Friday, 24 March 2017

Birchbox March 2017 Review, Swatches & Discount Code | Benefit, Model Co

In recent years, a whole range of beauty subscription box services have been swarming the internet and I have finally managed to try one and be able to review it. Subscription beauty boxes are a fantastic way to try out a whole range of new products, on a budget. Birchbox is probably one of the most popular subscription box services within the UK, even voted as the number one best box and I manage to see adverts for it all over social media. There is no doubt that everyone knows at least one person who has tried out this service.

Birchbox enables you to pay a small price once a month and sends you out five surprise beauty products. Each box costs £10 plus £2.95 postage and the contents inside always add up to a much higher price. I decided to try out Birchbox first as they are a very trusted service and have a huge amount of brand partners. Birchbox claims that they'll never send you the same product twice and it there is even an option on the website to gift a box which could make a really lovely present. 

When placing my order, my box arrived within three days which is extremely quick considering they ask to allow eight working days. The box itself comes inside another postal box, enabling you to have a keepsake storage box which is exclusive to that specific month alone. This months box came in a simplistic white box with a brown lid. The box has a small triangle repeat print inside and is the perfect size to store small bits and bobs inside. Once having opened the box, you are greeted with a small drawstring bag which quotes 'best day ever' and is what all of your goodies are stored in. Aside from this, I received a small postcard which has some information about the service. The only thing that I felt was missing from the box was a leaflet, giving you a bit more information about the products but having said that, if you log into the website, there are product details available. 
The first product that I picked out of my bag was one that I wasn't too enthusiastic about and is the Oribe Dry Texturing Spray in 37ml which is partly a dry shampoo and partly adds texture. The travel size version of this product which contains 75ml costs £20 and due to this, even though I haven't tried this product, my expectations are high. I have previously had a whole range of products similar to this which haven't really added much to my hair. It doesn't feel flaky or chalky like many dry shampoos and smells fresh and professional. This product is meant to work well for a day to night transformation and contains no parabens or 'scary' chemicals. 

Next, this is the product that drew me to trying out this specific box and is the Benefit They're Real Double The Lip Deluxe Sample. I got mine in the shade Pink Thrills which I was quite disappointed with as the other shade available; Lusty Rose seems like it would suit me much better. Nonetheless, I have recently seen so many press releases of these lipsticks and I love the idea of having a lip liner and lipstick all in one. These lipsticks feel very creamy on the lips and definitely stays put. I really like the formula and will look into purchasing some of their other shades in the future as I adore the shade Nude Scandal. The full size of these lipsticks are £16.50 which does make them quite expensive considering that Benefit claims to be a drugstore brand but considering that you get a liner included, it does make it slightly more justifiable.

Next is a product from a brand that I have never heard of and is the Marcelle Gentle Make-Up Remover for Sensitive Eyes in 50ml which is a Birchbox exclusive. I am always eager to try out new removers as I can never seem to find one that works well with my skin type. I have only tried this once so far but it doesn't feel too oily or tacky on my skin and causes no irritation at all as well as removing every spec of make-up. I am really impressed with this product and the only downsides are that it is completely scentless and due to it being a liquid product, it has to be used with cotton wool pads which can often absorb a lot of the product. I think that the bottle is very simple but looks professional and high end. The full size 150ml of this product costs £14.50 which is quite reasonable considering that it seems that it would last quite some time. This product also claims to diminish dark under eye circles and to reduce puffiness by using cucumber and green tea.

Excitingly enough, the next product is a product that I have been needing to try a new version of for a while and is the Balance Me Instant Lift Primer which aims to tighten and blur enlarged pores as well as smoothing and refining your skins surface. This product is 99% natural and is anti-aging. The full size of this costs £22 so is quite pricey for a primer but if you only like to use natural products, then this may be the one for you.

Lastly but not least within this months box is the Model Co Highlighting Trio in Champagne, Peach Bellini and Bronze. This product is actually full sized and usually retails for £17. I like how all three shades are unique and are all cream products, making them easy to blend. I haven't been able to try out these properly yet but they look like they will give a gorgeous yet subtle glow and I am so excited to try them.

Overall, I will definitely find use for at least four of out five of the products in this months box. Birchbox also has a shop and if you review products that you receive in your box, you are able to earn points to put towards products from hundreds of different brands. The combined total of the products in this box which I worked out by checking how many milliliters each product contains is roughly £47.40 making it definitely worth the price of £10 per month. I will continue my subscription for the next couple of months in order to give this brand a fair trial. What did you think of the goodies inside this months box?

If you are wanting to try out Birchbox for yourself or even a friend then you can use my code linked below to sign up and get £5 off of your first box.

Thank-you for reading, Tay x

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