You are here :

The Best of Birchbox: Our 2018 Round-Up

With 2019 fast approaching, we thought there was no better time to look back over the past 12 months at some of our highlights…

JANUARY – HOW TO CURATE A CAPSULE BEAUTY WARDROBE

A capsule wardrobe — a concept created by London-based boutique owner Susie Faux in the ’70s — is the idea of having an arsenal of evergreen essentials in your wardrobe that can be supplemented with more on-trend, seasonal pieces. Using the core concept of a capsule wardrobe to create your perfect collection of beauty products can free up space, time, and, not to mention, save you cash. Whether you’re not sure where to start or simply need to slash your stash, we laid out how to create your own capsule beauty wardrobe back in January.

FEBRUARY – BEAUTY THROUGH THE DECADES

In February we threw it back to the beauty of bygone eras to celebrate our favourite timeless trends and reminisce about some more experimental looks. Beauty is all about mixing up the new with the classic and – most importantly – having fun! So, we recreated 3 iconic looks from the 70s, 80s, and 90s with our gorgeous PR & Partnerships Director, Rachel…

MARCH – THE 4 SKINCARE BASICS THAT SHOULD DEFINITELY BE IN YOUR ROUTINE

We get it: skincare shopping can be seriously stressful (say that five times fast). With seemingly hundreds of different categories and endless amounts of options in each, how are you to know what products you really need? And, more importantly, how to use them? Don’t worry, we’ve got you! In March we put together this convenient guide that breaks it all down with the basics. Discover the four products that are the foundation of any good skincare routine — plus helpful info about how to use each one — and of course, some great product suggestions. Prepare for utter complexion clarity.

APRIL – HOW TO UPCYCLE YOUR BIRCHBOXES

Here at Birchbox, we’re big fans of recycling – and we’re not just talking about separating glass from plastic before it goes in the bin. We’re always on the lookout for ways to re-use our monthly Birchboxes so, in April, we took to Facebook to ask you – our amazing customers – what you do with yours. Turns out, Birchboxers are a creative bunch! Here are some our favourite ways you’ve been repurposing your old boxes.

MAY – GET THE LOOK: MEGHAN MARKLE WEDDING MAKE-UP

In May, over two billion people tuned in worldwide to watch Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tie the knot in Windsor. Nailing that coveted lit-from-within bridal glow, Meghan opted for understated yet beautifully radiant make-up that wasn’t a far cry from her usual look. Here we shared our top tips for recreating Meghan’s look for your own Big Day.

JUNE – YOUR GUIDE TO COMMUTE-PROOF MAKE-UP

The summer commute often involves sweaty tube journeys, fights for seats on the train, and battling rush hour traffic on the roads. It’s safe to say that a stressful and lengthy journey can leave your make-up looking less than perfect before you’ve even started the day. Whilst you might think summer + a sweaty commute = inevitably ruined make-up, there are plenty of simple and fuss-free tips to ensure your make-up application stays looking as perfect as it does from the first dab of foundation or swipe of mascara in the morning, right until 6pm rolls around!

JULY – THE BEST BEAUTY SECRETS FROM MEGHAN MARKLE

Meghan Markle makes another appearance for 2018 with this round-up of her best beauty secrets that we first published in October 2014. As we’re forever obsessing over her hair and make-up, we asked the lady herself to share a few of the tips she’s picked up on set for getting that gorgeous, polished look she’s known for on-screen and off.

AUGUST – WHAT EVEN IS A LIP POWDER?

Lip powders are new to us too but, don’t worry, in August we wanted to show you that they’re not as scary as you may think! Hailing from Korea, they’re a new type of make-up technology that’s taking the beauty world by storm. Here at Birchbox we aren’t one to jump on the beauty trend bandwagon but, with some of you received one inside your August Birchbox, we thought it was the perfect time to reveal exactly what makes lip powder such a worthwhile addition to your make-up bag.

SEPTEMBER – 5 GENIUS LAST-MINUTE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

In September we were prepping early for Halloween with some of the best get-ups that can be thrown together with a little make-up and a few carefully chosen items of clothing. Here’s how to morph into a certain dark goddess of pop or your favourite “mean girl” just by digging through your cosmetics bag and chest of drawers. (Bookmark this one for next year!)

OCTOBER – HOW TO CHECK YOUR BOOBS

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so, in honour of this amazing cause, we revisited our 2017 partnership with CoppaFeel! to raise awareness. Education is at the heart of everything that CoppaFeel! do and we want to spread their message on the importance of getting to know your boobs throughout the month. Here’s exactly what you should be looking and feeling for when you lather up…

NOVEMBER – YOUR FOOLPROOF GUIDE TO PARTY SEASON SHIMMER

November’s arrival meant one thing in the world of beauty – party season! The longer nights mean more evening drinks with friends, cosy catch-ups with family, and the start of a whole lotta sparkle and shine. To mark the occasion, we included a Manna Kadar Cosmetics Diamond Dust Roller Shadow in every November box this month and showed you how to use it to shimmer all month long.

DECEMBER – HOW TO LAYER YOUR MASCARAS FOR THE BEST LASHES EVER

Finally, for most people, mascara is the one constant in their make-up routines. Statement lips have a supporting role and smokey eyes might make a cameo but swiping something onto your lashes is a must. Some volumise but skimp on length while others might extend your lashes but not curl so, to get the best of all worlds, why not try layering your formulas? In December, Benefit’s Jose Rivera showed us how to create two lash cocktails using three of the brand’s most popular mascaras.