Birchbox: April 2016

For April, I couldn’t resist grabbing Birchbox’s curated offering that was packed in the most adorable box from the Rifle Paper Co.  I swear if the Rifle Paper Co made more home décor products they’d be all over my house.

Our Adorable Box:
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Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution
(Full Size $21)
Description: “Removes makeup, cleanses skin, and soothers irritation with natural ingredients like aloe and cucumber.
Verdict: Hit!
I tried out one of these types of cleansing waters from another brand and really liked it.  This is perfectly sized for travel so I think I’m going to reserve this for my next weekend getaway.

Dr. Jart+ Liftra™ Contour Cream
(Full Size: $60.00)
Description: This high-tech, first-of-its-kind, collagen producing crema visibly firms, lifts and plumps skin.”
Verdict: Hit!
Dr Jart+ is a fabulous brand and this product doesn’t sound like anything I’ve tried before.  It’s also a bit spendy, so I really love getting a sample before committing to such a huge investment.

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Laura Geller New York Baked Blush-n-Brighten
(Full Size: $28.00)
Description: ”Baked from liquid pigments, this blush-highligher combo delivers a natural-looking flush.”
Verdict: Love!
This product was the one in the box I was most looking forward to trying out.  I was worried it would be too warm for my complexion and make me look like an Oompa Loompa (or Michael Kors).  Even though the swatch seems a bit warm, this worked beautifully on my skin.  It really does look natural and applies easily.  A little bit gives you a sun-kissed glow.  I’ve never tried Laura Geller’s blushes before, but I was suitably impressed.

PARLOR® by Jeff Chastain Volumizing Lifting Spray
(Full Size: $24.00)
Description: ”This innovative body-enhancing spray uses marshmallow root to give locks instant volume and lift.
Verdict: A bit burnt out
I’ve got so many hair styling products that are specifically for volume and so many from this particular brand.  I’d really love it if I got a break from the Parlor products for the rest of the year.  I think I’ve tried enough of them to know if I want to buy the full size or not.

Hand Cream
TOCCA Crema da Mano – Giulietta
(2 oz Size: $10.00)
Description: “Loaded with natural botanicals, this green apple and pink tulip lotion absorbs in a flash.”
Verdict:  Hit!
This is a really elegant little hand cream and it will be perfect to keep tucked in my commuter bag.  It has a lovely spring time vibe.

April 2016 Birchbox
I paid $10.70 for this box and after reviewing the products received $5.00 in Birchbox points.  I chose this box and (except for being burnt out on Parlor hair products), am really thrilled with it.  I like the variety in types of products, the interesting brands, and the generous product sizes.  This was a well curated box and I hope Birchbox can start making the non-curated options as compelling.

For the Birchbox subscribers – Do you find that the curated boxes have a better overall balance than the regular boxes?

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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