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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Birchbox - September

I know it's November, and I've been a total slacker, but lets take a trip back to September and look at September's Birchbox.

If you aren't familiar with Birchbox, it's a beauty sample service.  For $10.00 a month Birchbox sends you deluxe sized samples of about 4-6 different beauty products for you to try.  It's a great opportunity to try new things.  Then if you really like a product, you can buy the full size.  I've been a member since March and overall I'm pretty happy with the service.

This month Birchbox is celebrating their 1 year anniversary.  The box represents some of their favorite products and celebrates the diverse personalities of all their members.  Some tried and true favorites and some innovative new products.

The Lineup:


The Winner:
Minimalist colorscience pro - sunforgettable mineral powder SPF 30 in fair.  I've developed a great love for powder sunscreen.  I have been using E.L.F (eyes lips face) powder sunscreen in SPF 45 for months and I. LOVE. IT.  Sunscreen in lotion form has always felt heavy and greasy on my skin.  Even though there are newer ones on the market that feel lighter and aren't as greasy, they still just aren't for me.  Add to the fact that I'm already using a moisturizer, primer, concealer, just all feels like too much.  Since I always finish my makeup with powder anyway, this is just a two in one bonus for me.  If you haven't tried powder sunscreen, give it a try!

The Disappointment:
Classic Salvatore Ferragamo - Attimo L'Eau Florale perfume.  I just haven't been happy with the perfume selections that Birchbox has been delivering.  Most are too strong for me and this one is no exception.  Perhaps in the future, Birchbox could allow us on our beauty profile to select types of perfume we usually buy.  This might help them select a better fit for me.  I gave this away.

The Rest:
Jouer lip conditioner feels like a tube of Vaseline.  It's a little runny though.  Feels nice on the lips and doesn't contain a sunscreen (which I love because ingesting sunscreen makes my allergies go crazy).

The Incoco nail polish applique strips are so pretty and look fun.  I haven't used mine yet.  But I have used Sally Hansen's polish strips before and these are similar.  They are easy to apply and shape, and look so cool on your nails.  The only downside is that you don't put a clear topcoat on, and that makes them not last very long on my nails.  I'll save them for a special occasion.

Have you tried Birchbox?

Thanks for reading,

ps- If you remember, I said I would review the Gypsy Italian chamomile tea from my April Birchbox once I had some and I'm back to say...LOVE!  Best chamomile I've ever had.  I rushed to the store to grab more once it was all gone.  Thanks Birchbox for introducing me to this brand of tea!

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