I am a big fan of the extremely funky design of the May 2016 Birchbox, which actually, having just read the blurb, comes with a scratch-off coating, so the silver you can see on the top of the box in my picture above is actually removable. Two very lucky subscribers will scratch it all off to find the message “YOU’VE WON A DREAM HOLIDAY” (courtesy of Destinology) which is very cool. For the rest of us, we’ll be left with a gorgeous, bright and Summery box.
The Birchbox May 2016 contents are a mixed bag, with more sample-sized products than I think a lot of people like; I think we’ve become adjusted to the idea of getting lots of full-sized goodies, so when a box has a lot of samples it can feel a bit underwhelming. There are six products in total, one of which is a sachet of coconut oil which is slipped in as a bonus item.
I was happy to see a sample of the new Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet as this is meant to be a lovely product that provides antioxidants in a gel-cream formula. Much like make-up brushes, I struggle to say no to a good sponge too, so the inclusion of the Spectrum Unicorn Tears Wonder Sponge is fine by me. Finally, theBalm is another brand I love and we’re getting a thoroughly decent-sized sample of the Stainiac in Beauty Queen, which is a bit like Benefit’s Benetint in a lovely, travel-friendly vial.
I kind of regret putting the Philip Kingsley PK Prep Polishing Balm in this section as I instantly dismissed it as something I wouldn’t use, since I rarely seek out a product for smoothing or polishing, but this is meant to be a very lightweight, flyaway-tamer, so it might get a bit of use after all. The Ritual Tao Wai Wang Mild Exfoliating Scrub is a nice enough inclusion, I’m just not overly excited about a body scrub. Finally, the extra Vita Coco Coconut Oil is a tiny little sachet that you won’t be able to do much with, but I appreciate the fact that it’s designed to be a throw-in rather than one of the main products. Find the Birchbox Subscriptions here, where prices start at £10 plus P+P.