Birchbox May 2017

Is Birchbox Worth It?

When I spotted Birchbox on myunidays app I was quick to order my first box, especially as website advertised a spectrum collection brush being included. I was extremely excited to receive my box but when I did I was mildly disappointed with the products included. Yes, the box is absolutely gorgeous with its marble and pastel pink design, but there was zero reason for it to look like that unless you’d been lucky enough to receive a spectrum brush.

In honestly out of the five products I received in my box I’m only likely going to use two of them regularly, so for me, it feels like a bit of a waste of money. I’d always been hesitant about trying beauty box and I decided to take the dive when I saw the advert for the May Birchbox as it looked amazing, only for my expectations to fall short. I’m tempted to give Glossybox and Cohorted a go since they both seem to receive a more positive response regularly.

If you’re someone that gets excited to try new products you may not have heard of previously this box would be good for you, however, I think there’s something about not quite knowing what I’m going to receive puts me off slightly. I’d rather be able to choose exactly what products I’m going to get like you can with Feel Unique Pick N’ Mix (you can read my review of it here) or a Latest In Beauty box. Therefore I’m most likely going to stick to this style of boxes rather than continue my subscription with Birchbox.

Knowing me though I’ll probably resubscribe to Birchbox at some point in the future simply as a way to receive a present every month…even though it’ll be from myself. Plus the boxes are really pretty and come in handy for storing makeup sponges and packaging, or simply to hold products that I’ve used up ready for a blog post.

Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer (£30.00 for full size)

When I opened my box I was extremely excited to see this product, I’d wanted to try this product for a little while but since I’d never tried any Laura Mercier products I was a little sceptical to purchase this. I have to say though I am loving it very much, and I have been using it under my MAC studio fix foundation to add a bit of dewiness to my skin before I apply highlighter. In terms of making my makeup last longer, I haven’t really seen much different, but that might be due to the fact that I use a setting spray as well. I’ll be certain to invest in the full sized product once I use up the sample, as I don’t actually own any high-end primers since I normally stick to the drugstore.

Whish Firming Body Cream (£27.00 for full size)

While I’m not normally a fan of products that claim to ‘firm’ the skin, with summer around the corner it’s made me realise that I maybe haven’t taken the best care of my body and I’m now paying for it, but rather than go on some extreme exercise regime or fad diet I’d rather embrace the changes that have occurred in my body. Of course, if a cream can help firm up certain areas then that would be amazing but I’m not going to be heartbroken if I don’t notice any dramatic differences.

Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara (£18.00 for full size)

The brush on this mascara is extremely large and fluffy, just as you’d expect from a mascara that promises volume, I find the brush very similar to the Benefit Bad Gal Lash. I’m normally more a fan of plastic wands but I feel like this particular mascara might just change my opinion of that. It seems like it’s a very wet formula, this could result in it transferring easily while it dries or it may just really weigh down my lashes.

Beauty Protector Protect & Volume (£18.50 for full size)

I’ve heard of this brand previously on the blogosphere, but I had no idea as to where I could purchase it, or what made it different from any other heat protector. This stuff smells amazing though and while I have a lot of natural volume in my hair, this adds volume without make me look like the real life version of Mufasa. My hair is feeling a lot softer after blow drying now and has actually made me willing to blow-dry my hair more often rather than sleeping with it wet and then waking up with a matted mess of hair.

Marsk Mineral eyeshadow in Vanilla Frosting (£14.49 for full size)

This is the full sized product that came in May’s box and I’d never personally heard of this brand before and if I’m honest I am mildly disappointed. There is not much pigment to this shadow, even when used wet. It is a finely milled loose powder but other than using a wash over the top of other shadows I don’t think I will be reaching for it often. Therefore I will most likely pass it onto someone that might actually find some use with it.The only redeeming quality of this product is the fact that it is organic and made with 100% natural ingredients which might be of use to someone that looks for that in the products they purchase.

Are you a fan of Birchbox or any other kind of beauty subscription box?

Love you lots like jelly tots x


All photographs in this post were taken by me on my Fujifilm Finepix S4240 in unnatural lighting and edited on Facetune and VSCO.

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