Birchbox Reviews: April 2012 – June 2012

Everyone will be getting a little overdose of Birchbox sample reviews this month. I’m just now catching up on three months worth of product reviews so I hope you all don’t mind. Here we go!

April: 

Befine Skincare Sampler

 Full size price: $25

Birchbox says: Easy does it. This exfoliator and moisturizer duo uses gentle ingredients like rice and brown sugar to keep skin supple and healthy.

My thoughts: This box of both skin exfoliator and moisturizing had mixed results for me. The exfoliator I loved! Apart from the extremely strong scent of brown sugar and almond, if you could get past that, it worked wonderfully and my skin felt baby soft. The moisturizer on the other hand made my face feel really greasy. I later found out that the moisturizer in this packet was expired by about a year, so it’s possible that had something to do with it. Therefore I do not have a great review on the moisturizer, but the exfoliator worked so well that it would probably be worth giving the other Befine products a chance.

 Rating: B

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Perfume


Full size price: $69 -$89

Birchbox says: This scent will bring out your inner girly girl. Wild berries flirt with mandarin and soft floral notes to create a fragrance that’s fun and happy.

My thoughts: I will admit I have not always been a fan of strong vanilla scents and this perfume definitely has a strong vanilla component, even though that’s not mentioned in the description, but after about the third time I wore this I was in love with it. It is a very fun scent that made me feel a little “feisty” when I went out. The only bad thing about this is that it didn’t last long enough!

 Rating: A


Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil

Full size price: $68

Birchbox says: Stylists call this luxurious oil “liquid gold,” and we agree. It keeps strands soft and silky, with plenty of high-watt shine and volume.

My thoughts: This just seems to be a really fancy leave in conditioner. I’m all about the leave in oils for frizzy and curly hair because goodness knows I need them and run through them like crazy and I’ve tried all sorts. This one did not particularly stand out. Perhaps there was not enough to use for long enough to actually see a difference. It’s not that it didn’t work, it just did not seem to be as wonderful as the description would like you to believe, or perhaps my hair just has different standards.

Rating: C

 

stila Smoky Eye Card

Full size price: $45

Birchbox says: Take the guesswork out of matching eye makeup with this mini-palette of three shadows.

My thoughts: These colors were fun but a little too glittery for my likes. The good thing about stila though is that it seems to last a long while. It did not seem to fade and the colors blended fairly well. Just too much glitter for myself because I feel like it gets into my contacts and I spend more time rubbing my eyes without trying to mess up my makeup than I do having a good time.

Rating: B

 

Lifestyle Extra Hollywood Fashion Secrets Hollywood Fashion Tape

Full size price: $4.99 – $8.99

Birchbox says: These double-sided sticky strips help conquer wandering bra straps and unruly hems.

My thoughts: This stuff is awesome! I got two little packs of it and it’s easy to cut into smaller pieces if you don’t need to use the whole one or just need to make it all last. I used it to keep a rather flowy shirt in place when not wearing a bra and for as hot and sweaty of a day as it was, this tape didn’t budge and was even super sticky at the end of the day when I took it off. Just don’t forget to take all the tape off before washing and drying your clothes.

Rating: A

May: 

May’s birchbox was Gossip Girl Themed and even though I do not watch Gossip Girl I found the products very exciting!

Arquiste L’Etrog perfume

Full size price: $165

Birchbox says: Warm notes of citron, palm leaves, and myrtle combine in this transporting scent, inspired by the aromas of a medieval harvest festival in Calabria, Italy.

My thoughts: I didn’t know how I felt about this scent at first. It felt a little “old” for me but like before, after a few times of wearing it I found that I really liked it a lot and it definitely was more of a wear-to-work scent. Also, like before, this did not last long enough! Of course I know these are samples and there is very little to them already but they’re too expensive for me to buy a full sized bottle when I want so many perfumes.

Rating: A+

Beauty Blender Beauty Cleanser
Full size price: $17.95
Birchbox says: Keep your makeup sponges and brushes in prime condition with this soy-based formula, which removes built-up bacteria and  oil.
My thoughts: This cleanser was awesome for my makeup brushes! I didn’t even really realize how “dirty” mine were until I used this and it only really takes a little to get the job done so I feel like it’s going to last quite a while since I don’t give my brushes a thorough cleaning all that often.
Rating: A

Color Club Nail Polish in Disco Nap

Full size price: $8

Birchbox says: Give nails a gilded look with this luxe metallic polish.

My thoughts: This is a somewhat dark gold and super sparkly! I love it! I especially enjoyed pairing with black nail polish in the new trend of one nail of different color. This brand didn’t seem to last very long though. It started chipping after a couple of days even with base and top coats of polish

Rating: B+

Dr. Jart+ Waterfuse BB Cream 

Full size price: $32

Birchbox says: Think of this four-in-one moisturizer, serum, sunscreen, and skin-protecting tint as the (extremely stylish) Swiss Army Knife of your beauty lineup.

My thoughts:  I absolutely love this product! Definitely my favorite so far from Birchbox. It spreads and covers very well and just feels good and clean and I didn’t feel the need to add any other product to touch up or help it do its job. I will definitely be purchasing the full size of this soon!

Rating: A+

Twistband Skinny Headband

Full size price: six pack, $20

Birchbox says: Keep your hair perfectly in place with these colorful elastic headbands.

My thoughts: I got this in lime green and as far as headbands go it’s pretty awesome. It stays put and doesn’t give me a headache after a couple of hours of wearing it. It’s good for a ponytail holder as well and is a nice splash of color.

Rating: A

June: 

Comodynes Self-Tanning Intensive

Full size price: pack of 8, $14.99

Birchbox says: Who needs the sun when you can get a safe, buildable, and natural-looking tan with these bestselling European towelettes?

My thoughts: These are little towelettes that I honestly haven’t used yet. There’s only two in my box and I’m saving them for a special day or occasion, but also when my other self tanner fades away so that I can tell just what sort of job these little ditties can do. So an actual review of these to come later.

Rating: ?

Eyeko Fat Eye Stick

Full size price: $15

Birchbox says: A Birchbox exclusive, this UK brand’s too-cool shadow stick combines creamy color and long-lasting wear.

My thoughts: This is probably my second favorite birchbox treat. The color is “old gold” which is a dark gold tone (there seems to be a trend here). This goes on very smoothly and creamy and can be used as an eyeliner or eyeshadow. I tend to put it on as eyeliner and smudge it upward over the rest of my eyelid and use a powder eyeshadow over it for a nice effect of one color fading into another. This also has staying power and with the size of the eye stick it will last a really long time, which is awesome because apparently this color is a limited edition and for as much as I love it I won’t have to complain about it not lasting long enough.

Rating: A+

Likewise Facial Moisturizer + Sun Protectant SPF 50 Normal to Oily

Full size price: $44

Birchbox says: Get sun savvy with this zinc-infused cream. It acts like a hydrating toner to mattify skin while deflecting UV rays.

My thoughts: I really liked this product. It wasn’t anything super special but it didn’t leave my face feeling greasy and had a very pleasant sunscreen scent that I love. It also acts as a toner and this I could tell a slight difference in my skin while using it, however I don’t know that I would shell out the money for it, but it was definitely a nice edition to my box.

Rating: B
theBalm cosmetics Stainiac in Beauty Queen
 
Full size price: $17
Birchbox says: We’re crazy about this two-in-one lip and cheek stain: the sheer gel formula delivers a subtle, long-wearing flush.
My thoughts: This red stain works for both lips and cheeks. I personally can not use stain on my lips because they dry out so easily but I really enjoy it as a blush. It goes on lightly and then you can just add as you please to get the right color your looking for, whether a light pink or dark rose. However, I would not recommend using this for too many days in a row if your skin is prone to drying out easily; a few days here and there seem to work well for me.
Rating: A-
Lifestyle Extra tili Bags
Full size price: pack of 9-12, $8.49 – $9.49
Birchbox says: Breeze through airport security with these too-cute plastic bags. They’re perfectly sized for storing all your travel essentials (and beauty samples).
My thoughts: I love this little bag. I currently have all of my birchbox products in it and I plan on using it in my travel bag for makeup, contact supplies, and ibuprofen the next time I go anywhere. It’s colorful and holds quite a bit and is somewhat waterproof. So it’s pretty much perfect as a little catch-all.
Rating: A
Birchbox Man Extra
John Varvatos Star USA
Full size price: $55 – $70
Birchbox says: In honor of Father’s Day, we’ve included this dapper cologne, a blend of ginger, juniper berries, and vetiver. Pass it on to a lucky guy friend or family member.
My thoughts: This cologne smells really good! If only I had a guy in my life to share it with. This was actually included in the box for father’s day and to promote the new men’s line of birchboxes. So basically, if I don’t have anyone to share it with soon (boyfriend or just a guy friend who actually wears cologne) I might just end up wearing it myself, so I’m not too upset that it was an addition to the box.
 Rating: B
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And enjoy!
Note: I do not work for Birchbox or am affiliated with them in any way. My thoughts are entirely my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Birchbox.
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