There seems to be a plethora of beauty boxes around today; Birchbox, Glossybox, and Bellabox to name but a few. The concept is to allow subscribers the opportunity to try out new beauty products and to discover brands that they may not have necessarily come across. Following on from that, if you like the product you have tried, you may go onto purchasing the full sized product in the future. Simple. I thought I’d sign up for one month and see how it goes.
Birchbox sends out 4-5 luxe beauty and lifestyle samples each month which is tailored to your very own profile (created from answers to questions which you have provided them when signing up).
You can subscribe on a monthly basis for just £10, plus £2.95 p&p, and can cancel at anytime so that you’re not tied into any contract ( there are other subscription options where you pay for 6 moths or a year) . Within a few days of signing up, my beautifully presented Birchbox arrives in the post. All the products were nestled in a lovely branded drawstring bag (within a sturdy box) which I think will come in very handy for storing things like makeup or jewellery. In the bag, I found 6 items:
Benefit The Pore Fessional 7.5ml This is Benefit’s lastest offering and is a balm that acts as a primer and designed to minimise the appearance of pores and fine lines for a smoother finish. This I am keem to try, although I don’t have any issues with pores (I think), fine lines are another thing.
Lavera Basis Sensitiv Handcream 20ml Just when I was thinking that I needed to get a small sized hand cream so I can carry it around in my handbag! This lovely little organic fella contains shea butter and almond oil which is great for adding moisture and nourishment back into dry hands ( which have taken a severe battering from the wonder cold recently).
Philip Kingley Elasticizer I’m not an avid user of hair masks but what better time to start up again then now.
Blanc Cachemire Creme De Jour Protectrice– A light weight face moisturiser. An appropriate one for daytime I guess.
Moa The Green Balm A Multi-purpose balm (along the lines of Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour?) which can be used to treat scrapes and burns but also used to moisturise and even cleanse your face. Intrigued? I am!
Itsu Miso Soup random but ok.
I think the beauty box concept is a good one. It’s affordable and there are no commitments meaning you can cancel when you want to. It allows you to try out and test drive new products without forking out (sometimes an arm and a leg) and buying the full priced, full sized version when you really don’t know whether the product is going to be right for you. It also introduces you to new brands, either brands you know but have yet to experience (like Philip Kingsley), or niche brands that aren’t so readily available on the high-street or in your local drugstore (Blanc Cachmire, Lavera and Moa). I think I may stay subscribed and see what next month brings. For the moment, I shall enjoy using my mini samples.
Are you signed up to any beauty boxes? If so, which one and what products have you gotten in the past?