Friday, January 4, 2013

my first birchbox

I'm a little late in posting this but I had to share the items I got in my first every birchbox for December! It is so exciting to get a little package in the mail full of new beauty products - it makes me feel pampered and I love it.  

First of all, I LOVED the packaging.  There was so much pink and gold, two of my most favorite colors.  I actually waited to open the entire box until after Riggs was asleep so that I could really enjoy it with 100% of my attention.  I opened it slowly and looked everything over and I have to say at first it just didn't seem like much in the box.  But once I took everything out and started using the various items I was really satisfied with what was in my box.

1.  Rent the Runway - $50 off a purchase of $125 at Rent the Runway.  I've heard a lot about this service and am intrigued, just not sure I really need "runway" ready clothes while chasing around a lab and toddler (oh man, tear) all day.  But I am definately going to check it out one of these evening after Riggs is in bed or at naptime.

2.  Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo - This is by far my favorite of all the things I received in my box.  I mean I LOVE this stuff - the way it feels, the smell, everything.  This might be a whole separate post in itself, but I haven't shampooed or conditioned my hair in over 4 months.  This summer we switched to just baking soda and ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse and my hair has been amazing as a result.  But this stuff is vegan friendly and free from sulfate/sodium chloride and parabens, so I decided it would be ok to try in my hair.  You can use it as an all-over body wash too and I'm considering purchasing this in it's full size just for that purpose.

3.  Tweezerman - filemate.  This is a cute little nail file that is the perfect size for taking it along wherever I go.  I love the colors and it is very thick and high quality.

4.  29 Preserves - Sample pack including night moisture, eye emulsion, serum extract and cream cleanser.  Ok this stuff was amazing!  I would love to purchase each item I tried because it felt SO GOOD on my face but it's pretty dang spendy (we're talking $503 for all four full-size items) so maybe after I empty my coin jar 3 or 4 or 10 times - ha.  

5.  Juicy Couture - Juicy Couture.  I'm not a huge fan of trying new fragrances as a general rule.  I sprayed just one tiny spray of this one and although it's a nice mix of fruity and floral smells, it's just too overpowering for me.  I'll probably give it to my little sister who wears a variety of different fragrances depending on her mood.  I guess I'm still sticking with my Vera Wang Princess, which I've worn every day for three least until I find something I like better. 

6.  theBalm cosmetics - Mary-Lou Manizer.  This is a luminizer/highlighter in a beautiful honey color.  I love it and have used it every day since I opened the box.  

So that was my December birchbox.  I highly suggest signing up for this monthly sample program and if you do please use the link on my sidebar so that I get the reward points!  I can't wait to get January's box and see what surprises it holds for me.  


  1. Sounds lovely! I cannot wait to see what I got in mine! I love the packaging also, the little bow and paper is so cute!

  2. I would love to try Birchbox! I don't know much about beauty products so it would be cool to get to know them through samples. Have you heard of PVBody? It's $49.99/month and for that you receive a new workout top and bottoms and they all look super cute. I haven't started it yet but I really want to soon. Man, monthly subscriptions are dangerous territory. Haha!