Birchbox Review – April 2015

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The RPC Birchbox! (Image from

I got my April Birchbox last week! After a few months of ho-hum performance, I was super excited to see that Birchbox teamed up with Rifle Paper Company for the box design and some add-on goodies. The add-on goodies (or “plus items” in Birchbox-speak) were super cute but a little expensive (in my opinion). You could buy a Rifle tumbler and notebook set or an adorable canvas tote bag. I have plenty of tumblers and totes, though, so I resisted. (Birchbox also offered two different curated box choices for April to commemorate the final season of AMC’s Mad Men, but I wasn’t swayed by the non-retro contents.)

I really wanted TWO of the sample choices for April–the Jouer lip and cheek tint and the Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain.  I like how the Jane Iredale line uses all clean ingredients (Jessica Alba mentions the brand often in her book), but I was in need/want of a new cream blush so I went for the Jouer tint.

Here’s what I got in my (great!) box:

Jouer Tint in shade Petal – This sample is so cute.  It’s like a tiny black compact–about 1 inch square–that closes magnetically.  It just needs a little mirror inside!  I like cream blushes and have been using the same (messy) brand/shade for years, so I wanted a change.  The peachy-pink color is pretty and saturated.  I believe the formula is paraben-free, too–the FAQ page on the Jouer website says it’s paraben free but the (outdated?) ingredients list on the Tint page lists parabens.  I should inquire about that.

Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Moisturizing Shampoo and Repairing Conditioner – Hmm.  What an unfortunate name.  I’m pretty loyal to my DevaCurl hair stuff, but sometimes I use a sulfate-containing shampoo (like this one) as a kind of clarifiying shampoo.  This Beaver duo had sulfates, parabens, etc., which I try to avoid or minimize use of, but I still tried it because it smelled really good.  Other people commented on how good my hair smelled, too!

Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion – I love my Liz Earle facial cleanser, so I was excited to see another Liz Earle product in my  box.  I was bummed, though, when I read the ingredients list–lots of parabens.  I haven’t tried this yet, but I will.  It’s supp0sed to cool, refresh, and de-puff tired eyes.  Sounds pretty good!

MDSolarSciences MD Crème Mineral Beauty Balm in SPF 50 – I’m loyal to the Coola BB cream with sunscreen that I discovered via Birchbox months ago, but it was great to try this one, too.  It’s a mousse-like cream that’s slightly thicker than my Coola stuff, with a higher SPF.  I could still feel it on my face by the afternoon, which I like to think means that my face was still being protected from sun damage.  My forehead felt a little greasy by the end of the day, but nothing major.  Thumbs up!

I know I complain about the limited number of “clean” products sent by Birchbox, and I know I could subscribe to one of the many eco- and health-conscious beauty subscriptions out there, but I love Birchbox’s low price and generous rewards system.  I’ve discovered a lot of everyday-use favorites through Birchbox, so I’m sticking with them!

This was a great box overall and it’s always fun to get a mix of products–something for my hair, my skin, and my makeup bag!  The Rifle Paper Company box will be saved and used for something, too–it’s too pretty to throw or give away!

– Angela

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