should/could write an introductory post but at this stage, I feel like I’ve procrastinated enough on beginning this blog, (months, so many months.) So, I’m just going to get down to it.
It’s fair to say that the subscription market is booming, from booze to books, you can even sign up & have a pair of shoes delivered each month from NET-A-PORTER if you have £8000 a year to spend on a monthly pick up.
While I would really, really, really like a monthly pair of Choos, Louboutins or Zanottis, realistically I had to resign myself to select something more modest yet still fun. Solution: a beauty box. I like to check out new beauty brands and products as it is and this seemed like a great way to do it without having to commit to the expense of a full-sized product that might turn out to be a poor fit. Faced with a myriad of options at various price points, I plumped for Birchbox last spring after a little research. All the choice can be bamboozling but Birchbox has been around for a while and has an international presence so it seemed like the place to begin, I also liked that you had to fill in a beauty profile as it seemed that would be a help in preventing products that I didn’t want or are unsuitable. I recommend http://whichbeautyboxuk.com/ for different box reviews and discount codes. I signed up during a late Saturday night bout of insomnia which resulted in me blocking my debit card. Apparently, middle of the night purchases don’t mesh with my spending pattern. (Thank you to the lady at Barclays’ call centre for not sounding judgemental when I called up at 4 am to resolve the issue.) So top tip, do your signing up during sociable hours!
I went for the 6-month subscription, thinking that would be long enough to form an impression & decide if it was worth keeping and ended up adding an extra 3 months via rolling payment before ultimately deciding to cancel. Read on to find out why:
(My review is for 2017 boxes but for those of you looking to see the contents over several months, back to back and in one spot then this will be good for you.)
Monthly subscription price: £10 + £2.95 P+P
April 2017: Birchbox x Boden:
This was an ok start to the subscription, I joined in late April so I don’t think there was any time for my sign-up preferences to be catered for. I suspect that I got whatever was left over at the end of the month.
The highlight was the Polaar scrub, you’re going to learn that I’m an exfoliating fiend and love scrubs and this was a really pleasant one with a soft refreshing fragrance, rough enough to do the job but gentle enough to not cause irritation, importantly it’s also microbead free.
The powder arrived smashed and was nothing special, the Amika spray was pleasant in fragrance and did a good job, same story with the Baïja hand cream. The worst item here was definitely the Nip + Fab colour corrector, they sent me the ‘terracotta’ shade which was incompatible and unusable with my ghostly skin tone.