Birchbox December 2015 Review – Skin Recovery Kit Box
Birchbox has recently released some new collections. This one is their Skin Recovery Kit. They are marketing this as something to use to recovery after staying too late at a party (!), which is something I tend not to do. However, I recognized a couple of past favorite items in here so I decided to give it a try.
I’m not such a fan of the large pillow packs. I’ve had them come open before and I’ve had missing items from other collections (not this one) because of it. This one was a bit beat up, but it did stay closed. (There were other items in my order as well.)
My Subscription Addiction paid for this collection. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Box: Birchbox Skin Recovery Kit
The Cost: $28
And don’t forget your free mystery sample pack on orders of $35 or more!
The Products: Hand-selected products to cleanse, moisturize, and revive tired-out skin.
Here’s the information that was included with the collection. It’s pretty standard for a Birchbox information card.
Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer (2 oz, full size!) – Value $20
I had this as my sample choice a few months ago. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave my skin greasy, and it has a lot of antioxidants, plus it’s free of parabens, phthalates, etc. Plus, at $20, it goes a long way towards covering the cost of the kit. If you were thinking of getting this in full size, you may want to spend the extra $8 and get the rest of the items in here, as well.
Borghese Fango Delicato Mud Mask (0.89 oz) – Value $4.45
I love pretty much every kind of mask. I’ve been feeling kind of oily lately so I’ve been drawn to muds and clays in particular. I think this was soothing and moisturizing without making my oil problem worse.
Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm (0.2 oz) – Value $12
This has been a longtime favorite item of mine since discovering it in another subscription box last year. I like thick balms like this for overnight use; I think this helps repair damage from the sometimes drying lip colors I experiment with during the day.
MicrodermaMitt Makeup Remover Mitt – Value $28.95
I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect this to work. And then I tried it. (I did remove my eye makeup first.) I was wearing primer, liquid foundation, finishing powder, and blush, and this got all of those things off – using only a bit of water. It didn’t even take very long. To clean it, you rub it with bar soap and rinse it out – that’s it. I was pleasantly surprised!
Avene Thermal Spring Water (1.76 oz) – Value $9
I have a lot of these already. I need to start using them! It is suggested on the product page that this can help soothe allergic reactions and itching on the skin. I tend to get hives and welts with some regularity, so there is one use I can put this to right away.
Wilma Schumann Skincare Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads – Value $3.60
I’m saving these. There are some mornings when I wake up and my eyes and cheeks are SO puffy. Gel eye pads like these definitely help. But to really evaluate these versus other brands, I have to wait until I’m having a problem and then see how well they treat it. (I find that keeping pads like this in the refrigerator can help enhance the soothing properties!)
Shamanuti Activated Charcoal Cleanser (1 fl oz) – Value $6
I love charcoal everything in skincare products, especially for the face. This really treats my pores and I think I am even getting just a little gentle exfoliation from the charcoal.
With any $35+ order from the Birchbox Shop, you can also get a mystery sample pack for free. I had another item in my order to meet that minimum (you can also buy the mystery sample packs for $10, but I wouldn’t recommend that) so I thought I would show you what I got in mine:
This is a new item for me; it’s an alcohol-free toner. I tend to gravitate towards alcohol-free toners in winter, so this is good timing.
A lot of these have been going around in mystery sample packs lately. Because I already have at least three of them in this specific color. Oh well. I did get two multi-use samples in this pack and no foils, so I can’t complain.
Verdict: This collection has a retail value of approximately $84. That’s one of the best values for one of these collections I have seen! I thought this was a good way to stock up on a couple of old favorites, try new brands of item types I already like (mud mask, eye gels), and discover a few new products. As of the time I am writing this review, this collection is still available.
What do you think of the Birchbox Skin Recovery Kit? Are you going to grab one?