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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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May 2015 Birchbox Review + Coupon Code for $1.00 Box

Happy Wing Wednesday everyone! I am so tempted to order myself some wings but I must restrain myself!

Anywho, it’s the time of the month to unbox and review my Birchbox! I peeked at my box earlier this month (no surprise there) and was pleased with what I was getting so let’s jump right into it!

For those who don’t know, Birchbox is a monthly beauty sampling subscription service that costs $10/month!

Birchbox is one of my favorite subscription services because I find myself actually using and loving everything (or almost everything) I receive! I’ve discovered many new brands from this sub!

Another reason I love Birchbox is their INCREDIBLE point system! For every item in your box you review, you receive 10 Birchbox points, which is equal to $1 in theBirchbox store. Plus, if you share your Birchbox on FB or Twitter you will get an additional 10 points! These points add up super fast since you can get $6 or more worth of store credit each month!

This month’s box was curated by Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere and coincidentally, her new book, Cupcake and Cashmere at Home, came out this month as well!

The back of the card lists the products sent with descriptions and prices. Now onto the products!

Marcelle Clay Mask – 0.55 oz | $2.23

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo – 0.75 oz | $2.97

Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer – 0.67 oz | $14.19
I’m always happy to see a mask in my Birchbox, especially clay masks! This mask is full of natural ingredients that help clear and brighten skin. This couldn’t have come at a better time because I broke out super bad this past weekend.
I jumped up and down when I saw I was getting the Amika Dry Shampoo because I just tried out my first ever dry shampoo last week and don’t how I’ve been living without it all my life! I bought a travel size Batiste one from Ulta and I’m curious to see how this one compares. 
I’ve gotten a Naobay lotion in the past and I loved it! I hope I like this moisturizer just as much, I found it interesting that it’s made with avocado and olive oils. One thing I was unsure of is if this product was supposed to be sealed. Mine was unsealed – if you got this moisturizer let me know if yours was unsealed and full of air – I’m curious to know if it’s all of us or just me!
Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional – 0.10 oz | $2.32

W3LL PEOPLE The Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara – ??
I honestly did not expect to get any Benefit products in  my Birchbox! I haven’t used the POREfessional before so I am really excited to try it out since I’ve heard nothing but great things!
I don’t use mascara often so I may send this off to a friend. This one is all natural, pro-grade, and lifts and lengthens lashes without any chemicals or dyes! I think that’s pretty neat so on second thought..I’ll probably keep this for myself! I’m not sure what the sample size is but the full size retails for $23.50. 

The total value of this month’s box is $21.71 and this is without the value of the mascara! I’m very happy with all of the products Birchbox sent me this month, I’m for sure going to use everything and I’m most excited about the clay mask, dry shampoo, and POREfessional!

If you want to sign up for Birchbox, you can do so here! 

Get your first for Birchbox  $1.00!! A new code that just popped up is “TATIOFFER” I’m not sure when this code expires but it’s worth a shot!

If that doesn’t work try the code below:

And for a limited time, you can get your first box for $5.00! This is a great deal and affordable way to see if this sub is the one for you! Use code “BB50OFF” at checkout!

Just an FYI, these codes are only valid on Women’s Subs!

Another great reason to subscribe to Birchbox is that every subscriber will be receiving an Eyeko Fat Liquid Liner in their June box along with a unique code that can be redeemed on Birchbox‘s website! The cool thing is that EVERY subscriber will win something – whether it’s a discount code, a tote full of samples, or the grand prize – $1000 to spend in the Birchbox shop!

What are your thoughts of this month’s Birchbox? Let me know in the comments below!

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April 2015 Birchbox Review

Hello everyone! Has it been a long week for anyone else or just for me? I’m super excited that their are only two weeks left for the semester and my first year of grad school will be complete!

Anywho let’s get to my April Birchbox!


How beautiful is this month’s design? Rifle Paper Co. designed this exclusively for Birchbox!


For those who don’t know, Birchbox is a monthly beauty sampling subscription service that costs $10/month!

Birchbox is one of my favorite subscription services because I find myself actually using and loving everything (or almost everything) I receive! I’ve discovered many new brands from this sub!

Another reason I love Birchbox is their INCREDIBLE point system! For every item in your box you review, you receive 10 Birchbox points, which is equal to $1 in theBirchbox store. Something new they started this year is if you share your Birchbox on FB or Twitter you will get an additional 10 points! These points add up super fast since you can get $6 or more worth of store credit each month!

Each box comes with a card detailing the products included:
As always, I peeked at my box so I knew what I was getting ahead of time!
Whish Shave Cream in Blueberry – 0.75 oz $3.00

TempleSpa Peace Be Still Calming Face and Body Balm – 0.84 oz $3.62

Supergoop Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream – 2 ml $6.09
I received the shaving cream in a previous box and I still haven’t used it up so I’ll probably send this to a friend. The full size costs $20.00 and I feel like I get the same results as any shaving cream that costs a lot less. The body balm smells super great, the scent is soothing and it’s moisturizing, I really like how it absorbs quickly into my skin! I plan to save up some Birchbox points for the full size, which is $29.00. As for the eye cream, I’ve heard loads of great things about it so I do have high expectations! It’s supposed to reduce dark circles, depuffs, and minimizes fine lines. 
The downside to all three of these samples is that half of each bottle is full of air so I got a lot less product than I expected.
Beauty Protector Protect and Oil – ??

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Brightening Illuminator – 0.04 oz $10.18
This oil protects against heat, breakage, and UV rays and I do have high expectations for it since I love the protect and detangle and their hair mask! Almost everyone who tries Beauty Protector products rave about how great they smell and I agree, I LOVE the scent of all their products! The protect and oil sample doesn’t say how many ounces it is and I’m terrible at estimating but the full size is about $26 and 4 ounces. I’m having a hard time believing this tiny sample of the illuminator is $10 since the product is tiny and it feels like most of the tube is filled with air. Maybe I calculated the cost wrong, who knows! Anywho, this highlighter is supposed to leave a subtle glow and I’m probably going to add this to my giveaway or swap pile since I don’t use highlighters often.
This month’s Birchbox wasn’t the best but it wasn’t terrible either.My favorite products are the beauty balm, protect and oil, and eye cream! The overall value of this box is over $22 – that’s more than double the price! 
Do you subscribe to Birchbox – if so, what were your favorite products from April?

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March 2015 Birchbox Review

I say this every month but this month’s box is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!
Birchbox is totally on point with their box designs – if you’re a subscriber, don’t forget to keep all of your boxes, they’re planning something fun at the end of the year!
For those who don’t know, Birchbox is a monthly beauty sampling subscription service that costs $10/month!

Birchbox is one of my favorite subscription services because I find myself actually using and loving everything (or almost everything) I receive! I’ve discovered many new brands from this sub!
Another reason I love Birchbox is their INCREDIBLE point system! For every item in your box you review, you receive 10 Birchbox points, which is equal to $1 in theBirchbox store. Something new they started this year is if you share your Birchbox on FB or Twitter you will get an additional 10 points! These points add up super fast since you can get $6 or more worth of store credit each month!
Plus they have some fun opportunities for bloggers/youtubers each month, like the Birchbox Book Club! I was able to read all of Gillian Flynn’s novels – Gone Girl, Dark Places, and Sharp Objects a few months ago and  I actually just got an email a few minutes ago saying I will be receiving this month’s book, Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin!
So now for this month’s box!

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This month’s theme was creativity:
Get inspired with this month’s picks. Expressing yourself hasn’t been this fun since finger painting.

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Being the dummy I am, I forgot to take a photo of the back of my information card and now I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

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Harvey Prince Sincerely Perfume Sampler – .05 oz $1.65
Mirenesse Glossy Kiss in 04 Angel Kiss – .05 oz $11.00
Argh! The dreaded perfume samples! At least it’s Harvey Prince and a larger vial than I usually get! I’ll stick this in my purse for emergencies but there’s a 99% chance I won’t use it. It doesn’t smell horrible but it’s not a scent I would purchase for myself, I think it’s great for the Spring though! I’m horrible at describing scents but the inside of the card says it’s spicy, sweet, and calming.
I was super excited  to see this lip crayon, the shade is perfect for me ! I think it’s cool that they sent us a sample that’s half of a full size, this should last me for a long time!

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Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle – 1 oz $2.75
Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Highlighter – FULL SIZE! $12.75
Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre (24 Hour Miracle Cream – .17 oz $1.87
I’ve always heard people raving about the Protect & Detangle so I’m excited to try it out! It’s supposed to lock in hair color, protect from heat damage, and add silkiness.
I don’t incorporate a highlighter into my makeup routine but I probably will now that I have this little guy! I honestly thought it was a nail polish at first glance haha!
I found the miracle cream interesting because it’s a moisturizer, primer, and makeup remover all in one! You apply it as a primer/moisturizer or use a little on a cotton ball to remove makeup!
This box has a value of a few cents over $30! I’ll for sure be using 4/5 of the products and I’m super excited about the lip crayon and protect & detangle! I’m also happy that they included a full sized product and decent sized samples for me this month!
March’s Birchbox is a win for me, if you’re interested in subscribing you can do so here!
If you’re already a subscriber, what did you think of March’s box, was it a hit or a miss?

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February 2015 Birchbox Review

I wasn’t expecting my Birchbox since I didn’t get an email for tracking but I’m glad it randomly showed up in my mailbox a few days ago!
For those who don’t know, Birchbox is a monthly beauty sampling subscription service that costs $10/month!
Birchbox is one of my favorite subscription services because I find myself actually using and loving everything (or almost everything) I receive! I’ve discovered many new brands from this sub!
Another reason I love Birchbox is their INCREDIBLE point system! For every item in your box you review, you receive 10 Birchbox points, which is equal to $1 in the Birchbox store. Something new they started this year is if you share your Birchbox on FB or Twitter you will get an additional 10 points! These points add up super fast since you can get $6 or more worth of store credit each month!

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I am in love with February’s box! This month’s theme is Friendship – This month’s box is dedicated to the people who cheer us on, calm us down, and make us laugh so hard we cry.
Birchbox sent out a new coupon code, “BENEFITGIFT”, where you can get a free Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Primer Deluxe Mini with any Full Size Benefit Purchase from 2/9-2/26!
Each box comes with a card detailing the products sent to you

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I was hoping for a Beauty Blender this month but no luck this time..hopefully they sample those again soon!

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Marcelle Gentle Make-up Remover for Sensitive Eyes: 50 mL – $5.00
The Balm Read My Lips Lip Gloss in BAM!: .08 oz – $4.00
The Marcelle was my sample choice for this month since I never used a liquid makeup remover before – I’m always used face wipes and honestly prefer those better. I’ve been using this since I got it and I’m happy to say it didn’t irritate my eyes! I don’t see myself reaching for it often unless I run out of my face wipes – but who knows, maybe this will grow on me!
I’ve always wanted to try The Balm and I do like this lip gloss but the shade isn’t for me, I wish they sent out something a tiny bit darker! The formula is a little sticky but not the point where it bothers me. I’ll probably find someone to send this off to!

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BeeKind Conditioner: 1 oz – $1.88
Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Scrub: 1 oz – $3.19
Proper Bar Soap: 1 oz – $2.40
The BeeKind conditioner is made from honey and organic calendula, and it’s supposed to soften hair and add shine. I’m going to pass on this sample because it’s barely enough for one use – I’ll probably pass it along to someone else who’s interested in it. One thing I like is that it’s paraben and phthalates free!
I’m super excited to try the Derma E because one of my friends loves this brand and had nothing but great things to say about it! Plus I will never say no to an exfoliator, this one is an all natural cleanser that fades dark spots, cleans pores, and takes off dead skin. I’m glad they sent a nice sample size of this, I’ll be able to use it plenty of times to see how it works with my skin!
The last item I got is the soap – it’s a French-milled soap that hydrates skin and is made with shea and olive oils. I wasn’t excited about this product but I do want to try it and see why a one bar costs $12!
The total value of my box this month is $16.47 – not bad considering this only cost $10. I wasn’t impressed with the contents of my box this month but I can never get super upset with Birchbox since I’ll get $6.00 in store credit for reviewing my products and sharing my box on Twitter or Facebook!
What are your thoughts on February’s Birchbox? If you would like to subscribe, you can so here!
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January 2015 Birchbox Review

So I got my Birchbox a little over a week ago and didn’t get a chance to write up this review until now but better late than never right?

For those who don’t know, Birchbox is a monthly beauty sampling subscription service that costs $10/month!

Birchbox is one of my favorite subscription services because I find myself actually using and loving everything (or almost everything) I receive! I’ve discovered many new brands from this sub! 

Another reason I love Birchbox is their INCREDIBLE point system! For every item in your box you review, you receive 10 Birchbox points, which is equal to $1 in the Birchbox store. Something new they started this year is if you share your Birchbox on FB or Twitter you will get an additional 10 points! These points add up super fast since you can get $6 or more worth of store credit each month! 

This month’s theme is “Let’s Do This” and can I just say how cute this box is? I love the colors and pattern! If you’re a subscriber chances are you already know this but for those who don’t, be sure to save your boxes every month – if you already don’t save them, let’s be real, many of us save and reuse these boxes like crazy! I remember one of Birchbox‘s videos said they were planning to do something special later on in the year!

Anywho ~ each box comes with a card detailing the products chosen for you – which I forgot to take a picture of…really Pri? FAIL!

Dr. Jart+Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45+ – 0.2 oz $5.20

Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner in Jaipur Gold – .024 oz $4.80

Both of these items amount the price of what I paid for the box which is pretty cool! I’ve heard amazing things about this beauty balm, it provides light coverage and anti-aging benefits! However, after trying this 3-4 times in the past week, I have to say this product is not for me. I don’t know why but something in the formula makes my face super itchy when I had this beauty balm on! 

As for the eyeliner, I’m having mixed feelings because I don’t know if I’ll use it as much I would like…which is why I’m debating on keeping it for myself or gifting it to a friend. Sumita eyeliners are super fun, I’ve used a few in the past so that makes it more difficult to let go of it since I know I’ll love the formula!

Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster – 0.12 oz $8.59? (I feel like I did the math wrong)

Essentiel Elements Wake Up Rosemary Body Lotion – 1.5 oz $3.56

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask – 1 oz $4.95

The Super Booster sample is soooo tiny compared to what I expected from the packaging! It’s an anti-aging liquid that promotes brighter, firmer skin and fades dark spots. This is definitely going onto my swap shop on eDivv! The link is under my social medias in my description if you’re interested!

The body lotion smells soooo good, exactly like rosemary and mint!! It’s a lightweight hydrator and the rosemary and mint is supposed to be energizing. I’m holding off from using it until I finish up a few of my other lotions I have open right now. 

I tried the Briogeo hair mask in the past and it did not work with my hair at all so this is going in my swap shop as well. It’s supposed to be super hydrating and it’s meant to strengthen and hydrate your hair with a blend of natural botanicals. 

The total value of this box – assuming I did the math right – is $27.10, that’s almost 3 times what I paid! 

I think this was an average box for me, it wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t amazing. I’m glad I got the Dr. Jart because I had been curious about the product for a while! The liner and lotion are definitely my favorite products in the box and hopefully I’ll be able to trade the super booster and hair mask with someone!

What are your thoughts on January’s BirchboxIf you’d like to subscribe,you can so here!
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Birchbox Limited Edition Fresh Start Box Review

Birchbox recently released a new Limited Edition Box and I just had to get it! This Fresh Start Box contains a great number of beauty and wellness items and costs $42! I used coupon code TAKEOFF20 to get 20% off, I’m not sure if it’s still working but it’s definitely worth a shot! 

The Fresh Start Box comes with a card detailing each of the products included

Onto the products:

yarok FEED YOUR ENDS Leave-In Conditioner (travel size) 2oz – $9.90

Mullein & Sparrow Pink Himalayan Bath Salts (travel size) Value? $5??

Juice Beauty® GREEN APPLE™ Age Defy Hand Cream Full Size! – $12

I’ve never used any of these products before so I’m really excited to try them! I’m still in search of my holy grail leave in conditioner so I’m hoping I get great results with Yarok’s! I love how it’s pure, all natural, and free of gluten, parabens, alcohol, and sulfates PLUS it’s cruelty free! It’s supposed to protect hair from heat damage so that’s perfect for me since I like flat ironing my hair often.

I don’t use bath salts so I’m still debating on trying these or passing them along to someone. They are organic and I’m not too fond of the scent but who knows, I might give them a try! 

I feel like I’ve been seeing Juice Beauty products everywhere just like how Purlisse was everywhere a few months ago! I haven’t used their products before so I’m excited to try this hand cream – if you follow me on Instagram you probably noticed I can’t get enough of hand creams! This one is full of vitamin C and organic fruit acids and it works to fade dark spots and brighten dull skin!

KOR Water AURA Water Bottle – $9.95

Bombas Ankle Socks – $9

Yay for water bottles! It’s made with BPA-free plastic and it’s not too small and not too big, it holds 16.9 ounces! I was hoping for a different color but this one’s not too bad. I’m excited to try these socks to see what the fuss is about, I like the thickness of them and I love how they donate a pair for every pair of socks purchased! I’ll definitely be purchasing more of these if I like the fit.

FIG+YARROW Healing Salve (travel size) – .5 oz $5.90
ILIA Lip Gloss – The Butterfly And I – Full Size! $24
Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multi-Use Blush – Courtesan
(travel size) – 4.25g $22.50

I’m excited to try all of these items! The healing salve is made of organic herbs and botanical essences and is supposed to be very soothing.

The lip gloss is in such a pretty shade and it’s made from coconut oil and shea butter, which is super neat! Shades like these either look super nice or completely hideous on me so we’ll have to see if I like it or if it’ll be put up for trade.

The Vapour blush is made from organic and mineral ingredients and is said to be easy to blend – which i love because I always have terrible luck with using creamy blushes. I love the shade and I can’t wait to start playing around with it!

The total of the box with my estimates came to be $98.25 and Birchbox says the value is $107 so I went wrong somewhere – probably the bath salts!

I think this Fresh Start Box has an incredible value for the price and I’ll be using almost everything included! You can purchase this limited edition box here!

What do you think of the Fresh Start BoxLeave your thoughts in the comments below and let me know if you plan on purchasing or have purchased this box!

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