It’s a bittersweet day as I write this post. My January Birchbox has just arrived and I cannot wait to tear into it and test out new beauty products. But part of me wants to savour the moment and take my time, for this could very well be my last unboxing. Those of you who have been following me for a while will remember that I was gifted a 6-month subscription to Birchbox back in July for my birthday.
Six months and six incredible boxes later, my subscription has come to an end. But first, a look at what’s inside my January Birchbox!
The beautiful pink, purple and orange packaging says ‘2016: The Year Of _____’ in silver writing on the front. Inside there is a sheet of stickers featuring different inspiring words including strength, creativity and fearlessness. It is up to each individual consumer to place a sticker in the blank space and dedicate a theme for the year, helping everyone become motivated to accomplish their dreams.
I find it somewhat ironic that January’s box celebrates the start of something new. Perhaps it’s a sign that I should give a different beauty service a try.
Whish Three Whishes Body Butter – Lavender (Full size = $26)
“Luscious, antioxidant-rich formula that firms, softens and soothes.”
Softens and firms are words I can’t complain about! The formula is really nice too! It absorbs quickly without leaving any greasy residue, and although I’m not too fond of lavender scents, this one is quite subtle and nice.
Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect (Full size = $36)
“A sulfate-free leave-in conditioner that safeguards colour, strengthens, and nourishes.”
Unfortunately I did not test this particular product out immediately, but I have had a few samples from the same line in past boxes and they were really nice. I have a good feeling this will be a hit.
too cool for school DINOPLATZ HIGHLIGHTER (Full size = $40)
“This illuminating cream is formulated with tiny light-catching flecks to perfectly highlight your face.”
I like this product! It’s a liquid highlighter with a champagne/pink tone that blends super effortlessly on the skin. It looks great alone, but works really well as a base for powder highlights on top. I’m also a sucker for its eccentric packaging. Although a little tough to see in the photo above, it features a drawing of dinosaurs invading a city…somewhat childish, but also fun and unique!
TONYMOLY Delight Tony Tint (Full size = $6)
“Lightweight, super-pigmented lip stain which dries quickly for a sheer, matte finish that won’t budge all day.”
This is such a strange product! It’s very thin in consistency, but quite pigmented and dries quickly. When applied to the lips it can look a little patchy. I think the trick is to dab a little in the centre and tap it out with a finger to get that stained effect.
I also wish that it were a more wearable shade. Out of six boxes, this is the third red lip product I have received. Don’t get me wrong…I love a good red lippie, I just wish I had received a variety of colours to try.
Dr. Jart + Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask (Full size = $25)
“The hydrogel sheet mask is infused with hyaluronic acid, to transform your skin from dry to refreshed and rejuvenated.”
Another sheet mask! Just in time to save my skin from the sporadic winter weather Canada is currently experiencing. I’m suffering from several dry patches at the moment, so I can’t wait to give this bad boy a try.
Overall, I think this last box was a win! And I somewhat like that there wasn’t a perfume sample this time around.
Now I must decide whether or not to subscribe myself to Birchbox. With so many different beauty subscription boxes on the market these days, (i.e. Ipsy and Topbox) I am tempted to test the waters with something new. Let me know what you think if you’ve ever tried a service other than Birchbox.