I’m always ready to try a beauty box, so this summer I took advantage of some offers and signed up to Birchbox and LookFantastic box (post to follow for this one). I like to give things a proper trial because one month isn’t enough. Beauty Boxes are a funny thing because they try to appeal to lots of people at once, meaning not everyone’s tastes will be covered.
My first Birchbox was pretty good. I liked the contents but felt the items could have done with being a bit bigger.
Birchbox July 2017
As you can see, it was generously stuffed!
It smells nice and does the job, it’s definitely a contender for a future purchase (although I am pretty brand loyal to Batiste, it’s quite a similar product).
I can vouch for this cream, it feels great on! My feet are a bit rubbish, I need one of those scabby peeling masks but this made them feel nice when I applied it after a bath.
The GoGo tint is a lovely colour but I was disappointed with the size, the Benefit Counter will give you a sample this size for free if you ask nicely.
Gorgeous nudes. Again, a lovely quality product, it had staying power but as a muted tone I can’t comment much on pigment. I can say it did look nice after I’d applied it though!
My eyebrow/eyelash comb had a wobbly end! I now know from stalking social media that Birchbox actually has a reputation for excellent customer service, so if I’d said something at the time they would have just replaced it. Back in July when I received it, I didn’t know so I sulked a bit!
That was my first box, which was for July (in the UK). In the interest of not making this post infinite, I haven’t taken individual photos of the contents of other boxes.
Birchbox August 2017
This Birchbox was offering up some serious mermaid vibes. I LOVED the Spectrum brush (everyone is in love with Sprectrum right now anyway). The mattifying cream was good, I would normally like to use it for a month before I commit to an opinion but the sample size wasn’t big enough. I’m a very shiny human so I did appreciate its mattifying effects.
The eyeshadow is gorgeous. I don’t normally use eyeshadow crayons but this one isn’t sticky and didn’t crease, so I’ll be using this again. It’s a gorgeous coffee coloured shimmer look that I smudged into a smokey eye and made me feel all posh and grown up. Smoky eyes are very ‘now’ as we descend into autumn.
The anti-bacterial gel seemed to be a strange choice. I suppose it’s luxurious to be germ-free, it just doesn’t feel like a luxurious product. Probably because it mostly gets used after I’ve washed my hands in public toilets (I’m a bit of a germophobe).
The sugar spray is really good. I think I’ll buy that again, it doesn’t feel as drying as salt spray.
Birchbox September 2017
This one is my favourite. There’s cooling eye cream, stickers, blush/eyeshadow, lip balm, Dr Paw Paw everything balm and a nice smelling leave in conditioner spray. I don’t have a favourite product necessarily, it’s just full of really good stuff. I want more boxes like this please, Birchbox!