So, I recently jumped on the Birchbox bandwagon. This was an unusual move for me, since most days the fanciest beauty product I employ is toothpaste, but it sounded like a fun, cheap thing to try for a couple of months so here we are. (Also, for anyone put off by the waitlist thing, the time from requesting a subscription to getting one was a grand total of 20 days. I suspect Birchbox may be stalling to build a sense of exclusivity.)
My very first Birchbox contained a beauty tips book that I gave to my four year old to color because see above, an absolutely disgusting protein bar, an inscrutable (to me) pale "brow base" pencil, and two things I actually like a lot.
First up, Juicy Couture Viva La Fleur perfume. It is light and subtle and smells a bit flowery and a bit like really nice soap. I've been wearing it every day and really like it.
Second, theBalm Stainiac Tinted Gel Blush in Beauty Queen. This is described on the bottle as "a hint of tint for cheeks and lips," which, ok, maybe not. I don't see using this as blush and know I should try it out in the interest of full reportage, but I just can't get into the idea. I love it as a lip stain though. The color is very subtle but you can apply a couple of coats for more impact. It wears really well and wears off evenly, which is a problem I've had with other lip stains. Also it tastes yummy, which is a bonus.
So month one of Birchbox, enough of a success for me to stick around for month two.
(Photos from fragrancenet.com, amazon.com)