenda BusyBee

  • I love that the lotion and shampoo are in such hefty sizes! I’m only subscribed to Ipsy so far but it’s a little disappointing when skincare and hair products come in tiny bottles, you can never tell if they’re good or not with that little 😡

  • Beth Hodgson

    Great post and lovely summery photos 🙂 I got that creamy lip stain in my box and absolutely love it!

  • uk birchbox looks so muhc better than the us version of it. I like that lip stain you got


    The Color Palette

  • I love Birchbox packaging, looks really cute and the products are great! 🙂 Nice review babe! xx

  • I think if I was going to sign up for any beauty boxes it would be this one. So many nice products.

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine