Beauty in a Box: a round up of my Birchbox faves

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding subscription beauty services these days and I’m right in the mix of everything with two subscriptions of my own.  I want to kick things off today with Birchbox, which I joined back in October.  For $10/month I receive a box filled with a random assortment of beauty product samples ranging from face wash to eyeliner to moisturizers to soap to nail art to toothpaste to perfume.  I have been having a WHALE of a time getting all of these samples and have found some truly awesome products the various boxes.  Here’s a round up of some of my faves and how I’ve used them.

1. Anastasia Mascara

This was in my very first box and I’ve been loving it ever since!  It’s got both great plumping and defining skills without any sort of clumping.



2.  stila Smudgestick Waterproof Eyeliner

As an avid – almost daily – user of black liquid liner, I was a bit suspect when this coppery brown pencil showed up in my box.  But this stuff arrives for trying so I gave it a whirl and holy crap it was love at first look!  The creamy deep brown gives super depth and definition to the eye with a unique and rich softness.  Check out these before and after pictures with both this liner and the above mascara.

Naked Eye

Lashes and lined


3.  Jouer Tinted Moisturizer

You know, I’ve always meant to try out tinted moisturizer, but never got around to it.  I don’t like wearing foundation (don’t even own any), but like the dewy coverage that I’ve seen on the pages of the beauty bibles.  So when this little tube of love arrived, I was uber jazzed!  I wasn’t sure how the color would match considering all Birchbox had to go off of was a simple questionnaire about my skin tone.  But impressively the tone was spot on.

A dollop of the stuff before applying


Here you can see the difference between the bottom of my face where the moisturizer is blended in and my forehead with a streak of moisturizer before blending


I also really like that this has SPF so it covers AND protects at the same time.  I havent’t been wearing it everyday, but have been liking to use this for dressing up and polishing off my look.   Here’s a picture with all three products applied (topped off with a dusting of blush)!



Before on the left - After on the right


4.  Incoco Press On Polish

It took me a couple months to try this one, but kudos to Birchbox for putting it in the December box in time for New Year’s festivities.  But let me tell you, press on nails have come a LONG way since the days of those plastic-y stickers I used to rock back in ’92.  These are actual press on sheets of polish, mine were glitter.  They were kind of tricky to apply at first, but I quickly got the hang of it and a week later I’m still enjoying a blinging, silver mani with little to no chips.  I rarely get manicures because I almost always immediately chip the dang things one step out of the salon.



Some of my other, but less photogenic Birchbox favorites include:

  • WEI Chinese Rose Foaming Cleanser: a floral-scented and invigorating face wash
  • Origins Checks and Balancing Frothy Face Wash: “frothy” doesn’t do this product justice.  It bubbles and lathers its way into a velvety and moisturizing lather
  • Blk Denim Perfume: Fresh and spicy. Works for day and night.


I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy Birchbox, but I certainly am finding a lot of good items to mix up my beauty routine.  If you’re interested, I hear that subscriptions just re-opened so you should sign on up over at

Stay tuned for my review of my other subscription beauty service: curlBOX, which just arrived just last week!

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  1. really love these services! signed up to a bunch and on the waiting list of a few others, great for the PJ soul;)!

    • I subscribe to curlbox and curlkit and I think I will be subscribing ro Birchbox as well. @Chai which ones do you subscribe to?

      I just used one of my products from Curlbox the other day. Nothing But Cleansing Conditioner, I didn’t like it at all.

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