Well, I received my March Birchbox and wow, what a bitter pill of a box for me. I am in a beta program that allows me to tell Birchbox how many samples of certain categories I would like per year, plus the original profile that all members have. This month, outside of the PYS item, was an epic failure.
This month’s theme is “Creativity” ~ Get inspired with this month’s picks. Expressing yourself hasn’t been this fun since finger painting.
My Box Revealed!
Macadamia Professional™ Nourishing Moisture Masque This is a big 2 oz tub of what I am sure is a fantastic product, but my profile states clearly that I have fine and oily hair, and the tub states clearly that this is for medium/coarse hair. Sigh. I also hate that Birchbox wishes in insult my intelligence further by stating that unless I am a newborn, my hair has been damaged. Err, yeah, but this product is not for ALL hair types. Deluxe Size 2 oz Value $9.00
Description: Unless you’re a newborn (in which case it would be odd that you’re reading this), your hair has almost certainly been damaged. That’s because everyday life is a minefield: Heat styling, brushing, coloring, even sleeping all cause hair damage. Luckily, there’s a solution. This luxurious mask from Macadamia Professional™ penetrates the hair shaft to reconstruct strands from the inside out, so you’re left with stronger, shinier, and healthier hair after each use. It’s loaded with natural oils like macadamia, argan, and tea tree that restore much-needed moisture to hair without weighing it down. Added bonus: These all-natural ingredients leave behind a heavenly scent.
How To Use: After shampooing, coat strands starting a few inches away from roots all the way to ends. Leave on for 7 minutes or so, then rinse with cool water and style as usual. Use weekly for best results.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Quaternium 80, Amodimethicone, Ricinus Commmunis Seed Oil (Castor), Parfum/Fragrance, Algae Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methypropional, Hexylcinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol, C11 15 Pareth 7, C12 16 Pareth 9, Trideceth 12, Trimethylsilosyamodimethicone cosDNA.com analysis
Harvey Prince Sincerely Another perfume sample. Well, it was time for them to show up, because it is a given that I will get 6 damn samples yearly. This has rose in it. Allergic to it. This isn’t Birchbox’s fault, but it adds more insult onto injury with the incorrect hair type product above. Deluxe Sample 1.5 mL Value $1.65
Description: This seductive scent from Harvey Prince has us falling in love—madly, deeply, and (yes) oh-so-sincerely. The complex blend of Indian tuberose, Turkish cyclamen, and Spanish mandarin makes for a sweetly spicy scent, one that we just can’t stop sniffing once we spritz it on.
Ingredients: Indonesian Clove Bud, Australian Sandalwood, Moroccan Rose, French Bergamot, Indian Tuberose, Japanese Orange Flower, Lebanese Cedarwood, Turkish Cyclamen, South African Freesia
Jelly Pong Pong GLOW GETTER Highlighter It isn’t that I don’t like highlighters, I do. But I rarely use them, as I already have a glowing face with my natural oily shine ~ haha. Mica is the second ingredient, so I already know this is a glitterbomb, not some subtle highlighter. Fail, Birchbox. Fail. This does sound like a nice highlighter, but it is too glittery sounding for me. These types of highlighters just make my pores look HUGE. Supposedly, this sample I received, the 4 mL, is the FULL sized version. URGGGGHHH….. Value $12.95
Description: This weightless gel highlighter makes that last part a total breeze. It’s oil-free and made with 80 percent water, which gives it an incredibly lightweight texture that also won’t clog pores. The pearlescent pigments in the formula give skin a subtle, luminous shimmer. Better still, this gel is hypoallergenic and free of mineral oil, phthalates, triclosan, and sulfates.
Ingredients: water (aqua), mica, propanediol, acrylates/C10-C30 alkyl acrylates cross polymer, triethanolamine, methylparaben, propylparaben. [+/- (may contain) (peut contenir) citrus aurantium (orange blossom) extract, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 7499)] cosDNA.com analysis
amika Bombshell Blowout Spray This is my PYS choice and I have tried this product before. It is fantastic for my straight and lots-of-it fine hair ~ it helps cut dry time as well. I use it in my hair before I blow dry and then it gives my hair a nice lift and volume. If you have fine/straight hair and want a little boost, shine and texture to your hair, I highly recommend this product. Plus it smells really nice and doesn’t leave your hair greasy or weighed down! Not an overpowering scent, very nice and fresh ~ Now, this is a sample where I wish they would have given me a 2 oz or a full size! Sample Size 1 oz Value $3.00
Description: The lightweight spray performs a variety of functions, protecting, nourishing, smoothing, and volumizing hair. We apply it to damp strands before blow-drying to provide heat protection, texture, and lift. It also serves as a light hold mist for dry hair and can facilitate restyling. In keeping with its multipurpose personality, it works on all hair types, including color-treated hair.
Ingredients: Water/eau (aqua), octylacrylamide/acrylates/butylaminoethyl methacrylate copolymer, hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) seed oil, panthenol (vitamin b5), glycerin, peg-12 dimethicone, fragrance (parfum), aminomethyl propanol, benzophenone-4, propylene glycol, imidazolidinyl urea, methylisothiazolinone, yellow 5 [ci 19140], blue 1 [ci 42090], butylphenyl methylproponial, limonene, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene, carboxaldehyde, hydroxycitronellal, citronellol, coumarin cosDNA.com analysis
Smashbox Cosmetics Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Disco Rose Now, I was pleased with this color choice, a nice muted sheer rose color ~ bright but not screaming bright. However, the doe-foam applicator is awful. It moves and flops around, making it hard to apply this to my lips. Such a shame that the applicator is just awful, as the gloss looks to be very pretty ~ just sticky enough to stay on the lips without attracting hair, dust, bugs, and other floating things. I do not know if this applicator is the same in the full sized product, however, so I am not really going to purchase this product if it has the same lame applicator. I have no idea how big this is, as the sample is not marked, so I am going to say $5.00, as the full size is $20.00
Description: This grown-up gloss from Smashbox Cosmetics has the amped-up shine we love, without the gloppy stickiness—and it comes in a range of sophisticated shades, from sweetly neutral to fearlessly bold.
As you can tell, I am not too pleased with my March box. I only really like my PYS and perhaps I should have just gotten the curated box, as that was much better than this. In my beta profile, I mention I would like facial masks, but they sent me an unsuitable hair mask instead :( I am not sure what happened this month, as the box choices with my PYS had better boxes suited to my profile. Let’s hope that next month is better. I paid $10.00 for my box and received a value of $31.63 ~ a higher priced box, but filled with worthless products for my profile ~ this goes beyond trying things that I haven’t tried before ~ these don’t even match my profile!
Do you subscribe to Birchbox? What did you get this month and what was your favorite item?
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