Birchbox Review: March 2014

Well, I finally caved. After months of hearing my friends gush over their subscription service products, I decided to join in on the fun!

About Birchbox:

Birchbox is a $10 monthly beauty subscription service. Each month, 4-5 sample and deluxe size products arrive in you mailbox for you to try. It’s a great way to discover new brands and items that you may have never tried before. What’s nice about Birchbox is that the contents are selected just for your based on your beauty profile. You can also review your products to accumulate points which you can then redeem for free full size items!

To sign up for April, click here and avoid the wait list.

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Enough of the sales pitch–Here’s what I got!

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This month’s theme was “Spring Forward”. I was hoping that this box would be filled with bright lipsticks or nail polishes to help me start the season off right. Unfortunately, this wasn’t really the case. Though I did really enjoy many of the products, I think this box fell short of the theme.

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The first product I received was the Beauty Protector:Protect and Detangle- Full size: $21.95

  • What: Best-selling elixir that locks in color, protects from heat damage, and adds silkiness.
  • How: Spritz generously onto damp strands before styling.

I received this brand before in my IPSY bag and loved the smell so I was excited to try the leave in conditioner. It does say that it detangles, conditions and is great on all hair types which is great. I’ll give it a go after I run out of the one I’m currently using.

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Available for purchase here

Next up was the Gilchrist & Soames: London Collection Body Lotion– Full Size: $16

  • What: This fast-absorbing hydrator leaves skin silky-smooth with a light, earthy scent.
  • How: Massage generously into skin, focusing on trouble zones like flaky elbows and knees.

I really love this lotion. It’s light weight, non greasy, and has a great clean scent. I just wish that we had received more of a floral scented lotion more reminiscent of spring. This lotion is more of a fall item in my opinion. Still a great product though.

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Available for purchase here

The third item I received in my box was the Air Repair Rescue Balm– Full Size: $21.95

  • What: This all-natural salve repairs dry, cracked skin anywhere on the body.
  • How: Dab onto chapped lips, cuticles, hands, elbows, and knees

Please, do not put this on your lips. It tastes disgusting! It does work very well on cuticles, however. This product has bit of a greasy petroleum jelly consistency so would also work well on extremely dry areas.

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Available for purchase here

The final beauty product this month was the POP Beauty Satin Stay in Mocha Must– Full Size: $16

  • What: Highly saturated lip color that won’t smudge or fade.
  • How: Trace lip line in short strokes, then fill in the rest for vibrant, all-day wear.

I was so excited to get a lip product! But the color…ugh! It’s SPRING! Why would they send a brown lip stain? Also, I’m not a fan of the formula and applicator– it feels like I’m coloring my lips in with a sharpie. Not cute. “A” for effort though, Birchbox!

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Available for purchase here

My “beauty extra” item this month was the Strivectin-AR Advanced Retinol Day Treatment SPF 30– Full-size: $99

(These extras vary from month to month. Last month, I got tea.)

  • What: Gentle retinol formula that fights wrinkles, evens skin tone, and protects from UV rays.
  • How: Apply liberally to clean skin at least 15 minutes before sun exposure.

Why, foil packet, why?!? I HATE getting foil packets in these boxes. I feel like it’s a complete rip off and can just get them for free at a makeup counter. I can’t be too disappointed though because it is an extra. I’ll report back after using this item to let you all know if I like it.

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Available for purchase here

All in all, this was a pretty good month for Birchbox. I am definitely pleased!

What about you? Do you subscribe to Birchbox? Were you satisfied with your box this month? Are there any other subscription services you recommend? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Also, be sure to check out my new Youtube channel for a live unboxing of this month!

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Holiday Hints for Her: My favorite things for under $20

Stuck on what to bring to your Yankee Swap/White Elephant this year? Well to help you out, I’ve created a list of my favorite things of 2013 for…..wait for it….under $20!!:
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1. Scottish Fine Soups- Au Lait Body Milk- $17.50  Scottishfinesoaps.com

2. Gelous  Nail Gel- $5.99 Sallybeauty.com 

3. MAC “All That Glitters” Eye Shadow- $15.00 Maccosmetics.com

4. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom- $13.39 BarnesAndNoble.com

5. Boot Socks-  $17.00 Etsy.com

6. Q & A a Day: A 5 Year Journal-  $16.99 BarnesandNoble.com

7. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat- $7.99 Seche.com

1. Scottish Fine Soups- Au Lait Body Milk

I absolutely love this bath milk. Not only it is smooth in texture and subtle in scent, but it lathers into luxurious long lasting bubbles making this the only bubble bath I use!

2. Gelous Nail Gel

Want a long lasting manicure but don’t want the damaging UV rays from a gel manicure at the salon? Try this base coat with your favorite colored polish! My nails have gone up to 1 week chip free!

3. MAC “All That Glitters” Eye Shadow

This was gifted to me by a girl friend a few weeks ago and I absolutely love it! It’s the perfect shadow that gives you that slight shimmer without making it look like you have disco fever 🙂

4. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

I cannot say enough good things about this book. Here’s the synopsis:

              When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family.

            You will not be able to put this one down!

5. Boot Socks

These are such a easy and adorable way to add some personality to your boots! Plus they keep your toes nice and warm!!

6. Q & A a Day: A 5 Year Journal

If you have ever wanted to journal but never could make a habit of it, then this journal is for you. Each page asks one question (each day for 5 years) to which you write a sentence or two in response. It’s so fun to look back on past answers and see how you’ve evolved over the years!

7. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Never waste time waiting for your manicure to dry again! This top coat polish seals your polish in seconds making it a must have for any girl on the go! *Tip- Use with Gelous Nail Gel to maximize results!

Give one (or all) of these items a try! I’m absolutely sure you’ll love them as much as I do. Do you have any favorite items that you swear by? I’d love to hear them!!

Happy Holidays!

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