Birchbox always like to do spoilers on their Instagram account to give subscribers an idea on what they can expect to receive in their boxes prior to them being shipped out. For the Birchbox June 2017 box, Birchbox have ditched their trademark box and instead they’ve given us a BirchBAG and allowed subscribers to choose which colour bag they want to receive.
The bag is the is made of plastic, with a candy stripe design and rope detail in the corner, and I always like it when Birchbox changes things up like this. If you follow Birchbox on Instagram, you may have seen how much heat they’ve been getting over the last week or so on the contents of this month’s box. After reading so many negative comments, I had no idea what to expect with the Birchbox June 2017 box but here are the items I did receive…
Firstly we got a mini 50g sample of the Scrub Love Hydrating Coconut Oil Body Scrub. One of the main comments I’ve seen on social media is the disappointment that Birchbox gave us a 50g sample within the box, however Glossybox treated their subscribers to a 100g size of the Scrub Love Detoxifying Activated Charcoal Body Scrub in their May box, so people are disappointed to receive a smaller size. The body scrub I received is ‘Coconut Mango’ and it’s made from 100% natural ingredients to stimulate circulation, buffing away dead skin cells and hydrating the skin.
The other item which was shown on their Instagram was that every box this month will receive a ‘full size’ MeechandMia Browliner in one of three shades. My personal opinion is that it’s not the best idea to include a product such as a brow pencil in boxes as they have no idea what shade of brows each person has, and the three shades are distributed randomly across boxes so there’s a massive chance the pencil you receive won’t match your brows.
I think it would have been better to provide an eyeliner pencil or a brow highlighter as they’re not dependant on the individual’s hair colour. Also this pencil is supposedly full size but it’s tiny and only contains 1g of product. I don’t know any brow pencils which contain such a small amount of product, especially with an RRP of £12.99.
I got my pencil in the lightest shade #021 which doesn’t match me as I have very dark brows and #021 is an auburn shade, but considering this is the lightest shade – none of the pencils will suit those with grey, blonde or fair/light hair which is really disappointing.
This month we will all receive an EcoTools item and I got the EcoTools Eye Enhancing Set worth £6.99, but other subscribers have received their blending sponges instead. I actually already own this duo set from before they rebranded their packaging but it’s basically a set of two brushes which each have two brush heads, offering four brushes for the price of two. Makeup brushes are always a good pick in a beauty box as you can never have enough makeup brushes within your collection.
I also got a 5ml size of the Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream which is my favourite item in the box as it’s a product I’ve been dying to try for such a long time. It is a very tiny sample but with eye cream you really don’t need a lot so I hopefully should be able to get a couple of week’s use from this sample, but I’m hoping I don’t love it too much as the full size is £46. It’s described as being a brightening, smoothing cream which preps the under eyes for concealer.
The final item in the Birchbox June 2017 box is a full size and is the Cowshed Cow Pat Moisturising Hand Cream worth £8. I have to say the strong herbal scent isn’t my favourite but the formula is really lovely, and it absorbs into the hands quickly too. Birchbox like to include an hand cream or body cream in nearly every box, but it’d be nice to see them perhaps include a foot cream or a body oil maybe, just to keep the contents a little more varied.
I’d love to know your thoughts on the Birchbox June 2017 box?