Day Fifteen: Birchbox Unboxing!

Screen Shot 2014-03-15 at 4.31.32 PMIt’s always a happy day when my monthly Birchbox makes its way into my mailbox.  For those who are unfamiliar, Birchbox is a monthly lifestyle and beauty subscription box.  For $10 a month, they send you a box with 4-6 beauty product samples.  Sometimes the samples are makeup, sometimes skin care, hair care, and even some little treats like mints, tea, or chocolate.  The idea is to try a lot of new things and brands.  Birchbox tends to sample from high end or premium beauty brands and they try to sample based on a beauty profile you create and tailor so that you get stuff that you actually want to use or try.  Are the boxes always perfect? No, of course not.  I have been subscribing since June of 2013 and sometimes I get stuff in my boxes that I know I’ll never use, like black eyeliner or dark red lipstick.  You can’t return items in your Birchbox or exchange them, but you can review them.  Each review you post of a product that was sampled in your box earns you 10 Birchbox points.  100 points gets you $10 to spend in the Birchbox shop, which is where you can buy full size products of everything they sample, plus so much more.  So even if you completely hated everything in your box, if you take about 5 minutes to review the items, you’ll wind up with $4-6 in your account to put towards something you do love.  And that’s pretty awesome.

I’ve never done it before, but I’m going to do an unboxing for this month, since I’ve got everything here in front of me and, since I have no patience or self-restraint, tried everything out as soon as I opened the box.  So here are the contents of my March Birchbox:

Screen Shot 2014-03-15 at 4.31.15 PM1. Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle: Beauty Protector products seem to be Birchbox staples.  Previous to this, I’ve gotten a shampoo/conditioner sample and just last month I got a hair oil sample.  The Protect and Detangle is a spray on, leave in conditioner.  I spritzed some on when I got it and it makes made my hair so soft.  It’s also supposed to protect hair from heat damage, which I guess is a plus if you blow dry or straighten/curl your hair.  It also smells amazing.  All Beauty Protector products have a warm, coconut scent.  Definitely going to love this.

2. COOLA Tinted SPF 30 Matte Sunscreen for Face: This product is a natural BB cream for the face that also contains SPF 30 sunscreen.  It’s also tinted, which makes me skeptical.  Tinted products tend to be too dark on my Casper-pale skin.  I put some of this on, and it feels really silky and creamy, but is also light weight.  The tint? Well, let’s just say it took a lot of blending.

3. Air Repair Rescue Balm: This is supposed to be an all over product, good for dry cracked skin on your body and also for chapped lips.  I tried a bit on my lips.  It doesn’t particularly taste or smell great and it’s a little greasy (like a Vaseline type product) but it’s definitely moisturizing.  Still, the greasy feeling is a deal breaker for me.

4. Skinfix Body Repair Balm: This is the product I was most excited about getting this month.  It’s a balm specifically for severely dry skin, including eczema.  I have psoriasis, so I get these plaques on my body that are red, itchy, and dry.  It’s like having patches of bad, bad sunburn, without having been in the sun.  I call it my crocodile skin and right now I have some on my palm between my index finger and thumb that I cannot seem to heal and that has been dry and cracked to the point of bleeding.  I put some of this balm on immediately.  It smells really good, like a lightly cinnamon oatmeal scent.  It’s a really smooth product and immediately helped with some of the discomfort that super dry skin brings.  Time will tell if it actually heals the area, but I’m thinking this is a keeper.

5. Mighty Leaf Tea Pouches: I got three different Mighty Leaf tea sachets, one in Chamomile Citrus, Green Tea Tropical, and Organic Earl Grey.  I’m a converted tea drinker as of late and I already know Mighty Leaf is really good stuff.  The company was actually founded by one of my grad school professor’s brother – how cool is that? I’ve never had any of these flavors though, so I’m excited to brew up a cup or three.

6. Ghirardelli Cherry Tango Dark Chocolate Square:  I love chocolate.  And I love Ghirardelli.  And cherry. So this chocolate sample was a complete win.  Birchbox describes it as a “treat” from the company on the card they send with your box that has all your product info.  So I guess it’s not really a sample, just a fun extra.  This flavor is cherry flavored dark chocolate with bits of almond.  So, so yummy.  The chocolate definitely didn’t last long after I took this picture and now I’m on the hunt for the full size bar.  Such a nice surprise.

So that’s my box.  Overall, March was a great month for Birchbox, and while I’m not crazy about some of my products, I’ll definitely get at least some use out of everything, which makes it a success.





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