May was the first month I resubscribed to Birchbox for over a year, I decided to give it one more month whether deciding to keep or cancel my subscription. This month’s box asked us to pick from 3 different designs and invited us to step outside with French Sole – a french shoe brand – go figure. So I took my box into the garden to unbox…
Cynthia Rowley Creamy Lip Stain in Poppy – Sample Size
I was excited to see a product from Cynthia Rowley as I’ve not tried any of her products before. In the tube it looks like an unusual orange red. But it applies much differently in a more washed out orange pink shade (not the colour of poppies?), I’ve not tried on the lips yet, but I’m not keen on this sheer shade on my first impressions. This is also a teeny tiny sample size.
Yes To Cucumbers Wipes – Sample size
If you saw my TK Maxx haul you’ll know that I picked up the yes to carrots and yes to blueberries wipes after having the cucumber versions many times before. I don’t mind having these – but a sample size of these does feel a bit cheap – they aren’t the cheapest wipes on the market, but at £4.99 for 30 at boots prices – 10 doesn’t make me feel like I’ve got good value for money from the sample.
Styl Temporary Tattoos
I’m unsure of whether these are a full size product or not, this is a product which I’m happy to have, and I will be rocking these at Taylor Swifts hyde park concert at the end of the month. these are listed as £7.99 – which I would think was a rip off for 4 tattoos if I saw them in the shop, but a lovely summer fashion ‘accessory’.
Beauty Protector Protect & Oil Samples x2
I’m not a fan of teeny tiny samples, but the benefit of getting them is that you get to try more products, so I feel a little cheated to have got 2 samples that are the same. This is a hair oil elixir “with a difference” – claiming to leave hair feeling lightweight, looking glossy and protect against UV – it certainly sounds good. If you saw my haircare stash stocktake from last week, you’ll know I really do not need any more hair oils or serums in my collection, but they do smell amazing, so I’m looking forward to giving them a go.
English Laundry No 7 Perfume Sample
I feel like I definitely ticked a box which said I don’t like perfume samples – although I might be imagining it! This is actually a perfume I like from a box for a change, this reminds me of a twist between Flowerbomb and Viva La Juicy. It’s very nice, but not the cheapest at £60 for a full size bottle.
Cowshed Body Lotion in Knackered Cow – Full Size
Where is the opt out box for Lavender products? I’ve had a body lotion from Cowshed before (which will be in this months empties) and I’ve liked it. These are listed as having a £20 price tag, which personally I don’t think are that nice for £20 just average in terms of performance (although might smell a little better than average) and at least in the UK you can get free ones of these with magazines (this full size too) at least twice throughout the year. Can’t get any use out of this as I’m allergic to lavender so threw at my boyfriend and said “for you – don’t use it near me”.
Lifestyle Extra: French Sole Shoe Bag
Am I the only one who thinks this is odd? A pretty bag to match the box, but I have never felt the need to store my shoes in a bag or for travel!
I don’t hate this month’s box but I don’t feel like I got great value for money from it either- and I’m not excited by anything here apart from the temporary tattoos. I am going to be unsubscribing for next month’s and unless I’m impressed after seeing others unboxing’s then I’ll be just sticking with my Love Me Beauty and My Little Box subscriptions.
Should you want to subscribe, if you use the link below you’ll receive £5 credit to spend in the Birchbox shop (you also build up loyalty points over time to redeem on full size items, which is a great deal) https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/helplesswhilstdrying