Unboxing December 2014 BirchBox

I am really loving Birchbox’s Pick Your Sample (PYS) program.   For this month, I chose a rose gold eyeliner, as I love a good colored eyeliner!  This month’s theme is “Decked Out”


December’s box is a keeper.  It is a bright blue with gold dots.  I couldn’t take a picture that did it justice however, but the fact that I am keeping the box should tell you it is very pretty!  You can see the cover below, but it is so much more prettier in person.

My Box Revealed!

 From left to right, starting in the back:  Rusk Texture Spray, Dr Jart+ Black Label Detox BB, SeaRX Serum, Acure Organics Lip Lush, Vasanti Cosmetics Kajal Eye Pencil

Informational Card

Rusk Texture Spray I’ve tried Rusk’s texture spray before and I happen to like it.  It has a light weight hold, but it does add lots of texture to my baby fine, straight hair.   It does have an herbal scent, which I find pleasing, but others may not. I am pretty happy to get this!  Deluxe Sample 1.5 oz Value $3.38

Product Description: …this finishing spray…adds of texture and volume without leaving hair stiff. Whether you have a pixie cut or you’re sporting long locks, the medium-hold formula will help you make the most of your style.This talc-free spray is safe to use on color-treated hair. It’s made with hydrolyzed quinoa, silk amino acids, and keratin to prevent premature color from fading and boost moisture levels. Silica texturizes hair and leaves behind a matte finish. 

How To Use: Shake the can vigorously. Spray on your roots, or mist all over to lock in your style.

Ingredients: SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Hydrofluorocarbon 152a, Dimethyl Ether, Water (Aqua, Eau), VP/VA Copolymer, Alcohol, Silica, Glycerin, Triethyl Citrate, PEG/PPG-17/18 Dimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Silk, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Sorbic Acid, Benzyl Salicylate, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone


Dr Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm  Wow, what a mouthful for a tiny sample!  And thankfully, I don’t care that this is a tiny sample as I don’t use BB creams.    Sample .2 oz Value $4.80

Product Description: Made without parabens or sulfates, this creamy tinted balm is the cornerstone of a no-nonsense makeup routine. Arbutin brightens and evens out skin tone, while green tea and aloe vera soothe irritation. Rare caviar extract promotes collagen production, while titanium dioxide and zinc oxide provide broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection.

Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Zinc Oxide, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Silica, Arbutin, Iron Oxides, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Calcium Stearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Talc, Sorbitan Olivate, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Propylene Carbonate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sorbitan Isostearate, Ozokerite, Diisostearyl Malate, Beeswax, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Ubiquinone, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caviar Extract, Propylene Glycol, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Alcohol, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glyceryl Caprylate, Potassium sorbate, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Sodium Benzoate


SeaRX Anti-Wrinkle Facial Lift Treatment Serum  Another long name!  I am pretty excited to try this out too, as it contain Dead Sea minerals that are supposed to help with wrinkles and fine lines.   I wrote about minerals in the Dead Sea for another product review here.   I do not know the size of this product, as it is not marked.  I weighed the tube and it came out to .2 oz, so I will say .1 oz Sample size .1 oz Value $3.40

Product Description: Infused with skin-plumping moisturizers (think: aloe, hyaluronic acid, and that old standby—actual H20), plus nourishing Dead Sea minerals, this serum temporarily increases the surface tension of skin, diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and bags. The citrusy formula is especially effective on thinning, crepe-y complexions.

Ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Propanedilol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Hyaluronic Acid, Mineral Salts (from Dead Sea Minerals), Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Carbomer, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 20, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil


Acure Organics Lip Lush in Date Worthy  OMG ~ I love this color!!  And it is on trend with Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year ~ Marsala and you can see that Sephora is starting to promote this color.   BTW – can you tell I am totally thrilled with that color pick??  This is a luscious dark rose-brown sheer gloss that has a taste of something ~ coconut, vanilla?  Not sure what it is, but it does taste pleasant.  Update:  Bananas!! That is what this smells like! Full Size .5 oz Value $7.99

Product Description: The lush formula uses argan oil, echinacea, and edelweiss stem cells to give you a high-shine plump finish, without the addition of parabens, gluten, synthetic fragrance, silicone, or phthalates. 

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil*, Cera Alba* (Beeswax), Brassica Campestris Fordii (Rapeseed) Copolymer, Natural Flavors* (Gluten Free), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Tocopherol, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Nut Oil*, Glycyrrhizic Acid (from Licorice Root), Silica, Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxide (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Glycerin, Xanthan, Leontopodium Alpinum (Edelweiss) Stem Cell Culture, Echinacea Angustrifolia (Echinacea) Stem Cell Culture *Certified Organic


Vasanti Cosmetics Kajal Extreme Intense Eye Pencil in Rose Gold  This was my PYS and I love the light color of this shimmery rose gold liner.  I think it will look lovely as an liner for the lower lashes and also as a highlighter.  And it really doesn’t budge ~ I swatched this and and it is still on my hand after an hour, even after several attempts to rub it off!  The full size is .04 oz, so I really think this product qualifies as a full size item in the box too 🙂   Almost-Full Size .03 oz Value $13.50

Product Description: This kohl pencil glides on easily, adding instant drama to your look, while the waterproof formula stays put for up to eight hours. Plus, each pencil has a handy built-in smudger and sharpener, so you can create well-defined or sultry looks.  We’re never ones to shy away from smoky eyes or winged liner, and this versatile liner lets us create both. The smooth, creamy formula goes on easily and won’t smudge all over the place. We love how the built-in sharpener keeps the tip precise.

Ingredients: Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG/PPG-19/19 Dimethicone, Synthetic wax, hydrogenated polydicyclopentadiene, Nylon – 12, C20-40 Alcohols, Perfluorononyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Polyethylene, Pentaerythrityl Tetra- Di-T- Butyl, Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol, [+/- (May Contain): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140:1), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090:2), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742))



left side: flash, under bright lighting.   right side: flash, normal lighting

Top: Vasanti Cosmetics Kajal Extreme Intense Eyeliner in Rose Gold.   Bottom: Acure Organics Lip Lush in Date Worthy

I cannot believe how wonderful this box is!  Two months in a row where I have gotten fantastic boxes with great lip products.   I really love the Date Worthy shade and am excited to try out the SeaRX serum.   I paid $10.00 for my box and received a value of $33.07   Great job, Birchbox!!  Let’s hope 2015 is just as good as these past 2 months have been!

Do you subscribe to Birchbox?  What did you get this month and what was your favorite item?

If you want to subscribe to Birchbox, I would love it if you used my referral link   https://www.birchbox.com/invite/biancardi

[ descriptions in italics from birchbox.com and product websites ]


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