Thursday, December 6, 2012

november birchbox

The other day I was reading one of my favorite blogs, The Small Things Blog, and I saw a post about something called Birchbox. Basically, you pay $10 a month and receive a box full of high-end samples every month. Sounded good to me! I love samples. So I signed up, and after waiting a few weeks I finally received my first box yesterday. As Tony sat on the couch shaking his head in disbelief that I could be so excited over “free samples”, I quickly tore into my package!

Oh the anticipation!

I have to admit, I expected the box to be...bigger? I'm not sure what I think of the samples yet, but here's a list of what I received:

Birchbox and Color Club® Custom Collection Nail Polish in "Put a Pin In It"
This was probably my favorite item in the box. I love the color!

stila all over shimmer liquid luminizer try-me-set in “PinkShimmer”
At first I was super excited because I thought this was a lip gloss, but it’s actually a face shimmer. The instructions say to “dab a small amount on your eyelids, cheeks, and collarbones for a flirty glow, or mix it with your foundation for a subtle all-over sheen.” Hmmm… not sure how often I will actually use this, but it’s worth a try. Might be fun to add some shimmer to the mix for holiday parties!

Shea Terra Organics Whipped Shea Butter UltimateMoisturizing Body Crème
Although this smells like bananas which is AWESOME, I’m not sure how often I’ll use it. I have so many creams and lotions, and really don’t need another one. But it’s thick and creamy so I’m sure it works well. I do tend to get dry hands in the winter, so maybe this is something I will carry in my purse.

John Varvatos Artisan
A tiny thing of perfume…meh. It smells ok but it's not a scent I would have chosen for myself. But I’m sure it will get used at some point!

Kérastase Masque Chroma Riche - Treat
I have mixed feelings about this one. I’ve been trying to cut down on the amount of hair products I use. (More on that in a future post!) This product was rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on, so I’ll have to give it a try at least.

twistband™ Hair Tie
What the??? A hair tie? I forgot to get a picture of mine, so here's one I found online. Mine is light gray. I don’t plan to use this. Ever. And I’m not sure who would pay $18 for a 12-pack of these.

Overall, I’m semi-happy with the November Birchbox. Hopefully they redeem themselves a little bit in December and I don’t get another hair tie! I think the element of surprise is actually worth $10 to me, believe it or not! It’s like my birthday every month.

Anyone else use Birchbox?


  1. i got excited about that whipped body creme but then im not too sure about banana flavor. im not a fan of bananas in general and then on a lotion hm.. i dont want to go around smelling like bananas

  2. Haha, I love banana-flavored anything so I guess I lucked out. :)


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