BirchBox (January 2012)

 Hey Beauty Junkies!!



I know this review/open box has been a little delayed, seeing as to it is almost the end of the month but here it is!  This is my 2nd BirchBox.  I first subscribed to BirchBox in October 2011 and i was not too thrilled about my first box, so i canceled my subscription.  After a month or so i decided to give Birchbox another chance.. and I am glad to say that i like this box a lot more than the first.
 




* Please click on any of the images to see the larger version.


 
Packaging 



It comes in a small pink box.. Which i am very happy about the packaging for two reasons.
1) I love pink
2) It arrives with regular mail.  So I don't have to worry about missing my package if i am out.


Inside of the pink box is another box! Which is also great because its like double packaging for the products inside.


 Everything is carefully packaged with a tissue or two wrapping around the packages.




Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Purple Tang- Full Size | 20$ value
 "It's time to put down the black liner.  This colorful pigment makes eyes stand out and stays put for hours" - Stila

This is my first Stila product and smudge liner.  I have to say i really like it.  It goes on very smoothly and the color really shows!  It last for a decent amount of time.  It is perfect for smokey eyes.. or if you just want a pop of color to your everyday  look.
     Now I thought this was a retractable eyeliner.. and I wanted to see how much product was actually in the little stick, so I i kept turning till the liner itself was coming out more and more.. It was taking up way to much time.. so after a couple of turns i decided to "retract" it.. and it would not go back down!!!  Even though i was able to turn the bottom.. the led itself would not go down.. so i tried to see if i can press it down with my fingers.. but since the product itself is so soft it just broke of and smushed into my fingers.. the last picture of the stila liner is what was left on my fingers!..  So what am i saying? DO NOT DO WHAT I DID!!.. ONLY PUSH OUT WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO USE!

Summarize
  •  20$ can be a bit much
  • Beautiful color
  • lasts a good amount of time
  • It would be better if it were actually retractable
  • Good, if you want a hint of color to your eyes



Archipelago Pomegranate Body Soap- Sample Size | 12.50$ value for Full Size
"Laced with good-for-you pomegranate extracts, this triple-milled soap smells divine and leaves skin feeling clean, not stripped" - Acchipelago

I was not too excited that i got this in my box.. I mean seriously Birchbox? A soap bar?!!!  Let me just get started... I guess it has that pomegranate scent to it.. but more so a regular soap smell... It does nto smell bad at all.. it actually smells very fresh and clean.  As for leaving my skin skin and not stripped... It did indeed leave my skin clean but also very dry.  I do have dry skin.. but my hands are dryer after washing with this soap than before i used it.  It kind of reminds me of those hotel bar soaps.  Which i am not sure if it is a hotel bar soap or not.. because in the back it says "Remember your stay, take me home" lol.. which i will admit is very cute.

 Summarize
  •  Simple packaging
  • Nice & simple design on the bar itself
  • Smells fresh and clean
  • Hands feel clean
  • hands feel too dry.. after use



Zoya Nail Polish in Megan- Sample Size | 8$ value for Full Size
"Part of zoya's new Feel Collection, this pale lavender-gray is the perfect winter neutral.  The creamy formula dries to an ultra glossy  finish" Zoya

I was one of the lucky people that received a Stila smudge liner and a zoya polish.  This is my first Zoya polish!!.... I LOVE IT!!!... I love all the colors in the FEEL collection.. I should have bought some when they had that 2 bottles free pay for shipping promotion!!.. I think that the consistency is similar to Essie (incase you own some Essie polishes)...  This one really took only 1-2 coats.. depending how thick you put it on...  Its is a  lavender/greyish color.  In some lights it looks like a pale lavender & in others it looks like a solid pale grey color.  I love that it is a creme color.. since I absolutely love creme colors!  There is really nothing else i can say about it.. I really like this polish.. i will have to try their other colors to see if i get hooked =)

Summarize
  •  The official color is true to the bottle
  • Drying time does not take too long
  • 1-2 coats for a opaque application
  • Shiny!
  • Beautiful color










Juicy Couture Juicy Couture perfume- Sample Size | 69$-89$ value for Full Size
"Juicy's signature fragrance is a blend of sweet floral notes.  Sophisticated and feminine, it's perfect for day or night" Juicy Couture

I have never bought anything from Juicy Couture nor window shopped in their store... This was the first time I smelled this perfume as well..  I honestly don't know what the rave and hype about this perfume is.  The scent smells good.. but if i were to smell it in the store.. it would not be a "oh my goody goodness, I have got to buy this NOW"!... it would be more like a "ooh it smells nice - puts it back-".. I cannot put my finger on it... but it smells so similar to another perfume that i have smelled before & is probably 10-20$ cheaper..

If you like sweet floral scents I would recommend this for you..  because it is definitely floral scented.  I only did one spray on my wrist & it does not seem over bearing or too much at all (then again.. it depends on what type of person you are.. 1 spray or like 5 million sprays) <-- note you only need to spray it once!... Lasting power i would say a few hours... I would say the scent of this perfume is very subtle..   

Summarize
  • You only need 1-2 sprays of the perfume and you're good to go
  • The scent will not fill the room once you walk in.. but once someone walks past you or gets near you... they get a hint of the floral scent (so its not too much.. just perfect)
  • The full size bottle has a cute simple design






'Wichcraft Granola- Sample Size | 8$ value for Full Size
"This toasty granola, from Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio's NY-based 'wichcraft chain, takes care of snack cravings without any guilt" - Wichcraft

It mainly had nuts or oats in it i think.. I cannot remember since i tried it the first day i received it.. However, I do remember that it did taste a little burnt.. but I guess that's where the toasty part comes in.... It was not bad.. but i would not purchase it.. I would rather try a Bar version than eating it in a bag like this.. It can be a little messy.



I have no idea why birchbox gave us refrigerator magnets.. but they did.. lol.. its a little cute.. but i have no idea what to do with it.. it won't stick to my refrigerator lol

I also thought that this was cute and a little helpful..  Although I cannot do the first one at all!! lol..



Overall i was very pleased with this box.. mainly because I did like 3 of the 5 products I received =)..   I have decided to subscribe for the next 2 months and see how it goes from there.  If you are not a Birchbox subscriber.. it is only 10$ a month.. I suggest trying it at least once.. it cant hurt you to try =)

That is it for my review on the products from my BirchBox.  I hope that I was detailed enough and that my reviews and pictures were helpful =).

♥HiiyooitsCat 

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