What's in my December & January Birchbox?

Last year, a hundred beauty boxes down and with a million beauty samples taking over my storage space, I took a long hard look at myself and decided to say enough was enough and vowed off beauty subscription boxes for good. Okay, maybe not "for good", but when I saw the great products included in recent Birchboxes, I couldn't quite resist signing up. I mean, what difference does one teeny subscription box make anyway?

Since I subscribed quite late in the month, I ended up receiving both December and January's boxes within a week or so of each other (no complaints here), so in the name of brevity I've decided to just review them both together. Ahhh, it's good to be back!

December's "Merry & Bright" edition was a great month to start my membership on and is by far my favourite box of the two. Starting with makeup, I gratefully received a full-sized (£15-worth!) Ciaté Fierce Flicks Eyeliner, which is a no-bells-and-whistles black felt-tip liner, a staple in my routine, as well as a goooorgeous Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Amethyst, which is an unbelievably creamy, blendable eyeshadow stick in a universal brown/bronze shade and believe me when I say it does. not. budge. Next up, the mini Benefit POREfessional Matte Rescue will be a lifesaver for my combo skin in the warmer months if the reviews are anything to go by, meanwhile I'll be giving the Huygens Exfoliating Cream a go as a gentle daily exfoliator. Last but not least, Percy & Reed Wonder Balm has already been added to my travel bag to boost shine, smooth and moisturise hair all in one - this is definitely one I'm excited about having used this brand before! I think we can all agree this was a successful box, and to top it off, I love that Birchbox don't just stick to a standard box style, with this one opening from the top and actually looking pretty cute for storing makeup brushes/pens/eyeliners. Good job, BB!

I did love the design of January's "Sprinkle Happiness" edition, but that is really where my love of this box ends. First up, I like the idea of the Lord & Berry Conceal-It Crayon but the beige shade is far too dark and orange for my skin so that's an instant re-gift, but I do like the creamy formula so hopefully one of my friends will enjoy it more than me. I also received a tiny Nails Inc Polish in a dark, drab, unnamed and uninspiring shade which does not sprinkle any happiness over me, and a full-sized Merci Handy Hand Cream in Cherry fragrance, a nice enough hand cream but nothing to write home about. I was really hoping the remaining 2 products would redeem the box, but unfortunately I have already received tons of the Kebelo Clarifying Shampoo samples, which all remain in travel bags to be used eventually due to their handy size, and I really struggled to get excited about the Whish Shaving Cream in Acai Grapefruit fragrance, no matter how delicious it smells because at the end of the day it is still just a shaving cream. Overall, a disappointing box but the products will get used up for the most part so it's not a complete failure - you can't have it all I suppose!

At only £13 a month, Birchbox is a worthwhile little treat to look forward to in your mailbox, albeit a little hit and miss - but hey, that's part of the fun! 


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