Birchbox September 2015 UK Review

Over the past few years, I’ve tried out and cancelled the majority of the UK’s most popular subscription boxes, including the likes of Glossybox and Love Me Beauty. However, there’s only one box that I’ve stayed without throughout this time, and that’s my beloved Birchbox.

If you’ve never come across Birchbox before, it’s a US based beauty subscription service that also operates in the UK, France, Spain, Belgium & Canada. For £10 a month (+ £2.95 P&P), you’ll receive a box of around 5 deluxe well-known, exclusive and cult makeup, skincare, fragrance or haircare samples. Sometimes the items will be full sized, and often there will be added lifestyle extras included in the boxes.

Birchbox September 2015 Birthday UK Review emilyloula beauty blog

This month, Birchbox celebrated their fifth birthday by putting together a fab box, containing 5 products (+ a lifestyle extra), all hailing from their place of birth – the USA!

My September ‘Happy Birthday’ Birchbox included;

  • Benefit | The POREfessional: License To Blot
  • Laqa & Co | Cheeky Lip Pencil in ‘Humble Brag’
  • Paula’s Choice | Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
  • Bliss | Foot Patrol AHA Exfoliating Softening Cream
  • John Masters Organics | Citrus Neroli Detangler
  • Birchbox | The Birchbrush

Birchbox September 2015 Birthday UK Review emilyloula beauty blog

Birchbox September 2015 Birthday UK Review emilyloula beauty blogBenefit | The POREfessional: License To Blot

RRP £15.50 for 4.3g | Received 1.4g Sample
Benefit are definitely one of my favourite brands of all time, so when I saw that they had been featured in the Birthday Birchbox, I was pretty happy. I had been wanting to try their ‘License To Blot’ for quite a while, but at the same time I was really sceptical that it wouldn’t work for me, so I didn’t want to fork out the £15.50, just incase it turned out to be a waste. I’m glad I waited because now I have this little dinky 1.4g sample size to use up before I decide whether to purchase or not. The format of this blotting stick, reminds me of a glue stick but without all the tackiness, so truthfully I’m not too sure how this is going to work when applied over my layers of makeup. Although slightly sceptical, I’m definitely looking forward to giving it a go – stay tuned for my thoughts!

Laqa & Co | Cheeky Lip Pencil in ‘Humble Brag’

RRP £16.75 full sized | Received Deluxe Sample
I’ve tried a few lip products from Laqa & Co in the past, including one that I received in my July 2014 Birchbox. So far I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve tried from them, and this ‘Cheeky Lip Pencil’ is no exception. There were a few different colours that Birchbox Subscribers could have received, and I got the shade ‘Humble Brag’ which is a lovely deep pink. The formula is nice and creamy, with a lot of pigmentation and glides onto my lips really nicely. It’s said that this can be used as a blush too, and although I haven’t tried that just yet, I think it would work really well as the shade and formula are so great.

Birchbox September 2015 Birthday UK Review emilyloula beauty blogPaula’s Choice | Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

RRP £23.50 for 100ml | Received 30ml Sample
Previous to this box, I’d never actually tried anything from Paula’s Choice, despite really wanting to get my hands on some of their stuff, so I was excited to hear that they’d be featured in the Birthday Birchbox. Liquid Exfoliants have only began to exist in my skincare routine in the last 6 months or so, but I absolutely love the difference they’ve made already to my skin and acne scars. This Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant is said to rapidly exfoliate both the skins surface and within your pores by unclogging and reshaping the pore lining as well as improving the skins cell turnover rate. I’m currently just finishing up some skincare, before I open this little bottle, but I’m very excited to give it a go – I’ve got high hopes for it!

Bliss | Foot Patrol AHA Exfoliating Softening Cream

RRP £18.50 for 75ml | Received 30ml Sample
Taking care of my feet just isn’t at the top of my priority list, and they often get forgotten about when a pamper night is on the cards. I really do need to take more care of them, so I am actually really glad to see this ‘Foot Patrol’ cream within my Birchbox this month as it may be a push in the right direction for me. This cream smells incredibly fresh as it’s fragranced with peppermint and aloe leaf, and has such a lovely cooling sensation once applied. This rich formula claims to restore skin, smooth the surface and invigorate tired feet – sounds perfect!

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John Masters Organics | Citrus Neroli Detangler

RRP £16 for 236ml | Received 30ml Sample
Another brand that I’ve never tried before but that has intrigued me in the past is John Masters Organic. Included in this month’s Birchbox is a 30ml sample of the delicious smelling Citrus Neroli Detangler. This can be used  as a leave-in conditioner or you can rinse it out after 1-3 minutes. I definitely suffer from knotty and tangled hair, so I’m sure that this will come in really handy for me. The scent alone makes me want to try it straight away, but I’m going to wait until my hair is really playing up before I put it to the test properly.

Birchbox | The Birchbrush

RRP £5.99 | Received Full Sized Item
Contrary to popular opinion, I actually really dislike my Tangle Teezer. I find that it doesn’t actually help to get those big knots out, but instead just ends up getting stuck in my hair, making it worse, or flying halfway across the room in frustration. Since this BirchBrush is almost exactly the same as a Tangle Teezer I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to like it at all, however I was actually really pleasantly surprised. I find that this doesn’t tug or pull at my hair nearly as much as the TT does and it actually has helped to detangle some of the smaller knots. I wouldn’t use this as my everyday hair brush, as my AIR motion brush still beats it, but to keep in my handbag, it’s actually perfect.


Birchbox have impressed me again this month with their 5th Birthday Box. There’s a good range of makeup, skincare, hair care and footcare products this month from some really great brands. There’s a few things in here that I wouldn’t have picked up myself, but I know I will use, and I think that’s the beauty of a subscription box.

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. 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 September’s Birchbox? Are you as impressed as I am? What do you think of subscription boxes in general? As always, I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments, and thanks for reading!

emily x

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