A new year for subscriptions and we start off with Birchbox January! This month features a partnership with Self Magazine and the sample choices were curated by the beauty editors at Self Magazine. Last year I believe they partnered with Self and had given out subscriptions to the magazine and you could have opted out and received the retail value if you chose not to subscribe. I already had a magazine subscription to Self so I got the refund instead. This year Birchbox and Self have what they are calling the Beauty Resolutions giveaways! One was for a four night getaway trip to Rivera Maya, Mexico I believe. A relaxing retreat to Fairmont Mayakoba with four nights at the hotel, on-property boat tour, and a couple’s massage! The second giveaway going on right now is a butt load of goodies including a one year Birchbox subscription, $250 shopping spree to Le Tote, the entire Colleen of exclusive Birchbox Arrow Beauty line, and lastly a $500 credit to Crane and Canopy. Holy smokes! I love their giveaways! This month was a good month even though I had some hiccups. One of my samples had leaked all over the other samples. Although nothing got ruined I had less than half of the shampoo left to sample from. However, Birchbox customer service replied back to me and sent me a replacement BOX with tracking! If they cannot send me the same box, they will send me a box tailored to my profile, and lastly if that doesn’t work out then I will be contacted again to figure out another solution. How great is that!?!???
On another note of greatness, download their app! It makes reviewing, shopping, Sample Choice, and even contacting customer support (there’s a chat option) ten times easier! I can track my box and even get a sneak peek on my box when it is ready. Sadly I did do a sneak peek but I couldn’t help myself at all! If you’re a subscriber then the Birchbox app is a must!!! It will make the subscription more fun and engaging! Look how many months I got(that’s all I can fit in a screen shot lol there is a lot more) and you can easily view all of your past boxes.
Let us start with Sample Choice for the month of January! I had a hard time choosing but in the end I got two of the choices I could not decide on. I chose the Sunday Riley because those bad boys are EXPENSIVE! I made that choice instead of the R+Co but lo and behold I got that too! I think it’s because of my reviews of the products previously in my past boxes.
R+Co OBLIVION Clarifying Shampoo and R+Co OBLIVION Restorative Gel Conditioner (bonus/foil packet)
ARROW ENDURE Water-Resistant Mascara
Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment
Wilma Schumann Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner in Black
Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel
Korane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
I actually have all of these products either from Birchbox or other subscriptions so I passed on it. Although the sample of the Shiseido Cleansing Oil made it so tempting! Look at the size of the sample!
This month’s theme is Hello 2017 and this year has gotten off to a positive start. I have had some bad days but stayed positive and ended positive lol. My skin is clearning up and trying new products has not been a big issue. My main focus for 2017 will be my health, my son and his health, and my family. My blog will be key to my health in terms of happiness. I love blogging especially stuff like this. I enjoy meeting new people and offering advice and vice versa! Sharing my journey with everyone has been fun! Stay tuned for a blg post about our day trip to the local aquarium! Okay okay on with the box right? Lol, if I do get a new box with different items I will do another post. At the end of this post I will have promo codes that will make you want to subscribe and my link! Now here is what I received for the month of January.
1. Burt’s Bees – 100% Natural Lipstick – Brimming Berry – $9 full size (0.12oz)
SAMPLE VALUE – $9
Full size product! Although I can find this at any drugstore I was thrilled to have it. I am not a fan of the color but it’s a color my mother would love. I did a quick swatch and noticed it takes about two-theee swipes to get it to be opaque. It is creamy with a smooth satin finish. It claims to stay moisturized on your lips for eight hours which I do trust. Burt Bee’s is a trusted brand for me and my child actually. I used their products many times and have yet to be disappointed. I actually prefer using their tinted lip balm instead.
2. Juliette Has a Gun – MMMM… Perfume – $100/$135 full size (50mL/100mL)
SAMPLE VALUE – $3.40 (1.7mL)
This little sample of perfume was actually nice. It is a small spray bottle which I love when it comes to fragrance samples. This scent is sweet and sultry. It has a mix of vanilla, orange blossom, and sandalwood which is all scents I love and combined was even better. It worked well with my skin and body chemicals so I might purchase in the near future. I only wish it was more affordable! I will stick to the sample for now since I only use one spritz and only for special occasion.
3. NUXE – Moisturizer Cream Crème Fraiche de Beauté – $34 full size (1.5oz)
SAMPLE VALUE – $11.33 (0.5oz)
This moisturizer was nice but I could stand the scent. It is made of aloe Vera and plant mills so it has this weird herbal perfumey scent that just doesn’t go well together. The product itself is not bad. I might pass this down to my mom as well. It is like an “old lady” scent if you know what I mean. All of the ingredients and benefits are great but the scent just ruins it for me.
4. R+Co – OBLIVION Clarifying Shampoo – $24 full size (6oz)
SAMPLE VALUE – $4 (1oz)
R+Co – OBLIVION Restorative Gel Conditioner – $25 full size (6oz)
SAMPLE VALUE – $0.95 (0.23oz)
This was one of the samples part of the Sample Choice. I passed on this because there was another item that I wanted to try for such a long time. This shampoo was amazing! A good lather that’s not too bubbly more foamy with just a small amount. It definitely clarifies and leaves my hair and scalp with a deep clean feeling. This shampoo has rosemary leaf extract, coconut oil, and Japanese witch hazel. The scent of R+Co products never lets me down! This one was good one! The conditioner was a bonus item and sadly a foil packet. The conditioner is a unique oil-in-gel formula. It adds shine with vitamin E and has sweet almond and coconut oils. This conditioner was great alone and with the shampoo. I wish I had more sample but it was good for only two washes. I only use conditioner from mid length to my ends. I did not use too jug and yet it worked effectively. Other conditioners I would go in like a mad man and pile it on. There was no product build up and I still had a deep clean feeling with soft touchable hair! I definitively might purchase both products to add to my shower routine.
5. Sunday Riley – Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment – $105 full size
SAMPLE VALUE – $17.85 (0.17oz)
Sunday Riley, I love this brand’s name! I have tried samples of other products in their like but not this lovely gem. I use only a small amount to put on my trouble areas like around my mouth, my forehead, and my chin. This is clinicially proven to visually and noticeably plump fine lines within three minutes. It is a purified grade lactic acid that deeply exfoliates the skin. It removes dull, pore-clogging, dead skin cells. It feels gentle on my skin and I love the benefits I have seen so far after a week’s use. I have only used it three times so far and have seen results! Although this product is pricey I am happy I got to try it before I would think of purchasing it. This is added to my lists of things to buy for sure!
Overall opinion, not a bad box! I had a problem but that will be resolved soon. I was able to still test out all of the samples. I got a full size lipstick in this box but it was a drugstore brand. Three out of five worked for me but if you count the bonus it’s more like four out of six! I am never hoping for a knockout box because subscriptions are for you to try and to see if you will like the item or if it will work for you. For the subscribers that hate their box because it is not something they like well…. suck it up. Not everything can be so personalized to the tee. Keep up with the reviews and your boxes will keep getting better! Trust me! It has for me and that is probably why I am sticking with Birchbox.
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