Jet Set | July Birchbox

29 July 2013

July's Birchbox couldn't have come at a better time and while the value of the box was one of the lowest of all the boxes I've received, it was definitely one of the best. As some may know, I will be 'jet set' myself in a couple months when I head off to America. So this box was ideal as it came with many handy travel size samples that can supposedly withstand holiday weather. The magazine covers topics from how to get a holiday glow and long-wearing makeup to holiday tips and diet superfoods.

Products In Box
S RMK - Creamy Foundation in 103
S VitaBella - Hand Cream
S theBalm Cosmetics - InStain Long Wearing Powder Staining Blush
S Dead Sea Spa Magik - Gentle Cleansing Facial Wash
S Blanc Cachemire - Creme De Jour Protectrice

Lifestyle Extra
S The Chia Co - Shot

I was very pleased to have received this large sample of RMK's Creamy Foundation in shade 103 as my face had become a little more tanned from the sunlight this summer. This is a sample size but a large sample size at 15g which is half the size of the full size foundation and comes in the cutest little pot that I can easily dab my Beauty Blender into. In terms of dewiness, I can't comment on as I have oily skin and we've just had a heatwave. One thing to mention though is that this has lasted much better than my No 7 Beautifully Matte foundation and that's made for oily skin! However at £35, I don't think I'll be purchasing the full size any time soon.

I collect sample sized hand creams to put into my handbag so this was a delight to receive. Not only that but it smelt really luxurious, almost like you had stepped into a skincare boutique. In terms of moisturisation, I don't think it performed better than other hand creams I've tried and its thick consistency meant that you needed more than average to moisturise both hands which is how I came to finishing this product so early. The full sized hand cream costs £17 and while it smells divine, I don't think I would pay that much for something I would have to re-apply every hour.

I was overly excited to try out this blush sample I received as I had previously seen YouTube beauty gurus and bloggers receive these in their boxes, especially US-residents. While the sample is very small, much like many powder products - a little goes a long way. I received this in the colour Swiss Dot which is the type of colour I would usually choose for a blush. While this is meant to be a staining blush, I have noticed that this fades throughout the day. Again, I feel like I've put this product through the test of time with this sweltering heat and that's only in the mid-twenties. I worry that if I bring this on holiday with me where it'll be hotter, it may not last long at all. That being said, it's lasted a lot longer than a lot of my blushes bar Benefit's Benetint.

I have yet to test this out but I have used Dead Sea Spa Magik before and found it to have good results. The sample tube is 25ml which is a good enough size for many applications so I will be adding this to my morning shower routine.

I haven't noticed anything magnificent yet from this daytime moisturiser but I rarely do with moisturisers. For someone with oily skin, I'm always hesitant to try new moisturisers in case they make me appear even more oily. One gripe with this though (and Birchbox as a whole) is that the box seems to offer many products that you can only get through Birchbox and while I understand the marketing tactic for this, I feel it cheats us (the customer) out of our money.

Believe it or not, I was most excited for the chia seeds. Literally a few days before receiving my box, I had tweeted about not being able to find chia seeds and the next thing I know, they're in my box! Chia seeds are the latest trendy superfood and is particularly popular over in America. You can buy them in the UK but only from health food shops such as Holland and Barrett and are really expensive. After watching MamaNatural's video about making your own homemade chia drink, I had been dying to try it for myself. Chia drinks are slightly gelatinous as the chia seeds form a coating of jelly once submerged in liquid. You can use any juice of your choice; it's delicious, easy to make and super fun to drink - not to mention bursting with healthy goodness. I'm actually contemplating buying some from the Birchbox website with my accumulated points.

RMK Creamy Foundation in 103 - This was a sample size product of 15g with the full size being twice the size at 30g and valued at £35 according to Birchbox. This RRP is correct, making the sample worth £17.50.

VitaBella Hand Cream - This was a sample size product of 8.5ml with the full size being 100ml and valued at £17 by Birchbox. This value is correct making the sample size worth £1.44.

theBalm Cosmetics InStain Long Wearing Powder Staining Blush - This was a sample size product at 0.5g with the full size being 5.5g. Birchbox values the full size at £21.50 but the average online price for this product was £15 making the sample worth £1.36.

Dead Sea Spa Magik Gentle Cleansing Facial Wash - This was a sample size product of 25ml with the full size being 150ml. The Birchbox RRP is £8.50 with the actual RRP being just slightly higher at £8.85. The Birchbox RRP is roughly correct and makes the sample worth £1.48.

Blanc Cachemire Creme De Jour Protectrice - This was a sample size of 15ml with the full size being 50ml. The Birchbox RRP of £54.75 is correct making the sample worth £16.49.

The Chia Co Shot - This was a sample size of one shot out of ten (10g/80g). The Birchbox RRP is £4.79, this is correct making the one shot worth 48p.

In total, the majority of the Birchbox RRPs were correct. All products were sample sizes with a good mixture of both beauty and skincare items. The Birchbox value of this box is £39.27 but is actually just under at £38.75.


Overall, I am very pleased with this box. All items I will use even if only to test. The chia seeds I would say were the best product out of them all and fitted well into my detox diet I was doing at the time. Again, I would like to see less basics such as moisturisers and see more of an interesting variety of products such as the seeds and blusher. I would also like to see more products that are widely available in the UK instead of being restricted to Birchbox-only shopping

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