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Thursday, February 06, 2014

My first Birchbox

I had told myself I'd wait until Valentine's Day to open my Birchbox, even if it came early.

But then it arrived in the mail and I was like... umm... no.

I posted about it on Instagram and got a few questions, so I thought I'd elaborate on my first box here. For those who don't know, Birchbox is a $10/month subscription service that sends trial-sized samples to you to enjoy. You can customize your profile to help them send you the best fit, and if you like what you get in your box you can buy full-sized products directly through Birchbox (or other beauty providers, of course). It's a fun way to try out new things, and also to get mail. FUN MAIL! There are other services like this too, and I may or may not try out another one when my Birchbox runs out (after three months). I've never done anything like this before, and no, I haven't been asked to do this by anyone. It's all for the heck of it!

1. Protect & Oil: hair oil that defends against UV rays, heat and breakage.
2. S.M.A.R.T Skin Perfecting Polisher: exfoliating and toning peel for sensitive skin.
3. Eyeko: black mascara that curls and thickens.
4. Jurlique Love Balm in Rose: moisturizing skin balm
5. Ahmad Tea London: assorted teas in Green Tea, Blackcurrant Burst and English Tea No. 1.
6. Top Shelf polish: shimmering gold nail polish.
7. Post-card sized prints: just some fun, colorful cards with little tips on making more happiness in your life

As soon as I saw the skin balm (which was actually the Valentine extra this month) I popped it open and smoothed it onto my hands. I'm really in the thick of winter skin woes so I love that I have something to supplement my other lotions. It definitely soothed my cracked, dry skin and I love the subtle rose scent. And liking the scent is HUGE for me lately because pretty much everything else in the universe makes me want to throw up. I had to dump some ginger vanilla hand soap out of all our dispensers almost immediately after refilling them because I got pregnant and could no longer stand the smell. For reals.

I may or may not use the toner myself because toner tends to make my skin dry up and crack. I might give it a one-time trial and see if this stuff really does work well on sensitive skin. The last time I used toner, a little patch of skin under my nose got all red and sad (and it looked like that little mustache favored by Hitler).

As I try the other products I'll let you know how I like them. Check for mini-reviews on Instagram (which will also post on my Facebook) because I'm way too lazy to make a cute blog post about all of them.

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