Birchbox January 2016

by - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

It's not often Birchbox arrives later than the other boxes I'm subscribed to. This time it came last, not only on arrival but in preference too. I was prepared for a box full of Pinterest Best Year Ever awesomeness, but that's not what I got.

Take a look at the box before we go to its contents. Beautiful, right? Great photos, the compilation is stunning, inspiring to say the least. But then I removed the lid and was hailed by an array of products that made me go Oh... instead of Wow! 

Some of you will call me harsh after taking a look at the photo above. Maybe I am, but when I first heard of the Pinterest collaboration I was over the moon, anticipating some of its eye-capturing magic spilling over to my Birchbox contents. That didn't happen. Instead I was greeted by some childish cards, painted by Viktorija Semjonova, that have nothing to do with the imagery Pinterest is known to the world. No inspirational quotes, no typography, no exquisitely captured photos. Bah.

And then came the beauty products. And the disappointment continued but not for the reasons you may think.

  • Benefit They're Real Tinted Primer: Let me explain. Benefit mascaras do nothing for me. I have naturally long eyelashes, so extra length or curves are of no appeal to this girl over here. I also found out after several tries that two of the brand's most famous picks actually flake on me, resulting in smudging. Badly smudging, not ordinary one. Now I've received a primer that separates and lengthens - which I don't need - and on top of that it's not even black, it's mink-brown. If you're not like me then you may enjoy this product, but the score so far is Friend Giveaway Basket 1 - Personal Beauty Stash 0. Retails for £18.50.

  • Whish Three Whishes Almond Body Butter: To set the record straight, I really love Whish body butters. I'd have the lavender scented one back any day, saving it to use after having a shower at the end of a very long day. They are emollient and so utterly soothing, of good but non-sticky consistency and are absorbed fast, leaving no trace. So you're probably wondering why I'm disappointed. You see, I can't stress how much I hate marzipan and how much this cream smells like it! I'm gutted, I really am. Some lucky friend will be getting their hands on this baby, I can already see them fighting over it! Friend Giveaway Basket 2 - Personal Beauty Stash 0. Full size retails for £14.50.

  • Doux Me Comforting Face Mask & Exfoliator: This is a new brand name for me, one originating from the Mecca of skincare, France. A dual product, used either as a mask or a gentle scrub and infused with apricot oil, chamomile and marshmallow extracts. After putting it to the test, I wish I could communicate somehow with Doux Me manufacturers and tell them to stop advertising it as a mask. Not that it doesn't work but personally I don't like feeling the grit on my face for 7-10 minutes, no matter the results. Nice scrub though, especially if your skin is sensitive. Mine usually isn't - unless periodic acne - but I prefer a product that targets my skin condition. Full size retails for £18.

  • Jelly Pong Pong Lighten Up Brightener + Waterliner: I'll put it out there once and for all, Jelly Pong Pong products are not for me. I've tried many of theirs and every single time I got let down. I so wanted to like this waterline eye pencil and break the spell of bad luck. I was so excited to see it was a very natural, nude colour I could use to brighten my tired eyes instead of going to my trusted Seventeen white liner. And I would have loved it - seriously, the colour is perfection - if it hadn't caused an irritation. Woe to me I guess. This is a full size products, retails for £14.95.

  • Parlor Moisturizing & Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner: I must say, I have used products from Parlor before and I was very pleasantly surprised with the result, so maybe my only major disappointment with this duo over here is that they don't exactly cater the needs of my hair. Fair enough, coloured hair need moisturising and repairing 90% of the times, but they also need some form of colour preservation. And some shine. And some volume maybe? Yes, I know, I can't be asking for all of that from a shampoo and a conditioner, so I'll shut up and be grateful for them. Full sizes retail for £16 each.

Needless to say again I wasn't very happy with the compilation of items I received this month, as you can tell for yourselves. There was only one exception, the lifestyle item of the month. A round pink pocket mirror with the hashtag #nofilter in the back. Absolutely perfect for my handbag!

Now the news.
After long consideration I decided to cancel my subscription to Birchbox for three reasons. Most important one is that I'm predicting a financial dry spell coming up, so every penny I can save up is a bonus. Two, I'm all sampled out. I have so many to go through and that's after giving stuff away to friends! Lastly, I needed a pause from it. If in a few months I missed it terribly and I want it back in my life then I'll resubscribe, if not then I'll have to find another form of post content. And yes, I did it right before the Valentine's box, because I don't need any more red lippies/nail polishes in my collection right now!

Until next time,


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