Monday, July 13, 2015

My First Birchbox!

Happy Monday! 

Once again racing stormy weather and this looks to be worse than last night but I couldn't wait to share my first Birchbox. It's a long one so get comfy.

Birchbox is another monthly subscription service I'm trying out. For $10 a month, they will send you 4 to 5 customized samples of high-end products for you to try. These are deluxe samples, by the way, so you'll get enough uses to know if you like a certain product or not. After just spot testing some of these, I already know what I'm considering getting in the full-size version.

If you review those samples on their website, they will give you Birchbox points to spend on full- sized versions of your favorite samples. For example, 50 Birchbox points equals $5, which is half of what you'll spend for the monthly subscription. Pretty sweet deal, if you ask me.

You can also add two full-sized products to your box for $20 more per month. Considering the costs of some of the full-sized products, that is practically a steal. You can get even more free samples for spending specified dollar amounts. Lots to love about Birchbox.

On to the box for July.

It comes in a colorful mailer like this.


Open that up and viola!


Box inside a box! And talk about colorful. But then it's what's inside that really counts, right?


First, there's the obligatory card that tells you what's in your box, gives you tips on how to use the products as well as how much the full-sized versions cost.


There was another card in this box announcing new products from Benefit that can now be purchased through Birchbox.



The back side contained codes for free mini's of either the mascara or the liner with any Benefit purchase from Birchbox. I might just take advantage of this one.

The box is lined with yellow tissue paper, which seems to be photographing lime green here but really isn't.



And beneath the tissue paper...


No paper worms, you'll notice, which would have probably been helpful in keeping things from rolling around but nothing damaged so good news there.


The only product here that I've ever heard of is Stila.

Let's start with the Clarisea Sea Salt Solutions - since it is the first one listed on the card.


Clarisea is based in the US and is a cruelty free company. Their products are paraben, sulfate, fragrance, mineral oil, petrochemical and microbead free. The genius behind Clarisea is a lovely woman named Alison, who has personal experience with the kind of skin care issues Clarisea seeks to resolve. You can read the whole story behind the brand, as well as lots of info on salt and why it's so good for the skin, when you visit the website.


Nicely sealed. Good to see.


This is a sea salt and charcoal based scrub that you add to your normal cleansing medium or you can use it straight with wet hands 


Very gritty. I will be trying this tonight in some Noxema and report back. Cost for the full-size is $18.

Next, a dry shampoo from Klorane.


Another brand I've never heard of. You can read all about their history on the website but in a nutshell, the company has its origins in the Southwest of France when a young pharmacist by the name of Pierre Fabre created the Klorane brand in his own dispensary. The Klorane products combine natural botanicals with pharmaceutical science. 

They have a line of skin care products using cornflower that has sparked my interest and I may check out. Cornflower apparently has soothing, softening and anti-inflammatory properties - everything somebody with rosacea just might find useful. Products are available directly from the website as well as from Amazon.

Back to the dry shampoo...the can says this shampoo is tinted for brown to dark hair, which concerned me for a minute. I sprayed on the back of my hand to see the color and think it might work for me.


Seems to be only slightly tinted. It was very cold and kind of stung my hand a bit. It also left a bit of color behind. I'll give this a try when I'm not going anywhere and report back on how well it worked. Full-size cost here is $19.50.

Now for the Rusk Heatshift Re-Styling Cream. And we go a-Googling again!


Rusk products can be purchased online through Ulta as well as Amazon. I could not access any information about their history, though.

The product has a thick, creamy gel-like consistency.


The idea behind the product is that you can re-style your hair using just heat without having to apply more product.


It's also heavily scented so if you have issues with heavy scents, might want to pass on this one. Not sure I'll be able to use it more than once myself because I live with someone who is quite sensitive about scent. Despite all that, I will give it at least one try and report back. Full-size is $18.

Next up is that Stila Liquid Lipstick.


The color is called Venizia and it is a very bright, orangey-red, normally a color I would not reach for.


It goes on glossy then dries to a matte finish. I had to be very careful with this one since it came out of the tube rather thick. And I think because of the color. I'm not used to using such bright colors like this.


I think I actually kind of like this one. It's definitely not the blue leaning red that I think just looks garish on me.

I did the 'kiss' test on the back of my hand and some of it did come off. I also blotted with a paper towel with a little transference.



Since this is a matte that is supposed to stay put, it did start to feel a bit dry after a while. I tried using lip balm over it but that just looked bad. So I pulled out one of my favorite lip glosses, Jordana Lip Out Loud in FYI and put it over top.


I really like the way this looked. FYI toned down the brightness of Venizia and I definitely like that better. Guess I'm just not a 'lip color statement' kind of girl. This color is part of a 3-color set selling for $20 on Birchbox. A full-size single runs $22.

The final product is the Daily Correct CC Cream from Supergoop! (the exclamation point is theirs, not mine.)


This may well be my favorite of the box. 


At first, I was afraid the color might be a little dark for me but I don't think it will. This came in the light/medium tint.


Lots of good things to like about this CC cream - like the SPF, for starters. With a level of 35, this will definitely keep the sun off my rosacea. The claim is that it triple protects against UVA, UVB and infrared-A rays. I also like the creamy texture and the coverage seems to be in the medium area. A full-size of this will cost $32. Might actually be worth it, though. I'll be using this one on Wednesday so I'll report back on how it wears.

I know there was a lot more I probably could have said about these products but since I didn't write those thoughts down as soon as I had them, they didn't stay long in my head. Ah, the fun of getting older. 

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed sharing my Birchbox with me. Thanks for sticking it out to the end and stay tuned. Lots more to come.

Penny




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