Birchbox Review – February 2015

I got my Birchbox yesterday and I’ve already tried out all the products in it! I think that’s a record for me.

For the first time in months, I didn’t choose a sample or a curated box, so this February box was a complete surprise to me. The theme for February was Friendship, and the printed cardboard box was super cute–neon orange stamped with hot pink conversation bubbles.

Here’s what I got and what I think:

BeeKind Shower Gel – Meh. I like trying shower gels, but this one isn’t exciting. The brand and product don’t feel special or luxe. The gel smells like thin, watery lemon–like diluted cleaning fluid. Part of the proceeds from BeeKind sales go to honeybee protection, which is nice. It would be way cooler, then, if this gel smelled like honey…but it doesn’t.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Cleansing Gel – I appreciate that this cleanser is made from “clean” ingredients. It’s a thin, liquid-y gel that didn’t foam or feel like it was doing anything special when I used it, but my face felt clean, smooth, and soft afterwards. I like this and will use up the sample, but I don’t see myself buying it.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black – Woot! This is my favorite product from this box. It’s a marker-style eyeliner and the thin felt tip is firm and semi-dry…and I mean that in a good way, in that product doesn’t gush out and you can easily control the application. I used a thin line on my eyelids this morning and even added little “kitten eye” flicks on the outer corners of my eyes. This stuff dries quickly and stays put! (Also: I read somewhere to store this pen upside down so the tip doesn’t dry out.)

Benefit The POREfessional – Hmm. I don’t think I’m the target audience for this. It’s a slightly tinted primer balm that can be worn under or over your makeup to blur and cover large pores, which I don’t think I have. The consistency is nice–smooth and thick, like a pasty spackle for your face–and it has a nice, light floral smell. I used it under my BB cream today and don’t see too much of a difference. I noticed some whitish flakiness on my nose and forehead an hour later, but my skin is dry right now, so I don’t want to blame the primer. I will have to experiment more, but I don’t see myself needing or wanting this. My BB cream works fine on its own.

Miss Jessie’s Original Super Sweetback Treatment – When I first felt this jar through the tissue paper in my box, I thought it was a Beauty Blender in a cylindrical box…so I was kinda disappointed to see this. It’s a generous sample (2 ounces!) of a hair mask and the branding is cute, though. I used it last night. The mask is thick and pink and smells like bubble gum (maybe bubble gum with a medicinal or plasticky undertone), and you’re supposed to leave it on for 30 minutes. My hair feels clean and light and soft today, but I get the same results from the DevaCurl conditioner I usually use. This Miss Jessie’s treatment has silicones in it, too, which DevaCurl doesn’t recommend for curly hair. I used about 1/3 to 1/2 of the jar last night and will probably pass along the rest to a friend to try. (Also, what does “Sweetback” mean?)

This box wasn’t very exciting, but I liked the mix of products–I got to try something new for my body, hair, makeup, and skincare routines.  I think the eyeliner is the winner for me, plus I can review these five products online for $$$$$ to spend on the Birchbox site.

Oh! And guess what else I got yesterday in a separate package from Birchbox? A pink tassel keychain! It’s a thank you gift for subscribing for a year. I got an email earlier this week telling me that it had been added to my online shopping cart for free with free shipping. 🙂 What a fun little gift.

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