Monday, 12 January 2015

Birchbox - January 2015

It's the first box of the year for Birchbox** and it kicks off being partnered with the go-to for all things health, fitness and well-being - Women's Health and a box titled 'Hit Refresh'. Inside the box are products that will help you start the year with your best foot forward! There is also a 'Hit Refresh' booklet which contains 12 bite-sized challenges with some tips. Each page has a hole which allows you to hang it up with perforated pages it allows you, should you wish you, the ability to pull out pages after completing them and I am determined to give some of them a go.

The first item in this month's box is a full size Stila Lip Glaze worth £15, in the shade  Glimmer which is a rosy pink shade to describe it.  As a twist up lip gloss which has a built in brush, it is quite a handy little item to have in your make up bag for a quick touch of gloss.

Stila Lip Glaze

The next item is a 20ml sample tube of the Philip Kingsley Body Building Conditioner worth around £1.50. I have only ever tried the Elasticizer from Philip Kingsley, so I am looking forward to giving this a go.  This conditioner claims to transform lifeless locks and help seal flyaways due to the lustrous, wheat-protein conditioner.
Philip Kingsley Conditioner

The next product is a 5ml tube of HealGel Intensive worth £3.75.  I am a huge fan of HealGel products and have used this before which I have reviewed HERE.  As you only need a teeny amount at any one time to use it, this tube will last a good few weeks and it is perfect for that overnight or weekend away bag.

HealGel Intensive

REN is one of my favourite brands and one I have been using for well over a year now, so I am always pleased to see a product from them in any box I get.  Within this box I have the Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask which I have used once or twice from a smaller sample sized tube, so I am glad to see a 10ml version, which will at least give me 5-6 masks.  It is described as being a fast-working exfoliating treatment which improves texture, tone and combats congestion.  Has a value of around £6

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

The next product is one I haven't heard of before from Activbod and the product is called a Cooling Finish Lotion. It is a 20ml tube and is said to re-energise after a work-out as it is an invigorating menthol packed lotion. You use it by massaging it into clean skin and then you get a cool tingle. So I tried it out and there is most definitely a tingling sensation there.  This tube has a value of around £2.50

ActivBod Cooling Finish Lotion

The final two products in this box are a Green Matcha Tea from Embrace which is apparently 100% natural with 10 times the antioxidents of a regular green tea.  You are told to take half a teaspoon and whisk it into hot water or cold water and you can also add it to smoothies and juices too.  On its own it is worth 99p

Embrace Green Tea Matcha

Then we have a Birchbox Pilates Band. It is said to tone, increase strength and improve muscle endurance with its resistance. So if anyone has a use for this and would like it, please do let me know as it isn't something I would use, but I did like to see it included because it does at least fit with the theme of the box. It also has a value of £7.99
Birchbox Pilates Band

So overall, I am really impressed with this month's Birchbox and I I really liked the theme, which for January is really appropriate. The box is worth around £37 which is great value for money when it costs just £12.95**.
Did you get a Birchbox this month?


  1. No, I didn't get it but more I read your un-boxing posts, more and more I am tempted to buy some for myself

  2. oh thats not actually that bad i like a few things in their , stil lipgloss ive tried before, philip kingsley i actually have at the moemtn myself , so worth it

  3. This is quite an interesting looking box - full of things you would actually use! I love Stila lipgloss, and the HealGel looks amazing!

  4. It looks like a great value box and with very useable products too, I've been toying with the idea of getting this box and this is swaying me! :)


  5. I actually like the look of this box, so many things you would actually get use from xx

    Charli | Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger at CHARLI B

  6. Ive never actually tried a Birtchbox, but so many great useful products in this one!

    Josie XOXO
    Fashion Mumblr

  7. I know they are great value for money, but I worry i wouldn't use it all. Although I do love Stilla

  8. This looks great and a really good price. I also love Ren and would love to try HealGel.

  9. A nice selection of products for the new year.

  10. Ooh I love the sound of this January themed box! :)
    I might see if I can still get my hands on one!

  11. I loved my box this month, it's my one ME treat

  12. This sounds like a great box! I really want to try Healgel :) xxx Thou Shalt Not Covet

  13. I loved mine I did a review too :) . Birchbox never fails to make me happy haha xox

  14. I do like but not sure on some of the items but very exciting getting new beauty items.x

  15. This looks like a good box, I think want to subscribe to a box this year.


  16. I was really disappointed with my box. I really wanted the Ren and HealGel stuff but I didn't get either of them :( This was my last box before my subscription ends too. I'm on the fence whether I should get another subscription or not!

  17. It has a great value for the money and the products seem all lovely :)

    Pink Frenzy

  18. This is excellent value for money. I would like to try the lip gloss

  19. oh so many nice goodies!! I still want to try REN skincare sometime! I hope for some deluxe sample in a box!
    Alice | Alice's Beauty Madness

  20. Love this box! I really do need to sign up to one!

    Creepers & Cupcakes

  21. Porbably the best box from Birchbox I have seen in a while! xxx

  22. What a great idea for a treat , I have yet to try birch box but I am sure I will

  23. Arggghhh I wasn't impressed with this months box to be honest! x

  24. I have ordered these for my daughter but not had any feedback from her yet

  25. You know, I've never tried Birchbox but their boxes always look so good! xx


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