Happy February, everyone! I always feel like February is such a strange month. We’re smack dab in the middle of winter, but spring is so close I can almost feel it. It’s starting to stay lighter later in the afternoons and get lighter in the mornings. It’s still freezing outside here, but thankfully there have not been any major snow storms. February is, of course, also the month of Valentine’s Day, which is quickly approaching. I’m not really big on Valentine’s Day, but I do enjoy all the cute decorations. And the chocolate. I’m all about the chocolate.
The theme for February’s Birchbox is what’s the occasion? and the box is, once again, so cute. It’s a beautiful pinky peach color with the outlines of different beauty products and clothes. There are also arrows, which I guess could be a shout out to Cupid’s arrow, but it’s more likely a little sneaky promotion for Birchbox’s new Arrow brand of products. I see what you did there, Birchbox.
My first sample this month is Arrow Revive Cooling Cheek Tint in Berry Flush. This is part of Birchbox’s newest product line that is supposed to be full of easy-to-use, effortless products. The cheek tint is a gel that is supposed to give a natural flush of color. It looks a little shocking when you squeeze it out of the tube, but it sheers away to just a little bit of color, which is honestly perfect for me. I have a lot of natural blush and I don’t like anything too heavy looking. I also love the color and the feel of the product. It doesn’t feel oily or sticky after it dries.
My second sample is Hey Honey Take It Off! Exfoliating Honey Peel-Off Mask. I’ve actually tried the original, nonexfoliating version of this product a while ago. I remember really liking it, so I have high hopes for this mask. It smells so amazing, and peel off masks are really fun. I will definitely be getting some good use out of this.
My third sample is ModelCo Lip Enhancer Illusion Lip Liner. Confession time: I’ve never owned or used a lip liner. But I also rarely wear actual lipstick. This one is very soft and creamy, but the color is a pretty dark nude. I’ll have to play around with it and see how I like it before making a final decision.
My fourth sample is Not Soap, Radio Body Wash in Liquid Freud. The labeling and packaging for this product is hilarious. It describes the product as emotional-wellbeing shower gel. This smells so good. It’s coconut, mango and vanilla, and it’s just refreshing and bright. I know this will get used up in no time.
My final sample this month is Obliphica Professional Seaberry Serum. This is a hair serum that is supposed to repair dry, damaged hair. My hair isn’t damaged, but it is definitely dry. The theme of this box seems to be good-smelling products, and this is no different. It smells like perfume for your hair, basically. This strikes me as being very similar to a hair oil, so I’ll have to give it a shot and see how it works.
So that is my February 2016 Birchbox! Overall, I’m pretty happy with this box. Most of the products smell amazing, and I think I can use everything in the box, so that’s a winner in my book. 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.