Birchbox is on tour! Having missed it in London, and then Manchester Exchange I finally caught up with the Selfridges pop-up tour in the Trafford Centre and got my hands on a box of goodies.
The Birchbox at Selfridges tour has been making its way around the country allowing subscribers and non-subscribers alike to handpick six beauty treats for just £15, so having made my way to the Trafford centre on a rare day off I got a box, and started choosing.
The ladies on the counter were ever so attentive, recommending products from the choices, and giving tips on my picks. As I already subscribe to Birchbox she said I could have my choice of any of the items, rather than having to pick one from each section, as subscribers had been saying they already had quite a few of the products on offer. When I paid she even generously popped in a few perfume samples, not that I need any encouragement to buy another perfume.
I took a good long while to choose my items, being a little overwhelmed by the choice and unsure as to which to go for. The first item in my box was Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliator, as you may know from previous posts I look for products with Salicylic Acid, as it promises to tame breakouts. My face is a bit of a mess at the moment and I had a big work event at the end of last month so I was up for trying anything.
I’d missed out on getting This Works in my March Birchbox so I was really pleased to see the sleep sprays available at the pop-up, I made sure I picked up the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. Ola Henrikson’s Truth Serum Collagen Booster promises to smooth lines and plump skin, sold on the uplifting citrus scent I popped it in my box.
I also opted for two lip products choosing Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Nectar and Eve Lom Kiss Mix. Even if I’m not getting much better at maintaining a makeup regime each morning I’ll always apply lip balm or something such throughout the day. To finish off the box I went for Philip B Lightweight Deep Conditioning Crème Rinse which promises to seal split ends and add shine.
I probably didn’t choose as wisely as perhaps I could, having ended up with three items from the skincare section, leading to quite an unbalanced box, though I think I am happy with my choices. I have quite a few mascaras and eye liners so actually think it was smart not to pick one of these. Like a normal Birchbox I also got a little booklet with information about each item and advice on how to use it, which for me, is a godsend.
I’m looking forward to using everything I have, I think I might have to switch out my Lancôme Juicy Shaker that now seems to be a permanent fixture in my Barbour’s pockets for the Eve Lom or Laura Mercier, and I’ll be putting the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray straight to work.
The box design isn’t my favourite of those I have seen on Instagram, there’s a beautiful geometric pink one or an absolutely stunning stars edition from when the tour started in Selfridges London. It has a yellow base and then a geometric pattern with splashes of yellow and pink. I guess the yellow is to match the colour of Selfridges, but then the blue drawstring bag inside doesn’t match, perhaps though, that is me being a little fussy.
My box cost £15 but the Eve Lom Kiss Miss, which is full size sells at £16 on its own, so I think makes the box pretty astounding value.
There was a code in the box for new subscribers to use to get their first box for £5 + delivery, which is really good but it would be nice to see a treat or reward for subscribers who visit the pop-ups, maybe an extra item or an exclusive treat. Remember if you want to sign up use my refer a friend code on this link and you’ll get £5 worth of points to spend in their online store.
I don’t know where the tour will take Birchbox next as I haven’t seen anywhere announced but if it comes to a Selfridges near you I would strongly recommend visiting. It’s really good value, and beneficial if you want to try a few of the few luxe items without the price tag.