So you're on Instagram, Twitter or Blogger and you see five lovely sized products from well known brands all for £10 and think "I want that, what box is that?"sixty seconds & £12.95 later you've signed up to yet another beauty box on your quest for monthly beauty discoveries.. sound familiar!? So far I've only tried Glossybox and I found it, well, disappointing. I think there is an element of 'special treatment' to the way these boxes are packed sometimes, or maybe it's just coincidence. I was always so disappointed after seeing products online and then getting a pile of crap in front of me. HOWEVER, mini rant aside finally my first impressions of a beauty box aren't "and what the hell do I do with this", all thanks to Birchbox!
As far as I'm aware Birchbox works the same as every other beauty box, you fill out a few questions about your skin type, preferred brands, bla bla and then you are sent a box once a month with five products to try out. There was a slight mishap with the delivery and I had to email customer services, I'm still not sure what went wrong but personally the contents of the box made up for this teeny error!
My January 2014 box included the products listed below as well as a cooling gel mask to help soothe and de-puff eyes, there was also a cutesie little book of positive daily ideas which I've taken to keeping in my bag for inspiration!
Laura Mercier Ambre Vanille Body Butter - Okay so if someone said to me "Hayley, we want you to bottle the scent of heaven and angels" I would say "No probs guys, smell this" and then show them this gorgeous product, seriously, it smells incredible! Body butter isn't something I usually bother with but I've been using this twice a day just for the scent alone and I have noticed my skin feels soft, hydrated and not to mention smells like a dream. I'm so happy with this product, a definite purchase!
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer - This pre shampoo treatment can be used to moisturise dry/damaged hair before shampooing or as an intensive overnight mask. There's been a lot of hype surrounding this product and I'm looking forward to trying it out once I've used my Lush BIG shampoo up.
Delarom Aquaconfort Mask - Designed to be used once or twice a week, this mask is brought to you by a 'scientifically advanced' and 'all natural' to help improve the skins barrier, vitality and suppleness... erm, yes please! It has a slight fruity scent, probably due to the fact that it's infused with pomegranate but it's not too overpowering. I'm yet to use this but I plan to soon, ideally 5 - 10 mins is enough for this mask to work but if you suffer from very dry skin 10+ minutes are advised, again, it's supposed to work wonders so fingers crossed!
Premae Anatomy Nutrients Instant Renewal Body Oil - At first glance I was like "body oil, pfft" and then I realised this was the product deemed 'cardio in a bottle' *squeal!* anything that means I can cheat when it comes to working out it fine by me! This particular brand are a luxury brand that specialise for people with allergies and sensitive skin, Body Oil will hydrate and detoxify the skin as well as tone - I'm going to smother myself in this and see if this statement is true, here's hoping!
Benefit Porefessional - As a former Benefit gal I've worn my fair share of this product and unfortunately for me, I've never seen eye to eye with it. When I apply this my skin becomes almost crusty and it isn't even particularly dry, I use a teeny tiny amount and still my foundation just seemed to move around and almost curdle (yerghuck!!) when applied on top. I think this is the only product that let me down regarding Birchbox, however, thousands swear by it, so it's just a bad match for me personally. I gave it to my mum instead, she was very happy and kept telling me to feel her 'super smooth baby skin'... at least someone got a use out of it!
Birchbox have impressed me so far, I would say I was 96% happy with my box and I cant wait to see what February's box brings! What boxes are you subscribed to? Are there any beauty boxes you'd reccomend?