Over the past few months, the shine has started to dull on my subscription with Birchbox. I’m struggling to pluck up the motivation to write worthwhile posts for you each month, and I’m just not as excited about it as I used to be. You may even have noticed I totally bypassed the September box and didn’t bother to write about it, although a few photos did feature on my Instagram. I just ended up with repeats of items I have had in the past, one of them annoyingly being a sample for a Nuxe oil, despite the fact that I’ve brought the full size from Birchbox directly very recently.
I figured I’d keep up the subscription for another month or so and see how things go, so let’s have a look at what I got in my October box, and see what I thought;
Number 4 Lumiere d’Hiver Super Comb Prep and Protect - £26.25. Now, I don’t want to be negative about the product itself there, as I do feel that number 4 is a good brand, and one I get on well with. However, I’ve now had a few different products from this brand in my Birchbox, and SO many hair care products. For me, the purpose of the subscription box is to try new products that I wouldn’t think to try, not variations of the same thing.
As for the product itself, I can’t knock it. It does exactly what it says it will and doesn’t leave hair greesy.
Gallinee Hydrating Face Cream - £35.00. This product caught my interest when I was reading about the items in my box. We all know that probiotics are good for the gut, but they are also good for your face, and this is something that has been harnessed in this face cream.
This made me quite excited to try it, the texture was quite thin and more like a serum. I found it to smell quite sour which put me off a little bit, but I persevered only to find it irritated my skin. I wouldn’t say I’m someone who has particularly sensitive skin, so was quite surprised. Obviously I won’t be continuing with the sample, and it’s now in the bin.
Joop! Wow! - £39.00. It’s not often that I’ve had a perfume sample in my box, but I have to say I found this to be a little disappointing. I tend to go for very fruity and feminine scents, and found this to be a little too masculine for me – which is fine, that’s kind of the point of samples right!? Although I was a little disheartened at getting something that I could just pop up the road for. It’s hardly an unheard of brand that I wouldn’t have heard of before.
Daily Concepts Multi-functional Soap Sponge Charcoal - £6.00. Now THIS is what I get subscription boxes for! This is a two in one sponge that combined detoxifying charcoal with a mild exfoliating scrubber. I loved this product.
I found it didn’t over exfoliate and leave my skin sore or irritated, but at the same time it left my skin feeling squeaky clean and clear. With all of my various stresses of late, I’ve been suffering breakouts over my body, such as my back, and I’ve found this has really helped. It also lasts up to 60 uses, so given that you probably wouldn’t exfoliate daily, it will last a fairly long time and is very reasonably priced for how long it lasts.
BeautyPro Thermotherapy Warming Mask - £5.95. Enriched with Vitamin C and Green Tea, this foil mask is designed to reenergise tired skin. The self-warming foil helps to open your pores and allow the ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin.
I always find these masks a little strange (in a good way) like I’m wearing another face over my own. It makes me feel like Leather face! The warming sensation was peculiar but not at all uncomfortable, and my skin did look and feel much better after use.
Winky Lux Disco Gloss – Far Out - £13.00. Eugh. I don’t want to sound like a lipstick snob, but I’m going to. My immediate thought when I pulled this from my box was “what the fuck is this?!” At first I thought it was maybe hair glitter, but no, it’s a lip-gloss. A glittery, pinky purple lip gloss.
It makes me think of play makeup you would give a small child, which is exactly where this has now gone. I’ve gifted it to my boss to give to her 4 year old. Matte vs gloss is obviously a personal preference that can’t always be catered to, but to put a glittery lip-gloss in an adult subscription box is somewhat missing the mark… As for the gloss itself, I did give it a go before gifting, and found it just felt and tasted cheap. I know some people would be thrilled to have this sparkly item, but for me it was just a bit tacky.
It’s safe to say this wasn’t my favourite box. In fact, it fell well below the mark, and I found the whole thing to be rather ‘meh’. I’d hoped for an October box we’d have more of an Autumn / Halloween theme, but other than the pretty orange and pink floral design on the box itself, there wasn’t any of that.
I’m not sure this is entirely the fault of Birchbox, as I’ve been a subscriber with them for years, and so it’s inevitable that it will start to get a bit repetitive after a while. That, and over four years, it’s only to be expected that your tastes and preferences will change, so what I would have been elated to receive a few years ago may not bring the same reaction now.
That’s somewhat beside the point though really, as I just don’t feel like my monthly subscription is worth the money anymore. I’ll still receive a box in November, but it’s likely that there will be no more after that.