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Birchbox | December 2017



When Birchbox founders Katia and Hayley first met, they had wildly different approaches to beauty. Hayley was a self-proclaimed novice, while Katia was a connoisseur. But they agreed on one thing: Shopping for products was frustrating, inefficient, and confusing. How were customers supposed to navigate the vast range of options? And in the growing online market, how could they try products without buying them all (and going bankrupt in the process)?

We shipped our first Birchboxes in September 2010, and soon realized that men needed a better way to shop too. BirchboxMan launched in April 2012 to bring guys tailored shipments of grooming and lifestyle products. Millions of boxes and product matches later, our mission remains the same: to help customers find products they love. We keep that top of mind every single day.

NUFACE | Prep-In-Glow


First Product in this month’s Birchbox I got 2 NUFACE Prep-In-Glow Towelette samples. Inside you’ll find a rather large square cloth soaked in ingredients. One side of the cloth is smooth and gentle while the other side has small bumps all over to use for exfoliation.


The dual-sided Prep-N-Glow™ Cloths feature soft cotton lace to remove makeup, dirt, oil, and impurities as micro-dots provide gentle exfoliation. Enriched with hydrating hyaluronic acid and skin-protecting antioxidants and minerals, the cloths deliver antiaging properties and create beautifully refreshed and radiant-looking skin.

I gave this a try the other night to take my makeup off with the exfoliating side and then calm my skin with the other side. I have to say the dots on the exfoliating side were rougher than what I initially thought they would be but not too rough! The smooth side felt cool and soothing to my skin. This cloth removed all my makeup along with my mascara which is always a tricky product to take off.


MARCELLE | Ultimate Volume Nano Mascara


The second treat found in this month’s box was a sample size of Marcelle’s Ultimate Volume Nano Mascara. Rather small but I wouldn’t expect anything less for a sample. This mascara is a lot thicker than others I have tried. The product really attaches itself to your lash and turned kind of globby if I didn’t apply it slowly.


No lash is ever left behind when this mascara takes the lead. That’s because it’s designed to reach every last one while adding volume thanks to its unassuming yet totally effective mini brush. It grasps and coats even your stubborn corner and bottom lashes with a long-lasting formula that doesn’t flake or clump (goodbye spider lashes!). A full-feathered effect with just one product? We’re hooked.


AVEDA | Thickening Tonic


Fourth product arriving in this month’s beauty box is from AVEDA, Thickening Tonic. I suffer from thin, brittle hair so I have been taking extra steps to include more moisturizing products to my hair routine as well as those that can help to have volume and thickness to my hair. This sounds perfect!


Sometimes it’s thicker strands we’re after, not necessarily a bouncy coif with tons of texture. That’s where this tonic comes into play—it expands strands from roots to tips and boosts their thickness without any residue or grit so your locks still feel clean. Powered by active botanicals, the 97% naturally derived formula truly treats your hair rather than just styling it so it has more body and lift, as if you were genetically blessed with fuller strands.


Love Of Color | Liquid Shimmer Shadow


Now this little bottle of joy is also included in this month’s box and I am obsessed. It’s from Love of Color and it’s a liquid shimmer shadow. The subtle shine you get from just one swipe of this product on your lids and you will be the star of the room.


Bring on the shimmer, glitter, and shine—you don’t have to save these liquid metallic shadows just for a night out. Their wearable shades and doe-foot applicators make it easy to create a variety of looks without any extra tools or palettes. The water-based no-flake formula delivers gorgeous full pigment that dries quickly, feels comfortable on your lids, and lasts through it all—no primers needed. The fact that they’re portable and cruelty- and paraben-free only makes us even more obsessed with them. Tip: To get a smokier look, try using a One & Done Shadow Stick in a deeper shade in the crease of your eye.

WHISH | Botanical Primer


I used to not be that huge of a fan for Primers as I didn’t realize how much they affected the outcome of my foundation and eyeshadow. I got from WHISH their Botanical Primer (trial size of course). I haven’t had too much play in the land of face primers so I don’t have much to compare to. It goes on smooth and dries quick, doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry or chalky.


The difference between your makeup flaking with pores peeking through and staying fresh? This natural, versatile primer that not only preps your complexion but also balances, protects, and hydrates—oh my! Packed with nourishing extracts and oils like Japanese honeysuckle, seabuckthorn extract, and argan (just to name a few), it gives your foundation the base it needs to last all day. Its creamy, clear formula not only helps prevent caking, minimize pores, and even out tone and texture, but it also gives your complexion a subtle radiance.


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DISCLOSURE: All opinions and statements above are my own and were not influenced by the Brand. I purchased this item myself to test out and review on my Capture Beauty.

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    • Seriously, love it! It’s goes on thicker than you think as I thought it would be more transparent. Calling for more product but just one swipe worked perfect.


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