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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Adventures in Products: January BirchBox

I knew it would be hard for BirchBox to do better with my January box than they did with my December box. I LOVED my December box and actually just used up my points to get a bottle of Kérastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique - Protect because I liked the product so much! 
(If you missed what I got in my December box, the info is HERE)

On to January...
Not as good as December, but still pretty good...
Deborah Lippmann the Stripper to go: Each packet contain a “mitt” that has been soaked with The Stripper, a gentle but effective polish remover. The lavender formula has a soothing scent, plus aloe to moisturize nails and cuticles.
This was a handy little product - and would love to have some to take on trips to change my nail polish color. The little mitt covers one finger at a time, and there was plenty of remover to get a dark color off of all 10 of my finger nails. It smelled not as bad a regular polish remover and my cuticles did feel moisturized when I was done. Good product. 

theBalm® cosmetics Hot Mama Shadow & Blush All-in-One: This illuminating powder is one of the most flattering blush, highlighter, and shadow combos we’ve ever come across. It combines subtle color with light-reflecting silica particles to give us the peachy keen complexions we’ve always wanted. Wear it on your cheeks, your lids, and wherever you want to add a dose of shimmery warmth.
I've seen other people get these in their boxes, so I was excited to get one in mine. The color I got was a little on the orange side for me, but it does look ok. Not something that I will use every day, and more of a summer color for me. But I liked it. 

Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo: Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, this clarifying shampoo restores health and shine to overworked tresses.
This is the 2nd Number 4 hair product I have tired, and I have not been in love with the brand. This shampoo did make my hair feel clean but I did not see a difference in the shine. And it did not lather up well in the shower...If anything the bottle is a great travel size and can be refilled when the sample is gone. 

Aerie Shimmer Fragrance: This enchanting scent is a blend of bergamot, peony, and a subtle hint of vanilla. 
Said it before, will say it again. NOT A FAN. Dear Birch Box, please quit sending fragrances in the boxes. Nobody likes them! (However, I did gather up all of my fragrances samples from the past year and used them as white elephant gift this Christmas!) 

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè (24-Hour Miracle Cream)This velvety moisturizer gives skin the ultimate silky finish, thanks to generous amounts of soothing shea butter and aloe vera. It’s rich without being heavy, and can be used on all skin types. Plus, it doubles as a makeup remover, post-shave soother, and baby cream. Who says beauty isn’t practical?
I have only used this as a moisturizer, and I do like it. Not to heavy, doesn't leave my skin feeling oily. Great moisture for the dry winter months! 


  1. The Stripper nail polish remover sounds really awesome. Haha I got a different fragrance in my birchbox but I had the same reaction. I haven't been too impressed with any of the perfumes yet.

  2. I didn't expect to love Hot Mama as much as I do, but I've been wearing it as blush every day!