Birchbox Limited Edition: Beauty in Bloom

I had a bunch of Birchbox points I was saving up, so when a coupon code popped up and Birchbox’s Limited Edition Beauty in Bloom box was available, I decided to treat myself.

This box costs $64 and is described as follows:
Fresh-cut flowers are typically reserved for special occasions, but we’re firm believers that every day should feel special and important. Consider this box the beauty equivalent of a blooming bouquet. The thoughtful collection is filled with luxe treats and indulgences—like a refreshing rose mist, a cult-classic lavender hand cream, a prettily packaged perfume, and a chic vanity tray—to make even the most humdrum days feel a little bit fancier. The best part? These beauties are 100 percent wilt-proof.”

The packing on this one was lovely and perfectly suited for gift giving.
A beautiful box with floral detailing:
Box DetailBox
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Toner
Darphi Intral Toner
– Travel Size
(Full Size $54.00)
Description: “Ultragentle, complexion-soothing formula that leave skin calm, refreshed, and nourished.
Verdict: Hit!
I love soothing toners as a follow up to an oil cleanser.  The combo is perfect for getting my skin clean but still moisturized.  Because of the size I think I might reserve this one for travel.

Oil
Davines Oil – Absolute Beautifying Potion
– Sample Size
(Full Size: $42.00)
Description: This lightweight, antioxidant-rich serum tames frizz, boosts shine and prevents breakage.”
Verdict: Like
I really love the Davines brand so even though I’m practically swimming in hair oil, I’m still happy to try this out.  This is a sample size, but it’s still pretty generous.

Balancing Mist
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist
– Sample Size
(Full Size: $35.00)
Description: Loaded with flower extracts, this rose-scented mist balances pH levels and refreshes skin.”
Verdict: Hit!
I’ve used Jurlique before and really liked it. I’ve also just started getting into using Rosewater as a toner.  I think this will be a nice refreshing spray to perk up skin during summer travel.

Laura GellarOpen BlushLaura Geller Baked Color True Blush Swatch
Laura Geller New York Baked Color True Blush – Full Size
(Retail: $28.00)
Description: ”Perfect for an instant complexion perk-up, this baked blush gives a natural glow.
Verdict: On the Fence
I believe the shade I received was “Maui” and it’s a bit more glittery than I prefer in my blushes.  I recently got a different blush from Laura Geller in my regular Birchbox and absolutely love it.  I’m going to put this one aside for a bit and see if I’ll use it more as we head into the summer.

Lolla
Lollia by Margot Elena Shea Butter Handcreme
– Travel Size
(4 oz Size: $25.00)
Description: “A cult classic, this lush, hydrating hand cream has note of lavender, Indian amber and Tahitian vanilla.”
Verdict:  Love
I love Margot Elena products, although the scents can be a bit hit or miss for me.  The packaging on this is gorgeous and the size will be perfect to keep in my work bag.  Lavender is a scent that works for me, so this one is definitely a win.

MallyEyeshadow TipBlender TipMally Shadow Liner Swatch
Mally Beauty Eye-Amplifying Shadow Liner in Deep Taupe
– Full Size
(Retail: $20.00)
Description: “This creamy, versatile eye pencil glides on smoothly, blends easily and lasts all day long.”
Verdict:  Love, Love, Love
This works amazingly well as an eyeshadow.  It’s a fabulous neutral shade that will look great with every skintone.  It gives that candlelit glow look to the lids and works well on its own or paired with other shades.  It swipes on easily and I like it so much that I’ll probably end grabbing it in the “stone” shade as well.

Nest Candle
NEST Fragrances Grapefruit Votive Candle
(Retail: $16.00)
Description: “This citrus-scented candle blends watery green nuances, lily of the valley and coriander blossom.”
Verdict:  Hit!
Nest makes amazing candles and citrus oriented fragrances are my absolute favorite.  This will be nice to light in the bathroom during a spa day.

Perfume
NEST Fragrances Indigo Eau de Parfum – Travel Size
(8mL: $25.00)
Description: “Infused with Moroccan tea and wild fig, this captivating scent easily transitions from work to play.”
Verdict:  Love!
Surprisingly, this was one of the products I was most excited about. I had caught a whiff of this at Sephora and really liked it. Perfumes that don’t give me headaches are like unicorns so this was a great find for me.  The scent isn’t too heavy, but has depth to it. It’s not super floral or overly fruity and leans on the sophisticated side.  I have no idea by what miracle I can wear this, but I’m happy to have a new scent to use.

Smith & CultSmith & Cult ApplicatorSmith & Cult Hi-Speed Sonnet Swatch
Smith & Cult The Shining Lip Lacquer in High Speed Sonnet – Full Size

(Retail: $22.00)
Description: “Get an extremely smooth finish (and a plumper look) with this moisturizing lip gloss.”
Verdict:  Love!
This was another product that really pushed me to grab this box.  I’m infatuated with Smith & Cult polishes and have been wanting to try one of their lip products for quite some time. The color is saturated, fun and perfect for summer.  Plus it has absolutely gorgeous packaging.

Mascara
stila HUGE™ extreme lash mascara – Travel Size (
Full Size: $23.00)
Description: “One coat of this jet-black mascara gives you a major boost of volume, curl, and length.”
Verdict:  Gift
I’ve tried this mascara before and it’s not my favorite so I’m going to use it as part of a gift.

Tray
Umbra Prisma Tray
(Retail: $15.00)
Description: “This modern, chic tray features a linen lining to help jewelry (and other odds and ends) stay organized.”
Verdict:  Like
This is a funky little tray, but I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with it yet.  It seems suited to top a dresser or desk, but currently all those places are occupied. It may need to wait until I finally move somewhere with a bit more space.  It would make a perfect little dish to keep by the entryway and leave your keys in.

OVERALL
Birchbox Beauty in Bloom LE Box
Verdict:
Love!
I used my Birchbox points so I nabbed this for free, but I think it’s a great value for $64.  Except for the mascara, I really liked all the products included.  The curation was spot on for a Spring floral theme and had a nice balance of skincare, makeup, hair and home products.   I also thought it was great that with the mascara, blush, lip lacquer and eyeshadow stick, this one box could give you a full makeup look.  The packaging felt luxe and special, making this a really great gift option for the woman in your life who loves beauty products.

Have you ever tried been tempted by one of the Birchbox Limited Edition boxes?

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THE BACKSTORY
Birchbox subscriptions cost $10 per month or $110 per year (Women’s Sub)
$20 per month or $195 per year (Men’s Sub)

Points System:
Whenever you buy something at Birchbox they give you Birchbox points. $1.00 = 1 Birchbox Point.
Each 100 Birchbox reward points can be redeemed for $10.00.
You can also earn points by reviewing the samples they send you (10 points per sample) and referring/subscribing friends.

Birchbox: August 2015

As I was going through my box backlog I realized that I am way behind with my Birchbox reviews, so as a homage to the unseasonably warm November we are having, I’m going to review my August Birchbox featuring guest curator, Nicole Richie.

Another really pretty Birchbox that will be transformed into a gift box or some kind of storage.
Box
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Dr. Brandt
dr. brandt® microdermabrasion skin exfoliant

(Full Size: $78.00)
Description: Breakthrough at-home treatment for a glowing complexion—no pricey derm appointment required.
Verdict: Hit!
Dr. brandt is a fabulous brand and this is a pricey item, so I’m happy to have a sample to try out. I exfoliate regularly so this product will get used.


LAQA LAQA Swatch
LAQA & Co. Charm School Kit
(Full Size: $20.00)
Description: This creamy crayon (in Humble Brag) delivers an easy-to-apply deep rose color for both lips and cheeks..”
Verdict: Hit!
This is a great size and a cheerful saturated pink. I’m not sure if it will work with my coloring but I’ll play around with it and try some combos with gloss over it.

OPIOPI Swatch
OPI Venice Collection

(Full Size: $9.50)
Description: ”Top-notch polish from the beloved brand’s fall/winter 2015 collection (we’re in amore!)
Verdict: Sad Panda
So we all know I have a slight (okay, giant) obsession with polish so the lovely OPI red that was shown with this box was a huge motivator as to why I chose it. Instead of pretty red, I get an odd sort of shimmery brown. It’s not a bad color, but it’s really not my speed and doesn’t work so great with my complexion. Cue sad face.

LISSEA
Rene Furterer LISSEA Leave-in Smoothing Fluid

(Full Size: $31.00)
Description: ”Nourishing formula that protects hair during theat sytling, plus tames flaway and frizz..
Verdict: Eh
After this year’s giant box of hair products from Nina Garcia, it’s hard for me to get too excited over a new styling product. And unfortunately I don’t heat style my hair very often and that seems to be the big selling point on this item. I’ll add it to my hair stockpile but I’m not sure if I’ll really use it.

St. Tropez
St. Tropez Gradual In-Shower Tan

(Full Size: $25.00)
Description: ”This convenient, innovative self-tanner delivers buildable color for a natural-looking glow.
Verdict: Gift
There is no such thing as a “natural glow” for a ginger. We are white or bright lobster red. This product is a nice size and it sounds like a really cool way to self tan, so I’m passing it along to a friend.

OVERALL
8.2015 Birchbox

Verdict: Lackluster

I chose this box because of the pretty red polish shown and it came out with a really uninspiring baby poop brown, so I was uber disappointed. There were some nice size products in here, but I won’t use the tanner at all, and will rarely use the leave in fluid. I paid $10.70 and after reviewing the products received $5.00 of Birchbox credit. That turns out to $5.70 for the exfoliator and the LAQA lipstick, so not a bad deal after all.

What did you get your last couple Birchboxes? Any fabulous hits or really awful misses?

BIRCHBOX NEWS!
Birchbox is now offering a luxe new Special Edition Box:

Limited Edition: Everyday Glamour
(Retail: $48.00)
Description: A Wednesday night out. A work meeting. A weekend brunch. Not everything can be quite as exciting as a black-tie affair, but doesn’t your day-to-day still deserve a touch of glam? This Limited Edition Box is packed with with gorgeous, timeless products that will elevate your everyday beauty routine to new (gorgeous) heights. From a big-and-bold mascara and cult-favorite lip lacquer to strand-nourishing hair oil and an antioxidant-rich mask, this collection will keep you feeling fabulous and looking glamorous—even on a Monday. A $197 value!

THE BACKSTORY

Birchbox subscriptions cost $10 per month or $110 per year (Women’s Sub)
$20 per month or $195 per year (Men’s Sub)

Points System:
Whenever you buy something at Birchbox they give you Birchbox points. $1.00 = 1 Birchbox Point.
Each 100 Birchbox reward points can be redeemed for $10.00.
You can also earn points by reviewing the samples they send you (10 points per sample) and referring/subscribing friends.

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