One of my favorite days out of every month is the day my Birchbox comes in the mail. For those not in the know, Birchbox is a monthly beauty box subscription service that delivers at least 5 product samples to your door monthly for only $10 per month.
I’ll be honest in that I don’t usually love everything that comes in my box, but for only $10 if I find at least one item that tickles my fancy, I’m a happy camper.
This month had some keepers, one that I pretty much immediately threw away, and one that I immediately ordered. Always a good thing when you love a product so much you need to have it in your arsenal RIGHT NOW!
Check out my unboxing below.
Juice Beauty® Blemish Clearing Cleanser
Back in October, Birchbox sent me a sample of Vasanti’s Brighten Up cleanser and I completely fell in love. I’ve been using it since, so it would take a pretty darn impressive product to get me to switch.
This cleanser by Juice Beauty was a nice alternative to the exfoliation of the Vasanti product I use daily. It’s a gel-based formula, so for lack of a better way to describe it, it’s slimy and thick. It coated my skin well, but didn’t produce any lather, which was as expected.
It was gentle enough for every day use, and left my skin feeling clean, but not dry.
All in all, I liked the product, but not well enough to change from what I’m currently using.
theBalm® cosmetics Read My Lips™ Lip Gloss in BAM! Rose Pink
It’s no secret that I LOVE lipgloss, so I’m always excited to see one in my box. This formula by the Balm is awesome! It’s thick and creamy, and in their BAM! Pink color it had the perfect amount of pink without being overpowering. It also has a kind of delicate floral note to it, making it smell yummy and feel fresh on my lips without being totally overpowering.
Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal
I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again, I’m a total fragrance snob. Truth be told, for every 20 fragrances I sample, I probably only like 1 of them. And if a product doesn’t smell good, I don’t care how awesome it is, I won’t use it.
That’s one of the things I love about Birchbox. When I set my preferences I indicated that I want to receive a lot of fragrance samples. Because I don’t mind getting things I won’t use, and throwing them away, it’s a great way for me to try samples without having to invest a bunch of money into finding one that works for me.
This sample, from Juicy, was actually a pleasant surprise. It has a few of my favorites, gardenia and jasmine, combined with pear, apple and vanilla and is kind of lovely and fresh. I would actually wear this regularly, probably in the summer during the evenings as it has that kind of vibe.
Dr. Scheller Calendula Hand Balm
On the opposite end of the spectrum, this product, for me, was an epic fail. It smells like scented tampons. Yeah, I know that’s gross, but it does. It has that totally engineered “lady” fragrance that I feel like is in every feminine product, and it literally makes me gag.
I was really sad too, as the sample was huge and it would have made for a great gym bag product, but because of the scent I couldn’t even bring myself to try it. Sorry gang, no actual product review here.
The Big Winner: amika Nourishing Mask
The big winner from my box this month was… drumroll please… amika!
In truth it isn’t all that surprising as I’ve sampled a few of their products so far, and to date, have purchased every single one of them in a full size. This Nourishing Mask is no exception.
It is thick and creamy, smells like heaven, coated my hair and stayed in place for the 2-3 minute recommended treatment time.
To give it a true test, once I was done with my shower I went ahead and blew out my curly hair without using any additional product and was shocked to realize I didn’t even need my flat iron.
My hair was super shiny, laid nicely, and even the Florida humidity didn’t get frizzy.
This treatment is a total keeper, and I ordered the full sized right away. I’ll be adding this in as a one-per-week spa day for my long hair.
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