For those who read my blog often, you will know that I am subscribed to Birchbox and upload blog posts to show you what I have received in the Birchbox for that month.
After 11 months as a subscriber, this month I decided to unsubscribe and wanted to share with you why.
My reason for joining Birchbox was that I wanted to discover new products that I wouldn’t normally think to buy myself either by known brands or by brands that I haven’t heard of.
Over the last 11 months I have certainly discovered some great products that I’ve really enjoyed using (such as the Benefit’s Hoola bronzer and the Baïja Paris Caramelised Honey Body Scrub) and others that I haven’t used at all or used again (such as the Manna Kadar blush from one of my earlier boxes – I’ve actually received another very similar product by Manna Kadar in this months Birchbox too).
There’s various reasons for not using all the products one of them being that I now have so many that I can’t get through them all (in addition to the products I buy myself)!
I’ve also found that some of the products are starting to become a little repetitive, for example, I’ve received similar Manna Kadar and Balance Me products; so the novelty of different products and brands is starting to wear off a little.
That said I have been relatively please thus far and do believe this is a good way to discover new products but only for a certain period of time.
The pros of joining a subscription like this are –
- Trying new products (over the course of a few months)
- The actual boxes that the products come in (from Birchbox) are beautiful – it was actually one of the things I looked forward to! I’ve kept the boxes and keep my makeup in them
- It’s easy! There’s a few different packages that you can choose from and they deliver to you (or to my Doddle in my case!) so there are no hassles
- Birchbox’s overall tone and branding is fun and upbeat
The cons (for me anyway!)
- The products soon enough become a little repetitive
- You might not get the right shade every time (this would be hard to achieve for this sort of subscription though, which delivers products in bulk given the various skin tones of humans!)
- The products sometimes are quite small in size and I like to try something a few times to know if it really works and does what it says on the tin before I make my mind up and decide whether or not to purchase it in full size. I hear some other subscription boxes similar to Birchbox offer more fuller sized products for similar costs as this.
Have any of you experienced the same with a beauty subscription box? Let me know your thoughts – or perhaps there’s another subscription that you would recommend…?
Let me know in the comments below!