Birchbox Unboxing and Review | April 2018

I miss doing Birchbox unboxings but with my latest move and other life changes, I haven’t been the best at fulfilling all my blog goals. April’s Birchbox came a few days ago and I feel somewhat more motivated and organized and thought, why not start sharing these again? However..I think my annual subscription is up..whoops! I’m not entirely sure if I’ll be re-subscribing but after what I got this month, I am so tempted to take the plunge and go for it!

April 2018 Birchbox Unboxing | Features OUAI, Lipstick Queen, Coola, Derma E, and Beautaniq!

If you’re interested, I did do a full unboxing on Instagram yesterday. You can check it out here under the “Unboxing” highlight!

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Birchbox is one of the first beauty boxes I ever subscribed to. I’ve been an on and off customer for several years now and overall LOVE the experience I’ve had.

What is Birchbox?

Birchbox is a monthly subscription service that sends you a box full of beauty products straight to your mailbox each month! The cost is $10/month (shipping included in the cost) and includes 4-6 full size and travel size products based on a beauty survey you fill out!

This Month’s Products

The theme for April is “Reboot Your Routine – Embrace a spring state of mind with a fresh new routine”. I am ALL about this and LOVE the design of the box this month!

Note: Descriptions of products are straight from Birchbox’s website.

April 2018 Birchbox Unboxing | Features OUAI, Lipstick Queen, Coola, Derma E, and Beautaniq!

DERMA E Hydrating Night Cream with Hyaluronic Acid

Your body is in repair mode overnight while you sleep, and your skin is no exception. That’s why nighttime is the ideal time to apply hardworking skincare ingredients like those found in this antioxidant-packed night crème. Hyaluronic acid hydrates and protects against moisture loss, especially for those of us who like to crank up the A/C before bed (no judging!).

The sample size Birchbox sent has about half an ounce of product while the full size, retailing for $29.50, has 2 oz.

Derma E is a favorite skincare brand of mine – their products truly make a positive difference to my skin! I’ve been using their hydrating line for several months now and enjoy it so I’m glad to have a travel friendly size of their night cream to take on the go!

COOLA® Classic SPF 30 Dawn Patrol™ Makeup Primer

This 2-in-1 primer and sunscreen makes applying SPF so easy, you’ll never forget to put it on. The velvety formula not only provides unmatched UVA and UVB protection thanks to COOLA®’s Plant Protection® complex, but it also creates a smooth base for seamless makeup application. As an added bonus, it nourishes skin with a proprietary blend of honeysuckle, white lily, and iris stem cells.

If you saw my unboxing on Instagram (check under “unboxing” highlights!) you saw I was super happy to have this mini sample in my box. I used this primer all of last summer and thoroughly enjoyed it so having a travel size is perfect – especially since I have a few trips coming up!

Lipstick Queen Lip Liner

Just as important as the lipstick you choose to wear? The lip liner you pair with it. Rich in pigment and long-wearing, this antioxidant-infused liner will keep your lip color exactly where you want it: on your pucker. The universally-flattering shades play nicely with all your existing lippies but also correspond to your favorite Saint and Sinner lipstick colors. The formula’s so soft and creamy that you can also use it to fill in your entire pout and help your lipstick last even longer.

My box had the shade “Natural” which was a deep mauve shade. I’ve never used Lipstick Queen before but am interested in trying out more of their products after playing around with their lip liner. It was incredibly creamy and pigmented.

Beautaniq Beauty Fill + Tame Brow Gel

When scraggly brow hairs need to be put in their place, this gel fills in and tames for natural-looking-but-better arches that add definition to your entire face. The vegan, cruelty-, paraben-, mineral oil-, and synthetic-free formula thickens the look of each brow hair, nourishes with aloe leaf extract and glycerin, and sculpts them into your desired shape. The finish is never overdone since you can control how full and fluffy or sleek and slick they are with the buildable color and tapered precision-tip brush. Everyone will think your newly amped-up brows are au naturale.

Beautaniq is a brand I had never heard of until I opened my Birchbox. They sent me the shade “Black” and I am very excited to try this product out! Brow gels are my favorite to use on a day to day basis. They’re quick and easy and do the job!

OUAI Volume Spray

Va-va-volume that lasts starts with a spritz of this body-building mist before styling to take hair to new heights. The truly weightless formula generously adds bounce and lift to strands without leaving grit or texture behind, so hair still feels clean and looks as if you just got a blowout. Volume polymers actually thicken locks as hibiscus extract softens and improves elasticity while panthenol conditions. It even provides UV and heat protection for an all-in-one time-saving, hair-raising styler. And we can’t forget about the signature OUAI scent, which makes getting major volume without sacrificing the health of our strands that much better.

The full size retails for $26 and has about 5 oz of product. The one we received nearly had 1 oz product.

I LOVE OUAI products but my hair is already so voluminous on it’s own, I never use products for that purpose so I will be passing this along to a friend.

April 2018 Birchbox Unboxing | Features OUAI, Lipstick Queen, Coola, Derma E, and Beautaniq!

Final Thoughts

I am very happy with this month’s box! I  will be using ⅘ of the products, in fact I already began to use the brow gel and have the night cream and primer packed away for my upcoming vacation! These last several Birchboxes have been such a hit for me that I’m tempted to renew my subscription right this minute!

If you’re someone who likes to try before you buy, Birchbox is definitely worth a shot! They even have a great shop with awesome sets, exclusive themed boxes, tons of discounts and they have a great points system! You can check them out here!

Are you subscribed to Birchbox? Or do you see any of your favorite brands/products?

 

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8 Comments

  1. April 16, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    Those are always a fun surprise!!

  2. April 16, 2018 / 10:36 pm

    Oooooh so many beautiful goodies! Thanks for the review lovely, can’t wait to get my hands on my very own!

  3. April 23, 2018 / 11:31 am

    I’ve been dying to try Jen’s Ouai hair care products! So cool that you got this in youR box. Enjoy!

  4. April 23, 2018 / 11:52 am

    I did Birchbox for years, but I felt like I got the same products over and over! Has that been your experience or should I jump back in?

  5. Samantha
    April 23, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    Ive heard SO many good things about the Derma E line, so now I’m convinced I need to try it myself!! Looks like you got a lot of fun goodies this month!!

  6. April 23, 2018 / 10:45 pm

    Loved watching this on your story! I miss my Birchbox subscription!

  7. April 23, 2018 / 11:18 pm

    I’ve heard some great things about the Ouai brand but I’ve yet to try it!!

  8. April 24, 2018 / 10:29 am

    I’ve not been a Birchbox member in years because I had several misses, but these look great. Maybe it’s gotten better since I tried it!

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