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Hello Sunshine: Meet Your Summer Must-Haves

Ah, summer… while we’re not sure that it’s fully arrived here in the UK yet, we’re hoping to add a little sunshine to your month with the contents of this month’s Birchbox (not got yours yet? Get the June Birchbox, right here!). Our inspiration? Beauty treats that can take you from poolside through to cocktail hour (and everything in between!) Read on if you want a sneak peek at some of the goodies going to our subscribers this month, and to find out more about our summer must-haves…



Keeping your skin protected from UV rays is important all-year round but never more than in the summer! If you normally forgo SPF because you’ve heard horror stories about the thick formulas clogging pores and irritating skin then you’re in luck – Paula’s Choice CLEAR ULTRA-LIGHT Daily Mattifying Fluid SPF 30+ is a water-light, matte-finish sunscreen that we can’t get enough of! Combining the hydration of a moisturiser with SPF 30 protection, it protects against both UVA and UVB rays and it doubles-up as a great make-up base too!


Let’s face it, no matter what your skin tone, it’s likely that after the long winter months your skin is looking a little lacklustre. Thankfully, we’ve discovered a whole host of glow-boosting products that we can’t wait to share with you lovely lot! To inject a little radiance into your complexion, James Read’s Overnight Tan Sleep Mask Tan Face gets to work while you snooze – developing a golden glow overnight (and the colourless formula means there’s no risk of pillow stains!). For body, Vita Liberata’s Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion slowly adds a sunkissed glow to dull limbs (ideal if you’re a tanning novice!) and it contains Odour Remove™ so there’s none of that horrible biscuity smell! Or, if you’ve woken up in a rush and need an instant body boost, the Whish Coconut Milk CC Body Cream not only hydrates your skin after showering but the fast-absorbing formula adds a hint of bronze from tip-to-toe – and you can wash it off when you’re done!


Wow! We know, we know – this stuff looks seriously bright but, trust us, once you know how to use it it’s the perfect way to inject some colour into your summer make-up routine (stay tuned for a post next week when one of our staffers will be putting it to the test!). We’re sending out two shades of this Jelly Pong Pong Paradise Pigment this month so some of you will get the chance to try it for yourselves. The pigmented cream blends out beautifully and adds a pop of colour to cheeks and lips – a great multi-purpose product if you’re trying to save space in your carry-on!


Finally, we might not be lucky enough to be jetting off to Bali for a luxury holiday this year but we can certainly dream thanks to this luxurious body oil! Monu Professional Skincare’s MONUSpa Relaxing Bali Body Oil is the perfect antidote to dry skin – it’s packed with a comforting blend of essential oils, including sandalwood and rosewood, to nourish and hydrate the skin. Bonus: if you’re feeling a little bleurgh then it also helps to sooth tired muscles!

Not signed up to Birchbox yet? You’ve got until Thursday, 30th June to get your June Birchbox and you might receive one of these summer must-haves inside!