Constantly being inundated with Birchbox adverts on my Facebook newsfeed, I instantly fell love with the Spectrum brush being advertised for this month. I went on Spectrum’s website and was so disappointed that all the brush collections were sold out. So I investigated the Birchbox further…
You receive 5 luxe beauty product samples in a beautifully designed box once a month sent right to your door step. When you sign up you complete a quick questionnaire on things like your hair & skin type/colour etc., to suite the box to your requirements/needs. It costs £10 + £2.95 P&P, I scoped out several Facebook users offering a 50% discount link for your first subscription box; in turn giving them points to spend in the shop for the full sized products (a win for everyone!).
So what did I receive..?
Spectrum Collections- Tapered Powder Brush
In February’s box everyone received a spectrum brush (the main reason I purchased it!). The brush is a beautiful colour and super soft on the skin. I definitely will be buying more spectrum brushes as they are functional and they just look so magical! I will be keeping an eye out for when they restock.
LOC- One and Done Shadow Stick
In this issue everyone received an eyeshadow pencil made in house by Birchbox in one of two colours of your choice (in a first come first served manner). I chose Champagne Problems a silver over Perfect Cents a gold. I found the pencil soft making application flawless, I used it to lighten my everyday eye make-up by putting a little on my tear ducts and under my brow. It also worked great as a highlighter on my nose and cheeks as I have incredibly fair nearly corpse white skin.
Cochine- Water Hyacinth & Lime Blossom Body Lotion
This lotion sunk into the skin really quickly, leaving my hands feeling like satin and vanished my dry granny elbows within minutes. The smell was pleasant.
Number 4- Lumiere d’Hiver Super Comb Prep & Protect
So I applied the product as directed onto my towel-dried hair and then brushed through my hair with unusual ease. My hair then felt soft and stronger, especially at the ends where I have been experiencing serious breakage from my purple dip dye. If I continue to see an improvement I think I will be investing in the full version of this product. After wearing it for a couple of hours my boyfriend was adamant that my hair smelt like brownies?! I really don’t think it smells like coco but each to their own.
Doux me- Comforting Face Mask & Exfoliator
I was a bit meh with this, my face was a little bit softer after I used it as a mask fresh from the shower. I’m not amazed by it and I definitely would have been a bit bummed if I’d splashed out the £18 for the large size and then tried it.
L. Erickson- Grab & Go Ponytail Holder (Bonus Product)
Now I thought I was going to hate the hair tie which I got as it was brown and well… I hate anything brown! It has this sort of ethnic hippy vibe which isn’t really my style. Presumably I received brown as that’s my hair colour? Surprisingly, I am now using it all the time, the grooves on the ponytail holder secure your hair without the need of making the band tighter. Thus putting less strain on your hair and scalp.
Considering I received two full sized products; the make-up brush worth £7.99 and the eyeshadow stick retailing at £8 and I only paid £6.50 for my first box due to the discount code, the Birchbox is well worthwhile. The other products just made it even better. My next box will be full price and I hope to see if the products are as good as this month.
Have any of you tried the Birchbox or any other beauty subscription boxes?- I’d love to know.