Monday, December 15, 2014

Birchbox Beauty Subscription Review

Here at Diary of a Trendaholic I have reviewed quite a few beauty boxes and I love sampling the hottest products before investing in full-sized versions. Today I am featuring my first review on Birchbox which incorporates great brands and lifestyle items to help you determine which products work best for you!

Each month Birchbox subscribers receive 5 personalized beauty samples ranging from: hair treatments, nail lacquers, fragrances and makeup for $10 a month (+$4.95 shipping and handling). When you sign up you will be prompted to fill out a comprehensive survey to ensure that the items you receive suit your preferences and beauty needs. With Birchbox you will never receive the same products twice and you get the inside scoop on cult favorites and new launches!

The program also has a great points system, so if you love one of your samples and choose to purchase the full-size version you gain points that can be redeemed for more products, and who doesn't love that!

Let’s take a look at what was included in my box

Amika Nourishing Mask (for all hair types)
I love nourishing hair products, especially during the cold winter. This mask by Amika is free of parabens, artificial colors and sulfates, making it safe for color treated hair. The mask deeply conditions with jojoba and revitalizes and repairs for soft manageable hair in just 5-10 mins. I love how rich and thick the formula is, it coats my hair thoroughly, eases detangling and makes my curls soft and bouncy! 

Cynthia Rowley Creamy Lip Stain- in the shade Heartthrob
I would classify this lip product as a cream rather than a stain due to the sheer to medium coverage it provides but the smooth texture is great. This red/orange shade transcends all seasons and the formula is buildable, moisturizing, rich and comfortable on the lips. The color is not quite as vivid as it appears in the packaging which makes it suitable for everyday wear and applying it lightly produces a natural, flushed effect.


Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel (safe for sensitive skin)
No need visit a spa for a beauty treatment every time you want to refresh and pamper your skin; the green apple peel by Juice Beauty uses natural fruit acids that are gentle and revitalizing. The acids work to dissolve dead cells for refreshed, healthy looking skin and although it is called a "peel" no actual peeling is required. 

Benefits Cosmetics High Beam
We all want a healthy glow but even if your skincare routine isn't the best you can achieve luminous skin with this silver-based highlighter by Benefits. This is a product I have been using for awhile and I love dabbing it along my cheekbones and down my nose for radiant looking skin.


Noir Cosmetics Long-Wear Eyeliner (full size included $15)
I wear eyeliner every time I apply my makeup so I like this creamy waterproof formula that glides on smoothly for long-lasting color. The formula is enriched with vitamin E and although I works well for creating smokey looks I would have preferred it in a twist-up version because I don’t like to sharpen.

Overall I thought the box was well rounded and I would definitely like the lip stain and the hair mask in a full-sized versions! Some of the samples are quite small but if they throw in larger items every now and it would be awesome and think the box is a great way to sample popular brands.

For more information on this beauty box or to gift a box to a friend click HERE.

**Disclaimer: Products provided for review


  1. The box includes great products, I have the High Beam Highlighter from benefit and I love it!

  2. i've seen a lot of reviews for birchbox, and while the products are great, i wish they had more deluxe-sized samples. hard to tell if you like a product or if it works for you with those tiny little samples! i'd love that hair mask!

    1. I know what you mean, sometimes samples sizes are okay because when something is excellent I tend to know right away but other times you do need more. The mask was wonderful!


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