BIRCHBOX / MARCH 2018
A new subscription box! I’ve decided to try out a new box every other month (ish) so I can see if there’s any out there to rival my long-time favourite, the LookFantastic Beauty Box. This month I chose Birchbox, mostly because of one particular product offered as part of the selection (we’ll get to that in a minute) and also because I had a £5 off voucher, making it cost just £7.95 for the month, rather than £12.95.
Birchbox is a monthly subscription service that lets customers try out five sample-sized beauty and lifestyle products before they drop their hard-earned cash on the full size version. You can buy the full-size items featured in the boxes from the Birchbox shop, as well as items from previous months and also other products from the brands featured. They have a ‘refer a friend’ scheme, which gives your friends £5 off their first box, and offers you £5 worth of credit to spend in the Birchbox shop. The box itself is £10 with £2.95 delivery, but this cost is reduced if you sign up for more than one month at a time. You fill in a Beauty Profile form before you subscribe, which means your box will be somewhat tailored to you, allegedly.
INSIDE THE MARCH BIRCHBOX
First, a few bits of paperwork: a leaflet describing the products that gives you tips on how to use them, a voucher for money off the Birchbox spend (use code THANKYOU if you’ve spent more than £25, by the way) and another card that explains the benefits of the Birchbox shop.
First up, the only product I don’t think I’ll be able to use. This is the Oribé Aprés Beach Wave & Shine spray, which I believe is a texturising hairspray. My hair doesn’t take well to hair products other than oils, so I’ll probably give this one a miss, but I might offer it to my husband and see how it works on his wavy hair. I’m surprised I received a hair product meant to add waves to hair when I had stated in my Beauty profile that I have thick, curly hair already.
The next item is a Blaq charcoal face mask. I don’t think I’ve ever tried a charcoal face mask, so I’ll happily try this out but honestly – I’m a little bit over face masks. I like a good sheet mask on a Friday evening, but I don’t have the patience to put a mask on and then have to scrub it off. That makes me sound lazy, but yes, I am lazy.
Thirdly is the BalanceMe Face Wash, which is probably one of the most boring products I could have received – great, a face wash. To wash my face. So exciting. I’ve had so many BalanceMe products before and I’ve loved the serums and moisturisers I’ve tried, so maybe I’ll fall in love with this face wash. But probably not.
This next product isn’t something I was expecting, but it was a nice surprise! This is the Spectrum C06 brush, which is a large soft eye blending brush (I think they’re actually designed for concealer, but I prefer to use them for the eyes). I do have a very similar eye brush from a Spectrum set, but I’m not going to be annoyed about getting another. It just means I don’t have to wash the one I have as frequently (again, I am lazy).
Lastly, but definitely not least is a mini of the new Benefit Bad Gal Bang mascara! This has been hyped all over the internet for a few weeks now and I’m very excited to test things out. I think I’ll be using it in a Get Ready With Me on my YouTube channel soon, so keep an eye out and subscribe if you’d like to see how I find it. FYI, this was the product that drew me in to subscribe to Birchbox this month.
So. My final thoughts. I was excited to find the Benefit mascara and Spectrum brush in my box, but I found the other products a bit… meh. I’m actually quite glad I got £5 off because otherwise I’d be even more disappointed. It’s definitely not overtaking my love for LookFantastic (there’s an unboxing of that in the next few days as well). However, you have to remember that other people received different items to me, so I might have got a worse box than someone else.