May Birchbox

This was probably my favorite Birchbox so far.  While in the past boxes I had found products that I liked I had yet to find a product that I liked enough to find it/order it.  Of course I liked the product that HAD to be ordered from Birchbox, but fortunately, by the time I ran out of the sample, Birchbox sent me a promo code for 30% off and I got free shipping…. woo hoo!

May Birchbox

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle (Sample size) – I have used tons of leave in conditioners and smoothing sprays… tons! I have perfectly straight hair that likes to get fuzzies and cause trouble.  Most sprays or serums tend to weight my hair down or give it a slightly oily/sticky feel.  Not this stuff!  I adore it!  I just spritz my wet hair 3-4 times and then blow-dry or air dry as usual… nothing fancy.   Fuzzies and fly-a-ways are gone!  My hair is super soft and it smells really nice too.  Beauty Protector makes a shampoo and conditioner too, but they are about $20 a bottle and I figure it is better not to get hooked on them too. –  $21.95

Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner (Full Size) – I got the Navy Blue eyeliner.  It is a soft wax pencil, which I like and the color was really nice.  What I didn’t like was that it tended to smudge.  (I normally use a soft eyeliner from Cover-Girl and it doesn’t smudge.)  I really wanted to like it, because the color is great and it goes on super nice… but I go to yoga (not a class where we sweat a lot… just a bit) and I would come out with blue smears.  I tried it a couple of times, wondering if I was rubbing my eyes are something, but my regular eyeliner didn’t smudge, so it had to be this one.  So it might survive better on someone who could stay put in a nice air conditioned space all the time…. but not me.  – $11

Folle de Joie eau de parfum (Sample Size) – Love, love, loved this perfume…. LOVED!  When it ran out I was going to buy it too…. and then I saw that it was $100… I love perfume, but I think it is a silly thing to spend a ton of money on… I try to keep myself in the $50 range, and even that seems silly, but I convince myself that it lasts a long time and it’s for the good of others…. they get to smell me, right?  I have trouble going much over that price range.  If there were a perfume that I would spend $100 on though, it would be this one.   – $98

COOLA Classic SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face (Sample size) – I don’t like SPF…. It makes my skin itch and I am just not convinced that it is good for you like they say.  I tossed it in my purse and figured I’d come across someone who would need it.  (I carry the “mommy-purse” even though I don’t have kids).  It wasn’t long before someone was looking for sun block and I gave them my sample.  He didn’t get a sun burn, so I guess it worked okay.  He’s a guy, so he wouldn’t give me much of a review either…. “Its fine.”  – $32

Pilot Corporation of America Acroball PureWhite® – Umm…. its an ink pen…. A nice ink pen…. it’s blue…. I dunno, it’s an ink pen.  I’m not going to complain.  I tossed it in my purse and so far every time I have needed to let someone borrow a pen they have tried to run off with it… So I guess it’s a pretty good pen.  – $6.24

April Birchbox

I am SO behind on reviewing my Birchboxes.  Its certainly not because I’ve fallen out of love with them.  Not by a long shot!  As soon as BirchBox sends me the notification that my box has been shipped I start tracking the shipment…. and checking my mailbox… as if it might have arrived early….. I know! https://www.birchbox.com/shop/birchbox-1/april-2013/april-2013-bb11 A little extreme….. I just get excited!  And for me that’s really the best part about Birchbox… something to look forward to.  Which is why, when I get a box like I did in April with nothing very exciting, it isn’t that big of a disappointment.  Nothing amazing… oh well… I had fun waiting for it to arrive and guessing what might be inside.

Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-on – Full Size –  Enh… It feels cool (literally) when I apply it under my eyes, which is nice.  I’ve been using it for 5 months now (off and on)… I can’t say it has done anything amazing.  The cool feeling is nice though.  – $10.99

Kérastase Age Premium Bain Substantif – Cleanse – (Sample size) – Not even a good sized sample.  It was just one of those silly packets that you have to gnaw the top off.  Just enough for one wash.  What’s the point?  Okay… it didn’t muck up my hair, but with one little sample how was I supposed to tell if it did any good?  – $38

Joanna Vargas Daily Serum –  (Sample size)  Actually a decent size.  I was able to use it for almost a month.  It was okay? I didn’t notice any big difference, but it didn’t bother my skin at all. –  $85

Mirenesse Glossy Kiss  – Full Size – Loved it!  Nice color, silky feel, long lasting…. great….  And then I used it down to the edge… No problem.  I’ll just sharpen it, right?  Wrong!  I had two different sized sharpeners already… tried both… didn’t fit.  Bought another new sharpener… a third size… still didn’t fit.  For $27, I am sure they mean for you to be able to sharpen it… but I am not boing to buy a third sharpener for it… I just don’t care that much.  – $26.55

LAFCO House & Home Soap – I’m just not a big fan of bar soap.  Somehow my brain believes that the germs stay one the bar (Its soap, I know….  Not rational, but that’s the truth.)  I just tossed it in Drawer of Unexpected Gifts (I keep a collection of random things that can be gifted in an emergency.  Don’t laugh!  I have some interesting things in there that have created some pretty cool gift baskets.) – $17

March Birchbox

Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream (Sample Size) – Not bad… Usually I use whipped coconut oil (homemade) or maybe conditioner when I shave my legs.  My skin is really dry and the store brands just make my skin itch like mad.  This stuff didn’t make my legs itch at all, actually it was pretty moisturizing and soothing.  It was probably my favorite thing out of the box this month.  I would use this again, but I don’t think I like it $20.00 worth.

IMG_2214Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow (Sample Size) – Maybe I am terribly behind… this is why I signed up for Birchbox… so I can try new things without having to go to the store and shell out bunches of money.  All these commercials have been popping up about BB Creams… I finally Googled it:   “BB cream stands for blemish balm, blemish base, beauty balm or beblesh balm (apparently because of a trademark in Korea on the word “blemish”), and in Western markets, beauty balm. It is a cosmetic item sold mainly in East and Southeast Asia, although larger beauty brands are increasingly introducing BB creams to Western markets.  BB cream is promoted as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock. It can be worn alone as a tinted moisturizer, over serum and moisturizer as a regular foundation, and under powder, depending on the desired amount of coverage.” – Thank you, Wikipedia.

I’m glad Birchbox sent me a sample… I can’t say I am super impressed.  This stuff was super thick and had an odd smell that lasted all day.  I wouldn’t say that it even really covered better than my Clinique foundation.  For $27 I will stick with my $24 Clinique.

Caldrea Body Lotion (3 Sample Sizes) – Nice lotion, nothing amazing, but nice.  It smelled good, nice and thick… again, nothing amazing, but nice.

Madewell for Birchbox Nail Emery Board – Worst thing in the box.  (And I didn’t even use the dry shampoo.)  I’d been pleased when I opened my box this month, Oh! A nail file!  Pretty too!  I tossed it in my purse (nice that it had a little plastic cover so it wouldn’t scratch my sunglasses).  I’m always messing with my nails, and this month was especially rough on them (weeds, building and track days).  The stupid file didn’t even last the whole month!  I wore through the pretty little flowers on one side and tore a chunk out of the other side right away… it bent, peeled and generally fell apart.  Before the month was over I was back to my old grey file (3 pack from Target – $3)… so not impressed.  – $5.00

Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo (Sample Size) – This stuff was not meant for me.  I don’t get it.  I wash my hair almost every day… ’cause I do stuff… I work out, I work in the yard, I get messy… I need a bath.  If by some amazing chance I don’t get messy enough (or am too lazy) that I don’t get a bath… I’m not going to bother messing with this stuff in my hair… why not just take a bath?  This might be something my sister would like (now that I think of it, I should give it to her… duh).  She is oiler than I am, (don’t worry, I’m not being mean, she reminds me that while I may not get pimples now, she won’t be wrinkly later…. we’re sweet to each other) and not nearly as messy as I am…  $25.00

I didn’t find anything in this box that I just loved… I did get to try a BB Cream and decided that I didn’t need to buy another one… Not my favorite box so far…..

February Birchbox

I just got my shipping notification telling me that my March Birchbox is on the way… And I still haven’t reviewed my February box yet… Oops!

February BirchboxI guess I just wasn’t really excited about anything in the February box.  It was all okay… just nothing to write home about, ya know?

I’ve heard some people on the blogs complaining about Birchbox and how they didn’t get anything they liked and how they plan to drop their subscription.  I know I’m only 2 (almost 3) months into my subscription, but I think I’m getting what I wanted out of it…. I’m only paying $10 a box/month and I get to try out a handful of new products.  That handfull of would have certainly cost more than $10 if I had bought them individually at full retail price….. and I would have been really ticked if I didn’t like them after I’d paid full price.  So for $10 I get to try new stuff… and isn’t half the fun just having something in the mailbox that is just for you and just for fun??  Sometimes I don’t like the products… and then I can say, “whew, glad I didn’t pay full price for that!”  Other times I just love it… and I can buy it from Birchbox at a discount or with my Review Points.  So I still think I am coming out ahead….

Lancôme HYPNÔSE STAR – (Sample Size) – Didn’t really like it.  It made my eyelashes clump together and the brush was puny.  I’m happier with my $5 Maybelline Mascara.  On the plus side, I fell asleep with it on and it didn’t smudge everywhere…. I would not pay $28 for it… ever!  The only mascara that I have come across that is wort that price is Bare Escentuals’ Flawless Definition Mascara – $18 (Which you can get through Birchbox too)…. and I still think it’s kind of silly when Maybelline is only $5 and it’s pretty good.

Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator – (Sample Size) – It’s a face scrub…. it was okay… and I’ll use up the rest of the bottle, but I wouldn’t pay $34 for it.  It is a bit too gritty for my taste and it was hard to get it to wash off.  I normally use a sugar scrub once a week or so…. this had a finer grit to it and even after I washed it off my skin still felt like there was sand on it…

Skin&Co Bagnodoccia Body Gel – (Sample Size) – I’m not a shower gel kinda girl…. I gave it to Brian (’cause he is a shower kinda guy) and he said it was ‘fine’.  That’s all the review we’re gonna get out of him…. it didn’t burn his skin off… so it’s ‘fine’.  $17.50 for a full size.

Jouer Matte Moisture Tint – (Sample Size) – Hazel – For some reason Birchbox decided to send me the Hazel shade…. which was too dark and a bit orange-y on my skin.  It also seemed really thick.  On the plus side it did stay put… but it felt heavy.  Not worth $38.

Ghirardelli Milk & Caramel SQUARES – (One square) – It’s chocolate… with caramel in the center….. Ghiradelli chocolate with caramel in the center… does this even need a review? The February Birchbox was redeemed by this product alone!

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!