Thursday 14 December 2017

Birchbox Unboxing and Review - December 2017

I've been posting Birchbox unboxing and reviews since August but it's time for my final one. When I joined the free gift was too good to miss out on but I never intended to stay for ages. I thought I'll just get a few and then leave it but I've ended up sticking with it for nearly 6 months! Most of the boxes have been quite mixed and a few have been quite disappointing so I just didn't think it was worth the money anymore and this close to Christmas, I don't just want to be wasting it. I thought I would do a final review of the December box on my blog and then if I join any other subscription things next year I'll start them up again.
As always with Birchbox, the box has such a stunning design! That's one thing I love about them, each of the boxes are so handy for storing things and look lovely so they never go to waste. This month they've teamed up with Matthew Williamson and the box is beautiful. This will be going with the others in the spare room and will be so useful for storage in the new year. Each month you get to choose a product out of two and you also get told what the other product is that everyone gets, the rest is then a surprise. This month the product everyone got was a Spectrum brush and the product I chose out of two lip products was the Pixi Lip Balm. I loved the look of the Lip Balm as it's a really subtle colour and as it's a balm it should be really nourishing too. I've always wanted to try something from Pixi so I am really happy with this. The Spectrum brush looks okay but it's more for eyeshadow and I just don't ever wear it. I'm sure I'll find use for it for maybe concealer or highlighter? and it is a very good brand so I don't want it to just go to waste. I did receive another Spectrum brush a few months ago though so it does seem like a bit of a repeat. A product I didn't know I was getting was the Model Co Contour Stick. This was an option a few months ago, you could either have this or a mascara and I went for the mascara because I know a contour stick just wouldn't be used, so it's a little disappointing to now get it so close afterwards. My first impression with this box was that it seemed like anything that was sort of leftover from previous boxes was just put in.
I then got a few skincare bits, the first one being a Detoxify and Brighten Pink Clay Mask. I'm really into face masks at the moment so I'm sure I'll give this a try at some point but as I've already got so many in a cupboard left to use I'm not sure when I'll get round to it. Lastly there was Caramelised Honey Body Scrub which smells lovely. It's so, so sweet but I think it will be really nice to use. I love body scrubs but don't currently have one so I'll be using this soon. I like the little pot it comes in but that did mean the box didn't close properly and is now a little damaged. It's just something else that makes me think not much care or thought was put into this one for some reason? I don't know, I think I'm being quite harsh but it's disappointing when you spend money on something and it's a bit of a let down.
As with most of my Birchboxes, I've got very mixed feelings about this one. I love the look of the lip balm and the scrub but the others are all a little 'meh' if that makes sense. I know boxes like this are hit and miss and you can't expect everything to be to your taste but from what other people have said too, it does seem like a lot of repeat products and samples are just put in and not much thought is always there. I am glad I gave it a go though and luckily my November box was brilliant. I have tried out some great products over the last few months so it's not all bad and it's not put me off trying another beauty box in future. I'm just not sure I'll be heading back to Birchbox for a while!

I'd love to know if you've felt the same about beauty boxes before? Are you subscribed to any?


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