Birchbox: September 2011 – First one ever!

I finally received my first Birchbox! I signed up at the beginning of August, so I’ve been waiting very patiently =).

Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription service. It costs $10 per month and every month you receive a box containing between 4-5 deluxe high-end beauty samples. You earn points for every box you receive and also for reviewing the products on the website. Enough points gets you $10 off a full size item, and every item you receive is shipped for free the month you received it in your box! This month happens to be their one year anniversary.

Here is the box upon arrival and the contents:

I’ll try and take better pictures next time. I was super tired the night I unboxed this was glad I even remembered to take photos! Inside my box this month:

Incoco Nail Polish Strips – “We all have a wild side. Eye-catching nail strips are the latest trend- try them on your fingers or toes.”  | 16 strips $7.99 – $10.99 |

I have tried these before! Back when I worked at walgreens in the cosmetics department, these hit our stores for the first time and I got a lot of samples to try. I love the color First Love. It’s an opaque baby pink color. I also am a big fan of their french tips because it makes french manicures sooo easy! I haven’t bought any in a long time, but I was psyched when I saw the color of these. It’s a super glittery cinderella blue!

I think I’m going to put them on my toe nails and paint my fingers a light blue that matches, and use one on each ring finger as an accent! I don’t think I could stand these on all ten finger nails. I have never tried the nail strips on my toes before so we’ll see how that goes. My one regret is that they don’t have this color for sale on either the Birchbox website OR the Incoco site … boo!!!

Jouer Lip Enhancer – “Why settle for plain ‘ol lip balm when you can hydrate, plump and condition all in one go? Right, we thought so.” | 0.33 fl oz $14 |

This is probably my favorite product in the box. This is a very sheer pink gloss that is NOT sticky and it doesn’t taste funny. Oh, and it doesn’t tingle like most plumping lip products! I am not sure if I notice plumper lips after using this product, but this is a really great non-sticky, moisturizing gloss that I would actually consider purchasing in the future.

LIV GRN Earth Eau de Parfum – “Made from sustainable ingredients, this sultry scent is laced with jasmine and sandalwood. Plus, ten percent of sales go directly to Global Green, an environmental non-profit.” | 3.4 fl oz $60 |

I really don’t have a lot to say about this perfume, besides the fact that I don’t like it. It’s kind of heady and gives me a headache. It’s kind of masculine smelling to me.

Pangea Organics Facial Cream – “An all-natural moisturizer, with antioxidant-rich grape extracts and essential oils. Keeps skin both hydrated and shine-free.” | 2 fl oz $36 |

This is very gingery smelling, but that goes away quickly enough to not mind it. It IS hydrating, it IS shine-free and so far so good, but I haven’t been using it long enough to be confident saying that I would be willing to spend almost $40 for only 2 ounces of this stuff. I put my makeup on right after my moisturizer, so I really haven’t noticed a difference one way or another to be honest. Maybe when it gets dryer outside and I require more from my moisturizer, will I start to notice the pro’s of this product.

There was also a special treat in the form of a friendship bracelet, in honor of their “birthday.” It’s basically a bright pink string that has a silver metal box in the middle. It’s cute, but I would have rather received another beauty item! Some people got one or two items more than me so that kind of made me a sad panda. But oh well! There is more to come =)

I really enjoy this concept and I will definitely continue receiving these boxes. It’s fun getting a nice surprise in the mail every month, and trying out new products without having to shell out all the money before hand and not being able to return the product if you don’t like it, or even just going through the hassle if you can. I can think of a lot of things I’ve wasted $10 on in the past few months. Much better spent toward this!

If you subscribe to Birchbox, give me a link to your review or let me know what you got in your box!

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