I have a best friend who can afford BirchBox and actually loves it.
We get to update each other via Skype monthly on the wonderful goodies and we try to get my little sister on the line to compare. We’ll do a later edition of the Tay box.
Super pumped to open the box and the first item we pulled out was the Temple Spa “Peace Be Still” aromatherapy lotion. As you can see, it claims a lot to pack in an aromatherapy lotion/cream. We tried it on our hands and the scent is the real hit. The cream part is a big miss! It’s basically water and does nothing to moisturize. The scent is awesome, smelling citrus-y and lavender mixed together. I would bet this would be better as a bath bomb.
Next, we tried the Beauty Protector – Protect & Detangle spray. She colors her hair often and she said this product was amazing all around. The only problem was that she didn’t have more! It keeps hair moisturized all day without harming color-treated strands. It smells like a floral type of vanilla, really warm, and protecting, essentially. It also goes a long way in keeping it detangled without the greasy mess of most sprays that have this benefit.
For the face, they included Vasanti “BrightenUp”. She said she felt as though her face just walked out of its own shower. A little goes a long way as it’s an amazing exfoliate properties make you soft as baby butt. To get the effects of microderm abrasion without spending huge bucks, this is the go-to. She said she would actually go ahead and buy this full product because it’s that amazing. The Amazon reviews speak for themselves as I haven’t come across a face wash this highly rated EVER.
After the face wash, makeup! We got the Jelly Pong Pong “Glow Getter” (keep your eyes out for it! It’s being made since it’s out of stock – that popular!) It’s basically a gel that highlights cheekbones, bridge of your nose, eyebrow bone, top lip (to make your lips fuller), all around highlighter that replaces the regular old powder. It blends much better with foundation and blush as powder usually covers these up. She said it’s her first gel highlight and she doesn’t think she’ll ever go back to powder again. It’s the item I really wanted. A bonus is that she has normal skin and it’s extremely lightweight, didn’t leave her oily or dry. It’s very similar to the Benefit High Beam highlighter, but less expensive for a full bottle.
Lastly, they included a new perfume! It’s Harvey Prince’s “Hello”. She couldn’t describe it, but it’s SMELLS AMAZING. Big bonus as Amazon describes: Made with eco-friendly ingredients, this scent has all-day staying power. A top note of Meyer lemon captures the scent of fresh-squeezed lemonade, while Satsuma mandarin adds a double fruity note. Next up, summer forsythia and pink plumeria-traditionally found in Hawaiian leis-give the scent its heady floral layer. I am pumped to try this out ASAP. She did say that it doesn’t last all day for her, she lives in AZ, so the hot weather may play a role, but it’s worth the spritz. She’d definitely buy the bottle as it’s very original. It’s the same price as a Victoria Secret perfume, but far more original.
Overall, we’d give it a 7/10.
When you sign up for BirchBox, they give you a quiz to see your interests and who you are (colored hair, makeup or skin care, etc). She feels they really listened to this as you can see, I would have gotten a completely different set as I don’t color my hair and I LOVE makeup. I might sign up. She said she usually buys 2/5 items which is better than many boxes out there.
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If any of you got a BirchBox, let us know what you thought or what was different! Looking forward to updating these monthly.