In October I decided that I would finally start subscribing to some of these beauty boxes. I'm a big fan of samples and trying out new products and I think these monthly beauty boxes are great for just that. Currently I get a Glossybox delivered and as of last month I have also been receiving a Birchbox. Now, living in the small country of Austria I often pine over UK beauty products that just don't make it to other parts of Europe. Birchbox, for the moment, only ships to the UK and my good friend who lives in Wales actually offered to let me have them send it to his place and then he mail it on to me. I quickly jumped on the opportunity to get my hands on one of these boxes and see what all the hype was about. Now since it is quite a process actually getting the box delivered to me, it arrived today so this will be my November Birchbox unboxing at the beginning of December.
Inside my box this month was:
Weleda Replenishing Oat Shampoo
Laura Mercier Body Butter (Ambre Vanille)
ModelCo. Party Proof Lipstick in the colour Kitty
Chella Highlighter Pencil
English Laundry Signature For Her Eau de Parfum
Pukka Herbs Selection Of Teas
and the Birchbox Pencil Sharpener
To be completely honest, I wasn't too impressed. I can't honestly say that I would want to pick up any of these items if I were to see them for sale in a shop. At first glance I can't really judge the Weleda Shampoo quite yet but as for the other ones, I'm just a bit bummed. The ModelCo lipstick isn't the best quality and the formula is a bit drying, the colour itself is a nude that basically resembles my natural lip colour but I wouldn't even choose it for a 'my lips but better' look. The Chella Highlighter Pencil is smooth and creamy and seems of decent quality but to be completely honest, I'm not a big fan of Pencil highlighters and can't see myself actually putting this to good use. The only item I was really drawn to was the English Laundry Perfume sample which is an amazing sweet smelling fragrance. It smells very fresh with an undertone of sweetness, almost a mixture of sugar and bubble bath. But the rest of the items were just a little dull for me, the teas smell nice I suppose but not exactly something I was looking for in my beauty box; the sharpener is handy but not something I really needed and for the hype that the Laura Mercier brand has been getting this Body Butter is really poorly made. It doesn't smell very nice at all and for the price of this high quality brand, I would never rack out £26 for this smelly stuff.
Overall, my first Birchbox was a dud. I have been getting far better quality products from Glossybox with bigger samples and items I would actually want to repurchase. Maybe it's just because it's my first one and there's always hits or misses with these kind of subscriptions but I'm really hoping for better quality products next time. I will keep my subscription going for another month and see if I might get some better products but if not, I really think I might just have to stick with Glossybox.
Are you subscribed to any beauty boxes?
Let me know what you think about this months box down bellow!