July Birchbox – Sun, sea & sand

July Birchbox

We are well and truly into summer now, well a British summer anyway, come on sun make more of an appearance please! This month’s Birchbox theme is sun, sea & sand - so I’m expecting a summer theme with the products. I received two full size products and three very good size samples. Continue reading to see what products I received.

Whish - Three whishes lavender body butter - Sample size 22ml (full size £14.50)

Lavender is one of those scents that’s just not for me, so even though the body butter itself feels lovely and moisturising on the skin, I think this is one I may pass onto my mum.

Balance Me - Wonder eye cream - Sample size 7ml (full size 15ml £20)

I’m only just staring to venture into the world of eye creams, it’s like a switch has turned on where I am now suddenly very aware that I want to take good care of my skin and avoid fine lines and wrinkles for as long as I can! I’m familiar with the Balance me products, have many samples that I’ve tested out. I like the feel of this product, it feels lightweight and nourishing and if it works I can see myself repurchasing.

Laqa&co. - sheer lip lube pencil in menatour Sample size (full size £14)

I was so excited about this product, I’d seen people’s unboxing videos and posts and see that this would be coming in my Birchbox. I loved the look of the coral shade and knew it’d be perfect for summer! BUT I’d seen a few people receive the purple shade, something I really didn’t want as I’m not into darker colours on lips. Guess what? I received the purple shade, menatour. Massively disappointed, I know it’s all luck but when it comes to beauty boxes I seem to have the lipstick fairies against me. The formula is lovely, its smooth and glides on effortless. Even though they are called sheer lip lubes, it actually has quite a lot of colour payoff. The end result is a more pinky purple, maybe I can get away with it - I’m still not sure.

Laqa&co menatour lip lube
Left = one swipe, Right = 3 swipes


Benefit - The porefessional - sample size  (full size £24.40)

This one seems to be a beauty box favourite! This is the second time this year that I’ve received this sample from Birchbox, which even though I love the product I still find it disappointing to find product samples repeated. The sample size of this is the best I’ve seen so far, it gives a decent amount of product to really give it a test run. Which considering I’ve heard of a few people having breakout issues with this product, so having enough sample for a few weeks is great as then you know if it’s just coincidence/hormones or the product itself. I did a mini review in the Birchbox I originally received it in, you can read it here.

Models Own - Nail polish in Rocket - Fireworks collection full size £5

My models own nail collection is slowly growing and glitter polishes is something I lack in general. So this is a welcome edition to my nail varnish collection. The shade I received is “Rocket” which is part of models own’s fireworks collection. It’s a clear polish that’s packed full of colourful glitters all in varying shapes and sizes. It’s very buildable, so you can create different intensity of glitter finish as you desire. I love how it looks over white polish and baby pink, but most importantly I think this will be perfect for Christmas nails!

Models Own Rocket
Sorry it's blurry! Hard to focus in on the glitter
Models Own Rocket
Lifestyle extra - Filosofille 4 sided nail buffer

I love these things! My current buffer is about 10 years old that I bought from the body shop sale, needless to say it’s in a sorry state! This product was well received, it has four edges, that completed in order result in shiny healthy looking nails, something that is the perfect base for any manicure. Smooth nails = smoother nail polish application

July Birchbox
I think I’m a bit torn between whether I am impressed with this box or not. It had a good selection of products but my favourite product would have been the lip lube if it were in a different shade and the fact I’ve received the same sample twice in the porefessional are what let it down for me. I wish there was an option to select your preference with lip colours, as I seem to always luck out with lipstick colours with birchbox.

What did you receive in your Birchbox? Were you happy with it?

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