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For the second month in a row, my Birchbox seemed to arrive super early, so I've had a chance to try out each of the products a little by now. This month's theme is Creativity: Get inspired with this month's picks. Expressing yourself hasn't been this fun since finger painting. I guess that explains the "handpainted" look of the Birchbox top lid design.
Inside I found five samples, plus a bonus Reconstructing Masque to go along with the Number 4™ Clarifying Shampoo. Now before I get to my gripe, let me begin with saying that one of my favorite brands discoveries via Birchbox is a hair line, specifically Beauty Protector. I enjoy getting new shampoos and conditioners because I do think my hair looks better if I switch things up from time to time. BUT out of the last four months, I've gotten a shampoo/conditioner combo as my samples THREE times! Enough already! Plus, I didn't "love" the Number 4™ Hydrating Shampoo I got back in December so I didn't really care to try their Clarifying one. Rant over.
On the plus side, I did like the masque a lot. I wish it had been the sample and the shampoo the "extra" as I only got enough of the masque for one use. The shampoo was okay, it worked, and moving on...
(pretend there's a picture right here. will update with one, soon!)
Next up is a sample of Elite Therapeutics Rosemary Eucalyptus Body Crème, full size $19. I forgot to take a picture, and it's not even in the overview picture at the top. My bad! I think because I used it immediately and then put it up in my bathroom. Anyway, turns out I hate the scent combination of rosemary and eucalyptus! Like can't stand. So even though this is lightweight and made with 70% organic ingredients, it's a pass for me. It has been good for using at night on my feet, though!
I was pleased to see this Mirenesse Glossy Kiss in the shade Perfect Kiss, full size $22, but surprised to see that this particular color isn't actually listed on the Birchbox site for purchase. Other colors are, but since this isn't, it makes me wonder...is this an older sample?
Regardless, I love lip crayons and this one felt nice and hydrating, or at least it didn't dry out my lips. It had lovely color pay off, one swipe and it appeared on my lips, the same color as in the tube. You don't have to built the color, but you can blot for a matte stain. It also doubles as a cheek stain. The sample size is pretty generous, so that's another great bonus on top of it being a good color for me.
This Mèreadesso® Tinted All-In-One Moisturizer, full size $48, has pretty smart packaging, it's a foil packet but is resealable. It feel like there is a pretty fair amount inside, maybe two or three uses for me, since I apply this kind of thing with a light hand. The frustrating thing is, I don't know what shade I got. I assume light or medium, based on my Birchbox profile, but no where on the packaging or info sheet does it say which one. So even though I do like it, I would have to guess on the shade if I wanted to purchase it. At $48 I don't think I'd want to take the risk and order the wrong one.
Last up is my sample choice of the month, the amika Bombshell Blowout Spray, full size $24. I like their dry shampoo and during the winter I blow dry my hair 99.9% of the time so I was very interested in this. Based on the directions to: Divide damp hair into sections, and spray from roots to ends before blow-drying, it sounds like I might go through this sample pretty quickly.
Overall, this month is just okay. I'm happy to have gotten the Mirenesse Glossy Kiss and the amika spray I requested but not overwhelmed with excitement for the rest. I was kind a secretly hoping, since this is my birthday month that the March Birchbox would be a total hit but alas, not to be! There's always next month!
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