I have wanted to subscribe to a monthly “beauty box” for a while now (I discussed my trepidation here) but have been hesitant to commit to a subscription service. I got the one-time Target beauty box and liked it, but for Christmas this year, I was gifted a six-month BirchBox subscription. This is part one of a six-part series reviewing my BirchBox each month, unless I wind up loving it and renewing my subscription!
My lovely sister-in-law and brother gave me the subscription and described my style in the initial questionnaire as “classic,” so I received a nice, tame assortment of products. After you receive the first box, you can log in and update your preferences. My look is definitely tame and classic most of the time (that working girl life is boring), but I really love playing with makeup and experimenting, so I updated my profile to say I was more adventurous.
First impression: wow, these are true samples. No where on the website does it promise more than that, but it is really a box of tiny products. Each contains a couple of uses, and then if you like it, you can order a full-size product from BirchBox. After receiving my Target beauty box and my Frosty VoxBox from Influenster, I erroneously thought that a BirchBox would contain a few samples and a larger, or full-size product. Like I said, they do not promise anything more than a sample, but samples are, well, minuscule.
My first BirchBox arrived very quickly and contained: suki® exfoliate foaming cleanser, Harvey Prince Ageless – Pink Grapefruit perfume, ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick, Number 4™ Clarifying Shampoo, and Camille Beckman Platinume Gold Imperial Repair Hand Therapy.
I tried the suki® exfoliate foaming cleanser first. It is a very dry exfoliator, and very fine, but not too rough.The particles are slightly larger than other sugar scrubs I have used; more round and not as rough– think pearl-like or caviar-like. Because it is so dry, you need to apply it to a damp face. You kind of have to scrape it out of the container, but it gets easier to spread after it gets on your wet skin. It does foam up a little like a face wash and dissolves, letting you know when to rinse it off. My face felt clean and smooth after I used it.
Next, is the Harvey Prince Ageless perfume. We cannot wear fragrance in the work place, so I don’t have much occasion to wear perfume. It does smell wonderful, like grapefruit and a combination of other fresh, light fruits– the description says pomegranate and mango. It smells very carefree, fresh, and youthful.
When I showered, I tried my sample of Number 4™ Clarifying Shampoo. It says it is a cleansing shampoo to be used weekly, and that it would not strip moisture, but I found it to be a little too cleansing. I do not use hair products and have fine, straight hair, so I assume the clarifying properties found nothing to strip and just dried my hair out instead. It felt very rough and not at all like the sleek, smooth, Native American hair I am accustomed to.
Later, I tried the ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick. I received a nude shade, which is different for me, and I actually really liked it. The color did not wash me out and it felt smooth and creamy on my lips. It also smells really good…which is kind of strange for a lipstick? I don’t think it is nearly as long lasting as they imply, but that is fine with me. It isn’t like I expect to put a lip color on and not have to reapply until the end of the work day.
Last is the Camille Beckman Platinume Gold Imperial Repair Hand Therapy. I love a nice, rich, thick hand cream and I have paid special attention to my hands since becoming engaged. This one is a good option, but I am still loyal to my Aveda hand cream and do not plan to switch to Camille Beckman.
All in all, it was an interesting assortment of products for my first Birchbox. I would prefer more cosmetic items and fewer body care items, and hopefully that will be reflected in my next box since I have adjusted my preferences. The survey I took on the BirchBox website allowed me to opt out of fragrance samples all together, which I did, since they are useless to me.
Can’t wait to share next month’s box with you!