If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I’ve been getting the Birchbox beauty box subscription for quite a while now. If you’re a new reader, firstly hi! Secondly, here’s a little bit about how the subscription works. Birchbox is a monthly subscription box, containing 5 beauty samples (and sometimes full sized products) delivered straight to your door.
Each month’s content is curated by them, so you do not choose any of the samples yourself. The majority of products will be received by everyone, however you might get one or two different products every so often. This is because you are asked to fill in a profile when you join up, giving details such as your skin and hair colour, your skin concerns and preferences for bodycare, skincare or makeup etc. Although boxes aren’t totally personalised to you, it does steer them in the right direction.
Subscriptions cost £12.95 a month, which includes postage, for a monthly subscription where you can unsubscribe at any time. If you can commit to 6 months or a year, you can save around £25. If you’re tempted to sign up, and use this link, you will be credited £5 of points to be spent in the Birchbox online shop. I will also be credited with points for referring you. Of course there is no pressure to do this, you can just Google them and sign up that way, but of course you won’t get the £5 free points yourself. Just wanted to be totally upfront about that! 🙂
So! The bit you’re all actually here for – here’s what came in the March box:
The theme this month was ‘Word Up!’ The box design is a beauty-related word search as Birchbox want to help us search for, and find, our ultimate beauty discovery.
These two blue hair ties are from the Birchbox brand, which they seem to be expanding on a lot recently. They are just soft, snag-free hair ties so although not that exciting, they’re definitely something I’ll get lots of use from. I like the fact that these look slightly nicer on your wrist than a standard hair tie (come on, as if you don’t always end up walking around with an ’emergency’ hair tie on your wrist!)
Oh gosh I love this! I’ve surprised myself as I’m not even that into brow products – I use them about half the time, and just leave my brows natural the rest of the time. They’re naturally black and don’t really have sparse bits so I don’t always feel the need to use anything on them. But this has probably changed all that!
This is a little tube of brow gel that contains hair-like particles, to give the illusion of thicker brows. The tiny little brush is the perfect size for precision application. What I like is that although the product is dark, the brush doesn’t over-apply it and leave you with crazy brows like a lot I’ve tried! Although I’ve never tried it, it seems pretty similar to Benefit Gimme Brow.
This is the second Birchbox-own product in the box. Arrow is the new paraben-free, cruelty-free, vegan brand from Birchbox! I’m really pleased to hear they’ve launched a cruelty-free brand, as I know it’s something more and more people are looking for these days. If this product is anything to go by, I’m going to like it!
The mango seed butter infused lip balm changes colour depending on your own skin’s PH level. I thought that was a bit gimmicky, but it’s actually quite nice as it changes to a colour which suits each person (although it’s still very sheer and natural). I tested it on my husband/guinea pig and I can confirm it definitely does change to different colours, as it was a lot lighter on him than me! It’s also a great lip balm (and believe me, I’ve tried them all, as a dry lip sufferer!), it lasts a long time and is really smoothing. Good job, Birchbox!
I’ve had a few different products from the Beauty Protector brand and have always liked them, so I was pleased to see this (although a bit surprised as I thought they were a hair brand!) It’s a rich moisturising cream which can be used on both the hands and body. The booklet said it has their signature scent (which is a gorgeous, sweet toffee smell) but I don’t think it is as far as I can tell. This one smells quite floral and a lot like a Lush bathbomb (which is always good!)
This serum is described as a ‘real-life Instagram filter in a bottle’… which can’t be bad, as we all know how much better they make us look! 😀 To use, just upload a photo to… wait, hang on, no… to use, just apply 2-3 drops to your face after cleansing and then follow with your usual moisturiser. The serum should leave your skin illumiated and lifted!
I like that this serum is a gel texture, as I find the oil based ones leave my skin a bit too greasy (my skin is oily-combination). It dries into the skin really quickly and has a fresh smell. I like it!
Ok so this is the bit where I should be reviewing a hair mask, except for some reason I didn’t get one! It’s in the booklet but not in my box. This is the first time that’s ever happened so I don’t mind too much – I’ll get in touch with Birchbox and see if they can send me one out.
Overall, this was another really good box. My favourite item by far is the ModelCo More Brows (which is full sized and worth £13, so great value)! What do you think of this month’s box? Did you get anything different to me? Or are you tempted to subscribe? Let me know in the comments!