Birchbox: January

Ever since I subscribed to Birchbox last year, I have something that I look forward to in the middle of each month. I can’t stress enough how much I love good packaging and boy did they ever get me the first time I found one in my mailbox. The samples come in a really charming brown box with their logo embossed in metallic pink, and then inside everything’s wrapped in crisp fuchsia tissue paper. I don’t even like pink so you know they done good.

Here are all the goodies I received this month:

1.       C.O. Bigelow Lavender & Peppermint Shampoo and Conditioner

I just told you in my last post how much I loved the C.O. Bigelow lip balm that my friend Becca gave me, so I had high hopes for this set. It smelled really good in the bottles, but when I used it, the shampoo didn’t lather very well and it was all lavender and no mint. Don’t get me wrong. Lavender is a pleasant smell but it really overpowered the mint and me. The conditioner was decent. Same smell and it left my hair feeling pretty nice, but it wasn’t anything special. I read that this was originally a hotel shampoo & conditioner line that became so popular that they produced full size versions. I think hotel shampoo & conditioner is a very accurate way to describe the quality.

2.       Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Fragrance

This has great top and middle notes—tops are wild berries & mandarin and middles are honeysuckle, gardenia & jasmine. It’s the bottom that throws me off a little. I’m not crazy about sandalwood and vanilla, but that’s the bottom notes. BUT I always need an extra mini for my make-up bag, so even though I probably won’t buy a full size, I’ll be wearing it from time to time.

 3.       A Birchbox magnet

Kind of self explanatory. It’s a nifty little magnet and I’m going to put it on my fridge to display the cute notes Mark has been leaving me as of late.

 4.       stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Purple Tang

I love this! It’s a full size and it really does stay put. I tried to smudge it a little bit and it wouldn’t budge even then. It’s a twist up so there’s no product loss with sharpening. The color is a dark purple, so it’s a gentle move into colored eye liner. I’ve almost always used black, brown or gray, so the idea of foraying into more dramatic colors was pretty daunting. Baby steps.

5.       Tay Safflower Seed Night Cream

I promise that I don’t just like it because it says Tay on it, but I can’t say that I didn’t wonder if they sent it personalize or something like that. Of course that’s just the brand name, but it smells nice and it’s really thick. I have very sensitive skin (dry/mild rosacea) that I keep under control with my Clairisonic Mia and very fancy moisturizers like Cetaphil (sarcasm). This has jojoba and safflower oil, and my skin did feel very soft and refreshed the next morning. If I could afford it, I’d love to pick up the full size, but at $112 a pop, this might be a temporary indulgence.

This month the top pieces were the Tay Safflower Seed Night Cream and the stila Smudge Stick waterproof Eye Liner.

I fully recommend trying out Birchbox if you have an extra $10 a month to spare. You can unsubscribe any time, they have a cool point system where you rate items and save up to get discounts, and you can personalize your profile so you get samples relevant to you. It’s a great way to try out samples of new products if you don’t have the budget to buy new beauty products all the time. (Oops, I went to link this image and it says they are currently on a wait list because they are so popular!)

I hear they are also working on a Birchbox for men, so that’ll be exciting. I got Mark the big Birchbox Men gift set for Christmas, and once he’s tried everything I’ll probably do a post on those as well.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

One thought on “Birchbox: January

  1. Catherine says:

    I’d never heard of Birchbox before, but it seems like a really great idea! I’m always too lazy to go to Sephora or something to try out beauty products, so having samples sent to my door sounds awesome. I’m also a sucker for good packaging, haha.

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