Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Beauty: Birchbox January 2015

This month, Birchbox have teamed up with the women's fitness magazine Women's Health to bring us the 'Hit Refresh' box; a box full of products to help us keep energised and kick start 2015 after the Christmas excitement is over.  

Heal Gel Intensive, availalable here
This tiny tube contains a multi-purpose skin rescue gel, designed to soothe, restore and protect your skin. It can also be used as a primer under make up. I'm going to be keeping this safe until I have another bad break out as it sounds like it works wonders!

ActivBod Cooling Finish Lotion, available here
This menthol packed lotion is designed to help bring your temperature down, soothe your skin and moisturise all at once. It's the perfect product to use after a gym session and the fragrance which is a mixture of eucalyptus, pepper and lemon is so uplifting.

Caudalie Vinoperfect serum, available here
This sample size is worth £15 alone which is more that I paid for the box. I love it when that happens! This serum is for applying before a moisturiser and helps to keep the moisture locked into your skin while also boosting your complexion and giving you a radiant glow. I've used a Caudalie serum before and it was fantastic so I'm looking forward to trying this one.

Philip Kingsley Body Building Conditioner, available here
This conditioner is actually for fine, limp hair which is the complete opposite of my hair type. However, I'm sure I'll use it as I always like swapping my conditioners around. It promises to control flyaways and add shine without weighing the hair down.

Stila Lip Glaze, available here
This is the one full sized product in the box and is worth £15. I'm not a big lover of lipgloss, I hardly ever wear it but I've found myself liking this one. It's a nude, almost clear shade with very fine glitter which looks great over a matte nude lipstick to add a bit of dimension. It's not too sticky or gloopy either!

Embrace Matcha green tea, available here
This sachet of matcha green tea is really not cup of tea (ha ha!) but I'm going to give it a go! Matcha is known for it's antioxidants and is said to boost your metabolism so it's worth a try. This one sachet is worth £1 so it's not cheap!

Women's Health pilates band
The lifestyle extra in this months box is a pilates band which I won't get any use out of - it would be great for those that have taken pilates up as a new year's resolution though!

I'm definitely pleased with this month's offering, I'll use everything but the band and my skincare could do with a bit of a refresh, so the serum is a welcome addition. If you want to sign up too, you can do so by clicking here.


  1. I'm always tempted to sign up to one of these box companies and then I think, wait, this is me. I have loads of potions in my bathroom cupboard as it is that I need to use. I think I'm a hoarder lol. Thank you for the review and 'unboxing' so to speak. It keeps me from buying lots of subscriptions to these services!

  2. Aargh, I wish I'd bought this now! Actually, there's still time so I may be tempted to get it ;) It looks like a fabulous box

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

  3. That actually looks a really good selection this month. I have had a couple of glossybox offerings, but to be honest, I often find them disappointing.


  4. I have a um and argh over these boxes all the time but this box actually looks ok and has some great products inside that i would use

  5. I've always wanted to get/try a Birchbox. Looks like you got some amazing products to use this month!

    Nicole | Colour Illuminates

  6. I love seeing what is inside Birchboxes every month, makes me even more tempted to subscribe. This one looks like a goodie too with the serum and the lip glaze! (though I'm still not sure what you do with a pilates band!?)

  7. Never heard of Birchboxes but the products sound good. Think my favorites out of the list are the matcha green tea and the pilates band.

  8. This looks a great box! A nice selection, love your posts Hayley :-)

    Helen X

  9. I've never tried a birchbox before, but the selection of products look interesting x

  10. im glad i read this i have thought of trying Birchbox now i think i will !


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