September 2014 Birchbox Unboxing

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Yes, two posts in one day and both are unboxings! My September Birchbox arrived this morning, so of course, because I have no patience, I had to rip into it.  I was actually really good this month and didn’t peek at what was coming in my box, so all of these products were a complete surprise to me.  But before we get into that, you all know that I like to look back at how I fared with August’s products.

Harvey Prince Ageless Perfume: I loved this scent. It’s really light though and strikes me as more of a spring / summer scent.  Probably won’t repurchase, just because I like to change up my fragrance so much.

Number 4 Leave-in Conditioner: This worked really well and untangled my hair.  Not keen on the smell (it’s very chemical-y to me) and I already have a leave-in conditioner that I love.

Paula’s Choice Wrinkle Repair Serum: This is probably my favorite product in August’s box.  It’s hard to say if it’s “working,” and removing wrinkles, but it feels so good on my skin.  I’ve been using it every night after I wash my face, and the sample size is fantastic.

theBalm Cosmetics Stainiac: This is a big fail.  The gel formula of the stain makes it hard to use and it wears really patchy.

Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream: I really didn’t like this product.  It smells great, but I didn’t like the lack of lather, and it left my legs red and bumpy, which is not something I usually have to deal with.  Big dud for me.

So as you can see, August’s box brought in some mixed results, but I’m really glad I got to try these products.  On to September!

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Birchbox has really been spoiling me these last few months.  This is another six sample box, which is a nice treat, and I’m sure you can see that something is different about this month’s box.  Instead of the typical craft paper brown boxes, Birchbox jazzed things up for September.  This month is the company’s 4th anniversary and the theme of the month is “Fresh Paint,” which is all about sprucing things up for fall, and obviously a putting a fresh coat of paint on the boxes.  I believe there were three different color schemes for the lid of the box this month.  Mine is obviously the blue, pink, and purple one.   It is super cute, and I am already trying to figure out where I can use and display this box.  But enough about the box – let’s get to what’s in the box!

My first sample this month is Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensee Fragrance.  This sample came in the cutest packaging.  Instead of just being in a cardboard sleeve, it came in a waxed paper envelope with a really cute postcard.  The fragrance itself is really nice, which is a shame because the full-size is really expensive.  It’s definitely vanilla, but it’s also a bit citrusy.  It’s light and refreshing, and I can tell it will be perfect for dressier occasions.  I also like that the sample came in a bottle without a spray nozzle, so you can dab just a little onto your pulse points.

My next sample is Macadamia Professional Healing Oil Spray.  This month Birchbox did the “pick your own sample,” thing again.  I didn’t choose anything this month because I wanted to be completely surprised, but this product was one of the samples you could have chosen.  This is a huge sample at 2 ounces.  This oil spray is supposed to tame frizz, boost shine, block UV rays, and nourish dry hair.  I’m really excited to try this, especially on the ends of my hair which are getting so dry as my hair gets longer and we move into fall.  This also smells delightful.

Up next is Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel. This is what it sounds like, a facial peel.  This one is acid-free though, which I really like.  Used once a week, it is supposed to instantly smooth and brighten skin, so we will see if that is actually the case.

The next product in my box is a TEMPTU S/B Highlighter in Champagne Shimmer.  First off, how cute is this little sample? It reminds me of those puffy squeeze paints I used to get as a kid.  This is a seriously small sample, but it is a highlighter, so this should last for a while.  I don’t know much about the brand TEMPTU, except that they make a home airbrush makeup system.  At first glance, this reminded me of the Manna Kadar shimmer lotion I got in my August Ipsy, but the TEMPTU seems like a better product.  I put some on my hand and it actually left a nice sheen on my skin, and gave it a little color.  I don’t typically wear highlighter, so I’m going to have to play around with this and figure out how to wear it best.

My next product is Tocca Crema de Mano in Bianca.  This is a hand cream, and again a really generous sample size at 1 ounce.  Bianca is green tea and lemon scented.  It is so refreshing and light, but not overpoweringly lemon.  It’s a really lightweight cream, and it absorbed quickly and didn’t leave my skin greasy.  I’m always on the hunt for a good hand lotion, so I imagine that this will just get dropped in my bag to use while I’m out.

My final sample this month is a Chapstick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock in Night & Day.  This is a Birchbox Find.  Occasionally Birchbox sends out a mass market product to some subscribers that they think is really amazing.  I remember getting a Chapstick from them last year around this time as well.  This is full-size, and has two sides.  The yellow cap is the “day” side, which is an unscented conditioning lip balm with SPF 12.  The blue cap is the “night” side, which says it replenishes lips overnight with tamanu oil, and smells like chamomile.  This will be getting a lot of use, as I am addicted to chapsticks and stash them everywhere.

That is all that was in my September 2014 Birchbox.  It looks like another great month, and all of these samples are really good sizes.   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.

Happy September!

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