I have a lot of “oh wow” thoughts about this box! So far for my annual subscription I’ve had a lackluster box and a great box, and I was glad that this box fell closer to the “great” end of the spectrum (although not all the way there…)
The theme for March was Creativity — all about expressing yourself in whichever way best fits you. I feel like this theme was a really easy fit for Birchbox, because pretty much anything that Birchbox sends out could be labeled “creative”. Makeup is something that I think a lot of subscribers probably experiment with, as is blogging. Still, I loved how the theme came across in the multiple box designs this month.
The box itself is pretty cute. There were three box patterns sent out this month, and I received the one I was least excited about. However, in person this green combination is so pretty, and I actually love it!
It’s a 10 | Miracle Leave-In Product
First thought: “Oh wow I made it!”
I had been late to the game on sample choice this month and the It’s a 10 option had been sold out when I finally got to it. But I emailed Birchbox customer service, and Devin kindly placed me on the waitlist for this product. I was so excited to see that this made it into my box!
As for the actual product, I still don’t know how I feel. It seemed fine. It was easy to use. It has a decent smell. I just couldn’t really tell if it made a difference. Maybe I didn’t use enough product?
Mirenesse | Mattfinity Lip Rouge in Sydney
First thought: “Oh wow it’s bright…”
Initially, I thought it seemed dried out — the product on the applicator was so matte that I thought it was completely dry! But it applied like any other lip product. The applicator isn’t a great shape — it was hard to get precise lines, which is why my lips aren’t perfect in these pictures. I actually did end up liking the texture — on my lips it feels silky. After a while it becomes a little drying, but that was easily remedied by applying a lip balm over it.
It does have a smell – a little bit like marshmallows? Whatever it was, I didn’t mind it and it actually grew on me a little. Sydney is a very in-your-face almost-magenta red. The color is so incredibly saturated. Blotting it un-brightens the color a lot, which is useful for me since I usually shy away from bright colors.
I was impressed that it didn’t transfer onto my teeth or my lips. However, I was not impressed by the wear time — it started wearing off the center of my lips really quickly!
Paula’s Choice | RESIST Moisture Renewal Oil Booster
First thought: “Oh wow it’s tiny”
But also adorable! And I really appreciated that this came with a miniscule dropper — a lot of the time sample packaging isn’t that great (see: Beauty Protector Protect & Oil), but this is extremely easy to use.
At first I was skeptical about this, especially since it came in such a tiny bottle and I’d never used an oil before. But once I started using it, I loved it! I use just a drop or two in my daily moisturizer, and it makes my face so soft. It also lends my skin an incredible radiance! This is one of those products that might become part of my daily routine.
Michael Todd | Moisture Lite Lotion Non-Oily Hydrating Moisturizer
First thought: “Oh wow it’s huge”
After the minuscule Embryolisse sample back in December, I was shocked to see how large this moisturizer was. Despite not needing another moisturizer in my life, I was still really pleased with this sample…until I tried it.
This lotion is so bizarre. The initial texture is a little milky and gelatinous (sort of like, dare I say it, semen). When you rub it into your skin, it lathers up a little — I actually had to double check the tube to make sure it was a lotion not a body wash! Then the lather goes away and it just feels and looks greasy sitting on your face. This is all accompanied by a really strong herbal smell.
Eventually it does absorb and it actually turns out okay — it looks fine on my face and feels moisturizing. But I can’t deal with the texture, smell, and long absorbency time — I’m sticking with a different moisturizer!
Jelly Pong Pong | Glow Getter Luminizer Gel
First thought: “Oh wow it’s beautiful”
It comes in what appears to be a nail polish bottle, which made application really easy! I was extremely happy with how easily this blended, although I did have to use my fingers. The only thing I didn’t love is the color — it’s a little too golden for my skin tone. Still, I think I’ll get a lot of use out of this.
Verdict: Out of my 5 products this month, I loved 1, liked 2, could have done without 1, and disliked 1. The Mirenesse is never a color I would have picked out for myself, but that’s part of the beauty of subscription boxes. The Paula’s Choice oil is also something I would never have thought of trying, but ended up loving. Overall, this box falls squarely in the middle of things — not great, since there were a couple of products that I’ll never use, but definitely still a keeper because of some of the wonderful things it introduced me to.
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