January Birchbox Review

Birchbox is a subscription service of makeup, skincare and haircare products. It’s £12.95 a month and you receive a mixture of full size and travel-sized items. I have had a very love/ hate relationship with Birchbox so I thought I’d review what I got for the month of January.

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Birchbox’s theme this month really baffled me. January is a time where most people focus on change and bettering themselves. The theme for this month is “Shake your Pom Poms”. Fitting in with this theme they have included an extra Birchbox branded gift – hair bands with pom poms on. These are pretty cool as a free added item but the colours just aren’t my colours.

The most expensive product this month is the Cle Cosmetics Essence Moonlighter Cushion Highlighter (£22) in Apricot Tinge. I have tried quite a few cushion products but these were mainly foundations and for some reason, I really didn’t get on with them. I’ve swatched this highlighter and tried so hard to take a picture of the swatch but it just didn’t work out. It’s a sheer, iridescent highlighter and the next time I wear it I will make sure I get a good photo of it. I’m only now getting into highlighters (I know I may be the last female on the planet to use them) but I actually really like this one. It’s very similar to my L’oreal Glow Mon Amour Highlighting Drops in 01 Sparkling Love which I’m loving at the moment!

The next thing I noticed was the Dr Botanicals Cleansing Bar in Cocoa and Coconut (£5.90). This one is a love/ hate item for me. I love exfoliating products and especially one that is 98% natural. I’m nearly out of body exfoliant as well so this one will definitely be making it’s way into my bathroom as soon as I’ve run out. The downside, however, is that I really don’t like coconut as a scent and would have much preferred one of the other scents. 😦

Philip Kingsley seems to be a brand that is in every kind of beauty box subscription and this Birchbox is definitely not an exception. I received a travel size [[size]] of the Flaky/ Itchy Scalp Shampoo (full-size £24). This product is not one I’m entirely bothered about either. I am lucky enough that I don’t have any scalp issues so I may just give this one to someone I know who may need it. It’s a bit of a shame because I thought the products were somewhat tailored to the answers given initially.

Afterspa are a brand that I have only just learnt about when I received the makeup removing magic cloth in a Birchbox previously. This month it was a Facial Micro Scrubber (£7). Not going to lie; I have no idea what that meant until I read the directions in the little booklet. Essentially it’s a scrubber that you use alongside your normal cleanser. My face could definitely do with a good exfoliating so I am really looking forward to testing this out later today.

The final product is one that I’ve heard about a few times and it’s had some really good reviews. The Doucce Maxlash Volumizer Mascara (full-size £18) is an amazing mascara and I’ve already been looking into purchasing the full size when the travel size runs out. It doesn’t flake or melt, stays all day and makes my lashes look so voluminous. All in all my favourite product from this month’s box.

The Final Word

Birchbox, as I said, has been a very love/hate service for me and this most recent box is definitely my least favourite one I have received. I am making the decision at the moment to stop my subscription and potentially find a different subscription service to try. Do you have any recommendations? 🙂
What did you think of January’s Birchbox?
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