Birchbox Review — February 2016

February BirchboxHere it is everyone, my February Birchbox! Cute packaging, no? Like last month, this box provided me with five products that are completely new to me. So, let’s get started!

About Birchbox

Birchbox is a monthly subscription service featuring beauty products like makeup, skin care, fragrance, hair care, and more. Once you sign up, you’re asked to fill out a brief beauty survey for the company to know more about what you’d like to see in each box.

It’s $10 each month and the company provides five sample-size items to try along with an information card giving brief descriptions of the products. You get billed the first of each month and your box is sent in the middle of the month. Unlike Stitch Fix, where it allows you the option to schedule boxes at will, Birchbox automatically schedules one every month and you must cancel on your own when you want to stop receiving boxes. You get to keep everything that comes in the box.

If you like the products enough to order a full-size option, you have the opportunity to purchase them on the Birchbox website. Also, Birchbox gives you the option to select one of the items you’ll receive that particular month.

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Here is what my February box contained:

Beauty Protector — Protect and Detangle

Beauty Protector — Protect and DetangleWhen I saw this leave-in conditioner, my first thought was I hoped it wouldn’t leave my bathroom floor slippery like the same product in January’s box. Reading reviews told me to be prepared for the spray nozzle to clog due to the consistency of the product, so I tried to avoid making a mess. First off, this conditioner smells really good; almost like the warm vanilla sugar scent from Bath and Body Works. Lickable (don’t lick it). It works too! Made my easily tangled hair to be brushed through with little to no issues. Purchasing a full-size bottle of this product from Beauty Protector costs $21.95.

SkinClinical — Extreme Healing Repair Concentrate

SkinClinical — Extreme Healing Repair ConcentrateThis was nice to see in my box, especially because it’s geared for people with extremely dry skin and excema. I have both, and this product by SkinClinical was the first I used. I didn’t notice any immediate changes to my skin, but it usually takes time for lotions like this to fully work. I will probably use up the sample, but my excema is so bad I need to use a prescription ointment for any problem areas to improve. This paraben-free lotion will cost you $24.95 for a full-size tube.

Catherine Malandrino — Romance de Provence

Catherine Malandrino — Romance de Provence1Even though I have plenty of body spray, I like that Birchbox sends perfume samples. It’s something Ipsy doesn’t offer in their glam bags. I liked the scent of this one at first, but after a few minutes it smelled like perfume you’d find in your grandmother’s cabinet. It’s really, really floral. For someone who does like this fragrance, however, they’d be pleased to know it has staying power. Larger bottles of Romance de Provence costs between $65 and $110.

REN — Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask

REN — Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal MaskThis mask by REN has the consistency of honey and is tinted orange. To me, it almost smells like a new house, haha! You’ll pay $55 for a full-size tube. I left it on for 10 minutes, as the directions state, and did feel a slight cooling effect that wasn’t unpleasant. Though I didn’t notice my skin being any more radiant after the first try, I’m sure this is another product I will have to use more than once to see if there’s a difference. The only thing I didn’t care for was my skin did feel dryer after I gently wiped off the product. I need moisture!

ModelCo — Lip Enhancer Illusion Lip Liner

ModelCo — Lip Enhancer Illusion Lip LinerThis liner by ModelCo is supposed to make your lips look fuller while also keeping lipstick from bleeding across your lip line. I tried this out and the color of the liner really clashed with my skin tone, so it was pretty obvious I was wearing a liner, which I didn’t care for. I can’t say if it prevented bleeding when I used it with my MAC red lipstick, but I don’t really have that issue anyway. This is a product I wouldn’t use again, and the full-size pencil costs $20.

Overall Thoughts

I didn’t care for most of what was in this month’s box, but that’s the risk of the service. I’d rather have more makeup products than skin/hair products, and this box gave me more of the latter. The nice thing is though, I can tell the company is paying attention to the details of my beauty survey, since they’re sending my products designed for my specific skin type. However, I’m hoping for a more exciting box next month.

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—K

About Karin

Journalist, singer, reader, movie fanatic, photography buff, GVSU alum, wanna-be-Brit, Crohn's fighter, Coca-Cola addict, animal lover, not a kid person, hater of winter, Michigander
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