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Etsy x Birchbox: When the packaging’s as good as the present inside

Aug 2, 2018

by Lara Watson handmade and vintage goods

It’s the perfect pairing: a Birchbox beauty subscription and UK Etsy seller’s inspiring surface design. August sees ten talented Etsy sellers bring their individual passions to a collection of beautiful packaging for Birchbox, the UK’s number one beauty box. Each will be allocated randomly to every Birchbox subscriber as the ultimate surprise, celebrating happy moments of discovery (…and special offers! Each box will also come with a 15% discount for the seller’s Etsy shop). This week we’re showcasing the range. In our second instalment, let’s meet Nikki Strange, Holly Maguire and Lucy Says I Do.

Nikki Strange

What magic lies within? Nikki’s whimsical, starry-eyed prints work beautifully on Birchbox’s sturdy stackable drawers. Having set up her own label in 2013, Nikki has immersed herself in a love for nature and travel, watercolours and inks. This piece comes straight from the heart. “My design is inspired by open celestial skies and weather fronts,” says Nikki. “I love the way they can be seen moving across the atmosphere.” Dreamy! We’ve got this box earmarked for our bedside tables.

Holly Maguire

London-based illustrator Holly is besotted with botanicals. Her characters bring charm and floral pattern to the August Birchbox X Etsy collection, with a homely feel that has us eager to see what feel-good lotions and potions are inside. Holly says, “I made this piece to celebrate those lazy Sunday afternoons in your PJs when you can relax and pamper yourself with lots of lovely Birchbox products!” We think you’ve just described our favourite kind of Sunday, Holly!

Lucy Says I Do

Lucy Richardson’s surface pattern design usually adorns the fine paper goods of her bespoke wedding stationery, and we’re very pleased to see it on packaging too. In a celebration of nature’s exuberance, Lucy has gone for sunny florals. “I wanted to try and incorporate the feeling of sunshine on your face and holidays into my floral design for the August Birchbox,” says Lucy and we think she’s captured that essence beautifully. Colour-lovers everywhere will treasure this handy storage box long after the beauty gifts inside have been enjoyed.

One more instalment tomorrow! See our previous round-up here

Get your first box for just £5 + £2.95 P&P using code ETSY

Discover the UK’s No. 1 Beauty Box and receive 5 beauty treats personalised to your skin, hair and style. It’s like a present to yourself every month! There are no commitments, no contract, and you can cancel at any time with their monthly option. It’s never been easier to find beauty that works for you.

T&Cs: Code ETSY must be applied at checkout and cannot be redeemed retroactively once order has been placed. Offer ends midnight 31st August 2018. The box image shows one possible sample combination of the products you could receive. Discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. Not valid if you have already ordered or received the August Birchbox. Valid for new customers only. Only one use per customer. Not valid on gift subscriptions. When you have redeemed your offer, you will enter into a re-billable monthly subscription. For full T&Cs, please visit