My first Birchbox

I love surprises & I love beauty products. And so I decided a few months back to test out a few beauty boxes as a little monthly present to myself.

My Beautybox Experience

After having been with the Glossybox for a few months now, I decided that it was time to give the Birchbox a try.

Due to my busy schedule my post about the July Birchbox only gets published now and unfortunately I did not get to write a post about my June box. But as it happens I received the same products ads Lozzy Loves Lippy. So you can read her review here.

 

My First Box: The July Box – Sun Sea and Sand

A nice touch  of the Birchbox seemed that that each box stands under a certain motto like for example Sun, Sea & Sand in July or  “The Great Outdoors” in June. They also include quite often practical little makeup bags and one or the other little foodie treat like chocolate or a nice drink.

Here is what my first Sun, Sean & Sand box contained:

 

The Contents

Wish Three Whishes Lavender Body Butter

I absolutely adore lavender, as the house I grew up in and that I obviously left behind when moving abroad had tons and tons of lavender in the Garden. So for the lavender is the smell of home. Unfortunately most lavender products overdo in and basically choke you with the smell, not so this one. Having a beautiful smell and a great feel I would definitely recommend this.

 Where to buy:
At Birchbox

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The Porefessional

This is the product I was definitely the most excited about testing. I am using quite a few benefit products but am still a bit weary about testing new ones as, let’s be honest. They are not cheap. The Porefessional is a primer that promises to virtually erase pores and it is really doing a great job of it. My skin looks so much smoother using it and it also goes a fairly long way. In the meantime this has replaced the primer I used to use and I have also bought the full size version of this. Once again I would definitely recommend this.

Where to buy:
at Birchbox
at feel unique

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Laqa & Co Sheer Lip Lube

This lip crayon is not so much of a lipstick and much more of a lip moisturiser with a hint of colour. I received the coral one but there are lots of many lovely colours available you should check out. It feels lovely, does a great job at moisturising and, as mentioned above, there is a nice range of colours available.

Where to buy:
At Birchbox

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Philip Kingsley – One More Day Dry Shampoo

Dry Shampoo is one of my essential beauty items and a real life saver on overslept mornings and this is a good one. It leaves the hair with a great shine and does not appear to weigh the hair dIown. It is on the a bit more expensive end of scale on full price but so is it’s quality. The sample size has made it’s way into my handbag/travel kit. Although I am not quite sure if I will be buying the full size version.

Where to buy:
Travel Size: at feel unique
Full Size: at Birchbox or feel unique

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Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream

Well even though I am hitting the big 30 next year I am still not big on creams like this or even skin routines as such. This is probably where I have the big pores from mentioned above. I cannot say if I would buy this full price but it does feel great the skin no to heavy, like some creams do and on the the first view I would say my skin looks better. However, that might be the placebo effect. So I guess you should maybe test that one yourself.

Where to buy:
at Birchbox (currently sold out)
at Balance me

 

Glossybox or Birchbox?

Generally the two boxes appear pretty similar. A monthly subscription of the Birchbox costs £10 (plus P&P) just like the Glossybox. Both boxes consist of a mix of ca 5 full & sample size products, out of which some are niche and some high end brand products. However, when looking at the list of affiliated brands, I would say that the Birchbox  appears to be to an extend more exclusive and higher profile. Also, other than Glossybox, the  Birchbox offers an own online shop in which you will be able to buy the full size versions of the products sampled in the boxes, in case you liked them.

Get The Birchbox

Use the below link in combination with the code BBXBTS to get your first box for £10 with free shipping on your first box

BIRCHBOX

Get The Glossybox

If you prefer to test a single box first you can just order a single box or sign up for a rolling monthly subscription.

Or if you like the idea of little presents to yourself you could sign up for a 6 or 12 month membership in for which the monthly box prices are lower.

Just click on the below image to find out more about about Glossybox’s monthly subscription options.

What is your favourite beauty box?

Do you subscribe to a monthly beauty box? Have you discovered one of your now favourites over one of theses boxes? Do you know another box except the Glossybox or Birchbox you can recommend?
I would love to hear from you.

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GlossyBox – Treating Yourself To A Monthly Makup Surprise

As mentioned in my last post, I am currently testing out beauty boxes. And now it is finally time to unbox my very first Glossybox. Ok, to be honest, it is my second Glossybox. But as I had been a bit too impatient when I received the box to properly document the unboxing and also was a bit disappointed with the content.

So but this time, with the May box, it is a completely different story. The May Glossybox is a cooperation with Superdrug and consisted of 5 full size products and two testers. Out of which almost all were a real hit for me.

So this month in my box I found:

glossybox

Garnier BB Cream (Full Size)

BB cream

This Cream is an absolutely lovely and light BB Cream that gives you a great even and very natural complexion for the summer days on which you might not want to wear heavy make up. In combination with its SPF 15 the perfect match for a day out in the park. At a retail price of 9.99 I might be tempted to stock back up on this cream once I will run out it

Rimmel London – Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara (Full Size)

scandaleyes

This is another one of the products that has potential for me to fall  in love with. So far I have only tried this mascara only once but it appears on the first look to be keeping it’s promises. I do very much like it’s hour glass shape that helps you to push up the lashes in the edge of your eyes and helps deliver the curved lashes for the wide eyed 60s lash look it promises. I am looking forward to try it out with my lash curler, when I give it a proper try.

For now the lashes have been a little bit too clumpy for my liking, but that might be rather due to my somewhat rusty mascara skills rather than the mascara’s fault. But so far I love it the way it is and I will definitely give it another chance, especially when combining it with my lash curler.

B. – Complete Long-lasting Nail Polish (Full Size)

B - complete long lasting

According to it’s description this nail polish provides intense colour with a high shine finish and come with a wide brush. So far I have only tested the colour only on one nail to find out how the colour comes out. So I can not say much about how long lasting it really is, but I am a fan of the colour. It is a great subtle nude tone that will go well with anything you wear. It might not be the right colour for the night out but it will be great for a subtle and natural summer outfit (once the summer should come to the UK) or an office outfit.

Superdrug  – Large Doughnut Ring

large doughnut ring

Well when I found this in the beauty box I did not really know what to think. It is going to be an interesting one… I have actually never used a hair doughnut ring and I have no idea how to make any half way reasonable hairstyle with it. So I guess look forward to some quite interesting posts in which I will be trying to actually do something with this…

 Shimmer & Shine LipGloss (Full Size)

lip gloss

This is kind of the only product that is a bit of a miss for me. I am generally not a fan of lip gloss and on top of that I am really not a fan of cosmetics that are supposed to smell and taste like food. But it at least it delivers a nice shimmer and this month’s box can get away with one miss.

Ghost – Eclipse (Fragrance Tester)

ghost

This was a very surprising big hit. I am usually very very picky when it comes to perfume. There are only very few scents I like. Almost all of my perfumes are from Hugo Boss, including “Pure Purple”, “Deep Red” and my favourite “Boss Nuit”. The downside of these is that all of them are quite high priced.

For me Ghost eclipse is scent wise on a near par with the Hugo Boss Scents but with a somewhat lower price tag. So I am very sure, once the next pay day comes I am going to treat myself to a full size bottle of this lovely perfume.

 The bottom line

After my first box was mainly a miss for me. This box was truly a great one with a few products I knew I would like, a few surprises and a few I will re-buy. There might be a few follow up posts to come of me actually using the products. But I am definitely looking forward to find out what is in next month’s box.

 

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Beautyboxes – My Monthly Present To Myself

I absolutely love surprises and also little presents sweetening up every day live. So it seemed like a great idea to sign myself up for a monthly beauty box. Basically my little monthly surprise & gift to myself. However, as there are so many out there, the question is, which one to choose…

Glossybox, Birchbox, Wantable Make-Up Box
Glossybox, Birchbox, Wantable Make-Up Box

A beauty box is basically a monthly little present to yourself consisting of a selection of different beauty products. There are quite a few different providers and the boxes are ranging in prices from ca £10 a month to approximately £30. While some consist mainly of miniature products and samples, others consist mainly of full size products.

So it can be quite difficult to decide which provider and box to go with, without trying them out. That is why I have decided to give 3 different boxes a try and then to decide which box to stay with.

The boxes I am going to try out are  the glossybox, the wantable make-up box and the birchbox.

 

1. Glossybox

Source: www.glossybox.co.uk/
www.glossybox.co.uk

The first box I am going to test out is the Glossybox. This box offers different subscription plans while a one time box comes at the price of £10 + £3.25 P&P per month and consists of 4-5 beauty products each month out of which some are full size and some are miniature products. There is a little questionnaire when you sign up to determine what you like and what you don’t like, to increase the chances that you will receive products that you will like. So, I am curious how well that little test did in making sure that I will receive products I love.

 

2. Wantable Make-Up Box

www.wantable.com/boxes/makeup
www.wantable.com/boxes/makeup

After having tested the glossybox for a few month the second box I am will be testing out is the make-up box by wantable. This box is a bit more pricey costing $36 for a monthly subscriptions plan and $40 for one time purchases. For anybody that is a true lover of surprises Wantable does not only offer a make-up box but also a monthly accessories box as well as a monthly lingerie box. I guess though I will be sticking to the make-up box for now.

According to their website the wantable make-up box comes with 4 to 5 full-sized premium make-up products. Before you order, there is a very detailed questionnaire determining your likes and dislikes. It actually lets you chose for each product category, style and even colour if you like, dislike or love it, to make sure that you will definitely get products you will be happy with. At least that is what it claims. This seems to be a much more detailed and accurate personalisation process than any of the other boxes I have seen uses.   So I am definately looking forward to find out if it will keep what it promises.

 

3. Birchbox

birchbox.co.uk/box
birchbox.co.uk/box

And the third box I will be testing is the birchbox. The birchbox appears to operate on a similiar principle to the glossybox consisting of “5 luxe beauty samples” for the price of £10 + £2.95 P&P per month. Also here, like with the glossybox, you can sign up for a 6 or for 12 month plan. Singning up for the longer plans is rewarded by an overall saving.  Also like with the other two suppliers birchbox builds a beauty profile for you based on a questionnaire and tailors 5 samples chosen for you based on profile. The difference between the birchbox and the glossybox is though that while the glossybox appears to send you the occasional full size products the birchbox appears to rely more on just samples however the birchbox also has an own online shop, giving you the option of  later buying the full sized product in their shop you liked the sample you received in your monthly box.

All in all I am very much looking forward to a few months of surprises and testing out some hopefully great beauty products. Who knows maybe I will discover some great products that I will wonder about how I survived so long without them… Well if good or bad I will keep you up to date and let you know about with my experiences with these exciting boxes over the next months.

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