This month marks my 20th Birchbox and I’m still just as excited for it to get here as I was back in September of 2013. It’s not a huge commitment- just $10 a month and I get about 5 high-quality beauty samples picked out and sent to my door. I had originally started ordering them because I was trying to build a better beauty collection, and I really liked the idea of learning more about general beauty products before going out and spending all of my money on a product. The funny thing is that I didn’t end up buying too many things outright because my samples have kept me happy on their own. (They were also an awesome excuse for some me-time while I was in hotels.) Today I keep it because I’ve found some of my absolute favorite things through my previous Birchboxes and I just can’t imagine not getting a new box each month. That being said- all samples are not created equal. Some months I love every single thing, some months I don’t. So in honor of 20 months of beauty samples, I thought I would share a few of my favorites.
The amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo is the best smelling dry shampoo I’ve used to date. I don’t wash my hair every day so I’ve come to depend on a solid dry shampoo to help me look presentable. I’ve tried many brands that are a total fail, but I promise that the amika Perk Up actually works.
(Looking for a more cost-effective dry shampoo that won’t leave you feeling gross? I typically stock up on Batiste dry shampoo whenever it’s in Marshalls. It’s great and budget friendly, though not a Bitchbox find.)
Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator is probably one of the best things in my shower right now. It’s not something I can use every day as it’s a little too abrasive for my skin if I use it as a daily cleanser. However, it’s exactly what I turn to when I’m having a bad skin day. Whenever I feel a pimple coming on or I notice that my face feels perpetually oily, I give it a quick scrub and suddenly my face is fresh and my skin is soft and I swear my pimples just stop growing and go away. It’s seriously a miracle worker!
As I just meantioned- I have fairly oily skin in this Florida heat, so I’m always looking for a moisturizer that won’t make my skin feeling worse. This Coola Face SPF has been the perfect answer! It has shea butter in it to keep me moisturized, but it includes SPF 30 and a light tint. As far as use goes, a tiny bit goes a long way and the texture similar to a mousse, but it dries like a powder. I’ve started using it every day and I love how the tint evens out my skin while the SPF 30 keep me protected from the harsh summer sun.
This was the first product I ever really loved from a Birchbox. I used the Beauty Protector, Protect and Treat Hair Mask on a whim one night when I was bored before stopping at my cousin’s house. My hair is currently growing out and awkward and it’s not something I often feel good about. But the first thing Giselle talked about when I got inside was how great my hair looked. (Cha-ching!) Between the extra shine and bounce, Giselle’s kindness and the amazing smell, I was riding the Protect and Treat high for days. (Beauty Protector also makes an awesome protect and detangler spray that I’d highly suggest trying.)
I received a sample of the Mirenesse Glossy Kiss and kind of put it to the side at first. The color I got (First Kiss) is great but it’s a little sparkly, which is usually not my thing. But this one works some how. I’ve only had the chance to wear it a handful of times, but I’ve gotten compliments every night out (a definite mood-booster) and even Dean, who is normally anti-lipstick said some nice things when I wore it last! That is really enough for me, but it’s also great to know that it applies easily and can be left glossy (just swipe it on once) or more matte/similar to a stain (apply lipstick once, blot, apply again, blot).
PS- My absolute favorite hair straighter/smoother.
This post is not sponsored, just full of love.