Beauty subscription box brand, Birchbox, has unveiled its latest collaboration, this month with Etsy. With ten incredibly talented Etsy sellers creating a collection of box illustrations, each one is a visual representation of their individual passions and creativity, including The Lovely Drawer, Nikki Strange, Lucy Says I Do, Hannah Richards Design, Ambers Textiles, Jade Fisher, Natalie Lea Owen, Holly Maguire UK and Constance & Clay.
The one which landed through my postbox was created by The Fox in the Attic, a brand which designs the most gorgeous baby rattles, cushions, prints and swaddle blankets.
If you’re not familiar with the Birchbox concept, subscribers are sent a box each month with five beauty, skincare, and makeup products – including both full-size and sample size products – after filling out their profile specifying their beauty preferences. The great thing about this concept is that it allows you to try new brands without investing in a product which may not suit your skin or lifestyle. Each month you’re billed £12.95 including P&P, and from your second box onwards, you can choose the first product of your box yourself, although I think the element of surprise is what draws me to the brand to begin with.
In the August box, which was kindly gifted to me to showcase the latest Etsy collaboration, I discovered some amazing brands. First of all, a new brand I wasn’t aware of called Dirty Little Secret, included a full-size eyeshadow/highlighter crayon in a champagne shade called Fetch. It has a really soft, creamy consistency and is the perfect wash of colour for a daytime makeup look.
There was also a melting lip powder from CLE Cosmetics, which, if I’m honest, wasn’t the right shade for me, but I loved the innovation behind this product. Transforming from a pigmented powder to a long-wearing tint on application, I actually found myself adding a tiny bit of this on the apples of my cheeks to give me that “just come from the gym” look, without actually having to work out. Always a blessing.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the Philosophy Purity 3-in-1 Cleanser included, especially for the price of the box. I’ve heard great things about this time-saving cleanser, which removes makeup, cleanses, tones, and lightly hydrates all in one step. You just have to massage a coin-sized dollop into damp skin, rinse away and there you have it.
Next up was Dr.Botanicals Pomegranate Superfood Regenerating Sleeping Mask. For me, this was the most disappointing product from the box as it made my skin so dry I couldn’t actually get to sleep. I suspect for it to really work on my skin, I needed to moisturise first, allow that to sink in and then sleep with this on. However, I do have dry cheeks now and again, so perhaps this wasn’t the right product for my skin type, which is something you wouldn’t experience as a paying customer because you’ll have already specified that in your profile.
Finally, the Rituals Happy Budha Foaming Shower Gel is the perfect addition to any shower. Infused with sweet orange and cedar, this gel transforms into a lathering foam and gave my skin a hydration that lasts. This, the Purity Cleanser, and the Dirty Little Secret eye cream are all products that I’d repurchase after trying them through Birchbox.
Alongside the Etsy collaboration, there’s also a chance of winning a Dr.Botanicals bundle worth £250! All you need to do is take a picture of your August Birchbox and beauty treats, share on Instagram and tag @BirchboxUK and your Etsy box designer, and use #BirchboxUK in your caption and make sure you’re following the brand.
Are you a fan of subscription boxes? Are there any products you already use here that you love? And before I go, do make sure you check out the Etsy designers in this collaboration – I’m a huge advocate of independent brands and these designers offer some amazing products, from babywear to illustrated cards and prints.