Saturday, 21 February 2015

February 2015 Birchbox Unboxing & Review

I know, I know, this month's unboxing & review post is super late. I don't know what to say. Yes, I've been pretty busy lately but the truth is that every time I sat down to write this post, I just ended up getting distracted. 

My interest in these boxes has been waning for a while now & this feels like the pinnacle of my ambivalence - if it wasn't for the promise of a sample of Benefit's new Roller Lash mascara in next month's box, I would have cancelled already.

Anyway, all moaning aside (lol jk, there's definitely going to be more moaning), let's take a look at February's box. 

This month's box was, predictably, Valentine's Day themed - at least in theory. As is often the case, I feel like the theme just didn't translate through to the products, unless you considering washing your hair to be a particularly romantic activity.

First up in my box was this Cynthia Rowley Beauty eyeliner in Black (which retails for £11). It's a reasonable liner - pigmented and creamy - although when smudged out it does reveal some greenish undertones which aren't particularly flattering on my skin tone. The thing is, having been subscribed to Glossybox & then Birchbox for over two years, I have so many black kohl liners, I'm pretty sure I'll never need to buy one again, especially since I barely ever use them, so this just feels like a completely wasted spot in my box.

Next up is the Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo (RRP £10). I haven't had a chance to use this yet but the fragrance is lovely, super similar to the Cleanse and Polish scent which I love. That being said, I'm the sort of person that refuses to buy Herbal Essences when it's not on offer, so the chances of me spending £10 on shampoo are pretty slim.

The third product in my box was another beauty box staple, this time from Caudalie. The Vinoperfect Radiance Serum retails for £45, and is designed to be applied between cleansing and moisturising, to boost the effectiveness of the products that follow it. I know I've tried at least one of the products from the Vinoperfect line in the past (it may even have been this serum, I can't quite remember) & actually had an allergic reaction to it, so I don't have high hopes for this (thankfully, considering the price tag).

Product number four is the T London Darjeeling Hand Wash (RRP £18). Seriously, a hand wash? Since when was washing your hands considered a beauty activity? This fragrance of this is ok, I guess, kind of like slightly fancy hotel toiletries, but this feels like such a cop-out. Plus, I'm the sort of person who bulk-buys Carex when it's on offer, so I have like a year's supply of hand wash in my cupboards at all time. 

One of the big selling points of this month's box was supposed to be that we were getting two makeup items - & since the overwhelming amount of skincare items in these boxes is one of my biggest complaints, I was pretty excited. Then, when I found out one of the items was from theBalm, even better (I love their highlighters), but this Stainiac lip & cheek stain (RRP £10) is such a let down. In the bottle it looks super bright, but it's really muted on the skin & barely showed up at all on my lips. I'm also just not a fan of these combo lip & cheek stains, so this is a total miss for me.

This month's "lifestyle" product is a Mixed Berry Oats & Chia from The Chia Co. (RRP £4.95 for pack of five). I feel like it's kind of a given at this point that my lifestyle products go straight in the bin, & even my new-found love of porridge in the morning can't save this.

I feel like I say this every month now, but sorry for all the snark! I promise I don't want to be so negative - after all, I'm spending my hard-earned money on these boxes! - but right now it feels like disappointment after disappointment. 

I'm pretty certain at this point that I'm going to be cancelling after next month's box, but I'd still love to hear your thoughts on this month's box & Birchbox in general. Has the quality really gone downhill or does the novelty just wear off after a while? Let me know in the comments below.

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