I started subscribing to Birchbox in February this year (I have no idea why I didn’t start in January, it would have made much more sense). I’m currently on the month-by-month subscription meaning I pay £12.95 each month for the box and shipping. The box always ships really quickly, ordinarily you get an email the first week of the month telling you your box is ready to be dispatched – both times my box has arrived the very next day.
This is what the March Birchbox looks like. It does come in a padded cardboard box as well, I presume to protect the products and the actual Birchbox itself.
This is what the box looked like when I first opened it, all the products were in a soft material bag with Birchbox written in light blue-green.
These are the seven products that came in the Birchbox.
Benefit They’re Real! Double the Lip in Lusty Rose (RRP £16.50)
Balance Me Instant Lift Primer (RRP £22)
Vita Liberata Ten MinutI’m e Tan (RRP £29.95)
Batiste 2-in-1 Invisible Dry Shampoo & Conditioner (RRP £4.49)
Bobbi Brown Multi-Mask Kit (RRP £33 each)
Obviously, because you don’t pick each product yourself they won’t always be relevant to what you want or what you usually use. For example, the ‘ten minute tan’ product (in the dark copper packaging) I won’t use at all because I never use tanning products – I’m pale and I’m fine with it. However, Birchbox is perfect for discovering new brands and products that you might not want to pay full price for.
I’d never heard of the brand ‘Balance Me’ but this primer is really lovely. I think I might purchase the full-size version from the Birchbox website if it minimises my pores with continued use, it definitely makes my skin feel noticeably soft but I’m not sure if that alone is worth £22. An added bonus is that you can get the full-size products at a discounted price on the Birchbox website.
This Batiste 2-in-1 dry shampoo and conditioner was a product I was really excited for because I have naturally curly hair which doesn’t really get greasy, but it does get dry. So I was always hoping Batiste would come out with a dry conditioner to make my life easier. Turns out they do have a conditioner mist which I will definitely also be trying out! This 2-in-1 product was okay, I think I struggled a bit because you’re meant to brush the product through your hair but obviously since I have curls, I don’t ever brush my hair when it’s dry. I sort of sprayed this on, massaged it a bit and hoped for the best. I’m not sure if I’d purchase this one again but we’ll see, if I refine my technique maybe it’ll become a new favourite.
Similarly, I’d never tried any Bobbi Brown products before because they are quite pricey and I have really sensitive skin on my face so I don’t want to spend a lot of money on something that could potentially react badly with my skin. These little cuties, however, may be worth the money. They’re specialised so you can use them on different parts of you face, say if you have dry skin on your cheeks then you would only apply the ‘skin nourish’ mask on that area. I think the formulas are so nice and you can create a properly personalised skincare routine with a mixture of all three masks.
This lipstick/lipliner combo from Benefit was my favourite product by far. I’ve already ordered it in full-size because I loved it so much. (Purchased for £13.20 with the 20% March discount.)
I was really excited to try this product because the concept is so simple but the payoff seemed fantastic from all the reviews I read. It’s extremely simple to apply and has a really nice creamy texture which feels pretty moisturising on your lips. I have naturally quite dark red lips so this shade (Lusty Rose) turned out to be a almost a nude shade on me. For me, this product is definitely a ‘your lips but better’ kind of lipstick. I really, really like it!
That’s all for the March Birchbox! I forgot to mention that each box comes with a little booklet explaining what each product is and how to use them (very useful for a newcomer like me). I’m really impressed with Birchbox as a service so far, plus the box is like a little present from me to me each month! Let me know if you’re also a fan of Birchbox and if you’re a subscriber then let me know if you had any different products because I’m always intrigued to see what everyone else got.