Last week, I had a very rare day to myself, so I braved the sub-zero temperatures and had a day in Manhattan. I could hardly feel my face, but its very rare these days that I get a day to myself without my son, so I wrapped up and headed out. I spent most of the day in Soho, which is just the nicest area to stroll around without an agenda. There are so many beautiful designer shops, but it is also home to a lot of beauty brands such as Nars, Bite Beauty, Bliss, Aesop, Space NK and the place that I have been dying to visit, Birchbox!
Birchbox is famous for their beauty subscription beauty boxes, but their flagship store in NYC is host to an amazing selection of beauty brands that I was so excited to see including Jouer, The Balm, Laura Geller, Liz Earle and Caudalie to name but a few! It is a gorgeous shop to stroll around, test products at their ‘Try Bar’, and you can even book to have your makeup, hair or nails done there, it literally is a beauty lovers mecca!
The best part for me though was the Build Your Own Box (BYOB) section at the back of the store, where you get to select five trial size products (one from each category of fragrance, body & nails, skincare, hair and make up), all for only $15 which I think is outstanding value for the size of the products you receive. Scroll down to see what I selected!
I think I selected some great products to try out, which are worth much more than the price I payed. I chose the following products and have listed their relative value to let you see what a great deal this box is!
Macadamia Flawless Cleansing Conditioner (Value $15)
A conditioner that cleanses your hair at the same time is something I have never tried before so am both intrigued and excited to try this one!
Laura Mercier Tone Perfecting Eye Gel Creme (Value $20)
I always gravitate toward eye creams when they are on offer to sample. They are generally quite expensive to buy and I am not too loyal to a specific brand so like to try them out. Laura Mercier products are amazing and this generous sample will last me a while!
Atelier Cologne in Orange Sanguine (Value $3)
This was the nicest of the fragrances available which, as the name suggests, smells just like oranges! Atelier Cologne is a brand that I have only recently come across but they make beautiful colognes.
Make Blush in Geisha (Value $25)
When I selected this product, I had never heard of the brand Make, it just looked a pretty color to me and a generous size. It is actually a full sized blush which is a soft pink with peach undertones, so for me a great choice!
Tocca Grapefruit & Cucumber Handcream (Value $6)
Mini hand creams are great to pop in your handbag, and are definitely much needed in my current climate so thought I would get a lot of use out of this.
The combined total of all these products is approximately $69 so I am delighted with the products I chose. They change the products each month, so I shall definitely be visiting again to try some more amazing products.
If you are visiting NYC, I would highly recommend this experience, the staff were all very knowledgable and friendly and they were even giving away free candy on the day I visited, amazing! Birchbox is located at 433 West Broadway, Soho, NYC.
Come and join me!