May 2, 2017

FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE APRIL BIRCHBOX


This is the second box I have received from BIRCHBOX, the health and beauty product subscription service.  This month’s box is a plain brown box with plain writing on it, plain unattractive.  Inside the box, it screamed  Lily Pulitzer, pastel beach/island life motif.  I don’t usually purchase things for the packaging, but after using the products sent to me this month, I’m beginning to rethink the value of this service!

What was in my box?  Not all boxes are alike, it depends on your preferences and whether you paid more for the curated box, which I did not!  So here goes:

amika Nourishing Mask/.7 fl. oz sample

All the ingredients in this hair mask suggested to me that is would have a positive effect on my dry hair.  Sadly, the sample was not barely enough to cover my hair.  I did leave it on for more than the suggested 10 minutes.  I cannot discern whether or not the product did not work, due to ingredients or insufficient amount of product.  It did not change the appearance or feel of my hair when dried.   Based on my experience, I probably would not purchase this product.

English Laundry Noting Hill Femme

Rather strong scent of bergamot which I am not a fan of.  It is advertised as a flowery scent, you will have to judge!  I didn’t like it!

The Beauty Crop GRLPWR Lips Liquid Lipstick in Imma Bawse

Not a full size liquid lipstick, but enough to use for more than a week everyday!  This lipstick is a deep rich berry color that stayed on for hours.  I’m not a fan of the liquid lipstick due the drying nature of the ones I have tried, but I am extremely impressed with this product’s ingredients.  It is enriched with shea butter and vitamin E, that is probably why my lips didn’t dry out!

Ursa Major Fortifying Face Balm/.33 fl oz

I’m always on the hunt for the perfect moisturizer, and I might have scored here!  This fortifying face balm is 100% natural, it smells divine, lightweight, fast absorbing, matte finish, and just makes my face look better!  I had never heard of this product before, I visited their website and now will purchase their skin trial kit, I will update!

Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream-Lavender/.75 fl oz

Great shaving cream product, aromatic, and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.  The biggest downfall of this product is the price.  A 5oz container costs $16 vs my Gillette Venus Shaving Gel which costs $3.00 for 7oz.  I have no complaints with my shaving gel.  I do like the lavender fragrance of the Whish product, but my Gillette shaving gel does the job, and I like their scent as well!  I will sever my relationship with this product!

SHOW Beauty Our Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner/.33 fl oz of each

I tried the single pouch of shampoo & conditioner that boasts hair that has moisture and shine.  There is nothing else to say about combo/sample other than, the one time I used it, I really liked the results.

I think you can sense the disappointment I have with my BIRCHBOX subscription.  It is telling when you are happier anticipating the arrival of the box than the samples that have arrived.  I understood completely that I would be receiving samples of products, but can’t help but notice, these are the same samples you can get in the cosmetic counters of department stores and Sephora.  Right now, if BIRCHBOX doesn’t step up their game, all they will do is introduce me to product I am unfamiliar with, and probably would not purchase.  It is too late for me to cancel my subscription, so I’ll extract any useful information I can from the samples sent. 

SPRING HAS SPRUNG & HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRE!