Birchbox Beauty Box – September 2015: Review and Unboxing!

This is my fifth Birchbox beauty box review.  As usual, I won’t talk too much about how the Birchbox subscription works, to avoid boring regular readers!  If you want more information, you can find it in this post.


This month’s box was a bit of a special one, as Birchbox turns 5!  They were the first beauty subscription box on the market, started in America, so they have put together a box of products which hail from the USA to celebrate that fact.  I thought the box was really pretty this month – mint green on the bottom with a white lid, covered in watercolour style floating balloons.  I usually keep my boxes if they are nice, so I’ll be re-using this one for makeup storage!


Here’s what we got in our birthday box!

Birchbox Accessories – Best Hair Day Hair Brush (£5.99)

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This brush is made by Birchbox themselves.  It is very similar to the popular Tangle Teezer brushes – a sort of half-egg shaped palm sized brush.  Mine is a pretty powder blue colour, but I think people were sent different colours.  I thought I would like this as I used to have a Tangle Teezer when my hair was longer, but I’m not actually very keen on it.  It’s ok for smoothing the top layer of your hair (for example into a ponytail) but not very good at giving the hair a proper, full brush through.  The bristles don’t seem to go deeply into my hair, leaving knots on the underneath layer.  I might pop this in my handbag, for hair tidy-ups on the go.

Laqa & Co – Cheeky Lip in Cray-Cray (£17 for full size)


I was quite pleased when I saw this lip crayon in my box.  Lip products are always my favourite, and I liked the look of the bright coral colour.  Sadly the texture isn’t great – it applies quite unevenly and is quite waxy.  Once applied, it highlights any slight bits of dry skin on your lips and sort of breaks up.  I may try it again over a layer of lip balm, but on first impressions I don’t think I’ll use this.  It’s a shame, as I generally do like lip crayons, and the colour is lovely.

Laura Mercier – Flawless Skin Face Polish (£22 for 100g, we received 11.3g)


Firstly, can I just get this off my chest… 11.3g?  What a random sample size!  I’ve never seen anything like that before, they always round it up or down!  Anyway… moving on.  I was excited to see some Laura Mercier, as it’s a brand I have heard a lot about on YouTube but have never tried (mainly due to prices).  It’s a shame it wasn’t a cosmetic item, but I’m not complaining.

This is a facial exfoliator from the Flawless Skin range.  Directions are to place a small amount (0.3g maybe? Haha!) onto fingertips and gently massage into damp skin, then rinse with warm water.  I regularly use exfoliators, so I will definitely get use out of this.  It has a very mild, almost undetectable scent – just like a generic ‘lotion’ smell.  It also has nice fine exfoliating bits, which is great as I hate chunky exfoliators – they just don’t work as well.

Beauty Protector – Beauty Wash (Body Cleanser) (£8 full size, no size stated on our sample)


I was really pleased when I saw a Beauty Protector brand sample, as I absolutely loved the last thing Birchbox sent from that brand (a hair oil, which has converted me to hair oils!)  This is a ‘beauty wash’ body cleanser, which I think is just a fancy way of saying shower gel.  It claims to have a rich lather that leaves skin fresh and revitalised without drying it out.

This product smells lovely – which came as no surprise, as the hair oil smelt amazing too!  This has a similar caramel/toffee scent to the hair oil, but also has a slight floral edge.  I haven’t used it in the shower yet as I have too many things open, but it certainly seems like I will enjoy using it.

John Masters Organics – Citrus & Neroli Detangler (£16 full size, we received 30ml)


I have never heard of this brand before, so I did a little Googling!  Their belief is that we only get one body and we only get one planet, so we should treat them both with the utmost care.  This means that John Masters Organics avoid chemicals and synthetic ingredients, opting instead for natural products which are safer for us and for the environment.

This is a hair detangler, but has no instructions on the bottle.  Back on the website, it says the product can be left in or rinsed out.  It has a lightweight formula, containing soy proteins and borage oil, which replenish lipid content.  It is safe for coloured hair.  Directions are to apply to wet, clean hair and leave in for 1 – 3 minutes.  Then either rinse well, or leave in and dry hair as usual.  I will probably try it rinsed out to start with, as my hair is fine and straight, tending towards oiliness if I use too many products.

The detangler has a very light, pleasant grapefruit scent and is very rich and creamy to the touch.  I’m hoping my hair will respond well to it, as it did with another product I tried which similarly contains soy proteins.

[Edited to Add: after using this product for a few weeks, I really like it!  I now use this and the hair oil on alternate hair washes, and this is a really nice, light detangler that conditions the hair but leaves no discernible ‘product’ feeling – it’s not sticky or greasy at all, which I really like].

Benefit POREfessional – License to Blot, Blotting Stick (£15.50 for 4.3g, we received 1.4g)


I was excited to receive a Benefit product in this month’s box.  You don’t always receive samples from cult/well-loved brands, as it is generally brands looking for more publicity who work with sample services.

POREfessional is an oil-blotting stick in a twist-up tube.  It contains ‘tiny invisible blotting spheres’ which mattify shine for up to 6 hours after application, and can be used under or over makeup.  To use it, you lightly apply the product onto the face using short, swift strokes, either before applying base makeup, or to touch up on the go.

I thought I would probably like this product as I already own the POREfessional primer and really like that.  This stick obviously feels more balm-y when applying it, but does leave a similar velvety feeling on the skin once it soaks in.  I have tried it both under and over makeup and find it fairly effective.  I would never use it in place of a primer, but alongside it, it works well to keep my makeup looking matte (which I like – I’m definitely not a dewy base kinda girl!)

I was fairly pleased with this box – a few items aren’t great but overall I will use most of the samples.  I’m definitely still happy with the service – especially if more Laura Mercier and Benefit samples are coming in the future!

Do you get Birchbox?  If so, what did you think of your box this month?  If not, do you like the look of what I received?  Let me know in the comments box or follow me on social media!  Twitter // Instagram // Facebook

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