I mentioned I wanted to get this going again this year, and so here it is... BOX OF THE MONTH and this month, it's Birchbox's March offering!
Now I used to be subscribed to Birchbox a couple of years ago, but cancelled my subscription simply because I felt like I was getting a lot of things that I then never used, so I was a little cautious when I resubscribed to get this box but it was only £10 so I went for it.
There are five (5) products to take a look at and Birchbox say that they're tailored to you based on the profile you fill out when you sign up (for example you can say no to tanning products, and say how interested you are in different categories like hair, skin etc).
The box itself I love love love with an amazing design celebrating International Women's Day and this month's partnership with Freeda (not entirely sure what they do). It's inclusive of races, sexualities and I did a happy dance when I saw the trans flag included so definite thumbs up from me. And there are three (3) products from female founded brands in this month's box, yay.
Anyway, enough talk, shall we dive in?
The first item in the box is the Ciate London Moondust Glow-To Highlighter (RRP £26), and the colour is so pretty on this. The info says it's a vegan-friendly pearlescent oyster toned powder, and while I'm not sure it's quite the right tone for a highlighter for me, I did quickly sweep it on across my eyelids and loved it. The box this mini is in though? The most annoying packaging this year, it was a struggle to get it out. Still pretty! Here's a swatch:
Next up is Balance Me's BHA Exfoliating Concentrate (RRP £26), which is a salicylic acid (BHA) rich, fast-acting, leave-on exfoliant, that claims to remove dead skin and tackle blackheads, spots, pores and improve hydration. It also says that it's gentle enough to not cause irritation while doing all of that, but my skin is pretty sensitive at the minute so I have opted out of giving this a go. But if you've tried it I'd love to know what you think, so please let me know in a comment!
Third out of the box are these lovely Magnitone London WipeOut SWIPES MicroFibre Cleansing Pads (RRP £15), and the first thing you need to know is that these are so so so soft. They are effective at removing makeup (I didn't try them with waterproof mascara as I don't wear it), or for just freshening up during the day, and when they're ready to be washed just throw them in the machine with everything else. I have a few different options like these but these are by far the softest.
I did mark that I didn't really want hair products when I filled out my profile, but I still got this Percy & Reed I Need A Hero Wonder Balm Hair Primer (RRP £19), which you use on towel-dried hair to smooth everything out before styling. It claims to keep your hair smooth and frizz-free while also boosting shine and giving your styling a bit of hold too. To be honest, this is kind of so what product for me. It doesn't give heat protection so you still need to use something else with it, and my normal products give that protection and do everything this does at the same time, and for less money. It's fine, I guess? But I won't be using it again and wouldn't have chosen it for myself to begin with.
I kind of feel the same way about the last product in my box too, which was the Beautaniq Beauty Gold Angel Eye Mask (RRP £6). They felt like every other eye mask like them that I've used, and didn't make any noticeable difference to the puffiness around my eyes or make them look any brighter. If you just want something to feel refreshing under your eyes then they're ok, but they didn't really do anything for me and I already use a different brand which actually work, so it's a miss for me.
So to sum up March 2021's Birchbox offering; I like the highlighter but will be using it as an eyeshadow, the exfoliating concentrate is a no for me because I am worried about irritation, the microfibre pads are amazing, and both the hair primer and the eye masks are a miss for me as I don't think they really did anything worthwhile.
Was it worth trying out for £10? Yes. Will I be keeping my subscription? I'm not sure yet, what do you guys think, is it worth giving it a few more tries? Let me know what you think about the products in my box in the comments, and if you're a Birchbox subscriber I'd love to know what you got!
Be safe, x
P.S. If you're wanting to give Birchbox a try, you can use sign up over at birchbox.co.uk (not a referral link).