This month I decided to renew my subscription to Birchbox in an attempt to curb my enthusiasm for over spending on beauty products. (It’s a problem).
I’m sure most of you have heard about beauty boxes but for those of you who haven’t, Birchbox is one of the many subscription services available where you sign up and pay monthly to receive a themed box in the post, which contains sample-sized or full-sized products for you to trial.
I am a self-confessed addict when it comes to buying beauty products and it is an expensive habit to keep! Receiving a beauty box each month is a nice little treat to satiate my new product appetite at a fraction of the cost. I chose Birchbox as they work with a lot of brands I already like, or am interested in trying, and you can tailor your account preferences so they send you products which suit your specific needs (for example: skin type and tone).
March’s theme was called ‘Be Present Not Perfect’ and came in such a gorgeous blue and turquoise box with a mandala style design on the outer casing. I received five products and a free gift as it was a new subscription. Here’s what I thought:
Benefit BADgal BANG! Volumising Mascara
Description: The gravity-defying formula contains space aero-particles to deliver big, bold lashes.
Not going to lie; this product was the reason I decided to get a subscription again. There has been so much hype about this mascara in the beauty world that I really wanted to try it. However, I didn’t want to commit to spending over twenty English pounds on a mascara that I might not like. Now don’t come for me, but I’ve always been disappointed with the Benefit products I have bought and tried. They just don’t work for me and I’ve never understood their high end pricing for products I find to be, well, not that great. They are obviously marketing and packaging geniuses though, and it shows how much influence beauty bloggers currently have in this industry, because despite not being a fan of the brand, as soon as the hype over their new mascara release began I wanted to dash to my nearest Boots store to buy this bitch!
So when I saw there was a sample of this mascara in every March Birchbox I was really excited to try it. I really wanted to love this product. I wanted to be wowed and surprised that finally this was the Benefit mascara that would work for me and make me see what apparently the rest of the beauty world is seeing. Alas! Benefit and I are clearly never meant to be.
I did find, as with the Roller Lash mascara, the brush to be really good at separating and defining the lashes. Another plus was on the initial application my lashes did look longer and I got a good coverage on the bottom lashes. However. The formula transferred easily and was just downright messy and I didn’t think it was the best ‘volumising’ mascara I have ever tried. When built up it looks clumpy and spidery and I was left feeling like ‘oh, is that it?’ after the high expectations I had after all the internet madness.
It did last throughout the day and didn’t flake off too much, but I’ll be saving my twenty and spending it on a trusty M.A.C Haute and Naughty Lash mascara instead.
Description: This charcoal mask peels away to draw out toxins and purify skin.
I couldn’t wait to try this charcoal peel mask. I was dubious that my skin might react badly to it as it does warn people with sensitive skin to patch test first, but ain’t nobody got time for that! This turned out to be my favourite product from this month’s box; I absolutely loved it. A word of caution, it is very gooey and inky black and can make a bit of a mess if your application is done in the same slap dash style as mine usually is, but it does come off easily with hot water and soap.
Once I’d peeled the mask off and washed any remaining residue off, my skin felt so clean and soft and it hadn’t reacted badly at all. It was slightly tingly but it felt refreshed. I used my Kiehls Midnight Recovery concentrate afterwards and the next day I was so pleased with how my skin looked and felt and I noticed it was less oily all day and my make-up lasted longer. I will definitely consider buying the full size product. (My skin type is combination/oily – it may be too harsh on those with dry or sensitive skin types).
Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Foaming Shower Gel
Description: Infused with cherry blossom and rice milk, this gel soothes skin and calms the mind.
This stuff smells amazing! Does what it says on the tin, I have no complaints, however this girl won’t be spending a fiver on shower gel so it was nice little extra to try.
Spectrum Collections Marbleous Black B04 Brush
Description: Use the B04 for seamless blending in the crease and outer third of the eye.
This was the full-sized product in this month’s box and I’m so glad I’ve finally got a Spectrum brush in my collection. It’s super soft and blends shadows beautifully. I’m so lazy when it comes to cleaning my eyeshadow brushes, so the more I have the merrier!
Pro Blo Group MaskME Hydrating Hair Mask
Description: This nourishing mask is brimming with antioxidants for strong, super-shiny strands.
This hair mask came at the right time. I’ve just had my extensions taken out to give my own hair a break and it is in need of some serious TLC before colouring again. My hair is quite fine and mid-length so there was enough product for me in the sample sachet, but I don’t think there would be enough product here for someone with long or thicker hair to trial properly.
ModelCo® Eye Define Crayon Liner
Description: This silky crayon glides on with ease, boasts serious staying power, and is highly pigmented.
This was the free gift I received with my Birchbox for setting up a new monthly subscription. I didn’t think it was very pigmented as it is described and the formula is quite ‘waxy’ and needs warming up on your hand first to get the colour to come through well. It’s not the worst eyeliner by any stretch though and I’ll be keeping it as a spare in my make-up bag.
All in all I was really pleased with the range of products I got to sample this month and can’t wait to see what products and theme there will be in store for April!
Disclaimer: Again, this is not a sponsored post nor am I affiliated with any of the brands mentioned. Just a nerdy gal blogging along.