May Birchbox Review

Oh how I love to come home and find a beauty box waiting for me.  It’s just such a pick me up!  This was my first Birchbox, too, so it’s interesting to see the differences between the programs I’ve tried out so far (TestTube, Beauty Box 5).  I really liked my first shipment and definitely feel it was a $10 well spent.

Top Left: Birchbox

Top Right: Product information card (I like how it comes with information on what you’ve received), 30% off promo code Romeo & Juliet Couture for the month of May, Gossip Girl Trivia Sweepstakes card for a chance to win $500 to spend on birchbox.com

Bottom Left: Birchbox Notecards $10/set of 12 – These are really cute.  The full pack comes with a variety of bright colors and notecards that read “XOXO” on the front, blank inside.  They will definitely come in handy.  My only complaint is that I received 2 envelopes and only 1 card!  I’m assuming it was an error.  Bummer!

Bottom Right: Twistband Skinny Headbands $20/set of 6 – I’m normally not a headband girl because I generally find them annoying.  With my head of hair, if you go out in an accessory, you’re committed to it.  I’ve had some nightmare situations where a headband has been too tight (so much so that I get a pounding headache) or too loose and I’m constantly having to redo my hair.  Rarely has one been just the right fit and I’m pleasantly surprised that this is it!  The skinny headband is very easy to wear, comfortable and casual.  I wouldn’t wear them out, but they’re great for working out and lounging around the house.

Top Left: Color Club Foil Collection Nail Polish in Disco Nap $8/.5 fl oz (received .25 fl oz) – I had never heard of Color Club before, but I have to say – I’m really glad I got this sample!  The gold goes on very smooth and is almost ‘heavy’ looking like a metallic should.  It’s a washed gold, so it comes out a little textured.  I will definitely use this for an accent nail and for making patterns.

Top Right: Arquiste Parfumeur L’Etrog $165/55 ml (received small sample) – I’m VERY particular when it comes to fragrances, so I normally assume I won’t like samples.  I like very light, fresh scents and really hate overpowering smells that don’t seem organic.  This one I actually use from time to time.  The line is designed by an architect named Carlos Huber who says he actually designed them all to be unisex and reminiscent of different historical events/times.  It has a rich, but still airy appeal to it, containing citron, palm leaves, willow branches, myrtle and dates.

Bottom Left: Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25 PA++ $34/1.7 fl oz (received .06 fl oz) – I’m late to jump on the BB Cream train, but I’m definitely not getting off.  I love this stuff!  The idea is to maximize your skin results, while minimizing the amount of products you use.  It goes on with a tint, so provides light coverage to wear alone or to layer easily.  It also contains SPF and this particular product hydrates the skin enormously.  I WILL buy this full size.

Bottom Right: BeautyBlender BlenderCleanser $17.95/6 fl oz (received approx .5 fl oz) – You can use this cleanser on any makeup applicator, but it was designed for the BeautyBlender ($19.95), which I have and LOVE.  The blender itself applies foundation SO much better than the cheap versions and it lasts a long time.  I’ve been using the BeautyCleanser every day and for the first time in a while, my blender looks practically brand new.  Love it!

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