First off, how cute is this box?! My last box was brown and boring, so when I unwrapped this beauty I was SUPER excited! It's like a piece of art! I'm hoping my first box was just a generic introductory version and I can't wait to see what design arrives on my doorstep next. I'm already brainstorming ways to display and utilize these boxes for storage.
Now on to the good stuff. What's inside?
100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream (Full size = $26)
"An instant pick-me up that reduces the appearance of fine lines and dark circles."
Although it's not full-size, this is a pretty great sample size - especially for an eye cream. It's formulated with natural and organic ingredients, including coffee beans and green tea, which help reduce puffiness thanks to their caffeine properties. It smells delightfully similar to a Tim Horton's Cafe Mocha. But just a warning for those with scent sensitivities...it lingers...
Cynthia Rowley Beauty Liquid Liner - Cobalt (Full size = $21)
"From the fashion designer's makeup line: an ultra precise, smudge proof liner in a rich, cobalt blue."
I believe this is actually full size! Not bad Birchbox, not bad! I really love the sky blue colour, but after giving the product a try, I found myself disappointed in the formula. It wasn't completely opaque at first and trying to go over an already drawn line seemed hopeless. The applicator basically just smudged the product around. After a couple of hours wearing it, I also noticed that some of the colour transferred to my crease area. Now that's definitely not smudge proof, if you ask me.
Davines Ol All in One Milk (Full size = $33)"This nourishing leave-in treatment adds volume, shine, detangling and heat protection."
It may just be me, but this hair product smells way too much like a kitchen cleaning product. Which makes me immediately picture Mr. Clean with his bald head, and now I am concerned my hair is going to fall out. OK, I'm over-reacting...it does make my hair nice and silky smooth.
*Bonus: Birchbox threw in foil packet samples of the Davines sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner retailing at $31 and $37.50.
"Woody aroma blends amber, jasmine, ylang ylang, cedarwood, and musk with Australian sandalwood."
This perfume smells almost exactly like the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black! It's very warm and woodsy, slightly masculine and very seductive. To make sense of the price range listed above; a rollerball size costs $50 and the full size, 1fl. oz. version is $113.
TOCCA Esfoliante da Corpo - Giulietta (Full size - $38)
"This sugar-based formula also has crushed olive granules which gently exfoliate for a supple effect."
The sugar base of this product is quite abrasive, and may not be the best choice for those with sensitive skin. But the addition of olive and grape seed oil help soothe the skin after dead skin cells have been scrubbed away. The pink tulip and green apple scent is also really nice and subtle.
September is Birchbox's 5th birthday and to celebrate, they sent a 20% off online purchases coupon. Each subscriber will receive this special offer as a simple thank you for helping the company succeed. As a quick update from my last Birchbox post, the Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels were a huge hit for me! I may just use this discount to purchase the full-size.