Sunday, April 15, 2012

My newest treat: April Birchbox

On Friday's post, I talked about treating myself. I failed to mention my newest (and pretty fun!) way that I treat myself: Birchbox. If you haven't heard of Birchbox, you are in for a treat! In a nutshell, once a month you get a box of beauty samples (usually around 5 or 6 items) in your mailbox. It's $10 a month, or you can sign up for a year for $110(basically you get one box free.) The samples inside are everything from hair products to make up to skin stuff. You fill out a beauty profile, and the products you get are customized to your profile. They are higher-end products and it is fun to try them out. In a blog-fail move, I never got around to posting about my March box. (All the items in it were picked out by Teen Vogue, and included a full size bottle of Essie polish!) I wanted make sure that I shared my goodies this month with all of you. This month's box was themed around "natural wonders."
Here's what's in my Birchbox this month:
Yes To Blueberries: Brightening Facial Towelettes
These nifty wipes remove all signs of makeup and grime. Plus, they refresh skin with a fruity blend of apple, blueberry and lemon peel extracts.
I tried these, and really liked them. I have never gotten in a good routine of face washing. I know, I know that is bad, but I am so tired at night and I usually shower at night, so I figure I am okay. I have tried Proactive, but I stopped using it when I noticed my sheets were getting bleached out. Seriously, how can something that bleaches out my sheets be a good thing for my skin? These wipes left my skin feeling really soft and they smelled good. I would love to bring these with me for the end of a hike. I also think they would be good for this summer's vacation plans and wiping my face off after playing in the beach.

Zoya: TRUE Spring Collection
Lighten up for spring with this fresh shade. The non-toxic formula goes on opaque and lasts 50% longer than traditional polishes.
The color is called Bevin, and I probably wouldn't have picked it out myself, but I am liking it. The Zoya website calls it a sage green, but I think of it as a little bluer than sage.

Erno Laszlo: Active pHelityl Soap
Rich in pure plant oils, this cult brand's moisturizing bar helps balance your skin's pH levels.
I haven't tried it, but it kind of smells like boy soap.

Harvey Prince: Yogini
Take a deep breath and relax with this calming scent. Notes of sandalwood, Egyptian myrrh, and grapefruit will help you feel as good as you smell.
Eh. Not my favorite smell. I liked the perfume sample in last month's box better (Kate Spade's Twirl)

Juice Beauty: Oil Free Moisturizer
Feed your skin with this standout hydrator, which is made with an organic fruit-based formula that won't clog pores.
The packaging says "blemish clearing." It also doesn't have the benzyl peroxide in it, which is the stuff that was bleaching out my sheets. It smells good, and doesn't feel greasy when I put it on.

If you are interested in getting your own Birchbox, you can go to their website or feel free to click on this little link. I have heard rumor that May's box is themed around Gossip Girl!
If you were to get a Birchbox subscription through my link, I would earn referral points for my account.


Laura said...

Beautiful blog with so many inspiring ideas! Great work:) Would you like to follow each other?

gadabout said...

Officially following after I saw the treat yo self video! That was my FAVORITE episode of Parks & Rec and I find myself saying 'treat yo self' all the time. I have wanted to sign up for Birch Box for like 7 months now but they don't deliver where I live. I thought about signing up for it with my parents' address. I only go home every 6 months so I would have a bunch waiting for me- that would definitely be worthy of the 'treat yo self' label!

Angel said...

I love the polish! I can't wait for next months Gossip Girl box!

tara said...

i really want to try those face towelettes! i've heard so many good things about that brand! and totally jealous you got nail polish in your box!