My first Birchbox: I dig!

29 Feb

I totally forgot to mention when I first posted this that through the money you spend and people you get to joint, you accrue points. When you hit 100 points, you get $10 to spend in the shop. So if you sign up because of me, pretty please use this link!

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I first heard about Birchbox by the lovely Tara over at Fabulous But Evil. About a day later, Kate told me about it over at Suburban Sweetheart.

In case you’ve missed it, Birchbox is a beauty company that will send you a box of sample-size treats for $10 a month. You get well over $10 worth of goodies, and if something tickles your fancy, you can get back on the Birchbox website and order the full size. It’s about the best way I’ve seen to try those higher-end products you’d hate to blow $30 on and end up hating.

Birchbox has you fill out a survey about your tastes and tones and complexion to try and customize each box for each beauty.

To give you an idea, here is what my February Birchbox held for me, in the order that I tried them:

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum — I’ve had acne since I was in the second grade, and I’ve tried a lot of skin clearing treatments to various success. I’d never heard of Juice, which retails for $29 for the full-size, and was excited to try it. After four or five uses, the giant tumor on my cheek did not go down. It didn’t get larger or redder, which is important, but it did not go away, either. Juice boasts salicylic acid, which you can find much cheaper in Biore or Neutrogena. And frankly, I’ve seen my acne react much better in recent years to benzoyl peroxide.

Juicy Coture Viva La Juicy perfume — A very unusual scent, mixing sweet and musky. I kind of like it, but I’m not sure I’d splurge on the $69 to $89 full-size. The descriptor card tells me the fragrance has top notes of wild berries and mandarin, middle notes of  honeysuckle, gardenia and jasmine and base notes of amber, caramel, vanilla, sandalwood and praline.

Benta Berry G-1 Moisturizing Face Cream — This is a French skincare line that is new to the States. The descriptor tells me the product is all-natural and regulates oil levels, keeping the skin matte. I’ve used this about three times, and by the end of the day, I’ve definitely seen less shine each time. I really dig this and, at $22 for a full bottle, may make a purchase. It goes on oh-so lightly — the cream actually feels soft somehow — and the light smell is lovely.

Eye Rock Designer Liner — These are what can only be described as stickers to place at your top lash line in lieu of liner. They come in different thicknesses and designs. I have not tried them yet, as I’ve not seen it fit to wear them to work, but I’m insanely excited to give them a whirl. I love playing with makeup, and I’ve never seen anything like these before. These retail $13 for two packs of four. Might be worth it.

Chuao Chocolatier Spicy Maya ChocoPod — I’ve not tried this yet, mainly because I’ve kept my Birchbox in the bathroom and never think to eat chocolate when I’m at the sink. My guess is that it will rock, as I adore chile and cayenne peppers in my dark chocolate. (I suppose I could try it as I type this, but it’s 10:21 p.m., and I’m trying to not have anything but water after 8 p.m. For two days, I’ve done quite well.) A full-size bar of this runs $6.

As an added treat, Birchbox sent me six free tunes from Green River Ordinance, an indie rock band. Have I heard of them? No. Do I dig them? Oh yes. Listen for yourself:

Anyone else get the February Birchbox? Which treats did you like best?

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3 Responses to “My first Birchbox: I dig!”

  1. Suburban Sweetheart February 29, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    Ooooh, what a fun first box for you! Those ChocoPods are freaking DELICIOUS, I warn you. My box wasn’t great this month, but I’m holding out for March…

  2. Ally February 29, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    I haven’t heard of it, but how cool!! I need to check it out!

  3. tara February 29, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    ooh! i wish i’d gotten that face cream!

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