February 2015 Birchbox Review

It's always a good day when my monthly Birchbox arrives! If you are unsure what Birchbox is, I posted the details at the end of this blog post =)

I adore the beautiful hot pink and orange box for February! It is so bright and warm- something we absolutely need since the weather outside has been absurdly cold lately. I am EXTREMELY happy with the goodies in my Birchbox this month! The theme this month is "friendship" and I was able to select one item prior. Between my curiosity and hair product junkie ism, I went with a "mystery brand" hair moisturizing sea salt spray.

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 -PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray
...The mystery brand is PARLOR by Jeff Chastain and it is a Birchbox exclusive brand. What is interesting about this product is unlike most sea salt sprays, it actually moisturizes! The product made a lovely day 2 hair refresher for me bringing my waves back to life, adding some softness and definition. Like the insert card states (see pic below) it also smells amazing. I can't pinpoint the smell exactly but it is sort of a warm sweet floral to me.

-Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant by Paula's Choice
 ...I haven't had a chance to try this out yet but it sounds amazing. It is a leave on exfoliant that is supposed to wipe away inpurities to reveal smooth, even-toned glowing skin. I like the fact it contains Salicylic Avid since I am still breaking out like a teenager (thanks, stress) If you want a full review on this, let me know.
 -Gilchrist & Soames London Collection Shower Gel
...This shower gel is so yummy. I smell almonds and praline inside. It's sweet, but not overly sweet. I only washed my hands with it because I like these small sizes for travel but my hands felt clean, soft and nourished! This shower gel is also rich in antioxidants and paraben free!

-Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal Perfume
...I usually loathe perfume samples, but since working with fragrances I have a new appreciation for them. I have smelled this perfume last month and I really like it! Notes include Candied Apple, Juicy Pear, Jasmine, Gardenia, Marshmallow and Vanilla. The irony is I usually can't stand Jasmine or Gardenia, but I LOVE Vanilla and Marshmallow- so the balance works out. It's a very nice fruity floral that doesn't overwhelm me.

-Read my Lips Lip Gloss in shade BAM by theBalm Cosmetics
...I am a lip product junkie and lately I have been buying a significant less amount of makeup. Getting lippies in my Birchbox helps my fix while allowing me to stick to me budget. I love everything about this gloss!!! The comic book lover in me is crazy about the adorable packaging. The color is pigmented with the perfect amount of shine. It is a nice lighter peachy-pink color. The gloss is a tiny bit sticky, but I feel this stickiness helps it stay on longer. It also has antioxidant rich ginseng to help the condition of the pout and smells like melons.

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So also in my Birchbox was an advertisement for Benefit's new Roller Lash mascara. No sample though. =( I would love to get this in a future box because the packaging is adorable- so retro & the cap is a curler!! Plus I love trying new mascaras. They did however provide a code for a free Benefit primer mini with purchase from the Birchbox shop. I don't know why the code wasn't for a free mascara mini? I don't know, I thought that was odd.

 So, fragrance sample and all my February Birchbox was a winner for me! You can't beat this for ten bucks!!

So what is birchbox???
Birchbox is my favorite beauty subscription service. I have tried so many, at one point I think I was subscribed to six of them (!!) but now I just get Birchbox. Why? It's only $10, and though admittedly so, I do occasionally get a dud box, the super awesome rewards program makes up for this misses.

The Birchbox rewards program in a nutshell: when you do reviews of the products they send, you get 10 points. 100 points = $10 in the Birchbox shop which is fully redeemable for full size products! Birchbox also runs sales and extra points offers so if you are a coupon queen like moi, you wait until a promo is going in to cash in your saved up points and have a lovely guilt free haul. Also, any purchase in the Birchbox online shop or SOHO store  gives you points as well.

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<3 Diane

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