I've always loved trying out new beauty products, but with my semi-problematic skin I'm always wary about spending the big bucks on something that's going to make me break out like a 13 year old again. I've heard about Birchbox, a monthly subscription surprise box of beauty goodies, and thought, hey, this seems like an awesome way to try out some of the products I'm to cheap or chicken to buy basically risk free?! After seeing so many positive reviews on a few of my favorite blogs, I decided to take the plunge, signed up and eagerly awaited the little pink box to arrive in the mail. (Birchbox sends out packages on the tenth of every month.)
Upon the arrival of my first box I eagerly tore through the packaging, (Gossip Girl themed this month,) and got down to examining my goodies. (The contents of the box can be seen below.)
I wanted to wait a while to post this in order to test the products before I did the review, but it's been about a week now and I can say that while I'm not completely blow over by this month's contents, there were a couple of items that totally made the $10 worth it.
What I liked:
The Algenist anti-aging moisturizer, which was a really great size, has made my skin feel nice and smooth for the week I've been wearing it. I'll definitely need to try it out for another week or so to make sure it doesn't cause any major break-outs, but so far so good.
The Color Club nail polish in Clambake Coral. Totally my favorite part of the box. I'd actually been meaning to buy coral nailpolish for a while now, so I was already excited, and the color turned out perfect. It even made my lily white skin look a little tanner!
The cute little stationary note cards that said "XOXO" on them. (which of course I didn't remember to take a picture of.) I love little extras like that, and I have totally already used it in a recent art journal page. (Not the intended use, but cute nonetheless.)
What I didn't:
I tried out the Kerastase shampoo and conditioner, and while it wasn't horrible, I didn't see a noticeable change in how my hair felt. At $36 and $39 a bottle, I think I'll pass. Same goes for the Kerastase shine serum. I have pretty fine hair, so I try to not use products like shine serums that weigh my hair down more. Just not for me.
What I'm reserving judgement on:
The Miracle Skin Transformer blemish and SPF treatment for the body. I've only used it once, so I can't speak fully for this product yet. I will say that it left a lovely light catching shimmer on my arms and collarbone where applied, but after looking at my hands, it sort of looked like I'd been attacked by the glitter fairy. I'll definitely be washing those after using this product again :)
All in all I can say that I'm pleased with the box and am looking forward to the next one when it comes in. (Crossing my fingers on getting more nail polishes and maybe a fun new scent, I'm on the prowl!)
***Are any of you trying out the Birchbox as well? How have you liked it so far? I'm kinda obsessed with subscription services at the moment, so I am aways looking for suggestions!) xoxo Fearsy