[REVIEW] Birchbox – July

As I said in my last Birchbox post, I’d already had my July one delivered by that point, I was just waiting for a replacement part for something that had been damaged.  I’m pleased to say they did that earlier this week, so here we are. 🙂


This month’s box is of the more standard reinforced cardboard type, the tin was only for the special anniversary box.  It’s very pretty though!  Unfortunately the logo on the lid is slightly scuffed away, but this was a replacement box, so I’m not going to get too grumpy about it.

Off with the lid!


This month’s theme is “Say yes to adventure!”

The contents of the box are:

  • Manna Kadar Long-Wear Powder in “Paradise” – this is a full size product, RRP £15.
  • Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in “Satin” – another full size product, RRP £12.
  • What’s in it for me…? Shower Scrub (Sample)
  • Klorane Floral Water Makeup Remover (Sample)
  • Balance Me Congested Skin Serum (Sample)

Here’s the box insert:


As always, full and further information together with details on how to subscribe can be found on the Birchbox Website.

So far I’ve tested the Eye Stick and the Serum, the Manna Kadar and the Shower Scrub are both up for testing tomorrow.

I will not be testing the Klorane Water at the moment – I don’t like micellar waters (which is what this is) particularly, I’ve never found them to be particularly effective and I’ve never got on with them.  They do nothing other than leave me with the feeling that I need to go for my usual makeup remover straight afterwards – so what’s the point?  With my skin being as sensitive as it is, skincare products are also on the list of things which are very likely to create a flare-up, so for the time being I’m not going to take the risk.  I may try it somewhere down the line if I have a few days coming where it doesn’t matter if my face is off on a frolic of its own, but for the time being it’s going to stay in the “waiting” area.

Eyeko Fat Eye Stick in “Satin”

I had already encountered these long before I got this month’s box.  It’s a soft, satiny eyeshadow crayon which gives a sheer, glossy wash of colour on your eyelid.  This colour is a shimmery light brown.  It can be built up a bit but not very much.  These are great if you don’t have a lot of time to spare and don’t want any mess, and just want a quick swipe of colour before rushing out of the door.

Unfortunately what they’re not at all great for, on the basis that by its nature the formula is pretty oily, is oily skin.  As we all know by  now, I have the oiliest lids on this green earth!  It had creased and settled into all the lines on my lids within less than 10 minutes.  So the colour is lovely, the idea is great – but it’s not for me.  I can see it being brilliant if you have dry lids, but on oily skin it’s an absolute waste of time.

Balance Me Congested Skin Serum

It should be noted that there is, sadly, absolutely nothing that will make a really evil spot dry up and completely disappear from all existence overnight.  There just isn’t.  The first person to invent something that does will be able to retire to a private island in the Caribbean almost overnight.

There are, however, things that will help.  This is one of them, and it’s really pretty good!  My skin was spitting its dummy out for no particular reason, and I had a cluster of fairly horrible spots on my chin.  My Birchbox arrived the same day, and with a “no guts, no glory” approach, that evening I took my makeup off, cleansed, toned and then plastered this stuff all over my chin before moisturising and went to bed.

To my considerable surprise, the following morning although all the spots were still there and still fighting the good fight, the swelling, the redness around them and the tenderness had both lessened really very significantly.  I was able to apply my makeup as usual and cover them up with absolutely no difficulty.

Like I said above, there is no magic spot remover out there, but until someone invents one, I shall be keeping a little tube of this bad boy on hand.  It can stay!   (As an aside, it smells fabulous too.  It has a lovely, fresh, citrusy smell.  It reminds us both really very strongly of something familiar but neither of us can put our finger on it, annoyingly!  If and when one of us figures it out, I’ll come back to this post and update it.)

That’s it for now on this month’s box, I’ll do another post with a quick review when I’ve tested the Manna Kadar powder and the shower scrub.  Watch this space!

DISCLAIMER: This review is not sponsored by Birchbox, Manna Kadar, What’s In It for Me…?, Klorane, Eyeko or Balance Me, and I have no affiliation with any of them.  I have not been paid or otherwise compensated for this review, and I (or my very generous husband) pay for every product I review. All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.

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