Friday, January 30, 2015

Birchbox January 2015

I feel like it's been a really long time since I've shown you all what's in my Birchbox!

This month, we had a choice of three samples, or two different guest editor boxes. If you're curious about them, you can watch their January Sneak Peak video below. I didn't choose a sample or a guest editor box this month.

As a subscriber, my big takeaways from this video were this:

1) We're supposed to keep all of our boxes for 2015. They didn't say why, but I know mine will be put away. Just in case.
2) You can earn 60 points with this box- 10 points for each sample you review that you've received (everyone receives 5 samples), and then an additional 10 points for sharing that page. I really hope this becomes a regular thing- that means my Birchbox is basically $4.00 a month. Which is unreal for what you get!

I also had major issues with my account this month- for whatever reason, I could not see my box. Not on the app, not on mobile internet, and not on my computer browser. Luckily, Birchbox Customer Service is THE BEST and within a week, my issue was resolved. And for my trouble, they hooked me up with 100 additional Birchbox points!

I really cannot say enough good things about their customer service, and to me, it's just another reason why I don't see cancelling my subscription anytime soon.

Quick Note: I took these pics with my iPhone, and I took them vertically. I absolutely hate the way it looks and will not be taking them that way in the future. I also am not using my backdrop right now, as you can tell.

Okay, on to the box!

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The packaging on this is super cute! Even if they didn't suggest keeping the box, I probably would because I just love it!

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Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45+

A cult favorite, this all-in-one provides light coverage, anti aging benefits, and mega SPF.
How To Use: Blend a nickel-sized amount onto clean skin, following with concealer if needed.
How It Works: This tinted balm contains myriad of complexion-benefiting ingredients. Adenosine improves skin’s elasticity, and arbutin brightens and evens out skin tone. An antioxidant bio-peptide complex provides anti-aging properties and promotes collagen production, while titanium dioxide and zinc oxide add broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.
Will I Use It?: I will definitely give it a try. As of this blog post, I haven't yet. I did read several reviews that indicated to me this product may not be for us oily-skinned girls, but I'll definitely try it out soon.

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Harvey Prince Sincerely

Sweetly spicy scent with Indonesian clove bud, Indian tuberose, and Japanese orange flower.
How To Use: Spritz onto pulse points- and see where this intriguing scent takes you.
How It Works: The fragrance features carefully selected notes from around the world: South African freesia mingles with Japanese orange flower, Moroccan rose, and Australian sandalwood.
Will I Use It?: I won't be using this- it's just not for me. I don't know if it's the sandalwood or the freesia, but something in this doesn't agree with me. Which is disappointing- I have liked all the other Harvey Prince scents that Birchbox has sent me!

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Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner

This soft wax pencil delivers rich, long-lasting color that won't irritate eyes.
How To Use: Glide along lash line. Colorblock with your other liners for a sleek, modern look.
How It Works: The soft wax pencil won’t tug the delicate skin around your eyes, while a dose of hydrating glycerin guards against irritation. There are seven dramatic shades to choose from, including playful Signature Lime Green and a classic rich Black.
Will I Use It?: I actually used this the day I'm writing this post to line my upper lid. I really, really love the color I was sent (Hansa), and this went on so nicely! I could definitely see pairing this as a base to the Jade color in the Lorac Pro 2 palette. 

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Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

This customer fave mimics the effects of microdermabrasion for glowing, smooth skin.
How To Use: 3-5 times a week, massage a pea-sized amount into damp skin and rinse. For all skin types.
How It Works: This powerful exfoliator mimics the results of professional microdermabrasion, minus the potential for redness and sensitivity. First, papaya enzymes break down dead cells while evening out your skin tone. Next, dermatologist-approved microderm crystals fade the appearance of fine lines and acne scars, leaving skin smooth and free of imperfections. Finally, aloe vera, coconut, and vitamins B and E nourish fresh skin to keep it free of irritation.
Will I Use It?: I have received this product three different times now, and I will eventually use it... but I still have the other two! (I know I received one in my birchbox haul, and I believe I may have received one in a Test Tube... but it must have been an additional sample because I don't have anything under Vasanti in my labels.) I took a break from products like this after I found out I was pregnant, but I'm sure I'll go back to using this stuff after I have my little guy.

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Whish Three Whishes Body Butter in Lavender

Luscious, antioxidant-rich formula that firms, softens, and soothes.
How To Use: Smooth onto skin after showering. A little goes a long way.
How It Works: Organic aloe, shea butter, and raspberry butter conquer dryness, while organic seaweed extract contains naturally high levels of skin-firming peptides. The formula also includes organic rice bran oil, a natural source of tocotrienols, a potent antioxidant that defeats free radicals and provides UV protection.
Will I Use It?: I have used this, and I like it. The Lavendar scent is pretty soft, and it goes away really quickly after application- I couldn't even smell if at first when trying to smell it from the bottle. I have been lotioning my belly at least twice a day, but the day I used this, my belly still felt very moisturized when I went to use lotion in the evening. So I might actually be looking into purchasing this again really soon!

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