This is my review of my December 2014 Birchbox. Birchbox is a subscription beauty box. For $10.00 a month you get five small to deluxe sized samples (and a few full sized) of beauty product’s that that range from skin care to makeup tools. Just so you know I buy this box myself with my own money. If you want to check them out please click here
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This box contains five products which ranged from eyeliner to hair care. The first product I pulled out of the box is Essential Elements Wake Up Rosemary Body Gel – Full-size price is $19.00. This cleanser infuses the skin with nourishing honey, softening rosemary, and mint oils. The smell is really nice (have I talked about my psycho issue with smells?) and the mint comes out strongly. I love the smell of mint, even going so far as to grow my own, so of course I love the smell. However, if you hate mint, this product is not for you. I used this product today. Now, the water here in Florida is full of harsh things like chlorine and my skin is always very dry after a shower. This gel did a nice job of keeping the moisture in while also cleansing. That combined with a smell I love and this product is one I want to purchase.
When I first pulled this product out I thought it was from the same company as the Wakeup Rosemary Body Gel but it’s not. The Davines Replumping Superactive is a leave-in treatment for hair which fortifies strands’ structure to leave hair looking thick and shiny. Full-sized cost $39.50. The smell is nice and it’s a pretty big sample for my hair. I had every intention of using this product but…I forgot. No other excuse, but I will try it tomorrow – smile.
Birchbox also threw in a sample of the Davines Naturaltech Replumping Shampoo and Conditioner. Nice little bonus to try with the leave in treatment!
So, let me tell you something. I have been looking for a SPF for my face so the Coola Tinted Matte SPF 30 for Face was perfect. The full-sized is priced at $36.00 which is pretty steep for a tinted moisturizer with SPF. I put this on my hand and it didn't seem like it had any tint to it at all. Also, the tube is 95% empty. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to be able to tell if I like it or not.
I’ve been looking for eyeliners and I got eyeliner in this box - woot. This is the Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner. The full-sized price for the eyeliner is between $11.00 - $21.00. I thought I would love this color but I’m really not impressed with the eyeliner. It does go on smoothly but it did tug a little. I’m not sure I want to subject my eyes to too much of that.
This is a very small sample of the Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream – Full-size $16.00. This is all-over hydrator which heals and softens everything from rough heels to chapped lips. So, this smells like Vicks vapor rub. I’m not even kidding. I love the smell of Vicks (it’s addictive) but I have no desire to put Vicks all over my body and/or lips. I’m going to have to take a pass at using this on a regular basis.
That is my review of the December 2014 Birchbox. The box was good for the $10.00 price tag although I was not happy that one of the samples didn’t have much product in it or the skin cream aka Vicks in a tube. Let’s see what they have in store for us in January!
Also – The Kbeauty Blog Hop Giveaway goes live on December 19th. That’s THIS weekend! Don’t forget to check back here for my contest and a list of the other blogs participating!