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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