Friday, August 15, 2014

Birchbox for CEW Mass Appeal Limited Edition Box

Birchbox released two new limited edition boxes earlier this week.  Both feature winners from the Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards.  I knew right away I wanted the Mass Appeal 2014 Birchbox for CEW.  It is $15 but when you buy both this box and the Limited Edition CEW box: Prestige Headliners you save $5.  That is what I did, along with redeeming Birchbox points to pay for them.  I picked up a couple more things too, check out the entire haul and also my review of the Prestige Headliners.

Both of the new limited edition boxes are around twice and tall as normal Birchboxes and the Mass Appeal was just packed with products, six total.  Five are full size and more that equal the price of the box.

This is my second 100% Natural Lip Gloss by Burt's Bees (Full Size, $9) so I knew I would love it.  This is Spring Splendor, a pearly pink color.  It is a little light on my lips, but it's perfect for every day wear.  I think Ruby Moon remains my favorite but Spring Splendor is a color I've debated purchasing several times so I'm really glad to finally add it to my collection.  It gives me a pretty hint of color and shine, with mid level stickiness.

This cute Lip Therapy Rosy Lips(full size $2.95) looks just like a mini traditional Vaseline container.  It's also already a favorite of mine, and I'm on my second container.  My daughter has been wanting one of her own so I'm sharing this one with her.  I like it for a quick hint of color and light rose scent.  This is perfect for throwing on as you head to the bus stop so you look a little more polished.  It's especially great during the winter to prevent or treat chapped lips.

The Dove Go Fresh Restore Body Wash in Blue Fig & Orange Blossom scent is the only trial or travel sized product in the box.  It looks like a full size is around $5.99.  I haven't tried it yet, but the body wash is a creamy pale blue with a pleasant enough scent.  It seems more floral than anything else to my nose, even though the description card says it has a fruity scent.  

I have heard lots of really great things about the Simple brand but have yet to try any myself.  I am always looking for affordable every day moisturizers and was excited to see a full sized bottle in the box.  The Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15 (full size $9.99) feels lightweight and is oil free and should be safe even for sensitive skin so it shouldn't break me out.  It doesn't have any artificial perfumes, so while it has a smell it's just kind of a generic lotion smell.  I like it and am planning to add it to my morning routine.

L'Oreal's Voluminous Butterfly Mascara  (full size $6.99-$8.99)  is a favorite with several of the YouTube Beauty Gurus I watch and I already had it on my list to try.   It's supposed to fan out your lashes, while giving you volume and thickness.  All things my eye lashes are in serious need off.  I am hoping for a look that is gives me extra oomph without looking too dramatic for every day wear.

The last product is also full sized.  TRESemme's Smooth Keratin Infusing Serum (full size $5.99) can be applied to wet hair or on the ends as a finishing product, and it helps reduce frizz for a sleek and shiny hair.  I use a hair oil so I go through this kind of product quickly.  I do not usually use a product with keratin so I plan to add this to my regimen every other day and see how it goes.

That's it for this limited edition box!  I can't believe how fast it came, I ordered it on the 12th and it arrived on the 14th!  For $15 I think it's a great value, the product are easily worth twice as much!  I used Birchbox points to get mine along with the Prestige Headliners box.

In that purchase I saved the $5 for purchasing both limited edition boxes, used a coupon code for 20% off my total purchase, got a free Mystery Sample Pack with $35 purchase, and also picked up a CO Bigelow Lemon Lip Cream and CO Bigelow Lip Tint all in the same order.  Everything came to a grand total of $4.40 so this was a great way to use 300 of my Birchbox points!

What do you think?  Are you tempted by the Mass Appeal box?  Will you be picking one up?


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