I had been seeing advertisements, and even other bloggers talking about this website called Birchbox. The gist of it goes like this – you subscribe (and may be put on a waitlist), fill out a questionnaire so they can assess what samples to send your way, pay $10 a month and you’ll receive hand-picked beauty products and lifestyle samples in a neatly packaged little box. I love getting things in the mail, and even more so I love getting new samples of products. After about 3 weeks of waiting, I got my email that it was my turn to finally sign up.
I took the plunge! My first box came in May. I was a little.. disheartened with it. My favorite item in the box was a sample of nail polish, disco nap was the color. Gold and glittery! Other samples included a headband, water fuse beauty balm, and beauty blender cleanser (which is used to clean off makeup brushes etc). All in all perhaps I just signed on at not such a good month? Well, I was hoping that was the case. At that point it seemed like I got a $10 nailpolish.
Now the month after May.. June! I was a bit hesitant to open the box, for fear I’d be disappointed again. I haven’t had enough time to actually try all of the products, but here’s what I got.
:: Cynthia Rowley Band-Aids
Designer Cynthia Rowley band-aid brand adhesive bandages, how cute right? Not your usual skin colored boring band-aid. I always liked band-aids with fun prints on them, I even have pac-man band-aids sitting in my bathroom at this very moment. I haven’t (thankfully!) gotten hurt recently requiring a band-aid, but the designs are super cute.
:: Melvita Floral Water
Now this I have tried. I’m a big (big) fan of any kind of hydrating mist/floral water. Especially this particular one. It’s described as being good for skin that has been exposed to sun, and helps to heal delicate skin. Well, delicate? Kind of. Sun exposed? Definitely. The scent I received (Rose) wasn’t that offending either. I can be real sensitive to smells at times, and I’m glad I didn’t get lavender. Headache central for this gal.
:: theBalm cosmetics Stainiac
Two-in-one lip and cheek stain you say? When I first saw the words “cheek stain” I was a little hesitant. But after watching the video tutorial they have on the site (linked above) I was sold. The stain is lightweight and doesn’t have a sticky consistency. I’ve used it on only my lips so far, and actually really loved it. Put a clear gloss over it for more of a shine and you’re good to go.
:: Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner
When it comes to my liquid eyeliner, I’m more than a little picky. I hate eyeliner that peels or flakes off after a couple of hours, needing constant reapplication. I tried this eyeliner for a photoshoot recently and was fairly happy with it. The color (I got olive, not my first choice but hey stepping outside my boundaries!) worked pretty well with my complexion and I never would have tried it otherwise. It had long lasting wear and the tip was easy to apply.
:: Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream
Ok so this one is still in the package, I have yet to touch it, BUT after reading the description I’m already sold on it. The formula is natural, no artificial dyes, fragrances or petroleum and Japanese mountain climbers use it when scaling Mount Everest. How cool is that? It’s ideal for dryness, flaky red skin, and even chapped lips. I’m only sad it’s just a small sample now.
:: John Varvatos Star USA cologne
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ll say it again, I’m very sensitive to scents. The wrong smell can make me feel lightheaded and even nauseous, especially with prolonged exposure. I’m not a big fan of guy scents, and while I appreciate them trying to include different types of products in my birchbox.. I signed up for the woman’s birchbox. The scent itself is pretty sweet smelling and eh just not my cup of tea.
I’m going to be giving it one more month, and if I’m still not invested I may try a different sampling site. I’ve been introduced to Glambox, which I love the idea of only receiving cosmetic samples, or even Umba Box. Umba Box is a bit more expensive, but every month you get a box of all handmade items. Love that as much as I do?
Birchbox.. You have one more try to win over my heart. Don’t disappoint!