Ah Birchbox, that little breath of fresh air I’d receive every month. How I loved discovering new products and testing out new shades that I wouldn’t dream of buying, but since I was paying for them and not wanting them to just go to waste, I persevered and swatched. I even found my love for a good smoky eye through this service.

However, lately I haven’t been their biggest fan. In every box I’ve received there’s been next to no actual beauty products besides the odd awful shade lipstick and liquid eyeliner.. that I don’t wear. Obviously It’s a service that introduces you to skincare too, which I first thought was a bonus, but when you’re receiving majorly body moisturisers and cleansers almost every month with no makeup samples it gets tiring. Most of the products I seem to be wasting money on are sat gathering dust still in their boxes stacked up on my dressing table. Like hello? I’m literally set for life with cleansers and bath oils Birchbox, help a gal out here!

So, last month I received the email that we were going to be receiving our very own Millie Mackintosh’s signature lipstick in collaboration with the brand Loc, so, out of sheer curiosity, I said to myself I’d wait out cancelling and see if this box is going to be the dealbreaker for me. Surprise surprise the lipstick was, in my opinion, pretty dreadful. A sticky crayon formula in the most unflattering Barbie pink shade I’ve ever had the honour of trying. As if that wasn’t enough, the next best product was yet … wait for it.. another Barbie pink shade of nail polish, sigh.

I’ve made the decision to spend my well earned review points (on products that I’ve never even received in my birchbox ironically) and get the hell outta there. I’ve just heard they’re planning on cancelling the review points too so I’m glad I’ve made this decision at the right time. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll miss the excitement of receiving a pretty parcel every month, but I won’t miss the disappointing products waiting inside for me, sorry Birchbox.. it’s a no from me. Does anyone recommend another beauty box service that actually gets it right from time to time? let me know your suggestions! Thanks for reading x



  1. August 3, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    Michelle Phan's subscription box is meant tl be amazing but I think there's a super long waiting list noooo xx
    Morgan |

  2. August 3, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    Michelle Phan's subscription box is meant tl be amazing but I think there's a super long waiting list noooo xx
    Morgan |

  3. August 3, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    I usually only buy beauty boxes when I can see what's in them! The Latest in Beauty ones are great and I sometimes wait and see a few reviews on the Look Fantastic monthly ones before deciding to buy! Also just got a fab one off QVC called TILI (try it love it)!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  4. August 4, 2016 / 3:44 am

    I totally understand your feelings. I tried Birchbox, Ipsy, & now Play! by Sephora. Everything is always so hit & miss. That pineapple packaging is adorable though. :]

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    • August 7, 2016 / 4:48 pm

      Exactly! They aren't really worth it anymore xxx

  5. August 7, 2016 / 4:23 pm

    Thats so annying! I hate those barbie type shades too! I've never tried a beauty box but I have heard good things about Glossy Box and also that one that packs in lots of American brands? The name isnt coming to me atm sorry!

    Eb x


    • August 7, 2016 / 4:49 pm

      Thanks Eboni, I'll have to keep my eyes out! Xxx

  6. August 7, 2016 / 5:40 pm

    I've never tried birchbox, and although the packaging in this photo looks lush, it doesn't sound like it's for me. the post was very eloquent xx

  7. August 11, 2016 / 7:41 am

    This exact same thing happened to me with Glossybox. They were sending me cheap face wipes and foul nail polishes, as well as cellulite scrub! I agree – I really miss the monthly parcels but they were becoming such a waste of money 🙁

  8. August 12, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    Ive always loved Birchbox, but now you can no longer receive points from reviewing the products in your box, so is it even worth it? I'm on the fence and I'm not quite sure about where I stand!

    Abby Talks

  9. August 12, 2016 / 11:06 pm

    I couldn't agree more! I use to love Birchbox but unsubscribed a few months ago. I mean why spend $120 every year on products you don't want. Instead of paying for samples you can get free ones at Sephora and use the extra money to buy a full sized item of something you'll love!

     – Sierra Berry ♥ @itsberrystylish  

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