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?
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.
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…
…I knew as I carefully unwrapped it that I would love the contents inside
What was in Birchbox February?
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.
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!