My First Birchbox - Gossip Girl Edition

4 years ago

Whether it`s beauty products, shoes, jewelry, or even food, it seems like EVERYTHING has a monthly subscription service. From birchbox, to glossybox, to beauty army, to my glam, and many many more, these monthly subscription services have been flooding YouTube and magazines everywhere. I decided to hop on the bandwagon and subscribed to birchbox. If you`re not familiar, birchbox (as well as other beauty subscriptions) send deluxe, high-end beauty samples to your door every month for $10/month (they will also sneak in a full sized product too!). I was SO excited to get my first birchbox in the mail today and I am definitely not disappointed! This month was Gossip Girl themed (fun, right?!) Here`s what I got in my box:

Arquieste Flor y Canto - This perfume is probably the prettiest I`ve ever smelled, as it should retailing at $165 for the full size! This has a very pleasant, floral scent that I think is perfect for spring and summer. This perfume is very different from any other "flowery perfume" that I`ve ever smelled because it is very fresh and not flowery like an old lady. It smells like a beautiful fresh bouquet of flowers! Just beware of silly bees and wasps!

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream ($19) - Being the self-proclaimed Sephora junkie I am, I am no stranger to Caudalie. I was so excited to see this French brand in my box. This cream feels so luxurious on your hands as it just sinks into your skin. The cream smells like a faint lemon candy, which I am ok with. My hands felt UNBELIEVABLY soft after washing my hands. I just might consider buying the full sized product of this.

FusionBeauty LipFusion Balm ($22) - I was particularly excited to find this product in my box first, because I`ve been on a huge lip balm kick (for whatever reason) and second, this was the full sized product in the box. This product claims to gently plump your lips with no sting. Personally, my lips don`t need plumping so I did not pay attention to that quality, but this did nicely and smoothly hydrate my lips. This lip balm also has SPF 15, which is ALWAYS a plus! If you look closely in the container, you will find very fine shimmers, which I didn`t really notice my lips. The balm also has a nice sheen to it as well, enough to skip the gloss if you like the clear gloss look.

Ojon Damage Reverse Restorave Conditioner ($25) - I haven`t tried this one yet, but boy does it sound attractive! The bottle claims it is for very dry, damaged hair, and I am the perfect candidate for this thanks to my transitioning stages to natural hair. It`s free of sulfates, synthetic dyes, and fragrances which sounds like heaven to natural hair! I will do a review on this as soon as I try it!

Bottom line: I am very happy with my birchbox! With the $22 lip balm, the box pretty much paid for itself since the actual box is only $10. My only wish is that it had more makeup. I think my perfect box would have had the Stila eyeliner, Diorshow mascara, the FusionBeauty lip balm and the Caudalie hand and nail cream. What did you get in your birchbox? Or what subscription services do you have?

Imani :)

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