Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Birchbox Unboxing: January 2013

It's about that time!  Time for a Birchbox unboxing.  I had expected mine to arrive on Friday but was very happy when my hubby told me it was in the mailbox.  You probably already know what Birchbox is, but in case you don't you can learn more here.  Basically, it's a makeup sample subscription service.  Every month, you receive 4-5 deluxe samples of high-end beauty and/or life style products.  I've received quite a few full-sized items, so it definitely pays for itself.  So, here we go...

This month's theme is, appropriately, the new year and how to start it off right.  The offerings in this month's box are meant to refresh your routine.  In addition to samples, they included a fold-out pamphlet of ways to start new routines or refresh old ones in 2013.

 Since I'm impatient, I nearly always check my Birchbox account online to see what I'm getting in my box.  Usually, when it's been shipped, the items that are in your box are listed under the "Box" section of your account.  I was super excited to see that my box included this blush.

theBalm cosmetics Hot Mama Shadow & Blush All in One, $20
I've heard a lot of great things about this brand and have been wanting to try their popular blushes.  This one is very pretty.  It's a shimmery coral that can be used as a blush, highlighter, or an eyeshadow.  I'm not sure I could pull this off as an eyeshadow, but I think it will be gorgeous as a blush!  The sample is about the size of an eyeshadow.

As soon as I opened my box, I could smell my perfume sample!

Harvey Prince Skinny Chic, $55 for 50 ml
This eau de parfum is touted as being energizing and appetite-curbing.  Um...hence the name Skinny Chic?  I had to giggle when I read 'appetite-curbing.'  If I start to look skinny, guys, you can give all the credit to this perfume.  That being said, it smells delicious (pun intended).  It contains dominant notes of crisp green apple, marine mint, and lotus blossom.  There are background notes of grapefruit, bergamot, fennel, white cedarwood, amber, and iris.

No, I'm not a perfume connoisseur.  I got that off the website.  :) 

Next up: a lash serum!

Lashem Measurable Difference Lash Gel Serum, $69.99 for 3.5 ml
This is a gel serum meant to enhance your eyelashes and brows.  The science behind it?  Birchbox's website tells me that it contains growth-spurring oligo polypeptides and permanently infuses lashes with potent active ingredients.  Basically, it keeps working after you apply.  It contains all-natural green tea, cucumber, goji berry and grape-seed extracts that keep lashes glossy and healthy.

We'll see how it works!

Oh, fresh.  How I love you.  But, I know you're expensive.  Let's just get this straight right now: I do not need to fall in love with another expensive skin care item.  I'm looking at you, REN!

fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream, $42 for 50 ml
The plant peptides in this moisturizer keep your skin moisturized for 24 hours.  In fact, nearly all the ingredients help retain moisture, in addition to firming skin and preventing wrinkles.  It's recommended to use this day and night, which is surprising.  I don't think I would use this during the day, simply because I have combination/oily skin.  Definitely a night time try for me.

Ugh, and it's in packets.  I'm going to be super careful with these.  Fresh tend to have ample amount of product in their sample packets, and I got two.  This might be about a week's worth-ish if I'm conservative.

My bonus item is this shampoo.  It's from a brand I've never heard of before.

Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo, $32 for 250 ml
Judging from all the French on the sample bottle, I'm willing to guess that this is a brand from across the pond.  ;)  Lately, I've been avoiding clarifying shampoos and styling products.  My hair was ravaged (I exaggerate) by a shampoo/conditioner combo I was using for a few months.  Basically, it completely dried out my hair and I've been using nourishing shampoo/conditioner to get it back to where it was.  Specifically, I've been avoiding sulfates, since they can be drying.  They don't normally bother my hair, but for now I am staying clear of them.

According to the website, this shampoo is rich in vitamins and antioxidants.  So, while it's clarifying, it's also meant to restore balance with natural ingredients.  It is sulfate/sodium chloride and paraben free (yay).

Overall, I'd say this is a good box.  I'm most excited about the blush and the moisturizer.  Next, I'd say the shampoo and serum.  The perfume smells lovely, but I don't use fragrances too much since they bother my allergies and my husband's.  Occasionally, I can find a perfume that won't make us all sneeze.  Hopefully this is one of them!

Do you get Birchbox?  What did you get this month?

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