Birchbox 3 Months On

Subscription boxes are a weird niche, they're a nice little pick me up each month tailored to you. For me, I've always wanted to try these and for the past three months, I've been subscribed to Birchbox. Each month I've received a bunch of products and I've given my verdict on them. I thought I would review the whole service after three months of purchasing and share my loves from the boxes and the ones you could definitely miss out on. 

The boxes overall have been good, there hasn't been any in which I haven't been disappointed. The service offers boxes tailored to you, after filling out a quick questionnaire it helps to tailor the products to you. What I've found throughout the boxes is it's normally 1 or 2 products that you will receive that might be different to what other people receive. This means there isn't that much personalisation around the box and what you get. 

However, I feel like the products in there, for the most part, are tailore…

What's Wrong With Putting on Weight

If you’re a blogger, influencer, or just anyone that uses social media you would have come across weight loss products, even on the high street they’re advertised as a quick-fire way towards a “better” you. I can’t even begin to count the number of emails I have had asking me to promote and review them. And my answer to that is straight up NO. But for a few more reasons than you’d probably think. The weight loss industry banks on us not feeling confident and happy in our body, and before anyone says no am not against being healthy and looking and feeling great. But I am against people having to drink teas that taste horrible and using fad diets to get to some idealised reality built around everyone else. Dieting is a touchy subject but we’re gonna go all over today and just get into detail.

Each diet no matter what it is focused on this whole finding a “better” you and you know what. When you sit back and think about that, it’s bad to try and sell someone a new version of themselves. It insinuates you aren’t at your best at the moment and that’s not the inspiration anyone needs. No matter what the diet is, they all aim to get you there quick. Probably because if you’re on it for long enough you’ll realise it’s a bad and dangerous idea that pushes you to a point you could have reached gradually in a more healthy way, plus with any dieting strategy it isn’t sustainable and you will just hit a big wall part way through where it stops working. I’m not here to support dieting to these extremes, I understand some diets work for some people but I think everyone has to go into these at least with the realisation that the results won’t always last and the effect wears off, bit like a cheap tattoo you would get out of the machines as a kid, looks sick for a bit but it goes and disappears in a short space of time.

The main issue with dieting or anything relating to body and fitness is the lack of support for gaining or maintaining weight, walk down the high street and pop into a few fitness and wellness shops and you tell me how many weight loss things you find compared to weight gain/ maintaining products. There’s barely any, nor is there is much encouragement about gaining or maintaining weight. It’s upsetting the number of businesses that strive and succeed in people wanting to lose weight, which if somebody wants to lose weight then that’s fine. But where’s the normalisation and encouragement for people that don’t and would rather gain weight? You don’t see anything like this advertised through the media.

The other day, I was listening to a podcast about weight and a few of them expressed their want to lose weight, which is totally fine. But when one of them responded that they actually wanted to gain weight, the conversation was cut and someone introduced a new topic. It’s disheartening to see that nobody wants to talk or really normalise weight gain. Especially in the media, around Christmas time there are so many recipes and articles made and ready for post-Christmas to New Year period focusing on losing all that weight. But why should we be in such a drastic rush to lose weight, more so why do we get constantly encouraged to lose weight?

I got an email the other day from a brand asking to promote weight loss products, the post talked all about how they loved my curvy and “plus size” look and my promotion of body positivity, and then encouraged me to try this slimming tea that would get me into a “slimmer sexier shape” their exact words of course. There’s so much I could pick out of this but I think you get the gist of where am going with it. It’s disheartening to see brands consistently tear down people to make money, especially in this case where they embrace my shape but suggest I go skinnier, not exactly promoting the view of body positivity is it.

Let me know down below what you think about this topic, I think it’s definitely interesting to see the different sides of the argument. Especially, if you have or are using any diet products it would be interesting to see what people think of them and if it has changed your view on weight gain or loss.

Until next time, Chloe!

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