I’m a sucker for anything that feels like I’m giving myself gifts every month; I’ve already tried out Ipsy and was a dedicated Influenster user for a few years. So after months of debating, I signed up for Birchbox and my first box finally arrived!
I signed up towards the end of February and your first box takes about 10 days to be curated and shipped. So I got February’s box on Saturday and my March box is actaully already in the mail. (And since my birthday is in March, two boxes in one month feels extra like a present!)
Before I even get to the products, I have to say: wow the shipping took forever! I was notified that my box shipped and it took about five days for it to get to its second location. Then it sat there for another few days, before finally being delivered a total of 11 days later. I think I got a Chewy box, a pair of prescription glasses and a package from Amazon in the time it took Birchbox to get here. Maybe this was just a fluke, so we’ll see how March works out.
Shipping aside, here’s what’s inside and my first impressions:
- Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect (1 oz)
This smells really nice and because I have super curly hair, anything that aids in detangling and protecting is a plus. First impression is alright. Would I pay $32 for a full size? Probably not.
- COOLA Mineral Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint (.17 oz)
I just ran out of the moisturizer I use during the day that has sunscreen in it, so I’m happy to try this. I wouldn’t exactly call this tinted, though it seems perfect for under makeup.
- Daily Concepts Your Facial Micro Scrubber
This is a little too rough for every day use, but it will definitely be getting some use as a good weekly exfoliation. A great little addition is that when the lettering on the tag starts to fade, you know it’s time to replace it, which is a really cool concept. I have a facial brush that I’ve used for a while but I’m always like, when do I need to replace the brush heads?
- Avène Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum (5 ml)
This is supposed to boost hydration and the effects of the rest of your skincare products. It’s hard to tell if a product like this actually works right away, but my first impression is that it feels really nice on, it dries quick and settles well under moisturizer and makeup.
- DOUCCE Luscious Lip Stain in shade Steaming Red
When you first put this on, it feels almost oily and it seems like it will never dry. But, surprisingly it dries quickly to a beautiful matte velvet finish. “Steaming red” is a bit misleading, it’s more of a berry—and I don’t particularly love the word steaming in my beauty products haha—but beautiful nonetheless. However, I did notice a little bit of flaking when I used two layers.
As I said, a few years ago I tried Ipsy for a couple of months. It’s very similar to Birchbox, for $10 you get about five samples plus a cute makeup bag. The bags are a great addition, but the samples were sooo small and I only need so many small bags before they start to annoyingly take up space. I thought the samples from Birchbox would be larger but they seem to be about the same. It might be wishful thinking that a $10 service would offer bigger samples, though.
I look forward to seeing what March has in store for me, but I think after my three-month subscription is up I probably won’t be renewing it. Have you tried Birchbox or any other subscription services?