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Who's ready to get down to some serious relaxation with the January Birchbox? Me, that's who! And if you don't subscribe, maybe this review will soothe you. Sooooooothe.
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. Rewards = more stuff! I LIKE STUFF!!! They just started shipping to Canada too—check out the Canadian site for details.
For the past few months, Birchbox has been allowing subscribers to pre-select one of their samples or a special curated box. This time I went with one of the special boxes: Relax & Recharge.
I love at-home pampering sessions and sure as hell could use an excuse to relax, so choosing this box was a no-brainer. Let's see what was in it!
When™ Travelmate Sheet Mask (1x 23g mask, approx. value $7):
These are great masks. I actually got one in Memebox a while back, and as soon as I saw it on the Birchbox sample selection page I went "OMG MUST HAVE." These are bio-cellulose/gel masks, which are sort of a premium item, hence the not-absurdly-low price. I like these masks because they're very soothing, fit my face nicely, and don't smell like ass. High standards, right? One funny thing I should note is that these are the only sheet masks I've ever tried that were slightly too long for my nose. I have a huge nose, so... yeah. Not a problem though: Just fold up the tip and you're good.
Perlier Intensive Nurturing Body Balm in Lavender (1oz/30ml sample, approx. value $4.25):
Perlier is another brand I've sampled in many forms and generally like. Their body butters are rich and usually smell awesome, and lavender seems like the perfect scent choice for a relaxation box. I haven't opened this yet because I have another mini tube of Perlier in rotation at the moment, but you better bet your bippy that I'm going to use this bad boy.
Briogeo Don't Despair! Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask (1oz/30ml sample, approx. value $4.95):
A deep conditioning mask for your hair, AKA conditioner. Whoa. I tried a sample of this via Ipsy a really long time ago (maybe over a year ago?) and wasn't really that impressed. It works fine as a conditioning treatment, but it wasn't really "miraculous" so I think it's too expensive for what it is. I also didn't like the way it smelled, but I'm picky about that sort of thing so YMMV.
Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream (0.2oz/7ml sample, approx. value $17.73):
You heard it here first: This is eye cream. Yup. And according to the tube it's "99% natural", which is pretty much meaningless to me. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to try this sample or give it away—I'm prone to getting millia around my eyes, and I'm still not sure if rich eye creams contribute to that. What do you think? If you've tried this, is it amazing or meh?
Manna Kadar Lip Locked in All Of Me (0.01oz/0.5g sample, approx. value $0.34):
A lip tint with a glossy finish. And a shiny gem on the tube, which always makes me feel fancy. This stuff is gorgeous! Very pigmented, nice texture, nice color. It doesn't really have any scent at all, which may be a pro or a con depending on your preferences? Personally I don't care. Swatch:
Teapigs Tea Temples (2 "Temples", approximate value $1.33):
I'm glad that Birchbox included some tea as a sixth bonus item, because as I've said before, it annoys the shit out of me when food or tea takes the place of one of the five beauty samples. That said, it certainly makes sense in the context of a relaxation box, and both liquorice and chamomile are excellent choices because they're sweet and herbal (no caffeine). I've never tried Teapigs before, but I'm looking forward to it next time I need to take a break from sucking down coffee!
Total box value: Approximately $35.60
I'm pleased with you this month, Birchbox. I thought that this was a really well-curated box, and despite a couple of "meh" inclusions (hellooooo overpriced eye cream and hair treatment) it still has a lot to offer. The Manna Kadar lip stain was a particularly nice discovery—I probably would have overlooked it if it hadn't shown up in this box, but it did, so... yay!
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What do you think of my January Birchbox? If you subscribe, did you get any of the same stuff?
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