Birchbox

My Nan always used to have a stack of small make up and beauty samples even though it was 35 years ago…I think she used to get them in Woolworths and I loved rummaging through them trying out the numerous bright red lipsticks. There were lots. My mum carried on this tradition and somehow I do exactly the same. I am a marketers dream, tempted by the small freebies offered by companies throughout the year. Slightly better now I tend not to get sucked in by the lure of a product I will probably never use but I still have stacks of little toiletries that may be needed one day. Come to our house and need a toothbrush, we have lots from various plane trips, need a travel size shampoo for a school trip? No problem, what type would you like?

Birchbox

So it is surprising that I haven’t been enticed by Birchbox so far. It certainly was not because I wasn’t tempted.

Birchbox is a monthly subscription service that delivers beauty and lifestyle product samples. This gives the recipient the opportunity to discover new products and brands. So when I was gifted a subscription to Birchbox I rubbed my hands in glee and waited with anticipation of my first delivery in January.

Birchbox

I have to admit to being a teeny tiny bit disappointed when my January box arrived though, I hadn’t expected the samples to be so small, I can’t even read the writing on a couple of the products.

However…the Birchbox February box…

Birchbox

…I knew as I carefully unwrapped it that I would love the contents inside

What was in Birchbox February?

Birchbox Loves

Already a fan of Korres’ skincare products for the face I was thrilled to receive a generously sized 50 ml bottle of Korres Citrus shower gel. Citrus based products are ones that I choose myself for the bath and shower so this is perfect.

When you subscribe to Birchbox you fill in a questionnaire about yourself and products are chosen with this in mind. Therefore I can see why there was a tube of KMS California Tame Frizz Taming Creme, ideal for my long, curly, prone to frizz hair. Again a good size of 50ml.

Caudalie is another brand I am familiar with but I haven’t tried the Vinoperfect Radiance Serum before so I am really looking forward to seeing what results I get from this. The ‘beauty’ of a beauty product subscription service, in my opinion, is being able to try out a product before making the leap to buy a full size which can turn out to be an expensive mistake.

A full size tube of Wild About Beauty Golden Skin Glow was also in the box. This is a tinted cream that boosts the natural radiance of the face. I was surprised at how dark the cream was and didn’t think it would suit my pale skin but it blended perfectly and I don’t even need to wear anything else with it.

I’ve tried The Balm Cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen on my lips, it is a gel stain that gives a long lasting natural colour and can be used on the cheeks too. I’ve not tried that yet though.

There was also a sample of The Chia Co. Oats + Chia Mixed Berry.

Birchbox There are also cards with various tips, about make-up and skincare related to the products in the box. So, yes I am convinced, I even love the box and the drawstring bag all the products come in. Already looking forward to the March box!

Birchbox

 

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40 thoughts on “Birchbox February

  1. I really must subscribe to this, I always say I will and never get around to it! Great products!

    Posted on February 16, 2015 at 6:30 pm
    1. I think it’s something we can all live without but nice to get a treat through the door once a month isn’t it 🙂

      Posted on February 16, 2015 at 7:46 pm
  2. I like the sound of citrus shower gel; it must be very refreshing and perfect help with waking up in the morning

    Posted on February 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm
    1. It is very refreshing

      Posted on February 14, 2015 at 4:44 pm
  3. Blimey this is a really good box! I have some WAB polishes and they’re pretty cute.

    Posted on February 13, 2015 at 7:10 pm
    1. It is isn’t it. 🙂

      Posted on February 13, 2015 at 8:32 pm
  4. The drawstring bag lends it a touch of surprise, I think. I can imagine opening it to find all these goodies stashed inside.

    Posted on February 12, 2015 at 10:17 am
    1. It does doesn’t it…and I will be using that bag for so many things too 🙂

      Posted on February 13, 2015 at 10:30 am
  5. Love the sound of the citrus showergel

    Posted on February 12, 2015 at 6:53 am
    1. The perfect shower gel fragrance isn’t it.

      Posted on February 12, 2015 at 8:42 am
  6. 9.95 plus p&p is a good price for this. I think my wife would love to be getting this each month. Thanks for sharing. Sounds perfect for you! Lots of little versions of new products for you add to your hoarders collection! lol

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 8:30 pm
    1. Yes, would make a lovely present…I am making a big effort to use the products so they don’t end up in a box 😉

      Posted on February 12, 2015 at 8:42 am
  7. I find that I’m sometimes disappointed with these boxes so I stopped my sub but I haven’t tried this one.

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 8:22 pm
    1. It’s always such luck of the draw isn’t it, we’ll see if I’m still happy next month 😉

      Posted on February 12, 2015 at 8:41 am
  8. How much does it cost? I’d like to be receiving this every month, I think any girl would! And my mum used to have an array of red lipsticks too!

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 1:56 pm
    1. It’s £9.95 plus P&P

      Posted on February 11, 2015 at 3:38 pm
  9. This is such a good box, I am quite a fan of KMS hair products and I love Caudalie x

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 12:03 pm
    1. Good one isn’t it 😀

      Posted on February 11, 2015 at 1:35 pm
  10. Sounds good – I like the idea of sample sizes and being able to try a bit of a variety of products that I wouldn’t otherwise buy in store!

    Posted on February 10, 2015 at 6:27 pm
    1. Yes it’s a good idea isn’t it

      Posted on February 10, 2015 at 9:59 pm
  11. This looks like a great box, I’m really tempted to sign up! xxx

    Posted on February 10, 2015 at 2:44 pm
    1. It is isn’t it 🙂

      Posted on February 10, 2015 at 10:00 pm
  12. Ooh be interested to hear how the frizz stuff is – always on the look out for something that tames my frizz!

    Posted on February 10, 2015 at 2:25 pm
    1. Will let you know 🙂

      Posted on February 10, 2015 at 10:00 pm
  13. I keep seeing these boxes and thinking i should give them a go, love the Wild About Beauty Golden Skin Glow and might have to give that a go. Thanks so much for sharing, xx

    Posted on February 10, 2015 at 1:59 pm
    1. No worries, it’s tempting isn’t it.

      Posted on February 10, 2015 at 10:01 pm
  14. oh i would like a box like this , there ar some lovely items i would use in there

    Posted on February 10, 2015 at 12:23 pm
    1. Lovely isn’t it 🙂

      Posted on February 10, 2015 at 1:33 pm
  15. I love these beauty subscription boxes and although I haven’t tried Birchbox yet it looks really good and the perfect way to try out some beauty goodies 🙂

    Posted on February 10, 2015 at 12:13 pm
    1. It’s great isn’t it.

      Posted on February 10, 2015 at 1:33 pm
  16. I love the look of this box and also the idea of getting a box of treats through the door every month. Very nice!!

    Posted on February 10, 2015 at 11:30 am
    1. Who doesn’t like a monthly treat, something to look forward to isn’t it 🙂

      Posted on February 10, 2015 at 12:11 pm
  17. I am adoring the concept of this, with finances somewhat restricted currently this means i could try without the full cost of the products to find new ones i love! .. great idea

    Posted on February 10, 2015 at 10:46 am
    1. it’s a luxury really isn’t it but can be seen as good value when you think about what you get and as you say you get to try products that you wouldn’t normally be able to 🙂

      Posted on February 10, 2015 at 12:11 pm
  18. That is the first time I have been tempted by a box. Love Korrs and I am a frizzy mess!

    Posted on February 10, 2015 at 9:35 am
    1. There are some good products aren’t there. 🙂

      Posted on February 10, 2015 at 9:52 am
  19. I would love to try one of these, they look great! x

    Posted on February 10, 2015 at 8:57 am
    1. It is great but a big indulgence really isn’t it. 😉

      Posted on February 10, 2015 at 9:53 am
  20. Yours is slightly different to mine but I am loving this month’s. The radiance serum is fab

    Posted on February 10, 2015 at 8:39 am
    1. I’ve used it this morning for the first time and it feels lovely

      Posted on February 10, 2015 at 9:53 am