Birchbox Review – Feburary 2014 {Step & Repeat}

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febboxes-2This month’s Birchbox was supposed to arrive on Valentine’s Day – but it got backed up in the mail and didn’t get here until yesterday, agonizingly. For those of you not familiar with Birchbox, it’s a monthly subscription service that sends you 4-6 samples (and sometimes full sized products) for $10 shipped. I got Box 38 this month. The total value of the items in my box was approximately $38. It contained the following:

  • COOLA Tinted Matte SPF 30 for Face
  • Harvey Prince – Hello Perfume
  • 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara
  • DDF® Ultra Lite Oil Free Moisturizing Dew
  • Agave Healing Oil Treatment – 4 oz.

febboxes-6COOLA Tinted Matte SPF 30 for Face – Appx. Value $3.60
SPF 30 facial tint with 70 percent organic ingredients and antioxidants, too. The mousse formula definitely beats traditional SPF lotions, and dries to a matte finish. Contains Titanium and Zinc Dioxide along with Shea Butter, Primrose extract, and borage seed oil. Great herbs which fight free radicals and have age reversing anti-oxidants. Plankton makes this formula water-resistant and extra-durable! I’ll most likely wait to use this for an outdoor wedding or the next time I’m stuck outside all day. I am excited to give it a shot before summer though, because my vampirically porcelain skin is always on the look out for a higher SPF face products!

febboxes-5Harvey Prince Hello – Appx. Value : Unsure
Doesn’t say the size on the sample, but it’s a larger sized sample tube and a good quality one that has a spray tip on it – which is nice. The scent has notes of lemon, mandarin, and grapefruit with forsythia, and plumeria. The citrus is more prominent with the lightest of floral undertones. It’s got a nice sweet fresh scent and I like it. The plumeria is traditionally used in Hawaiian leis, and the forsythia is an early spring floral, and a welcome sign of new beginnings and possibilities. Which is all adorable, and makes me love it more. However, when I asked my boyfriend what he thought, he had strong tendencies otherwise. So maybe I don’t like it as much, now that he said I smell like an old church lady in it. He went to explain that it just doesn’t “smell like someone he wants to know at all” and he “didn’t like the personality of it”, and overall pretty much said it smelled generic. So there you have it folks. He doth not approve at all. lol. Probably won’t be opting for the full size on this one after all then, needless to say.

febboxes-18100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara – Appx. Value $7.71
Love the fact that this is an all natural, organic mascara formula… at the same time I understand why many are cautious about this as mascara already expires quickly, and it does seem a bit counter intuitive to use something as sticky and sugar based as a fruit for something you’re sticking all over your eye lashes. That aside, for those of you that wear or are looking to start wearing natural and organic products this is a great mascara to try for the simple fact that’s a 100% pure fruit pigmented Mascara. It claims to be made of all antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies. It’s said to separate and gloss with fruit and black tea pigments, while oat and wheat proteins condition your lashes and help them grow stronger over time. It also claims to work well for sensitive eyes, and is supposed to be a water-resistant formula. It has a nice smell to it, and one great thing about the formula is that even with several coats it doesn’t get clumpy! It’s a light formula that work best for a very natural look – it does give you just the smallest bit of thickness, and doesn’t really add any length at all. With all of THAT said – I tried it out for the first time yesterday, and I felt like it made my eyes itchy – although they were a bit irritated on their own so I might try it once more just to test and see if I continue to have issues with it, but I certainly won’t be using the sample again if I have any type of continued irritation with it.

febboxes-3DDF® Ultra Lite Oil Free Moisturizing Dew – 1oz bottle Appx. value $24.70
By far my favorite item from Birchbox this month! Full size product (it’s a 1oz sample, the full size bottles I saw were 1.7 oz so its actually probably considered a premium sample but it’s a nice good size!) I don’t believe I’ve used a DDF product before, but I’ve seen the name before so it will be nice to check out one of their products. I’ve used this a couple times so far, and its a nice light fragrance free formula. Pleasant feeling, and it does seem to absorb into the skin quickly, which is nice. It’s got a gel like consistency moreso than a lotion. Doesn’t seem like you need much of it to cover your face at all either, which is nice. Love the fact that it’s oil free. It’s got yummy ingredients like aloe vera, vitamins a, c and e, along with grapeseed extract. I always use face moisturizers with sunscreen, and this product surprisingly has nothing mentioned about a sunscreen, so that’s a big downfall for me. However, after looking around a bit I was happy to see that it looks like they do make a version with sunscreen too!

febboxes-7Agave Healing Oil Treatment – Appx. Value $1
Very small sized sample which I’m not anticipating getting more than 1 use out of on my extra long hair – but we’ll see. I doubt I’ll have much to say about it unless it works some kind of real magic after only 1 use. It is loaded with delicious ingredients like vanilla, coconut, and baobab seed oil – along with blue agave which is best known as the source for tequila, but is also known for its ability to moisturize and strengthen hair. Another cool feature of this product is that it doubles as a hydrating body oil – so it’s nice that you can use it for more than one purpose, and/or finish up your sample on your body if you don’t have enough for 2 uses on your hair!

Jenni Sais Quoi
Jenni is a photographer, herbalist, reiki master, certified yoga and meditation instructor; as well as an artist of many mediums. She muses at the world through a lens steeped in mindfulness, creativity, and compassion with the hope that her own journey and art inspire people to lead happier and healthier lives through conscious awareness, self acceptance, and mastering physical, emotional, and spiritual well being.

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