Oh hello Birchbox, I’ve finally subscribed to you! After a bit of uncertainty about the whole box subscription thing I took a leap of faith when I saw Liz subscribe to the Happy Paper Club. It probably helped that this month’s box was themed with emojis and I love a good emoji.
Now here’s a confession. I’m not a beauty junkie in any shape or form. No really, I promise! I have a small collection of makeup and pamper products that either get used until they dry up, run out or go out of date and my mother in law (brilliantly) restocks me with mini L’Occitane hand creams every Christmas. But I actually love being able to try new things. I just never want to spend a lot of money in the process. So for £12.95 inc PP a month, I really think the Birchbox packed with some very sizeable samples is the answer to my vain curiosity.
If there’s anything that really takes your fancy then full sized products along with lots of other goodies are available to purchase from the online store.
1. Benefit – High Beam | £19.50
I don’t wear a lot of makeup on a daily basis, so this little tube of dewy pink hue is actually quite intriguing. You basically dot and blend it into your cheekbones for a little highlight. It blends really well, doesn’t feel sticky and adds a nice gentle glow.
2. Rituals – Ayurveda Scrub | £10
So it may not seem that fragrant in the tube, but as soon as you work it into your skin you’re immediately hit by a fully spa like smelling experience. It’s a very gentle scrub so would great for those with more sensitive skin. The tube says you can either work it into damp skin or leave it on for 5 minutes before washing off. Not sure what hubby would think of me standing around not being able to move whilst caked all over in a dark clay like mask but it would be pretty damn funny!
3. Lord & Berry – Blush in Lotus | £17
I usually favour the more pinkish rose coloured blush and at first thought this wouldn’t go with my Asian olive toned skin. I love it though! It’s very subtle and natural looking, great for a minimal makeup day.
4. Hyugens – Exfoliating Cream | £17.90
I have a good weekly scrub with my trusty No.7 micro-dermabrasion exfoliator. It’s fairly robust, so not for the faint hearted but leaves you utterly refreshed afterwards. Hyugens on the other hand, whilst it had a lovely fragrance was a little too gentle for my liking. Understandably you’re supposed to be able to use this on a daily basis, but it didn’t really feel like it was doing anything for me.
5. Kebalo – Clarifying Shampoo | £13.95
This is the first time I’ve tried a clarifying shampoo. I did have to use a fair amount to get a good lather but even the tube says to use generously. I have to say that my hair did genuinely feel smoother after using this. I use a lot of frizz control and hairspray products to try and keep my thick and wild hair under control. But it often gets to the point where my hair starts to feel really icky even when I wash it at least every other day (any longer and my hair will decide to star in its own revival of Grease). It’s definitely pricier than what I’d usually spend on shampoo, but you only need to use it once or twice a week so I think I will be looking into this one a bit more.
6. L. Erickson – Grab & Go Ponytail Holder | £11.50
So I was not 100% sold on this item… at first. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a really good quality hair tie. I’m just not sure it’s an £11.50 hair tie and I’m not really sure what kind of hair tie is. After a bit of investigating it turns out I’m just a noob and you actually get 15 hair ties in a pack! It just didn’t say this in the booklet so I was totally confused. I tend to break/overstretch my hair ties pretty quickly, so if this one manages to hold out I may actually consider purchasing more!
All in all I’m really quite sold on the subscription box thing now. For a fraction of the cost I can try a whole range of different products including ones I wouldn’t have even considered before. Definitely not even a tad bit swayed by the cute pack of emoji stickers I received this month either… Look at them! I’m off to stick them on stuff.