Welcome to my April Birchbox review! It is my favorite box because this is the Rifle Paper Co. x Birchbox collaboration. This starts with a beautiful box (which I’m for sure keeping, duh) and they even included a 25% coupon code for Rifle Paper Co. that I definitely forgot to use the other day when I bought something from RPC but will save for something better (more expensive!) in the future. The code is good for the rest of the year!

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 kindly includes a card that describes your products. However, there are so many different combinations of Birchboxes based on customer preferences (allegedly), so your box may look very different from mine!

Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution ($21): So, when I opened up my Birchbox and saw Micellar water, I was like, “COME ON!” This is one of those skin care trends that I am not on board with. However, since it was already in my possession, I thought I would use it to remove the makeup swatches that I made on my hand, since I had more swatching to do. I was shocked at how well it removed makeup. I think I was judging this type of product because I had previously used it as a face wash. It grossed me out because rubbing something on my face doesn’t make it feel clean to me. But this stuff removed makeup like a freaking DREAM. All right, micellar water. I get you now.

PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Volumizing Lifting Spray ($24): I was excited to receive another PARLOR product from Birchbox, as I LOVE the blowout spray I got last month. (It smells like peaches!) I’m still figuring out how to use this. I threw it in my gym bag when I first got it and I didn’t have the right hair tools in there to blow dry my hair properly. So the verdict is still out about how much volume this will give me, but I’m psyched that I actually got a volumizing product this month instead of some heavy conditioning product I don’t need at all.

Dr. Jart+ Liftra Contour Cream ($60): While I am a big fan of most of Dr. Jart+’s products (I’m a big fan of their bb creams, and I’ve gotten Jill hooked, too) this cream is a little confusing. First, I think they are trying to cash in on the contouring trend by throwing the word “Contour” in the name. I have a hard time believing that this cream produces collagen as it claims. Those things not withstanding, this seems like a nice, moisturizing cream. Will I buy it? Probably not. But if you do, I’d probably recommend using it at night because it might be a bit too much for under makeup during the day.

TOCCA Crema da Mano – Giulietta ($20): I love the TOCCA brand. The Italian luxury fragrance house is famous for its candles and lotions. I love receiving any sample from this brand because while fancy lotions and candles are lovely, they are lower on my Beauty Totem Pole of Expensive Things I Will Spend Money On. However, this sample makes a pretty addition to my purse, and my hands smell great.

Laura Gellar New York Baked Blush-n-Brighten ($28): Does anyone else now think of Project Runway when they see Laura Gellar? Great use of marketing, Laura Gellar Team. The Baked Blush-n-Brighten is gorgeous. It looks similar to what I’m using already but the colors are mixed together instead of separate. And I was looking for a good dupe for my gym bag, so this is working perfectly. It’s so pretty. See the swatch below.

Check out the swatch of the Laura Gellar blush!

Final Grade: A

I loved this month’s Birchbox! The blush is gorgeous, I am always down to try a volumizing hair product, and a TOCCA lotion? Win.

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A self-proclaimed beauty junkie/hoarder with a serious Sephora problem. After years with Birchbox, she now has a subscription box problem as well. Her free time is a mixed combination of cats, TV, and finally trying to figure out how to do her hair.

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