Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Birchbox January 2015 Review ~ Recharge and Refresh + Coupon Codes

I got to choose my January 2015 Birchbox via an email I received.  That happens every once in awhile and usually they're already "sold out" by the time I realize what the email was for and actually open it. This time I managed to get it right away and I chose the box with tea in it.  Hey, I like tea!
This month everything arrived in the regular Birchbox with a blue-green sleeve denoting the Relax and Recharge theme of my choice.  Birchbox (unlike Ipsy) always has an information card describing what you've received no matter what version you get.
The tea is actually a bonus item in this box, I just noticed!  Personally, I think this might be one of my favorite boxes ever.  The products are great and there is such a range of items in it.  No wonder I picked it instantly.  I had to be fast in case it sold out so I glanced, saw tea, and selected it.

The Cost: $10/month.  Birchbox now ships to Canada!!  The cost is $10 + $4.95 shipping.

What You Get: Samples and sometimes full size items, including everything from makeup and skin care to non beauty essentials like candles and tea.  Plus a really great points program.
When Travelmate Sheet Mask- This is made of coconut fibers and is for soothing and moisturizing. I feel like I've been seeing more and more sheet masks coming on the scene now that I've gotten hooked on them.  This one definitely gets added to my stash.

teapigs Chamomile Flowers and Liquorice and Peppermint tea-  I'm drinking the liquorice and peppermint one right now and it's peppermintylicious.  I like it since I'm always partial to peppermint in my teas.  There's a zing of flavor that must be the liquorice that is quite tasty and fun.  I think this are a UK tea brand which is fun!
Manna Lip Locked in All of Me- This is a lip primer, stain and gloss loaded with vitamins and berry extracts.  It has a doe foot applicator and is UNBELIEVABLY gorgeous.  Um, yeah.  My new favorite thing?  Quite possibly.  This is my favorite color for lippies.  It has zero stickiness, no scent and no taste.  Love.

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask-  I don't use this mainly because other people love it so much that it's easy to swap.  It's apparently a wonderful conditioner but (if you've hung around long enough) you know I don't really like hair goo.
Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream- This tiny sample is worth $15!  It gets really good reviews, too. Sadly, I can't use it because it has lavender in it :(
This lightweight cream absorbs quickly into skin and has a lovely lavender-herb scent. Virgin coconut, rosehip, and carrot oil unite to soften dry skin, while a soothing blend of chamomile, cucumber, and witch hazel instantly brightens dark circles. Throw in antioxidant-rich spruce knot and skin-plumping hyaluronic acid, and this cream packs an antiaging punch.

Perlier Nurturing Body Balm in Shea Lavender- Shea Lavender (with shea butter and lavender extract) works to soften and moisturize even extra-dry skin.
I think when I signed up at the speed of light, I didn't realize this was lavender scented.  Bummer. This will go the way of many of my other lavender products.  To my MIL who loves lavender scented anything.  Works out perfectly!

VERDICT:  I think this is a great Birchbox!  I thought it was nice that I got to choose it and that I made it before they sold out.  The samples in this box are great brands, great quality and the variety is good, as well.  Even the product I can't use will go to good use as gifts.

The other thing I love about Birchbox is their points program.  For every product review you write for your box you get 10 points.  For every 100 points (two boxes) you get $10 to spend in their ridiculously awesome shop that has everything even Clairsonics!  I've snagged some pretty awesome stuff in their shop.  I usually get "lifestyle" items but most recently I chose my favorite Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle stuff. It's on it's way to me now.

If you would like to sign up for a Birchbox subscription of your own, you can do that right here!  You can get an immediate $10 in your account if you use a code when you check out!  Use code BBSTORE100 to get 100 points ($10) added to your account.  Or you can use BBHELLO and get 2 extra samples added to your box.

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  1. I chose the same box and yes, the lippie is FANTASTIC! I know where my Birchbox points are going. I really love the Balance Me eye cream, but because I just started to pay attention to ingrediants (Yeah! Great Skin! Boo! You contain mint :p), I didn't know there was lavender in it. It is slowly inching out my Benefit Eye Wonder for the top spot. I still need to find something for the remaining dark circles, tho. Those suckers will never completely fade...

    1. I might have to get the full size of that Manna Lip Locked. The color is pure perfection and I love the formula. Just need to do a longevity test :D
      I'm bummed the eye cream has lavender because the reviews for this are pretty rave but lavender near my eyeballs probably is pushing it.
      I wish my dark circles would go away too! I probably need more sleep, more water and some different genetics... /weeps