Birchbox | October 2011

AHAVA | Mineral Foot Cream | Full size: 3.9oz, $19

After all those ouchy hours in high heels, out feet deserve a treat — like this hydrating cream, which has natural avocado and jojoba oils to soften and soothe.

I. Love. This. This is honestly so amazing. It’s super moisturizing and I use it all the time. It doesn’t smell like a foot cream, either! I find major improvements in my feet after using this. And I hate my feet. Well,  I hate feet in general… but I digress. Go buy this. Or get a sample or something. Just… try this.

blinc | Mascara | Full size: 0.21oz | $24

This tubing mascara won’t smear, smudge or run — plus it gives lashes a sassy, extra glossy look.

I like this. But I don’t find myself reaching for it. It’s weird. It slides off, with warm water. It’s so weird. I like it. The mascara itself is pretty good. It give nice full black thick lashes that feel soft and stay until you come into contact with warm water for an extended period of time. Pro: somewhat waterproof, if the water isn’t warm. Also doesn’t sweat off or move an inch. Con: It’s kinda hard to remove and it’s weird seeing tubes slide off your lashes.

I’ve been sent their liquid liner too, and that was the same way. I liked that too. But the one thing I like is the packaging. It comes in this little purple tin tube, and it has a cap that screws off, then this is inside:

I’m a sucker for packaging.

This has a nice wand too. I prefer natural bristles.

Ouidad | Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel | Full size: 6oz, $16

A styling aid with brains! When this non-sticky gel senses heat, it stops hair from expanding. Welcome to frizz-free curls.

Now… I opened my Birchbox when I first got it… said “ooh!” …and never saw this product again. I don’t know where it could have gone. Sorry. :/

Pangea Organics | Facial Scrub | Full size: 4 fl oz, $32

This all-natural scrub uses cranberry seed enzymes and finely ground adzuki bean to clear away dead skin so that your products can do their job.

I love this brand. My skin was wayward and lost before Birchbox introduced me into their toner. And now their scrub has taken over my St. Ives Apricot Scrub. The St. Ives scrub is just as good, but it can be a tad rough when my skin is behaving. Also, the Pangea one smells amazing. If you’ve never tried this brand, you’re missing out.

Well, that’s about all for now. I have November and December’s Birchbox coming up soon.

Have a wonderful day!

~ Britni Rose


July 2011 Birchbox | Photos and Review

This is a little late, right? Ooops. Well, let’s not waste any time…

First off, this months box was designed by the one and only Cynthia Rowley. While the box is the same, it came with a groovy sleeve. It was also one of the best BBs to date. Let’s look at what’s inside.

Ahava | Mineral Hand Cream | Full size: 3.4oz, $20

Loaded with Dead Sea minerals, this fast-absorbing cream heals dry hands without a smudge of residue.

I really like this for nighttime. It can have a bit of a strong scent at times. Not a bad scent, just one that could overpower my perfume. It is really moisturizing though, and it does absorb really quick. Right now I have a lotion that I like to use before bed, but should I ever need a backup or an alternative, I think I’ll use this one. I do like the use of more natural ingredients, so that’s always a plus. Packaging is simple, informative and clean.


philosophy | purity made simple one-step facial cleanser | Full size: 8oz, $20 or 160z, $32.

This perennial award winner is pH-balanced to gently clear away dirt, oil, and makeup without drying out skin.

Well, I want to like this, I really do. But my face doesn’t. It stings. I don’t get it. But oh well. It works for a lot of people, and that shows it’s quality.

Redken | shine flash | Full size: 4.4oz, $17

A must for all Cynthia’s runway shows, this weightless spray gives hair a brilliant finish.

What’s with no one capitalizing their product names… I like it, but it’s confusing. I’ve only used this once, and it does add some shine, but I didn’t use much, so I don’t know it’s full effect. It kind of scared me.

Zoya | Touch Collection Nail Polish in Shay | Full size: 0.5 fl oz: $8.

Neutral gets a sexy makeover in this creamy, slightly metallic nude. The perfect accessory to summer’s bright fashions.

I like this polish.I don’t love it. It’s a neutral, and there are prettier neutrals. It’s nice though. I don’t know.

EXTRA: Kind | Almond & Apricot |

Snack right with this wholesome bar — no preservatives or hard-to-pronounce ingredients.

“They are my favs! I always have one in my bag just in case.” – Cynthia Rowley

I have not eaten this. It looks… pointy. I like the idea of it though. Dairy, Gluten, and Wheat free? Yep. Love it.

So that’s it for the July Birchbox, It has a nice shine spray, hand lotion, and nail polish. Next up: August 2011 Birchbox.