Birchbox March 2014

21 Mar


I have a love/hate relationship with Birchbox. They tend to give me endless hair products that I have no idea how to use, the samples are tiny, and there is nowhere near as much makeup as I expected. On the positive side I get tons of skincare that is usually far outside my budget, I am a sucker for surprises in the mail, and their points system and customer service rock my theoretical world.

Thankfully, March was definitely on the “love” side. Which is a bit odd because when I saw the list of items online I was a bit disappointed, especially since many people got 6-7 and my box only had 5. I think the ridiculously huge “sample” sizes changed my mind pretty much the instant this showed up. Though I do still wish they would give me some chocolate.


Keims Cleanshine Energizing Shampoo ($9.50/250ml, sample size $1.90/50ml) I get so much shampoo from Birchbox, I barely even have to buy my own anymore. The problem with their samples is that they are usually give you tiny tiny samples with one use. This is big enough to actually test out several times, even on my too-long mane that I am dying to chop off. So this goes in the plus column.


Michael Todd Tropical Fruit Enzyme Exfoliating Scrub ($18/100ml, sample size $ 7.20/40ml) I looove Michael Todd products. I got a charcoal scrub ages ago in Ipsy that I am almost through, so this came just in time. Definitely my favorite thing from the box. It smells so good, but you probably shouldn’t eat it unless you want to exfoliate your esophagus.


Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream ($12.99/7.5oz sample size $1.73/1oz) This tube is full of lies. BB Body makes it seem like a BB cream for your body, right? WRONG. It’s a tanning lotion! Imagine the surprise for pale girls who didn’t get the memo on that one. Since I am roughly the same shade as a ghost, I am not sure what to do with this. I mean, my arms are about 1 shade less ghostly than my legs so… maybe I actually will use it. It’s pretty decently sized.


Coola Tinted Matte SPF 30 ($36/1.7oz sample size $3.60/.17oz) Ugh, THIS STUFF AGAIN. I already got a miniscule Coola sample once from Ipsy. They are so tiny, barely enough for a full application, and the price for a full bottle is insane. SPF 30 is also insufficient for everyday wear, especially when mixed with a moisturizer. I don’t even know what to do with this.


theBalm How ‘Bout Them Apples? ($32/.7oz) No sample size was given for this one, but I am going to assume that it is about 1/3rd the size of the fullsize “Pie” putting it at about $1.75. It seems like there were a lot of makeup items in March’s box, and this was one of the more coveted one. However… I am a bit bummed I got it, because I plan on purchasing a fullsized palette with my BB points. Sigh. I guess now I get to judge the texture, which is very creamy–much better on lips than cheeks.


Check out these AMAZING SWATCHING SKILLS. Pie goes on sheer, which of course you want in a blush. Not so much in a lipcolor, unless a tint is what you are going for. But really, I have more than enough lipsticks: this is a blush all the way in my eyes.

Total Box Value: 16.18

That may seem a little low, but BB is only $5 a month after points. The Michael Todd sample was worth the whole box for me, really, and I will definitely use the shampoo. The BB body… yeah, I guess I’ll try it. Let’s be adventurous! I mean, it’s spring, if I look like an oompa loompa I can just wear sheer pink & purple tights for a month. theBalm sample solidified that I do indeed want the palette, so the only waste was the Coola sample. Damn you, Coola, get out of my boxes!

If  you feel particularly motivated to join Birchbox, feel free to use my referral link!

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Trackbacks and Pingbacks

  1. May 2014 Beauty Favorites | Lipstick & Libraries - June 2, 2014

    […] Todd Tropical Fruit Enzyme Exfoliating Scrub: I got this in my March Birchbox, but didn’t really start using it until this month. It’s a very, VERY gentle exfoliant: […]

Leave a Reply