Friday, February 19, 2016

Whats in the Box: Birchbox Unboxing (#1) The Date Night Box

Hi and a very happy belated Valentines Day!

Today I'm going to be reviewing the Birchbox February Box that I received a couple of weeks ago. In case you do not know what Birchbox is, it is a subscription service for makeup, hair, and lifestyle products, where you pay $10 a month and in return receive a box in the mail with 5 different samples in it. These samples are based off your profile that you create where you tell them what kind of products you like, your skin type, your hair type, ect.

I have had a Birchbox subscription for 4 months now and I absolutely love it. Even when I get products I would not normally buy, I still have fun trying them out. This month's box has definitely been one of my favorites inside and out. It is following the theme of preparing for a Valentines date which I think is really cute and the box's minimal stick illustrations were totally up my alley.





Birchbox wanted this box to help create a "not so everyday look" for Valentines Day and I would say for the most part they succeeded.
Inside the box you get: your 5 samples, a piece of tissue paper for decoration, a card listing the name of each product and how much it cost to buy the full size, and sometimes even a coupon for $10 off the Birchbox store. (I did not keep my cards this month because I did not know I'd be making this post but in the future I will post a picture of them.



The first product is the Malin + Goetz Clarifying Clay Mask. A full 3.5 oz. bottle of this goes for $48.00 so I'd value this sample at $7 on its own. I'm not a huge skin care person but this mask was pretty nice. The smell could have been better, it just smells like clay. But I did love that this mask has that movie feel where you see people with thick mud mask and cucumbers on their face. You could also use this sample at least 5 or 6 times before it runs out. And my favorite thing about this mask is it doubles as an exfoliate, and one thing my dry flaky skin loves is to exfoliate. Overall I'd give this mask a 4/5.
Next product is the Color Club: That's My Jam Nail Polish. This was probably the most underwhelming thing I received in the box. Don't get me wrong it's a super cute polish that goes on very smooth but I have 5 other polishes just like it and there just nothing really wow about it. It does what it's supposed to do though so I give it a 3/5. P.s. It usually runs about $8.50 for the full size which doesn't look much different than this.
Ah Birchbox you know the way to my heart. Neuma Beauty reNeu scalp therapy, another exfoliate but for my scalp! Birchbox is very thoughtful about which season it is when sending products and since it's the dry winter I've noticed I'm receiving more moisture/exfoliate products than I was before. This stuff was awesome and is a pretty decent size. It also smelled like peppermint which got me in a great mood in the shower. I can very easily say I love this product. You can use it at LEAST 10 times too (I could probably use it 20), which is a pretty big sample. A full size 3.4 oz. bottle will cost you $25.00, valuing this 1 oz. bottle at around $7.00. I give this one 5/5
This Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Liquid Lipstick in the color The Wild Ones is tough. I'll start with what I liked about the product, you can get 30+ uses out of this sample, you only need one little dab and it will cover your lips, it's metallic shiny shade is different and falls under the theme of a night out, and lastly it is cruelty free and also vegan. Now what I don't like about this product is that it is labeled as matte while it is actually very sparkly and metallic. Dry liquid lipstick does not equal matte. It also is very difficult to use on its own. You almost definitely need some sort of lip liner or other lipstick to go with it. I could only wear it on its own without looking like a clown after I dabbed it extremely with toilet paper. Here is what it looked like then:
This product gets a 2/5. It's difficulty is not worth the outcome but it was/still is fun to play with. (The product also is about half the size of the full $14 lipstick so I value it at around $6)

And finally our last product! Whish Three Wishes Body Butter! Let me start this by saying I am not big on lotions so I am not the right person to judge. It seems like a pretty good lotion though. It get's about 4/5 stars on the BirchBox site so other people seem to like it. The scent was lavender which smells a little mature to me but thats just personal preference. My mom seemed to really like it and shes more into lotions. A 5 oz. bottle is normally $20, this sample was .75 oz. making it's approximate worth $3.60, the least valuable sample in the box!

Even though some of the items were not must haves, like I said before, I really enjoyed playing with the February box. The overall value of it is an estimated $32. Not bad for only $10! 

I am hopefully going to be making these box opening a monthly thing. Maybe I'll even try a few different subscription services?

P.s. I have a referral code for those interested in signing up!
 https://www.birchbox.com/invite/j7gkc

Thanks again for reading,
Mikayla








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