Happy almost spring! I am so excited that it is almost spring now, more so than I have been in quite a while. I don’t know about you, but I felt like this winter was a long one. Chicago is finally beginning to thaw and come out of the deep freeze. Until living here, I never thought I would consider 45 degrees “warm,” but it honestly feels that way when you’ve gotten used to sub-zero temperatures. The sun has been shining more, and now that daylight savings time is back in effect, it’s lighter out longer and just feels so refreshing. Of course, what better way to welcome a new season than with a new Birchbox? March’s box finally arrived at my house, but before we delve into this month’s goodies, let’s see how I ended up liking Feburary’s box.
My favorite products from last month were the amika hair mask, theBalm lip gloss, and the Juicy Couture perfume sample. The hair mask not only made my hair feel soft and smooth, it smelled amazing, and the lip gloss is a great natural, everyday color. The perfume sample was light and fresh, perfect for transitioning to spring. The Juice Beauty cleanser and the Dr. Scheller lotion were both busts. The cleanser did what I thought and broke me out, and the lotion was so thick and sticky that I couldn’t stand having it on my hands. Three out of five is not bad though, and overall I was happy with my February box.
On to March!
So the theme for March’s box is “Creativity,” which being a creative writing student and all-around creative type, I am totally on board with. Not gonna lie, I’m not a huge fan of the box patterns this month. There were three different tops and three different bottoms, and you could get any combination of tops and bottoms. They’re all basically the same, just in different colors: one blue, one red, and one green/yellow. They just aren’t really my taste, and frankly don’t scream “creativity” to me. But to each their own. I still appreciate that all year Birchbox is changing it up from their usual brown craft paper boxes, and sending patterned, colorful boxes. That said, I like the green/yellow box the most, and that is the one I got. And I love that I lucked out with a pink bottom that matches the pink detailing on the box top. But enough about the box – on to the samples!
My first sample this month is Elite Therapeutics Rosemary Eucalyptus Body Creme. I do love a good lotion, and this one is the perfect size to toss in my bag. It’s made with all-natural and organic products, which isn’t necessarily something I seek out, but it’s cool when that works out. The scent is definitely rosemary and definitely eucalyptus. I’m not a fan of eucalyptus normally, but the rosemary really provides a nice balance. Texture wise, I think this will be a hit. It’s light weight and not greasy, but still feels really nourishing and moisturizing.
The next sample is It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product. I’ve seen so many beauty YouTubers talk about this product, so I’m thrilled to get a sample. It is pricey at $18 for a 4oz bottle, but the sample size is a generous 2oz, which is really fantastic. This is a leave-in conditioner that is supposed to address pretty much any damage your hair has. I’m hoping this will help get my ends back in shape after the long, dry winter. It also smells so good. It smells almost exactly like the Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship shampoo and conditioner I currently use.
Up next is Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid. I sampled an anti-wrinkle serum from this brand back in August and I really liked it. This says it is a leave-on exfoliant that wipes away impurities for smooth, even-toned, glowing skin. So it is a toner. I’m slightly hesitant about this because it does say it is salicylic acid, which I don’t typically get along with, but I’m definitely going to try it because I do like the brand quite a bit.
My next sample is the first time I’ve actually wondered, “what was Birchbox thinking when they sent this?” It is the Roloxin Lift Revitalizing Facial Masque Treatment. I got two single-use mask packets. This is a mask that is supposed to give you the look of a face lift for 24 hours. It sounds a little too good to be true to me, and even if I did like the product, 10 single-use mask packets costs $110. I’ll try it, but I’m pretty sure based on the full-size price alone, this is going to be a pass for me.
My final sample is Smashbox Cosmetics Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Stain in Coral. I am all about a good lip stain, and I have seen this one from Smashbox so many times and toyed with getting it, but I never have. This is a cute little mini-size, and the coral color is a pinky coral (as opposed to orangey). It’s really the perfect shade for spring. It is insanely pigmented, and not streaky at all, plus it doesn’t feel tacky or sticky on the lips, and it isn’t drying like some long-wear lip stains. It also has a bit of a cake batter / vanilla scent to it, which I’ll never turn down. This is definitely going into my lip product rotation ASAP.
So that is my March 2015 “Creativity” Birchbox! Overall, I think this is an amazing box. Aside from the face masks, all the products I got feel tailored to my beauty needs and style, and I feel like it’s a good variety. Some skin care, some hair care, and some makeup: the perfect trifecta. If you like what you see and want to get 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. You can also 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.
Have a happy (and creative) March!