Another beauty subscription unboxing and review for you today. I have never had a Birchbox before, but I decided to take advantage of a discount code on a blog; to receive a box for £5 instead of the usual £10. A perfect chance to see if I liked it!
My May 2015 Birchbox arrived super-quickly and was quite an exciting introduction to them – this month they decided to send out a customisable box, meaning it is patterned but all white, and you can colour it in yourself. Very much tapping into the adult colouring-in trend going on at the moment! Handily, you also received a free little box of colouring pencils to get artistic with.
Having not bought a Birchbox before, I don’t know much about them, however I get the impression it’s like Glossybox, where you don’t pick anything, you just receive a standard box. However this box was a bit different, as they were doing a “pick your sample” collaboration with Wah London nail brand. There was a choice of nail art pens, nail polishes and stick on false nails. I went for the falsies as the only fake nails I like are press-ons (where you rip a tab off and stick them straight on, no nail glue involved). I find they last much longer on me, and are less likely to ping off!
The box arrived in the usual outer postage packaging, which I opened to reveal the colour-yourself box (with a very spring-like yellow bottom). I was pleasantly surprised to see that the products were all nestled inside a little beige and mint green drawstring pouch. This will come in really handy for keeping small beauty products all together when travelling.
So without further ado, here’s what I got!
Wah London 24 Press On Nails – The Pink Brush
So as I mentioned, this product was part of Birchbox’s collaboration with Wah London, and I chose these nails (although there was no choice in colour/design etc). Wah London say this design was “inspired by their favourite abstract painters…. a matte base gives a canvas like finish while glossy stripes show real artistic flair”. I really like the abstract design in pink, white and black. They are a slight stiletto shape, which will be interesting as I usually go for squoval nails. You get 24, so in theory you could get two wears out of them. However I find that I can only ever use the smallest sizes, so the rest are usually wasted on me. I think I have really narrow nails! I’ll look forward to wearing these for a special occasion.
Price: £9 (there we go, what I paid is covered almost twice already in the first product!!) Get your own here.
Nude ProGenius Omega Treatment Oil
This is a nourishing facial oil, containing a blend of plant oils and omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9. The directions are to apply 2-3 drops after cleansing, twice a day. I was really happy to receive this as I love facial oils and use them every day! Personally, I only use them at night, as I don’t want to risk oily skin during the day (especially with makeup on). I tend to add a couple of drops to my serum and use them together. This oil comes in a small plastic bottle with a pump dispenser and has a lovely, spa-like scent (you know what I mean by that right?!) I’m intrigued to try this brand, as the price is pretty expensive and not something I would buy myself at full price!
Price: £58 for full size – this is 5ml, so around £9.60 worth. Again, really good value. Find it here.
Stila Lip Glaze – Glow
I have had Stila lipglosses in the past, but not for a very long time! This is not a colour I would have chosen myself as it is extremely subtle. It shows as a light sparkly pink in the tube, but is pretty much clear on the lips. It gives a nice glossy shine though, and would be ok for something like work, where you’re looking for a subtle finish. It comes with a brush applicator and a twist section at the bottom, to push the product up into the brush. Apparently it contains vitamins A, C and E, which I think is quite unusual for a gloss – healthy properties are more often seen in lip balms etc rather than makeup products. I will probably use this for work and it’s nice enough to have, but I would definitely have chosen a brighter colour myself.
Price: £15 (this product is full sized). Find it here.
Liz Earle Beauty Co – Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser & Muslin Cloth
I was so excited when I saw this!! This is one of those cult skincare products that everyone raves about, on YouTube vlogs, in blogs and in real life. The only reason I haven’t used it before is because it is a bit expensive for me. So I was really pleased to get a chance to use it and see how it rates against my beloved White Rabbit Skincare Comfort Cleansing Balm!
In the cute little tissue paper parcel I got a 30ml tube of cleanser, an instruction leaflet and a muslin cloth (used to remove the cleanser from your skin). I am about to finish my current cleansing balm, so I will try this one out soon and report back about whether it’s worth all the hype! Watch this space…
Price: £15.50 for 100ml, so this sample is worth around £4.65. Find your own here.
Parlor by Jeff Chastain – Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray
This little black bottle contains “salty sea air” in a bottle! It also contains sweet almond oil and algae (yep, really… apparently it’s rich in vitamins..!) It is intended to give texture and volume to your hair. Simply spray it onto damp or dry hair and style with your fingers for a messy finish. The brochure claims this spray smells of ripe peaches and freshly-cut grass, and it really does! If this was a perfume, I would buy it. Yum! Used sparingly, it doesn’t leave you with that tell-tale, crispy feeling hair. I don’t wash my hair that often (the joys of being a spoonie) but next time I do, I will use this and report back if it’s worth buying!
Price: £17 for 4.9 Fl Oz – this bottle is 1 Fl Oz. You can get it here.
Jelly Pong Pong – Caribbean Sun Bronzer Duo in Martinique
This is a little bronzer and blusher which comes in a handy compact with a mirror in the lid. My first impression is that it is bloody difficult to open!! I have to keep using my tweezers to get into it. I may have to resort to just leaving it slightly open. Apart from that, it’s quite a nice product. I was relieved to find that the bronzer isn’t too dark, as I have very fair skin. It is however slightly yellow-toned, which is a bit strange. I tend not to use bronzer all over, just for contouring. As it’s light and I only subtly contour, this should be good for it.
The blusher is such a pretty pink colour – it is slightly different to how it has shown in my photo above. It’s actually very similar to Benefit’s Coralista. Sadly it’s a bit too sparkly for me – it contains quite a lot of gold glitter. Some people will really like this, but I prefer a matte finish to my blush. It might actually be quite pretty on my eyes, over my Pink Gold Color Tattoo, so I’ll be trying that! It’s also cruelty free, yay 🙂
Price: £15.95. Find it here.
Number 4 – Lumiere d’Hiver Reconstructing Masque
The last thing in the box was a little 7.5ml sachet of hair mask. The packaging is rather dull (I suppose some may say it’s simple and classy… I’m just not a monochrome kinda girl!) It will also be pretty annoying once you have opened it and used the product once. It looks like it may last for two uses on my hair (despite saying only one – I always find this with face masks too) and will probably squidge out everywhere!
This mask claims to “transform your tresses from lacklustre to luscious with moisturising soy proteins, shea butter, sunflower seed oil and jojoba oil”. I like the sound of all the lovely, nourishing ingredients and look forward to using this. You just apply it onto wet hair, leave 2-5 minutes and then rinse.
Price: £36 full size, this is just a sample size. Find the full size here.
[Update: I have since tried this and it is A-MAZING!! It left my hair so soft and just perfect. I’m definitely going to treat myself to this for my birthday!!]
Overall, I’m really pleased with this box. I think it’s excellent value for money and I like the diversity of products, from skincare, to makeup, to haircare. Perfect! I also appreciate the fact that the accompanying leaflet tells you lots about the products and includes the prices.
I think I may continue getting this subscription if I have the spare money. I would definitely recommend it. If this has left you intrigued and ready to sign up, you can find the Birchbox website here.