Yay! My Birchbox arrived on Friday the 7th and it’s a good one!
Birchbox now allows subscribers to choose one of their monthly samples from a selection of choices or opt for a special curated box. I chose the curated box this month, which Birchbox developed in a partnership with BuzzFeedLife. The box had a “Holiday Hacks” theme and included goodies that will help you survive and make the most out of the holiday season (i.e., double-duty products, post-party complexion restoration products, etc.). I miss the element of surprise whenever I choose the curated box, because Birchbox reveals the contents in their entirety, but I like knowing I’ll get things that I will enjoy.
Here’s what I got:
Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips. This is the cutest little tube of…salve? I think that’s the best word for it. LOL My boyfriend read the name and was shocked. This is pure lanolin and I’ve been using it at night before I go to sleep. It’s very thick and moisturizing, and creates a moisture-proof seal. You can also use it on cuticles, elbows, etc.
Greenleaf Votive Candle in Silver Spruce. My whole box smelled like a Christmas tree as soon as I took off the exterior mailing wrapper—ahh! So fresh and clean and brisk. I’ll save this votive to burn after Thanksgiving, but I’ve kept it on my bedside table in the meantime so I can take an occasional whiff of it until then. 🙂 This candle seems like good quality—it’s strongly scented and has a good “cold throw,” so I curious to see how it smells when it’s lit. I would love to see more home-related goodies in my Birchboxes…
Dr. Jart Pore Minimalist Mask. This is a cool black charcoal mask from the South Korea company that invented BB cream! I’m looking forward to trying this. I’ve never used a sheet mask.
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo. This is the item I was least excited about in this box but now that I have it in my hands it might be my favorite. The little can is so cute. I usually don’t use dry shampoo (my hair just feels extra dirty after using most dry shampoos—like more product piled on top of existing product) but this stuff smells really good, gives extra volume and “oomph” to my hair, and doesn’t feel sticky or powdery. I plan to use it as “hair perfume” before going to sleep or when freshening up on the (RARE) times I have to go somewhere after work.
Mirenesse iCurl Secret Weapon 24 Hour Mascara. I almost didn’t opt for this box because of the dry shampoo and the mascara, but after I looked up the full size price of a tube of this mascara ($29) I was curious and wanted to see how it performs. I like it but it doesn’t wow me. It gives a natural look and stays put. This sample had a small, thin wand that’s really nice for applying mascara to lower lashes.
Overall, my Birchbox is great and I’m very satisfied this month. I wanted to note two bummers, though—the curated box didn’t come with a couple of extras that the regular Birchboxes had this month. My box came in the regular hot pink exterior wrapper, not the special red wrapper that Birchbox sent out this month to raise AIDS awareness and funds for the RED foundation. I was looking forward to posting my wrapper on Instagram to help raise money, too. Boo. Also, my box didn’t include a mini snack like the regular boxes, which each got a fancy little chocolate or other treat. No biggie, though.
Now I’m soooooper excited to see what Birchbox has planned for December boxes. I hope we get something special for the holidays!