Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My First Birchbox

When my Twitter BFF & fellow blogger, The Stylish Housewife, gifted me with a 3-month Birchbox subscription for my birthday, I was so excited!  For those of you who aren't familiar with Birchbox, it is a monthly subscription service that provides you deluxe samples of 4-5 different beauty products (for just $10 a month).  If you like one of the samples, you can then order the full-size version.  I filled out a survey with my specific interests & skin care needs and they hand-picked items to send to me.  So, since this is my first one, I thought I would show you what I received & give you my full review...


Isn't the packaging adorable?!  And here's what was inside:

1) Harvey Prince - Ageless
What it says: Most scents just smell pretty, but this one is designed to make you smell more youthful - high tech, no?
My review: I am usually very picky about scents, so I was surprised when I liked this one.  It smells very clean at first (pink grapefruit & pomegranate) and then the afternote (jasmine) is a little sweeter.

2) RECHARGE EBOOST - Orange Natural Energy Booster
What it says: Bounce back post-party with this tangy citrus energy booster, packed with a mega-dose of nutrients.
My review: The orange flavor was really tasty - not sure if I felt more energetic, but I like the idea of boosting my immune system without having to take another pill.

3) Benefit Cosmetics - The POREfessional
What it says: Camouflage visible pores with this velvety face primer.  The translucent formula works wonders beneath makeup.
My review: It does what it says ~ my pores were less noticeable after applying.  I love that it is lightly tinted, so I could see using it on days when I'm not doing my makeup.  But, for every day use under foundation, I'll be sticking with my Smashbox primer.

4) Jouer - Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Birchbox Pink
What it says: We teamed up with one of our favorite brands to create this custom fuschia shade.  Apply one coat for semi-sheer pigment or build it for a hot pink pout.
My review: LOVE!  This color is gorgeous (you know I'm a sucker for a hot pink lip) and the formula was not overly sticky, like some glosses I own.

5) Orofluido - Beauty Elixir
What it says: We don't know what we love more - this hair treatment's trio of nourishing essential oils (argan, linseed, cyperus) - or its intoxicating vanilla amber scent.
My review: I DIE. This stuff smells so good I want to pour it on my waffles & eat it...or marinade in it.  And just a drop of it made my hair soft & shiny!  I'm officially obsessed ~ will definitely be ordering the full-size tube.

6) PREP ShowStoppers - Designer Fashion Tape
What it says: Celeb stylists swear by these double-sided tape strips, which will ensure that your party dress stays perfectly in place.
My review: Being a mom of 2, I don't normally wear clothing so revealing that it requires double-stick tape.  But, I'll save it in my dresser for when I get my invitation to the Grammy's. J



charcoal and lime said...

SO excited that you are getting Birchbox too! Love seeing your review. I saw on twitter that you had gotten ours and I just got mine yesterday! I have a different hair oil and perfume, but everything else is the same. I wore my lipgloss to bed last night, because I didn't get to try it on until the kidlets were asleep! It is so much fun to look forward to the box every month...a little mommy treat!

Alysson said...

this looks like such a fun box!! I still haven't given into it....the peer pressure is so strong! It looks awesome

Haley Rogers said...

oh! that is such a good gift idea. I might get that for my sister!

Elle Sees said...

I'm currently obsessed with My Glam, kinda like Birch Box but I like it better.
And speaking of free things, if youd like five free shirts, I have a giveaway from StyleMint. I hope you stop by.

Lynn said...

How fun is that! I will totally have to remember this and stash it in my gift giving list!

Sreckas said...

Nice set. Lucky you. :)
Follow me if you want and i'll follow you back. :)

Alyson said...

what a fun bday gift! huge birchbox fan... and hoping to get that jouer lip gloss as well.

In Pursuit of Style said...

I've tried Birchbox before and its such a FUN thing to get each month - enjoy!

In Pursuit of Style

The Budget Babe said...

great review, i really need to give birchbox a try!

styleforlife said...

Fabulous finds!
I found you through The Stylish Housewife. I would love you to come follow ELVintage blog!
XXX to you! Emily

Kristin said...

That lip gloss is so fun. Love the color!

jenn~the stylish housewife said...

YAY!!!! i'm so excited you got your first box! isn't it so fun?!?!? great review too!

xoxo, jenn
the stylish housewife

Allie said...

I saw where you said you stick with your Smashbox formula. Did you know that Monistat Chaffing Powder Gel has the same ingredients as Smashbox and is a fraction of the cost. You should try it! I did and love it!