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:
Box
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Marcelle
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.

Liftra
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.

BlushOpen BlushBlush Swatch
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
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.

OVERALL
April 2016 Birchbox
Verdict:
Love!
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?

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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