Birchbox – Limited Edition Boxes: Mass Appeal – Birchbox for CEW

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Birchbox has teamed up with Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) for two limited edition boxes that highlight finalists and winners of the 2013 CEW Beauty Awards. This box, titled “Mass Appeal”, contained six drugstore products while the other box “Prestige Headliners” contained department store brands. The Birchbox pages for the two boxes are here and here, respectively. Unfortunately, they are both sold out. Here is what the Mass Appeal box looked like:

Birchbox - Limited Edition CEW Mass Appeal - box - mine

The box contained the following products:

Birchbox - Limited Edition CEW Mass Appeal - products - mine

  1. Burt’s Bees Ultimate Care Hand Cream

    Sample size: 50g, $7.22 value
    Full size: 90g/3.2oz, $13

    “Defy dry hands with this exceptional hand cream that features Baobab Oil to help moisturize, Watermelon Seed Oil to nourish and natural Fruit Acid Complex to gently exfoliate. So the only thing you’re left with are amazingly soft, absolutely smooth hands.”

    I don’t use hand lotion that much. Maybe my hands are just naturally smooth but I usually get by with just needing to use some hand lotion every once in a while during the winter months. But I figured that it doesn’t hurt much so I’ve started to use this cream pretty regularly in conjunction with the Julep cuticle oil I received in the Prestige Headliners box. This lotion does a good job. You don’t need much at all and it smells really good. My only complaint is that I wish it would absorb into my skin faster.

  2. NIVEA A Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon Moisture Rich Lip Care

    Size: 0.17oz, $2.99

    I’ve bought a few lip balms by this company before and I’ve really liked them. This one is no different. It does just what a lip balm is supposed to do – nothing more to say.

  3. L’Oréal Infallible Eyeshadow

    Shade: Midnight Blue
    Size: 0.12oz, $7.95

    When I ordered this box I had hoped for a different color than the one pictured in the promotion but I got the Midnight Blue anyway. I don’t use eyeshadow very often and when I do I stick to neutrals. I’ve been experimenting with my Naked2 pallet from Urban Decay and although I’ve really enjoyed doing that I’m just not bold enough to go for a dark or colorful eyeshadow. Not sure what to do with it but I think I’ll hold onto it for now in case I feel capricious one day. Or did someone receive a more neutral shade and wants to swap?

  4. Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On

    Size: 0.5oz, $10.99

    “For those mornings when eight hours of sleep just didn’t happen (heck, you didn’t even make it to six), your eyes are the first to give you away. Fortunately, puffy eyes and dark circles are no match for this cooling roll-on, which quickly reduces puffiness and rejuvenates the delicate eye area. This refreshing formula is free of dyes, perfumes, and other harsh irritants, making it perfect for those with sensitive skin.”

    I’ve received quite a few eye cream samples lately and I decided that I want to use one after the other to be better able to judge the claimed long-term-effects. However, I’m looking forward to trying this out since it is supposed to help with dark circles which I’m struggling with.

  5. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

    Shade: Romantic
    Size: 2.7g/0.095oz, $8.99

    “It’s a pampering balm fused with a lightweight lipstain in an adorable chubby crayon. Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain gives softer, smoother lips with a perfect flush of color that lasts hour after hour. The gel formula comes in 12 vibrant shades that match any look or mood.”

    This what the product I was looking forward to the most with this box. I’ve been wanting to try a lip stain for a while and I was very happy with the way this product applies and how the color turns out. I had been hoping for a color in the pink to purple range but the shade I received, Romantic, is a true red. I’m usually not a huge fan of reds because I feel that it doesn’t go well with my fair skin and blonde hair. The nice things about this lip stain is that you can really vary your look by how much you apply — one swipe for a more natural look that enhances your natural lip color or a few swipes for a deep red lip. I usually stick to just one swipe and I’ve been really liking that look — especially in conjunction with my new favorite blush, the InStain blush from theBalm in Swiss Dot. I’ve been using this lip balm stain almost everyday for the last week. I think I will purchase some more shades soon and make sure to review them on this blog as well.
  6. Olay Pro-X Spot Fading Treatment

    Sample size: 7ml/0.23oz, $14 value
    Full size: 15ml/0.5oz, $29.99

    “The gentle yet powerful Pro-X Spot Fading Treatment reduces the look of dark spots and discolorations caused by years of sun damage, while hydrating skin for a brighter, more even tone.”

    I’ve been using Murad’s Post-Acne Spot Lightening Gel for the last 4 weeks to get rid of my acne scars and I think that I’ve been seeing some improvements. Considering that the Olay product is just as expensive (the Murad treatment is $60 for 1oz) I don’t have much incentive to switching but I will give it a try once I’ve used up my current product.

All in all this was a pretty good box. Not quite as exciting as the Prestige Headliners sister box but it still contained some neat products. The total value came in at just over $50. I paid $12 for the box so that is a really good value. What did you think of this box?

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