Unboxing March 2015 BirchBox

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, Harvey Prince Sincerely,  Jelly Pong Pong GLOW GETTER Highlighter, amika Bombshell Blowout Spray, Smashbox Cosmetics Be Legendary Lip Gloss

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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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7 thoughts on “Unboxing March 2015 BirchBox

  1. Awwww I’m sorry, between this and Kloverbox you got some boxes of disappointment. If you’re looking for anything I’d love to trade for your hair mask!

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    1. Hi Krystyn, I’ve already given the mask away! Thank you and hopefully we can trade in the future 🙂 I guess my disappointment was also compounded by me being very sick too…pitiful, huh? lol


  2. I also received the Jelly Pong Pong highlighter, and based on the arm swatch I did, it’s lovely. I didn’t find it to be over the top at all, but I guess it depends on how comfortable you are with highlighting products. I’ve embraced them, despite my naturally oily skin, and love mixing liquid highlighters with foundation.

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    1. That is great that it works for you and it is good to hear from another oily-skinned lady too 🙂 I’ve tried mixing my highlighters with foundation and I look just awful with it. I do prefer a matte look over a dewy look 🙂 BTW – I LOVE your blog – you do some of the best makeup looks that I have seen out there on blogs ~ very wearable!


  3. I have oily hair & skin too… And am sent hair oil. Utter fail!! But, I’d have to suggest that you consider trying the Jelly Pong highlighter on parts of your face without large pores! I use it under my eyes along the top of my cheek bone and along my jawline. I even used it down the bridge of my nose and I don’t think it made my pores noticeably larger. Did you notice that it won’t clog pores??

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