Monday, March 14, 2011


I had to do a special post for this because today I received my first BIRCHBOX!

What is Birchbox, you ask? Well, Birchbox is something to the effect of ShoeDazzle but for beauty items. Every month you receive a new box filled with deluxe samples! You take a little survey so they can cater the samples in the box to you, and they also have a great community website where you can share thoughts with other members and there are tips/tutorials, etc., and if you like a product you tried, you can easily go to the website and order the full-size product.

The best part? It's only $10 a month, no tax or shipping. Also, cancelling is easy.
((It's like Netflix for beauty addicts!!))

Here are pics!!

Straight from the mailbox-- Adorable!!

The actual box--- so fancy!!
Upon opening, there is a letter~

The letter reads:

Hi there, 
Is it spring yet? We don't know about you, but we're ready for a change -- and we don't just mean swapping cozy sweaters for springy frocks. This month is about taking everything to the next level, from your sinkside essentials to your makeup routine.
To start your upgrade, we're introducing you to better versions of your daily staples: an Italian toothpaste that will make you look forward to brushing your teeth and a luscious organic lip balm infused with aromatic essential oils. 
Change doesn't just mean trying out a new lip color (though we're all for that). Learn the ins and outs of self-tanning with our cheat sheet and learn how to get the most flattering brow shape for your face. Watch our video tutorial on how to get the dewy model look, or test-drive the matte lips trend. And we even have an upgrade for your iPod: a free download of the latest hit from stunning Danish singer Oh Land, this month's Birchbox Crush.
Happy playing,
Katia, Hayley, & the Birchbox Team 

On the flip side is a list of what is in the box, along with how big the full size products are, and how much they cost:

 I peeled back the tissue and found this!
..and inside the tied-up tissue..

The goodies all nestled in the box~

Initial thought?


Seriously, I felt like I was getting a super secret special gift. Whoever came up with the packaging definitely deserves a gold star. And a raise, haha!

I've read that this month was a little bit of a disappointment for some, but since this is my first box I didn't have many expectations. I would like more actual makeup samples, but maybe next month with deliver! I'm excited to try the Blow Thickening Mist and also the Pomega5 Daily Revitalizing Concentrate.

As far as the freebie Brow Brush? I guess my brows aren't unruly enough to use a brush-- do any of you all use one in your routine?

Reviews to come! I might have to start posting more than once a day, haha!

Until next time--
~Beauty Maven


  1. Ooohh, this sounds exciting! I might have to do this!!

  2. Mama Griffiths-- I really think it's a great deal for $10!! Thanks for the comment!!

  3. This really is an awesome company and they're only 3 months old!

    How did you like the Pangea lip balm? I just ordered some to try. :-)

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  4. Hey Alicia! I had no clue they were so new-- such a great idea! The Pangea lip balm smells SO GOOD-- and it's great at hydrating but I've found it doesn't stay around for very long. =\ That could be because of my habits though, haha! Hope you enjoy it!!

  5. I'm so jealous! Birchbox doesn't ship to Finland :--(