Every month, Birchbox lets subscribers pick between a curated box (all samples revealed) or a single sample choice and be surprised by the rest of the items. This review is of the sample choice box.
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Subscription Box: Birchbox
Cost: $10 a month (get one month free and $10 to spend in the shop with an annual subscription!)
The Products: Beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team.
Ships to: US, France, Spain and the UK and Canada
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Each box comes with a card detailing the items included and some tips on how to use them.
I love these stickers they threw in as a bonus item! They’re encouraging, and I love that you can stick them on the lid of this month’s box to fill-in-the-blank.
Ciate London Mini Paint Pot - .46 Value: $8
I can’t find this shade for sale, but it’s a pretty navy glitter. I like it!
Meet Your Destiny .2 eau de parfum – sample
I don’t generally care for perfume samples in subscription boxes so I have my setting in my Birchbox Profile set to send them to me as infrequently as possible. Still, this one isn’t too bad! It’s not one I would normally pick up for myself so it’s kind of fun to try something different.
TONYMOLY Delight Tony Tint – 4.2 ml?, value: $3?
This was my selection for the sample choice this month! There’s not a weight listed on this sample, so I’m guessing a bit on the value. I like this stain – it’s a true stain, meaning it’s a liquid that dries and leaves your lips pigmented and feeling like you have nothing on. I’m picky about these kinds of stains because (for me) they often accentuate any dry patches or stain/wear off unevenly. I found that to be a little applicable to this one, but easily fixed with a second or third coat of the stain once the first application had dried.
Eyeko Fat Liquid Liner - .12 oz (Full Size!), value: $16
I love this liner! I was skeptical since felt-tip liners can be hit or miss, and I haven’t tried this brand before. But I really do like it. The opacity is nice and I didn’t notice any bleeding, which is one of my biggest pet peeves with liquid liners. The fat tip makes cat-eyes really easy, too!
Key West Aloe Gentle Aloe Facial Cleanser – 1 fl oz, value: $2.83
This seems like a nice cleanser! I have dry skin and it’s even worse in the winter. I’m happy to have a gentle cleanser that helps to leave my skin moisturized, too. I need all the help there I can get.
Here is the lip stain and the eyeliner on. You can see the lip stain is just a little patchy but this got better with another layer, as I said.
Here’s a better look at the eyeliner. When I wear liquid, I almost always do cat eyes, or a “kitten flick” when they’re little like this. This liner makes that really easy. I’m a fan!
Verdict: I’m really happy with this month’s Birchbox! All of the brands are ones I haven’t tried (though I’m familiar with Ciate and have seen their polishes before), so I’m happy to have some new discoveries. My favorite item this month is the eyeliner. The box has a value of about $36.83 – I’m happy with that!
What do you think of the January Birchbox? What did you pick as your sample?
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