Birchbox September 2015

In case you are unaware, Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription box. It costs $10 a month and you receive multiple sample size item. These boxes allow you to try tons of new products that you may have never even heard of before. The other fun thing about Birchbox is that every time you purchase an item from their site, or review a product from your box, you receive rewards points! Once you collect 100 points, you get $10 off of your next purchase. These points definitely add up quickly between buying your box, and reviewing the products.

Each month, Birchbox allows subscribers to pick one of their samples. If you prefer surprises, you don’t have to pick one. You can choose to be surprised instead. They also offer full boxes that have been made by a guest. This month’s guest editor box was a Customer Favorites box since it is Birchbox’s birthday. This month’s sample choices the Davines Love smoothing shampoo and conditioner, POP beauty Portfolio Eyeshadow Trio in Sugar Plum, Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil, and the Dr Brandy Pores No More Cleanser. I debated between the POP Eyeshadow, Brow Pencil and Cleanser. I almost didn’t pick one, but ultimately went with the cleanser.

Each month Birchbox also offers what they call Birchbox Plus items. These are items that you can add to your box at a discounted price. They are typically things like tote bags, journals, or jewelry. This month they had an acrylic make-up organizer by Isaac Jacobs that I just couldn’t pass up. I don’t typically mention these items because I don’t purchase them, but they do offer them each month.

The products I received this month were as follows:  

The products I received this month were as follows:

Birchbox Plus- Arcylic Makeup Organizer by Isaac Jacobs ($22)- This is a clear acrylic makeup organizer with a rose gold accent. I have been working on organizing my home bit by bit and I really liked the look of this. I liked that it had two tall spots for my brushes and then 9 smaller spots for everything else. I also like the flat section which is great for my eyeshadows. I liked fitting everything in this and it makes it a lot easier to see what I have. If you’ve been looking for a better way to keep your makeup out, I’d highly recommend looking into something like this.

100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream (Full-size $25)- This is an eye cream that is meant to be an immediate pickup and reduce the look of fine lines and dark circles. It smells like coffee vanilla which is very pleasant. The consistency is a bit thick for my personal preferences but it blends in nicely. It also works well with makeup. I don’t know if I’d say that I notice any difference in the past week of using it, but I’ll keep trying it. It’s in a nice tube so it’ll be a great travel eye cream.

Dr Brandt Pores No More Cleanser (Full-size $35)- This is a cleanser meant to minimize pores and leave skin clean and smooth. I really liked the Pores No More mask, so I’m excited to try this out. Because I’m getting married soon, I haven’t been playing with a lot of face products. Last thing I need is to try this out and have a major breakout. I will definitely be trying it soon though!

POP Beauty Eyeshadow in Sugar Plum (Full-size $26)- I was really excited to see this in my box! I love receiving more than one of the sample choices. These eyeshadows are very pretty and a similar travel version to the Laura Mercier Palette I recently purchased. They are surprisingly smooth and pigmented and I do like them a lot. The only unfortunate thing is that they tend to crease. I don’t typically have that problem with eyeshadows, but I noticed the darker taupe/grey color creased.

By Rosie Jane James Perfume (Full-size $39)- This is a fig, amber, and gardenia perfume. I initially really liked the smell but then was a bit unsure of it once it was on me. I will have to wear it a few more times before I decide how I feel about it. If I decide I like it, it could be a good wedding day contender!

Dear Clark Volumizing Tonic (Full-size $26)- This is a hair treatment that is meant to volumize. I do like to use volumizing treatments at my roots and I will say that this is one of the first products where I saw immediate results. I really like what it does but it also makes my hair very frizzy. I might have to play around with it in combination with other products.

Overall, this is a good box. It’s nothing that has me jumping out of my skin, but the products are very nice.