February: Rent The Runway x Birchbox

photo 3 (4)February has been a very busy month for me. With work, looking for a new apartment, and blogging, my Birchbox this month really made my February special. Seriously, it’s the little things – in every literal sense of the word ‘little’ ’cause it’s just samples. Still, I love my Birchbox! If you don’t already know, Birchbox is a monthly subscription box that is curated from your personal beauty profile. Each month, you receive 4-5 samples of deluxe size beauty products. This month, instead of letting Birchbox surprise me, I decided to go with the guest editor box made by Rent The Runway. Here are the products I received: Continue reading

January Birchbox: Let’s Do This!

My Birchbox finally came this month! After about 2 weeks of dealing with Birchbox support about my missing box for January, it finally arrived in the mail a couple of days ago. Was it worth the wait and hype? First off, if you don’t already know, Birchbox is a monthly subscription box that is curated from your personal beauty profile. Each month, you receive 4-5 samples of deluxe size beauty products. Each month, there is a theme and this month’s theme is “Let’s Do This!” Here are the products I received:

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From left to right: Juliette Has  a Gun Not a Perfume, Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45+, Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner in New Delhi Chai, Essentiel Elements Wake Up Rosemary Body Lotion, and Number 4 Hair Care Non-Aerosol Hairspray.

Juliette Has  a Gun Not a Perfume:  I don’t normally wear perfumes (and have actually requested Birchbox to stop sending me them) but I don’t think I mind this scent. It’s made out a single element called Cetalox, normally used in perfumery as a back note. The scent is very light, simple, and elegant. Great scent for wearing to the office or just a casual day out. Retail: $90

Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45+: I loveee Dr. Jart products! This is an all-in-one product that provides light coverage, primer, moisturizer, sunscreen, and treatment serum. I’ve already started using this and have to say it really cuts down on my time getting ready in the morning. Love, love, love! Retail: $39

Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner in New Delhi Chai: I don’t normally wear color eyeliners, only black and brown. However, I don’t mind a little color from time to time to spice up my look. This light shade of gold is perfect for a night out. Goes on smooth, easy to apply. It is more of a dress-up, night-out on the town color for me, so the sample will last me awhile. Retail: $11

Essentiel Elements Wake Up Rosemary Body Lotion: Can we talk about the scent, please?! The blend of rosemary and mint is divine and wakes me up every time I smell it. Not to mention, it’s also hydrating and heals my dry skin. I think I found my new favorite body lotion. Retail: $19

Number 4 Hair Care Non-Aerosol Hairspray: Number 4 products have been a hit or miss with me. I didn’t like their shampoo so much since it smelled like men’s cologne and made me feel quite nauseous. Thankfully, the hairspray doesn’t smell like that at all. The scent reminds me of watermelon candy, but it’s actually fruit and flower extracts. I’m running out of hairspray, so this is next in rotation.  Retail: $30

photo (1)I’m actually very impressed with this month’s box. What I love about Birchbox is that I am able to discover and try new products without having to break the bank. With my January box, I feel like I am ready to tackle the new year with a more adventurous beauty profile. I think I’ll be stepping out of my comfort zone this year.

Let’s do this!

Are you a Birchbox subscriber? What did you think about your January 2015 box? Tell me in the comments section below!

Christmas Holiday Birchbox Unboxing

Last Birchbox for 2014! I’ve been a Birchbox subscriber since July and enjoy the perks of being a Birchblogger. Every month I get to sample 5-6 different products for $10 that I’ve never tried before. It’s a great way to switch up my beauty routine without having to break the bank. Here’s what I got in my box this month.

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Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate: $28.00 full size/$1.87 sample value

I love the smell of this moisturizer! It also doubles as a makeup remover but the sample is tiny so I doubt I’ll be using it for that. Going straight into my work bag.

 

 

photo 1 (4)No. 4 L’eau de Mare Hydrating Shampoo: $34.00 full size/$4.00 sample value

No. 4 L’eau de Mare Hydrating Conditioner: $36.00 full size/$1.06 sample value

I’ve received a No. 4 hair detangling/styling product before and loved it. Actually looking forward to trying out their shampoo and conditioner.

 

photo 3 (2)Rusk Texture Spray: $18.00 full size/$3.37 sample value

I love when I get items in my box that I need. I finished my other hairspray and this one came right on time. I’ve seen pretty good reviews on this product so am excited to try it out.

 

 

photo 4 (2)Manna Kadar Lip Locked in Lucky: $24.00 full size/$0.20 sample value

This was my sample choice this month, and I’m disappointed at how tiny the sample size is. It’s a mix between a gloss and a stain, which is something I’ve never tried before. I love the color and am surprised at the moisturizing and staying power. Wish the sample was a bit bigger.

 

photo 5 (1)Lord and Berry Paillettes Eyeliner: $18.00 full size/$4.50 sample value

Not really a glitter kind of gal, but will try this on a date night.

 

 

 

photo (6)REVIEW: Overall, I am pretty happy with my box. I paid about $10 for the box and received $15 worth of products. Birchbox partnered with GAP this month, so they included a $10 giftcard in my box, making my box worth $25.  I will also earn $6 in points to use in the Birchbox shop since I will review each product ($1 back per product review). It’s a great deal and I’m totally stoked to try out my samples.

Do you subscribe to Birchbox? What did you think about your box this month?

Happy box, happy blogger.  xo