Saturday, January 14, 2012

January 2012 Birchbox Photos and Thoughts

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!! ;)

Wanna sign up for Birchbox(Click for referral) If you like what you see go to the website and fill out the form.  It's just $10 a month (free shipping too!) and you get some cool stuff, tho I will warn you, you're going to get stuff you hate as well.  All in all, for the $10 it's worth it.  I love getting mail! haha

***Disclosure - I buy my own Birchbox, but the link posted in the above paragraph does give me referral points which I can use toward product on the site.  Once you sign up for your own Birchbox, you'll also get a referral code to send out to others and get some points of your own ;)


Miranda said...

Seems like a great box this month! I can't wait to get mine. Hopefully it gets here soon!

Sarah S. said...

Ooh, I see just the newbies got the Zoya polish, haha. Lara bars sure do look gross. I think they're supposed to be a self-tricking thing 'I'm eating cherry pie/brownies' while it's clearly a health food. I don't buy them often but I do when I need a meal replacement bar but none of them are what I'd call delicious. They'rrrre food! (Tony the Tiger)

MarciaF said...

I got mine today and it's totally different!
I received a different shade in the Stila, CO Bigelow Shampoo and Conditioner, a mini Borghese moisturizer and a mini TAY moisturizer in the cutest container.
I'm relieved that this box is an improvement over the last few.
Marcia (Beauty Info Zone)

Brooke @ Blushing Noir said...

omg I totally would have loved CO Bigelow S & C! They are a great brand!

The Lacquered Lady said...

I'm with you on Larabars. They are just gross. I am not a big fan of soy to begin with and it is the soy that gives it that weird after taste. Oddly, though, I really like unprocessed edamame...

Anonymous said...

You got a great box, FIX looks like an awesome product.

Autumn (It's Autumn's Life) said...

I was a newbie so I got both the liner and the nail polish! I kind of wish I could have gotten the FIX or skin concealer for one, though. I'm hoping I'll get to try a facial care product in the next box!

I did my review and unboxing here: :)

Leelo said...

Great box this time!

Alina or She Talks About said...

I admire the Birchbox! At last we have some alternative to that now available to Estonia - so called "Glambox". I received my 1st box in December and it was OK, my 2nd one will come in a few days, will do a review on that one :)
Hope it will gain more "value" like its older sisters :))

Emily said...

I LOVED the smell of the Fix stuff too.

Unknown said...

Nice box! I got a different one, and was very happy about it too.

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