[Unboxing] Birchbox – February 2016

Birchbox is one of the oldest and probably most well known beauty subscription boxes out there. It was founded in 2010 out in the states but have now branched out into other countries, luckily for me as shipping costs would have been exorbitant otherwise.
You fill out a beauty profile and get 5 samples every month which match the profile, so not everyone’s box will be the same!
 
 
One of the additional things Birchbox offers is points for reviewing the samples you receive. You get 5-8 points per review, and each point is worth roughly 10p. Seeing as how you get at least 5 samples each month, in two month’s you’ll have 50 points minimum to spend in their store!

Cost: £10 + £2.96 p+p, so approx. £13 a box.
Sign up via my link to get 50 Birchbox points (worth £5)
 
Now lets have a look at what I got in my box.
 

First the box itself. T­­he products are well protected in a mini bag inside the mini box. There’s also a mini booklet which has details on the products in your box as well as any competitions/news.

 
I love the new designs that Birchbox is coming out with, and this is such a dinky box! Here it is compared to one of my Glossyboxes.
Now onto the important part. Which five samples did I receive?
 
Spectrum Collections Tapered Powder Brush Full Size –RRP £7.99
I love it when subscription boxes add life-style items to the box as it really adds variety and is usually useful. This is a beautiful brush, reminiscent of magic and mermaids. Spectrum is a cruelty free brand as well and feels super soft against the skin. This brush is designed for powder applications, such as setting powders or bronzers.
 
 
 
L.Erickson Grab & Go Ponytail Holder x1 – RRP £11.50 for 15, 1 = 76p
This is the second of the two “life-style” products that was in the box. Lets be honest here, it’s kind of boring to get a hair tie in a sample box. Fortunately this was a bonus item and didn’t count as part of the 5 samples. It does fit the theme of the box, and is a nice unusual colour. I do like the thickness of the holder, it ensures that even my thick hair won’t escape, and would hold during my exercise sessions. I also like the stretch, easily able to do three loops around my hair. I would have liked to have seen two thrown into the box though.
 
 
LOC One and Done Shadow Stick Full Size – RRP £8
This is Birchbox’s own make up brand and their first product that they’re releasing to the public! We got to choose between “Champagne Problems” (Silver) and “Perfect Cents” (Gold), both perfect names for the theme of the box. I chose Perfect Cents as I was in the neighbourhood of looking for a new gold shadow. This has a beautiful shimmer to it which is great for a night out. Has a creamy application and doesn’t tug at the skin. One word of warning and that’s that the glitter has a tendency to spread, so your eyes will end up very sparkly. Not that that’s always a problem.
 
 
theBalm cosmetics Frat Boy Blush/Shadow Sample – Full Size RRP £15.50
I love the packaging on this, it jumps right at you and is a fun addition to anyone’s make up bag. It does remind me of Benefit’s products, it feels like they have a similar style. This is a powder blush with a good pigementation and baby pink/peach colouring. I think this is perfect for the spring weather so will be hoarding it until the sun makes it’s reappearance.
 
 
 
Number 4 Lumiere d’Hiver Super Comb Prep & Protect Sample – Full Size RRP £20
The fact that the box included a hair product is a plus in my eyes. I am always on the lookout for new products to try, and this one is a winner. It promises to detangle and strengthen hair. It has a light touch and doesn’t leave any residue. There’s a floral scent to it which some people might find off putting.
 
 
Delarom Crème Acquaconfort Sample – Full Size £34
This is a face cream which contains, almonds, apricot and vitamins A, C and E. A star studded list of ingredients! I am most interested in the vitamins, C promises to brighten while E is nourishing so they’re a great combo. Haven’t had time to properly patch test this yet but excited to get started.
 
Summary
Altogether I was satisfied with this month’s Birchbox. I love the mix of skincare, beauty products and lifestyle that I had in the box, a rarity in most sub boxes. Also I didn’t know any of these brands so I’ve been introduced to a whole new world.
I’m looking forward to future Birchboxes and hope they keep this up!
Love Sophie

13 Comments

  1. WOW I am so excited to see the difference b/w the US Feb Birchbox and UK Feb Birchbox! Thanks for the reveal.

  2. It's interesting to see the differences between the two right! Thank you for commenting 🙂

  3. This looks fun! Birchbox is one I haven't tried yet. I subscribe to several clothing, craft, snack boxes… but haven't done a beauty one yet…

  4. I enjoyed Birchbox when I had it but I'm trying to have less "stuff" around so I cut it off. Great service.

  5. Wow the packaging is adorable! I have been interested in signing up for some sort of subscription box, but still unsure of which one I will choose!

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  6. The packaging is adorable! I love how unique they are compared to the glossybox packaging!

    Love Sian x
    The Tattooed Princess ♥

  7. I love that brush! It would be so fun to use!

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  8. It really brightens up my vanity table! I almost don't want to use it.

  9. Beauty boxes are so much fun! I love that I can try new brands without having to commit

  10. I totally understand! You can donate unwanted things to women's shelters, or friends if you have too big a hoard 🙂

  11. Birchbox is a fun one to start with!

  12. Aw man, I've been meaning to get myself a Birchbox subscription! I've only heard good things, and I do love that thebalm blush.. ahhh! 🙂 I also like that they are giving out tools like the brush, bc they last so much longer than everything else!

  13. Agreed! Tools are always welcomed in any box I get!

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