15 March 2014

Lulu Guinness For Birchbox




As I put together this post tonight I can't help feel a bit of a hypocrite to be honest as for a while now I have pretty much snubbed beauty boxes. I've only ever tried one company in the past and after two boxes left me feeling rather unhappy I promptly unsubscribed and vowed I would never try one again. That was until I heard about the March edition of Birchbox; a special edition featuring UK fashion designer Lulu Guinness to produce a one off box that helps to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the brand.

Visually the box is really nice, it's clear to see the Lulu Guinness influence from the start what with the black and white stripes covering the box. In fact I have to say the box in general in terms of packaging is really nice, it left me quite impressed compared to my previous experience. Inside the box the products are all found inside a little cotton bag which is a nice little touch; overall the presentation certainly receives a thumbs up from me.

The contents of this box left me quite pleased I have to say which I do think is quite the statement for me to make as I've been quite critical of beauty boxes in the past. Alongside a little magazine of 'life lessons' from Lulu which is actually quite a nice little read there are also a few nice products to be found.  In my box I received a sample of the Benefit Stay Don't Stray which is a new release I believe from Benefit. I’m looking forward to trying this eye shadow primer out as my current one has gone walk about. With the full price retailing at £20.50 this is a great way to try this product without purchasing it at full price on a whim. There is also a sample of the Dr Brandt Pores No More which is actually quite expensive for the full price product, retailing at £39 I'm quite curious to see how this works for me.

The hand cream from Molton Brown is actually quite nice however this sample I’m afraid won’t last me very long. At £10 for the full size I’m curious to see what it is like, I do wonder if it will be able to replace my beloved L’Occitane. The fact that beauty boxes often contain samples of perfumes does somewhat irritate me as they can be easily obtained in Boots however the English Laundry Signature For Her Eau de Parfum is actually quite nice so I guess I can let this one slide.

Last but not least my two favourite things from the box have to be the Korres Citrus Body Milk and the stick of rock. As a huge fan of citrus scents and indeed Korres I'm quite confident that I will really enjoy using this particular product. As for the stick of rock what can I say, my sweet tooth is calling.

Overall I'm relatively happy with this box which is ultimately what I look for with something like this. In all honesty I wouldn't subscribe to something such as this on a monthly basis as I would prefer to wait to see what products were being sent out so that I could make a decision as to whether to order a one off box here and there throughout the year.

If you're interested in this particular box I'm able to refer a friend via this link. If you decide to follow that link and subscribe both you and I are credited with 50 points which is equivalent to £5 to spend at the Birchbox store.


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16 comments

  1. Although its not important i actually quite liked the packaging of this box, rather exciting I literally received identically to you :). Although I do love Birchbox I'm still thinking of cancelling mine £12 a month but £144 for a year! Just seems like a lot of money I guess... Hmm x

    http://subjectbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yay you got the same :) It is a lot of money, I personally wouldn't subscribe for a year. I purchased this as a one off xx

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    1. It's not a bad box to be fair :) xx

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  3. I would have been disappointed to receive these products.. I just don't think they're at all relevant to the Lulu Guinness theme except the box?! Plus they had Benefit in the box in January so it'd be nice to see more brands xx

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    1. I know what you mean in regards to them being related to Lulu, I thought that too. The products however are really nice and are an improvement on past boxes I have tried xx

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  4. Ooh the box is pretty! Looking forward to hearing what you think of Stay Don't Stray :)

    Jess xo

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    1. I will be sure to mention it soon :) thanks Jess xx

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  5. I know what you mean about beauty boxes, I'm often left disappointed too. I don't subscribe to any at the moment however I do pick up the Glamour ones from Latest in Beauty every now and then. I love the packaging of this Birchbox Lulu Guinness box and there looks to be a good selection of products, though I don't understand how it relates back to the designer other than the design of the box and the booklet? xo

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    1. The Glamour ones from Latest in Beauty are actually pretty good, I do like the look of those. I agree about them not being related, the only thing that was clearly was the stick of rock! xx

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  6. I've still never tried a beauty box and although the pretty packaging of the box makes me like it, I just wouldn't be sold on the contents! I don't think these boxes will ever be for me haha x

    Kirsty | Behind These Closed Eyes

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    1. I can agree with you Kirsty! I tried two boxes before I cancelled for a very long time and when I heard about this I was really sceptical but thought I would try it. I have to admit the box was ok and I do like the things that are in it but as a whole I would happily save the £12 and put it towards something I really want xx

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    1. Thanks Emma, I'm pleased that you like it xx

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  8. Lovely box! Would love to try the korres body milk myself. I am trying to decide whether to subscribe to birchbox or not!

    xo Sharon | undertheblush.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes the Korres product is probably the highlight for me :) xx

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