I was very lucky to receive a Birchbox in the mail this February and it was a themed one – LFW themed! I was super excited because I have subscribed to GlossyBox in the past so was keen to check out Birchbox’s offering in comparison.
I’m not sure what made me choose GB over BB in the first place? Maybe because GB was the first to the market, but whatever the reason I am instantly more attracted to the BB’s packaging. It’s much more my cup of tea. The brown, understated, uncoated box with the simple branding, inside a cute cream mesh draw string pouch holding all my goodies, much less girly than GB. Their uncoated postcards were a joy to behold as well. It all feels a little more ethical and natural – that’s not to say the products are guaranteed to be like that.
“In order to be irreplaceable one must be different” – Coco Chanel
This months theme is really cute. I have a bit of an obsession with print and branding after working for a creative agency that specialises in print. BB’s postcard pack was a joy to read and touch, including inspirational quotes from fashion’s elite and the blue red and white tones are sped trendy. Inspiring is exactly what beauty should be to every woman; a bouyant mood lift and ego boost from products that make us look good – and feel even better. Maybe I’ve just found the line between GB and BB?
Upon opening my bag the box seemed a little empty, but I had to check myself because mighty products sometimes come in tiny packaging. Exhibit A….
Oil is trending in beauty right now and brands are flooding the market with their own versions of a beauty oil. Beauty Protector Oil is new the market so I am keen to test. The smell hits me first, it smells like candied pecans and I want to drink it! Remember when you use oil less is always more, and all you need of this product is 1-3 drops. 3 drops do go a long way and its a lovely light oil, one I would recommend for fine hair as well. It worked really well with my fine waves and I ended up not styling my hair that day because my natural waves looked so pretty. Full size bottle £16. 7/10
Next up was Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner in black (full size £12). I was really excited to try this product as it has been getting A LOT of press recently. A liquid liner is also a staple in my makeup bag and coincidently I have just run out. This product is endorsed by the likes of style maven Alexa Chung and claims to be the perfect shape for creating a feline flick. It’s also claims to be long-lasting, smudge and fade free. I have to say I was disappointed with this product. Firstly, the nib is anything but skinny, more like a chunky felt tip. I struggled to get the perfect point on the flick and it also smudged after a few hours. Also it doesn’t work if you are reapplying over eyeshadow. The inkiness already seemed to be waning on its second go so I had to press harder to release the product. A hipster celebrity endorsement will only get you so far. Not impressed. 2/10
Definitely the best product in the whole box was this full size, Leighton Deny Blue (£11) nail lacquer in Blue Lagoon. As the founder of my own nail lacquer company, I am hypercritical when it comes to competitors nail lacquer. Blue Lagoon is a gorgeous colour which is so summery but also suited my pale hands! Opaque in two coats and shiny too. Really easy to apply and I love the chunky glass bottle. The price point is mid-high. My only gripe was that it took longer to dry than your average polish but the colour was so pretty I don’t even really care. 8.5/10
BB also included a sophisticated little sample of Gilchirst & Soames shower gel. This product smells amazing! It has such a sophisticated aroma I feel like I’m showering with a sexy man. My boyfriend will definitely be pinching this but he probably won’t get a chance because it will be gone in 3 showers! The paraben-free formula contains antioxidant-rich botanicals of red tea, grape seed and milk thistle to deeply nourish for silky smooth limbs. Full size bottle costs £13.75. 7/10
Finally, Urban Veda’s Daily Purifying facial wash (no price on BB) is a new brand for me. They instantly remind me of the Balance Me range, very similar packaging and both have natural ingredients as their key USP. This product is full of all the good, natural and botanical stuff you’d expect from a natural skincare brand. This facial wash is naturally formulated with cold-pressed neem oil – an excellent antibacterial tonic that helps treat blackheads and excess sebum and it smells super fresh and did leave my skin feeling super clean. A great product if you like minty, tingly skin cleansers. 6.5/10
Getting this months BB box was a real treat and the packaging really did it for me. Not all of these products were suited to my beauty regime and I wonder if BB offer a tailoring service like GB do? I did find a few new brands that I love, Leighton Denny and Beauty Protector and some I really won’t be investing in like Eyeko. But this isn’t a bad thing. The reason I love these beauty box services is because I love/want to know about new products and brands and if I try something I don’t like then I’m glad I got the chance to test it instead of paying full price. Over all I rate this months box 6/10.
Also, March’s box has got me really excited because Birch are collaborating with Lulu Guinness. If you are thinking of subscribing March is the month to do it, also this competition is definitely worth an enter. Go here.