Monday, 18 February 2013

BirchBox / February 2013

Meh! 
That's all I can comment on this month box, in fact I have already cancelled the subscription.
Anyway, here is what I received:
Gerda Spillmann Bio Fond Cream Foundation in 03 Bijou: this is a cream foundation that transform into powder. I'm not a fan of this type of base (I find them too thick and I never go for full coverage) and the colour is too dark for me so I'm just gonna pass it to somebody else.  
The wee compact is cute, tho.
Korres Guava Shower Gel: my favourite product of the box. I'm a big fan of the brand and it smells simple divine. I will save it for travelling - it's the perfect size and I will probably check out other products from the same line.
Nick Chavez Beverly Hills Plump N'Thick Leave-In Thickening Mist: you spray this product on towel-dried hair and it should help to add volume and texture when styling. I'm not a great fan of leave-in products but looking forward to give it a go - my hair are definitely on the flat side... I'm hoping the finish is not to sticky.
Vichy Thermal Spa Water (Limited Edition): yeah, this is definitely useful but not something I can get excited about - even with the cute print! I've used the Eau Thermal Avene Water Spray before and I'm guessing this is pretty similar; I like to use it when I'm in Italy, I always have a bottle in my bag to freshen up during the day so I will just save it for my next trip home.
EBoost Natural Energy Booster: a multi-vitamin to give you energy during the day. I like little non-beauty related extras but let's be honest... this is worth a pound and it's not like you're going to see a difference with 1 sachet! 
BirchBox Eyelash Curler: this is a nice extra touch but personally, I'm pretty loyal to my Shu Uemura so I don't really need it. 
So to summarize, it's not an awful box but I've come to the conclusion that these boxes are just not for me (anymore). Apart from these 2 boxes, I had cancel my subscriptions last year and not missed them.
It just comes down to what you want/expect from a beauty box and personally, I'd like to receive items  from more known, recognizable brands; I'm happy with sample sizes but I don't really care for obscure names that I wouldn't normally purchase or even difficult to find on the high street.

And talking about boxes: have you checked the US GlossyBox The Man Repeller box? Come on, there's no comparison - we are talking tarte, opi, estee lauder, fresh... 
I also recently heard about the PopSugar Must Have Box - it's not only beauty related and $35 but again looks really exciting!
Definitely recommend to goggle them if you're curious... but be prepared for pure envy... and once again, the Uk market has let me down... :(

15 comments:

  1. The US version of Glossybox is so much better I agree with you there xx

    http://beautyqueenuk.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. And we pay same price I believe... Not fair :(
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  2. I kinda like this box but they really need to match people when it comes down to colours!! Whats the use of filling out the beauty profile if there not going to follow! hummmm shame i unsub this month! ah well.....

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  3. this is my last Birchbox and I'm not sorry! I got the same shade as you - way too dark for me. Like you I've tried and liked the Avene water spray. Agree pretty meh! x

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    1. What a shame. New name but no improvement :( x

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  4. Aw that sucks when they include products that are not 100% sure to match your skintone, such as foundation! I'm a big fan of KORRES skincare products too and I love their shower gels, so creamy!

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    1. Korres is such a quality brand :)

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  5. That's a shame Alex, I've actually seen a lot of reviews saying similar! I don't mind some obscure names, but I get fed up with all the samples lol. Like you say, how is one sachet supposed to make any difference! Also, I agree that they would need to match your skintone to products. What's the point in sending a medium shade for example if someone's a light shade? x

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    1. All fair points... That's why I cancelled. Gave them many chances now, not living up to expectation, I'm afraid. :( x

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  6. Thas a shame I guess boxes using bigger and better brands with more interesting and thought out products are the winners! xx

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  7. I follow lots of US blogs and it does seem like they ALWAYS get better stuff in their beauty boxes! I can see why you cancelled this one xx

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. Me too and it's driving me crazy... That's why I cancelled for good now!! X

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  8. It's a very good box for me. I had the same foundation colour, a good match for my skin-tone, but would have been disappointed if too dark/light. Did you fill out the beauty profile?

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