Birchbox May 2011 (best hand cream ever!)

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Birchbox Rave!
(I paid for this with my own money)

This is my 2nd Birchbox. I really enjoy this service. It’s quite a delight to see this box in my mail box since I know it’s filled with goodies. Despite my reluctant nature to be surprised, I’ve found that Birchbox has got some great stuff. Even if it’s not a product that I usually pick I think it’s good to widen my horizons. ^^

Check them out here
*Monthly subscription “deluxe”ย  high-end sample box

1. It’s once a month box that is delivered
2. $10 dollar monthly subscription (us only)
3. Customizable, boxes do slightly vary person -to- person.
4. Every box contains 4-5 high-end samples, all beauty related products such as makeup, skincare, and fragrance
5. You don’t get to choose or know what in your box, it’s a surprise.

*Birchbox samples are from high-end brands like Jouer, Stila, Nars, Laura Mercier …just to name a few and deluxe samples are portioned for multiple uses. “Deluxe similar Travel-Friendly size”

You can cancel your subscription at anytime.

Ok so I was very hesitant about this service. Let’s be truthful…who wants to pay for samples? Well that wasn’t me. However, after seeing all the positive reviews from Youtube makeup gurus and the buzz from blogs I was quite curious.

What does $10 dollars get you in high-end makeup? Would the samples be worthwhile? Do I like surprises?

Well first off, these samples are VERY GENEROUS! This month I got full size stila eyeshadow pan which retails for $18 in my box. So money-wise this is a great deal if you are interested in trying out high-end brands. Recently, due to skin dryness, I’ve been really into trying new moisture products. I’d have to say my Birchbox has been good to me. I don’t want to shell out $$$ for skincare but this way I can try out new stuff and see if I like it.

There is a caveat that by trying out things …you might actually love them. Which can be a bit pricey as they are high-end products.

Surprises! I love getting gifts in the mail. These boxes are right down my alley. Since every package is hand packed and seriously like a nicely wrapped gift from a friend. It comes in a sturdy box, 2 layers of tissue, ribbon, and a description card. A+++ for packaging!

Now to the good stuff!

Stila Eyeshadow Pan in Mahogany
So I’ve heard a lot about the Stila brand but this is my first Stila item. Actually this is the full size product that they sent and it retails for $18. Anyways, this eyeshadow is very pigmented! I’m still on the fence about the color Mahogany as it is a bit dark for my tastes but I think it would be a nice crease color.

Ahava Deadsea Water Mineral Hand Cream
This is probably the most exciting sample that I received. So my boyfriend always makes fun of how wrinkly and rough my ‘little’ hands are. Well this product really works! I’ve tried a lot of lotions but none work this. It really gives your hands a certain smoothness that lingers. I actually love the smell. The full size is very pricey at $20 for 3.4 oz. But I can seriously see this becoming a staple of mine.

Archipelago Pomegranate Soap
The description says this is a triple-milled soap loaded with antioxidant-rich white tea and pomegranate for a gentle clean. I haven’t tried this product yet. It’s got cute packaging and slightly scented.

BVLGARI – Mon Jasmin Noir “Essence of Jeweler”
First off, I didn’t know that jeweler’s had a scent. I always thought they would smell like metal. Anyways, this smells sophisticated and elegant. I find that sometimes when you spray a perfume you have to wait a little for the initial alcohol smell to dissipate before you can really smell the fragrance. This fragrance does not have that issue, it smells divine as soon as it is sprayed. They said it smells of fruits and jasmine. I don’t find it fruity at all. It’s rather medium strength fragrance -not too light – not too strong.

(Background info: my favorite department store perfumes are Estee Lauder’s Beyond Paradise, Lancome Hypnose) I think that BVLGARI-Mon Jasmin Noir has that similar quality that entices me to smell again because of its exquisite blend and I wouldn’t tire of it. I’d highly recommend trying this one out.

Birchbox Freebie! (Sometimes they offer a non-beauty treat)
Guess what it is! It’s TINY PRINTS card! I love love love Tiny Prints <3. It’s a great online greeting card seller. I found out about them during their Thanksgiving Promotion. Their quality is impeccable, great card stock, and very customizable.

I find the card they sent is really cute and earthy. Plus it came with a free promo code to get a card on their website. Yeah really cool freebie…considering this is coming from the girl who makes all her on greeting cards. I’d have to say if you are going to splash out for a card that Tiny Prints is a great choice. My favorite feature is that you canย  individually ship cards and you just have to pay additional cost of the postage stamp.

Since Birchbox only ships out once a month, sadly you can’t get the May box.
But you can still sign up for the June box. They usually arrive 14-18th of the month.


7 Responses to Birchbox May 2011 (best hand cream ever!)

  1. Krystine says:

    Wow.. I’ve never heard of this service, it looks like so much fun! I’m going to have to sign up and try it out ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Becky says:

    The Birchbox smelled soooo good when I opened it. I’m not a perfume person, but I liked the scent. I wish I got the hand cream and Stila Eye shadow too lol. Wanna switch? Just kidding lol.

    Hey how do I follow your blog of your using wordpress? I’ll just subscribe through email.

    • Oh I looked for a widget that allows you to follow but unfortunately wordpress only has the email subscribe option.

    • Krystine says:

      How do you usually read your blogs? I subscribe via RSS through Google Reader.

      • I usually subscribe via email. But seriously when I really like a blog, I just put in my bookmark toolbar since I find that subscriptions via rss, email, following tend to be too slow for me. So when I have free time or I’m bored I just click through my blog list. It’s not easiest way to do it but for me it works out

  3. Ebru says:

    Thanks so much for letting me know how you can earn points by filling out the feedback forms on Birchbox, I had no clue! lol Yes looks like we got some of the same things, I didn’t get the Ahava hand cream though :/ I got the mud mask! I would have loved to get the Bvlgari perfume sample, I love their fragrances! Let’s see what’s in next month’s box, can’t wait! ๐Ÿ™‚

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