Hey guys! Today I wanted to talk about my favorite monthly mailbox surprise, which is Birchbox! Probably around a year ago, they sent me a box to review on my blog and I loved the products and the whole concept so much that I ended up subscribing to it for myself. I've been receiving these boxes ever since, however I did cancel the service during summer, while I was not in the UK. The deliveries are international, but I find it easier just to pause it, rather than change the address etc.
The box costs £10/month, with a £2.95 shipping charge in the UK, which isn't that much considering it is only a monthly payment (they do offer better deals if you sign up for 6 or 12 months, though). Before I started eating vegan food, that's how much I would spend in 2 days at Pret A Manger on my lunch breaks, haha. Each month you get 5-6 samples, one of them being a fully sized product (so you get a lot more than you pay for). This month for Valentines day they actually surprised us with 2 fully sized products - The London Butterflies Body Soufflé costs £37, whereas the Wild About Beauty Golden Skin Glow is £21. Not bad for a £10 box, right? For each box you receive, you gain 12 points and once you have received your box, you have a chance to complete product feedback surveys, which will give you even more points (for example this month I got 35 extra points just from this). I love this points system, because once you accumulate 100 points (£10 worth), you get to spend them on their webshop, which I have already done several times. If you subscribe to Birchbox via this link, you will automatically get additional 50 points, by the way!
What I got this month: The Chia Co. Oats + Chia in Mixed Berry flavour, theBalm cosmetics Stainiac in the shade Beauty Queen, Liz Earle Botanical Shine Shampoo, London Butterflies Body Butter Soufflé (in British Tundra Berries & Meadowsweet), Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum, and finally Wild About Beauty Golden Skin Glow.
A fun surprise is that next month we can choose our own Benefit product from a choice of 3 mascaras (BADgal Lash Mascara, They're Real! mascara and Roller Lash Mascara). I opted for the Roller Lash Mascara as that is their newest product and I'm eager to try it!
Oddly enough, one of my fave products in this months box was not a beauty item, but rather The Chia Co mixed berry sample! I had this for breakfast the next day (simply pour it in a bowl, add hot water) and it was absolutely delicious. It's always a delight to find something that will speed up the cooking process (especially in the morning before work) and is vegan too!!!
Overall, I absolutely loved this months box. The sample sizes were really good and the products were matched to my taste (you have to complete a beauty profile when you sign up). I'm still testing all the products, but so far I absolutely love them! I was also really happy to be surprised by getting two fully sized products this month because of Valentine's day!