Wow, sorry for the radio silence around here the last few weeks. It has been a crazy time, to say the least. Since I last posted, Mr. Man & I found a new apartment, packed, moved, unpacked, and weathered a blizzard. And if that wasn’t enough, I’ve been buried under work for my thesis. It’s finally starting to feel like things are settling down, and what better way to get back into the swing of things than with a Birchbox unboxing? It’s only February 10th, and my box is already here! Major kudos to Birchbox on how quickly their boxes are shipping lately. As always, before we get into this month’s goodies, a look back at how I fared with my January box.
My favorite thing from January wound up being the Essentiel Elements lotion. I am all about a good lotion during the winter, and this one is the perfect combination of light weight, but ultra moisturizing, and not greasy. I really liked the Harvey Prince body wash, but sadly there was only enough in the tube for one use. The Davines products were good, but man did they smell bad, and the Sweet Science and Mirenesse were just bad colors for me. Overall, it wound up being just an OK box.
The theme for February’s box is Friendship. I’ve gotta say, I love that Birchbox didn’t go the traditional, expected Valentine’s Day route for February. The box pattern this month is so fun! It’s bright neon orange and magenta, perfect for a winter month that can be a bit dreary. I said it last month, but I’ll say it again: I love that Birchbox is changing up their boxes with fun patterns all year. It makes getting my box even more exciting. And in a lovely turn of fate this month, the packaging of my samples continues the orange and pink theme. Adorable.
My first sample this month is amika Nourishing Mask. This is a hair mask for deep conditioning and repair. I have been really into conditioners lately, because my ends are getting drier and drier the longer my hair gets. I love amika products. Their dry shampoo is my all time favorite, plus the sea buckthorn berry scent is amazing. Easily the best smelling hair products I’ve ever used, and this sample is nearly an ounce, so it will last at least two uses.
My next sample is Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal Perfume. I have such a love-hate relationship with Juicy Couture perfumes. I’m pretty sure I’ve sampled every perfume they make thanks to Birchbox, and I always love the scents, but they are just too pricey. This one is really floral, but a bit fruity. It’s also got a sultry amber undertone. It’ll be awesome for springtime.
Next is another familiar brand to me: Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser. I’ve previously sampled this brand’s daily moisturizer and it is one of the best. I’m not a huge fan of blemish or acne clearing cleansers, just because I don’t have a big problem with acne, and cleansers made for acne typically have the opposite effect and break me out. This one is made with a lot of natural products, like lemon, cherry, and aloe, and promises to hydrate while cleansing. It smells good though, very fresh and definitely lemon. Plus, the .5 oz sample size is big enough to get several uses out of it.
My next product is theBalm cosmetics Read My Lips Lip Gloss in BAM! I love theBalm’s packaging. It is always so stinking cute. I’ve sampled a blush, a creamy lip/cheek stain, and a gel lip stain from them and liked them all. This is a really pretty pinky nude color. Definitely qualifies as “your-lips-but-better.” It smells really fruity and it is INSANELY pigmented, and ultra shiny. It leans to the sticky side of glosses, but this is definitely going into my lip gloss rotation. I am also really digging that it is a mini-size, because, let’s be real – when was the last time you finished a lip gloss?
The final sample this month is Dr. Scheller Calendula Hand Balm. I am really all about lotions and hand creams. My hands are looking rough lately, thanks to the cold air and moving. This says it provides instant protection for rough, chapped hands, and works to soften and hydrate. It goes on really smooth, and feels nice on my hands, almost like it’s creating a buffer between my hands and the air. The scent is light and fresh, very reminiscent of drugstore lotions like Lubriderm or Vaseline. Not offensive by any means, but not heavily perfumed. Also, this is a full-size product, which is awesome.
So that is my February 2015 Birchbox. This box is a nice mix of hair, skin, and makeup. I also love that there are new products from familiar brands I haven’t sampled in a while, and some brand new brands. Plus the sample sizes of all the products this month are fabulous. On first impression, I think this is going to be a good box, so hopefully that impression is correct. If you are interested in signing up for your own 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, or just go to Birchbox.com.