Birchbox – February 2017

Birchbox is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included).  Each month, subscribers receive at least five beauty, grooming, and/or lifestyle samples.  Birchbox is also available in France, Spain, and the UK.

If you want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.

Wilma Schumann Skincare Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads (full size $18/5 pair; sample value $3.60/1 pair) – These 100% pure collagen pads hydrate the skin under your eyes and reduce puffiness.  Haven’t used my pair yet, but I’m looking forward to it; I’ve had some issues with bags under my eyes lately.

Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Antioxidant Serum with Retinol (full size $34; sample value ~$6) – A treatment that is meant to combat aging and acne at the same time while reducing the look of pores.

LAQA & Co. Avo Lip Butter in Ninza (full size $15; sample value estimate ~$4) – This came instead of my sample choice, much to my disappointment (suuuuper not my shade).  Upon opening, I discovered that it was smashed into the lid and that the bullet itself was broken from the base.  It went straight into the trash.  Bummer.

 

Obliphica Professional Seaberry Mask (full size $38; sample value $3) – This hair mask is meant for medium to coarse hair.  Mine is fine and thin.  Another miss in this box, sadly.  It’ll get passed along and enjoyed, especially if it smells similar to the Obliphica Professional hair oil I received in an earlier box.

Bumble and Bumble Repair Blow Dry (full size $32; sample value $3) – A blow dry lotion that heals split ends, prevents breakage, and protects against heat styling and UV rays.  Seems to do the job!  Smells lovely.

 

Box Value: ~$19

Birchbox – January 2017

Birchbox January 2017

Birchbox is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included).  Each month, subscribers receive at least five beauty, grooming, and/or lifestyle samples.  Birchbox is also available in France, Spain, and the UK.

If you want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.

I haven’t had a chance to try this month’s items, so general descriptions from Birchbox are below!

Birchbox January 2017

Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment (full size $105; sample value $17.85) – This is a lactic acid treatment that exfoliates dead skin cells, plumps fine lines, and evens out hyperpigmentation.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner (full size $18; sample value $10.29) – Per Birchbox, “this user-friendly liquid liner goes on velvety smooth and features a pen-style applicator to control the thickness of your eyeliner look.”

Arrow Endure Water-Resistant Mascara (full size $20; sample value $9.23) – From Birchbox’s own brand, this mascara is deeply pigmented and water-resistant, giving clump-free length and volume.

Birchbox January 2017

R+Co Oblivion Clarifying Shampoo and Restorative Gel Conditioner (full size $24; sample values $4 + $0.96) – This deep cleaning shampoo removes product buildup with a mix of rosemary leaf extract, coconut oil, and witch hazel.  The conditioner nourishes and strengthens with vitamin E, sweet almond oil, and coconut oil.

Juliette Has a Gun MMMM… (full size $100-$135; sample value $1) – A newer launch from Juliette Has a Gun, MMMM… is a floral, gourmand, oriental fragrance.  Notes include: neroli, raspberry, geranium, orange flower, jasmine Sambac, tuberose, iris, patchouli, sandalwood, and salicilates.

 

Box Value: ~$43

Birchbox – December 2016

Birchbox December 2016

Birchbox is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included).  Each month, subscribers receive at least five beauty, grooming, and/or lifestyle samples.  Birchbox is also available in France, Spain, and the UK.

If you want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.

I haven’t had a chance to try this month’s items, so general descriptions from Birchbox are below!

Birchbox December 2016

Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel (full size 1.7oz/$48; sample value .17oz/$4.80) – An acid-free exfoliating peel that leaves behind smoother, brighter, softer skin.

Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray (full size 8oz/$24; sample value 1oz/$3) – A lightweight styling spray that volumizes, smooths, and protects hair.

Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute (full size 1.5oz/$34; sample value 0.5oz/$11.33) – “This best selling moisturizer is made of aloe vera and plant milks that help your skin maintain optimum hydration levels so it feels soft and refreshed.”

 

Birchbox December 2016

Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel (full size 6ml/$18; sample value 4ml/$12) – A clear brow gel that “lifts, holds, and grooms each hair into place.” Can be used on its own or over another brow gel/powder.

Coastal Scents Blush and Highlighter Duo (full size 8 pan palette 1.58oz/$19.99; sample value 0.023oz/$0.29) – Two favorites from the Blush & Bronzer palette to add a pop of color to the cheeks and a shimmery highlight “wherever you want a lifted and defined look.”

Also included this month was a little mirror, though I would be a bit hesitant to take it anywhere without a padded case.  Perhaps it’s best to slip it into my desk drawer for touch-up purposes.

 

Box Value – ~$31

Birchbox – November 2016

Birchbox - November 2016

Birchbox is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included).  Each month, subscribers receive at least five beauty, grooming, and/or lifestyle samples.  Birchbox is also available in France, Spain, and the UK.

If you want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.

I haven’t had a chance to try this month’s items, so general descriptions from Birchbox are below!

Birchbox - November 2016

Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain in Forever Pink (full size $25; sample value $5) – This lip and cheek stain is “specially formulated to adjust to your body’s unique chemistry to create a customized, ultra-flattering hue” and contains olive and avocado oils to soften your skin.

Chella Eyebrow Pencil in Tantalizing Taupe (full size $18) – This mechanical brow pencil is made with a “creamy consistency that glides on for a true, hair-like finish”.

 

Birchbox - November 2016

TokyoMilk Eau De Parfum Dead Sexy (full size 1oz/$30; sample value $1) – Deep vanilla, exotic wood, white orchid, and ebony.

Phyto Phytokératine Repairing Mask (full size 6.2oz/$45; sample value 1.7oz/$12) – This hair mask is “formulated with botanical keratin, which encourages your hair’s natural reparative properties, hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump, plus pomegranate to protect against environmental stressors.”

Marcelle New-Age LumiPOWER 3-in-1 Moisturizer (full size 1.7oz/$26; sample value 0.23oz/$3.50) – A moisturizer with an “oil-free formula to fight the signs of aging and fatigue, protect skin from environmental stressors, and get a radiant glow.”

 

Box Value: ~$39.50

Birchbox – October 2016

Birchbox October 2016

Birchbox is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included).  Each month, subscribers receive at least five beauty, grooming, and/or lifestyle samples.  Birchbox is also available in France, Spain, and the UK.

If you want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.

I haven’t had a chance to try this month’s items, so general descriptions from Birchbox are below!

Birchbox October 2016

MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick in Magnolia (full size 0.12oz/$25; sample value estimate $3) – This lipstick delivers long-lasting, smudge-proof color, with a hydrating, antioxidant-rich formula that does double duty as a lip treatment.  This particular shade, Magnolia, is a medium violet with pink undertones.

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask (full size 1oz/$58; sample value 0.25oz/$14.50) – “The peachy pink cream has a jelly-like texture that feels comfortable and soothing whether you use it as an all-over treatment or on specific areas. Then after application, the 100% natural and non-toxic formula targets excess oil, evens skin tone, and sheds dead cells to give your complexion that coveted lit-from-within glow.”

Hustle Butter Luxe (full size 1oz/$25; sample value estimate $2) – “Originally developed to heal tattoos, this multipurpose cream primes, moisturizes, and heals any skin. What’s more, the rich formula works equally well as facial moisturizer, makeup remover, hand cream, and even as a sunburn healer.”

Birchbox October 2016

Madison Reed Nourishing Color-Enhancing Shampoo & Conditioner (full size 8oz/$26 each; sample value 1oz/$3.25 each) – The shampoo “seals color to strands and protects it from shade-altering UV rays.” It also “undoes damage from coloring, styling, and other treatments, so our new hue can truly shine.”  The conditioner “keeps your shade fresh so you can go longer between trips to the salon, and its host of natural nourishers gives color-treated hair the extra attention it needs.”

 

Total Box Value: ~$26

Birchbox – September 2016

Birchbox - September 2016

Birchbox is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included).  Each month, subscribers receive at least five beauty, grooming, and/or lifestyle samples.  Birchbox is also available in France, Spain, and the UK.

If you want to sign up using my referral link, you can click here.  If you want to sign up sans referral, this link’s for you.

Birchbox - September 2016

Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara (full size 0.33oz/$15; sample size 0.14oz/$6.36) – I swear I’ve received this from Ipsy in the past, but I can’t go back far enough on Ipsy’s site to check.  Regardless, this mascara is average.  I’ll pass it along to someone who doesn’t have a ridiculous amount of mascara waiting in the wings.

Milk Makeup Highlighter in Lit (full size 1oz/$24; sample size 0.1oz/$2.40) – Oh, look… another highlighter. The worst part is that it wasn’t even my sample choice.  I was meant to receive the Milk Ubame Mascara, which is currently (and slowly) on its way to me.  That said, it’s not terrible.  It is a little thicker than I expected, so I’ll probably wait to use it until winter (the idea of using it now, even in early fall weather, is not appealing). It blends easily and the shimmer is subtle. Also, it smells like Play-Doh.  I’m not saying that’s a negative or positive… that’s just how it smells.

Birchbox - September 2016

Bioderma Sebium H2O Micellar Solution (full size 250ml/$11.90; sample size 10ml/$0.48) – This sample is practically useless.  Well, I suppose it has a single use… as in, I can only use it once.  It’s basically a foil packet; not what I would consider a deluxe sample. *shrug* This micellar solution is removing makeup and cleansing combination or oily skin.  From the one time I tried it, it seemed okay.

Derma E Microdermabrasion Scrub (full size 2oz/$32.50; sample size 0.50oz/$8.13) – Yet another product I’ve received in a past Ipsy bag (May 2014), but I’m pleased to receive it again.  The Dead Sea salts are just abrasive enough to slough off dead skin without irritation.  It also has a pleasant citrus scent.

R+Co Analog Cleansing Foam Conditioner (full size 6oz/$29; sample size 1.5oz/$7.25) – Though this product is supposed to be good for all hair types, I feel it’s probably more suited for dry and/or coarse hair.  I used it on my ends and found that it left my hair smooth and soft.

 

Box Value: ~$25

Birchbox – August 2016

Birchbox - August 2016

Birchbox is a $10 (USD)/month subscription service (shipping included).  Each month, subscribers receive at least five beauty, grooming, and/or lifestyle samples.  Birchbox is also available in France, Spain, and the UK.

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This month is a bit late since I had to wait for a replacement to arrive… details below!

Birchbox - August 2016

R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste (full size 2.2oz/$28, sample size 0.25oz/~$3) – This was my sample choice for the month, which I chose out of pure curiosity.  As a lover of dry shampoo, being able to try it in a different formula was appealing.  When I first ran my finger over the product, it felt waxy and I was worried.  But after rubbing the paste between my fingers, I discovered that it broke down to a powder. I imagine most people would use this on second-day hair, but I am a daily washer, so that’s out.  I used it on my damp hair before blow drying and found that it did give a little more texture and volume… a look very similar to second-day hair!

Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray (full size 8.5oz/$39, sample size 1oz/$4.50) – I have yet to be disappointed by any Oribe product.  They perform well and the SCENT IS SO AMAZING.  (An aside: I really need to grab the Côte d’Azur Eau de Parfum.)  As you’d expect from the name, this spray gives your hair texture and shine.  Though, if I’m honest… I’m using this sample primarily for the scent.  For real.

Birchbox - August 2016

Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel (full size 50ml/$26, sample size 7ml/$3.60) – I haven’t tried this one out, but it sounds interesting.  It has green tea and cucumber extracts as well as vitamins C and E.  The claim is that the gel will “fight against dryness and the effects of external stressors” and “deeply hydrate for 24 hours”. It’s supposed to be ultra-light and non-sticky, which sounds promising.

Avene Micellar Lotion Cleanser (full size 6.7oz/$20, sample size 0.8oz/$2.40) – I wasn’t super impressed with this one.  It performed similarly to the drugstore micellar water / makeup removers I’ve tried previously.  It works, but I don’t know that it’s worth the added expense.  Also, it kinda smells like baby wipes to me.

Manna Kadar 3-in-1 Blush Highlighter Eyeshadow in Fantasy (full size $19, not sure if this is full size, but it seems pretty close… so $15?) – This is the reason why this post is so late.  As you can see, it arrived broken.  However, since Birchbox’s customer service is excellent, they quickly responded to my request for a replacement.  If only the mail service moved as quickly… after traveling through the first stops, the package sat in Atlanta for nearly a week before being passed to the next location.

At any rate, the wait was worth it.  I’ll likely never use it as a blush or highlighter, but as an eyeshadow it’s beautiful.  The shade is a shimmery champagne pink and the shadow itself is soft and velvety.

Birchbox - August 2016

 

Total Box Value: ~$28