Birchbox | January 2015

Thursday, 15 January 2015



Hello Beauties! I know were half way through January now but I can’t seem to get used to writing 2015 – it seems way too futuristic to me! Now that we’re well into January, it’s time I shared with you my thoughts on this months Birchbox. The new year has undoubtedly got us all thinking about our health, with many of us (myself included) setting resolutions to keep fit, lose weight and generally be more healthy. Birchbox have clearly noticed this, as this month they have partnered up with Womens Health to bring us the January ‘Hit Refresh’ box, packed with lots of little goodies to help us on our way to being healthier versions of ourselves.


The first product I saw in this months box and the one I was most excited about, is this Stila Lip Glaze in Glimmer. I love receiving make up products in subscription boxes as opposed to skincare or body care, especially when it's from high end brands like Stila. Glimmer is a beautiful shimmer peachy shade which applies so sheer that its almost clear. I really like the colour that Birchbox have included this month as I often find the lip products they include are a bit too dark for my liking, and I think that this shade is so easy to wear so would compliment a range of complexions. I have tried this product a few times now and I'm happy to report that it's super long lasting and although a little sticky, a definite winner in my books. I know that lipgloss has nothing to do with the theme, but it's always nice to have. 


Healgel is a brand I've heard tonnes about from other bloggers, but I've never had the chance to try it myself, so I was happy to receive this little sample in the January box. Healgel Body is a lightweight lotion which contains anti inflammatory ingredients to help calm and rejuvenate the skin. This all sounds great, however this is a pretty tiny sample and definitely not enough to cover my whole body so I don't think theres really enough here to make an informed judgement about how good it is. I think it would have been nice if this sample had been a little bigger. 


Another product which I was also excited to receive this month is the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radience Serum. I really like Caudalie as a brand and I've had the opportunity to try a few of their products through my Birchbox subscription and have always been impressed, so this was a pleasant surprise. After all of the partying and late nights over the holiday period, along with exam stress, my skin is in definite need of a little pick me up, so I think this is a great product to receive in this months box. Also, its a pretty decent sized sample so you can definitely judge whether you like it enough to buy the full size, unlike the Healgel sample. 


Birchbox really pulled it out of the bag this month in terms of brands which I'd like to try. Phillip Kingsley is another blogger favourite which has been on my 'to-try' list for a while now. This month Birchbox have included a sample of the 'Body Building Conditioner' which is perfect for any of you with fine or flyaway hair. I recently had a lot of hair cut off in an effort to make it healthier, so I was happy to receive this as I'm trying to find a haircare routine which works for me. 


I also received a sample of the Embrace Matcha Green Tea. Now tea in general isn't my thing, so you can imagine that green tea is no different. However, I am on a mission to lose weight this year, and I've heard that a cup of green tea a day is supposed to help with your metabolism and speed up the weight loss process, so I will be forcing this down at some point throughout the month. I also found out that it can be blended into juices and smoothies, so if you're not a green tea lover like myself, then this may be a better option. 


Finally, this months lifestyle choice is this Womens Health Pilates Band. I often find that Birchbox include pretty random lifestyle choices which have nothing to do with the theme, so I was pleasantly surprised at this months choice. I've currently injured my foot and can't go running like I'd like to, so the pilates band is helping me to still work out and increase my muscle tone without injuring myself further, so I'm really pleased that they've included it. Also, I know a lot of you are really into 'Blogilates' at the moment, so this may come in handy!

Lots of Love,

Becky x x

*contains PR samples



12 comments:

  1. I really loved the look of this box, the resistant band is cute and heal gel is one of my favourite brands! I can't wait to get mine- I hope it comes soon...! xxx

    Blonde Of Carbs

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    1. The Pilates Band is actually so useful, when I first got it I wasn't sure if I'd get much use out of it but after researching what you actually use it for (I'm clueless when it comes to fitness!) I've found it really helps with my toning exercises :) xx

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  2. Really impressed with the Caudalie product, that's so amazing that was in Birchbox!

    xx Alyson
    The Beauty Vanity

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    1. Ah I know! I've received a few Caudalie products from the Birchbox over here in the UK and I've always been impressed with them! xx

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  3. This sounds like such a good box. I have heard so much about Stila!

    Rachael x | N o v e m b e r S t o r m s |

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    1. I love the Stila lipgloss - I've been wearing it non-stop all month! xx

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  4. Ooh I like the range of different products there were inside.
    the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

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  5. what a cool idea to do a womens health box! Looks so cool xo

    jpoppy-thats-just-me.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Caudalie seems like such a luscious and luxurious brand! ^ ^

    www.thedailydollyblog.com

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  7. This one defiantly had some great brands in, but I did prefer one of their boxes last year that came with chocolate haha.

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. I preferred the chocolate too haha. I tried the green tea with my breakfast the other day and I just couldn't stomach it - I'm not a green tea person that's for sure! xx

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  8. This box looks so good!! Lovely post
    xxx
    www.m0llymay.blogspot.co.uk

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