Birchbox May 2016 Unboxing & First Impressions

Birchbox May 2016 Unboxing & First ImpressionsBirchbox May 2016 Unboxing & First Impressions

How on earth is it time for the May Birchbox?! This year is speeding past at an alarming rate, and I can’t quite believe that we’re nearly half way through the year. Cliché blogger phrases aside, the Birchbox May box is brightly coloured with a silver scratchable surface which you can scratch off in pretty patterns but I’m a total weirdo and hate the sound of scratching so it’s not something I’ll do personally. This month, two lucky subscribers will win a holiday, and will find out by scratching the top of their box which is just incredible and an exciting oppurtunity.

Birchbox May

First up we have a 70ml tube of the Rituals TAO Wai Wang Mild Exfoliating Body Scrub worth £4.50. I really like everything I’ve tried from Rituals so I’m looking forward to trying this scrub especially as it smells so lovely.

Then we have a teeny sample of the Vita Coco Coconut Oil which I’ll use on my hair, as I love using coconut oil on the ends of my hair as it’s so moisturising and it smells lovely too.

Birchbox May

The next two items were the ones I was most excited about when I opened my box for the first time.. a 10ml sample of the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet worth £5.75, which is something I’ve been wanting to try as I’ve read a lot of rave reviews about it. It claims to be soothing, hydrating, strengthening and an anti-oxidant, and I’ve already tried it a couple of times since receiving my box and I like it so far.

Then we have the Spectrum Collections Unicorn Tears Wonder Sponge worth £4.99. I am such a convert into the beauty blender way of life so I was excited to try this little pink sponge, but I’m so disappointed as it’s so hard and it doesn’t bounce on the skin, instead it feels like your hitting your face which isn’t particularly pleasurable. I loved the Spectrum Brush we got in a Birchbox a few months ago so I had high hopes for this sponge, but it doesn’t even enlarge when you dampen it so it’s a bit of a fail sadly.

Birchbox May

The last two items are a teeny tiny sample of theBalm’s Stainiac Hint of Tint for Lips and Cheeks. I really appreciate Birchbox including samples of theBalm in their boxes as it’s such a great way to try a product before committing to the full size, and although I’m not normally a fan of sample sized beauty products; I think these mini makeup sizes are really handy, especially for travel or your makeup bag. This reminds me of a gel version of the Benefit Benetint so I’ll definitely give it a try, but I imagine this tiny size will last for a considerably long time as you never need a lot of tints like these.

The last item in the box is the Philip Kingsley PK Prep Polishing Balm in a 20ml size worth £4.93. Philip Kingsley’s product tend to make an appearance in many beauty boxes but I’ve never seen this particular product in boxes before, but it’s described as being a smooth, frizz free styling balm which I’m grateful for as I’m desperate to find a solution for my pesky, frizzy baby hairs so fingers crossed this balm works as well as it claims to.

So they are all of the products for the May Birchbox. I don’t think it’s their best box, but again I don’t think it’s their worst box either; it’s such a shame the Spectrum Sponge was so disappointing. I’d love to know if you got anything different in your box so please let me know in the comments below….

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