Friday, 26 February 2016

Did Birchbox Shine Bright Like A Diamond?! February Review

On the 1st of February beauty lovers in Ireland finally got to subscribe to Birchbox. A subscription box founded by two friends in 2010, that brings a surprise to our door each month. The theme this month is to "shine bright like a diamond", to remind us how brilliant we are. 


I subscribed on the 1st of February with great excitement signing up for the recurring monthly charge of £12.95 (including p&p) which worked out at €17.60. I knew from the beginning that the Spectrum Collection Tapered brush was going to be in the box so that was a winner straight off, it's something I've been eyeing up for awhile and dying to try. Also the first 500 Irish subscribers received Benefit They're Real Tinted Primer. Unfortunately for everyone involved shipping did not go smoothly and boxes were only received Wednesday 24th of February in Ireland (some did receive a little earlier and some are still currently waiting). With a lot of Twitter conversations happening with Birchbox it did take a long time to get answers that were acceptable. With money gone from our accounts and no boxes to be seen it was very frustrating. We did finally receive emails with a few answers and boxes are on the way. We will just have to see next month if the same thing happens again, so if you are thinking of signing up it's something to take note of.


Your goodies come in a handy little drawstring bag.......look what's inside!


Spectrum Collection Tapered Powder Brush:  A fun, colourful brush worthy of unicorns and mermaids. The brush is super soft, and it picks up powder beautifully. No bristles came loose during the wash or during application this morning. It felt amazing on my face! I really want to add more of these to my collection. This really was the star in this box.

LOC; Love of Colour One and Done Shadow Stick in Perfect Cents: This is Birchbox's first in-house makeup brand. I've worn this all day today and the colour is very sparkly and pretty. I found it hard to blend out the edges without losing complete pigmentation and my eyes felt really dry by the end of the day. Also it's pretty tiny for full size.

Benefit They're Real Tinted Lash Primer: A great mascara for no makeup days when you really want something more natural on your eyes for framing. It does make a difference. To amp up the volume and drama just add your favourite mascara on top! This was a special gift for the first 500 Irish subscribers.


Number 4 Lumiere d'Hiver Super Comb Prep & Protect: This was a brand I'd never heard of but a welcomed little product to my haircare routine. Spray evenly through towel dried hair to detangle. This is meant to strengthen and repair tired strands and my hair did look healthier this morning, and I also noticed my hair was less static today as well.

Doux me Comforting Face Mask & Exfoliator: Oh, a 2 in 1 this sounds intriguing! I haven't tried this yet but it's a nice little sample size and meant to be great on sensitive skin. It contains apricot oil, camomile, and marshmallow extract.

Cochine Water Hyacinth & Lime Blossom Hand & Body Lotion: I tried this last night and it just lay on top of my skin and didn't absorb so this was a fail for me. Didn't help that a big blob came out, but when I tried to use it as a hand cream this morning I ended up washing it off because it just didn't absorb. It smelt nice and it contains shea butter and aloe vera.

L. Erickson Grab & Go Ponytail Hair-Tie: What can I say....it's a bobble and a little bonus item in the box. I'm using it until I lose it along with my other million bobbles I've lost. It's not snagging my hair so that's great!

Overall the box is a bit of a mixed bag for me and I'm not totally sold on this particular subscription box. The excitement was killed off by the frustration of the delivery issue. The Spectrum brush did cheer me up and I really love the Number 4 Lumiere d'Hiver Super Comb Prep & Protect. I'm going to try one more box and see how things go. I do enjoy trying out new products and subscription boxes are great for that, but it can with any box be hit or miss. 

 Would you be tempted to sign up or wait and see?


*No samples contained within this post

12 comments:

  1. I think I'll wait and see how the next few months go before deciding if I'll subscribe. Based on the contents of this month's box, I wouldn't be so tempted xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. I'm hoping it gets better so I will do another month and see what happens. Xx

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  2. I was about to sign up but then I saw the negative comments on Facebook. The Brush looks great and the reviews seem to be fantastic all round. I think I will wait till next month to decide tough. Great review.

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    1. It was a very frustrating that the only way to try and get answers was to hit the social platforms. It was sad to see it for the first outing for the company delivering to Ireland. I'll keep everyone updated on next month's box x

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  3. Fab review! I defo think the wait and frustration took away some of the excitement. The products are nice but quite small especially compared to Glossybox who've made a real effort to include mostly full size the past few months. The brush and mask are what I'm most excited for and I do love the presentation with the little bag. I think I'll stick around for another month but planning on giving my Glossybox a rest for a few months to save some cash so will probably do the same with this after March and pick them up after the summer!

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    1. Thank you Danielle. It was a bit of a damp squib after the wait and seeing everyone in the UK get the boxes weeks before us. I'm not a fan of Glossybox I find them very repetitive with the brands. I'm going to do another month with Birchbox and if it doesn't go well I'll go back to My Little Box xx

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  4. Love reading reviews! I didn't like the little bag at all! I gave the lotion to my mum, I agree, the most exciting items were the brush & mask. I did a review as well, would love if you would read it & let me know what you think!

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    1. I don't mind the little drawstring bag, handy for putting socks into it when travelling haha I didn't like the lotion either. I'm going to read your review now :)

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  5. I am still not convinced on subscribing in beauty boxes for most reviews tell that they are not worth it. I will still wait and see.....

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    1. Subscription boxes are always going to be hit or miss. It's the surprise really at the door that is nice and then hope for the best with the contents.

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  6. I have a love hate relationship with subscription boxes. Sometimes they are on point and other times they are late and then you end up with a whole lot of sachet samples. The Benefit They're Real primer mascara looks great, and you're right, that brush looks like something out of a magical fairyland!

    Kate | themintedblog.com

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    1. Subscription boxes are always hit or miss, I think sometimes it's better just to keep the money and buy one thing a month (full size) that you've really wanted. I'll see how the March box is when it arrives. The brush is fantastic and really would love to get more x

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