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Birchbox UK review – November

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Hi Everyone,
So after last month’s insanely disappointing Birchbox I gave them one more shot.
This month the box was a collaboration with Skinny Dip, who I hadn’t heard of but are a london based accessories brand. The box is cute, although it’s become standard for Birchbox to have a different design each month now. I think I liked it more when they were special one offs. Let’s take a closer look at the samples.

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There were no repeats this month so I breathed a sigh of relief.
I don’t really see how the box has anything to do with Skinny Dip. There was an option to add a phone case to your box from the brand but I didn’t like it so didn’t take them up on the offer.
The booklet this month also has a voucher for £10 off on the website, use code BIRCHBOX at checkout.
The samples are all new to me so we’ll take them one by one.

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First up is easily my favourite product in the entire box. This body lotion from Beauty Protector smells just as gorgeous as every other sample I have ever received from them. I love slathering myself in it and I’m sad at how soon it will be gone.

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My second sample this month is from REN. The Wake Wonderful Night-time Facial is an overnight cream that contains glycolic and lactic acids, so its basically a gentle chemical exfoliant. There are plenty of brands out there offering similar products but I am a big fan of REN and this one is no exception. I think my face seems a little more refreshed after using it.

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Sample number three is Creme Aquaconfort from Delarom. This is supposedly a super nourishing cream, which is nice for winter. It smells fresh but a bit like plants, which is probably the aloe vera. It’s okay but I wouldn’t say it stands out as anything more than a decent moisturiser to me. It sinks in quite nicely so I’d be happy using it morning and evening.

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This mascara from So Susan is full sized which is a nice surprise. I was getting to the end of my last one so it’s come at a pretty good time. It’s okay. Not a patch on the benefit They’re Real mascara but I think I’ll use it all up before buying another one as once you open a mascara they have a pretty limited shelf life.

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Now this is a clever sample. It is an invisible lip liner from Lord & Berry. So now I can line my lips, regardless of what colour lipstick I plan to use. I think this is pretty nifty and I’m sure I’ll get a lot of use out of it as I like lipsticks for winter.

The final sample this month is some nail wraps from Rosa.

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These aren’t really my style but I would have given them a go except there are only 5 in the pack! There are labelled as accents so you obviously aren’t meant to do all your nails at once, but the problem with that is there are 5 different size ones, so you can’t even do the same finger on each hand. It’s totally stupid and pretty pointless. What a waste of a sample.

I know that’s a bit of a negative to end on but this wasn’t a terrible box, I would actually give it a 7/10 I think. But after all the disappointing boxes in the past few months, Birchbox needed to do a lot more to win me over. I haven’t uploaded my Glossybox review yet either but keep your eyes peeled for that!

Compared to Glossybox Birchbox still loses out this month so I really think it’s time to bite the bullet and cancel. My only concern is getting one more box to bump my points balance over 100 so I have an extra £10 to spend in the shop. So I may get December’s but then it really will be over for Birchbox.
It’s a shame as I’ve been with the for so long but I’m just not wowed by the boxes anymore.

Cesca X

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4 thoughts on “Birchbox UK review – November

    1. I am very impressed with the lip liner. It’s a genius idea, I don’t know why I haven’t bought one before!
      Yeah the nail wraps are not very well thought through. I think they might pull out all the stops for December but I’m going to see what the emails and previews hint at before I decide whether or not to quit.
      Thanks for reading! X

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