Wednesday, September 26, 2012

September Birchbox

I got my Birchbox last week.  It came a little later than normal this month, but I have had a chance to try out everything I received.

I received 5 items; BVLGARI Mon Jasmin Noir Perfume, Caudalie Vinexpert Firming Serum, Color Club Nail Polish, Twistband Hair Tie, and The Brush Guard Variety Kit.  Also included a digital download of two tracks from singer/songwriter Tristan Prettyman and a $25 gift card towards a $75 or more at Madewell.  I haven't yet downloaded the tracks (and not sure I will), but will definitely check out Madewell.

BVLGARI Mon Jasmin Noir Perfume The heart of this fragrance, sambac jasmine, is known as an aphrodisiac because of its rich, musky scent. Top notes of lily of the valley lean toward a delicate femininity, but the nougatine and wood base anchor the fragrance and develop a subtle addictive personality. Full size (pictured), $83

I really liked this perfume and have worn it a couple of times already.  The sample is a mini replica of the full size bottle.

Caudalie Vinexpert Firming Serum - It’s a fact of life: as we get older, our once-firm skin begins to lose its elasticity and fine lines start cropping up. Instead of flying into a panic, we’re enlisting Caudalie’s lab-proven anti-aging serum. It’s formulated with grape-based actives and other botanicals that soften the look of wrinkles, plus tightening agents that go to work right away to lift sagging skin. Grape-derived resveratrol is a potent antioxidant that helps reverse the signs of aging by boosting radiance and fading wrinkles, fine lines, and brown spots. Other active ingredients include moisture-boosting ceramides, rose and soy extracts, and energizing ginseng. Full size (pictured), $79

The sample size I received of this was a pretty decent size.  I used this on my neck a couple of times and it smells great and leaves my smooth and firm.

Birchbox and Color Club Custom Collection - Put a Pin In It is a gilded rose gold that brightens any skin tone. Insta-This is a deep cobalt blue, while Status Update is a creamy grey that dries to a glossy finish. Tweet Me is a creamy chartreuse that you’ll want to rave about in 140 characters. Each color looks fabulous alone, or you can mix and match the shades to create eye-catching nail art. Full size (pictured), $8 each

I received the color Status Update.  I have not yet worn it so I can't comment on the formula but I was happy to received this particular color as I don't have any grey polish and would definitely not wear the blue or the yellow.

twistband™ Lace up for Fall - 12 pack - Lace was a fixture on the Fall 2012 runways, and these sweet little numbers take their cue straight from the catwalks. They keep hair secure without snagging strands or leaving ugly creases. This colorful collection comes with twelve ties, so you’ll always have plenty of spares on hand. A Birchbox exclusive you won’t find anywhere else! Each twistband™ is made of soft elastic that keeps braids, buns, and ponytails secured. Because they’re thicker than regular hair ties, they don’t leave crimps in hair.  Set of 6-12, $14-$22

I did not received any of the six colors displayed on Birchbox's listing for this product, nor did I received a lace print, rather the twistband I received was olive green.  I like these style bands.  They are easier on your hair and don't leave any indentation.  

The Brush Guard Variety Pack - The cross-stitched plastic guard holds the shape of a makeup brush. It also protects it from dust and dirt. And the snug fit keeps all our favorite tools safe. Try the ¼” for your shadow or liner brushes, and the ⅖” size for blush accents. We like the ¾” guard for foundation brushes, and the 1” for powder or Kabuki brushes to keep your all-over application tools extra clean. Full size (pictured and received), $5.50

I was really excited to receive this product as I had wanted to get a set anyway.  I usually use my Sigma Dry'n Shape when cleaning my brushes, but these guards are a great alternative when just cleaning one or two brushes and would travel much easier.

I really enjoyed my birchbox this month and loved all  the products that I received.  I also just got my Glossybox today and can't wait to dive into the samples.  I LOVE everything in the box!  I hope to post a unboxing/review soon.

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