January 24, 2013

Best Birchbox beauty products (according to me)



Hello my friends! Today I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite Birchbox products I've used over the last year of my subscription.  I've heard varying reviews of Birchbox, from people like myself who are super happy with it, and from others who were continuously disappointed by their samples. Personally, I think the trick is to have realistic expectations. You won't LOVE every single sample you get. For example, over the last 12 months and probably around 10 perfume samples, I LOVED two of them (this one and this one). But taste in perfume and most other beauty products is very subjective, and I have just been so thankful to have such a fun way to try out products I would have never discovered if it weren't for my Birchboxes arriving in the mail each month!  For me, the $10/month fee is well worth it, and I love that I can go on the website and review each product to earn points towards free stuff, too. Score!

Also, let it be known that I am something of a beauty product hoarder. In all honesty, I haven't even used many of my samples of the last year, but I keep them, ALL OF THEM, because I love the look of product packaging and design... just makes me happy. Especially the fancy French stuff. I know, I'm weird.

But I'll stop rambling now and tell you about my favorite favorite Birchbox products of the last year. These have all made it into my regular beauty routine, and some I have bought the full sized product of already. Hope maybe this helps any of you who may be in the market for some new stuff!



I have very weird skin. It can't decide if it wants to be disgustingly oily or dry and peeling. This weirdness is exacerbated in the winter and by acne treatments, to where my skin just becomes one giant clusterf***, which makes me sad. I feel like I can't use anti-aging treatments on my face because they're too oily, and products I use for acne dry me out like crazy. When I try to put on foundation, sometimes I feel like it makes my skin look worse, as it draws attention to the dry spots. What to do, what to DO? This Dr Jart "beauty balm" came as a sample in one of my Birchboxes, and I fell in love with it immediately. It's a four-in-one primer, moisturizer, sunscreen, and treatment serum, which I use as foundation. It goes on smooth like buttah, and moisturizes instead of drawing attention to my dry spots. It also has excellent coverage for such a lightweight "primer." Between this and the concealer I mention in #6, I don't feel the need for any other base makeup (except a little power, because the Dr Jart will make you look shiny.)



This is what I use each and every time I blow-dry and straighten my hair. I love the smell and feel like I'm helping to protect my hair from all the heat. It also seems to make my hair extra silky and shiny, which is muy buen. It claims to repair split ends, which I think must be true! I just checked, and I have almost no split ends - miraculous, since I haven't had a hair cut in a year. Not sure what else to say about this one... except that I wish it was cheaper?



As a human with extremely unruly, frizzy, and wavy-wannabe-curly-hair, I am always searching for the perfect product to tame the mane, so to speak. I'd say Miss Jessie's products are the closest thing I've found to something that actually works for me. It smells fun, and really does seem to help actually shape my waves into something almost curl-like and less frazzled. I also like the Pillow Soft Curls product probably just as much, and the smell a little more. Not sure exactly what the difference is, though I think the Quick Curls makes for tighter waves or curls.



This stuff does just what a dry shampoo is supposed to do: soaks up your grease and helps you go longer between washes - or at least look less dirty between washes. Smells great, works great, no residue. Need I say more?



Ok, hair "powder" is a little trickier than the aerosol type like the Oscar Blandi above, BUT I'd say this particular one is worth the potential mess.  IT SMELLS DIVINE. Like, I want to dump it all over my carpets and vacuum that ish up for a little room refresher, WHILE i'm rubbing it into my hair to soak up oil. No but really, it smells incredible. And it truly does work, though you will see more residue (especially in dark brunettes such as myself) until the powder fully absorbs the oil. Just follow the directions, though, and you'll be fine. This stuff is fabulous!



I am in love with this concealer. I have super dark circles under my eyes (it's genetic - no amount of sleep will cure them), and for years I searched for the perfect under-eye concealer... one that truly conceales. This concealer makes great claims to treat as well as cover up (diminishes fine lines, hydrates, reduces puffiness, etc), and while I don't have too many lines around my eyes yet, nor do I suffer with puffiness, I am super happy with the level of concealment and assume this is also helping me to fight aging around my eyes. And one last thing: IT LASTS FOREVER. You need such a tiny bit for each eye as it is very concentrated, and I have been using it for probably six months now and feel like it's only about half gone. Well worth the price.

*Note: this is not a sponsored post, though I do get points to be used towards products if you sign up for Birchbox through this link! Hooray!

32 comments:

  1. I must try the hair powder! Heard that stuff is best!

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  2. i canceled my subscription awhile ago- not because i was disappointed, because believe me, i was NOT.. but because i just am not THAT much into my beauty regime.. i agree with you though, you need to have realistic expectations going in. then, you get to be like us: uber excited and jazz every time that box shows up (;

    also, for that pesky skin of yours, have you tried coconut oil?! i swear, it works miracles, is super cheap, AND it smells delicious.. oh, AND you can use it everywhere, for everything...

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  3. Dr. Jart is the ISH! I beyond love it. I was disappointed I cancelled my subscription after seeing people got it in their boxes, but I was SUPER disappointed with the selections I was getting. I get Glam Bag now and haven't been let down yet.

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  4. ive been saying Im going to cancel my subscription for the longest time. I seem to never get a single product I like. But like you, I am a huge beauty product hoarder. Its ridiculous how many cabinets I have full. Which actually should be a reason to cancel mine :/
    I seem to always get food, paper, zip lock bags, and perfume samples. One time I got some BB cream that had nothing in it! But every so often something comes across that I use.
    The only product I have ever bought in full size and multiple times is the Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray. Cant seem to live without it now. So I guess a years subscrption to find one or two products I cant live without might be worth it.

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  5. i fell in love with the miss jessie's quick curls. i have super curly hair and it is the best product i have ever used hands down. so good that i am more than willing to pay $30 a tube for it!! it's my favorite product from all of my birchboxes so far!!

    thanks for sharing, hopefully i'll get some of the samples you've liked in my future boxes!!

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  6. I'd love to try that BB cream as my skin's exactly the same, i.e, I can't decided whether it's dry or oily. I'm thinking of subscribing but I'm scared of hoarding too much stuff that'll go to waste.

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  7. i got a birchbox gift for christmas and can't wait for the first one to arrive!

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  8. I love my Birchboxes too! It's like a little present every month! Im glad to see your reviews...I haven't gotten some of these things, so I might have to check them out on their website!

    I did get the curl cream, and was soooooo to finally have something to make my hair sorta cute when left au naturale...but sadly, it just made my hair greasy! I was so bummed. I tried another time with less stuff, and I got nothing :( So for me, the search continues!

    But thanks so much for letting me know about some new products!! Im looking forward to checking them out!

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  9. I LOVE the "Lulu Organics Lavender + Clary Sage Hair Powder", I also got a sample in my box and when I tried to order a full size with my points it was sold out. I REALLY want to like the Miss Jessie's products because my hair is super curly but frizzy (not the pretty, perfect curls) but have been disapointed with the 2 prodects I have recieved so far "curly meringue cream" and a conditioner. Now I'm curious about the one's you mentioned.
    Oh, and I LOVE Birchbox :)

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  10. I use that Miracle Skin Transformers Concealer. It's fantastic!

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  11. I totally feel you! I had one racialist tell me t stop using moisturizer at night bc my skin was too oily and a couple months later I went to someone knew and he said my skin was super dry and screaming for moisture. I'm 30, this yucky skink thing should not be a concern anymore!!

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  12. I got 4&5 in mine when I was still getting the birchbox and I did like both of them.

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  13. I don't have a set make up routine, but these birch boxes seem really interesting...

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  14. my skin sounds just like yours! between oily and dry as f*** so i am going to try that primer :)

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  15. I'm of the camp that didn't love their birchbox subscription but there were a few products that I was glad to try! I love the Oscar Blandi dry shampoo as well and might have to try that concealer - it sounds amazing!

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  16. Love this! I LOVE my Birchbox! I have received diffrent products, but I do the same, and hoard them! I have def wabted to try Dr.Jart, so I will have to do that, and the concealer! Thanks!!

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  17. thanks so much for sharing! i suck at all things beauty but have some of the same problems that you do--- dry AND oily skin, dark circles under eyes, etc.. and i also get birchbox but i've only used a few products! haha so since i have all of the above samples i am definitely going to try them! thanks again! xx

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  18. My sister tried the Birchbox thing for awhile, then stopped when she didn't really like the samples she was getting. But it's a pretty cool way to try out beauty products! I perfer more natural cosmetics, and I know there's a 'natural' box you can get as well, but luckily I've found a skincare brand I've been liking so far. But I'm glad you've enjoyed the Birchbox experience, and came away with products that you like!

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  19. I loved the coverage of the Dr Jart's too. It's one of the few products from Birchbox that I purchased full-size. But it made me totally breakout after using it for awhile!! Yikes!!!! I'm sure doesn't happen for everyone, but I had to stop using it.

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  20. I loved the Oscar Blandi and the Clay powder and bought both. I of course am the one who hated almost all the perfume samples. I guess that bothered me because I don't think of perfume as a beauty product in the same way I would want in other makeup and skin-care samples. They were very helpful though when I decided to cancel and did all the dirty work for me. :)

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  21. I don't know that I'd ever sign up for Birchbox, maybe so, but I am so glad that you shared these products! I've been looking for a dry powder shampoo!

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  22. I got the Oscar Blandi volume spray in mine (it looks exactly like the dry shampoo)and it is amazing. I also have Oscar Blandi dry shampoo and I love it. And while we're on the topic of things I like, Birchbox is my jam too! For me it's well worth the $10/month. My boyfriend gets Birchbox Man and he really likes it as well.

    I didn't get a lot of the products you got (just the BB cream I think), probably because I checked different boxes? I don't know, but now I'm dying to try the Miracle Skin Transformer Concealer.

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  23. The hair powder is ridiculous! Seriously the best I have used (I haven't tried very many though! HAHA)....The concealer is pretty awesome too.

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  24. I am so excited about this post! My husband just bought me a Birchbox subscription and I'm obsessed already. The Mary Lou shimmer eye shadow is my fave so far. Thanks for a great post!

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  25. Hmmmm may have to try the curl stuff. You saw first hand how unruly and frizzy my hurr can get. Thanks for the tip! -Jen

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  26. I love that Oribe spray. My mom gave me a bottle about a year ago and the smell is DIVINE! I think I might have to join this Birchbox subscription. Loved reading your product reviews!

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  27. Oooo I MUST sign up. I love beauty products for sure. Too bad I have to wait like 4 weeks to get an invite. Booo.

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  28. Quick Curls might have to be the next curling product that I try :)

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  29. I' m so loving of the beauty products.I didn't bought this yet,but i want to..I hope this product presenting some good skin result..Also i'm waiting to read his reviews.
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  30. It’s so fun to read all the comments here. If you want to get realistic feedback, asking beauty product collectors is the best thing to do. Anyway, I’ve tried different subscriptions, and the products that I love the most are those that contain essential minerals. They work well with sensitive skin and even make it healthier.

    Cheers,
    Inness Schniepp

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  31. Totally taking your word for all of the skin stuff because we have the EXACT same "confused skin type" and "perma-dark circles" problems. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. I have just been searching for info about this topic for a while and yours is the best I have found out so far.

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