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Birchbox is kind of like a holiday present that I give myself every month. Every month is a holiday, every month is a surprise? The fun never ends.
Not familiar with Birchbox? It's a monthly beauty subscription box. For $10 per
month, you get 4-5 beauty and "lifestyle" samples, plus the opportunity to
review the samples you received for rewards points to be used
towards purchases in the Birchbox shop. They recently launched in Canada too!
Before I get into the box contents, can I just take a moment and say how pretty the actual box was this month? Lookie:
Oooooh, blue. With gold bits. So festive. I usually recycle or repurpose my Birchboxes into gift boxes, but I might have to keep this one around.
This month's theme is "Decked Out", i.e. ways to get your beauty festivities on a bit early. Sounds good. There was another little card in the box as well with instructions on how to get a complimentary $10 credit to spend at Gap—nice! Well, it would be nicer if one could use the credit online (as opposed to physical stores only). Also, I heard that some people were having issues getting their codes because people were trying to claim them fraudulently... well, it was a nice idea.
Onto the products!
Ojon rare blend™ oil Moisture Therapy (Sample size, 2ml, approximate value $1.56):
An "intensely moisturizing" hair oil that contains... something. The Birchbox product page lists Ojon oil, monoi oil, coconut oil, ximenia oil and aloe vera as components of this blend, but when I tried to look at the full ingredients list it just says "Please contact Customer Service (877) 487-7272 for ingredients." Hmm. Not sure what to make of that. I can tell you this much though: This oil blend smells awesome (kind of sweet with a hint of herbs and fruitiness) and isn't super heavy or greasy, so that's promising I guess.
SeaRx Microdermabrasion Face and Body Scrub (Sample size, 5g-ish, approximate value $1.40):
A physical exfoliation scrub made with mineral salts and a bunch of other stuff. I'll be honest here—I'd be fine if I never got another "microdermabrasion" scrub in a beauty box. I don't like using them on my face (too rough for me—I prefer chemical exfoliants or the melty goodness of sugar) and these tubes can be a little fussy to use in the shower for body exfoliation. Oh well! Birchbox, please make a "I don't want no scrub" checkbox on your profile page?
RUSK® Texture Spray (Sample size, 1.5oz/50ml, approximate value $3.38):
A medium-hold hairspray that's supposed to give hair volume and shape whilst retaining bounce. Shrug. Hairspray doesn't usually drive me wild with delight, but I'll try it!
Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge in Sydney (Sample size, 1.7g, approximate value $7.04):
A matte, dark magenta lip tint that promises to "stay put all day", even without lip liner. I ended up liking this a lot more than I thought I would—it didn't bleed or feather on me without lipliner, just as the info card claims. The color is very intense and opaque, but in a flattering, non-clownish way. My only complaint is that it isn't 100% transfer-proof (which I learned after giving my BF a big old peck on the cheek—mwah.) Not a bad product at all though, all things considered. It even has a nice fruity scent!
Vasanti Kajal Extreme Intense Eye Pencil in Rose Gold (Sample size, 0.03oz, approx. value $13.50):
A creamy eyeliner pencil with in a subtly shimmery rose gold shade. As has been the case recently, Birchbox subscribers were given the chance to preselect one of their samples via e-mail, and this is the one I went for. I like it! This is a pretty shade for highlighting, using along the waterline etc. No complaints!
Swatches of the lip tint and eye pencil:
Total box value: Approximately $26.88
I liked my Birchbox this month. I don't necessarily need more hair products or scrubs, but I'm thrilled with both of the makeup items I got, so I'm fine with the rest of the lot being a bit less exciting. My favorite item overall this time was the Mirenesse tint—I'm wearing it right now, in fact!
Like what you see? You can sign up for Birchbox here. I've been pleased enough with them so far that I finally signed up for an annual subscription last month... here's hoping they continue to please. Be sure to use coupon codes BBSTORE100 or BBJETBLUE when you sign up—either of those codes will earn you 100 points to use in the Birchbox shop, which is equivalent to $10. Birchbox subscriptions also make a great gift, FYI! You can purchase gift subscriptions for as little as three months.
What do you think of my December Birchbox? If you got some of the same stuff, what did you like (or not like)?
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