Birchbox Made Me Do It

Birchbox Made Me Do It

Next month will mark the two-year anniversary of my subscription with Birchbox. During this time there have been ups and downs but I always enjoy receiving that little pink box in the mail.

Birchbox as a discovery service is really all about getting to try beauty products you wouldn’t normally purchase and finding new favorites. Today I want to reminisce about the beauty products that made the cut for me and that I ended up purchasing as full sizes.

The Amika Nourishing Mask (16.9 fl oz, $40) to this day is still my favorite hair mask. It smells amazing and makes my hair super soft. I use this hair mask almost weekly but I only need such a small amount that even though I’ve had this large jar for over a year, it’s still half full.

The Jouer Matte Moisture Tint (1.7 fl oz, $38) used to be my holy grail foundation for a pretty long time. It still has a firm place in my foundation rotation but it has been pushed off the pedestal by the Estée Lauder Double-Wear Light Stay In Place Makeup. I love the coverage and finish of the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint but the color I’ve been using, porcelain, is a bit too light over the summer months. I will probably pick this back up once my summer tan fades.

The Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner (0.07 fl oz, $16) was the first time I got to use a felt-tip eyeliner. You all probably know by now that eyeliner isn’t my forte but this one makes it really easy to draw a nice line, even for a n00b like me. I actually didn’t repurchase this for myself but rather got it as a gift for a teenage relative who’s really into eyeliner. I figured since I enjoyed this one, that she would as well.

Although I didn’t receive the Almay Oil-Free Makeup Remover Sticks (24 ct, $4.89) in one of my Birchboxes they’re pretty much identical to the Beauty Fixation Make Up Remover (24 ct, $5) that I got in one of my first boxes. These cotton swaps are filled with makeup remove and when you break off one side, the liquid saturates the cotton on the other end. These makeup remover sticks make it super easy to fix mascara smudges, especially around the lash line.

My Birchbox sample of theBalm Put A Lid On It (0.4 fl oz, $18) was the first eyelid primer I ever tried. I thought it worked pretty well so I bought the full size. I have since tried other eyelid primers but really don’t have strong opinions about any of them mainly because I don’t use eyelid primer very often. This tube will probably last me for a very long time but at this point I’m not sure if I would purchase it again.

I was blessed with pretty awesome lashes so when it comes to mascara I’m easy to please. Every once in a while I come across one that just hits it out of the park. The Eyeko Black Magic Mascara (0.29 fl oz, $24) is one of those. It took some time to get used to the brush but at this point I love everything about this mascara: it separates, defines, volumizes, curls, and lengthens, and all of that without smudging or flaking.

To this date I purchased the full sizes of  6 samples I received in my Birchboxes. That might not seem like much considering that I’ve been with Birchbox for almost two years. However, some of my favorite discoveries have been makeup products where the sample sizes were so generous that I’m still using them to this date. Blushes, lip sticks, eyeliners, and nail polishes simply take a long time to use up.

It might also come as a surprise to some that no skin care items made the cut. Looking back at my box history I haven’t really received all that many skin care samples and the samples that I have gotten from Birchbox are generally too small to really make a determination about whether or not the product would work for me. I’ve received plenty of bath & body and hair care items but they’re generally not special enough to pay the hefty price tag.

Overall, I think Birchbox has done a pretty good job over the past two years and I’m looking forward to my monthly boxes in the future. Now, I’ve they would only stop sending me Color Club nail polishes…

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