Beauty through the letterbox.



A N   O D E   T O   B I R C H B O X

I remember when I first started blogging (back in 2012), beauty boxes were The Thing To Blog About. As a then-newbie lifestyle blogger in a UK market populated by beauty and fashion blogs, I never felt like these monthly beauty subscription boxes (GlossyBox, and the like) were something that I should really go out of my way to cover.

Not to mention the fact that back then I had absolutely ZERO interest in beauty as a whole, and wouldn’t have been able to muster up the faintest scrap of enthusiasm for the concept!

However, my 2016 self is a very different person. Being part of the blogging industry for almost four years (FOUR! That’s madness…) has given me a real love for all things beauty and skincare related, and whilst I still consider myself a total dunce on the subject, I’m always so interested in testing new products, finding myself the perfect skincare routine, and perfecting the art of creating a beautiful day-to-day makeup look.


Over the past year or so I’ve come to know Birchbox pretty well (after having been to a couple of their always-chic and well put together events), and have been lucky enough to have their beauty boxes arrive on my doorstep for the past few months.

I realised the other day that it was probably about time I wrote a little review here about how much I’ve come to enjoy these lovely boxes, after I realised that I now owe half the products in my beauty and skincare regime to discoveries made thanks to Birchbox!


This month’s box is a collaboration between Birchbox and the Rifle Paper Co, which has resulted in the prettiest floral print box that I just know I’ll be keeping hold of in the interests of storage and organisation.

The products featured are a lovely teatree-scented foot cream, Benefit’s Dew the Hoola (a new liquid form of their classic bronzer- I cannot WAIT to test this out!), a moisturising under-eye concealer, detangling spray (always a Godsend for me), and an eyeliner than looks to be 1000x creamier and more pigmented than the L’Oreal one I’m currently using up.

I tend not to test all the products in one go, and instead usually pop them all into the ‘samples’ draw of my desk in the front bedroom (a.k.a. the nursery-to-be, eeek!) and then dip into it whenever I’m in need of a new moisturiser/face mask/hair smoothing spray/etc. etc.


So many of the products I use on a daily basis now have come via these boxes- Benefit’s Roller Lash (the BEST mascara I’ve ever used), Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre moisturiser, Penhaligon’s Iris Prima perfume (I wore this on my wedding day, and just adore it), ModelCo brow gel, and so many more besides.

Even Jason’s fallen in love with This Work’s Deep Sleep plus spray, and recently treated himself to the full size version!

So, whilst I might be four years late on the whole idea of giving monthly subsciption boxes some airtime, please consider Birchbox officially ‘shouted out’ here on CwR!

Oh, and I feel like I need to make a little disclaimer here that though the boxes I receive are sent to me as a press sample, I’m in no way being asked or incentivised to write about Birchbox on my blog! Enthusiasm for all things beauty-by-post 100% author’s own…

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  • emily couture

    This beautybox looks amazing :)

    emily xx

  • Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    I’ve never tried Birchbox, but I’ve heard such good things about it, and this box looks truly lovely! I tend to adore anything Rifle Paper Co! xxx

  • Charlotte J

    I love the photo with the eye liner scribble on the petal! What a cool idea! I used to get Glossy Box and loved it, haven’t tried Birchbox though which I may have to. xx

  • Ella

    I love Rollerlash!

    Ella xx

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  • CherryPickr

    Looks very cool and pretty. Good concept. Which one was your fav?

  • Melodie | Happy Melodie Blog

    That packaging is dreamy!! They sure know how to make things pretty! I had to unsuscribed since i started using only organic and cruelty free products, but gosh i miss it!! Thanks for the revival darling Rosie! ;) Oh and the Deep Sleep Spray? I got it for Davy in the tiny size too, to see if it would improve his sleep and he’s addicted since! I’m pretty sure the full size will be delivered soon to my door! Guys do love a good night of sleep i guess! Haha!

  • Tessa

    I love the design of months box, Rifle Paper Co can do no wrong! I’ve never signed up to a beauty box before, but was really considering signing up to Birchbox to receive this one!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  • Sophie Blumenthal

    That box is so pretty!

    Sophie x

  • Cate Cruse

    I do love Birchbox. I keep cancelling but then re signing up again when I read the reviews! Haha x

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  • Aleksandra // bunniesaremagic

    I am currently obsessed with My Little Box, but that does feed more into my non-beauty side :)

  • http://www.duedatediaries.COM Shannon

    Look at this beauty! I’ve never been a into the beauty boxes hence never knowing what I might get but what you received is straight up my alley!


  • Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    The box is SO beautiful!! Rifle Paper Co, no wonder :P Of the products, I think I’d make the most use out of the undereye concealer :P -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Laura

    I have just cancelled one subscription box (it was great every month but getting a bit similar) but I’m thinking of going for a proper beauty box so this helps! They are such a great way to discover new products that I’d never have found on my own!

    Laura xx | Loved By Laura

  • Kayleigh

    What a lovely set! The detangling spray sounds like it would be useful, especially in these warmer months! Lovely box design too :)
    Kayleigh |

  • woodenwindowsills

    That box is a beauty! I have never tried a subscription box yet, and like you initially, I’m not actually that bothered by beauty products and my skin care routine consists of me washing my face in the shower and moisturising it if it feels a little dry. Shock horror I know! I do love the idea of getting into it more, and being a blogger definitely makes you more aware of everything that’s out there! Alice xx

  • Peta

    Ooooh it looks so wonderful, I’ve never had a subscription box but I must admit your post is really pushing me towards trying one. Especially one that is so lovely like this one. :) I let out a little excited Eeeee! when I read the nursery part. xx

  • Betty

    I’m a beauty box virgin but this looks so so pretty and feminine! And the products look really great actually, I could be tempted…
    Betty x

    The Betty Stamp

  • Eline Punt

    I’m a bit sad that these don’t ship to the Netherlands. The products look beautiful. I love trying out new products.
    Xx Eline

  • Oyster and Pearl Jewellery

    I’d be happy to receive an empty box! Very pretty

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