It’s Birchbox time once again! I love seeing my Birchbox in my mailbox each month, but especially at the holidays. Being a Birchbox subscriber is like getting a little Christmas present in the mail every month. And how cute was this month’s light blue mailer that said “Open for Holiday”? So stinking cute. I love that they are changing up the mailer for different seasons and causes. Before we get into December’s goodies, I’ll give you an update on how I fared with November’s box.
My favorite product from November was the Ruffian Naked nail polish. It’s such a beautiful, creamy cappuccino color that I actually really love. I also enjoyed the Gilchrist & Soames body wash. The only product that didn’t work for me last month was the Curl Keeper gel, but I didn’t have high hopes for it, since I’ve used other products from the brand before and didn’t care for them. Overall, November was a good box.
December’s theme is “Decked Out,” which is perfect for the holiday season. I love the blue and gold boxes. It’s such a nice, festive holiday touch. Birchbox has really upped their box game lately, using different colors and patterns. I will definitely be saving this box, and possibly reusing it to package a holiday gift. This month Birchbox partnered up with Gap, so every subscriber was supposed to get a $10 voucher with their box. I know there have been some issues with non-subscribers taking the voucher codes, but I am hoping Birchbox and Gap are fixing that; when I went to the link that was included in my box, the page just said there had been issues with the codes and they were working to fix it. We will see what happens. On to the goodies!
Birchbox is really spoiling me lately. My first product is a Ruffian Nail Lacquer in Ruffian Red. Two Ruffian polishes in a row? Amazing. These are the best polishes I’ve ever tried, and all of them are true one coaters. I’m typically not a red nail polish person; I find most red polishes to be too bright. I am pleasantly surprised by this one. It’s a deep red, perfect for winter time, and definitely in keeping with the red and green theme of the Christmas season.
My next product this month is a Sumbody Salt Scrub Bon Bon in Tuscan Orange. I haven’t tried this product yet (I’m kind of saving it for a treat) but it is a salt scrub that you use in the shower after your cleanser. You rub the bon bon over your skin, and it helps exfoliate and get rid of dead skin. I’m definitely looking forward to trying this out. Plus, it smells amazing. My whole box smelled like oranges because of this little guy.
The next product is Borghese Superiore State-of-the-Art Mascara. I’ve never heard of this brand before, but the full size price of $20 tells me it’s a prestige brand. At first glance, there is nothing really special about the brush. It’s very standard, black mascara. I had a hard time getting product on my lashes; it goes on very lightly. I do like it though. It gave me a very natural look, and it’s always good to have a basic mascara in your makeup bag. My product card says it’s extended-wear, but it doesn’t seem to be waterproof, which is a plus.
The next product is Juara Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask. I sampled a Juara lotion last December and really loved it. This is such a generous sample size. The mask feels very hydrating on the skin, and the scent is subtle, but good. The mask says it uses plant extracts to reduce inflammation. My skin felt really good after using this product, and the sample is big enough that I can get 3 or 4 masks out of it.
My final product this month is W3LL People Bio Brightener Stick in Moonstone. This is a shimmery, but subtle cream highlighter. It is super creamy and silky, and so easy to apply. I’m not a huge highlighter person, so I tried it out as an all-over eyeshadow on my eyelids, and I loved it. It gives very subtle shimmer and pigment, so it’s perfect for any occasion.
Overall I am extremely pleased with December’s Birchbox. I feel spoiled getting a Ruffian polish two months in a row, and I think this month brought a nice mix of products and brands. If you are interested in signing up for Birchbox, it is a $10/month subscription service. You can pay monthly or pay for a full year up front. Everyone gets 4-6 different samples each month, tailored to the beauty profile you fill out and you can review your samples to earn Birchbox points. Birchbox has the best points system, hands down. You get 10 points per review and 100 points = $10 to spend in the Birchbox shop on full size products they sample. It’s like they pay you $4-6 every month just for taking your box. If you’re interested in learning more or signing up, you can click here for more details.