this month’s birchbox theme was “give” so they enclosed products that give back and included a little “give” box that encourages you to pass along a treat to someone special. which i should TOTALLY do, btw. i have a drawer FULL of samples that i haven’t been able to use yet. but every time i travel, i replenish my toiletry bag with these samples so i don’t have to bring my full size bottles/products with me. here is what i got:

miracle skin transformer vanish instant imperfection corrector: this is a 2-in-1 serum & primer. i don’t usually use primer although i have bought a few hoping to love them (i do like the laura geller bronzing primer). this product left my t-zone a little too shiny…although i may have applied a little too much. after reading the reviews, i may just try using it under my eyes instead of all over as someone suggested.

chuao chocolatier chocopod in potato chip: i think this was the “extra” item in this box. it was a piece of chocolate with tiny pieces of potato chip in it (i think). i took one small bite and gave the rest to my husband…who then gave it to “eep”*. i don’t really like sweet/salty mixes so i wasn’t a big fan.

atelier cologne rose anonyme petite cologne absolue: if there is one thing i would be happy to see less of, it’s perfume samples. i am not a perfume fan (although these are FABULOUS). and this perfume was VERY strong. and once again i got it all over my hands trying to smell it so i ended up throwing it away (and scrubbing my hands repeatedly).

oscar blandi pronto texture & volume spray: this was the product i was MOST excited for. i curl my hair quite often and i rarely use any styling products so this was just the product i needed. it works great for adding texture to freshly cleaned hair and also spruces up day old hair do’s.

stila all over shimmer liquid luminzer: i occasionally use nars illuminator in “orgasm” and this one is pretty similar. it is great for just a touch of shimmer in the corner of your eyes and under your brow bone. i will definitely use it.

if you aren’t familiar with birchbox, it is a monthly subscription service that delivers a curated box of beauty product samples for just $10/mo. occasionally they even include full-size products. i’ve been a subscriber for over a year now and i never get tired of getting my box in the mail each month. you can join here.

*eep is my son. well, it was his nickname when he was a little baby. he has since acquired a few new nicknames but on this blog i always refer to him as “eep”. most of my longtime readers know this but i thought maybe i should mention it again for any new readers. =)

5 Comments ( Reply )

  1. bethany
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    ok, thats it. Im officially signing up for Birchbox!

  2. Brittany Landers
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    Hey gal! I had Birchbox for awhile but quit subscribing, because sometimes 1/2 the products I didn’t like or they were random chocolates or nail polishes not my style. Lol. I’m more into the PopSugar “Must-Haves” boxes, because you receive full-size products. But it’s fun to see what other people receive!!

    -Brittany of @suburbchicblog

  3. Joanna
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    Nice, we received the same Birchbox this month. I also agree that there are too many perfume samples, and this one was way too strong for me. Really enjoying your blog. Thank you.

  4. Mz Savvy Style
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    Your box was great this month! Mine was totally different but just as great. I think it’s my favorite so far.

  5. Cassie
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    That Oscar Blandi is a product I’ve heard a lot of good things about! I would love to know if you still feel the same way about it after you use it for a while. Same with the Stilla! I love a good illumination. One of my friends/fellow bloggers gets birchbox as well and does “birchbox trading” group where everyone trades the samples they don’t want for something they would love more. Like, I would love perfume samples but some people (like you and her) hate them! I can give you that info if you want?