Now that it’s almost March, I finally received my February Birchbox. It’s not their fault – I missed the shipment and my box has been sitting at my post office for just about forever. This month’s box is themed around friendship as a way to stick it up to V-day. I’m not kidding, the little card I received literally says, “February may be about a certain romance-focused holiday, but we’re just as thrilled to celebrate those people who cheer us on, calm us down, and -most importantly- make us laugh so hard we cry” (emphasis added). Calling Valentine’s Day a “certain romance-focused holiday,” are we? What, are we going back to calling Voldemort “He Who Must Not Be Named,” as well? Pft.
Anyway, I think that a friendship-themed box is all cool and stuff, but I don’t understand how this box, by its design or contents, is related to friendship. I’m about to show you what my box looks like, so you guys can tell me if you agree / disagree. If you guys disagree, please tell me how you think my box embodies the meaning and/or celebration of friendship. UNLESS…Birchbox is telling me that my life is so void of human love from friends, and that my only real friends now are makeup…in which case, well played, Birchbox, well played. Also, I hate you.
At first glance, the pattern on the box seems to be random splotches (I was in a hurry to unbox). But upon closer look, I can see that they are text messaging windows / chat boxes. I guess that’s what they meant by friendship…but it’s not like people don’t chat or text with their significant others so …I still don’t buy it.
The inside of the box & info card. I really like the design of the card actually. It’s been forever since I’ve used one of those types of phones! Well, rotary phones anyway. The phones pictured reminds me of rotary phones.
A second card inside my box is an advertisement for Benefit’s new Roller Lash mascara. I typically don’t like to use high-end mascaras, finding that drugstore versions perform just as well…but the subliminal messages in this advertisement is working. I really, really want the Roller Lash.
The first item listed on the info card is also the star of the box, in my opinion. The Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner retails for $16 and this is the full-sized! I’m very pleased because I’ve been wanting to try Eyeko for a while and now I get a full-sized one to try! My all time favorite eyeliner is Stila’s all day waterproof liquid eyeliner, and compared to that…let’s just say I might have found a new favorite. The tip is thicker and stiffer than Stila’s, which translates to better control – at least that’s my first impression. The one thing about Stila is that it lasts forever. If Eyeko has the same durability, then I might just make the switch over permanent for the future and save me a couple of bucks while I’m at it.
This is the Juice Beauty Green Apple Cleansing Gel, which retails for $26 full-sized. This face wash claims to brighten and smooth skin thanks to the “hydroxy acids” from organic fruit juices. On the face of the product itself, it claims to exfoliate and refine. The product comes out as a smooth, clear gel – no beads or other material to exfoliate your face. Needless to say, my face and pores do not feel exfoliated after using this product. It doesn’t feel super clean either; I’m just left with a very dry and tight feeling and had to slather on moisturizer in order to soothe the discomfort. I’ll continue to use this to see its brightening effects will work on the dark spots on my skin, but otherwise, I’m giving it two thumbs down.
The Marcelle Gentle Make-up Remover for Sensitive Eyes retails for $15 full-sized. I am excited to try this with different makeup to see how it performs because I’m currently using Clinque’s Take the Day Off makeup remover and it’s a bit oilier than I prefer. After trying Marcelle once, I was happy to notice that its formula is not as oily as Clinque’s formula – but that might just mean it won’t work as well on products meant for all day wear / waterproof / smudge-proof / etc. We shall see!
This Supergoop! Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream came in Light/Medium and retails for a whopping $32 full-sized. It’s supposedly a “next-generation …CC cream that triple protects against UVA, UVB, and infrared-A rays.” It claims to work as both a primer and foundation. But as someone with porous skin, I’m going to have to say NOPE – not going to even try wearing face makeup without pore-minimizing primer. And as someone with combination skin, I want to skip trying this product and pass it on altogether. But for blog research purposes, I won’t…(insert large groan here). Yes, I’m going to put something called “suger goop” on my face for research purposes. Please pray for my face.
The last thing in this box is the BeeKind Conditioner, which retails for $27 full-sized. It’s made with honey and organic calendula, which supposedly “softens hair and ups shine.” I have so many hair products to try, so I wasn’t exactly thrilled to get another hair sample in this box, but I’ll make do. I probably won’t get to it until July, but that’s not it’s fault.So this is everything assembled together from the February box! I think the Eyeko eyeliner alone made the entire box worth its value, and I’m quite liking the Marcelle makeup remover as well. The other products, ehh, I could’ve done without. What did you guys get in your February Birchbox? Was it more friendship-themed than mine? I only have a 6 month subscription to Birchbox, so I’m debating about whether or not to extend my subscription. What I get in the next few months will be critical!