Birchbox Review, February 2016

Birchbox, $10 per month, available in US, Canada, UK, France, Spain, and Belgium (see website for prices outside of US)

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Here's sweet little Emmett checking out what is inside my February Birchbox.  He keeps hoping for a special bunny treat to show up in a beauty box.

At $10 per month, Birchbox is one of the least expensive subscriptions out there.  Their samples are on the smaller side, but are usually from higher end brands.  Subscribers fill out a profile when they first sign up for the box and Birchbox customizes each customer's box based on that profile.  I find that Birchbox tends to be heavier on skincare than makeup, but there's a good mix.  Birchbox usually isn't my favorite subscription, but it's a great value and I've discovered some fabulous brands in their boxes.  Generally, my boxes from Birchbox range in value from $20-$30.

Also, for all your Canadians out there, Birchbox is going to be shutting down Canadian operations in the near future.  They are going to close the shop on 4/30 and will e-mail subscribers with details about the subscription.  If any Canadian Birchbox subscriber would let me know if April will be the last month for subscriptions or any other important info, I would love if you would tell me so I could make a note of it on here.  The Canadian site says that they have made this decision because of the bad exchange rate and rising shipping costs.  They didn't even start shipping to Canada until maybe a year ago, if I remember correctly, so this is disappointing news.

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Here's what I got in my February Birchbox:

My February Birchbox was worth $23.60, pretty average for a Birchbox, but considerably lower than many boxes out there.  Four of the five products were new to me and the fifth is a product that I consider to be a Holy Grail product, so I was excited for this month.  I really hate the box design this month, but that's not all that important.

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I was looking forward to trying the Juara Candlenut Body Creme.  I've tried Juara's serum before and liked it.  I've never tried anything with candlenut in it.  The size of this sample was very disappointing.  It was miniscule, which makes it hard to determine how well a body creme works.  I used it on my hands a few times and the tube was done.  I loved the scent and it seemed to be moisturizing.  It wasn't greasy and absorbed quickly.  I just wish I could have tried a bigger sample so I could give you more details about how well it works.

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I've liked most of Whish's products that I've tried (with the notable exception of the Blueberry-scented shaving cream -- I'm from Maine, so I know blueberries and that was not blueberry), so I'm always up for trying something else from them.  This facial cleanser is a mix of different plant oils that, according to the Birchbox website, binds to the oils of your skin so they can be rinsed away.  It will also remove your makeup, so you don't have to use a separate makeup remover before your facial cleanser.  You apply the oil to your dry face then add a little water and clean your face.  I was impressed by how well this worked.  It easily stripped away my makeup and left my skin feeling clean.  I will probably save the rest of this for the summer when my skin gets oilier and see if this does help reduce oiliness.  

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If you've read my skincare Holy Grail post, you know that Hey Honey Take It Off is one of my favorite masks ever!  This mask is both exfoliating and acne clearing.  Besides making your face look amazing, this mask is so much fun.  You put a thin layer on your face, let it dry, and then it peels off.  It's just like peeling Elmer's Glue off your skin when you were a kid.  I can't be the only person who loved doing that, right?  If you put on the right amount, you'll be able to get most of it off in one big piece, but if you go a little too thin in places, it'll come off in teeny pieces and is not nearly as fun.  My skin is always so smooth and soft after I've used this.  Honey is fabulous for your skin, so I recommend the whole Hey Honey line.  Sometimes they have good sales, so watch for those! Their products are still totally worth it at full price, though.

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This is my first Model Co lip liner.  I prefer clear liners so they can go with any shade of lipstick and because I won't end up with the telltale line around my mouth if my lipstick wears off.  This is supposed to be skin-colored, according to the Model Co site, but, obviously, it depends on what your skin color is as to whether that is true.  This is browner and darker than my complexion, but it is still usable for me.  I line on my actual lips, not outside of them (I hate overlining!!!!) unless I am using a clear liner and it will be invisible, so this was just a slightly tanner version of my lip color.  It stayed on all day and kept my OCC lip tar from bleeding (the ultimate test of a lip liner), so I would recommend this.  If you want something that truly matches your complexion, this will work if you have a medium skin color.  If you are on the paler or darker side of the skin color spectrum, this won't match your coloring exactly, but it's a good neutral that will work with most lipstick shades.   

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Hair products are usually my least favorite things to get in beauty boxes because I don't use them all that often.  I wasn't expecting much out of this leave-in conditioner, but I used it last night after my shower so I could write this review.  You're supposed to spray it on damp hair then comb your hair to evenly distribute the conditioner.  After doing that last night, I noticed my hair looked smoother than usual, but it was still wet, so I didn't think that much of it.  This morning, I got up and brushed my hair and could not believe how amazing my hair looked.  My hair usually has good body, but this kicked it up a notch and gave me the best hair day I've had in a very long time.  My only complaint about this is the peachy scent, but that goes away quickly, so it's a non-issue.  I'm going to have to use this a few more times to make sure this wasn't a fluke, but if it keeps making my hair look this good, this will earn Holy Grail status.  

This is the best Birchbox I have had in a long time.  I liked every item in the box!  One of the items was already one of my Holy Grail products and a second one looks like it is headed in that direction.  Could Birchbox win the month?  I don't believe I have ever chosen Birchbox as my favorite box of the month, but it's looking like a strong contender right now.  What did you get in your Birchbox this month?  Have you ever tried the Hey Honey mask or Parlor leave-in conditioner?  Did you love them as much as I did?  I'd love to hear all about your Birchbox (or any beauty box, for that matter) in the comments.