Birchbox Review – August 2017


*August Mermaid Vibes Birchbox
Monthly subscription is £10.00 plus £2.95 P&P
No. of Products in the Box – 5 items

Although the fascination with mermaids has always been a thing, I’m loving that mermaids are having a well-deserved moment all thanks to this month’s Birchbox and I think you’ll agree Birchbox are seriously winning as we finally have a mermaid theme accompanied by mesmerising box which just brings feelings of tranquillity and serenity and really mimics those mermaid vibes. Line-up wise they’ve handpicked a host of beauty treats to help channel our inner mermaid and also includes a make-up brush from the masters of all things whimsical, Spectrum Collections!

Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription service. The box consists of 5 luxe beauty treats from well-known brands and emerging brands and occasionally you may also receive a lifestyle item too. Birchbox is also a full-blown beauty destination where you can purchase all the brands which have been featured in their boxes.

Here’s what I received inside my August box:

Kicking off the mermaid theme and the main showstopper inside this month’s box is undoubtedly the Spectrum Collections A05 Brush (Full size) which is available in two variations and is something that all subscribers will receive. I already own the Glam Clam which includes this very same brush so while I was really hoping for the Bomb Shell one I guess there’s no harm in having a back-up! Crafted from synthetic animal-friendly bristles, this brush works with your favourite cream, powder, and mineral products and the angled shape means you can apply blush, bronzer, and highlighter.

When it comes to nailing that mermaid look, tousled waves are a must so Birchbox have ensured that everyone receives a hair product to accomplish that! I received a sample of the Number 4 Sugar Spray (Travel Size 30ml) which is formulated with sugar cane, anti-static properties, and flexible styling aids, this texturising spray not only gives you loose, shiny waves, it also nourishes strands. Hair feels soft and the style stays intact even in the face of heat and humidity.

Up next and on the skin care front we have the Huygens La Crème Supernature (Sample size), a daily moisturising treatment that battles imperfections and keeps your skin hydrated and even. Packed with organic rose water to boost circulation and soothe redness, it naturally smooths away dead skin cells for instant radiance.

Just when you think you’ve seen enough samples of the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse® Dry Oil Shimmer (sample size 10ml) inside your beauty boxes another one turns up! I bet most of you who subscribe to beauty boxes have already tried this because it circulates from box to box! If you haven’t, you’ll be happy to know it’s actually a great product that gives a beautiful veil of soft golden shimmer to cheat that glow and luminosity, it’s like liquid gold in a bottle! The consistency is quite runny and applies without any streaks and as the name suggests the finish is dry so you won’t feel oily or sticky. 

Lastly and to add shimmer to your mermaid look is the LOC One & Done Shadow Stick (Full size RRP £8.00) in the shade Out Of Your Shell!  This paraben -free shadow stick from Birchbox brand LOC removes the need for multiple brushes, blenders, and primers to deliver up to 11 hours of creaseless, waterproof colour in just one swipe and also boasts being cruelty-free. The formula is SO on point and totally delivers as promised. In terms of the shade it isn’t something I would have personally picked out myself but it’s great for creating inner corner highlight on the eye. The pigmentation is crazy and once this stuff sets it does not budge!

My Verdict

This month was a kind of a win-lose month for me. On one hand I was thrilled that Birchbox came up with a mermaid theme for their August edit with a beautiful box to match but at the same time I just wasn’t overly excited by the contents – I guess I was just unlucky as I was kind of hoping for a couple of the other items I saw within the spoiler post! Having said that though everything does gel together well to channel your inner mermaid and there’s a few products that I’ll be able to make use out and looking forward to trying out so it’s not all bad but for me personally I think the mer-mazing box design and the Spectrum Collections Brush kind of stole the limelight this month.

If you like trying out products from well-known, loved and emerging brands then Birchbox is definitely great for this. The subscription itself is affordable and the monthly rotation of treats introduces you to brands and products you might not have otherwise found, all of which can be purchased within their online shop.

September Sneak Peek: EVERYONE will receive the Manna Kadar Fantasy 3-in-1, a blush, highlighter and eyeshadow in one!

Birchbox Offer:

Receive a free full-size Nails Inc. Polish plus a make up bag when you order your August Birchbox!! Use the code TAKE2 via

*PR Sample