Birchbox April 2014

26 Apr

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Birchbox always comes before Ipsy. Always. Their shipping is fast and efficient, while Ipsy’s is notoriously slow and sketchy. But this month, I got my April Ipsy almost a week before Birchbox! Thankfully it’s one of my favorite BBs to date, so it was well worth the wait.

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KIND Maple & Pumpkin Seeds Healthy Grains Bar (0.79/bar): The “lifestyle extras” are usually pretty lame: a hairtie, boring tea bags. But this, uhnf. I could get behind one of these in every box. I friggin LOVE KIND so getting this was like Christmas. Granola Christmas. With maple and sea salt. Memories of eating this linger sweetly in my mind.

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Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash (1.35oz/$2.46): This stuff smells amazing. Very spa-like and fresh: cucumber, sea breeze, very soft florals. It’s delectable, and a very generous sample size. Not like the big one is expensive, though: at $15 for 8oz, this is something I might actually buy a full size of…

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Derma E Hydrating Night Creme (.5 oz/$7.38): Birchbox’s face cream samples are usually very tiny, so I was surprised at how large this one was. Half an ounce, and a little goes a long way! A dab pretty much covers your whole face. It smells great and it’s super hydrating. I will definitely use all of this, and then use the jar to concoct some franken-cosmetics.

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Color Club Gala Gem Collection in Gold Struck (0.25oz/$3.25): Whenever I get nail polish in a beauty box, it’s always some variant of gold or champagne. Always. (Except of course for Rainbow Honey, but I’m convinced that was a magical accident) And here we go, another pale gold. Sigh. Okay, it’s nice, but I have SO MANY POLISHES IN THIS COLOR. Including… one from Color Club. Guys, send me pinks and lilacs please.

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(please forgive how dark this shot is, the light was fading fast!)

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner in Silver (.03oz/$12): This is almost full size: the “large” one is .04oz. BB is known for being skimpy, so this was a nice surprise. I was hoping to get a more unusual color, but it’s silver: I have lots of silver liners, sigh. It’s a really nice one, soft and crazy easy to apply, and I like it more than my existing silver pencils. Which makes me really want to order this in sky blue. It’s silk and perfect for smudging but it stays in place all day once it’s “set.” Pretty much, it’s a perfect pencil liner. Even stays put on the waterline.

Total box value: 25.88

This was a month of huuuge samples and great products. While many of them are things I have already (gold polish, silver liner), I’m so happy with the derma e cream and Cynthia Rowley product that I can forgive the Color Club foible. And more KIND products please, Birchbox.

If you want to sign up for a Birchbox of your own, please feel free to use my referral link!

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