Birchbox Review – March 2014 {Spring Forward}

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Got my March Birchbox today! 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. If you’re interested in trying it out please be sure to use my referral link here to sign up!

I got Box #66 this month. The total value of the items in my box was approximately $24.71. It contained the following:

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  • Stila Lip glaze in Pink Sugar
  • Keims Cleanshine Energizing Shampoo
  • Grand Central Beauty S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting® Serum + Primer
  • Air Repair Rescue Balm All-Purpose Skin Salve and Lip Balm
  • Jergens® BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream

Birchbox - March 2014-5 Stila Lip glaze – Pink Sugar Appx. Value $8

LOVE this shade. When worn, it’s shimmery and sheer with a slightly cooler pink tone than it appears in the photo. It’s loaded with a gorgeous multi colored, fine shimmer which leans towards warmer shades, so that combined with the opacity factor affects the difference in how it appears in the tube compared to when worn. It’s a nice, fairly light formula that’s not too sticky or thick. If I do a look with it I’ll come back and post a good shot of the lips to show the glitter off better, but it’s a nice light sheer gloss that I adore! Nice pen style applicator, plus it contains vitamin A, C, and E keep your lips from drying out. Another cool thing about this stuff is that it’s said to be designed to last though one cup of coffee!

Birchbox - March 2014-7Keims Cleanshine Energizing Shampoo – Appx. Value: $1.90

This is an exclusive Birchbox product which contains refreshing peppermint leaf extract, nourishing macadamia nut, and silk protein. It’s free of mineral oil, silicon, ethanolamine, and parabens. Another unique thing about it is that it contains thermal water from the Salies-de-Béarn region of France, rich in naturally occurring calcium, magnesium, and other skin-friendly minerals. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m so overloaded with hair care products that it’s probably going to be a while before I get the chance to use this one.

Birchbox - March 2014-3Grand Central Beauty S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting® Serum+Primer – Appx. Value $10.81

This one also appears to be a Birchbox exclusive, and it’s a serum  that’s supposed to even out the texture of your face as well as prime you for your daily coverage. This combo serum and primer works to condition skin, soothe irritation-induced redness, and diminish the signs of aging. It’s paraben- and sulfate-free, too. It’s also said you can wear this serum over your lipstick for a matte lip look! I only tested a bit of it around my eye area so I can’t comment much on it yet. It’s got a thin consistency which absorbs quickly, and a very faint soft smell.

Birchbox - March 2014-6Air Repair Rescue Balm All-Purpose Skin Salve and Lip Balm – Appx. value $2.27

This multitasking skin salve can be applied anywhere and everywhere—to the lips, hands, face, knees, elbows, cuticles…pretty much anywhere you’ve got dry skin . It’s described as having a revolutionary combination of emollients effectively inhibiting chronic inflammation that causes dryness, irritation, and premature wrinkles. Also prevents the primary cause of dry skin, transepidermal water loss. Contains sweet almond oil, fatty-acid rich lanolin, vitamin E, anti-inflammatory lavender, and geranium.
 I haven’t gotten a chance to try it out yet, but it sounds like a lot of people are saying that it moisturizes really well, but smells and tastes off putting.

Birchbox - March 2014-2Jergens® BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream – Appx. Value: $1.73

This is a “Birchbox find” – which is a drugstore product that is included in addition to your 4-5 samples. It’s a 5-in-1 complexion correction moisturizer for the whole body. Touts itself to be an alternative to self tanner for perfecting the skin on your arms and legs. I don’t use self tanners, but this doesn’t give you a fake tan look at all. It contains Shea butter and light reflecting pigments to brighten skin and minimize the appearance of imperfections. Claims to improve your complexion over time by firming skin while calming redness and reducing visible discoloration. and work on multiple levels to hydrate, illuminate, visibly firm, even skin tone, and reduce the appearance of imperfections. Will be giving this one away because I’ve got a full size version of it coming in another box soon… but I did test a small bit of it, and it wasn’t extremely noticeable  on the back of my hand…. though I’m sure it’s much more noticeable on other areas like the legs. It did seem to improve the evenness of the overall skin tone, though. Once I’ve worn it more and tested it further I’ll update on my thoughts!

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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