After a rather meh November box (see my review here) I’m extremely keen to see what treats are inside my December Birchbox, with its beautiful, and suitably festive, red and gold cover.
Birchbox have only gone and collaborated with British fashion designer, Matthew Williamson, for a festive flourish this month! The theme is Life’s Little Treasures, and the beautiful box design with jewelled flowers, kingfishers, and lizards comes from his luxe Treasure Garden print. So far so gorgeous, but what about the contents?
I’m a firm believer that exfoliation doesn’t stop just because we cover up in winter so I was pleased to get this lovely smelling scrub. Apparently, it’s 97% natural with sugar, honey, and sunflower seed oil, although I’ll have to take Birchbox’s word for that because the labelling on the jar was so tiny I couldn’t read it. Anyway, it left my skin feeling smooth and soft, without any sticky or oily residue. I didn’t find it especially moisturising though so it was nice to try but at £14.90 full price I won’t be repurchasing.
Continuing the theme of party preparation, up next is this cult face mask. I’ve obviously been hiding under a rock because I’ve never heard of this brand, despite several beauty bloggers raving about how they couldn’t wait to try this product. The pink clay is supposed to detox, invigorate, refine and brighten your skin – quite a claim! It also contains Vitamin A so you’d need to be careful if you’re taking any supplements or using anything else with Vitamin A in it. Despite having only squeezed out the tiniest sample to try (my tube was full of air), my skin did seem smoother and brighter but no more so than when I use my beloved Origins face masks. I’m not tempted to buy the full price pot for £39.90.
I’ve had Model Co pencils before and I know they’re good, although this is my first time to try any contour product. You stroke on a line just below your cheekbones and blend, to give the impression of sculpted hollows. It works but TBH I already use my bronzer for that, and at £13 I don’t see this as a replacement. I’ve read that one reviewer tried it as an eyeshadow but if I did that it would have worn off by mid-morning. Sadly this is another product that’s no use to me.
This is the third Spectrum brush I’ve had from Birchbox this year and I’m quite happy about it. Although I don’t tend to use brushes (I prefer my fingers) it’s nice to have some good quality, soft brushes for those odd occasions when I make a real effort! And it’s a bargain price too, only £4.99.
I had a choice of this red LOC lipstick or a naturally tinted Pixi lip balm, and I’m really glad I chose LOC as I’m still in love with the amazing Arrow Boost from my September Birchbox so I didn’t need another balm. The LOC lipstick is paraben-free, cruelty-free, and very highly pigmented. Although it looks slightly dark and scary in the stick, it’s a great cranberry shade that goes on smoothly, doesn’t dry my lips, and has phenomenal staying power. Really, what more could you ask of any lipstick? And it’s a steal at only £6.50, well worth the investment.
Did I like December’s box?
Overall, I would have to give my December Birchbox 2/5 as there are only two products that I really like. And that has confirmed the decision I made in November, namely that this month is my last Birchbox. When I signed up in February I was excited about treating myself to some lovely products each month. While I’ve had some really good treats I’ve also had a lot of products that I would never use. Sadly, I feel the magic has gone out of Birchbox, for me at least. Rather than rush into another subscription next year, I’m going to start writing about some of my hero products that I love, buy and use myself instead. Watch this space!
What do you think of Birchbox this December? Is the magic still working for you?