Unboxing | Birchbox April 2015: Fresh For Spring/Rifle Paper Co. | Hello Pretty Bird! - A beauty and not-so-glamorous lifestyle blog

15 April, 2015

Unboxing | Birchbox April 2015: Fresh For Spring/Rifle Paper Co.

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My April Birchbox snuck up on me yesterday! I never got a tracking number, but it was hanging out in my mailbox anyway. Mysterious. Shall we have a look inside it?

Birchbox April 2015: Fresh For Spring/Rifle Paper Co. unboxing

Before I get started: New to Birchbox? They're a monthly beauty and lifestyle subscription service. 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. You can also check out a bunch of my past unboxings here.

This month Birchbox had a couple of Mad Men-themed boxes on offer, but I didn't really want either one so I opted to be surprised instead. I don't think the general box this month has particular theme other than spring, but it does feature beautiful designs from stationery company Rifle Paper Co.

Birchbox April 2015: Fresh For Spring/Rifle Paper Co.

Ooh, pretty. Here's the info card:

Birchbox April 2015: Fresh For Spring/Rifle Paper Co. info card

Also very pretty. But it's what's inside that counts! Let's have a looksee.

Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner samples birchbox

Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Moisturizing Shampoo & Conditioner (40ml + 60ml, approximate value $6.54):
Minor pet peeve of mine: I don't like it when Birchbox sends a matching shampoo and conditioner set and counts them as two separate samples. I know they're listed separately in the shop, but still, it bugs me. Anyway, these shampoos and conditioners are meant to repair damaged hair. Sounds good to me! I was excited to see the pH range printed on the bottles because that's something I'm always curious about, but I got less excited when I saw that the pH range on the shampoo was 5.5-6.5. Not that that's bad, but there are lots of shampoos around that acidity level. (I think even some kinds of Herbal Essences are about pH 6. And Herbal Essences is cheap!) I've only used this duo once so far and I think it's nice, but maybe not nice enough to make me want to buy the full-sized set. We'll see.

Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream in Blueberry sample birchbox

Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream in Blueberry (22ml, approximate value $2.93):
Boy, I whish I would never get another sample of Whish again (har har har). I love Whish's retrotastic packaging, but I tried another one of their scents through Birchbox a while back and it smelled nasty to me. Who knows, maybe blueberry is more delicious somehow. I will save this for a day when I'm feeling brave.

WEI™ Manuka Bee Venom Mask birchbox

WEI™ Manuka Bee Venom Mask (1x 8ml mask, approximate value $7.50):
Now here's something interesting. It seems that all things bee have been taking the skincare world by storm recently: Propolis, honey, and of course venom. I'll definitely be giving this a try! Ouch at the price though.

Jouer Tint in Petal sample birchbox

Jouer Tint in Petal (1g/0.03oz, approximate value $9.43):
An all-in-one cream blush/lip tint/substance that will turn any part of your body pink if you so desire. Petal is a pretty color—a nice peachy pink for spring. I don't find myself overly excited with the formula, but it's definitely not bad. I would be most likely to use something like this as a cream blush.


Jouer Tint in Petal swatch

Total box value: Approximately $26.40

Overall impressions:
I was a little underwhelmed by my Birchbox this month. I wouldn't say that it was bad, but it contained a lot of products that I don't find especially exciting or interesting. Other than the bee venom mask of course, which is a little bit unusual.

It's okay though—I've had many more good months with Birchbox than bad, so I'll just call this a "meh" month and get on with it. And hey, at least the box was pretty this time.

Want to give Birchbox a shot for yourself? You can sign up here. Be sure to use coupon code BBSTORE100 when you sign up—it'll add 100 points to your acount, which is equivalent to $10 credit in the Birchbox shop.

What do you think of my April Birchbox? Which of these items would you be most (or least) excited to try?

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  1. I'm not into subscription boxes, but I love seeing what everyone gets! That's crazy, I know. Maybe one day I'll get a subscription. Anyway, I have really been wanting to try something with bee venom too see if it really lives up to the hype.

  2. I only subscribe to a couple of boxes now but I still check out unboxing posts for other companies, lol. Curiosity gets the better of me. I don't think I've tried any bee venom products yet... I am becoming a big fan of propolis though. Bzzzzz!

  3. I agree that this month wasn't too exciting but the Jouer blush is a pretty shade.

  4. I got the exact same box except for the Bee Venom mask. I'm not a fan of Whish's products either, especially their shave cream. I sampled it once before and I didn't think it worked that well.

  5. Yeah, it is pretty. I have another one almost exactly like it though...

  6. I don't like texture of Whish either. I feel like it gets clogged in the razor blades. But the scent is really what put me off, blah.

  7. I loved my April Birchbox but we got completely different things, besides the WEI bee venom. Also I feel the same about Shampoo and Conditioner samples.

  8. Yeah, there's always a lot of variety in Birchbox! It's interesting to see. It seems like a lot of people got the shampoo and conditioner this time though... boring!


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