Birchbox March 2015 Contents and First Impressions

7th March 2015

For the Birchbox March 2015 box, Birchbox have teamed up with Habitat for a collaborative box with a “Do Try This at Home‘ theme. The box itself is so lovely, with a colourful watercolour effect.. I really love it when Birchbox have special boxes as I like to reuse the boxes for beauty storage. The March box* contains a promo code for 20% off Habitat, which may be useful if you’ve been planning on making an order.

Birchbox March 2015 Contents & First Impressions
Birchbox March 2015 Contents & First Impressions
 
This month, Birchbox have brought back their choose your own sample option again, and you can choose with Benefit Mascara sample you receive from; They’re Real, Roller Lash or BadGal Lash. The samples are 3ml each which may not sound like a lot, but the sample tubes always last me for at least a month with daily use so they’re a great way to try new mascaras.
 
Birchbox March 2015 Contents and First Impressions
 
The first item in my box is a 20ml tube of the Philip Kingsley Smooth Cream (worth £3.60) which claims to tame frizz and calm and define waves/curls to leave the hair shiny and under control.
 
The cream also contains sunscreen for UV protection, and is designed to prolong the life of coloured hair. The cream smells really lovely, with a lightweight consistency that really does well at smoothing any flyaways or pesky ‘baby hairs’ without weighing my hair down.
 
Birchbox March 2015 Contents and First Impressions
 
Next up is my Benefit Mascara sample of choice.. I opted for Roller Lash (worth £6) as I absolutely love it, and I reviewed it in full here. I have really short and straight lashes, but this is the only mascara I’ve ever tried that has wowed me. It gives such amazing length and definition, without any clumps and it doesn’t flake or smudge throughout the day – it really is my perfect mascara.
 
Birchbox March 2015 Contents and First Impressions
 
Next up is a tiny vial of the Catherine Malandrino Eau de Parfum. I’m really not a fan of receiving fragrance samples in monthly beauty boxes in the place of a product, as you can walk into any department store and get them for free… but that’s just my opinion.
 
As far as perfumes go, this is quite nice but it’s not particularly unique and the £50 price tag on the full size is a little eye watering.
 
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Then we have a 25ml sample of the Tan Organic Self Tanning Oil (worth £4.99). I don’t use any self tan of any kind so this sample is of no use to me sadly, but it will be a welcome addition for those who do enjoy fake tan.
 
It’s said to be a completely organic self tan, which develops without a nasty smell.. although I’m not sure you’d be able to do more than one leg with a sample of this size, but at least you can get a feel for the colour it gives.
 
Janjira Pomegranate and Acai Facial Scrub Cleanser
 
The last product in this month’s box is a 10ml sample of the Janjira Facial Scrub Cleanser (worth £2.80). This cleanser smells fruity, with quite a thick creamy consistency and it contains lots of small walnut shell granules which work to scrub the skin.
 
My skin is really sensitive and dry, so I did find this cleanser to be a little too drying and harsh as it left my skin feeling a little sore but I imagine it would be much better suited for those with oilier skin types.
 
Image of a small red notebook and a sample chapter of a book
 
Birchbox included two lifestyle extras in their Birchbox March 2015 box.. a cute, small red notebook with plain paper pages which will be great for my handbag. There is also a sample chapter of ‘A Perfect Heritage’ which is a novel that it said to have beauty as its backdrop. If you like this genre of book, it’s a nice way to try it before purchasing it.
 
Overall the Birchbox March 2015 box was worth £17.39 without counting the lifestyle extras (I never do), or the perfume sample. This month’s box is pretty low value wise compared to previous month’s boxes, but for me the value isn’t important as long as I enjoy the contents inside.
 
I don’t think this is one of Birchbox’s better boxes if I’m completely honest.. especially compared to last month’s amazing box, however this is just my opinion and I pride myself on being totally honest with every post I write on my blog. I’m excited to see what Birchbox have instore for April, as it is said to contain a Laura Mercier product..
 
What do you think to this month’s Birchbox March 2015 box?
 
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