Birchbox, $10 per month (US only)
This is one of the last pictures I got of Henry with one ear up. He's now outgrown the adorably awkward one ear up/one ear down stage and has both of his ears down.
Birchbox is one of the most popular beauty boxes. At $10 per month, it's also one of the most affordable. Subscribers receive five to six products each month. Birchbox has you fill out a profile when you subscribe, which they supposedly use to choose the products for your box. You usually get more skincare than makeup samples and the sample sizes tend to be on the small side. Each month, Birchbox gives each subscriber the option of choosing a product for the following month's box, choosing the curated box, or leaving everything to surprise. They offer three to five different samples to choose from and sometimes the samples are the same type of product (e.g., different types of mascara or moisturizer), sometimes they are the same product in different colors, and sometimes the products are completely unrelated. If you choose the curated box, you know exactly what you'll be getting, so there are no surprises with that one, but, if you like everything in that box, it's worth it. I find that the curated boxes usually ship earlier in the month and often have high values.
Here's what I got this month:
- Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic To-Go (two pads, worth $0.60; 60-pack costs $18)
- ARROW ENDURE Water-Resistant Mascara (deluxe sample, worth $9.22; full size costs $20)
- Burt's Bees Lipstick in Brimming Berry (full size, worth $9)
- NUXE Moisturizer Cream Crème Fraiche de Beauté (deluxe sample, worth $11; full size costs $22)
- Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment (small sample, worth $17.86; full size costs $105)
My January Birchbox was worth $47.68. That's on the higher side for a Birchbox, so I'm very happy with the value! I got three skincare products and two makeup items, which is just about the perfect mix for Birchbox. The Sunday Riley Good Genes was my product choice for January.
I've tried Pixi Glow Tonic before, but I didn't know that they now made it in pad form. The pads remind me of Stridex pads. I like this toner and, given that I would use a cotton pad to apply it anyway, it makes sense to put it on pads. It's a lot more expensive that way, though! It costs $18 for 60 of these. The pad has a little texture to it and it contains glycolic acid, so it's gently exfoliating. This is a toner, so you apply it after washing but before serum and moisturizer. It's a lot cheaper to buy a bottle of the tonic and some cotton pads, so I would probably recommend doing that instead of buying the Glow Tonic To-Go pads.
ARROW is Birchbox's new house brand of makeup. I wasn't sure how much I would like their mascara. This is a vegan, waterproof mascara that gave me lots of length, a good amount of volume, and, best of all, no clumping. I loved the formula. It stayed on all day without flaking. Because it's waterproof, you need a good makeup remover to take it off, but it comes off pretty easily once you get the remover on there.
I wasn't expecting much from Burt's Bees Lipstick because I was never that impressed with their lip tints, but this surprised me. The lipstick has great pigment, goes on smoothly, and has so-so staying power. The berry color was flattering. I like the bolder, brighter color I get from liquid lipstick, so this won't be making it into my regular rotation, but this is pretty good as far as conventional lipstick goes.
I've tried a number of Nuxe products and have always had good luck with them, so I was happy to get the Moisturizing Cream Crème Fraîche de Beauté. I've tried the Moisturizing Mask Crème Fraîche de Beauté and loved it and this was quite similar to that. Both the mask and the cream have the same strong floral scent. I like the scent, but, if you don't like heavily fragranced things or you don't like florals, this won't be for you. This was very hydrating and is a good basic moisturizer. It isn't an anti-aging moisturizer, so it's great for younger women who want to keep their skin hydrated and healthy but don't feel the need for strong anti-aging products.
Finally, there was the Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment. I've heard nothing but good things about this product, so I was looking forward to trying it. The sample is teeny! It's hard to believe it is worth $18, but the full size costs $105. I can't imagine ever purchasing it at that price. This is exfoliating, brightening, and anti-aging. The sample was too small to see real results, sadly, but it was nice to use while it lasted. Has anyone used this for an extended period of time? Is it as good as everyone says it is?
This is one of the better Birchboxes I've gotten. I loved every product except for the Burt's Bees Lipstick. I liked the lipstick, but it's not my preferred lipstick type, so I won't get much use out of it. The Sunday Riley Good Genes seems great, but I'd need to use it for a lot longer to see if it's as good as everyone says. I like Pixi Glow Tonic, so I'm always happy to get more. I'd rather have it in a bottle than on pads, but the pads are fine. The Nuxe moisturizer smells great and left my face feeling hydrated. My favorite product this month was definitely the Arrow mascara. It made my lashes look flawless. I never buy mascara because I get so many samples of it, but, if I ever needed to, I would definitely consider buying the full size version of this.
What did you think of the January Birchbox? Did you like yours as much as I liked mine?