18 October 2011

My Very First Birchbox

I'm taking a break from reviewing Allure's Best of Beauty's list to talk about Birchbox's little pink box. I received my first box in the mail on Saturday. I can't even express the giddiness I felt opening it. They did well choosing products that fit me personally. I'm impressed!

I was even impressed with the packaging. It felt like a close friend sent me a gift that was hand wrapped just for me! AND, I was expecting much smaller samples. Score! Score! Score!

Here's what I thought about the actual product samples.

*Disclaimer - I am not affiliated with Birchbox (or any of the product brands featured in this post). I have not received compensation for this post in any form (monetary or otherwise). I paid for the subscription and all opinions voiced on this blog are strictly my own.

1. The Laundress Delicate Wash 

(Description: We know how tricky it can be to care for your delicates and lingerie. The Laundress Delicate Wash cleans effectively yet gently for those tricky specialty fabrics such as silk, silk blends, fine cotton, polyester, rayon, nylon and more. Specially formulated to remove perspiration, body oils and stains for both hand and machine washing.)

I haven't used this yet but I'm curious to see if it does what it says. I mean, what woman wouldn't love a product that can clean their more delicate clothing as well as a dry cleaner? I gotta admit... I'm kind of scared to try it. Me and Ms. Laundress might be brawling if one of my treasured items is ruined.

2. Ahava Mineral Foot Cream

(Description: Rescue and renew the rough skin on the soles of your feet and prevent further chapping and cracking. This exclusive formulation – enriched with our very own Mineral Skin OsmoterTM, anti-bacterial Tea-tree oil and other natural plant derivatives –makes the splits and dryness disappear. Enjoy a smoother, revitalized surface on your legs and feet that is visible for all to behold. Hypoallergenic.)

I can't tell a difference in the smoothness of my feet after using this product, but I can't say the cream is at fault. I've only used it one time, and I think foot creams need to be used daily, or regularly, to see noticeable results. I'm interested to see how well it works after using it for a while. It smells really good and felt nice on my little piggies though!

3. Redken Shine Flash Glistening Mist

(Description: Fine-mist aerosol spray illuminates hair with brilliant sheen and a silky feel. Weightless formula gives a light, clean application to all hair types.)

I was familiar with this spray because my hair stylist uses it. I loved it, as always.

4. Blinc Mascara in Black

(Description: Formerly known as Kiss Me, blinc is the original mascara invented to form tiny water-resistant "tubes" around your lashes rather than painting them like conventional mascaras. Once applied, these beauty tubes bind to your lashes and cannot run, smudge, clump, or flake, even if you cry or rub your eyes. Whether your daily activities take you from the office, to your sweaty workout and then out to dinner, your lashes will look as good in the evening as they did when you first applied blinc in the morning.)

I'm not sure what I think about this mascara. There's nothing wrong with it, per se. It didn't flake or smudge, as promised... but it's really weird. I'm not fond of strange... even when it works.  Like, what are these tubes they speak of? I kept imagining actual tubes encasing each eyelash. It just sounds really weird to me. I think I'll stick with my Loreal. 

5. Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser

As your days get busier, simple, pampering skin care becomes more important. Purity Made Simple deep cleans pores, dissolving dirt and debris -- acting as a cleanser and eye makeup remover, and eliminating the need for a toner. Follow up with Hope in a Jar moisturizer, and you're on the path toward makeup-optional skin.

This was my favorite sample in the box. I've always been a fan of Philosophy, but I'd never tried their facial cleanser and it didn't disappoint. My face felt so fresh, and clean, and pure. It even cleared up a few breakouts that have been hanging around, And I've only been using it since Saturday. I will be purchasing the full-sized version of this one.

Have you joined Birchbox?

What did you receive in your box this month?

*The product descriptions came directly from the company's website.


  1. If i wasnt such a cheap ass, I'd probably sign up!! At least it's fun seeing what everyone else got!!

  2. I've been wanting to sign up but I have the worst commitment issues and committing, even to 10 dollars a month, just hasn't quite happened yet!

  3. I love Birchbox!! I've got that mascara before in one and I didn't like how it came off when I washed my face that night. Ekk!

  4. Oh I must sign up... thanks for the intro!