Let's keep this short and sweet. Here's what I got in my Birchbox this month:
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner (0.04oz), approximate retail value $9.14
The Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner is one of my favorite eyeliners and I am borderline annoyed at Birchbox for robbing me of my ability to do a full review. (Since I also own a mini, I went ahead and took pictures of my old, beat-up one so as to not unnecessarily open the new one.) The shape is what really sets it apart from other pen eyeliners: it allows you to create both thin and thick lines that are smooth and attractive, making it perfect for dramatic eyeliner looks.
It's drawbacks are similar to other pen eyeliners: it can get clogged up with eyeshadow and sometimes it feels dried out if it is not stored upside down. Thus, if you hate pen eyeliners, it probably won't change your mind.
Mighty Leaf Tea Pouches in Green Tea Tropical, Organic African Nectar, and Vanilla Bean, approximate retail value $1.99
I've bought Mighty Leaf Tea in the past, but this sample definitely re-kindled my love. The aromas are so appealing and they are perfect for dreary winter days in the office. Vanilla Bean smells super vanilla-y. Organic African Nectar was weirdly mint-y. My favorite, though, was Green Tea tropical. I had to restrain myself from shoving my mug of tea under my co-worker's noses and shouting, "SMELL THIS. IT SMELLS SO GOOD!"
All the teas are the perfect balance of mild but flavorful.
Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator (0.71oz), approximate retail value $5.67
I know it's not Birchbox's fault that they sent me a ton of things I already own, since they can't stalk my possessions, but it's kind of silly that this is the THIRD product in this box that I already had sitting around.
BrightenUp uses a papaya enzyme called papain as an exfoliant. It's usually (sexily enough) used to liquify necrotic tissue in a prescription-strength drug called Accuzyme. It works by breaking down the extracellular matrix of the skin. I can't speak to the concentration of papain in BrightenUp, but it's definitely theoretically sound.
There is also got a bunch of aluminum oxide in it (that's what the "microderm crystals" actually are), which works as a physical exfoliant. Aluminum oxide is used for a shitload of abrasive purposes, like making sandpaper or toothpaste. (Some people find that physical exfoliation is too rough on their skin, and if you are one of those people, obviously don't use this.)
BeeKind Body Lotion (1.01 fluid oz), approximate retail value $1.89
I'm not much of a body lotion person, and I'm not much of lemon-scent lover, so I'm not the best person to be reviewing this product. I will say that it is not at all greasy, which was really nice. I also thought that the packaging seemed really professional and classy, given the low value of the sample. I think it will make a pretty nice foot lotion.
Color Club Cocktail Hour Collection in On the Rocks (0.25 fluid oz), approximate retail value $4.00
I tend to like Color Club nail polishes. This one, though, may be the best nail polish I've gotten from Birchbox. The pictures are a single coat of polish! It looks like tin foil! You need this in your life!
Total Box Value: $22.69
I'm actually really happy with this box, even though I got a bunch of stuff that I already own. It's hard to complain about getting a spare of one of your favorite products!
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