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13 March, 2015

Unboxing | Birchbox March 2015: Creativity

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Last month I remarked on how creative Birchbox has been with their box designs lately, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that this month's theme is creativity. Extra-pretty design this time too! But I suppose it's what's inside that counts... who wants to know what I got?

Birchbox March 2015: Creativity box design

Not familiar with Birchbox? It's a monthly beauty and lifestyle subscription box. For $10 per month, you get 4-5 samples, plus the opportunity to review the samples you received for rewards points to be used towards purchases in the Birchbox shop. They're now shipping to Canada too—check out the Canadian site for details.

As I said above, this month's theme is creativity. The info card urged me to fill in the blank and share my answer on social media. Guess I'll humor them.

Birchbox March 2015: Creativity info card

Is that a creative enough answer for you, Birchbox?

Roloxin™ Lift Revitalizing Facial Treatment

Roloxin™ Lift Revitalizing Facial Treatment (2x 3.3g sachets, approximate value $22):
My honest first reaction to this sample: What the hell is this shit and why is it so expensive? Luckily it came with a list of instructions and ingredients, which provided some insights:

Roloxin™ Lift Revitalizing Facial Treatment instruction ingredients

Ant-aging wash-off treatment. Mm-hmm. Second reaction: OK, I know what the hell this shit is, but why is it so expensive? Still unknown. Of course now I'm curious if this stuff is really worth $11 per treatment, so I'll give it a try... if the results are amazing, I'll update. If not, expect to never hear about it again.

Elite Therapeutics Rosemary Eucalyptus Body Crème sample

Elite Therapeutics Rosemary Eucalyptus Body Crème (0.5oz/14ml, approximate value $1.19):
A creamy body lotion made with aloe vera, shea butter, and a bunch of natural oils and extracts. This stuff has kind of a strong herbal scent... not exactly my thing, but if you're a fan of rosemary-scented products, you'll probably like it.

It's a 10® Miracle Leave-In Product sample

It's a 10® Miracle Leave-In Product (2fl oz./59.1ml, approximate value $9):
Birchbox subscribers now have the opportunity to choose one of their samples (or a special curated box) each month, and this is the sample I chose. It's a spray-on, leave-in treatment that's supposed to protect hair from heat, restore shine, prevent split ends and all that good stuff. I've only used it once so far, but my first impressions are good—it doesn't feel overly heavy or greasy, which is good for my fine hair type. The only downside is that it doesn't smell amazing—certainly not bad or anything, just kind of a generic fruity shampoo scent. I guess I'll see how I feel after I finish the sample!

Jelly Pong Pong GLOW GETTER Highlighter Ibiza

Jelly Pong Pong GLOW GETTER Highlighter in Ibiza (4ml, value $12.75):
This is kind of an unusual product. It's a luminizing fluid, but it has sort of a strange, gel-like texture. And it comes in nail polish bottle. Odd. It's a bit on the glittery side, so I certainly wouldn't use this all over my face, but the peachy color blends in nicely with my pale skin tone, so it makes for a good highlight.

Jelly Pong Pong GLOW GETTER Highlighter Ibiza swatch swatches

Pretty! But still a little strange.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser sample

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser (1 cloth + 15ml, approximate value $6.75):
I've seen this product pop up in a bunch of other people's Birchboxes before, so I've been curious about it for a long time. Basically, it's a two-step cleansing system: You massage a bit of the creamy cleanser into your dry face, wet the cloth, and use it to wash wash wash for some good ol' manual exfoliation. So here's the thing—I really like the cloth. It's rough enough to give a good facial scrub, but not so rough that it's harsh. I'm dubious of the actual cleanser though. It contains several ingredients that are possible triggers for acne and irritation, and frankly, I don't want that. So I haven't tried it yet, and I may never at all. Totally digging the muslin washcloth though!

Total box value: Approximately $51.69

Birchbox US March 2015: Creativity review unboxing

Overall impressions:
I thought this was a very good Birchbox. A wide variety of products were represented, and the skincare products I got this time were actually sort of interesting (I already have enough bland, generic moisturizer to last a lifetime, thanks). I'm still not sure what to think about the Liz Earle cleanser... I'm sure some of you have tried it though? What did you think?

Like what you see? You can sign up for yourself here. Be sure to use coupon code BBSTORE100 when you sign up—it'll net you 100 points to use in the Birchbox shop, which is equivalent to $10.

What do you think of my March Birchbox? If you subscribe, did you get any of the same stuff?

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  1. Oh, I love Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. It's my daily cleanser, and it neither strips my skin nor leaves it spotty. All the women in my family use it. None of us are acne-prone, though, so your mileage may vary.

  2. My skin is weird because it's dry-ish but also acne-prone, hence the concern. I don't know, I may still try it. The worst that can happen is a breakout? Somehow that embarrasses me less now than it did when I was younger.

  3. I liked the Liz Earle when I sampled it! I never ended up repurchasing, though that's mainly because I've always got a ton of facewash samples laying around from boxes or sets from sephora so I rarely end up buying a full size. It did break me out a little bit the first couple times I used it, but then skin cleared up within a couple days and was super smooth and nice.

  4. Definitely interested in that Roloxin nonsense! Would love to see if it's worth the price or not! And Don't count out the Liz Earle! Before my Korean Beauty craze I was obsessed with that cleanser! I have sensitive, acne-prone combination skin from hell and I had absolutely no issues with it. I love that you apply it dry and then buff it off with a wet muslin cloth. It's so weird but kind of awesomely fun at the same time!

  5. This is a great box! I would love to try the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. It's a 10 is one of my favorite hair care products. I'm almost out of mine!

  6. Glad to know you liked it! I'm sort of picky about cleansers - there are a couple I usually stick with, but once in a while I'll get brave and sample new ones, haha. Maybe I'll give Liz Earle a shot after all. :)

  7. That's very reassuring! My skin isn't crazily sensitive, but it's been so good about not breaking out lately that I don't want to make it angry, haha. I still can't believe the price of Roloxin, but who knows, maybe it's amazing. A lot of folks love GlamGlow even though it's pricey!

  8. I was so excited to try It's a 10! Everybody seems to love it. I wish it smelled as good as the Beauty Protector spray, but I think it works better overall.

  9. That Roloxin stuff has some nice ingredients. For that price, though, the effects of the mask better be impressive.

  10. Wow, Haha your Birchbox was so different than mine was! I am really curious about that anti-aging treatment. So much work seems to have to go into it lol!

  11. My thoughts exactly. The ingredient seem decent and that makes me want to put it on my face, but it doesn't exactly align with this whole choosing budget-friendly products thing I've got going on lately.

  12. I don't think it takes *that* much work. It's kind of like any other wash-off mask, but... fancy. LOL!

  13. That Liz Earle cleanser actually a ton of awards worldwide. I got the full size from attending an Allure Magazine event (the product won for best cleanser or something in 2013?). It's great on my skin but I have normal to dry so yea. It's different for everyone. Full size is really expensive, I think this was a great box.

  14. I know the Liz Earle cleanser is super-famous/highly-regarded, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's right for me, you know? I still haven't gotten around to trying it. But I think I will, since other people with similar skin types said it worked for them. :)


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