It’s been a while since I’ve had a Birchbox, but as I was in need of another drawer box to put my cosmetics in some sort of order, and so it was a perfect excuse to resubscribe. This month they have collaborated with Boden, and beside the artistic drawer box, included in each box is a Boden £10 voucher, and an offer of a Boden credit card holder for £8 when you subscribe. Boden is a British fashion company that is renowned for traditional styles with a twist, using high quality fabrics. I was one of their first customers well over a decade ago. There have also been a few changes recently with Birchbox UK as the referral incentive has gone down to £5 worth of points instead of £10, and subscribers get to choose an element for each box, whether it’s a design or a product. This is similar to the USA boxes where Aces (a VIP subscriber) get to choose items in order to keep them loyal.
This month offered two full sized products from a selection, with three generous sample sizes:
Full sized items
- Manna Kandar ~ High Definition Powder (£27) OR Bronzer and Highlighter duo (£17.95). All subscribers can choose from the above, subject to being in stock. I chose the high definition powder, which is translucent, with a matte finish.
- ModelCo ~ Eye Define Crayon Liner (£11). An automatic crayon that doesn’t need sharpening in black, which is always handy as an extra.
- Nip + Fab Colour Corrector (£8.95).
- Seche Vite Top Coat (£9).
- Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ~Travel Size (£20).
Sample sized items
- Baïja Paris Crème Moana in Fleur de Tiarè ~ 30 ml (£6.30). A floral scented body cream in a handy travel size that all subscribers will receive.
- Polaar IcePure Gentle Scrub with Arctic Cotton ~ 25 ml (£7.75). A wonderful product—a gentle exfoliator where you can see and feel the results after a single application.
- Luseta Beauty Keratin Smooth Conditioner ~ 40 ml (£7.60). A generous sized tube of concentrated conditioner, which has a gentle scent.
I chose the high definition powder, and also got the eye crayon as my two full sized items, which are both useful, and my total box was potentially worth around £59. The only item I won’t use is the body cream, but only because the scent is a little over powering for me, but four out of five is not bad at all. The Polaar exfoliator was a great find, as I love their products and they all have a subtle scent.
Birchbox costs £10 a month plus £2.95 shipping per box with at least five beauty items inside, which can be sample or full sized. You can also receive £5 worth of points for each box you review to spend in the Birchbox shop. Points last six months and can only be spent in increments of £10. The rolling monthly option allows you to cancel at anytime before the 1st of the following month. There are other subscription options to choose from; six months for £60 with free shipping on the first box, and a yearly subscription for £100, which equates to two free boxes.
Rating and vedict
I’m pretty happy with Birchbox this month; my order arrived quickly, intact, and all the items are of use to me and are generously sized. I do think I got lucky as some other subscribers got other items, that weren’t as generously sized or useful, and that is the risk with Birchbox, so do make sure you update your profile or tweak it to make sure you don’t receive items you don’t want. There is no guarantee of course, but it can help, as this month has a good selection of high-end brands, with a few items that regular subscribers will have seen before. When reviewing your products for points, it’s best to leave it to later on in the month so that should you decide to cancel, you have longer to use them up, and make sure the items you want are in stock.
This month was good value, and I’m happy with the products and the service. Hopefully Birchbox will keep this standard up. You can still order the April Birchbox and get a free gift when you subscribe. The gifts change according to stock levels, and currently it’s a cheek colour from ModelCo.
********BIRCHBOX POINTS EDIT********
Birchbox announced on 19 April that the points rewards system that was based on reviews, referrals and purchases will cease on 2 May and be replaced with Birchbox Benefits. Points may be accrued until then, and will still have a six month expiration on them. The end of the much loved loyalty scheme has not been welcomed by the majority of subscribers. The new benefits include VIP status for those with a continuous six month subscription, similar to the US Aces system. While it is early days, it is possible Birchbox will tweak the system, and I will wait until they do so to review the new benefit scheme that will replace the current points system.