Birchbox – March Review

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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

A Birchbox subscription costs £12.95 per month (cancel anytime) and if you are interested in subscribing to Birchbox you can use my referral link and as a thank you we both get 50 points to spend in the Birchbox shop.

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12 thoughts on “Birchbox – March Review

  1. Angie x (@Chocandlipstick) says:

    I know some people were genuinely enthralled with their delivery, but this makes me believe 100% they have gone downhill. More than half of the products are items they have put into boxes this has year. ! is an international sample in a magazine. Most people hate perfume samples. More book samples!? And a mini tanning oil (which is the only really good thing that most won’t have).
    Nothing is really new to them at all. The second I can, I am unsubscribing.

    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    • Helen says:

      Thanks for popping by 🙂 This is the first box in 12 months that has been so poor to be honest, and I’m pretty sure that customer services will sort out the duplicate. But if you were thinking of subbing maybe wait to see what next month’s box is like first! X

  2. Glaswegian says:

    I was soooo disappointed in this box. I didn’t get the tanning oil and got bath salts. Ghastly! I also got a teeny eye cream. The book extract and the 10cm notebook were only really fit for the bin. I feel this month was a waste of money for those who pay for it and I will be cancelling my subscription. Don’t think its a coincidence that this is the first month of the flatter box. The mascara was a mean 30g and the eye cream a 15ml. The Philip Kingsley as you say is a repeat item and for frizzy hair which I don’t have. Overall a real waste of money. Birchbox say it’s about the brand concepts but no, this was the worst I’ve ever had and no amount of corporate speak can convince me. I don’t think consumers are so stupid they will buy into the tiny samples and the repetition.

    • Rayray says:

      I completely agree about the disappointing contents of this month’s box. Book chapter has gone straight to recycling, I’d have got that from Kindle if I wanted it, and I am also lumbered with old fashioned bath salts. I don’t ever bath, but if I did I wouldn’t want these horrible retro things.

  3. jennsie says:

    I was not happy with last month’s, and I’m not happy with this month’s either. I received two duplicate products last month and one duplicate product this month. (The duplicates were all products I didn’t get on with too.) I only have a couple of boxes until my subscription runs out, so I won’t be renewing my subscription. For me, just over half of the boxes have been underwhelming….often I see other blogs where they got better products than what I received in my box (in my opinion) during those off months.

    • Helen says:

      My subscription is currently a monthly rolling one – I just came out of a 6 month sub last month but had been happy with pretty much all the boxes I got in that time luckily. Hoping this month is just a glitch and that next month will be better!

    • Helen says:

      Isn’t it! I usually love collaboration boxes but it just felt like other than the box design and the 20% discount the Habitat collaboration brought nothing to the box. It just didn’t feel special or exciting.

  4. Belinda says:

    Wasn’t happy with this box at all. Last couple of boxes I’ve been disappointed with. BirchBox are on borrowed times for me. Will give them a couple more boxes but if I see no improvement then I’m waving bye bye.

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