My very first Birchbox arrived last week and I felt just like I expected it to, it was like a mini-Christmas. I think it’s totally worth it to pay $10 a month to receive a little box of surprises every month, and I seriously can’t wait for next months box to come! A funny side-note about my Birchbox is I somehow managed to check off that I had curly hair instead of the slick straight hair check box, so I got some curl related products in my box, but I’ve since updated my profile so next month my hair samples will ship accordingly. Even thought the curl cream is meant for curly hair, I used it and it actually worked well when I took the diffuser to my hair.
I’ve listed out all of the samples I received in my box below and have included a brief description of each product from the Birchbox site. It’s been almost a week since I started using these lovely samples, so I included a mini review for each product as well.
WEI™ Pomegranate Buffing Beads - Filled with antioxidants, the finely milled pomegranate peels in this powdery scrub brighten skin tone and encourage cell renewal. Plus, its natural antiseptic qualities help clear blocked pores. There are also gentle buffing beads to slough off dead skin: you’ll see why it’s so important to schedule in a weekly exfoliation session.
What I thought… I felt an immediate difference in my skin after using these buffing beads, it left my skin feeling very smooth. I would definitely purchase the full size version of this, but since I just spent a bunch of dinero on a Clarisonic a few weeks ago, I’ll have to wait on dropping some bucks on a exfoliant.
I Coloniali Tibetan Shower Cream with Rhubarb - I Coloniali’s luxe shower cream is the next best thing to a Far Eastern getaway. The decadent formula will leave you feeling like you just returned from a private spa session every time you step out of the shower.
What I thought… This shower cream smells amazing! Not sure if I would purchase the full size as it’s a bit pricy at $29, but if I decide to splurge on an item it would be this!
Miss Jessie’s® Original Super Slip Sudsy Shampoo - The undisputed ruler of the curl universe, Miss Jessie’s developed this silky shampoo for girls with stubborn ringlets, natural kinks, or parched hair. While it’s especially coveted by the curly crew, our experience confirms that it’s great for hair of all types and textures. It instantly detangles even the most intricate knots, leaving your strands sleek and uber-manageable.
What I thought…Loved this Shampoo, it helped me remove all the knots I’d put in my hair from my teasing rampage, but didn’t harm it at all! I will totally buy this full size version as soon as I’m ready for another bottle to add to my 5 bottle Shampoo collection lol.
Miss Jessie’s® Original Crème de la Crème Conditioner - We surveyed all our curly haired friends and the results were unanimous: Miss Jessie’s detangling formula is the best of the best. Whether your hair is frizz-prone and curly, chemically processed, or just plain parched, it will soften your strands without weighing them down. Plus, it doubles as a leave-in treatment for those days you need an extra layer of hydration.
What I thought… I used this after a three day run of waved and teased hair and boy oh boy was my hair silky smooth after my shower. I would totally buy this again, I feel like it’s not just for curly hair, it works for those who may damage their hair during styling as well.
Miss Jessie’s® Original Curly Meringue - Crazy curls, meet your match. This wondrous styling cream is designed to tamp down stubbon kinks and tame frizzy ringlets. The custard-like formula is especially good for ethnic or chemically treated hair, and is the perfect prep for fingerstyling, coiling, twists, and braids. Plus, the fresh pineapple scent makes us want to use it everyday.
What I thought… I used this styling cream and then took a diffuser to my head and it really helped create some waves. It was a great base for my normal waved out day look. I would buy this after my B&B styling creme runs out.
Color Club Neon Nail Polish Age of Aquarius - Maybe we’ve watched too many re-runs of The Brady Bunch, but we’ve always had a soft spot for the 1960s. So it’s no surprise that these ‘60s-inspired polishes are right up our alley. They come in seven neon shades that channel the decade’s exuberant vibe: think mod girls, painted buses, and the advent of color TV.
What I thought… I used this polish with my Butter Slapper polish to create a under the sea mermaid look and it worked like a charm. The aqua green color of the polish is beautiful and the application was flawless, I’d love to pick up some additional colors from this collection.
Annick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien - French fragrance designer Annick Goutal took inspiration from Italy for this iconic citrus scent, which launched in 1981. Bright and effervescent, the universal and timeless blend conjures up the image of sun-ripened fruit in a Tuscan orchard.
What I thought… This is the only sample that didn’t wow me, and that’s probably because I’m the type that loves perfumes that practically smell like a men’s cologne. I’m not a big fan of fruity or citrusy scents, so this one just wasn’t for me.
My absolute FAVORITE sample was the Color Club Neon Polish in Age of Aquarius
My LEAST favorite sample was the Aanick Goutal Eau d’Hadrien
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