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November Birchbox Review

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November Birchbox

Look what I got in the mail yesterday! 😀

This month (due to the birchbox.com website revamp) I wasn’t able to sneak a peek at what I was getting, so when I opened my box it was a total surprise! A very pleasant surprise.

I’ve been wanting to try the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream since I first joined Birchbox, so seeing that immediately put a smile on my face. With winter already in full swing here (normal high temp is 47°, it’s 23°) my skin has been painfully dry & after using this just once I can tell a huge difference! I’m a fan! I also like that after the one use, I don’t think it’s something I need to use every night. It’s that hydrating.

I wasn’t too excited over the Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel for Sensitive Skin. I mean, I do have sensitive skin (so they got that right), but I’m not a “peel person”. I will try it before I knock it, but as of right now, I’m not thrilled with it.

If you haven’t realized this yet, I love mascara; it’s the one bit of makeup that I won’t be seen without. I tend to always go with a waterproof mascara, though, which Mirenesse iCurl Secret Weapon 24hr Mascara is not. By the end of the day most of this mascara had bled onto my face. I liked everything about this mascara…up until that point. 😦

RUSK Texture Spray (Dry Finishing Spray). I don’t usually spend much time on my hair, but am glad to have received this sample — it gives me a reason to start! I’ve used it once, so far, & did like it. It didn’t make my hair feel stiff or brittle & didn’t look greasy. I’m looking forward to using it some more!

Another item I’ve wanted to sample since I first joined: Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35 in Light to Medium. This CC Cream protects against UVA, UVB, & infrared-A rays & works as a primer & foundation. I’ve loved every other Supergoop! product I’ve tried & I love this CC Cream, too! Looked very natural & even after washing it off I could see a difference! Bravo, Supergoop!! 😉

This month I received a bonus in my box; Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter! Absolutely delicious on toast!  Nom nom!

Overall, I’m really happy with my box this month! I hope December is just as awesome! What did you get in your Birchbox? Are you pleased overall? Have you tried any of the products I received & if so, how did you like it/them? Let me know!

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October Birchbox Preview

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October Birchbox Preview

Finally! Birchbox decided to update my box preview!

I’m always disappointed when I first see what I’m getting. I also noticed that my item choice wasn’t included. Ugh! 😦

Oh well. Hopefully when it gets here I’ll fall head over heels for everything. *crosses fingers*

What are you getting in your Birchbox this month? Are you happy? Let me know! 🙂

September Birchbox

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September Birchbox

For September, I decided to go with the pre-packed Fashionista Box. All of the boxes this month have a colorful design on them, which I think is a nice touch.

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September Birchbox

I mean, it was an okay month; the Macadamia Professional Flawless Cleansing Conditioner is a full size & I really, really like it. It has a no suds formula, which was kinda odd at first, but got my hair clean & smooth. My hubby said he likes my regular shampoo better, though, because it makes my hair “go poof!” LOL

In my opinion, silver is a horrendous color for an eyeliner (at least on me)…but Birchbox disagrees. Cynthia Rowley Beauty Silver Eyeliner has a creamy, smudge-proof formula that may be good for creating a smoky eye look on some people, but definitely not for me. This was by far my least favorite product this month.

I decided to go with the Fashionista Box this month mainly for two items, one being the Naobay Body Radiance Lotion, which I had sampled in a previous box. It’s an all natural lotion that hydrates & softens skin without leaving a greasy residue. It has a nice, light lemon scent. I love this lotion!

The other item I really wanted this month was the Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara. It lengthens, volumizes & curls & is waterproof to boot. I have a hundred mascaras that do the same thing at a much more reasonable price, but I do like this one. Not enough to fork over $24 for a full size, mind you, but it was nice to try it.

Last thing in my box was dr. brandt pores no more vacuum cleaner. I wish I could give an honest review of the product, but my sample was nearly empty! It’s supposed to “degunk pores for fewer blackheads” & give spotlight ready smooth skin. I wouldn’t know, though. 😦

September wasn’t a total bust for me, I’ve certainly had worse boxes, but it wasn’t a home run, either. But hey, the products I liked, I really liked, so I consider that a win!

July BIRCHBOX Review

Got my BIRCHBOX yesterday & while they sent me the right box this time, I’m not nearly as disappointed with it as I thought I would be. Shocking!

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July BIRCHBOX

This month BIRCHBOX teamed up with Women’s Health Magazine. In addition to the products, they included 12 Power Up Challenges with tips on workouts & beauty & stuff. Plus, they included a year’s subscription to the magazine! Score!

This month, I was most excited about the Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette Sampler in Sunset. It included 4 eyeshadow shades: 3 shimmery colors, from a light tan to a deep rose shade & 1 matte color, which looks like a deep plum to me. I think all of the colors are very pretty & look great each by itself or all blended together. There’s plenty of ways to wear ’em, which makes this an awesome sample!

Next on my list of Most Excited For comes the Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream. It says it’s an anti-aging multi-tasker that conquers wrinkles & dark circles at the first signs of aging. I have dark circles under my eyes like whoa (who really gets a whole 8 hours of sleep, anyway?), so at least I have a need for this. A little dab’ll do ya with this, so at least the sample will last a little while. It has a lemony scent & feels quite refreshing.

I haven’t tried the Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel yet, but I’m kind of looking forward to it! I’ve got a hundred different cleansers, so I’m not sure why I’m so excited about this one; maybe it’s the hefty price tag tricking me into believing this is going to be da bomb. I dunno.

The two little packets are 100% Pure Gingerade Shower Gel samples. They were this month’s Beauty Extra. I keep forgetting to put them in the bathroom, so there’s no telling when I’ll try them out. 😛

Last, but not least, comes the Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream in Acai Grapefruit. BIRCHBOX sent me the full size last month, so this is a nice extra. It smells nice (if grapefruit is your thing), but I don’t find it to be particularly moisturizing, as is claims to be. I do have very dry skin, though, so maybe it’s just me. Still, easier shaving with this than with soap – this doesn’t wash off quite as easily.

Overall, even though I thought at first I was going to hate this month’s box, I really liked it! I’m excited for next month, now!

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May BIRCHBOX review

I posted the preview of the products BIRCHBOX said they were sending & while I wasn’t thrilled I was still kind of excited to try a few things. So when I opened my box today to find it filled with a completely different set of items…it kind of ticked me off!

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May BIRCHBOX

Not that this box isn’t a 100% upgrade, but still.

First thing I grabbed was the SmartyPants All-in-One Fiber Gummies for Weight Management. I was OK with it until I read the directions; eat 6 a day, everyday, to feel full & healthy. The sample, however, only included 2 (because a whole day’s sample is a ludicrous thought!). I haven’t eat ’em yet, but know I won’t be spending $47.95 for a monthly supply of fiber gummies. I already take a daily multi-vitamin that’s way more affordable (although vitamins are expensive, anyway).

The next item I was super excited about was the Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Coral Crush. I’ve sampled a few other Pixi products through ipsy & really like the brand & this lip balm is just as awesome as I expected! Very moisturizing & the color is pretty. Best of all, at $8 I can afford to buy more!

The Coola Environmental Repair Plus Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion is a peptide-packed anti-aging gel that hydrates, firms, lifts & plumps fine lines. I thought at first it was for sunburn (that would’ve been great, because I’m famous for sunburn on top of sunburn), but it’s just a moisturizer, I think? It does kind of refresh my skin & I still like the product, but again, I don’t think I’d buy the full-size.

To be honest, when I saw the Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer, I did a little happy dance! It’s a really great product; it minimizes pores & fine lines & creates a silky smooth base for make-up. Worked just as advertised & a pea sized amount worked for me, instead of the recommended dime sized amount. Really happy that I got this sample!

The Caudalie Overnight Detox Oil is an all-natural blend of antioxidant plant oils that works to hydrate, purify & renew skin overnight. I gave this to my mom & she loves it, so that’s cool.

All -in-all, I really did like this box; it was probably the best I’ve ever had from BIRCHBOX.