January 2016 Birchbox Unboxing

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Happy New Year!

I hope everyone’s year and month is off to a great start! I have a love/hate relationship with January. On the one hand, I love the feeling of a “fresh” start and the chance to start something new or try something outside of your comfort zone, but at the same time, January can be kind of depressing. It’s dreary and cold outside, and all the Christmas lights and festive decorations have been packed away for another year. My January started off with traveling from Atlanta to Chicago, heading back to work and coming down with some type of respiratory infection and losing my voice. Fun stuff, right?

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Something that is always guaranteed to perk up my day is a new Birchbox. This month’s box is all about trying something new for the new year. The boxes are so vibrant this month. I’m so glad Birchbox is sticking with colorful, patterned boxes. The front of the box says 2016: the year of ____________, and it came with a sheet of stickers with different words like strengthcreativity and ambition. It’s kind of a neat way to even further customize your box.

My first sample this month is Ciaté London mini paint pot in mineral clarity. I’m such a sucker for anything miniature. This nail polish is a really beautiful not-quite-blue, not-quite-purple color that is jam packed with sparkle.It is so pretty, and I’ve always wanted to try this brand, but it can be pretty pricey. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it’s a rough-texture finish, but that can be fixed with a good gel top coat.

My second sample is Eyeko fat liquid liner. This is a basic black liquid eye liner. It’s got a tip like a felt tip marker, and its really big for a nice bold line. I like that the pen itself is fat and short because it is easy to grip, which is a must for someone like me who has zero experience with liquid liner. It’s also extremely pigmented, based on how it swatched on my hand. It also went on really smoothly, so maybe 2016 is the year I finally conquer the perfect liquid line.

My third sample is Key West Aloe gentle facial cleanser. First, this is a huge sample. I’m such a fan of getting face wash in my Birchbox. I didn’t have to buy face wash all last year because I got so many, which is fine by me. This is an aloe-based foaming face wash that is supposed to calm and rebalance your skin. This smells very nice. It’s kind of citrusy and very fresh. I’m definitely looking forward to trying this out.

My fourth sample is Meet Your Destiny 0.2 eau de parfum. I’m on the fence about this scent. It’s definitely got some vanilla in it and some amber. It’s a very dark, deep scent, and I’m just not that into it. Plus, it doesn’t have an atomizer applicator and I’m not a fan of that. This is just meh for me.

My fifth and final sample this month is TONYMOLY Delight Tony Tint in red. I’ve been hearing a lot about TONYMOLY recently. It’s a Korean beauty brand, and I think Korean beauty products are very in right now. This is a sheer, matte lip stain. I’ve had bad luck with lip stains before. They always seem patchy, and not very pigmented. Just swatching this one on my hand, I see a huge difference. It went on smoothly and is definitely pigmented. It’s not patchy at all. Plus, it smells amazing. It smells like strawberries and a candy from my childhood that I can’t quite put my finger on at the moment. Plus, the lid is shaped like a heart.

So that is my January 2016 Birchbox! Overall, I’m pretty happy with my samples this month. I’m really glad to try all new-to-me brands, and to get a really good variety of products. I am also liking the heavier emphasis on makeup products I got this month. I’d say this year is off to a pretty good start. 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 January!

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