May 2011 Birchbox — Mother Knows Best, and April 2011 Birchbox favorites!

To the Birchbox mothers, daughters, and grandmothers,

Mom knows best, which is why this month we’re celebrating everything she’s taught us over the years. From dressing up to cleaning up, she has plenty of good advice. This box is filled with elegant products that will always be in style, just like Mom.

For starters, there’s a satiny eyeshadow to add to your collection and a chic new floral scent. There’s also a miracle-working night serum from Audrey Hepburn’s favorite skincare line, a prettily engraved body soap, and a too-cute card from our favorite online stationer — because Mom taught us to always write thank yous.

Hey Readers, did you see that? Birchbox said the two holy words! “Audrey Hepburn.” I was expecting this box to be full of Holy Grail-esque products, when I really only loved one. Let’s get to it.

Bvlgari | Mon Jasmin Noir, 1.5ML | Full size 50ML, $80: “The Italian fragrance house’s latest winner has waves of ripe fruit with a base of heady jasmine.” So, because of the beautiful sea-shell-like packaging, I couldn’t really get a picture of this.   Now, this sounded like a gorgeous scent. I love fruit and musk, but this just doesn’t do it for me. It smells too old-ladyish for me. However, I can see myself wearing this on special occasions with a LBD.

Erno Laszlo | Transphuse Night Serum, 0.10 fl. oz. | Full size, 1 oz. $190: “A wrinkle-fighting wonder from the cult skincare brand. Use it at night for noticeably firmer skin.” This sample is so tiny! Apparently, I can’t get a good picture of it either… sorry. This is the Audrey Hepburn product, which I haven’t tried, because I’m terrified I’ll love it/need it, and the full size is almost 200 dollars!

Archipelago | Pomegranate Soap, 1.1 oz. | Full size, 6.8 fl. oz. $12.50: “A triple-milled (read: ultra-smooth) soap loaded with antioxident-rich white tea and pomegranate.”  Pretty soap! I don’t like the pomegranate scent too much, but I still tried this (after taking the picture) and it is super soft and smooth feeling, and my hands felt super clean and looked brighter. Seeing how it’s so affordable, I’ll use it up and decide if I want to purchase the full size.

BIRCHBOX TREAT: Tiny Prints | Card : “We’re hooked on Tiny Prints, which lets you customize all their adorable greeting cards.” 

Too cute! I love the little blue bird on the front! Here’s a picture of the inside:


Stila | Eyeshadow in Poppy 0.09 oz. | Full size, 0.09 oz, $18: “An easy-to-blend shadow with a velvety texture — apply it wet or dry.” Aw yeah, full size product! An amazing reason why Birchbox is an amazing service. I paid $10 USD for the box for the month, and got a full size Stila eyeshadow, worth $18. That Erno Laszlo sample was worth $19 by itself! Even my mom was impressed. This eyeshadow is phenomenal too. I’m not crazy about the color, but it’s uber soft and crazy pigmented.

This was just a light swipe. I wore this the other day and it was fully opaque and even with no effort at all. I’m still not in love with the pretty shimmery-robins-egg-blue color on my lids, but I know I’ll buy other colors.

BIRCHBOX EXTRA: Oribe | Beautiful Color Shampoo & Conditioner, 0.23 oz. each | “These ultra-gentle formulas have tons of nourishing ingredients to keep strands bright and shiny.” I haven’t tried this yet, I’m still in love with my Garnier Fructis Pure Clean system.



The April 2011 Birchbox was all about being Earth friendly and organic. It was also my first Birchbox ever! It was an excellent box, indeed. Here are my favorites:

Weleda | Wild Rose Smoothing Facial Lotion | While it kind of smells like my grandma, it works wonders to hydrate my dry nose without making the rest of my face oily.

Zoya | Nail Polish in Jules | Now, normally I’d have never bought this polish. I’m glad it’s mini came, because I love the soft metallic sheen that adds a bit of flair to a fairly office-friendly shade.

Bloomin | Seed Paper | Now, I’m not going to rush out and get married or throw a shindig, but when I do, I’ll be using this service. It’s a handmade paper that, when you’re done with it, can be planted in soil and grows into beautiful wildflowers.


Well, that’s everything from the May Birchbox! Enjoy! I have June’s BB coming up too!




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