January 15, 2016

2016 JANUARY BIRCHBOX | THE FULL REVIEW



If you haven't noticed, monthly subscription boxes are very much IN at the present time. You can have subscriptions for makeup, tea, food, figurines etc - if there is something you like, chances are there is some sort of box out there for you. I myself was never too fussed about subscription boxes until I came across Birch Box back in October.

Even though I was interested in the box, I didn't become a subscriber until I got an offer in the boxing day sale to have my first box (the December box) at half price. When my December box arrived, I was quite impressed with it and decided that I wanted to continue my subscription for January, to discover new brands.

If you have subscribed to Birch Box and see that you haven't received the same things in your box as me, do not fret! When you sign up to Birch Box, you have to take a little questionnaire about the type of products you would rather receive and what type of skin and hair you have so the products you get are more tailored to you.

This box was a fantastic start to my week when it arrived in the post (even if I did have a bit of trouble with the postman. He didn't even bother knocking on my door and posted one of those slips through to say that they had missed me and that my package was back at the sorting office. Safe to say I had a good shout at him! A collaboration with Pinterest (which by the way, you can follow me here *hint hint*), you get five amazingly cute art prints and a Birch Box X Pinterest pocket mirror to slip in to your favourite handbag or makeup bag. The quality of the prints is really good and the mirror is well made and won't get smashed and scratched about in your bag.


So what products did I get in my box?
The first product that immediately caught my eye was the Benefit: They're Real! Tinted Eyelash Primer which I believe comes in every box this month which is valued at £18.50.

When I first tried the primer, I didn't really expect much. Why would I really need a tinted primer when I could just whack a few strokes of mascara on instead. I decided to try it just by itself at first on one eye without mascara and noticed my lashes did look longer and more fanned out compared to my eyelashes on the other eye that had absolutely nothing on. When I added mascara in to the mix, it went on a lot cleaner without any little clumps that make my lashes all stick together which was nice, but I can usually deal with that if it happens when I don't have primer. Honestly, I wouldn't go out of my way to buy the primer because the different is very minimal and I could've done with out. I'll keep using it while I have (when I actually remember to do so anyway), but that'll be it for this product.

Secondly, I saw that I had a highlighter pencil stick (full size, yay!) from Jelly Pong Pong, which retails at £14.95.

When I first saw it, I was super excited because I had been looking for a nice highlighting stick as I usually use the Benefit High Beam to highlight under my eyebrows and on my cupid bow, but I needed one that I could use in the corner of my eyes as well. I've only used a few times, but I'm liking it - not enough to go out of my way to buy one though. I find that the product crumbles when you apply it and that its very hard to blend properly. You can use the product on your waterline but after the first few times I won't be using it for that purpose as the product has been collecting up and then getting in to my actual eye, causing me problems with vision and soreness after having to jam my finger in my eye to fish out the product that's crumbled away.

Thirdly I got the Asbsolution 'L'Eau Soir et Matin (cleansing makeup water and remover) which you can pick up for around £27.

Sadly I was really disappointed with this product! One of the main problems I had with it (as petty as it may seem to some) is that its a bottle that you squeeze to get the product out of, not a spray one or one that can control the flow of how much product is coming out, so a lot of it got wasted the first time I tried using it as too much came running out as its pretty much just nice smelling water. While it removed my makeup just as well as a wipe would, it dried out my skin and I had to use a lot of moisturiser to help combat that.  

The next two products I got were the Parlor Shampoo and Conditioner which both share the same price tag of £16.

I was excited to try these out as its the first time I've had any Parlor products and I've seen a few good things about them. Usually I have to wash my hair every day (unless I want to look slightly homeless) to keep it looking at least semi nice due to the thickness and length, but after trying this, I could leave my hair for an extra day before it needed a wash which I was so grateful for! If, like me, having thick hair can be an absolute pain in the ass and it requires a lot of attention and some hard brushing to keep it from getting shockingly knotty and just awful. The shampoo and conditioner smelt lovely and made my ends a lot less drier and 'fly away' than they usually would. The only problem I had with the products is that the shampoo had enough for two or three washes whereas the conditioner only had enough for one! So I couldn't fully test out the product as much as I would've liked to which is a bit of a shame.

The last product I got was a Caudalie Shower Gel, which has a value of £9 and has been great to use so far. In the Birch Box book that comes with your products, it says to apply and lather straight on to skin then rinse away but I like to use a loofah first as I can give myself a proper scrub when I use one. The gel smells floral but not too overpowering, as a lot of products that smell like flowers tend to be and made my skin feel pretty smooth. I probably wouldn't pay £9 for another bottle, but I can definitely see why people would want to splash out on this one.

Overall, this box has been pretty fun and I can't wait to put my art prints somewhere nice. The products were all fun to try out and I'm excited to try out some more brands next month with the February Birch Box!

Have you tried Birch Box or any other subscription boxes? What's your favourite part of them?


Mollie. <3



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16 comments

  1. I have been thinking about signing up to a subscription box for a while now but not sure what one to go for, this one sounds great! X

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    1. I was so unsure of which one I wanted to subscribe too before I chose Birch Box, there is so many out there at the moment. Birch Box is the cheapest one I think at around £12 a month so that's why I personally chose it x

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  2. I've been meaning to sign up for a subscription box service!! I think I've finally decided on Birchbox because wow you get a lot and I feel like it's products I'd actually use!! Love They're Real products! Enjoy!

    Have a great weekend! Melanie | Blog: Toots + Dill

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    1. It took me ages to decide which one to subscribe to because there is so many different ones out! I love Benefit items too and they seem to always end in Birch Box so that was a big deciding point for me x

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  3. You definitely get the value for money in this box!
    Charlotte // charlottespicks.blogspot.com

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    1. Definitely, I can't wait to see what comes in the February box x

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  4. sounds like a great box, might have to get a subscription
    casualyetchic.blogspot.com

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    1. I think its definitely worth giving it a try!x

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  5. I really wasn't that impressed with my Birchbox this month. Maybe I've been getting it for so long I've become kind of spoilt? :D

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    1. I saw that quite a lot of people weren't too impressed with theirs on the Birch Box instagram! A lot of people were fed up of getting shampoo/conditioner/gel etc but I'm glad I got them. Maybe you need to switch it up and change to a different box for a bit and then go back to Birch? :)

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  6. I'm so bummed that there aren't really subscription boxes that I know of in Australia, I can't wait to finish Uni so I can move back to the UK and SUBSCRIBE! Gahhhhh the thought just makes me so happy, but in the mean time I'll just read posts like this!

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

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    1. Aw that sucks! I thought that there would of been different ones in Australia to be honest. When are you back in the UK?

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  7. Never heard of the eyelash primer before!! Love the idea of that, though I would probably forget too. I used to love Birchbox but stopped mine in October, I had so many body washes I didn't know what to do haha x

    Tamz | http://www.throughneweyesx.com

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    1. I'm pretty sure its a very new product of Benefits so it was cool that Birch Box sent it out! I've made sure its in my makeup bag so I can start using it more because I don't want it to go to waste ahhh. I've noticed a lot of people have been cancelling from Birch Box because they've been getting lots of body washes/shampoos/conditoners etc which is a shame, hopefully I don't get too many!x

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  8. I've got to be honest, I was personally a little disappointed with this months box. I think maybe it was because I had been given the Benefit eye lash primer and Jelly Pong Pong lip liner already by my sponsorship.

    Although, I have to be very honest and say that this is the best review I've ever read on a subscription box - very detailed and worded so well. Awesome post babe!

    With love,
    Alisha Valerie. x

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    1. I'd be really disappointed as well if I had already received them! I'm glad you like the review, I always see beauty box ones and they never really tells you much about the products, just that they got so and so and it costs X amount so I wanted to make mine detailed!x

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