After shopping around and becoming unhappy with the every day brands I see in Boots and Superdrug, I decided to subscribe to Birchbox. As you know I’m a big fan of all things beauty and for only £12.99 a month this was screaming my name. Each month it arrives on your doorstep packed with goodies using preferences that you can personalise, from hair care to brushes to body wash. I love experimenting and finding new brands and I also like surprises so this is perfect for me! You can also choose to have organic products, so this was a big plus for me already.
My first box was the October 2017 one, and considering it’s now mid November (eek!) I’ve had plenty of time to test all the products out for you.
The box came in a beautiful design and the cardboard (? I’m guessing) is quite durable. It is smaller than I expected, maybe half a shoe box size, but the majority of the products are testers so it makes sense. After you’ve taken the products out the box also doubles up as a small cardboard set of drawers that you can pop things in which is amazing!
I’ve numbered the products on the picture so you can get an idea of what they look like, as well as a detailed review with links underneath!
If I’m honest, I haven’t reached for this product a lot. I already have an abundance of skin care products and I’m pretty much sold on this Body Shop Seaweed collection. However, it is very light on the skin and good for my sensitive skin. It isn’t massively fragranced which I really like, but I don’t think I’d use this enough to order a full size one. Saying that, this product did make my skin feel very clean and refreshed so may be good for you.
When I pulled out this product I was really impressed by the fact it has a handle for the sponge. It sounds like a really small thing to point out but I hate the fact most makeup sponges don’t have any handles so my hands get all mucky and wet from the foundation or powder I use on it. If you have one you’ll know what I mean! My boyfriend also said the sponge looked like the roof of the Taj Mahal which I find hilarious. The sponge itself its good at blending and its small enough that it can be used under the eye area. I also like the fact its pointed so you can use it lightly down the bridge of your nose for that good contour!
This brush has little to no bristle fall out at all so is a welcome change from some of my Mac ones that I use! It feels really soft as well and as this brush was a full sized freebie with the box I’m impressed. Usually I wouldn’t go for a brush in this size or style as it doesn’t seem big enough to be a powder brush, nor flat enough to be a foundation brush. However, I use it to blend my under eye concealer and powder and it works well enough for that. You could also possibly use it to contour as well! Spectrum is also vegan and cruelty free which bumps up my liking of this product even more.
I’m never usually phased by hair care products as I’m just convinced my hair is always going to stay frizzy and dry for all eternity. However, this product is really good at keeping my hair soft and preventing tangles. As I have wavy/curly hair, it usually ends up in knots when I sleep but this product helps to keep it tamed a little! It’s also vegan, gluten-free, sulphate-free and paraben-free which gets a huge thumbs up from me!
I’m going to be honest and say I really didn’t like the smell of this shower gel! I’ve never liked the smell of citrus or “zesty” smelling products so I already knew I wouldn’t like this. But if you are a fan of these scents then this is a great shower gel as the smell is quite strong! It’s also in association with Coppafeel the breast cancer awareness charity, which I think is amazing in itself, so I can’t knock it too much!
When I first saw this stick sitting in the box I was unphased. Like great, who needs a another unblendable contour stick that will pull along your skin (I’ve had bad experiences can you tell? haha), right? WRONG! This contour stick glides onto your skin and is so velvety and smooth. It was so easy to apply and the colour is just enough to work without making you overly orange. It also is great to use on the sides of your nose and jawline as the stick is thin enough to get into those precise places without going all over the place. This was my favourite product out of the box by far. I’ve finally found a contour stick that works for me and I love it!
Overall I was really impressed with the Birchbox, which made me keep up my subscription. Every month I have a new batch of products to look forward to which makes me so happy. It’s like a gift to yourself every month and I love it. Stay tuned for November’s review!