Getting stuff in the mail is about the coolest thing ever, and honestly, it’s one of the reasons I started subscribing to Birchbox a year ago. Sorry I’ve been lazy so far and haven’t done any reviews, but starting with October I’ll be sharing my box with you, my readers.
If you’re not familiar with Birchbox, here’s the skinny. It’s a monthly beauty subscription box that’s $10 for ladies and $25 for dudes that comes stocked with five samples based on your beauty profile. The profile is pretty in depth, asking you about your skin type, skin care routine, make up preferences, hair type and style, as well as your style preferences.
In my case, every month I get at least one thing that I completely love. Several times I’ve received full sized products valued at $20 or more in my box making it more than worth the money for me.
And this month, I totally discovered a new favorite thing. So without further ado, here’s this month’s unboxing!
The oil-free tint with an SPF 15 went on smooth and pretty, and was a great match to my skin tone. I applied mine over my normal SPF 30 moisturizer, because I live in Florida and am outside all the darn time. What I really liked about this product was the matte finish. I actually opted against using any powder over top as it left my skin with just enough coverage and without any greasy shine. Good stuff. But, at $38 for the full size (or $49 for the set pictured above), it’s a bit pricey for my liking.
I’m really really picky about the way a product smells, especially if it’s going on my face. This one, for me, was over before it started because it was stinky stuff. There was no way I was going to be able to stand to have it on my face for 10 minutes. $38 for a jar of poo? No thanks, I don’t care what it does to my skin.
My eyelashes are pretty tiny, so I’m always looking for a great mascara. While I loved the wand on this sample, I didn’t much like the formula. It was super thick, and in the time it took me to apply one coat it began getting really clumpy. After a second coat my lashes were thick, but to the point of looking more like tarantula legs and less like fat sexy bitches. While the formula did last all night without any smudging and only a tiny bit of flaking, it was difficult enough to apply that I tossed this after one use. At $20 for a full size, I’ll stick with my normal brand.
Holy mother of God this stuff smelled strong enough to tranq a horse. If you could get past the overwhelming herbal fragrance that smelled like a combo day spa/anapestic wash, the texture was super smooth and it worked into a decent lather. Like I said, I’m really picky about scent so this was too overpowering for me, but if you’re into spa quality body care it’s a nice choice at $19 for the full size.
If you like light, fruity, fun fragrances this baby is for you. The sample I received was in a nice sized roller ball applicator, and I pretty much instantly fell in love. It made me feel like I was breathing in sunshine, and I would wear it all summer long. As a Birchbox exclusive you can only get it from them, but at only $50 for the full size, I’ll be buying this to wear next summer.
I saved the best for last with this product. I am seriously in LOVE! I love a good face cleanser that exfoliates as it cleans, and my favorites leave my skin soft and bright. This one fits every bill. It has a mild scent and a really creamy texture. The exfoliant in the product is microderm crystals, which give it a really amazingly fine gritty feeling that gives a deep clean while still being gentle on your skin. After the first use I was hooked, and am swapping out my old cleanser for this one. Even more impressive is the affordable $34 for a predicted four to six months of uses. Love love love. Winner winner chicken dinner.
Your turn readers! Do you subscribe to Birchbox or another beauty box? Do you love it? Tell me about it or link me to your reviews below!