BIRCHBOX | APRIL 2016

Thank goodness. This month’s Birchbox was a far cry from last month’s.

The box itself was beautiful. I’m a big fan of Rifle Paper Co., so just the box itself already made me excited for this month’s goodies. The April Birchbox was a collaboration with Rifle Paper Co., and the first thing I see when I open the box is a 20% off coupon for Rifle Paper Co. Otherwise, there were 5 items in this month’s box:

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  1. Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle (Full-size: 8 oz, $23.50): I’ve actually tried this before when I bought one of the special haircare boxes from Birchbox. I was ambivalent about it then, and I still am. I have extremely long, thick, and coarse hair, so while I do see a difference when I use it, it’s not life-changing. And I’m not the biggest fan of the scent; it smells strongly of cotton candy, and by second day hair, it always makes my hair smell dirtier than it is. I’ll always use it if I receive a sample, but I’d never purchase this on my own.
  2. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm – Sweet Violet (Full-size, $7): I’ve always been a fan of Burt’s Bees lip balms, so I was happy to get this. I’ve never tried their tinted lip balms before, but I have to say, there’s not much tint. I see the faintest color when I apply it on my lips, but you really have to squint to see it. There was no color when I swatched it on my hand either. It’s a lovely lip balm though, and it does smell amazing – kind of like Starburst.
  3. rms beauty the ultimate makeup remover wipes (Full-size: 20 wipes, $16): I was excited to try these, but I wasn’t really a fan. First of all, I hate coconut and most anything that has coconut or any of its derivatives. Second, because the wipes were oil-based, they were a lot messier than other wipes I’ve used. They also didn’t do the best job of removing my makeup. I think the YesTo Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Wipes (30 wipes, $5.99) or a lot of the Burt’s Bees wipes (my favorite are the Pink Grapefruit, 30 wipes for $5.09) are a lot better – and they’re a fraction of the price.
  4. Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator (Full-size: 4.23 oz, $34): This is a pretty good exfoliator. I just finished my Origins exfoliator that I mentioned in my nighttime skincare routine, so receiving this in my Birchbox was perfect timing. The first time I used it, my face was being extra sensitive, and I felt like sand on my face. Needless to say, I was not excited to try it again. I felt like it deserved another chance though, considering the circumstances, and I’m glad I did. It’s slightly more abrasive to me than the Origins Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion, but it works just fine when my skin isn’t acting up. From my first experience with this, I’d say to pass on this if you have extremely sensitive skin. And another issue I’d say is the scent. It smells like dish soap, but it’s faint enough that I can ignore it.
  5. W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Mascara (Full-size: 0.23 oz, $23.50): This. Is. Amazing. It’s probably one of the best mascaras I’ve ever tried. It’s an all-natural mascara, with a synthetic, football-shaped wand, and is definitely a lengthening – but not volumizing – mascara. At first swipe, I wasn’t that impressed, but by the time I finished applying it, my lashes looked pretty amazing. It’s definitely not the mascara for you if you like lots of lash drama, but it’s awesome for natural ‘no-makeup’ days.

 

Final verdict: Pretty satisfied. I still had one disappointing product and one so-so product, but I’m going to get use out of all everything. I hope May’s box will be as good as, if not better than, this month’s.

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