I recently took advantage of the Birchbox discount code for their March box, designed by Lulu Guinness. I’ve often considered signing up to a beauty box, but have always been put off by the high prices compared to the amount of product you get, and it does irritate me that they advertise a monthly subscription for £10, but charge P&P on top of that. As a student, Birchbox is probably one of the most pricey beauty boxes available and although they do have high end brands to justify this, I’m not sure I can fork out £12.95 a month for a few products that will a) probably only last me a couple of weeks and b) that I’m not guaranteed to even like. However, the £5 off discount code meant the box was only £7.95, and that was enough to convince me to give Birchbox the benefit of the doubt (at least for this month)!
Firstly, I should point out that the box did not arrive when it was supposed to. I waited two weeks after I ordered it (by which time it was well into April) until emailing their customer services. Thankfully I got an email back straight away saying they would send out a new one. I’m pleased to say the box arrived the following day, so I’m extremely impressed with their customer service! I also adored the packaging of the box itself. It came in a tasteful brown and white box with a really cute drawstring bag containing the products. The experience of having a parcel drop through the post box and unwrapping it was probably my favourite bit – subscribing would be like getting a little birthday present to unwrap every month! Definitely an attraction.
Now, on to the good stuff. I’ll list each product I received and tell you my thoughts on them individually.
English Laundry by Christopher Wicks Perfume – This is a gorgeously fresh scent. It’s really handy for keeping in my handbag for when I forget to put perfume on in the morning or just need a little pick-me-up.
Korres Citrus Bodymilk – This is also a fab little travel size for chucking in my wash-bag when I go away. I’m a sucker for citrus scents and this is no exception. It smells clean and fresh, and I know I’ll be getting a lot of use out of it! My only gripe is the packaging. The screw top lid means you have to turn the bottle upside down and shake the product out, which isn’t that practical because it limits your control over how much you’re applying – and we all know that moisturiser is a greasy, nuisance when over-applied!
Dr Brandt Pores No More – From what I can tell, this is a cream you apply to hide pores and mattify oily skin, which I don’t have. I won’t be using this as it’s not right for my skin-type!
Benefit Stay Don’t Stray – This is an eyeshadow primer. I’ve only used it once, but it seemed to do the job! It’s a little more heavy than my Urban Decay Primer Potion, taking a bit longer to blend in than the UD version. There’s also a minuscule amount of product in the sample, but I guess that’s what you expect with a high-end brand like Benefit. Not a wow product, but I’ll use it up.
Molton Brown Rhubarb and Rose Hand Cream – Now this is something to rave about. The scent of this hand cream is probably the best-smelling thing I’ve purchased all year. I am in love with it. I can’t stop applying it. This is probably the only product out of the lot that I want/need to purchase in full size. The scent is hard to describe. It’s sweet but floral (which makes sense if you think about the name), and it’s the exact smell of a place I stayed on holiday several years ago and I think that’s why I love it so much – the memories! But seriously, go and test this hand cream. I’m intrigued to see if other people love it as much or if it’s just a weird Joanna thing (of which there are many).
Stick of Rock – Included in every March box was this stick of rock designed by Lulu Guinness. A nice novelty if you like rock, but it’s not really my thing. It just takes so long to eat! I can never get through a whole stick before getting bored and trying to munch on it, usually resulting in a broken tooth.
What do you think of Birchbox, or beauty boxes in general? Do you think they’re worth the price?