Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March Birchbox

March's birchbox was a bit of an improvement from last month's box, which was so unimpressive that I passed on blogging about it. This month's box featured some slightly more interesting products including, Peter Thomas Roth's max anti-shine mattifying gel, Essie's set in stones top coat, Tarte's lipsurgence in peaceful, a twistband hair tie, and coupon for modcloth.com. 

The anti-shine mattifying gel came in handy today for keeping my shine at bay while walking around Soho in the beautiful weather. It is a nice product that does seem to lessen the oil buildup on my face and instantly smooths your face after applying it. However, I'm not sure I would repurchase the full size, as I feel the l'oreal magic perfecting base does something similar for a fraction of the price. 

The two products that I was most excited about when I opened the box were the nail polish and the lip tint
I was surprised that they included a full size of this, seeing that it retails for $24. I was less impressed once I actually tried the product - it gives practically no color on me and is more or less a fancy lip balm. 
The nail polish I have not tried, but am looking forward to because coincidentally a few days earlier I saw  this polish and made a mental note to try it someday. 

This is my final birchbox that was given to me as a gift. I probably will not be starting a subscription of my own because as much as I am in love with the idea, the actual "product" leaves something to be desired. It is very hit or miss and because of that the excitement usually lasts from when I receive the box in the mail, to the moment I open the box and examine its contents. Maybe one day I will be sucked back into this subscription service, but for now I will save myself 10 bucks a month and get my samples the old fashioned way - by asking someone behind the counter. 

~Vida

17 comments:

  1. I just got my first Birchbox this month and I received the lip tint and nail polish as well. I got different colors though and my lip tint is a bright pink which definitely shows up on my lips haha. I got a perfume sample instead of the mattifying gel though. I'm satisfied with my Birchbox and I'll be continuing my subscription for a few more months to see if I like it. It seems to be really hit or miss based on other boxes I've seen though :(

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    1. Ohh that hot pink lip tint sounds nice, wish I got a color that would actually show up on my lips!

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  2. It sucks that the lip colour doesn't show AND that it's a full sized product - no chance in finishing now I guess. The nail polish is gorgeous! Australian beauty boxes aren't as good as this tbh. :(

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  3. Oh god not the twistband hair tie again. The last time they included this I cancelled my subscription. I'm not in love with Birchbox.

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  4. The essie nail polish is cute!

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  5. Can you do a swatch post of that Essie polish sometime? I really want to see what their effects polish come out like!

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  6. Some really nice products in this one! Especially the polish and the Tarte lip tint, though it's too bad that it wasn't more pigmented.

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  7. They really did step it up this month (though I'm sure that's because Teen Vogue was behind the box), but it's a bummer that the lip tint didn't provide more color, especially since Spring is coming up! The polish is gorgeous, though!

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  8. The Essie top coat looks amazing, hopefully it's just not clear glitters...

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  9. so subscribing to carmine right now!

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  10. Hur...it looks really nice but like you said, just not enough to justify a full on subscription. I just subscribed to new glossy box for Canada and am still waiting for march box to arrive...i think maybe, I won't continue doing any of these monthly things anymore :/

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  11. I got the same color this month and I wasn't a fan. It was too light for my skin tone and kinda looked like concealer. It also was melted too =(

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  12. Essie's set in stones is really pretty.....

    http://www.shellzdoll.com/

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  13. I tried to sign up for BirchBox today but they said they would e-mail me when a subscription became available :( Then I tried to gift a subscription for three months - same thing! I had never wanted to become a BirchBox subscriber until I saw this month's box...what was in last months? Is it worth it, in your opinion?

    The Fashionable ESQ
    http://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/

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    1. Yea, I heard there is a waiting list now. It's getting so popular! I personally don't think that I will be resubscribing. It is really fun to get in the mail, but I would rather purchase products that I know I am going to love

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  14. This nail polish is fantastic:)) love the colour!!

    Now i follow you:)) love your blogue!!

    http://styleloveandsushi.blogspot.com

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