Today I wanted to share a review of the monthly subscription box Birchbox with you. Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription box, where 5 sample size products ranging from make up to hair care to little surprise gifts, arrive on your doorstep, lovingly packaged in beautifully designed boxes.
Birchbox have recently turned 5 years old now! And after a couple years away from the brand due to financial implications previously (I was a poor A level student haha) I have recently rejoined and have now accumulated a couple months worth of boxes to start reviewing before I start monthly box reviews. I wanted to do these reviews but wait a couple weeks and really get a feel for how the company has changed since I was last a member and test out the products fully so I could give an honest review.
Firstly, I really love Birchbox because I personally find them affordable and love testing out samples of products prior to buying the full size item. The best part about miniature products is they are perfect for travelling or, in my case, my maternity hospital bag. Inevitably there will always be one or two you may not like but I have fallen in love with some of the items and this way, you don’t feel the guilt of splurging on an item that you end up disliking. I’ve been especially loving how beautiful the boxes are and plan on keeping them for smaller storage in my little girls nursery for things like socks, scratch mittens and her hair bows. I am a bit late with these reviews due to finishing university year 1, being pregnant and moving house but I also really wanted to test the products fully and decide whether to continue with my subscription or not. So my April review is a bit late being published in June but my May and June review will follow quite quickly in the next couple weeks so I’m a bit more on track haha.
Anyway, lets get into the boxes –
Box one and box two came at the same time in April because I rejoined when a promotional offer “two boxes for the price of one” had been launched, therefore I received the previous November 2017 VOGUE edition box and the April 2018 Cath Kidston collaboration box. It was like Christmas receiving two boxes at once haha!
Box one – The VOGUE Edition.
In this box there was:
1) A miniature Benefit Hoola Bronzer
2) Percy & Reed Volumising No Oil Oil
3) Clarin’s Hand Treatment
4) James Read Overnight Tan Sleep Face Mask
5) A Birchbox Brush Cleaner.
I was really excited by the Hoola Bronzer as that’s always been a favourite of mine so that had already sold me haha. But then I went on to try the Percy & Reed “Smooth, Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil” and I was really not a fan; hair oils have never really appealed to me because my hair is quite fine anyway and oils tend to drag it down, but I thought I’d give this one a shot anyway. It was very much the same as every other hair oil I’ve experienced – I had to go rewash my hair. Now any hand cream has me sold so the Clarin’s “Hand and Nail Treatment Cream” had won me back round and is the perfect size to just pop into my handbag for on the go reapplication. I then gave the James Read “Overnight Tan Sleep Mask Tan Face” a go, which I’m pleasantly surprised by – I had visions of orange pillowcases and streaky tan all over my face but actually it was a very light application, which was buildable and felt like it had nourished my skin also. Finally is the brilliant Birchbox Brush Cleaner which I just love; these items make brush cleaning a total breeze so I love having this little mini which will be perfect to take on holiday for a quick brush clean. Overall, I was really happy with all the little goodies in this box and will definitely consider rebuying the James Read Face Tanner.
Box two – The Cath Kidston Collaboration.
1) ModelCo Baked Highlighter
2) Beautaniq Beauty Fill and Tame Brow Gel
3) Cath Kidston Hand Cream
4) Marcelle Gentle Make Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes
5) AfterSpa Magic Make Up Remover Cloth
In this box, both the highlighter and brow gel were easy winners for me because I adore mini make up samples and loved both! The ModelCo highlighter is perfectly pigmented without being too over the top and the Beautaniq brow gel does exactly what it says on the tin, keeping my brows well tamed and looking neater. Again, I looove hand cream and this gorgeous little mini Cath Kidston hand cream looks beautiful on my dressing table so it’s a definite win-win. The final two products are both make up removing, which I immediately thought would be perfect for my hospital bag. The Marcelle Make Up Remover is a dream to remove all my make up quickly and efficiently and the AfterSpa Magic Make Up Remover Cloth is a lovely little wonder product that actually removes make up, again, quickly and efficiently – as I’ve said, these will be amazing to have in my hospital bag to remove my make up but they’re perfect products for holidays and nights away also. I’m definitely considering buying the full sized brow gel and more magic make up removing cloths because I just adore how quickly they are to use, which will really come in handy when I’m a mom on a time restraint haha.
I hope you enjoy my quick little Birchbox reviews – I really love reading subscription box reviews so am quite happy to be bringing them to my blog also.
I’d love to know of any other subscription boxes you’ve been loving!