Birchbox January 2015 | Contents & First Impressions *Spoiler*

3rd January 2015

January’s Birchbox last year (here) was particularly great so I was excited to see what was inside this January’s box. The theme for the Birchbox January 2015 box £12.95* is ‘Hit Refresh’, and Birchbox have partnered with Women’s Health to create a box to get you ready for the new year. In addition to a box of treats, there is an amazing offer where you can subscribe to Women’s Health Magazine for 10 issues for just £18 saving 52% which is perfect if you’re planning on improving your health and fitness during 2015.

Birchbox January 2015 | Contents & First Impressions *Spoiler*
Birchbox January 2015 | Contents & First Impressions *Spoiler*

Birchbox January 2015 | Contents & First Impressions *Spoiler*

Birchbox January 2015 | Contents & First Impressions *Spoiler*
 
There is also a ‘Hit Refresh’ booklet which contains 12 bite-sized challenges/tips, with a hole allowing you to hang it up with perforated pages allowing you to pull out pages after completing them, which is a cute addition.
 
Birchbox January 2015 | Contents & First Impressions *Spoiler*
 
The first item in the Birchbox January 2015 box is a full size Stila Lip Glaze worth £15, in the shade Gleam which is a stunning sheer shimmery pink. I really love Stila Lip Glazes, as they’re non-sticky glosses with impressive lasting power so I was really happy to see one feature in the box, especially such a wearable, suit-all shade.
 
Birchbox January 2015 | Contents & First Impressions *Spoiler*
 
The next item is a 20ml sample of the Philip Kingsley Body Building Conditioner worth £1.52. In last January’s box we got a sample of the Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner, so it’s nice that Birchbox have included such a big brand once again.
 
This conditioner claims to transform lifeless locks and help seal flyaways due to the lustrous, wheat-protein conditioner. I can’t wait to try this, as it sounds like it’d be great for adding volume and shine.
 
Birchbox January 2015 | Contents & First Impressions *Spoiler*
 
I was so excited when I saw this 10ml sample of the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask worth £6, as I’ve been dying to try it for such a long time. This mask is supposedly a fast-working, exfoliating treatment which improves texture and tone as well as combating congestion.
 
I’m not sure how far this 10ml tube will go, but hopefully I’ll be able to get a couple of uses out of it so I can see if I want to purchase the full size.
 
Birchbox January 2015 | Contents & First Impressions *Spoiler*
 
The next product is a teeny 5ml tube of HealGel Intensive worth £3.75. I’ve tried both HealGel Eye, and HealGel Face and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them both so I have high hopes for the Intensive version. You only need the smallest amount, so I think this tube will last for a fair few uses.
 
Birchbox January 2015 | Contents & First Impressions *Spoiler*
 
Next up is a product I don’t really have any use for sadly; a 20ml tube of ActivBod Cooling Finish Lotion worth £2.40 which is a re-energising gel to be used after a workout, to energise, moisturise and sooth.
 
I’m not exactly good when it comes to exercise, but my other half is a running obsessive so I imagine he’ll enjoy using this post-running session. Even though this isn’t a product I would use, I like how it ties in with the theme of this month’s box.
 
Image showing the sachet of Embrace Matcha Green Tea
 
The last product inside my box is a single sachet of Embrace Matcha Green Tea worth 99 pence. Now call me strange but I don’t drink any tea or coffee as I literally hate the stuff so unfortunately this isn’t something I’d use, but I know green tea is quite popular so I imagine a few people being happy to see this within their box this month.
 
Image showing the pink elastic resistance band within the box
 
In true Birchbox form, there’s also an added Lifestyle extra which I did think was the Green Tea sachet but in fact there was another one lurking in the bottom of my box.. a Birchbox and Women’s Health Resistance Band, which is supposedly worth £7.99. The band can be used to increase tone, strength and muscle endurance and again fits this month’s theme perfectly.
 
So overall, I really like the Birchbox January 2015 box and I think Birchbox have delivered the theme very well. My favourite items would have to be the Stila Lip Glaze and REN Mask, but the box is worth around £37.65 which is pretty great value for just £12.95.
 
Did you get anything different in your box, this month?
 
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