Friday, February 15, 2013

Fashion Friday - January Birchbox Review

Happy Fashion Friday readers!  Have you ever heard of Birchbox?  I signed up in July - after signing up on a wait list in May - and have been happy with my subscription ever since. For $10 per month (shipping is included), you receive about 5-6 deluxe beauty samples delivered to your doorstep.  After signing up, you fill out a survey about your preferences and then you receive a box full of goodies delivered to your doorstep.

Simply put, I love it.  It's like getting surprises every month and fuels my beauty addiction without breaking the bank.  Even better, for every product in your box that you review, you receive 10 points - every 100 points are redeemable for $10 off in the Birchbox store.  You'll also receive points for referring friends to Birchbox or for purchasing Birchbox for your friends.  Birchbox also offers a Birchbox man subscription for any male readers that might be interested.

I've gotten amazing products in my boxes - even full-size like the Stila eyeliner I received, fell in love with and subsequently lost a few months later.  Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm was another one of my favorites - I'm hoarding my Birchbox points to buy it :)

So, each month on Fashion Friday, I'll be reviewing my most recent Birchbox and giving you a heads up on my favorite finds.  This month is a little late, since it's already February, but my new box hasn't come yet :)

Overall, January's box wasn't one of my favorites but it wasn't one of my least favorites.  I loved, loved, loved the blush I received, but all of the other products I used even though I wouldn't buy them personally.

My January Birchbox included the following...

Deborah Lippman the Stripper to Go - ughhh these were horrendous and I have no idea why someone would waste their money on this when cotton balls and nail polish remover are so much cheaper.  This didn't even take the nail polish off all ten of my nails.

the Balm Hot Mama Shadow & Blush All-in-One - I am madly, madly in love, this eyeshadow was so beautifully pigmented. I will be buying this as soon as it runs out.  This was by far the best thing in my box!!

My Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer - it did make my face more matte, but I don't have a big problem with shine to begin with.. but I could see how it would be very helpful for someone that does!

Amika Color pHerfection Shampoo - it was okay, the sample was a tad small and I felt like I needed to use it a little longer to see results.

Harvey Prince Skinny Chic - it wasn't bad, but I wouldn't buy it, I do plan to keep it in my purse or a carry on for trips.  It doesn't compare to my favorite fragrance of all time, Chanel Chance :)

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What subscription services have you tried?  I'd love to hear your comments!