Birchbox Sample Box {February 2015}

The middle of each month is always an exciting time around my house.  Why?  Because that's when the three subscription box services I belong too start showing up at my door!  And....I LOVE it!  It's like Christmas morning three times every.single.month!!  So, today, I'm lifting the lid on my Birchbox to let you take a little peek inside.

Like last month, Birchbox gave me the option to pick my box ahead of time and since I liked the looks of their special 'Rent the Runway' Edition, I decided to forego the surprise and hop on board!

To cut right to the chase...I LOVE this month's box!!

There's only one item that I probably won't use, but other than I seriously love everything else I got, so woohoo!

But enough chit-chat, let's get to the goods, shall we?

Here are the goods that I received this month...

#1 | Fekkai Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo

I have sung the praises of the dry shampoo I received in last month's box on numerous occasions.  In fact, to quote myself from last month, I referred to it as "...it’s the best dry shampoo out there, in my opinion.".  

I would now like to slightly retract that statement!  I still love, love, love that dry shampoo and haven't found another one to rival it in the several years that I have been using it.  That is....until now.

I can't say that the Fekkai dry shampoo is better, but it's definitely on par with my ultimate fave!  One thing I like better about this one...the scent.  My fave doesn't really have a pleasing scent, although it doesn't have a lingering bad scent either.  This stuff, on the other hand, smells awesome!

As for performance, it definitely refreshed my locks and spruced it up.  I'm very strongly considering ordering this one the next time I need a new can.  And I can't believe I'm saying that (seriously, folks, that's how awesome this particular product is!).

 

#2 | theBalm Read My Lips Lip Gloss

I looovveeee me some lip gloss/lip balm!  I actually have a slight obsession and I have SO many tubes of gloss and tinted balms that it's ridiculous, but a girl needs options, right?  

Since I'm fair skinned, I tend to prefer a more natural/neutral lip, so this color excited me when I first opened the box (usually Birchbox gets it wrong with lip colors for me, so doing a happy dance that they got it right this time!).

This gloss is creamy and moisturizing and gives a nice coat of soft pink.  I'm a fan!  And, when the sample runs out, I might just have to add it to my overgrown collection because, well...why not??

 

#3 | Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner

When it comes to eyeliners, I don't go crazy with making a dramatic line around my eyes.  I like to keep it pretty close to the lashline to accentuate and pop my eyes a little more.  

This liner is very nice!  I received a dark blue...not quite navy, a little lighter than that, so it works really nice with my blue eyes.  

After wearing it all day, it didn't smear or wear off, so I'm sold!!  The sample size is pretty generous, so it's going into the rotation and should last me quite a awhile, but when it starts getting low, I'd definitely order a full size version!

 

#4 | Not Soap, Radio Body Wash

Body washes are one of those products that I don't notice too much difference in with regards to how it 'performs'.  As long as I'm clean, I'm happy.  

So, what sells me on a body wash is the scent.  This stuff smells really good!  I don't normally like fruit scented washes or lotions (*see story below for the why behind that!) and while this isn't completely 'fruity' it's definitely on that end of the spectrum!  According to the card in the box, it's a blackberry and vanilla scent, so I think the vanilla tempers the fruitiness a bit.  Whatever...it just smells good!

With that said, the price tag comes in at $16 for a full size bottle, which is way more than what I'll generally pay for body wash, so I'm not likely to order this one once the sample runs out, but I'll enjoy it in the meantime!

 

#5 | derma e Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Scrub

This is the one product that I likely won't try.  I have skin that errs on the side of dry and this particular product is for 'oily' skin.  That makes me a little nervous since I'm afraid it'll just dry out my already dry skin (especially in the middle of winter when it's even drier!).  It sounds like a great product though!                

 

So, sports fans...if you're keeping score, that's 4 out of 5 products that I LOVE!  That makes me a very happy sample-box-girl!

*So, now for the funny story on why I don't like wearing fruit scented lotions/body washes...when I was in college, I worked on campus at one of the labs as an office assistant. One day, I slathered on some peach scented Bath & Body Works hand cream.  A few minutes later, one of the full time employees walked into my office and stopped and kind of sniffed the air.  He was from Jamaica and just had a way of delivering a line that was hysterical.  After sniffing around for a second or two, he looked at me and asked if the fruity smell was me.  I, very proudly, answered yes thinking he was going to comment on how nice it smelled.  Ummm...no....he kinda chuckled and said 'You're going to have a trail of ants following you...".  Touche, my friend, touche.  Every since that day, I have refrained from fruit scented things because it immediately makes me envision a trail of ants following behind me!

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Your turn friends!  What do you think?  Anything in the box that grabs your attention?  If you got the same or similar products, what are your thoughts?  Leave me a comment and let me know!