My Very First Birchbox!

If you haven’t heard of Birchbox, RUN on over to Google and do yourself a favor. Or just click here:

Basically Birchbox is a monthly service that ships large sample sizes of luxury beauty products right to your door. It’s $10 a month and you can cancel any time.

Personally I have a VERY hard time buying beauty products. The prices are high and I really just don’t know what to trust, or what the hell even works for me. I have frizzy, curly, thin hair and skin that is generally normal but has red undertones. I have no clue what miracle products exist for those conditions. In the end I just buy the cheap stuff or get sucked in by the latest gimmick and regret spending money in the first place.

And then Birchbox came into my life. I read about it on Capital Hill Style (fabulous blog btw) and decided to give it a try. Investing $10 a month in my beauty future seems like a small price to pay (I’ll happily give up 3 lattes this month to balance the spending). I get to try out things I would NEVER buy and I can order full sizes if I do end up finding that miracle product.

Enough of the blabber, let’s get to the GOODS.

The spoils.

Each box includes 4 large sample sizes and 1 “extra” item. This month’s haul includes…

Each item includes a description and the price of the full size product. Clearly these are things I would never purchase “just to try”. $62 for a 3.7 ounce face mask?! I would just never pick that up. But now I get to try it out and decide if the $62 is really just a small price to pay.

The deets and my thoughts:

June Jacobs Masque

This looks like it will last for 1 or 2 applications. It smells divine – clean, semi sweet, and spa-like. I don’t know enough about masques to purchase one out of the blue, so it will be nice to see the effects of this little baby. And it’s obviously an expensive product, so I’m looking forward to pampering myself a bit!

Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel

They listened! When you register for Birchbox you fill out a little beauty questionnaire about your hair type, skin type, etc. Clearly they listened to my hair woes and sent this frizz control product (maybe just a coincidence, but whatevs). I haven’t had a chance to give it a try, but I’m always open to frizz-easing suggestions. I currently use a Biolage oil and it sort of works, but this looks like it has potential. Another bonus – it looks like it will last for about 10 uses.

Shaveworks Cool Fix Gel

Again, not something I would ever purchase on my own. I rarely get razor burn so I don’t have much use for a product like this. HOWEVER I do occasionally experience some bikini line issues, so this sample sized product could potentially last several years. If it works, I’ll definitely keep it around!

smashbox Primer

SO excited about this one. I am actually looking for a new primer and have heard good things about smashbox products. I’ve used a Stila primer, a Nars primer and an Ulta primer but didn’t LOVE them. It will be nice to give another brand a try without having to experiment with a full sized product. My guess is that this sample will last about 10 uses.

The "extra" - a Twistband

I thought this was a random bow when I opened the box. Apparently it’s a hair tie! It looks nothing like the dinky elastics I currently use (if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right?), but I’m open to giving it a try. My hair is super thin so I don’t like to use chunky elastics, but the material of the twistband seems very light and silky. Kind of like UnderArmour? I plan to wear it on my run tomorrow (and possibly on my wrist all day…since it’s “chic”…ahem).

My overall verdict: AWESOME. LOVE. AMAZE. WORTH $10.

I can’t wait to try these products and get another box next month!

Posted on August 9, 2011, in Beauty, Birchbox. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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