Birchbox January + February 2013


I’m a little behind with Birchbox reviews for the year, so here’s a big open-box, first impression review post for these past two months!


February’s theme is “Red Carpet Ready”‘ which was quite similar to ipsy’s theme this month (review coming soon!). Birchbox says these items will make you feel like you’ve got a crew of pros helping you pick out products and make you over like a celeb.

Color Club nail polish in Wild Cactus | A mini-size of this year’s trendy emerald color. Very rich and a one-coat polish when I tried it out. A little thick on application but manageable if you’re careful.

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle | A small red bottle of hair product. Haven’t tried it yet, but I definitely need a good detangler/protectant for my thick hair.

Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm  | Small tube of BB cream, which is designed to be a foundation with benefits. The tube looks like a good sized sample, but it’s not filled all the way up. It had a thick feeling on my skin when I dabbed a little on my face.

Juicy Couture Couture La La | This scent is a mix of mandarin, red currant, lily, and orange blossom. Hmm, haven’t tried it yet, but I do like citrusy scents.

Ghirardelli Milk & Caramel | Uh, it’s chocolate? And it’s good? A sweet February surprise, but I would rather try a beauty product.



My January box. Everything was so… cute and tiny. Looking at the picture above, all the samples were the size of a .05 ml perfume sample or smaller.

theBalm Hot Mama | A blush/highlighter that has been in some past Birchboxes. theBalm has some wonderful high-quality pigmented products and I like this pink blush with a hint of gold shimmer

Ojon rare blend oil Total Hair Therapy | A vial of hair oil in three colors. Such a small size and I wish it would be a larger, more deluxe size so I could actually see how well it works.

Harvey Prince Skinny Chic | The perfume sample for this month. It’s claiming to be a way to fight food cravings? Huh? It’s scent is apple, mint, and lotus blossom.

LASHEM Lash Serum | I was supposed to have received the Lashem Mascara, but received this instead. Another tiny little sample which claims to fortify lashes.

Embryolisse Lait-Créme Concentré | Cute little tube of moisturizer from a French company with a weird little name. The card says it’s a favorite of models and makeup artists, so it is definitely worth a try from me.

Overall: I have received in total, three boxes from Birchbox. February’s box was barely worth over the $10 price of the box and January’s box had samples that were tiny. Disregarding the “value”of items, I personally was excited to try out some of the samples such as the Hot Mama blush and the hair detangler. I’m happy that Birchbox has a point system, so that every product you review gets you a dollar credit back because some of the samples were just… okay.

I’ll have a more in-depth sample review once I’m thoroughly done testing them out.


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