January Birchbox

I finally got my first Birchbox! For $10 a month, Birchbox will send you a box of beauty samples… full and sample-sized products from well-known and new companies.  It’s like beauty heaven!

IMG_2018Nothing like opening the mailbox and seeing this pretty pink box on top of the junk mail!  Each month the box is filled with different treasures.  They give you little hints and clues on Facebook… so by the time you get that adorable pink box the suspense is killer!

You can earn points by buying the full-sized products through Birchbox and writing reviews of the products you received.  With your collected points you can buy more products through Birchbox.

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This month I got:

ModelCo SHINE Ultra Lip Gloss – Berry Pink – (Full Size) – This was my favorite!  I was hoping for a new lip gloss.  It stays on a long time and is very moisturizing.  Loved the color and it smells like berries.  The bottle even has a cute little mirror on the side so I can apply my lip gloss without smearing it everywhere.  Nice!  The full size product costs $16, which is about what I’d normally pay for a lip gloss.  I would certainly buy this one again.

Juicy Couture – Viva La Juicy (Sample Size) – Second fav.  I liked it.  It has a candied berry kind of smell… Juicy calls it “floral”… I liked it…. but not enough to buy it ($90) and actually the sample size was just right.  It was fun to try and I liked wearing it, but I wouldn’t want to wear it everyday.

My™ Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer – (Sample Size) – Honestly, I haven’t even tried this one yet.  It’s a moisturizer and I just started a 4-week sample from Clinique, so I wanted to finish that up first…. sry.  (Full size – $68… it would have to be really great…)

Frownies® Rose Water Hydrator Spray – (Full Size) – I didn’t quite get this one… Birchbox says I’m supposed to spray it on throughout the day to “refresh and set” my makeup.  It’s supposed to be hydrating and have great anti-aging properties… Enh… Again, I’m finishing up the Clinique sample, so I can’t say how great this is working.  I’ve used to a couple of times right before bed, but it just seems weird spraying myself in face.  Maybe in the summer on hot, hot days?  ($11.95…. maybe…on vacation?  After being out in the sun?)

LÄRABAR® über – (Sample Size) – Food!  Beauty products and FOOD!  Woo hoo!  It was Gluten Free, which was nice, since I’ve just gone GF…. Um…. it tasted fine, and I liked that it was all natural and GF… I’ve had Laurabars before.  They’re good, but a bit expensive for a granola bar….($9.00 for a box of 5)  They are made with all natural ingredients and no preservatives, so I get why they cost more than Pop-Tarts, but…. enh… It IS just a bar… not even a chocolate bar…. I dunno.

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All in all, I’m delighted with my first Birchbox, the ModelCo lip gloss was well worth the $10 and I had fun trying the other products.

Can’t wait for the February box to arrive!

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