Birchbox March 2014 review… I received box #39
This month’s theme was spring forward and I loved it!
(missing from the group image the Ghirardelli Intense Dark Cherry Tango because I immediately ate it) Greenleaf Starlight Candle: I was SO excited to get a candle in this box! I’ve never received a candle in a birch box! The smell of it is very strong and nice. It’s citrus but also like a clean musk? Does that description even make sense… it smells like it could be soap but a really good smelling soap. COOLA Tinted Matte SPF 30 for Face: I actually really loved this. It wasn’t as heavy as other BB creams I’ve sampled and I found it very moisturizing. Air Repair Rescue Balm All-Purpose Skin Salve and Lip Balm: What a great idea!!! I think I want to keep this in my car! (I could have used this two MONTHS ago… but now will do) However… I imagine a container of Vaseline would do the same thing? This is more fancy. Gilchrist & Soames London Collection Body Lotion: This was okay. I need lotion like I need nail polish (I don’t). So I will try to use this up right away. Nelson j Beverly Hills Argan Oil 7 Non-Foaming Shampoo: This smelled like toothpaste… not really a fan of that. I will try it out but if my hair smells like minty toothpaste I will not be happy about it. I am not someone who really cares about sulfate or parabon free stuff… I don’t know should I be? I don’t color my hair? OH and what’s non foaming mean?? Just because of that I am interested in testing it out… but will the non foaming part be bad?
I did not peak this month so everything I received was a total surprise.
This isn’t the entire box. I did get a chocolate covered pretzel… but when I went to go photograph the box contents the pretzel was NO WHERE to be found??? I KNOW I didn’t eat it. We’ve got a chocolate covered pretzel thief on the lose… it’s the only explanation… or I lost it?
Aloxxi ColourCare Volumizing and Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner: I know this it technically two items – but it’s really like one. I do like getting travel size bottles of shampoo and conditioner for traveling… but I hardly travel… but ya know if I ever did. I like these! Volume, strength, and color protection are things I like. — when they say color protection do they mean like color dye? because I haven’t colored my hair in like 6 years – this my totally natural hair color. But if it protects my natural color from fading or dullness I like that.
Chella Highlighter Pencil: THIS I am very interested in. “This pencil conceals, brightens, contours, shapes, lines, and defines… working 10 different ways to help you highlight your natural beauty.” Sounds good to me!
Color Club Harlem Lights Collection: The color I got is called Baldwin Blues… LOVE IT! I really liked the gold, Apollo Star, but I am just as happy with the Baldwin Blues. Those were my two fav from the collection so I’m glad I got one! Can’t go wrong with a nail polish!
Fatty Sundays Chocolate Covered Pretzel Flavors – 5 Pack: The sample i received and now can’t find was TINY. Like a bite size of one of these. I can’t really tell what size they actually are. I mean, chocolate covered pretzels – I’ll always like them… $35 for a 5 pack? I’m not sold. The flavors sound amazing though, two sprinkles (eh), smooth mint (mmm), toffee crunch (yes yes please!), and toasted coconut (fannncyyy!!). I’d say these would be fun stocking suffers but for $.
WHAT in the WORLD is up with this season of Dancing with the Stars?? Here are my thoughts… So Monday was week 9’s episode… and Elizabeth (Jesse from Save by the Bell) was sent home… So we have Amber Riley, Leah Remini, Corbin Bleu, Jack Osbourne, and Bill Engvall left. The past like 7 weeks Bill Engvall is shocked beyond belief that he’s still on the show… and so is the rest of America… WHO is voting for him??? He doesn’t get very good scores… who knew Bill Engvall has such a large fan base. So on to my next thought…. is it all rigged? I’ve been watching A LOT of Scandal… and I’m thinking it has to be rigged… like the week with the technical difficulties and no one was sent home… total cover up scandal. I saw the same thing happen on The X factor – due to technical difficulties no one was sent home. Conspiracy!!
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I’m in the middle of season 2 of Scandal… it’s a terrific show to binge watch since you’re dying to know what happens at the end of each episode. It’s on Netflix… I recommend it to everyone. OH and I love ALL of Olivia Pope’s Clothes… and SPEAKING of…
I was watching season 2 episode 8 the other day – and I saw this dress… and it’s like almost the exact dress my friend wore to her son’s baptism on Sunday… I texted her immediately… we were both so excited that her dress was seen on TV (I love seen on TV clothes). She was worried about her dress choice, but seeing that Olivia Pope wore it eliminated her apprehension.
And on to my next thought… searching for that dress online I stumbled upon the site http://scandalmoments.tumblr.com/ and if you’re a true Scandal fan you’ll totally LOVE it. There’s a Olivia Pope Fashion page and I LOVE IT. MAYBE I should start collecting Scandal clothes and stop looking at the Pretty Little Liar clothes… ya know cause it’s probably more age appropriate??
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So I’m not THAT into Real Housewives of Beverly Hills… but I did watch the first episode… I still need to watch Monday’s episode. My thoughts on the two new housewives… well Joyce Giraud has the most amazing hair on the planet… and Carlton practices witchcraft. My rule in life… never trust anyone who practices witchcraft. (sorry if you’re reading this and do practice witchcraft… I don’t mean to offend).
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I received my birchbox and I got box #18…. and I am still not sure how I feel about… review to come soon.
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Is just barely 2 years old too young for Elf on the Shelf? Will he get it? Will I really do the fun things you’re supposed to do with it??? Is it worth the $30?? What are your thoughts?
This month’s Birchbox box was a really good one. It’s a monthly subscription box that costs $10.
I have to admit I peaked this month before I received it in the mail… and I’m glad I did because I was really excited!
Pop Beauty Aqua Lacquer: full size $14… I think I got a full size. It’s a sheer gloss that plumps and hydrates with jojoba oil. The color I got was Floating Rose. It’s darker in person than it looks on the site. It has a unique spatula-like applicator brush – and smells minty. When I put it on it’s tingly and not that sticky. It’s totally fun and I’m really glad I got it in my box!
Benefit Cosmetics – Fake Up: full size $24. First of all I LOVE this idea… it’s a hydrating under eye concealer. I use under eye concealer, and a moisturizer and this is BOTH. Plus I like this sample size – it’s small, but it’s perfect to pop in your travel make up bag. $24 is a lot but I might just love it enough to buy it (with my birchbox points that is).
Chapstick Hydration Lock: Who doesn’t love a good chap stick? And I really like the vanilla creame flavor! This was a great practical addition to the box! And just in time too, winter is coming!
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser: full size $24.50 (but my info card says $21.50!)… I love this!! I love washing my face different ways… and this was different! The cloth is just the perfect amount of rough to exfoliate without feeling like sandpaper… I was really amazed how well it washed away any make up or dirt I had on my face. Afterward my face felt smooth, clean, and surprisingly hydrated – not dry.
The box also had a $1 off a hydration lock chapstick (scoreee)
This month’s Birchbox box was a pretty good one I think. It’s a monthly subscription box that costs $10.
Caudalie Make-up Remover Cleansing Water: This was a pretty good size sample and I was most excited about this in the box. I tried it and it worked well. It’s expensive though, $28 for a full size. I think I’m sticking to my make up remover wipes. But for now until this is gone I’ll be using this.
Amika Blow Up Spray: This is awesome. I am so going to use this today when I blow dry my hair. The sample size is good too! I love the label with all the colors. It adds lift and shine, totally what I want.
Ruffian Nail Lacquer: I love nail polish! And I don’t have a color like this. It’s called Hedge Fund. I would have also loved the purple color, Delirium. Great to add to my collection.
Egyptian Magic Skin Cream: It says you can basically put this anywhere and it does it all. I don’t like getting packets of lotion, I feel the need to use it all at once and then it’s gone. I will for sure use this though and love it.
This month’s Birchbox box was all about finishing school… I never really get the connection to the themes with the items in the box…
(Again my camera is broken, so I am using my camera phone from 2009)
Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect – This spray stengthens, repairs, protects, detangles… it’s great… except I don’t really like the smell. Yup, I just sprayed it again… and yeah the smell isn’t something I wanna smell like. It smells chemically and perfumey. I WISH I liked the smell because it does so many great things.
Dr.Jart+ Premium BB Cream SPF 45+ – This sample is tiny .17 fl oz but at least it’s not in a packet. I this the tiny little tube is cute! I love bb cream… I just didn’t like the shade of this one. I wanted it to be more brown or goldish. It has great reviews on birchbox though.
ModelCo Party Proof Matte Lip Stick – A full size lip stick! Sure! And it’s not in a ridic color, great (I got “Kitty”)! I don’t ever wear lip stick… but this is just fun to own!
Jasmine Seven Fresh Feet Wipes – They sell these by the canister. If I like them… then I might keep a canister in my gym locker. That sounds perfect!!! My sister, Smellen, has smelly feet from her smelly flats (Hi!) – she’d probably like these too! Keep them under her desk at work, and when no ones looking quick wipe her smelly feet.
TanTowel: June’s box had a tan towel… and I even emailed birchbox about how I don’t like them. Recieving ONE is sketchy… will it REALLY cover all I need it to? Anyways, I don’t even want to chance it… it could be bad, and it could ruin my clothes, or sheets… not worth it to me. I will not use this… OR my other one I got.
Overall… total dissapointment in this box… well not total but mostly. I liked the shampoo and conditioner and the blush I guess… but I don’t think this is worth $10. I was sad when I opened this at my parent’s… my mom gave me some samples she had from the mall to cheer me up!! Soooo here they are…
Birchbox is a monthly subscription box for $10/month. You’ll receive 4-6 beauty/lifestyle products to try out.
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The box itself changed. Birchbox’s logo changed. I am nervous about this… what other changes have been made? I JUST renewed for a year – I hope the boxes don’t start to disappoint me.
Postcards… this photo is missing the one for NYC… since my sister’s sending that one right away to our friend Surbhi in India. That’s the only one that made sense to send though… like why would I send a postcard that says Barcelona on it? So this box was supposed to be about Summer adventures… I really didn’t get that vibe.
Color Club Wanderlust Collection: I received “Mod in Manhattan” Cute name… not a cute color. Yes, I got the “NY” color – and I am from NY. But I hated it. I would have rather gotten any of the other 3. The coral was for Spain, green for London, and lavender for France. I painted two nails – and immediately took it off. So disappointing.
Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleaner: This face scrub is all natural, which I think is pretty cool. It smells AMAZING. Like sweet lemons. The sample is pretty small, but I hope I can get a few uses out of it. It costs $32.95 for 4 oz which is pretty steep – but if I fall in love with it, I MIGHT purchase it.
Laqa & Co Lil’ Lip Duo: This reminded me of Aria on Pretty Little Liars. Unfortunately I could never pull off an Aria hot pink lip and I will never use this product ever.
Comodynes Self-Tanning Intensive: My sister got this in a box before. We’re Irish/Swedish… self tanning towelettes are not our thing. She received two in her box (I only got one)… which she used and it did not work out well for her. SO I am totally afraid to try this out… and I only have one – so what if it really doesn’t get my whole body… and I’m left all uneven?
Tweezerman Filemate: THIS was my favorite item in the box! I am SO happy I got zebra and not polka dots (I am no fan of polka dots). The little nail files are SO cute. I gave one to my sister immediately to put in her bag… it game with 12! I’ll keep one in my car, in my desk drawer, etc. It’ll be just so handy and easy to store. I always need a nail file, and I keep them in a few places, but this is great! I really like Tweezerman products.