Birchbox Review April 2013

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Birchbox Review April 2013

I received my April Birchbox, and I’m excited to share my thoughts about the products I have received this month.

For those of you who don’t know what Birchbox is, it’s a subscription service that, for $10 a month, will deliver 5 or 6 designer beauty product samples to your door.

Birchbox comes in a small brown box and inside, wrapped in pink tissue paper, are products ranging from beauty to lifestyle and can be sample or full size.

It’s like life and a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. But it’s always exciting.

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April 2013 Birchbox contents

 Skin&Co Bagnodoccia Body Gel

Cleansing Body Gel with Olive & Silician Orange Extracts

 

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This is my new favorite bedtime shower gel.

I really wish we could do a scratch and sniff, because this stuff smells ridiculously good! And it left my skin soft and smelling so beautifully fragrant. It leaves a scent strong enough to wear on it’s own, but it’s not overpowering. I certainly wouldn’t add anything to it like a scented body lotion or a favorite perfume. 

“Especially well-suited to sensitive skin, the Cleansing Body Gel is made with super hydrating olive oil. Naturally purifying orange extracts remove toxins and restore skin to its natural balance. The Intensive Body Gel replenishes dry skin and leaves behind a light floral scent. It contains organic rosemary extract, a natural anti-inflammatory, to soothe away irritation and calm redness. Meanwhile, nettle extracts boost circulation and deliver a refreshing experience.”

This is a nice size sample at 2 fl oz. I’ve already used it 3 times and still have at least another couple washes left. It retails for $17.50 on the Birchbox site for 250 ml / 8.45 fl. oz.

Supergoop CC Cream

Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream

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This, for me, was another “hit” in this months Birchbox. I love BB Creams and have heard a lot in the past few months about the new CC Creams that would be coming out soon. So, I have to admit, I was excited to find this little treasure in my box. 

Knowing this past weekend would be a busy one for us, I decided to try it out then. I wanted to know what it’s staying power would be and I wasn’t disappointed. 

Now, it’s important to keep in mind CC’s (and BB’s) are very light coverage foundations. They just smooth and even out your skin, they don’t cover it. I rarely use a finishing powder over mine, but you certainly could if you wanted to add some wear time to them. 

I received the light/med color, and it  matched my skin very well. 

I put this CC on around 8 am and when we got back home that afternoon around 3, I still felt like I had pretty good coverage. Aside from my lipstick that had worn off with lunch, everything still looked fresh. 

And, it has a great SPF factor of 35! Supergoop says they use “100% natural ingredients and antioxidants to triple protect against UVA, UVB and infrared-A rays. Light-diffusing mica minerals soften the appearance of pores and wrinkles for a fresh, flawless complexion”.

Overall, I was very happy with Supergoops CC Cream. I’m not sure I’ll buy the full size just yet because CC’s are fairly new and I’d like to try other brands as well, but now I know where to set the bar when comparing them.

Supergoop comes in two shades, light/med and med/dark and retails for $32 for (I think) 1.6 fl oz.

 StriVectin

StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles

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Okay, I’ll admit I’m not sure what to say about this product. I’ve never purchased this product, or any StriVectin product for that matter, and I  just don’t believe this is the type of product that can be given a fair review with a small sample.

Instead of telling you I didn’t see any change with my two week supply, I’ll just tell you what StriVectin and Birchbox says about the “clinically-proven, award-winning concentrate”. 

It retails for $65 on the Birchbox site for 1fl oz, but you can buy the same 1fl oz tube of StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles on Amazon for less than $50.00. 

What is it?

StriVectin-SD™ Eye Concentrate is now formulated with our proprietary complex of 7.5% (NIA-114+ Peptide) Actives to improve the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet in just 2-8 weeks. And even better, results keep improving over time, if you keep using our products twice a day.

What does it do?

The fragile area around your eye is one of the first places to show its age. New StriVectin-SD™ Eye Concentrate lets you fight those eye wrinkles, lines, dark circles and puffiness and see results in your mirror, along a clinically proven timeline.

Week 2

Energy increasing, dark circles and puffiness reducing

Week 4

Natural collagen renewing; firmness increasing, texture improving

Week 8

Elasticity reinforcing; fine lines and crow’s feet fading

How does it work?

We powered up the original StriVectin-SD™ Eye with more efficacious peptides, brighteners and soft focus light diffusers to create an eye cream that can effectively fight crow’s feet, dark circles and puffiness under the eyes.

A patented molecule called NIA-114+ promotes the production of collagen and elastin, thus reducing the appearance of crow’s feet and the dreaded dark circles. 

Oribe Shampoo & Conditioner for Beautiful Color

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I love the scent of this shampoo and conditioner! 

Just for the record, it really blows when you get to an age that you have to color your hair it’s natural color just to cover greys, but that’s where I’m am, folks. I just colored again a couple weeks ago, and my ends were feeling the effect, so this sample came in at a great time. 

I have to say the conditioner really hydrated my locks. As I’ve said before, I use a good protein based conditioner that I really like, so for something to take me from that, it’s going to have to be great.

Is Oribe great? Ehh, I’m not sure. I was able to get 2 uses from the samples and, as I said, it made my hair look and feel great, but at $39.00 for a 6.8 fl oz bottle on Birchbox, I’m not sure it’s worth it. And it’s not any cheaper on Amazon.

For now I’m going to stick with my shampoo for color treated hair and protein based conditioner because I know they work and, while they’re not what I would consider inexpensive, they aren’t outrageously priced either.  

Hail Merry Chocolate Macaroons

Gluten-Free and Vegan

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Surprisingly, these macaroons were good. They’re not very appetizing to look at, but they are quite tasty. They weren’t too sweet, and they had a subtle chocolate coconut taste to them. And I love that they are made with all natural ingredients! 

According to the Birchbox site, they’re “made with pure, wholesome, and non-GMO verified ingredients. Think organic coconut, maple syrup from Vermont, organic Madagascar bourbon vanilla, and raw almond butter”.

Priced at only $5 for a 3.5oz bag, I’d absolutely purchase them for a healthy snack.   

Final Thoughts

Overall, I’m happy with my April Birchbox. I’m especially excited about the Supergoop CC Cream and Skin&Co body wash and both products are reasonably priced. 

Both my husband and I liked the macaroons and, while I’d likely purchase them of I ran across them at the market, I know I won’t order them from the Birchbox site. I can typically get the same products they offer cheaper elsewhere.

Although I really like the Oribe Shampoo and Conditioner for Beautiful Color, I just don’t think they are a good value for the money. $80.00 for two small bottles seems unreasonable to me, especially when I can get comparable products that do the same thing for much less.

If you’re subscribed to Birchbox, tell us in the comments below which products you received this month and how you liked them! 

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