The second week of every month is always my favorite week, for two reasons.
- I get my Cosmo magazine
- My Birchbox comes!
For those of you who don’t know what Birchbox is, I believe I mentioned it here. Essentially, it’s a box filled with girlie things that comes once a month, kind of like your period. Except this is something to look forward to, not dread.
This month, I was pretty pleased with what I received.
- Annick Goutal, Petite Cherie (far left): Described as “a blend of fresh fruity notes and musk,” I really liked this scent. The one thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was the fact that it was super light, and even after applying it I could barely smell it, even with my nose stuck to my wrists. Birchbox often sends me little samples of perfume (obviously in hopes that I will cough up the money for a full bottle), but I usually just end up hoarding them. The only sample I’ve bought so far was Kate Spade’s Twirl, which I also mentioned in that link above.
- Tarte, LipSurgence (pink tube): LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Normally, I don’t wear lipsticks/stains/gloss, because my lips tend to get chapped very easily so I usually just stick to Chapstick. However, this stain also has super-moisturizing qualities, which is exactly what I need. The color ends up being a little too bright pink for me, but after a dab or two with a Kleenex it’s great. I really needed something like this to class-up my day to day look, so the Birchbox gods must have been looking out for me.
- Essie, Luxeffects (nail polish): I think I love sparkly nail polish a little too much, and this polish was exactly what I needed. It’s meant to go on after you’ve pained your nails a different color, so I tried it with a peach color I just got from Julep. It looked really great, and I’m excited to wear it more with brighter colors in spring. The only problem I encountered with this was that it was pretty hard to get off. I used Curex nail polish remover pads, and I went through three just to get all the glitter off.
- Shiseido, Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Papers: Alright, I kind of have a bone to pick with this one. With Birchbox, you take a survey when you first sign up, telling the company about your specific skin, hair, nail, makeup, what-have-you types. I have dry skin, not oily skin. Usually, Birchbox sends me moisturizers or something along that line which really helps my skin. So, needless to say I was kind of surprised to find oil blotting papers in this month’s box. I don’t think I’m ever going to use these, so unfortunately it was kind of a waste for them to send it to me. Oh well.
- Twistband, Hair Tie (yellow thing): It’s actually kind of funny that they sent me this hair tie, because about six months ago, I bought a whole pack of these. Online, they looked like headbands, and they were super cheap so I bought them. I ended up with teeny tiny hair ties which I don’t ever use, and now I have a yellow one to top it off! Their claim to fame is not giving you that hideous bump in your hair after you take out a ponytail, but I have yet to experience that lack-of-bump with these hair ties, unfortunately.
Well, there ya have it! I hope you guys found these mini-reviews helpful, and although this wasn’t the best box I’ve gotten, I hope I haven’t turned you guys off from Birchbox. Overall, it really is a wonderful company, and they are pretty consistent in sending you things that you like. This month was probably just a fluke.
Holly, not Hollie