So I decided to try signing up to Birchbox in February as I felt I needed some treats every month for ‘me time’. For those of you that haven’t heard of Birchbox, it is a monthly beauty subscription service that delivers a box of luxe beauty samples or products through your door for the princely sum of £10.
They frequently do collaborations and February’s box was linked to stationery company Papier. My box was a gorgeous green tropical print which made me feel super summery despite Storm Doris! I was promised two make up items, including a Spectrum brush, a Korean beauty treat and a few surprises as well. Because it was my first box I rather excitingly got a free full size Smith and Cult lip lacquer as well.
1. Beaver Professional Daily Moisture Conditioning Spray – Travel size 50ml. Full Size RRP £11.50
I was super excited to receive this sample in particular as my hair is decidedly abused and I have been on the hunt for a wonder product.
The Beaver Professional Daily Moisture Conditioning Spray promises to do some wonderful things for me – detangle, defrizz and enhance manageability as well as nourishing my hair from within.
I can’t say it blew my mind, however it did leave my hair fairly soft and easier to brush and style.
2. Keeome Hydration Mask Therapy – Worth £4.83. Set of 6 RRP £29.00
Korean beauty is the most hyped beauty market of the moment. Allegedly they are 7 years ahead of the western world in their products and techniques. So I was pretty damn excited to receive this sheet mask.
Super easy to use, just smooth on and leave for 25 minutes to allow the Mulberry infused serum to sink in to your skin. The claim is that this humble berry is packed with vitamins A and E and will soothe and treat tired or dull skin. In this case I would say do believe the hype! I will absolutely be repurchasing as it made my sleep deprived wee face look healthy and glowing again. Who needs sleep when you have this mask?
3. Doux Me Pure Spring Mist – 100ml Full Size RRP £16
My least favourite thing in this months box…a hydrating mineral water spray that claims to refresh and calm skin. I’m sure this would be lovely after a workout or when on holiday somewhere hot, but frankly it just didn’t do it for this Glasgow Mama in the chilly Scottish winter.
4. Spectrum Collections Marbleous Eye Brush – RRP £5.99
5. POP Beauty Eyeshadow Trio – Sample trio. Full size Palette RRP £15.50
I will rate these two as a pair as I have only used them together so far. The Champagne Mocha palette is a dinky travel size with three lovely neutral shades. They weren’t overly pigmented but blended well with the Spectrum brush and were ideal for a day time eye look in a flash. Ideal if you have limited time to spare for makeup. I loved the shape and softness of the brush and am looking forward to using it with my high end shadows such as the Modern Renaissance palette. The best bit about this brush, and the whole Spectrum range is that they are cruelty free as well as superb quality.
Bonus Product – I used the code CULT to receive a FULL-SIZE Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer in Now Kith (worth £21!) when when I subscribed. This turned out to be a really moisturising, but not sticky, lipgloss in the perfect warm nude shade for me.
All in all I would say I was chuffed with the contents of my first ever Birchbox and will definitely keep subscribing. Next month there is a full size Benefit They’re Real! Double the Lip product with every box and I hear rumour there may also be a 20% discount code included for use on full size products on their website too.