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Birchbox- December 2013

It seems like I was just telling you guys about my November Birchbox, and my December box already showed up in the mail yesterday. Three cheers for on time delivery! I’d say this was a decent month of beauty samples, so keep reading to find out what goodies were in my December Birchbox…

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FusionBeauty Lash Fusion XL Mascara – This mascara has a nutrient infused formula and dry formula that’s supposed to enhance length and volume. It is definitely dry, so much so that it’s difficult to build up much product on your lashes. If you’re looking for a natural look this would be a good mascara to try, but it doesn’t deliver dramatic volume or length. The brush has fluffy natural bristles that I typically enjoy, but it’s so huge that it’s difficult to use on my slightly smaller eyes. If you’ve been blessed with doe eyes and gorgeous natural lashes, maybe this mascara would work for you, but I need something that packs more of a punch.

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Toni & Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray – This texturising spray has a light fresh scent and gives a little grit and piecyness when sprayed into my dry hair. I haven’t tried it on damp hair yet, but I’m excited to give it a go.

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips – It seems like no matter how good my Birchboxes are, they usually come with one dud, and this month it’s Dr. Lipp’s balm. For all I know it could be an amazing product, but the sample I received was completely dried up and congealed inside the tube. I had to squeeze with all my might to even get a small amount out to show you. From what I can tell it’s a colorless unscented balm, but given that my sample definitely seems past its prime, I have no idea how the product should actually look/smell/perform.

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Twistband Hair Tie – I don’t use hairties very often since I sport a chin-length bob, but I do use the occasional one to throw my hair half up before washing my face so I suppose I’ll get some use out of this. I’ve used Twistbands before, and I do prefer them over traditional hair elastics since they don’t pull as much or leave a dent in your hair. I also appreciate that it’s a neutral color like black, which is more my style than their brighter offerings.

Grand Central Beauty S.M.A.R.T. Perfecting Polisher – This product is another example of Birchbox giving scant instructions on how to use a skincare item and leaving me totally stumped. It’s a clear gel with a light fragrance that felt slightly soapy when I put a bit on the back of my hand. The card included with my box says, “Massage a dime-sized amount into clean, dry skin for 30 seconds. Perfect for on-the-go use.” Calling this product a ‘perfecting polisher’ made me think it was an exfoliator, but the directions say nothing about rinsing off, and I can’t imagine using an exfoliator on the go. I’m going to check out other reviews on the  Birchbox website to see how others are using this and maybe I can get a better idea of what the heck to do with it!

As usual there were a few hits, a few misses, and a few “meh”s in this month’s box. If you have a Birchbox subscription, what did you get this month? Leave a comment and let me know!

-LMC ♥

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Visit to Birchbox Local

I wrapped up a lovely weekend today with an awesome visit to the Birchbox Local shop in Chelsea Market. Chelsea Market, just a few blocks south of my apartment, is one of my favorite local spots to shop for books, art, home decor, and gourmet food. Needless to say, I was thrilled to find out that Chelsea Market was also the site of the Birchbox Local shop, a site for press and bloggers to relax during New York Fashion Week, and open to the public for a select few days following the wrap of NYFW.

For a beauty-loving woman, walking into Birchbox Local was like sending a sweets-obsessed youngster into Willy Wonka’s factory. Upon entry you’re greeted by the sample bar, a candy shoppe style bar filled with bins of various samples that visitors can select to customize their own Birchbox. Walking further inside there are shelves and counters full of Birchbox Editors’ picks, showcasing some of their most beloved products available for purchase as well. Finally, the back section of the shop was reserved for hair, make up, and nail services.

Products for sale and the Birchbox Local shop.

Products for sale at the Birchbox Local shop.

 

I had previously reserved an appointment online, so I headed to the back of the shop and was met by the smiling Amanda, who offered me a bottle of water and ushered me back to the nail area. I waited a few minutes for my turn with the nail techs and debated on which Color Club polish I should choose for my manicure. The waiting area was outfitted with comfy white couches, jars upon jars of candy, and televisions playing beauty reviews and tutorials.

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Color Club polish choices & my finished mani in Editorial.

 

After my nails were finished I headed out to the sample bar to start the difficult task of choosing only 5 items to add to my box. There were about 30 choices ranging from make up, skincare, hair products, a perfumes. I decided to opt for products I hadn’t tried before, and those I knew to be a little higher price point to get the must bang for my buck. I would have loved to snap some photos of the sample bar, but it was so crowded the entire time I was there that it was impossible to get a good photo. If you’re interested though, search #birchboxlocal on Twitter or Instagram to see the fun others have had on their visits!

Ultimately I chose a sample of the Smashbox Hydrating Photo Finish Primer, a Beauty Blender, DDF Protective Eye Cream, Benefit’s Gimme Brow in light/medium, and Marcelle’s Gentle Make-up Remover. Four out of the five products are full-sized, and I estimate that my box is worth a retail value of over $100, so not only did I have a fun afternoon, but I got a great deal!

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I plan to give these new products and try and report back on my thoughts soon. I’d love to hear your opinions if there’s anything in my box that you’ve tested out before. Also, if there’s something you’d particularly like to see in a future review, please leave a comment! I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for my Weekend Wrap-Up post, since I’ve done a lot of exciting non-makeup related things this weekend that I’d love to share with you. See you then!

-LMC ♥