Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Make A Splash! July 2015 BirchBAG Review

Long time followers of Birchbox will know that each month, they share a sneak peak as to what's to come in that month's Birchbox across all social networks. At the beginning of July, they shared a sneak peak of the July box which as the sneak peak revealed, is in fact a BirchBAG rather than the traditional Birchbox!

July 2015's BirchBAG theme is 'Make A Splash' which is perfect for summer, especially for those lucky people who escaping the UK to catch some rays abroad over the next few months. Unlike most months where Birchbox just change the colour of the box or the bag inside, they've decided to replace the box with a bright neon pouch which is perfect for popping your everyday essentials into your handbag or your summer must haves with you down on the beach. There are four different coloured pouches, each representing a different holiday destination selected by editors of some of the most elite magazines. Birchbox UK's very own Jess Diner selected the neon pink pouch to represent Ibiza; Edwina Ings-Chambers who is the Beauty Director at Sunday Times Style selected the coral pouch to represent St. Tropez; Fiona Joseph who is the Fashion & Beauty Director at Conde Nast Traveller selected the turquoise bag to represent Hydra, Greece whilst my beautiful neon yellow pouch was selected by Rose Beer who is the Beauty Editor at Grazia to represent none other than Somerset in the UK! 

The first product that I noticed upon unzipping my pouch is a teeny tiny sample of Benefit Dream Screen (£25) which is currently making it's rounds being billed as the facial sunscreen to own! It's described as being a super light-weight matte finish with a rather impressive SPF45 which will definitely be getting a lot of love when I go abroad in October.

Next up we have the Pop Beauty Bright Up Your Life Eye Shadow Trio in Peach Parfait (£15.50) which contains some beautiful shimmery shades! The lightest shade is a pale white highlight shade, the middle shade is lovely pinky peach shade whilst the darkest shade is a beautiful burnt copper. These are some of the softest like butter eyeshadows I've tried which are just a dream to both apply and blend!

Moving onto skincare, included in the pouch is a adorable sample of the Balance Me Congested Skin Serum (£16) which I've been wanting to try for the longest time! It's to be used in times when your skin is in need of a little SOS as it will help restore the balance. It's packed with chamomile, lavender and aloe vera to pinpoint breakouts and soothe the skin whilst being suitable for all skin types. This will definitely be getting a lot of love from me tonight!

Next up, we have a generous sized Cowshed Cow Pat Moisturising Hand Cream (£18) that contains various rejuvenating essential oils including grapefruit to uplift your spirits and coriander to soothe the skin whilst leaving your hands feeling incredibly soft and moisturised. I do have more than my fair share of hand creams to be getting through but this will be getting added to my stockpile none the less!

I am a complete sun worshipper yet I burn ever so easily so the Unani Aloe Vera Gel (£15) is right up our streets! Everybody and their nan knows that aloe vera is incredibly good to relieve the pain from sun burn and is a must have for any sun lover! I personally prefer the good 'ole Banana Boat Aloe Vera Gel however as this is more convenient handbag size, this will be getting a lot of use over the the next month or so.

Last but by no means least is a Barely Prep, Blot & Blend Sponge (£5.99) which is this month's bonus beauty extra. I am a self-confessed makeup sponge addict and love nothing more than applying my base makeup with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge so I'm hoping that this compares to it!

Overall, I'm extremely happy with this months BirchBAG and every single product will definitely be getting used as well as the bright yellow pouch which will most likely be getting used to store my beauty essentials at work.

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