It’s March Birchbox time! And I have to say… Birchbox really made up for last month’s box.

If you are just now joining us, Birchbox sends out deluxe, high-end samples at $10/month. One of the great things about Birchbox is you can earn points for writing product reviews which translates to money to spend in their store where you can purchase full-sized items beauty and lifestyle items just by giving some feedback about what you received. We love giving our opinions, so this works well for Jill and I.

Birchbox always sends a card which describes the month’s theme and the products in your box. Because Birchbox sends out many different variations of their boxes based on subscriber preferences, your box may look different than mine.And here is what I got this month! We’ll check everything out in detail below…
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream (f/s $26.50): I’m not totally sure if I had ever tried anything from Kiehl’s other than their lip balm. (In college, I thought this was a luxury, but truly, it was all I could afford.) I was excited to try an actual skincare product, and I really like it. I would say it’s more of a winter/night type of cream because I don’t think I would like it under makeup during the day, but it was super hydrating and the sample was very generously sized. I’ll be using this for awhile!

PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Smoothing Blowout Spray (f/s $24): First, I noticed this smells fantastic. Second, while this is supposed to give me both volume and smoothing – which sounds contradictory – I don’t think it did either all that well. But it didn’t make my hair flatter or LESS smooth? So I’m not totally sure what it did. I know it’s supposed to protect hair from heat damage, so let’s all just pretend we know it does that because it smells really good and I want to keep using it.

 Wilma Schumann Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads ($18): If you are following me on Snapchat (@BoxyLadies) you may have already seen me test these out. Let me tell you that they are slimy as hell. They aren’t like those cloth masks. These are akin to putting flat slugs on your face. But after you get over the slug feeling, I liked how my skin felt afterwards. What I don’t like? The $18 price tag. I’ll look fondly back on that feeling but I won’t be buying the box.

MILK Studios Lip Color in C.R.E.A.M. (f/s $22): So this lipstick sample was hilariously tiny. I just laughed a lot when I saw it! However, I was really interested in this brand because it recently also debuted at Sephora along with Birchbox. But I had a hard time getting past how small this is because it would keep making me laugh. I liked the formula OK. Seems fairly basic lipstick formula – not overly moisturizing, not overly long wearing. I’d like this if it were a different color. Just is a little too peachy for me but I think it would be good for a lot of women. Check out the swatch below!

See how small this is? It is seriously funny. I had to show Matt and he laughed also.

Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Filter (f/s $28): Smashbox is a great brand and I was excited to see this little Eye Shadow Trio in my box! These are three very wearable, matte, pigmented shades! (See swatches below!) Not my every day colors but I was excited to try out the formula because I’m not sure if I remembered what a Smashbox shadow felt like. I liked the formula a lot. Reminded me a lot of the UD Naked Basics palette. I just still love Colourpop more! This will be a great little palette for travel, though!

  MILK Makeup Lip Color in C.R.E.A.M., Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio

Final Grade: A

I don’t think I was too happy with my last Birchbox, but they really, really made up with it with this box, which reminds me why I love Birchbox! They feature great brands and I love that they introduce me to brands I wouldn’t otherwise I would have learned about. And their rewards system seriously can’t be beat.

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A self-proclaimed beauty junkie/hoarder with a serious Sephora problem. This blog is a total rationalization of that problem. Everything is TOTALLY fine. Her free time is a mixed combination of making fun of reality TV with her husband, hanging out with cats and finally trying to figure out how to do her hair.