The January 2012 Birchbox was pretty awesome! It contained a full size product and several other samples I was definitely loving. This Birchbox was all about Clarity:
~ Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Peacock (FULL SIZE!)
~ Clark's Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream
~ FIX Malibu Immaculate Complexion Smoothing Serum
~ Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal
~ Larabar Mini Bar in Chocolate Chip Brownie
~ Birchbox Magnet
The Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Peacock was the shining star of this month's Birchbox. It's a full size item and my cousin was actually just telling me at Christmas that this was her favorite liner. I didn't swatch or review it for this post because I plan on doing a separate post for it, since it was a full sized item.
Clark's Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream is an exfoliating moisturizer with glycolic acid. I tried this on the back of my hand since a warning on the back states to never apply this to red or peeling skin. Since I have a cold now and my whole nose area is red and peeling I thought applying it to my hand was a better idea. I liked how this made my hand feel, it was nice and smooth after application, and I do sometimes experience break outs, so the glycolic acid is a definite bonus.
FIX Malibu Immaculate Complexion Smoothing Serum smells AWESOME. I'm a little stuffy but can still catch a hint of the aroma. You're to apply it to clean, dry skin. A little goes a long way and it leaves your skin feeling great and smooth like baby powder. This is something I'd absolutely buy a full size of, if I had an extra $125 to throw around lol
Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal is a creamy concealer that corrects, covers and protects your skin. As a concealer this worked nicely. I can't speak to the correction aspect, since it is just a sample and I haven't used it more than once.
The Larabar Mini Bar in Chocolate Chip Brownie (pictured below) was a "Lifestyle Extra". It's seriously disgusting. I have tried a Larabar before in Cashew Cookie (see Influenster Voxbox post) and while Chocolate Chip Brownie wasn't THAT bad that I spit it out, I didn't eat anything past the first bite. It tastes like cheap chocolate and nuts (which I'm not a fan of) and then has a bizarre raisin aftertaste. I don't know if I'm just not hitting the jackpot on the flavors of Larabar that I've gotten, but they are just tasting like crap... and they don't look too appetizing either... I'm going to try and keep this classy, but if you've ever changed a diaper you know what I'm talkin' about.
Overall, this months box was TOTALLY worth it. The liner alone retails for $20 and it's something I was absolutely interested in checking out. Based off of this box, I will continue my subscription with Birchbox into February.
Side note - NEW Birchbox Members also got a Zoya Nail Polish this month. It pays to be a newbie sometimes!! ;)
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