BIRCHBOX July ’17: Summer Daze [Review] (& DISCOUNT)

Birchbox is a beauty subscription service. Their monthly boxes give you the opportunity to sample lots of different cosmetic and skincare brands, whilst their online store allows you to purchase full-size versions of the products you love.

Each box comes in sturdy outer packaging

Inside which you will find your products and information sheet enclosed within further reusable packaging.

On most occasions it is one of these nifty little cardboard boxes which are easily stacked to create a clever set of storage drawers; whilst other times it can be a zipped pouch / purse, a clutch, or even a drawstring bag.

It’s always an exciting moment when you open the drawer and get your first peek of the contents!

The July theme is Summer Daze, I adore the image used to illustrate this; the palm tree silhouettes against the graduated blue to pink definitely gives the impression of a balmy sunset in warmer climes.

The Contents

In the July box I discovered:

  • Balance Me Flash Cleanse Micellar Water (Skincare)
  • Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Overnight Recovery (Haircare)
  •  Rituals Hammam Delight Foaming Shower Gel (Body care)
  • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat (Nailcare) *this is a full-size product worth £9*
  • The Hero Project Glow Drops (Skincare)
  • Benefit Cosmetics Chachatint Lip & Cheek Stain (Cosmetics)

Each month there is 1 product where you have the option to choose one of two variants, for the July box this was the Benefits Lip & Cheek Stain. Prior to despatch I had the opportunity to select 1 of 3 options:

  1. Chacha Tint : a mango/coral shade
  2. Gogo Tint : a pink hue
  3. Surprise Me! (It’s a lucky dip)

I chose to go with the surprise option, because who doesn’t like surprises?

August’s choose-your-own product is a full-size Spectrum Collections makeup brush in your preferred colourway. Again, I chose the surprise option.

The Cost

A Birchbox subscription is £10 per month plus UK p&p of £2.95.
You can cancel or pause your subscription whenever you like.

There are also opportunities to purchase a 6 months subscription which give you free p&p on your first box. £60 + (5 X £2.95) or a yearly subscription which gives you 12 X monthly boxes for £100 + (12 X £2.95) meaning 2 free boxes!

What I Thought

I have yet to extensively try all the products in this box, but so far I think it’s great value for money.

The topcoat alone has an RRP of £9, and I would personally usually pay around £6 for a similar product. I would expect to pay around £4 for the shower gel; meaning the rest of the products were essentially FREE.

  • The lip & cheek tint is a pretty shade, applies easily and is very wearable.
  • The shower gel smells AMAZING, I know some people might find the combination of rosemary & eucalyptus unusual but personally I find it very fresh and invigorating.
  • After using the cleansing water; my skin felt soft, clean and refreshed.

Rating & Recommendations

Appearance: I love the stylish look of the packaging, and think the fact it is usefully reusable is a definite plus. 5/5

Products: I received a pretty good variety in my box. Each month there are a number of core products that everyone receives, then an array of others from which you receive a selection to make up your 5 products. Accessories such as jewellery or beauty tools are sometimes included, I think if I had received one from that  group I would have rated 5/5, but for now it’s 4/5

Value for Money: As previously mentioned, one item was full-size and worth £9, so from that point of view, this box was definitely value for money. The fact you also get to try smaller sizes of other products to see how you like them, rather than splashing out on the full-size only to discover that they don’t suit, is great. 5/5

Benefits: The opportunity to try new products from established and newer names in the beauty industry. There are a number of additional benefits to being a Birchbox subscriber, but perhaps the most notable one is that you are entitled to at least 10% off full-size versions of the products you like.  5/5

               TOTAL SCORE: 19 / 20

If you want to try Birchbox for yourself, you can save £5 off your first box by signing up through my referral link .

(Birchbox also credit my account with a small amount to spend in their online store each time someone signs up via my link. Remember to share your own link after you have signed up!)

HURRY! Bonus 2 for 1 deal! 

Sign up for your July Box by midnight on Monday, and add code EXTRA at the checkout to claim an additional box contains 5 luxe beauty treats.

Thanks for stopping by; see you again soon; and in the meantime, have you tried Birchbox, or another Beauty Subscription box? What are your recommendations?

Hugs, Crafty xx


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