Birchbox: March 2016

With so much hubub, I have a couple leftover from March, so today we’ve got my review of the March Birchbox. For March, I opted for the curated “Ready for Anything” Featured Box

Let’s Dive in!
Box Open Box Oopen Box 2
Our usual cute packaging.

Blowout
PARLOR® by Jeff Chastain Smoothing Blowout Spray
(Full Size $24)
Description: “This celeb stylist’s lightweight spritz adds instant volume and luster while protecting hair from heat damage.
I don’t blow dry my hair that frequently, and I feel like Jeff Chastain products are all over the sample boxes, so I’m pretty ambivalent about this one. I’ll probably just use it for special occasions.

Packaged Lipstick Lipstick LIpstick Swatch
Milk Makeup Lip Color in C.R.E.A.M.
(Full Size: $22.00)
Description: This superhydrating formula adjusts to your pH, enhancing each wearer’s natural lip color to create the perfect hue.”
Verdict: Like
This lipstick is so teeny tiny that it came in its own bag so you wouldn’t lose it right off the bat. I really like the natural color on this but it’s not quite the right shade for my skin tone. I do think it will work well as a base for lip gloss, so I’ll probably use it in concert with some sparkly Stila lip gloss I own. I do wish this was a touch bigger.

ShadowEyeshadow CloseEyeshadow Swatch
Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio in Filter
(Full Size: $28.00)
Description: ”These coordinated shadows, shade, contour and highlight, for a variety of easy eye looks.”
Verdict: Not quite right
This eyeshadow trio is one of the reasons I chose this box. I really wish they’d sent me the purple or the pastel shades as I think they’d work better with my skin. As you can see from the swatches, one disappears completely and the middle tone leans a just a touch too warm for my taste (it’s hard to tell in this picture, but it ends up a bit orange). I’d really love to get shades that aren’t neutrals. They are almost always too warm for my skin tone and most of us makeup junkies have a ton of them. Let’ see something a bit more unusual in our boxes.

Kiehls
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream
(1.7 oz: $27.50)
Description: ”This is the ultimate soother: it’s rich without being greasy, and sinks in without any residue.
Verdict: Like
I haven’t tried this yet because I have moisturizers that are already opened, but Kiehls is a great brand and I’m excited to try this out.

Eye Pads
Wilma Schumann Skincare Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads
(5 Pairs: $18.00)
Description: “These 100% collagen pads plump, hydrate and restore, enhancing eye contour gently and naturally.”
Verdict: Hit!
I love all kinds of face masks, and eye pads just feel very spa like. I’m going to save these for a home pampering day.

OVERALL
Birchbox 3.2016
Verdict:
Like
I paid $10.70 for this box and after reviewing the products received $5.00 in Birchbox points. I chose this box so the products weren’t a surprise, but sadly the two products I was most interested in (the lipstick and the eyeshadow) just weren’t quite right for my coloring. I wish Birchbox would add on a cool/warm toned option for the makeup. It would go a long way in helping us get items that work. I’ll use the Jeff Chastain spray (albeit sparingly) and I like the Face cream and eye pads so overall, this box was still a good value.

How often does the makeup you receive in Sub Boxes work for your skintone?
If not, do you find it too warm, or cool or just not to your taste?

BIRCHBOX NEWS!
Birchbox released two Limited Edition boxes, just in time for Mother’s Day.
BB Beauty LE Box
Limited Edition: Beauty in Bloom (Retail: $64.00)
Description: 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.”
I’d been hoarding Birchbox points for a while, so when a coupon code popped up, I used my points to snag this. Be sure to come back for a full review on this one.

BB Naturals LE Box
Limited Edition: New Naturals
(Retail: $59.00)
Description: Each of these innovative products is free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and phthalates—and instead, packed with good-enough-to-eat ingredients like coconut oil, pomegranate enzymes, and vitamin E.”
I already own quite a few of these products, but if you love natural beauty, consider picking this box up.

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.

2 thoughts on “Birchbox: March 2016

  1. I still don’t exactly get how Birchbox works, but I got the Smashbox shadows that I still haven’t used and I got the collagen eye pads too and liked them. Birchbox has been a bit underwhelming for me since my subscription started in January, but I have discovered a couple HG products and the subscription was a gift so I shouldn’t be complaining! Even though the Milk lippie is tiny, I would’ve liked it. I just got something from Milk in an ipsy or Sephora box, but whatever it was it wasn’t as interesting as lipstick!

    • The Milk lippie is nice but I find it really settles into the lines in the lips. I finally got off the Sephora waitlist for their box and I can’t wait to try it!

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