Birchbox was so early this year that my online profile hadn't updated with my box items when this arrived. I'm not complaining, I get the box early and I don't spoil it for myself! Win-win.
|Birchbox January 2014: Go Time|
|First Look... is that a hairspray? womp womp|
|Birchbox Finds: Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion with Clary Sage|
This face lotion by Burt's Bees lives up to the company's reputation. It's a nice facial lotion that absorbed quickly. I'm not sure if there is enough in the 7g sample to decide if it really does reduce visible signs of aging like lines and wrinkles, but I don't really believe any products actually do that anyway. It has a moderately strong scent that might not appeal to everyone, but I don't mind it.
Sample size is 7g, and the full size (50g) is $18. The sample is worth $2.52.
|Harvey Prince Journey|
Full size is $55 for 50 mL, and the sample is about 1.5 mL, making it worth $1.65.
|Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Conditioner|
Nice. This is what BB should be about: introducing people to new and interesting products that they might not hear of otherwise.
Full size is 3.2 oz for $25, and this 1.2 oz sample is worth $9.38.
|Inikia Mineral Eyeshadow in Eternal Marine|
|Eternal Marine swatched once over bare skin|
This is full sized, 1.2g, and sells for $20 on the BB site.
Last up is something that I couldn't believe BB sent! It's a nail velvet set from Nail Rock, which includes a polish and a velvet flocking powder for on top of the polish.
I did a quick test of the set, since I've never done a velvet mani before. I had on 2 coats of Julep Lucy, so I just added one coat of Navy polish on top (good coverage!) and dipped my finger in the little pot of velvet powder. I used a finger of my other hand to tap off some of the excess (tapping the knuckle, not the nail) and let it dry. I've seen some people repeat this process (polish, then powder, then let dry) twice, and I think that would be a good strategy. I didn't get full powder coverage on my nail from just one dip in the powder.
This is an interesting look, it's fuzzy!
|Nail Rock Nail Velvet in Navy|
|Nail Rock Polish and Velvet Powder|
|Nail Rock Velvet Mani on ring finger|
Total Value $38.64
This was a great start to the year. I'm not crazy about the perfume scent, but it was from a brand I like. The eyeshadow is beautiful, the nail kit is perfect for me, the dry conditioner is unique, and the face lotion is a decent find. Add that onto the $5 credit I'll get for reviewing these products on the BB site, and this was an awesome box.
Birchbox costs $10 per month and sends you 4-6 samples of higher-end skin, hair, and makeup products. Each product you review gets you 10 BB points, and every 100 points can be redeemed for $10 credit to the site. This is one of the best deals out there when points are incorporated. If you want to try it out, please use my link here. I'll get 50 BB points.
All items in this post were purchased by me. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and no special credit or compensation was received. This post contains a referral link; see above for details.