Hey, friends! Today is the day for my monthly Birchbox unboxing! Woohoo! My box came a few days later than usual, since Birchbox shipped mine from Tennessee this month (weird), but it's finally here, and I'm excited to share it with you.
It came in the typical pink box. As you can see, the college mailroom has yet to spell my last name correctly, even though it's right next to the correct shipping label! I will never understand.
In case their subscribers weren't aware, Birchbox decided to print over entire inside of the box that you can get points from reviewing your monthly products. I'm pretty sure (actually, I'm positive) a good portion of their subscribers are in it for the points, so I'm not sure how many people they're targeting here that don't know about this. But thanks anyway, BB.
As usual, it came in a little cardboard box. These would make good drawer separators, if you had big enough drawers. I do not, so for now they are gathering in the corner of my dorm room.
As usual, this month's theme (Spring Forward) doesn't exactly relate to the box. It's not like I only use shampoo in the spring. I mean, I love my box this month and I'm not complain, but I don't know why they bother. They tried so hard, and got so far, but in the end it didn't even matter.
But enough about that. Let's get on to the good stuff~
(Full-size [1.7 oz]: $36) (Sample-size [.17 oz]: about $3.60)
Keims Cleanshine Energizing Shampoo
(Full-size [8.5 fl oz]: $9.50) (Sample-size [1.69 fl oz]: about $1.90)
(Full-size [3.4 fl oz]: $18) (Sample-size [1.3 fl oz]: about $6)
(Full-size [6 pans that are 4.25" x 6.25" x .5"]: $32)
(Sample-size [about 1/3 size of one pan]: about $1.50)
There was a really entertaining thread over on the Birchbox Facebook page last week about apparently "beauty bloggers and YouTubers get all the best stuff." This girl looked like she was in high school, judging by her profile page, and was cursing up a storm about how it wasn't fair and yada yada. I was kind of annoyed because my patience for stupid people is kind of non-existent, so I told her 1) You can't really say a group of products are the best across the board, since everyone has different preferences, and 2) Of course, because I'm sure the people at Birchbox have so much free time that they Google every single one of their subscribers to see who has a YouTube channel or beauty blog. She was dense. Whatever. Anyway, apparently this product was considered one of the "best products," by her and I received it, so my friends and I cackled into the sunset. This blush is smooth and pigmented (but not too pigmented--it looks scary in the pan but it creates a pretty flush when you apply and blend it out on your cheeks).
If anyone was wondering how this compares to NYX's Cream Blush in Red Cheeks, here are some swatches:
theBalm in Pie is on the left, NYX in Red Cheeks is on the right. As you can see, theBalm is actually the less-scary version of the two. I think Pie is more wearable on fair-to-medium skintones, while the NYX would look better on people with darker skin since it won't overwhelm their features.
Birchbox Find: Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream
(Full-size [7.5 oz]: $13) (Sample-size [1 oz]: about $1.60)
- Coola Orange Unnatural BB Cream: $3.60
- Keims Shampoo: $1.90
- Michael Todd Scrub That I May Never Get To: $6
- theBalm Apple Pie (mmm, pie): $1.50
- Jergens Fake Tan Stuff: $1.60
- Total Box Value: $14.60
The Best: theBalm, because I love cream blush more than I love pie (actually, that's a lie, oops).
The Worst: The Coola, because it makes my face look kind of orange, and The Jergens, simply because they didn't advertise it as what it is (a self-tanner).
The Verdict: Despite the few flaws I mentioned in here (gotta say it like it is), I really enjoyed this box! I enjoyed receiving a mix of makeup, skincare, and hair. This was a good month for me, and I'm excited to see what I'll get next month!
What did you get in your Birchbox this month?
Disclaimer: I paid for this Birchbox myself. Not affiliated or sponsored. So, there.
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