Birchbox is a beauty sampling subscription service that sends 5 new items each month so you can try before you buy. Birchbox is $10 a month and you can choose a monthly sample during selection time, let Birchbox decide, or pick a pre-curated box. This is a review of a regular, non-curated box with a sample choice this month but the rest was a surprise. How well did it match the profile that I created when I signed up? Read on to find out!
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This month’s theme is Lip Love and everyone should receive a lip product in their February box!
The information card gives brief details on each item as well as the price if you were to buy the full size.
You can visit Birchbox.com/MyBox to easily see the details of your box, which I recommend because sometimes they have videos on the item product pages which I find useful.
Everything in my February box! I received 10, count them, 10 items in my box this month! I’ve been getting a Birchbox or 2 (and sometimes 3) a month for over two years now and I’ve never had that many products in one box! Five of them are in foil packs though.
There was a coupon code in the box to save $10 off of a $50 purchase. Don’t forget to add your free sample pack before checking out. I’m going buy my favorite CC cream with my coupon!
Dr. Lipp has only one product in their arsenal – Miracle Balm ($3.30) for “lips, nips, and glossy bits.” It’s simply 100% medical grade lanolin and can be used on lips, cuticles, dry ends of hair, elbows, under eyes, etc. It was thick but kept my lips smooth overnight.
Oohh, I liked Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser ($7.50). You rub the cream over your dry face, then rinse the Muslin Cloth ($3.75) under warm water and use it to cleanse your face. The cloth gives a delicate exfoliation and can be reused again and again, and the cleanser smells like menthol. I didn’t see much makeup on the cloth so I went ahead and used a toner to see if there were traces of makeup but nope, my skin was clean, plus it still felt soft the next morning!
I had never heard of Illes Formula Haute Performance and wouldn’t have purchased it on my own since it’s moisturizing but it worked pretty well on my fine hair.
I tried the Shampoo ($1.46) and Conditioner ($1.72) together and they smelled wonderful and left my hair soft yet I still had body. I tried the Finishing Serum ($1.94) on a different day since I can only handle one conditioning product at a time. I used a clarifying shampoo first which left my hair tangled but just a bit of this serum took care of the knots.
More moisturizing hair products for my fine, thin hair. Again, I used Living Proof Restore Shampoo ($1.19) and Conditioner ($1.19) together and used the Perfecting Spray ($1.75) on its own. The shampoo smelled really good and was very shampooey while a little conditioner left my hair easy to comb. It only took 3 sprays of the leave-in conditioner to detangle my hair and wasn’t overly heavy.
I love to try fragrances and was happy to get a new one this month! Clean Reserve Amber Saffron Eau de Parfum ($1.40) is an oriental floral for men or women and features notes of mandarin and lily. I picked up a sweet, warm scent, sort of like toasting marshmallows over burning wood. I loved the scent, but the longevity was practically zero on me and faded very fast.
I chose Laqa Avo Lip Butter in Ninza (no size given, $5?) as my sample choice this month (the other choices were the Dr. Lipp, which I also received, and a Manna Kadar lip stain.)
I was worried by the appearance of the container and the rest of my box that this would be destroyed but the inside of my lipstick was perfectly intact.
Here’s the shade swatched on my inner arm. It was too bold for me, but I liked the formula and it lasted a long time plus it felt soft on my lips.
Wow, what a lot of hair stuff! I loved the perfume, although it didn’t last long, and the cleanser and cloth were very luxurious. I love to sample different products and with 10 items I feel like I hit the mother-lode! Birchbox sends out many box variations each month and the value of my box was about $30. I wish that Birchbox paid better attention to my profile when it comes to hair products – I need volume, not moisture!
What do you think of the February Birchbox? What was your favorite item from your box?