Saturday Review: Birchbox Edition

This month I pre-selected the Buzzfeed Holiday Hacks box. The surprise is one of my favorite parts of Birchbox, but sometimes beauty product strategy is more important. I decided to pick this box for three main reasons: 1) I can never have enough sheet masks in my stash. Seriously one of my favorite products. 2) I just opened the last mascara in my possession. I’m always happy to use a sample to delay a full-size purchase. 3) I have – maybe – one day left in my dry shampoo. I only use it once a week or so and really hate buying a big bottle. Sample sizes are great.

So, lets see what I got.
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Green Leaf Votive Candle in Silver Spruce ($2)
This smells wonderful. I kind of expected it to be in the glass jar (not sure why though), so I was slightly disappointed to see one single votive.
Mirenesse iCurl Secret Weapon 24Hr Mascara ($14.40)
I haven’t opened this yet, so I can’t comment on its quality or staying power. This was one of the reasons I picked the box though. It is already safety stashed away until I need it.
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo ($6.75)
This smells good and seems to work well. I’m not a dry shampoo expert – it never seems to work quite as well for me as other people – so take my opinion for what it is worth.
Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips ($2.90)
This one I’m passing on to the daughter who constantly battles chapped lips in the winter. I’ll report back if it sucks.
Dr. Jart Pore Minimalist Mask ($7.50)
Love sheet masks. Love, love, love them. This one smells nice and sticks to your face well (we don’t want one that slides off and becomes awkward!). It left my skin feeling refreshed and moisturized. Small pores? Who knows.

Total cost: $10
Total worth: $33.55

I was too lazy to calculate my own values this time and instead used the numbers from MySubscriptionAddiction.

Overall, I really happy with the box. Best curated box yet.

If you want to sign up for your own Birchbox please be a dear and use my referral link.

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