Birchbox UK Review - Subscription Radar

Birchbox UK Review

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Our Birchbox UK Review takes a closer look into the quality and value of Birchbox to see why it has rapidly become one of the UK's leading beauty subscription boxes as part of our running feature into finding the best beauty boxes in the UK.

What is BirchBox UK?

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BirchBox Founders Hayley Barna and Fatia Beauchamp

Founded in 2010 by Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp from Harvard Business School, Birchbox launched in New York and became one of the biggest selling subscription boxes in the US. Birchbox now boast to have shipped over 5 Million Birchboxes worldwide.

Birchbox UK has now rapidly become the UK's most recognised beauty subscription box. This success has enabled Birchbox to strike deals with some of the leading beauty brands, including Liz Earle, Benefit, Bliss, Stila and many more.

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This has allowed Birchbox to offer one of the best ranges and variety of high quality beauty items for their monthly subscribers.

How Much is BirchBox​?

Birchbox starts at £12.95 per month, which includes postage and packaging. Once you've tried Birchbox for a few months then you can save a little by paying upfront for a longer subscription for example 3, 6 and 12 months can bring the per box price down to around £11.28.

What's in the BirchBox?

Birchbox deliver 5 luxury beauty products direct to your door each month with a mix of sample sized and full sized beauty products. Birchbox are fully aware that some of you enjoy the surprise of having a mystery box of items delivered whilst some of you prefer to know beforehand and have the control of selecting various options based on your preferences. To cater for this Birchbox offer two options each month : A guest stylist box where all 5 items are set and revealed or the Birchbox Surprise Theme.

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​If you don't like surprises, there still the option of viewing the range of items that your Surprise Birchbox may include , so at least you can decide wether to opt-in for the Guest Stylist Fixed Item Birchbox or wait to see what your lucky dip surprise box gives you. The option to select your chosen box is sent to you after signing up or regular monthly subscribers receive a confirmation email each month inviting them to select an option if they wish or leave for a complete surprise.

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​The October 2015 guest stylist box option was curated by Associate Editor of Beauty for Stylist Magazine, Joanna McGarry. Joanne handpicked her current top 5 favourite beauty items including a Full Sized 100% Pure Lips Glaze and a Korean Sheet Mask.

Alternatively the Birchbox Mystery Theme in October was titled Back to Basics and for those wanting a sneak peek the website revealed a collection of products for this box including :

​Eyeko - Fat Liquid Eyeliner - Full Size :  RRP : £12

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​An easy-to-handle chubby pen for big and bold lines and long-lasting colour. A smudge-proof finish with conditioning Algae Extract in this popular eyeliner from Eyeko who boast  Jennifer Lawrence and Gemma Arterton amongst their famous customers. 

BioDerma Sensibio H20 - Cleanse & Make-Up Remover - RRP : £6.99

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One of the most popular cleansing waters around Sensibio H2O is the 1st and only dermatological micellar water perfectly compatible with the skin from leading skincare provider BioDerma.

Seche Vite Nail Polish - Full Size - RRP : £9.49

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Best Beauty Buys 2013: Best Top Coat. "I've used this on everyone from Kylie to Daisy Lowe," says nail expert Nichola Joss. Super-shiny nails that last the distance: what's not to love? "Glossy nails never go out of fashion, so you should see this as an investment."

English Laundry by No.7 Exclusive for Birchbox - Sample Size

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Long known for his line of men’s scents, Christopher Wick of English Laundry tweaked his No. 7 blend exclusively just for the ladies of BirchBox. Bright and fruity, the result is both flirty and fun, grounded with alluring hints of masculine musk. A sample size included in BirchBox with with full 50ml RRP at £60

Parlour Moisturising Sea Salt Spray - Sample Size

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Create that cool beach look with your hair using this conditioning sea salt hair that uses rich algae extract to nourish and protect the scalp. Another exclusive BirchBox item designed by NYC stylist Jeff Chastain. Full size RRP  : £17

Overall Verdict​

Birchbox is a great way to treat yourself to some of the most talked about beauty products on the market without the hassle of shopping around on the high street yourself. As with the most beauty boxes the majority of the items are often sample size, however Birchbox differ in that they do also include full sized items particularly on the Eye Liner and Nail Polish products.

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In addition to including leading big brand items, Birchbox also include items that have been created exclusively for Birchbox, allowing you to receive a good balance of fashionable items and hard to find limited edition items that your envious friends wont find on the high street.

​Overall the value of Birchbox is excellent as you would struggle to find the individual items cheaper yourself, even with the sample sizes we calculated the RRP of our box to be around £30 which is a bargain for the £12.95 you pay, factor in the time saved and the magic of having a box delivered in high quality gorgeous packaging makes the Birchbox a fantastic monthly experience and one of our favourite beauty box subscriptions.

About the author

Ellie T

Singer in the Dreamettes Motown and Soul Band, Musical Performance Teacher for Schools & Youth Groups. Mother of 2, Wife of 1. Love Beauty Boxes and Fun stuff for the kids.