Last month was my first month back with Birchbox, and it was a really great one! I was really nervous that this month would be terrible and make me regret coming back. Shipping was pretty quick this time!
I don't know if Birchbox will be switching up their usual bright pink outer boxes regularly from now on or not, but I approve! I love this pretty gold box. Silly thing, since it just gets tossed out, but I'm a sucker for packaging!
And the box itself is different, too! How cute! The inside has pretty gold stripes, as well.
I noticed right away that my box was heavy! It was packed full this month. The theme for this month was just "Holiday 2013" and the products seem to include a little bit of everything. Products sent out this month (not just in my box) had lots of hand creams, moisturizers, conditioners, etc...basically nice pampering things for wintery holiday time. I received 5 products this month.
Hair Rules Quench Conditioner - This is a hydrating conditioner for dry or frizzy hair. I battle dryness, and I flat iron my hair a lot, so this is ALWAYS welcome. It smells amazing (reminds me of Pink Sugar perfume, or similar to the Beauty Protector spray)...and 2 ounces is a great sized sample. This is a new brand to me but it looks really good!
Pura Botanica Botanic Bath Infusions in Moment in Mint - This is a blend of mineral sea salts, essential oils, and botanicals...in this case, mint, meant to be dissolved in the bath. I don't take many baths because my apartment has a pretty tiny bathtub and it can be a hassle...but I had a stressful week at work, a weekend of 16 hour shifts coming up, and then a new position at work starting next week...so this came at the perfect time! I soaked in this yesterday and I fell in love! It had the nicest relaxing mint scent, and it left my skin so soft and smooth. I'd definitely love to try more of these. I love that it came in a little sachet, so I didn't have to rinse any residue out of my tub.
Willa Lavender Facial Towelettes - These are wipes that clean dirty and oil from the skin. I absolutely love face wipes. I use them daily - not in the place of cleansing, but to remove makeup before washing, to wipe off makeup mistakes, or just to refresh my skin. I also use them after I've wiped my face with them, to wipe excess off of brushes between cleanings. This is a pack of 10 and I was excited to try this brand. They smell good and work well. They will be great for after work, relaxing.
BORGHESE Superiore State-of-the-Art Mascara - this is a formula that lengthens, conditions, and curls. I have a ton of mascaras, but I love this brand so I went ahead and tried it out today. I loved it! It really did add great length and made my lashes look long and fluttery but not too dramatic. (I have mascaras for my dramatic days, but some days I want length without mega volume)! It feels conditioning. I am pretty impressed with this and might buy it when I run out of my current mascara stash...so, in like...5 years.
Emily's Chocolates Chocolate Covered Fortune Cookie - I ate this already. It was awesome. The fortune was stupid (it said something like my soul thanks me for the gift of chocolate) but it tasted great. Fun, too!
Overall, I am super happy with my box this month. Everything was a great size and it is all stuff I will use happily. Keep it up, Birchbox, and we won't break up this time!
Oh, and one tiny little extra - a card advertising their new iPhone app, with a little screen cleaner on it! The little black bit clings to your phone, and then you can take it off and use it to wipe your screen. I go nuts over smudges on my screen so I loved this, as silly as it looks!
What was in your Birchbox this month?
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