Birchbox: January 2015

Since my February Birchbox is now en route to me, I thought I’d better hurry up and review my January one. During selection time last month, none of the samples or specialty curated boxes were screaming out my name, so I opted for a full surprise and didn’t make any selections.
Package

Let’s see if that was a wise decision:
Box

I always love it when they switch up and send us cheerful Birchboxes. I always reuse mine for storage or gift boxes so this will go into my Birchbox hoard. Now enough about the box, let’s see what’s inside.
Open Box 1 Open Box 2

Cream
Essentiel Elements Wake Up Rosemary Body Lotion

(Full Size: $19.00)
Description: Lightweight hydrator that heals dry skin and energizes with invigorating rosemary and mint.”
Verdict: Meh
First, tell me I’m not the only one who finds the misspelling of the word “essential” maddening? I get they are being cute with their company name but it just bugs me. There’s nothing wrong with body lotion, but it’s like 20 below all the time so I’d prefer something richer and I’m just not that big on rosemary. It’s okay, but not something I’m particularly excited about. I do think the packaging is cute and the size of the sample is excellent.

Transformer
Miracle Skin® Transformer Vanish Instant Imperfection Corrector
(Full Size: $58.00)
Description: This multitasking cream hides blemishes, preps skin for makeup and improves texture.”
Verdict: Like
Them’s a lot of promises you’re making, “Miracle Skin” and for $58 for a full size I hope you’re keeping them. I’m always happy to try out new multi-tasking products and I’m interested to see how this one performs.

Shampoo & Conditioner
Neil George Shampoo
& Neil George Conditioner
(Retail: 3.38 oz: $9.00 each)
Description: Created by Beverly Hills stylists, this antioxidant-rich cleanser promotes shinier locks. Paraben-free hydrator that detangles and smoothes strands with antioxidants.”
Verdict: ZZZzzzzz..sorry I feel asleep
We got “antioxidants” and “paraben-free” in the same description. We almost hit all the hair product buzz words. I appreciate that this isn’t a foil packet and that this duo is generously sized for a sample but I’m really really (did I say really) bored of getting shampoo and conditioner samples. That being said, I’m sure I’ll use these at some point.

Pencil
Pencil CloseupSwatch
Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner

(Retail: $11.00)
Description: ”This soft wax pencil delivers rich, long-lasting color that won’t irritate eyes.”
Verdict: Hit!
This pencil goes on so easily and is actually a pretty subtle gold (despite the “color contrast” claim). I think this could be worn on it’s own or in conjunction with other liners so I’ll have fun playing with it.

OVERALL
Birchbox Jan. 2015
Verdict:
Like

The Sumita eyeliner really saved this box. The body lotion, shampoo and conditioner were too boring for me and even though I liked the cream corrector, it wouldn’t have been enough on its own for me to like this box. I paid $10.70 and after reviewing my items I received $5 in Birchbox points which means I paid $5.70 for this box, so not too bad. But seriously Birchbox, no shampoo and conditioner next month, okay?

What did you choose for your January box? Did you snag a curated one, choose a special sample or go with a complete surprise?

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.

Once upon a time, long, long ago, Lisa attended Syracuse University where she studied singing in a giant castle surrounded by ice and snow. After she earned her music degree, she headed to the island of Manhattan, down to the West Village, to a place called the New School. There, she earned another degree in the great art of writing stories for children. She currently works on that same island, in the dungeon of an old building, making up stories while she sorts through endless stacks of papers, just dreaming of working somewhere with windows. She is currently working on several novels and hopes to write her way to that aforementioned windowed place. Her first book, “The Ice Maiden’s Tale,” a fairy tale adventure was released on May 30, 2017 and is up for sale on Amazon. In the meantime, she keeps herself occupied by obsessing over subscription boxes and home renovations.

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