Birchbox Review December 2014

I’m absolutely obsessed with makeup, so it was only a matter of time before I started subscribing to some of the makeup sample boxes out there. Since Birchbox was the one I had heard of first, it was the one I subscribed too first. And now my first box is finally here! 😀

Packaging

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My first Birchbox… via Instagram.

As a graphic designer it’s all about the packaging and Birchbox didn’t disappoint. This is actually a super cute box. The picture has an Instagram filter and the actual color is more of a brighter blue which actually is really pretty. Even the shipping box, was branded and pretty cute.

Tocca Hand Cream in Cleopatra 4fl — $20

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I’ve been obsessed with lotions for quite some time now, so when I saw that my first Birchbox included a hand cream I was super excited. The scent is grapefruit and cucumber which reminds me a little of Cucumber Melon (which my mother always wore when I was little). It’s incredibly soft, silky, and luxurious with a scent that’s pleasing but not so overpowering as to be all you can smell when you’re wearing it.

 Lord and Berry #5072 Sparkle Black Eyeliner– $18

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This black sparkle eyeliner is actually super cute, and the perfect color for New Years Eve. I was a little nervous (as I tried it on in the car, which I don’t recommend) because I’m not really accustomed to actual pencil eyeliners versus the kohl liners which are super soft; it actually ended up working out nicely. I didn’t end up wearing it to work like I had initially planned, however I do plan to try it out for New Years so I’ll update this then to see if it has the staying power I need.

English Laundry Perfume 1.7 oz — $70

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I really wasn’t sure if I was going to like this because I’m a little particular when it comes to scents. According to Birchbox the scent features:

Top notes of rose geranium with a backdrop of woody spicy and musky notes.

I’m not entirely sure what that’s supposed to mean, so I decided I’d have to smell it to get the full effect. I actually really like this scent more than I thought I would. I can’t think of any place that I could wear it however because it’s a bit too powerful for the office.

Coola mineral sunscreen/BB Cream– $36

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According to Birchbox the product is a BB cream/tinted moisturizer… I’m pretty in love with BB creams right now (as is almost everyone in the makeup world. Thus far I’ve only tried a few, so I was curious when I first got this how it would work. I decided to wear it underneath my makeup for the day and what I can say is that it went on super smooth. It didn’t really seem to have a lot of color for being tinted, that said it felt really nice.

Real Chemistry 3 Minute Face Peel — $48

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I would have preferred a mud mask type of product, however I think the problem was more my own inability to make it work, than necessarily the product itself. I haven’t used a face peel in a while and nothing quite like this.

Overall

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It’s a pretty fun box. I liked being able to sample different products and brands all of which I had never heard of, and I was actually pretty pleasantly surprised. I’m interested to see what the new year brings for Birchbox. More makeup perhaps?

Update 12/22: I got an email from Birchbox offering a sneak peak into January’s box and to be honest I wasn’t that impressed. Several lotion samples, one of which was a sample I’d already received just didn’t appeal to me. For now, I’ll be holding off on Birchbox and will reevaluate my decision in February.

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