Birchbox December 2014 Review!

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I love the Birchbox box this month! They have a way of branding themselves that makes them seem very upscale, classic and trendy all at the same time and I love it. This carries over to their boxes. I think their classic brown boxes are great and I also look forward to the fun box designs they release every so often.

For this of you who may not know, Birchbox is a monthly subscription service where, for $10 a month, you receive a box of beauty samples curated for you based on your beauty profile. You can review each product in your box for ten Birchbox (BB) points. 100 points=$10 off products in the BB store. Their rewards system is amazing!

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This month’s theme is Decked Out. As has been the case the past few months, subscribers were given a sample choice. We were able to choose one of our samples and although I don’t always choose, this month there were quite a few that I wanted to try. Not to mention that this is the second time I have taken advantage of the sample choice and both times I have been completely wowed by my box. I think I should choose start choosing a sample every month!

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Vasanti Cosmetics Kajal Extreme Intense Eye Pencil, full size $18

This was my sample choice this month. I had a difficult time choosing, but rose gold is so in right now that I had to go for this one. I really love the color and although I wore it on my entire lid, I think I will use it more to highlight my tear ducts. I need more time to play around with it.

I was able to find full dimensions for this eyeliner on Amazon. According to that info, this sample has a value of $1. I find that hard to believe because it is a great size!

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Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder and Mini Fan Brush, full size $37 and $30.

These two items really made this box a home run for me. I love Laura Mercier and that fan brush is so cute! I am so excited to use them as I have lived everything from this brand that I have tried.

A bonus sample of the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer was included as well. When I saw it was in my box, I had hoped for a bigger sample but wasn’t surprised that it was a little foil packet. I didn’t include the value if this in my box total but it was nice of them to include it!

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Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre, full size $16.

This is a moisturizer that is apparently a makeup artist favorite that goes well under foundation. I am overloaded on facial creams right now so I am going to save this for a few months in the hopes that I will need it at some point. It felt nice on my hand–moisturizing without being greasy or thick.

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Whish Shave Cream in Acai Grapefruit, full size $20.

The scent if this isn’t completely awful to me, but I don’t love it either. Synthetic fruit scents are typically a huge no no for me. I did like the lather of this but my legs are very sensitive to razor burn, especially this time if year, and so far LUSH’s Ambrosia is the only shaving cream that soothes them. I think I will save this for my travel bag.

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Beauty Protector Protect & Oil, full size $25.95

This hair oil protects against UV rays, heat and breakage. It smells just like the brand’s de tangling spray, which isn’t my favorite. It smells like fake brown sugar and butter. This is a nice enough hair oil but I got a Davines hair oil in my September box that already has my heart!

I was so thrilled with my box this month. Not everything was a hit but there were some amazing products included. I had a hard time calculating the value of the box. Two samples didn’t have a weight on them (the hair oil and the fan brush), so I pretty much guessed on the values for those two items. I value the box to be right around $22.37. It doesn’t sound that high but factor in the 70 points I will get for reviewing these products and I essentially paid only $3 for the box.

What did you think of your December Birchbox?

-s

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Birchbox Review: October 2014

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For the first time ever, I received my Birchbox before the contents were revealed. I was shocked and excited because I couldn’t spoil my samples for once!

For those who don’t know, Birchbox is a monthly subscription service. For $10/month you get a box of beauty samples curated for you based on your beauty profile. Birchbox is amazing simply for their points system, because every sample you review gets you 10 BB points. Every 100 points equals $10 to spend in the BB store. To sign up, click here (this is a referral link).

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This month’s theme is about sharing your passion. There was an extra insert where you can list a favorite tv show and share on Instagram for a chance to win 1,000 BB points. I listed Ink Master because it is the one show my husband and I watch together now that Big Brother is over, so typically I paint my nails while we watch it so he can hold the baby.

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Here are the contents for my box this month. I wasn’t wowed or disappointed. This box fell in the middle for me and now that I have gotten to try everything, there were definitely some hits.

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Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Fave Rejuvenator. Full size $34, sample value $5.67.

This cleanser mimics the effects of microdermabrasion. I really do not need another cleanser. I mean, it’s bad. I have more than enough. I will use this sample but I haven’t been wowed by it thus far. It does give a really nice exfoliation though.

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Camille Beckman Tuscan Honey Glycerine Hand Therapy. Full size $13.95, sample value $.58.

I was pretty ruthless when I reviewed this product online. As a hand cream, it works. It makes my hands feel soft and silky. But that is all this cream has going for it. It smells like something my grandma would use. Ditto for the packaging. It is just ugly. But I am partial to the flower on top. That’s kind of cute. But yeah, I’m thinking my grandma would love this.

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Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips. Full size $14.50, sample value $2.86.

This stuff is awesome! As a nursing mom, I have used nipple creams before. Never on my lips, but it actually works really well! It is super thick and somewhat sticky. The staying power is great! I wish this sample were bigger because I have almost run through it. I will probably buy the full size. Unless I can use my lansinoh nipple cream as a lip balm too, because I already have some of that hanging out around here somewhere.

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Tocca Eau de Parfum in Florence. Full size $68, sample value somewhere around $4.06 (long story!)

I hate perfume samples, so usually this would not be welcomed. I do like Tocca though plus my youngest daughter is named Florence, so I had to like this! Unfortunately, I don’t. It smalls of gardenia, which I love but something else in there mixed with the gardenia makes me not love it. Maybe it’s the jasmine? I don’t know. But I think my mom might like it so hopefully it will find a good home.

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Coastal Scents Revealed Eyeshadow Palette. Full size $34, sample value $2.72.

These colors are gorgeous and right up my alley. I love neutral browns and that’s pretty much all I wear. The sample size is a bit hard to use because they are so small that my brush has a hard time picking up the color. Other than that, total win.

Overall, my Birchbox had an estimated value of $15.89. I won’t use the Tocca perfume but everything else will be enjoyed by me so even though there isn’t anything I am super excited about, I am still happy with my box.

What about everyone else? I’d love to hear what you got in your Birchbox this month!

-s