Birchbox | March 2012

Hi everyone! Today I have this months Birchbox, which I got this morning. I had to post this as soon as I could. Now, this month was a little different. I had a choice, I could choose a regular March Birchbox, or I could opt in for a Birchbox with items hand-picked by Teen Vogue. I decided to switch it up and opted for the Teen Vogue box. I don’t regret it. This was a quality box, with TWO FULLSIZE ITEMS. Yeah, I know, right?

Birchbox says:

This month, you’ll get to try party-ready products from top brands, all hand-picked by the beauty editors at Teen Vogue.

This Birchbox came with a fancy pink wrap!

Annick Goutal | Petite Chérie | Full size: $85

A blend of fresh fruity notes and musk, this French fragrance is the definition of understated chic.

Now… I don’t know how I feel about this yet. It’s not really “me,” but I kind of like it. I couldn’t describe scents to save my life, so I guess I’d agree with the card. 🙂

essie | luxeffects | Full size: $8

Layer this glittery top coat onto any polish for an eye-catching look.

YAY FOR FULL SIZED PRODUCTS! Now… this is why I’m glad I have Birchbox. I’d have never tried this. In fact, the entire collection bored me. Glitters aren’t all that exciting for me. When I saw this in my box, I kinda got giggly. I got excited. So I put it on instantly.

A Cut Above is a metallic bubblegum pink glitter. The glitter is in a clear base and is different shapes and sizes. It’s a really good formula for a glitter. It wasn’t a paste. And this is over Wet N Wild’s new polish Disturbia. And yeah, Disturbia was about to come off, but I got distracted by Birchbox goodies. So this is rough, but LOOK AT MY RING FINGER. This glitter is PERFECT over this eggplant vampy purple. I may repeat this manicure later on in the week. Disturbia deserves it’s own post as well.

Shisedo | Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Papers | 100 Sheets: $18

These mattifying tissues are coated with transparent rice powder to leave your skin perfectly shine-free.

I haven’t used these, mostly because I don’t have any issues with shine at all. But, they’re obviously good quality, judging by the other reviews on other sites. Sorry I can’t help you with this one.

tarte | LipSurgance lip tint | Full size: $24

This long-lasting stain adds rich pigment and is designed to boost the moisture levels in your lips.

AWWW YEAH! A full size product! Now… I love this lip stain. But it is a lip stain. So it’s not moisturizing. Or not that I found. But it’s SOOOO pretty. Once the stain sets and the gloss disappears, I just pop some of my Jack Black balm and voila! Color and moisture. The color lasts for a long time, as expected from a balm. And I love the color.

The color I got was Amused. Which is, naturally, a Birchbox Pink color. It twists up (and down) and has a silver cap. Now… this is big. Like a whiteboard Expo marker big. Which I think is so cool! Nothing like a giant pencil made out of lipstick.

See? It’s cool. The tube isn’t exactly color correct, the stain is a warmer pink, which I absolutely love. I’m not a pink girl at all, but make it a “coral,” “peach,” or “watermelon” color and I’m all over it. Now I’m going to post the first ever picture of the swatch on my lips. I’m a little nervous.

There, that wasn’t so bad. It was like pulling a band-aid. Now here’s a much easier swatch.

twistband | Hair Tie | 12 pack, $18

Give your ponytail a makeover with these colorful, snag-free elastics.

Last but not least. And yes, I got one of these before, I don’t know if I covered them yet or not, but they’re amazing. This is a peachy orange tie, and I also have a black one. These are so awesome. They blend in with your bracelets and last as long, if not longer than a regular hair tie. Seriously, these are amazing.


And that concludes this month’s box. I was so happy with this one. I love all the skincare products I get, but I really signed up for Birchbox for the makeup in the first place, so this box was refreshing and exciting.

If you don’t know what Birchbox is, it’s a monthly subscription (just like a magazine) for $10 a month. You get deluxe samples (that means ones that are big enough for you to use) of many high end brands you may not have access to normally, or ones you didn’t want to splurge on for you to try. And I find it so worth the $10. In each box I find one or two products that change my life or change my views on a product.

For example:

  • Full size Essie polish: $8
  • Full size Tarte lip stain: $24
  • Hair tie: $1.50
  • Shiseido blotting papers: $1.80

That means that the products in this box that I will use totals up to a worth of $35.30. I’d say that’s worth it. 😉

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Have a nice day!

~ Britni Rose