Getting my Birchbox every month is one of my favorite things. I’ve had tons of people tell me I should try some others, like Ipsy, but I stick with my Birchbox. For me its not about getting full size items in the box (for subscription boxes like the Blush Box and the Spicy Subscription boxes, getting full size is important) but for beauty products I don’t need a ton of full size products. If you saw my medicine cabinet you would understand why. I have so many face washes and random hair oils/products that I can’t even use the samples I get fast enough! Not to mention my makeup bag is bursting with, well, everything. I like the samples, because I can give them a go and if I really like them (Like the Curly Hair Solutions Serum) I can get a full size product. And if I hate it (some of the Dr. Brandt products I wasn’t a fan of) I can just toss them and not feel bad.
Trying new stuff out is the bomb.com! This month was one of those months when I got a sample that I will 100% be buying a full size of (as soon as I get another 100 Birchbox Points!) It was a good little box this month, I was impressed…I even liked the usual perfume sample I get and I didn’t get any eyeliner this time! I do not need any more eyeliner…for like a year, I’ve gotten so many full size eyeliners in my Birchboxes.
October’s box was a good mix of facial products ( I still haven’t used my Liz Earle hot face wash thingy….maybe I’ll do that tonight) and makeup. I now don’t need to buy mascara…which I was really needing to because my Makeup Forever Sample is about to run out.
I also now have a slowly growing collection of empty boxes. But those babies are useful! Trays on trays my friends! Trays on Trays…
I need to take these pics in the daytime…and not sit in the dark while I edit them…Ignore! Ignore!
I was pleasantly surprised by this mascara. (I reaaaallllyy like my Makeup Forever sample that I got for my birthday from Sephora) But the Model Co Power Lash was nice! It didn’t go on clumpy which instantly gives it a gold star! Although I wouldn’t consider this a thickening mascara it really was great for length. I noticed it right away, my lashes really looked longer. You’d probably have to coat a few times to get the volume of other mascaras but if length is your thing its a good option. Its priced at $20 and is a Birchbox Exclusive. It’s probably not something I would go out of my way to buy primarily because I don’t like spending $20 on mascara… but my sample suits me just fine! Get it here!
I do not know why it is so difficult to find a mud mask around here! I went on a kick for awhile and I searched high and low and came up with nada. Thanks Birchbox for giving me my face mask fix. I love a mud mask (if you follow my Instagram, you’ll see I finally used last months Dr. Brandt Pore Refining mask…it was scary, and didn’t work). My skin always feels a lot cleaner and a little tighter. This Borghese Mud was great. It didn’t over dry my face, it was a quick mask and holy crap the sample is going to last me awhile. I used two dime size amounts to cover my face and this is at least a 3oz bottle. The 7oz bottle is $35 on Birchbox and I would probably consider buying it if I used masks regularly. You can get it here!
I usually have a hate/hate relationship with the perfumes I get from Birchbox. I do not like fruity ones and quite a few I have received were almost sickly sweet smelling…definitely not my taste at all. This one by Joie wasn’t terrible. It’s a little stronger than I’m used to but it was more of a fresh citrus scent. I wouldn’t buy it for myself as I have my favorites but I’ll certainly use the sample because it is a nice scent. This one is a whopper and retails for $98. You can get it Here!
Ahhhhhh the true gem in my box. The one thing I will buy. THIS IS AMAZING. I do not like chapstick (I have it in my office drawer when my lips are desperately dry, but I’m not a fan) But this was just downright moisturizing. I use it before bed (I feel like that is when I get the most benefit from it, as throughout the day I’m talking, eating, wiping my face and licking my lips. When I wake up my lips are all soft and feel like I just soaked them in lotion. Originally this was intended for breastfeeding mothers and their cracking, chaffing nipples (hence the name, nipple balm) but it works just perfectly for your lips. I can’t tell you how much I love this product! You can use it for more than just your lips! Dry cuticles? Go for it! Dry patches on your skin? Yep! Sunburn? Ok! You can even use it for diaper rash…talk about versatile! Its pricy for a balm at $14.50, but after using up the sample after just a few days, I’ll tell you its worth it! Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm
Here’s my problem with hair masks. They usually require me to sit in the shower for an extra 3-5 minutes, just kinda standing there…waiting…and I really have no sense of time. I could be sitting in the shower thinking wow that was a quick one! Only to come out and relize I was in there for 15 minutes. So I could be leaving masks on my hair for a minute rather than 5. I even got one mask from a Birchbox that required it to sit on my head for…wait for it…20 minutes. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Of course that time they sent me an extra sample of that…it still sits on my shower window, waiting to be used. The Curlisto also requires you to rinse with cool water…uh no. There is no way I’m going to get in a nice hot shower, wait around for 5 minutes then switch it to cold water, when I live in Chicago…where its like…cold, already. The masks are kind of a waste on me though because 9 times out of 10 I wear my hair back and 10 times out of 10 I dont wear it curly. Now that I’m growing my hair out (hey hey for 2 inches since June!) the longer my hair gets, the curls just get more pathetic. Its just easier to wear back or straight. So this Curlisto mask isn’t on my to try list quite yet, maybe when I get a night where I can relax in the tub? Has anyone tried it? Is it worth a shot? Eventually I will…these just take me a little longer to get to. The Curlisto Mask is priced at $36 on Birchbox.com you can get it here.
Do you get a subscription box? Do you prefer full size products or samples of things you have never tried before?