Birchbox October 2015 UK Review

Birchbox are without a doubt, my favourite beauty subscription service that is available here in the UK, made rather obvious by the fact that I’ve been subscribed to them for nearly 2 years now. For £10 a month (+ £2.95 P&P) I receive a box filled with around 5 deluxe, well-known, exclusive and cult makeup, skincare, fragrance or haircare samples straight to my door. Occasionally Birchbox subscribers will receive some full sized items, and often additional lifestyle extras will be thrown in too making it that little bit more exciting.

Birchbox October 2015 UK Review Back To Basics emilyloula blog

Birchbox October 2015 UK Review Back To Basics emilyloula blog

This month Birchbox gave their subscribers the option of two different boxes, the ‘Back to Basics’ or the ‘Stylist’ box. Unfortunately for me I actually didn’t receive the email telling me this, so I wasn’t able to chose the box I received, and ended up being sent the Back to Basics box, which to be completely honest, I’m not that impressed with…

My October ‘Back to Basics’ Birchbox included

  • Regenerate Enamel Science | Advanced Toothpaste
  • Seche Vite | Dry Fast Top Coat
  • Beaver Professional | Hydro Nutritive Repairing Shampoo
  • Beaver Professional | Hydro Nutritive Repairing Conditioner
  • Bioderma | Hydrabio H2O Micellar Water
  • Eyeko | Fat Liquid Eyeliner in Black

Birchbox October 2015 UK Review Back To Basics emilyloula blogRegenerate Enamel Science | Advanced Toothpaste

RRP £10.00 for 75ml | Received 15ml Sample Size
Whilst I do think it is really strange for a beauty box to include a toothpaste, I suppose since the theme is Back to Basics, it does rather fit – I mean how more basic can you get than toothpaste?! At £10 for 75ml it is quite an expensive toothpaste in my eyes (an average 100ml good tube in the UK is around £3) so I’m really hoping that this has some great benefits to it. It is described as an advanced toothpaste, perfect for everyday brushing which regenerates enamel, restores teeth to their original whiteness and strengthens against cavities. I’ve actually been meaning to pick up a travel sized toothpaste so this has come at the perfect time, but am I particularly happy to see it taking up a ‘product space’ in my Birchbox? Probably not.

Seche Vite | Dry Fast Top Coat

RRP £9.00 for 14ml | Received Full Sized Product
As nail varnish top coats go, this is one of those cult products that everyone seems to adore, but so far I’ve yet to try. It is said to give the same shiny hardened look as acrylic nails, which is something I love so I’m hoping this does live up to it’s hype. I currently don’t really have any nails, as my awful habit of biting them seems to have returned since starting my new job, so I haven’t been able to test this out just yet. I can’t make my mind up whether to keep this for myself, and use it after I kick my habit (again) or to give it to my nail varnish addict of a sister. It is said to be the ‘worlds fines top coat’ which is a rather bold claim, but one that I’m looking forward to challenging in the near future!

Birchbox October 2015 UK Review Back To Basics emilyloula blogBeaver Professional | Hydro Nutritive Repairing Shampoo

RRP £11.50 for 258ml | Received 40ml Sample
I’ve said it before when reviewing subscription boxes, and I’ll say it again – I’m really not a fan when they include shampoo and conditioner samples! I rarely, rarely ever use these samples at home, they only get taken with me when I go away for the weekend, and tried out for one or two nights in a hotel bathroom instead of buying travel sized products. The shampoo and conditioner duo promise to gently repair dry and damaged hair, ensuring your hair feels healthy, soft and less frizzy than usual. I’ve never heard of, or tried any products from Beaver Professional before, but these do sound like they would be pretty good for my hair! 

Beaver Professional | Hydro Nutritive Repairing Conditioner

RRP £11.50 for 210ml | Received 10ml Sample Sachet
Unfortunately, I was actually really quite disappointed to see this conditioner sachet in October’s Birchbox. Every single person I know uses more conditioner than shampoo, so it didn’t really make sense to me that they’d include a medium sample sized shampoo, but only a tiny sachet of conditioner?! I honestly don’t even think that this would be enough to cover all of my hair so I’m a bit dubious taking it away with me instead of a travel sized conditioner, in case I’m left short, so realisitcally it will probably just be left at home.

Birchbox October 2015 UK Review Back To Basics emilyloula blog

Bioderma | Hydrabio H2O Micellar Water

RRP £10.20 for 250ml | Received 20ml Sample Size
If I had to pick one beauty discovery from 2015 that I couldn’t live without now, it would definitely be micellar water. I’m absolutely addicted to the stuff and I’m on a mission to try every brands offering that I can get my hands on. I’ve had a sample of Bioderma in the past from Birchbox, and they’re the perfect size to keep for travelling or a weekend away so I’ll be saving this for that. Whilst I don’t think that Bioderma is worth the price, and that Garnier or L’Oreal’s micellar water is just as good for half the price and nearly double the product, I do think that it’s a good product to include in the Back to Basics Birchbox, and it’s one that I’m sure a lot of subscribers will be happy to see.

Eyeko | Fat Liquid Eyeliner in Black

RRP £12 for 3.5g | Received Full Sized Product
This was the item I was most excited to see inside October’s Birchbox, as I am a big fan of Eyeko, and have loved everything I have tried from them previously. A black eyeliner is definitely a staple for me, and as a lover of the felt pen style nib, this was right up my street. It’s extremely pigmented, giving a strong black line that doesn’t budge easily at all. I’m still attempting to master the classic cat eye flick, so I’m hoping that this will be able to help me in the right direction, as it can be used to draw both a thick and thin line rather precisely.


Unfortunately for me, Birchbox haven’t really impressed me with this month with their Back to Basics box. Other than the Eyeko eyeliner there wasn’t a product that excited me, which makes a big change. Truthfuly, this Birchbox has been sat downstairs in a cupboard for about 2 weeks untouched, whereas normally I can’t wait to try out all my new products as soon as I can. Toothpaste, shampoo, a sachet of conditioner and a mini micellar water sound more like a travel bag to me than a supposed high end beauty box, which is a shame as I’m normally a huge fan of Birchbox. Whilst it’s good that my toiletries travel bag has now been topped up, personally this isn’t what I pay £10 (+ P&P) a month for. I’d really love to hear your thoughts on this month’s box, would you feel the same as me or am I just being too fussy??

However, if you fancy signing up to Birchbox yourself, 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 on their site, you get points, and these start to mount up really quickly. Fairly recently, I had been saving up my points, then spent £60 worth in the Birchbox shop, you can see that haul here. You can also read any of my previous Birchbox reviews here if you fancy seeing what their other boxes have been like before you make your decision!

What did you think of this month’s Birchbox? Would you have been impressed with the contents? As always, I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments, and thank you so much for reading!

emily x

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