Just a few days ago you may have seen me reveal the Birchbox Spoiler for March’s box, which promised a collaboration with home and lifestyle brand Habitat and the theme Do Try This At Home. Well, now the boxes containing March’s beauty treats have been dispatched and are landing on subscribers’ doorsteps as I type.
Sporting a brightly coloured makeover, the boxes certainly look the business and definitely shout Spring, but as always the focus is firmly on the treats nestled inside. After some really impressive boxes from Birchbox this one had a lot to live up to, so is it hit or miss this month? Read on to find out!
Benefit Roller Lash (full size RRP £18.50) – For March all subscribers got to choose a mini Benefit mascara. I chose Roller Lash, Benefit’s newest mascara which I tried last month when it came free with Elle Magazine. You can see my full review of this mascara, which promises to lift, seperate and curl lashes, here but although it’s a great mascara Benefit keeps cropping up in Birchbox and I’d love to see something from a different makeup brand feature in future boxes!
REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask 10ml (Full Size RRP £30) – This mask claims to renew the complexion, reduce the appearance of fine lines and dramatically improve skin tone. It also removes dead skin cells to unblock pores and help prevent blackheads and blemishes. The mask has a zesty scent thanks to the blend of natural oils including passion fruit, lemon, grape, pineapple and papaya. Unfortunately this is a repeat product from January’s box, which disappointed me as Birchbox promise subscribers will never get duplicated products.
Philip Kingsley Elastizer 20ml (full size RRP £16) – Elasticizer is a cult pre-shampoo treatment that strengthens, repairs and protects the hair. I really rate Philip Kingsley haircare and particularly this product which I’ve featured previously on the blog, but again this is the third time I’ve received a Philip Kingsley product in 12 months of being with Birchbox so I’m not hugely overwhelmed to see the brand again.
TanOrganic Self-Tanning Oil 25ml (full size RRP £24.99) – Harnessing the soothing and hydrating properties of aloe vera, along with a blend of 8 oils, this self tan not only lends the skin a gorgeous glow but also nourishes and cares for it. I love seeing natural products in my Birchbox and I’m already a fan of TanOrganic’s lovely, 100% natural tanning oil (I recently reviewed this product here) so i’m happy to have this sample-sized item which will be perfect for my travel bag.
Catherine Malandrino Eau de Parfum 1.2ml – I’m not the biggest fan of getting perfume samples in my beauty boxes, but this is a light, floral scent that is perfect for Spring. It’s also a Birchbox UK exclusive so won’t be a fragrance that you’ll find many other people wearing or at your local perfume counter. This is the only new discovery in the box for me however, which makes me a little sad as I really love to try new products and sample different brands in my beauty boxes.
This month’s lifestyle extras are a sample chapter of a new novel by Penny Vincenzi titled A Perfect Heritage and a small Birchbox and Habitat branded notebook.
Birchbox have had a really good run of fantastic boxes recently and usually delivery is surrounded by much excitement. This month however my box is a little underwhelming; I look to Birchbox to discover new brands and products, which for me is one of their key features and one they normally deliver successfully, however in this box only one brand is a new discovery and I also received a duplicate product from January’s box.
Of course beauty boxes are a personal thing and there is always the potential for subscribers to get a selection of products that don’t quite set their world alight. Conversely there will be people who are more than happy with their box this month. I do hope that April’s box showcases some less well-known brands and introduces me to those niche brands that so often have the potential to become firm favourites! What did you think of the March line-up?
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