Birchbox Review — March 2016

March Birchbox1My March Birchbox has arrived! This is a really nice treat to get in the mail. They’re fun to open and it’s exciting to see what’s inside each cute box. This month there were familiar and unfamiliar brands for me to try.

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.

March Birchbox2

These are the items I was sent for March:

amika — Perk Up Dry Shampoo

March Birchbox3This is the first dry shampoo I’ve ever used. I’ve just never gotten on the bandwagon and I personally prefer to shower and wash my hair every day. However! I’ve now converted to loving dry shampoo thanks to this stuff by amika. Not only does this product smell fantastic, I believe it really helps add body to your hair after laying on it all night long. I’ve even had my other half use it! A full-size can will run about $24, which isn’t bad since the stuff lasts a while.

theBalm cosmetics — Stainiac – Beauty Queen

March Birchbox4This is my second experience with theBalm cosmetics, and I’m on the fence about this product they offer. This is a duo lip and cheek stain which costs $17 for a full-size tube. I liked how it looks on my lips, and you can build the color, but it really doesn’t taste very good, which is a problem for me because I’m always touching my lips with my tongue to some capacity. I think it worked pretty well on my cheeks, but I need some practice blending it out. In terms of staying power, I think it’s pretty good.

treStiQue — Color & Smudge Shadow Crayon in Aspen Pine

March Birchbox5I received a treStiQue product in one of my Ipsy bags, and if you remember, I wasn’t too impressed. The same goes with this eyeshadow crayon. The color, a dark green with gold shimmer, isn’t really something I’d wear, it tends to crease even when I use primer, and the packaging feels really flimsy. A full-size crayon retails for $26.

Wilma Schumann Skin Care — Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads

March Birchbox6March Birchbox7 These eye pads from Wilma Schumann Skin Care were hilarious and fun to try out. They were so slimy coming from the package they almost slid off my face until the excess moisture evaporated. I left them on for 20 minutes as directed, and the gel pads felt very cool on my face, though not uncomfortable at all. Did I see a difference? Well, I think I did! To me, it looked like they reduced the dark circles under my eyes a bit and maybe reduced some of my under-eye crinkles. A full-size box costs $18, which I think is a pretty good deal. I wouldn’t mind trying them out again for an extended period of time to see what capabilities they really have.

FHI Brands — Hot Sauce Thermal Heat-Activated Conditioner

March Birchbox8This was another one of those hair products that I wasn’t looking forward to trying out. Things like this never seem to make any type of difference. But I figured it can’t hurt, because any protection you can offer your hair when it’s heated is a good thing. I’ll probably use up the bottle for when I curl the ends. This product from FHI Brands is $16 for a full-size bottle.

Overall Thoughts

I was happy to see more of a variety in this box, and especially happy to see the dry shampoo. You can’t ever get enough of that stuff!

Like I did after a while with Ipsy, I’m back to wondering how much longer I want to keep subscribing to Birchbox. Comparing the two, I think Ipsy was better in terms of giving makeup. Birchbox sends too many hair products for my taste. Both have had ups and downs in skin care.

What do you think? Should I go another month? Should I switch to another subscription box? Give me some alternative suggestions.

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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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