BIRCHBOX - JANUARY


Let's just start off saying, this January's Birchbox was awesome. It contains every product that I usually love receiving in my box and I'm enjoying using the products! Again, I never claim to be a pro when it comes to makeup or beauty, but I do like to share my experiences and how much Birchbox really does benefit me. Since joining back with Birchbox, I haven't purchased any makeup products in a retail store. I'm usually looking for a eyeliner pen, etc, but since I've gotten two in the last two months, I'm set for a bit. When I want to mix up my makeup or eye makeup a bit, I pull out a sample shadow or sample palette. And I love trying new products without the commitment of buying a full size product, and I've found a few items that I would actually spend money on (the eyeliner pens for sure!).

My freebie this month was the Milk Makeup Highlighter which I REALLY LIKE! And I'm pretty sure it's the full size, and looks like it will go a long way for me. The freebie alone, was well over worth the $10 subscription. 

I pulled the descriptions below from Birchbox's product descriptions and reference the full size product cost and my thoughts are italicized.

Milk Makeup Highlighter - Full-size $24
Sweep on this flattering head-to-toe highlighter wherever you need subtle, dewy sheen. Hydrating ingredients like mango butter, peach nectar, and avocado oils will quench skin all day long. Bonus: ​Milk Melt Technology means the product melts on contact for easy application, no brushes required.​ Really like this one, though, I'm a sucker for any type of highlighter. I do wish it had just a little more shimmer to it, but it's great! I still use my beauty blender to blend it in, though it may not be needed.

Klorane Dry Shampoo - Full-size $20
Made with softening oat milk extracts, plus corn and rice starches, this ultrafine powder spray leaves nary a trace of residue behind. It performs a heroic array of functions: It soaks up oil and sweat from your roots and helps revive second day hair, amps up volume and helps extend the life of blowouts, and can be used as a texturing aide when you're trying to perfect a tricky updo.
I really liked the Dry Shampoo. I wish there was a bigger can included because I only used it a couple times and couldn't decide if it was worth it or if I really liked it enough to buy again. Just a bit bigger would have helped me. 

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner - Full-size $18
Features a pen-style applicator that's completely goof proof, allowing you to control the thickness of the line you create and vary the intensity of your look. Plus, the fadeproof formula will hold up all day and night. Beauty editors adore it too: This liner is a Teen Vogue Beauty Awards winner.
Well, I'm still using my pen liner from last month because I like it so much, so I haven't tried this one. As long as it's easily applied (I don't have the steadiest of hand when applying eye-liner usually), I'm sure I'll like it.

Wilma Schumann Skincare Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads - Full-size $18
The hydrating pads plump and restore the youthful appearance around your eyes and enhance eye contour naturally without any scary needles. These easy-to-use beauty wonders repair sensitive skin around your eyes after time in the sun, and help brighten eyes.
These kind of make me laugh, because, you know, collagen without the needles... I haven't tried them yet, but I guess this is the "fun" extra I wouldn't ever buy, but would treat myself with the sample. They could prove me wrong.

Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil - Full-size $32
This isn’t just any oil—its breakthrough formula can be used on wet or dry skin to efficiently whisk away all traces of makeup and dirt from deep within pores (even waterproof mascara). Plus, it helps maintain skin’s moisture levels and rinses clean to reveal a dewy complexion.
Okay, I love love Shiseido. I've used their cleanser before - the eye and lip makeup remover. I have to say, I'd spend money on this. The smell is great and it feels super soft and light weight. I remember adding the eye and lip makeup remover to a container full of homemade cleansing wipes. I was sad when I ran out. This cleansing oil is actually pretty similar from what I can tell.

Chella Eyebrow Defining Gel - Full-size $18
It’s simple: The gel lifts the brow hairs and locks them (and anything you may have applied underneath) into place for all-day arches. Plus, shiny brows give the illusion of density, which makes them look fuller without all the work. It’s the perfect low-maintenance option for daytime or weekends.
I've never focused on my brows until more recently, so it's been nice to try products that I've not been exposed to. I've been using this defining gel every few days. It's lightweight and doesn't cake which is nice. I wouldn't buy a full-size because I prefer a brow pencil, but it's been nice to test out.

So there we have January's box. If you're like me and need a mix-up without spending too much, but don't know where to begin, consider joining!

And if you're a newbie, the promo for February is a free full-size Lipstick Queen Hello Sailor Lipstick and pocket mirror with promo code "LIPQUEEN"
Join at www.birchbox.com