My First BirchBox | Impressions & Thoughts

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Happy New Year Y'all! I hope you had a wonderful festive season full of happiness and memory making!

While browsing some blogs over Christmas break I noticed a lot of hype over monthly subscription beauty boxes, so I decided to sign myself up to a couple. After doing a little research I settled on Glossybox and Birchbox. I was a little late to receive the December edition of Glossybox, so I'll have to wait until January to have that one, but I was just in time to receive Decembers BirchBox and that is what I'l be talking about today!

Decembers Birchbox was in collaboration with accessories designer Sophia Webster and was filled with 6 lovely beauty treats. I actually found a code online which allowed me to get my first Birchbox for just £7.95 (inc. Delivery) rather than the regular £12.95 (inc. Delivery) price tag.

Upon opening the box I was happy to see a 'welcome' note detailing all of the products inside and how to use them, and all of my lovely new products safely stored in a small drawstring pouch. This was a nice surprise, as I was half expecting the products to be sent in bubble wrap or Styrofoam pieces!

The first item I picked out of the bag was the 'Eyeko Fat Eye Stick' in 'Smoke' (£8). 
This one is a full size BirchBox exclusive and I was very happy to receive it. The Eyeko Fat eye stick is a shadow crayon that blends perfectly and creates a wonderful smoky eye! I have never tried any Eyeko products before but I love the quality of this crayon. Although the packaging is simple and minimal, the colour pay off and longevity of the product is wonderful!

Next, I picked out a sample of Benefits 'High Beam' illuminator (£19.50). 
This was also a BirchBox exclusive as it came in the adorable little cracker type packaging! I have used this product before and loved it so I was more than pleased to find a little one inside the box. This highlighter is great for all skin tones and blends perfectly to give the face a gorgeous glow.

 I also got a sample of the Elemental Herbology 'Facial Glow Radiance Peel' (£40). 
I had never tried this product before but oh my gosh how amazing it is! I used only a tiny bit after removing my make up and it made my skin baby-butt soft and left me addicted! It is made from all natural ingredients including apples, papayas and orange peel - so as you can imagine it has a wonderful, fruity fragrance. At £40 a pop I don't think I could afford to use this product in my everyday skincare routine, however, I was so impressed with the results that I am planning on picking it up a month or two before our wedding to give me photo ready skin!

I found a little sample of the Electric Hair 'Hydrate Shampoo' (£17.50) in my box too. 
I haven't tried this one yet but it promises to help repair damaged hair and improve shine - so I am looking forward to that!I don't think I would actually spend £17.50 on a bottle of shampoo, but it is certainly nice to try out something a little more up market once in a while.

I was super excited to pull a full size bottle of Models Own nail polish (£5) out of the box too! 
I got the shade 'Amethyst' - a beautiful multi dimensional glitter purple with a gorgeous velvety finish. Models Own are one of my favourite brands of nail polish as they apply so smoothly and last ages, so I think I will get a lot of use out of this, and it was nice to get another full size goody!

The last beauty sample I picked out of my box was a trial size of the English Laundry Signature perfume (£60). 
At first I wasn't too thrilled with this as it is super tiny, but when I spritzed it onto my wrists all was forgotten! With hints of rose geranium , chocolate and jasmine it is the ultimate girly scent and even though it is a little expensive I could really see myself buying this product in the future. It does have quite a strong scent so you really only need a delicate spritz but it is just so floral and lovely!

There was also another little treat in my BirchBox - a Sophia Webster coin purse. This apparently has a value of £25 (even though it is listed as £10 on the Birchbox shop?!) and while I'm not sure that this is totally true, it is a nice little addition to the box. It is just the right size for cards and coins and I really like the mint green design!

Overall, I did enjoy my first BirchBox. It was nice and something different to try. I was also pleased that it included 2 full size products so it was definitely worth the £7.95 I paid for it this time. I am not too sure that I will keep my subscription as the box did seem to feature more expensive products, and while it is nice to be able to try them out, it is disappointing knowing that I can't afford to re-purchase some of them - especially the ones I really liked! I would prefer to have a few more samples with reasonably priced items so that I am able t go out and buy them full sized.
It was nice to discover some new brands and I also liked the little touches that Birchbox had thought about - the drawstring pouch in particular!

You can find out more about BirchBox and sign up here. You can also buy full sizes of all products found in the boxes, too!


  1. I love the idea of beauty boxes and it's something I've been looking into getting for ages now but Im not a huge fan of most things (I bite my nails so don't apply nail varnish, I'm not much into skincare etc) so I think a lot of the products would be a waste to me. I'm still looking, though.

    x x | daisydaisyxxo

    1. Hello!
      Have you thought about trying the 'Love Me Beauty' box? You get to choose which products you'd like to try each month - it might be a bit more suited to you :D
      Thanks for reading!

  2. Looks a great beauty box!! Happy New Year! =)

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    1. It was a very nice treat, for sure!
      Thanks for reading :)

  3. I am seriously IN LOVE with that coin purse!!! What a great box! Xx

    1. Hehe its very cute huh! So excited to see what Glossybox brings!

  4. I have wanted to get beauty boxes but i'm always worried it would be craap. But this looks pretty good so far.
    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

    1. I was thinking the same thing but I was pretty impressed with this one! You can get a few offers/codes if you look around the net, and you can cancel any time so if its not what you hoped for then its nothing lost :D
      Thanks for reading :)