Birchbox Sample Box {April 2015}

It’s that time of the month where we rip the lid right off of my latest Birchbox! Woohoo! When my subscription boxes start rolling in during the middle of the month, I can’t open them fast enough to see what goodies are inside.  This month was a pretty good month...so want to take a peek with me?

This month, Birchbox teamed up with Rifle Paper Company to host their box for the month!  So, what arrived is probably the prettiest box I've gotten from Birchbox (usually I toss these, but I'm planning on keeping this one!).

I can't remember if I selected the premium box or not...I want to say I did, but if that's the case, I was a bit surprised since the items I received don't really look like what I would've picked, so maybe I forgot to do that this month!

I wasn't too excited about this month after opening the box, but I didn't hesitate to start sampling things to see if they might surprise me. (Spoiler alert...a few did!)

#1 | Hydro Moisturizing Shampoo by Hydro Professional

This brand is new to me, so I didn't know what to expect.  I have to say, after washing my hair with this and using the conditioner, my hair looked really good! I can't say it was necessarily better than what I currently use, but I liked it enough that I'm going to keep this on my radar as a possible alternate shampoo to use along with my current fave.

It has a very pleasant, light, floral scent and my hair was nice and light after I dried it! It was shiny and hydrated, so I think it nicely accomplished the 'Moisturizing' part!

 

#2 | Hydro Nutritive Repairing Conditioner by Hydro Professional

As with the shampoo, this conditioner worked very well and I really liked it!  My hair was conditioned but not weighed down.  It didn't have an overpowering scent, so it paired nicely with the more scented shampoo.

Just like with the shampoo, this conditioner is going on my radar as an alternative to my current shampoo/conditioner.  Sometimes I feel switching it up a bit helps keep my hair from getting a particular product buildup (which may be a complete myth, but it seems to be the case!).

 

#3 | Tint by Jouer

I typically LOVE Jouer products! My all time favorite foundation is by Jouer, so I was initially excited to see this in my box.

Unfortunately, I didn't really love this particular product.  It's supposed to be a 2-in-1 pigment for lips and cheeks.  Sounds awesome! I think the product itself is nice...it's the color that was a tad off for me.

Had the color been more appropriate with my coloring, I probably would've loved this one!

 

#4 | Mineral Beauty Balm SPF 50 by MDSolarSciences

While I don't have bad skin, I do like to use a foundation or tinted cream that borders on a light to medium coverage.  I don't want a heavy mask, but if it's too transparent, I feel like I don't have anything on, which is my usual experience with Beauty Balms.

This one was no exception...it was a tad too sheer for me to use on it's own.  With that said, I actually love this product!  I betcha didn't expect that, did you? hehehe

What I love about this is the SPF of 50 even though it doesn't feel or smell like a sunscreen.  The formula is sheer, like I mentioned, but it has a mattifying affect which for me, makes this a perfect primer!

I layered this under my typical foundation and wore like a dream all day and my face was better predicted from the sun than it otherwise would've been.  I will likely order this one!

#5 | Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion by Liz Earle

This product is interesting...I'm not really sure what to use this for.  The card included in the box says it's a cooling treatment that refreshes and depuffs tired eyes.

Eh...I tried it after a night of little sleep due to some insomnia and an early wake up call, yet saw and felt no difference.  However, I don't tend to get puffy eyes, so maybe it would work better on someone that is affected by that little issue.  I'll keep trying it here and there, but can't say I was impressed with this one.

One thing Birchbox does that I love is to offer other items that complements the theme each month.  You can opt to add these to your box (for an additional fee) and it's exclusive to subscribers.  Most of the time, I never add these products, but I do have a weakness for bags and since I love the floral patterns of Rifle Paper Co., I couldn't resist the tote bag!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this tote bag!  It's made of a very thick and sturdy canvas with long straps so it's easy to get stuff in and out of it.  I will be using this a lot this summer and I'll be tossing this in my suitcase on future travels in case I need extra options for carrying stuff home after a trip.

I almost didn't get this, but now that I have it and see the quality and how pretty it is, I am SO glad I went for it!

So...before we go, let's take score of how this month did.  I'm definitely ordering 1 product and I'm strongly considering ordering 2 more.  The other 2 products didn't impress me, so we're left at 3 out of 5 winners!  Not the best month, but definitely not a bust (especially since I really love the beauty balm!).

And if you like the idea of these boxes and want to give it a try, you can sign up here -> Birchbox

What do you think? Do you currently use any of these products? If you get Birchbox, did you get the same box, or something completely different? Leave me a comment and let me know!!