Birchbox Little Treasures

December 18, 2017
Birchbox Beauty Subscription December 2017

My first Birchbox | December 2017

I’m so excited to share with you my first every Birchbox. I have had my eye on this beauty subscription for a while and after a bit of a bad day I decided to treat myself and I’m so glad I did.

Birchbox is a traditional subscription service in the sense that the products are selected for you based on an initial survey that you fill in on your preferences. The box costs £10 a month and an additional £2.95 for postage. Once my box shipped it did arrive in 2 working days. Each month you receive 5 products in your box and have the additional option to add on a preselected lifestyle item for an additional cost.

Birchbox Beauty Subscription December 2017

The beautiful box was designed by Matthew Williamson, and it’s absolutely stunning, and I must admit is what swayed me to finally sign up to Birchbox. I’m going to have find a home for this box as it’s too beautiful to throw away. The box is smaller then I realised but really nice quality and I love how it’s a pull out draw as opposed to a lidded box.

This month’s box included two full sizes and three sample sizes, as it was my first box I also received a free gift with a promotional code which gave me the two LOC eyeshadow sticks.

Birchbox Beauty Subscription December 2017

Baija Paris Caramelised Honey Body Scrub | £14.90 60ml

The Baija Caramelised Honey Body Scrub smells absolutely divine, if you like sweet scents, then this is a product for you as it reminds me of crème brulee. As it’s a sugar scrub, it has a nice amount of grit to it to really exfoliate the skin and turns almost milky as you rub it in. This is quite a small size for a body product but I imagine I will get at least 2 uses out of this little jar. I haven’t used any products by this brand before but they have grabbed my attention for sure.

Spectrum B04 Angled Blender Brush | £4.99 *Fullsize

Spectrum brushes have been on my radar for a while now and I must admit knowing there was a full size brush in this month’s box was a major selling point. This is a beautifully soft synthetic brush and I love the copper ferrule of course. It is an angled blending brush which is something a little different for me and I can’t wait to give this a try. I have had my eye on their brush sets for a while now so I can’t wait to start building a collection of Spectrum Brushes.

Birchbox Beauty Subscription December 2017

Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle | £21.50 236ml

The Beauty Protector claims to do it all, so I was very excited to try it. It has a sweet, almost vanilla scent and a nice fine mist. I misted this through my damp hair before blow drying and I found my hair dried more quickly and felt lovely and soft and smooth afterwards, so I have really high hopes for this one. It states on the bottle that you can use it every day to detangle and make your hair more manageable so I will be putting it to the test. This is an exclusive product for Birchbox and it has some very favourable reviews so I was very pleased to receive this in my box.

Dr PawPaw Original Clear Balm | £6.95 25ml

I instantly took a liking to the Dr PawPaw balm upon trying it. It’s a petroleum based gel that nourishes and sooths dry skin. There isn’t any scent unlike the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, so if you have been put off by that before this would make a fab alternative. My lips felt hydrated and comfortable and I didn’t experience any skin sensitivity which I often do with lip balms. I think I’m going to be a big fan of this product and I’m really impressed with the generous sample size that came in this months box.

Birchbox Beauty Subscription December 2017

Pixi Lip Balm in Natural Rose |£8 *Fullsize

I knew I would be receiving the Pixi lip Balm in Natural Rose as I was able to pick between this and an LOC red lipstick. I love red lipstick but don’t wear it very often so I felt I would get a lot more use of the Pixi Lip balm and this time of year I definitely favour more hydrating lip products. This is a really beautiful rosy shade and as it’s a lip balm provides more of a sheer colour on the lips. I love the subtle rosy tint it leaves on my lips, I think this would make a great on the go lip option as its comfortable to wear and provides some hydration.

LOC One & Done shadow Sticks | £8 *Fullsizes

The LOC eyeshadow stick duo is a free gift if you are a first time subscriber of Brichbox at the moment. I was very pleased to get this little duo as a nice bonus and a good opportunity to try the brand. The shades are lovely, one in a champagne shade called; Out Of Your Shell and the other a bronze shade called Empress Me. Both shades look right up my street and a great option to throw on if I don’t want to do a full eye look, or alternatively they could make great based products. I’m really looking forward to trying these.

 Birchbox Beauty Subscription December 2017

As this months box contained two full sized products I think it worked out to be an amazing deal. I think the brands included and sizes of the products are great value and a really balanced selection. I love how you get to pick one of your items out of a choice of two, to get a bit of choice with your box but still have the pleasure of a few surprises too. I’m going to continue my subscription to Birchbox and I’m excited to receive January’s box. Have you subscribed to Birchbox before?

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  • Kelly December 18, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Such a cute box design! The LOC shadow sticks are so lovely and very underrated … I actually gave some I was sent to a friend and she has used them all up and wants to buy more. PawPaw is so handy for your handbag too. Gorgeous images Sam.!

    – Kelly xx

    • violethollow
      violethollow December 20, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Isn’t it beautiful I love the details on the box! I’m so pleased to hear you like them I haven’t given them a try yet but the shades are beautiful. The PawPaw has gone straight into my handbag and I’ve been reaching for it a lot, I think I may have found a new favourite!Thanks for reading Kelly xx