Birchbox Hits & Misses – April to August 2017

Image of various cosmetics from Birchbox - Hits & Misses

I’ve been getting Birchbox boxes through the post now since April and I thought I’d share what I’ve really enjoyed and what I really haven’t.

These are my hits & misses from April to August!

Birchbox x Boden

April 2017 Hits –

  • ELEMIS Hydra-Boost Day Cream

I absolutely loved this cream. It was perfect for my dry skin and it was quickly absorbed. I felt so incredibly soft whenever I used this and I tried to make my sample last as long as possible. It moisturises and is said to repair your skin over time. I definitely felt that my skin was super soft, much better than any other moisturisers I’ve used.

The downside is the price.. I went to purchase the full size and at £39 I just couldn’t justify spending that much on a cream. I’m sure if I was super rich and had more money than sense that would be just a drop in the bucket, but to me that is super expensive. I was very sad when I finished this cream.. but all good things have to come to an end, right? I definitely recommend it though if the price point isn’t any concern for you. I’m hoping I get another sample of it some day!

There were a couple of other products in this box that I enjoyed, but not enough to write about.

April 2017 Misses –

  • Baïja Paris Crème Moana in Fleur de Tiarè

This cream is described as having an exotic fragrance that lingers, packed with good ingredients. Well, the fragrance sure did linger.. they weren’t wrong. It’s an overpowering fragrance, to the point where my fiancé even commented on it. Our two cats thought the smell was the worst and wouldn’t even be near me when I had it on.. they would take one whiff, crinkle their furry faces up and run away in disgust. I guess if you are a fan of really strong lingering scents then this would be for you.. but for me, it just missed the mark and therefore it made my misses for this month.

I have to say I wasn’t a huge fan of the box design either. It was floral and just not my thing. This was my first Birchbox and I must admit that I was a little concerned that I had made a horrible mistake when I asked for this as a gift.. fortunately, I think this is the only one that I didn’t enjoy that much. It’s a shame because it’s my birthday month box, so I was hoping for something good.

It’s all in the details

May 2017 Hits –

I’m always seeing people with gorgeous, defined brows and it made me insanely jealous because I just plucked mine and left them as is, there was no definition to them so when I got this browliner I was excited to play with it. I thought it was a little light for me, but it actually works better than I expected. It is a little strange to see my brows so defined, so I’m kind of having mixed feelings about using it on the regular; but I did enjoy it and it worked very well. £12.99 doesn’t seem too steep either, I think you’d get a lot of use out of it.

  • ecoTOOLS Eye Enhancing Duo Set

These brushes have changed my eye makeup game completely. I love them so much! It’s really handy for me that on each side of the brush it tells you what it is for. I am super forgetful and sometimes I’m like, “Uhh, which brush do I use to blend again?” and this takes the hassle out of that for me. I think it’s a great beginner set of brushes too, and they are super soft. At only £5.99 it’s amazing.

This month came in a bag and I really liked that too! June has to be my favourite Birchbox so far. I didn’t really have any dislikes.. the only other thing I got was a hand cream and it was okay, nothing to write home about, but I didn’t hate it either.

Summer Daze

July 2017 Hits –

  • Rituals Hammam Body Mud

A great clay mineral rich scrub. Did I mention I love scrubs? This left me so soft and I felt like it really helped out my skin. I enjoyed the clay mixed with eucalyptus scent too, it was really refreshing. £14 is slightly more than I’d be willing to pay for a scrub.. but I did enjoy it and it was really nice and if you have the money for it, I do recommend it. If you’re on a budget though, there are cheaper scrubs out there.

  • amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

I included this dry shampoo in my hits, but there were a couple of things I didn’t like about it too.. the fragrance is the best part of this dry shampoo, it smells a lot nicer than my usual dry shampoo. It works really well too. Only downside was I only got a couple of uses out of it, the sample was tiny and I have a lot of hair. Yet again, it’s pricey at £20. A lot more expensive than my regular one, which works just the same.. only doesn’t smell as nice. Hopefully, if you bought the full one it would last a lot longer than only two times.

The box design of palm trees against a pretty gradient was really nice too.

July 2017 Misses –

  • Benefit Chachatint

Ugh, I really wanted to like this product. I really did.. but it was just awful. I’m always seeing people rave about Benefit products and was super excited to see it was included in my box. First off, I didn’t get the colour I requested – so that was the first immediate disappointment. The colour I received just didn’t work for me, it was too orange and I didn’t like it. But the colour wasn’t the major issue.. it just applied really streaky and thin to my lips and felt gross when used on the cheeks. I couldn’t wait to get it off. This is one product that just ended up in the bin. At £25.50 it is laughable. It’s put me off of trying other Benefit products too. I really hope I just got a bad one and this isn’t what their products are normally like.

Mermaid Vibes

August 2017 Hits –

  • Spectrum Collections The Glam Clam – a brush from it

I already talked about this brush in my last post, so I won’t say too much about it other than the fact that I like it. I don’t think it’s available to buy individually and you have to purchase the set at £59.99. They are presented in a really cute clam and definitely give off mermaid vibes for sure. I really like the brush and the concept of the clam to hold the brush collection in, but I don’t think I will be buying it. It’s a lot of money to shell out at once (see what I did there!) but I think it would make an amazing gift.

The box itself is gorgeous and is totally my aesthetic.

August 2017 Misses –

  • Merci Handy Love & Hand Cleansing Gel – Hello Sunshine

It’s handwash.. what more can be said about it?! Huge disappointment to receive in my box. It’s a nice smelling handwash, but other than that I wasn’t impressed.

So, that’s my hits and misses for Birchbox from April to August. I hope you enjoyed my take on what I liked and what I didn’t and maybe it’s helpful for you. I was not paid to say any of this, these opinions are purely my own. I’d be interested to know what products you received if you are signed up and what you thought of them too. Let me know!

Images of products were taken from the Birchbox website and are their property, I had written permission that it was okay to use them for the purpose of this post. All credit goes to Birchbox.



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