Monday, 19 January 2015

Hit Refresh with January's Birchbox

I normally break my neck to share with you the latest Birchbox. But this month, aside from the jazzy “Women’s Health” design, there wasn’t much that excited me.... at least not at first! Fast forward a week and I’ve had the chance to use the products I’ve decided this month’s box is a grower! The ‘Hit Refresh’ box in partnership with Women’s Health, has the products you need to will help you start the year with your best foot forward.

Stila Lip Glaze Full Size Product £15.00

It’s Stila, and it’s full size, so yeah, a big thumbs up, BUT I’m not much of a gloss wearer these days. Maybe this one can tempt me back? The sheer pink-toned gloss is universally flattering and the built-in vitamin A, C and E keep lips from drying out.

Philip Kingsley Body Building Conditioner 20ml Sample | Full Size 250ml £19.00

YESSS! A product for volume. Just what I need. As soon as I sampled this it gave my hair an immediate plumpness. “Enhanced with keratin proteins and natural cellulose, it improves the hair's strength and condition as well as thickening the appearance of each strand”.  I’m tempted to buy the shampoo to go with it now!

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask 10ml Sample | Full Size £30.00

Radiance in a tube! This bioactive peel mask renews the complexion in minutes with a cocktail of natural fruit extracts (passion fruit, pineapple, lemon and grape no less!) gently sloughing away dead skin cells to renew the complexion and remove impurities (blackheads begone!). Papaya extracts also work to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and smooth the skin’s surface.

HealGel Intensive 5ml Sample | Full Size £37.50

I had no idea what this skinny little tube was until a little googling revealed its cult status. Created by a team of leading British plastic and cosmetic surgeons, HealGel Intensive is a scientifically designed, multipurpose, skin rescue gel. Did you say collagen-boosting? I’m in! Also works as a great primer.

Activbod Cooling Finish Lotion Sample | Full Size £12.00 100ml

“If there’s one thing we want to do quickly post-workout, it’s cool down! Thankfully, this menthol-packed lotion from activbod delivers an instant cooling sensation to the skin with its menthol-packed formula. As well as bringing the temperature down, vitamin E helps to moisturise and repair dry skin”. I think this product’s a bit pointless. All I want to do post-workout is get home, have a shower and EAT!

Embrace Matcha Green Tea 1 Sachet | Full Size  £24.99/30 bags

If there’s one thing I do tend to embrace is January, it’s herbal teas... so this was a welcome extra. Packed with antioxidants and nutrients (up to 10 times more than a regular cup of green tea!) matcha is a superfood that packs a punch.

Lifestyle Extra – Birchbox & Women’s Health Pilates Band Worth £7.99

This stretch little resistance band is perfect for improving your strength and muscle endurance. Incorporate into your exercise regime, if you have one. If not, hang it round your ankles and extend your legs whilst you watch Big Brother!

Now I’ve had a chance to use and research the products, I think this is a really strong box – good work Birch! If you fancy subscribing to Birchbox, use my friends referral link and we’ll both get some bonus points to spend in the Birchbox shop.



  1. I thought this was a pretty good box too, love the REN mask! ox

  2. I still need to sign up but I just don't know if it's worth it every month? This one does look pretty good though! x

    1. When I subscribed to Glossybox, month after month I used to be disappointed. With Birchbox, the standard remains high. I don't think there's been a box yet I haven't thought worth the money. You can cancel at anytime too x


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