Birchbox Review

Happy Tuesday friends!  I didn’t do a food/fitness plan for this week because I’m suffering from strep throat, so there has been a lot of tea, soup {and maybe some ice cream} in my meals the past 24 hours.  I’m hoping this antibiotics kick in soon and I’ll be good as new 🙂

A few weeks ago, I signed up for Birchbox and last week I received my first box.  I’m so glad I signed up because I discovered some new products that I absolutely LOVE!

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So what is Birchbox?  It’s a subscription box delivery service that sends you 4 samples of different beauty products plus one “lifestyle” product to try out.  I heard about it through a friend and decided to try it out.  It’s $10 a month and you can cancel at anytime.  With each box, you earn 10 points.  After you have earned 100 points, that gives you $10 credit to spend on Birchbox.com.  You also earn points on other products you purchase.  Along with each box, comes a card which lets you know which each product is, how much a full-size version costs, and how to use it properly.

Here’s a look at February’s Box:

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1. Agavehealing oil treatment. LOVED this stuff! I used it on my hair last night after the shower and my hair was very soft the next morning.  It also smells amazing!

2. Benefit CosmeticsIt’s potent! eye cream. As I’m nearing 30, I’m a sucker for eye cream and anti-aging products.  Confession:  I’ve been using eye cream since I was in my early twenties (for preventative measures) and this so far has been the one I’m most happy with.  It’s very creamy and it also helps eliminate those dark circles under your eyes.  A little goes a long way and I will definitely be purchasing a full-size version very soon.

3. OPISheer tints in Be Magentele with Me.  This is the first time I’ve seen/used sheer nail polish.  I thought it gave my nails a nice, but very natural look.  Perfect for work since “loud” nail polish is not allowed, but not something I’d normally wear…I like color!

4. Mox BotanicalsBath Milks.  Since the only baths I’m partial to are ice baths after a long training run, I have yet to try this product out.  Showers are more my thing, but maybe I’ll have to make time for a nice relaxing bath in the near future.

Lifestyle Extra: ReviverDry Deodorant Swipes for Clothes.  It is said to whisk away odors on contact.  I will be trying this out one day after a sweaty gym session.

Overall, I’m really happy this month’s Birchbox.  I was a little nervous after reading some customer reviews but so far, I am a satisfied customer.

One thing I’m still kind of up in the air about is the price.  Should I really be spending $10 a month on samples when I live a very short distance away from Sephora and LUSH?  I was there the other day buying some make up and a face mask and I came home with these samples:

ilovesamplesTory Burch perfume sample, Dr Brandt Dark Spots treament, Imperialis moisturizer, 2 cleansers (one I loved, the other I threw away after the first use) and a Laura mercier bronzer.  Yes, I got all these lovely samples, but it didn’t come for free…far from it. I don’t think I could go into Sephora, spend $10 and come out with 4 samples of anything.  LUSH…maybe, they’re a lot more willing to help you.

I love samples and I love discovering new beauty products.  What I love most about Birchbox is that there are no pushy sales people, I don’t feel obligated to buy anything and it gets sent to my house.  So for now, I think I’ll stick with it.

Do you do mail subscription boxes? I would LOVE to sign up for Stitch Fix, but I can’t justify it when I wear a uniform every day.

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Scrub A Dub Dub

I’m a sucker for beauty products.  My favorite place to go for my birthday? Sephora 🙂 One-it’s nice to stock up on products for the fall/upcoming winter season and two-you always get a free gift.
When Larry and I went to the mall on Sunday, I wanted to make a pit stop at Lush.  I read somewhere about an awesome face scrub that they had and since running out of my Mary Kay Microderm, I was in search of a really good face scrub.  I loved the scrub by Mary Kay, but I don’t know anyone who sells it and I wanted the convienience of being able to stop at a store and pick something up.
I became a big fan of Lush bath products when I lived in Chicago, but fell away from it when I moved back to Milwaukee-until I saw the stand alone store in Mayfair Mall a few months ago!  I love this store because all of their products are handmade, it’s affordable, they use fresh organic fruits and vegetables, they are very against animal testing, and if you save up enough of their containers, you can bring them all in for a free facemask-which can only be purchased in stores.
When I went in there, I told the saleswoman that I was looking for a really good face scrub and she recommended their best-selling salt scrub, Ocean Salt.  As she was explaining the ingredients to me, she had me at “Fresh lime extracted in Vodka…”.  Along with that comes fine sea salt, grapefruit, course sea salt, avocado butter, and coconut fat.  The lime and the vodka have an antibacterial effect and is ideal for blocked pores, blackheads and blemishes.  She tried it out on the top of one of my hand and I couldn’t believe the difference between the two hands.  I couldn’t wait to get home and use it.  After going weeks without a face scrub, my face felt amazing!  It was like new skin 🙂 I couldn’t believe how soft and bright my face was.
IMG_2242I decided to go with the 8.8 oz container for $35 (They’re also really good at giving you samples of their products if you want to try it out before you buy).  Compared to Mary Kay Microderm, which sells for $31 for a 2.5 oz container, I think I’ve found myself a new face scrub.
IMG_2246Sidenote: Make sure to mix well with a stir stick before your first use!
What’s your favorite beauty product?  I love a good face scrub followed by a facial mask 🙂