2015 has been a huge year for Birchbox (shop link
), they’ve been absolutely killing it! There’s still something exciting about Birchbox
and it’s only about to get better because this month is the celebration of their 5th birthday!
A lot of beauty bloggers will remember the very first time these beauty boxes launched and the hype that they bought (Anyone else remember when Birchbox started out as Jolie Box?). Throughout the years, there has been many that have followed in their footsteps but have fallen in the trap of complacement and the excitement died down. But Birchbox have kept things interesting, especially this year with major collaborations with the likes of Tatler Magazine, Habitat, French Sole and now Selfridges&Co. You can’t get better than that but at this rate, I’m pretty sure that Birchbox will most definitely continue to surprise (and impress) us!
BIRCHBOX X SELFRIDGES – The Ultimate Power Couple!
If you’ve walked through the beauty department at the flagship Selfridges on Oxford Street lately, you may have spotted the build-your-own-box Birchbox service. To celebrate Birchbox’s 5th Birthday, they have teamed up with Selfridges to bring you a unique experience. Consider it a beauty pick ’n’ mix where, for a limited time only, you get to select a few deluxe samples from brands like Benefit, Stila, Bumble & bumble, Percy & Reed, and Elemis to name a few!
For those who can’t make it to London, don’t worry, you won’t miss out! It won’t be the same experience as picking your own samples , of course, but you can buy a limited edition Birchbox on the Selfridges website.
For £20, the limited edition Birchbox is a pre-made box containing 8 luxury beauty samples! Yes, 8! Woooop! And four of them are full size! There are a few in there which I call the ‘beauty sample box classics’; in other words, the brands that frequently pop up in these sample boxes (Cowshed, Philip Kingsley and Nuxe). Let’s quickly go through the items included in the limited edition Selfridges Birchbox!
Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute Mask
Oh, I do love a luxurious face mask! This one from Nuxe is a leave-on mask which is quite handy as I currently share a bathroom with 6 other people and it may not be free in time for me to wash a face mask off! It’s very convenient to let this sink in to the skin and with the cold season coming up, my skin is going to need a hydrating face mask.
Cowshed Knackered Cow Shower Gel
Cowshed is a beautiful bath and body brand. Knackered Cow is a relaxing bath and shower gel containing essential oils of lavender and eucalyptus. It’s a very soothing scent and one that I hope will help me sleep better at night!
Wild About Beauty Lip Pencil Duo
This is the only item in the box that I won’t be using but only because the the shade it completely unsuitable for me. It is a nude being, which I know is all the rage, but it just doesn’t complement my skin tone, unfortch. However, I have swatched it on my hand and can confirm that texture and finish are really lovely. One end of the pencil is a thin lip liner and this is a harder texture so that you can line your lips with the absolute precision. The other end is a thick lipstick pencil which you can use to fill in your lips – it’s glossy and creamy, and packed with vitamins to condition.
Eyeko Fat Eye Stick
I was a fan of Eyeko when they were pink, fun and kawaii. They haven’t been on my beauty radar as since the rebranded a few years ago. I only really take notice of them when they appear in the beauty boxes. I love the idea of an eyeshadow shade but I’ve never got on well with creamy eyeshadows – which is what this stick essentially is – but what I love about this is that it has a twist-up mechanic so there’s no need to go out and buy a sharpener for it. It’s also got a good amount of pigment in it.
Regenerate Enamel Science
At first glance I thought this was, yet another, hand lotion or something (not that I’m complaining, I love hand lotions and they’re one of beauty essentials) but I was surprised to discover that it’s actually toothpaste. I’ve never used anything other than Colgate, Oral B, Aquafresh – the usual brands you find at the chemist or supermarket – so I’m looking forward to cracking this open and finding out if it makes a difference.
Philip Kinglsey Body Building Shampoo & Conditioner
A great duo for anyone with fine, limp hair as this promises to build body and volume. I have thick hair already so I’m not sure if I’ll see a difference but I think Philip Kingsley hair products are fantastic so I totally believe it will give the results that they claim to give. These tubs are tiny and you’ll only get two washes out of them but it’s enough to give you a taster of how good these products are.
Soigne Nail Lacquer
I love pink nail polishes so much and as you can see, I’ve already tried this out! Two coats is good but three gives it a full coverage. I like the minimal, simplistic bottle design and the shade is a winner for me too. If anyone is wondering, the shade name is Mousse aux Framboise, and it is lovely!
I’m actually going to Birchbox’s birthday party tomorrow so I’ll let you all know how that goes!
Did anyone get a chance to build their own Birchbox at Selfridges? And what do you think of this limited box?