January 2014 Birchbox

Birchbox kicked off the new year with a bang! I’m super excited to try all of these products…especially the velvet manicure! See what I got below:

TONI&GUY Prep Heat Protection Mist: This proactive heat-protection spray works to defrizz strands while defending them from the ravages of blow dryers and flat irons alike. Plus, the lightly scented formula helps keep static to a minimum. My thoughts: I currently use Nexxus heat protectant and LOVE it but I will DEFINITELY use this in my toiletry bag. I love luxe trial sizes…they’re just perfect for traveling!

Paula’s Choice RESIST C15 Super Booster: A potent dose of 15% stabilized vitamin C starts working immediately to fade dark spots and leftover acne scars while also quelling redness. Antioxidant vitamin E, ferulic acid, and peptides help repair telltale signs of aging—like wrinkles and slackness—and stimulate collagen production, resulting in a smoother, tighter complexion. Bonus: The nonirritating formula is free of fragrances and dyes, and never tested on animals. My thoughts: I have added retin-a (tretinoin) back to my skincare routine (although only once or twice a week) but I’ve read that vitamin C is a great follow-up product so I am going to be giving this a try asap!

Nail Rock: Every kit comes with two pieces: a polish for a solid foundation and a pot that houses a textured topper. Accent options include Nail Sequin, for the ultimate disco-ball mani; Nail Glitter, to create serious sparkle; Nail Caviar, for a rich encrusted look; and Nail Velvet, which leaves a luxe matte finish. My thoughts: This alone made the whole box worth the $10 price tag. I have been wanting to try a velvet manicure FOREVER so am excited to see how it turns out! Don’t worry…I will share either on the blog or Instagram!

100% Pure Nourishing Body Cream: Packed with nourishing cocoa and avocado butters, as well as skin-softening fruit oils, this super hydrating formula replenishes and soothes dry skin. And, since they’re formulated without water, artificial ingredients, or fillers, the lotions are ultra-rich and concentrated. My thoughts: OMG, as soon as I opened this I thought it smelled exactly like original Jergens lotion. And no wonder…it is made with honey & almonds. I LOVE the smell…but sadly the scent dissipates rather quickly! But it is nice & creamy…not oily.

Ahmad Assorted Teas: Ahmad’s teas come in a variety of mouthwatering flavors, all perfectly blended with high-grade ingredients. Each order comes with two boxes for a total of 40 teabags. My thoughts: I’m a coffee drinker but occasionally I like to sip a cup of hot black tea just to mix things up! I also like to have tea on hand for non-coffee drinking guests. I personally haven’t tried these yet though.

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