Review: Birchbox UK – May 2018

Hi Everyone

Hope you all had a lovely weekend.  I received my May Birchbox last Thursday.  Theme of this month’s box is ‘Palm Leaves & Warm Breeze’.

The colourful design / pattern of the box is definitely in line with this month’s theme.

Birchbox is a monthly subscription box which costs £12.95 (inclusive of p&p) per month and 3, 6 & 12 monthly subscriptions are also available.  Usually five personalised beauty treats are included each month.

This month every box contains a sample size of the Doucce Luscious Lip Stain – subscribers were able to choose from two shades, Steaming Red or Amber Rose (I chose Amber Rose).   A product  / beauty information booklet and the following four products were also included in my box:

Doucce Luscious Lip Stain – ‘Amber Rose’ (deluxe sample / travel size)  Full Size RRP £21 tried a number of items from this brand before and have found them quite good.   I chose Amber Rose as it a dusky pink which is one of my favourite lip colours.  It has good pigmentation, looks and feels creamy on the lips, applies v easily, only slight transfer, does not feel drying on the lips either which is great. It also lasts really well, although to maintain true colour need to apply few times during the day, evening.    Initial thoughts are that I would definitely consider purchasing full size in this colour and other shades as well.


Greenfrog Botanic Geranium & Peppermint Botanical Bodywash – (sample size 50ml)  300ml RRP £8.95  – always happy to see body washes in boxes as useful to have, but quite a small sample to receive considering the full size is 300ml.  However this fragrance is not really for as don’t like peppermint/mint fragrances in skincare products, this one is also quite strong too.  Although it does have a nice creamy consistency and cleanses the skin ok but has not impressed me that much to consider purchasing in another fragrance.


Native Unearthed Activated Charcoal Natural Deodorant Balm (15g – sample size) Full Size 60ml RRP £7.99 – I was happy to see this in my box to try however when I received my box the lid was off the jar and only 1/4 left in jar.  However it does smell fresh and feels good/gentle on the skin but still not that confident with these types of deodorants, have tried few times but still unsure how it would last throughout an ‘active’ day so need to try for a longer period to confirm results – if impressed and would consider purchasing will post a separate review.


I am hoping for an even better box next month – good start with the sneak peak below.

SPOILER:  June Sneak Peek (below) is a ella EDEN Compact Eyeshadow in either Faith or Julia (Julia looks similar to my favourite Mac eyeshadow in ‘Shroom’) subscribers will receive an email to enable us to choose which colour.

If you subscribe during MAY for your first Birchbox you will get two FREE LOC One & Done Shadow Sticks (worth £16), while stocks last.  Just need to use the code PAIR at checkout.
Or just in case you prefer money off your box (do not think you can use both) you can get £5 off your first box – (box is normally £10 +£2.95 shipping – you will get for £5 +£2.95 shipping) by clicking  link here and then copy and paste code at checkout to get your discount.    Thank you in advance if you use this link.

Look forward to any comments you may have – if you have received this month’s box would love to know what you thought, did you receive the same products as me in your box?

If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.  Will have more posts up during and / or end of the week.

Hope you have a really enjoyable week.

Thank you & take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

5 thoughts on “Review: Birchbox UK – May 2018

  1. Susie says:

    Hi Liz,

    We’re moving into the renovated cottage later on today but I wanted to post a comment because I have missed you. I love the lip stain, it’s a stunning colour and the box is gorgeous as usual. Birchbox may not have the wow factor but I do buy it a few times a year and always enjoy it.

    I’ll be back from now on because I have the time and everything in the main is done. Speak soon, love from Susie

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    • kellyklk says:

      Hi Susie

      Fantastic hear from you, have missed you too.

      So glad to hear you are moving / have moved in, hope all going well.

      Yes it is a lovely colour and usually discover lovely new items throughout the year through Birchbox.

      Take care of yourself and chat soon.

      Love Liz xx


  2. Jodie Melling says:

    I got this exact same Birchbox this month. Its my first ever one, I did used to get Glossybox a few years ago and only have the two to compare and I was very disappointed in this Birchbox.
    The lid was also off my deodorant and everything was just rolling around in the box. Glossybox at least wrap everything carefully in tissue paper.
    I was also disappointed with how small the sample sizes were at least with Glossybox you get at least 1 item full size. If the bodywash or eyeliner would have been full size I wouldn’t have moaned but everything was tiny I cancelled straight away.

    I do love the lip stain I went for the same colour, I did find it a little hard to apply but I will use it again.

    Jodie x

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    • kellyklk says:

      Thank you Jodie. I agree it is disappointing when items arrive damaged or not packaged properly. However I do have to say in the past when one of items arrived damaged, when I let Birchbox know they replaced it really quickly so was v pleased with the service I received.

      Although I understand mistakes can happen their quality control needs to try to ensure lids are not off items / delicate items are wrapped securely prior to despatch.

      I am hoping for an even better box next month.

      Take care & chat soon.

      Liz X


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