Birchbox UK Subscription Box Review + Coupon – November 2017

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Birchbox UK is the UK’s no. 1 beauty box, delivering 5 personalised products each month to suit your skin, hair and style. When subscribing you create a profile of your beauty preferences, ensuring the box contents jibe with your look and beauty routine.

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November’s Birchbox has been created in partnership with Vogue. Subscribers were able to choose from two different Birchbox x Vogue box designs. I went with the pink and red design, rather than the graphic white, black and gold box. I’m happy with my choice, it’s a pretty box!

DEAL: Currently using this link will get you 50% off your first box.

All the products in this month’s box are in the Vogue 100 Beauty Hall of Fame – those are Vogue’s picks for the 100 greatest beauty products of all time.

My 5 beauty treats!

Every month, an insert provides more details about each item.

Benefit Hoola (RRP £24.50) is a much-loved pure matte bronzer, which creates a subtle sun-kissed look without any shimmer.

I think this is best suited for people with pale skin tones. I have a bit of a tan at the moment so this didn’t make much of an impact. It had a similar effect to a powder concealer. I know the USP for this product is the lack of sparkle, but personally I prefer a darker bronzer with some shimmer, otherwise what’s the point?

Percy & Reed Smoothed, Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil (RRP £14) is a nourishing hair treatment with ProVitamin B5 and violet extract. I was so happy to see a Percy & Reed product in this box, as I use them regularly (in particular their hydrating mask, which is amazing for dry locks). This met with my expectations by nourishing and taming my hair before I applied my usual styling product.

James Read Gradual Tan Sleep Mask Tan Face (RRP £25) is a clear gel which gives your face a sun-kissed look overnight. I am super impressed by high quickly this worked – just one light application made my skin noticeably darker. Of all the overnight self-tan products I have tried, this one yields the quickest results, plus it is potent enough that you wouldn’t need to use it more than twice a week. A word of caution: take care to blend the gel evenly into your skin. I got a bit lazy with this and woke to find two big orange streaks on my neck in the morning! Although this works really well, I prefer a cream type product, as the gel formula made my skin feel dry.

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat (RRP £9) is a fast-drying top coat that penetrates through polish to form a long-lasting seal. This stuff is durable, but it does contain some pretty harsh chemicals, so if that is something you are concerned about then I wouldn’t recommend this.

This month, every box includes a must-have Birchbox beauty tool. I received a Brush Cleaner (RRP £5), which worked wonders on my old make-up brushes. I just applied a bit of soap and swirled my brushes over the ridges and grooves, instantly removing all that built-up makeup residue. I am so pleased with how well this worked to gently and thoroughly clean my brushes. I will be using it again and again to keep my kit in good shape.

November’s Birchbox box includes some nice treats – the brush cleaner was a cool surprise and I am always in the market for another Percy & Reed product. Despite being in the Vogue 100, the bronzer and overnight tan weren’t well-suited for me, but they may be perfect for others. Hits and misses this month, but overall a fun box to explore.

What’s your favorite item this month?

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  • Kathy

    Did you skip reviewing the brush that’s seen in the third photo?

    • Erin

      Hi Kathy, I received the brush as a free gift for referring a friend to Birchbox last month. It’s a Spectrum A04 tapered brush – it’s super soft and I’m really pleased with it!

  • Valerie

    Those brush cleaner mats are game changers. I have the Sigma one and it’s a lifesaver.