Everygirl teamed up with Birchbox this August to create a box of affordable beauty products. I had the option of choosing this box or just one product out of a handful of options and letting Birchbox handle the rest of the box as usual. Each month, Birchbox subscribers receive a variety of beauty samples to try for only $10.
Looking back, I probably should not have chosen this box given that I already own one of the products and have no use for some of the others, but my brain was being dyslexic and impulsive that day, and I completely misread the description and thought I was getting a box of full-sized items. Derp.
Let’s get to it. I really wanted to try Harvey Prince Hello because citrus is my thing. Unfortunately, it was more flowery and not very citrusy. It’s not a bad scent, but it’s not something I would ever buy for myself. This fragrance also seems to fade after an hour or so. If you love this scent, you can get a small size for an affordable $26 on the Birchbox site (which is kind of the point behind featuring it in this box), but you get more bang for your buck purchasing the larger bottle for $55. 0.06 oz, $1.95 value
Did I mention that citrus is my thing? Not Soap, Radio Body Wash was a perfect lemony-sugary scent. The sweet smell lingers on your skin for a bit after a shower, but it’s not overpowering and never competes with perfume, should you choose to use one. It lathered up nicely and could even be used for shaving purposes if you’re the type of person that likes to kill two birds with one stone. 1.5 oz, $1.76 value
One of the reasons I chose this box was to be able to try the Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect. I have liked the past Number 4 products I’ve received in other Birchboxes, so this one was a given. One thing I didn’t consider was that I have pretty fine, slippery hair to begin with, so brushing it out after a shower has never been a problem with the exception of that one time I was really lazy and decided not to cut it for a year. This one has a deep, moody floral scent similar to the shampoo and mask I’ve used before, and it makes my hair feel thicker than it usually does without it feeling dried out or like it has a gunky residue in it. I like it, but it’s not really practical for me. 1 oz, $4.73 value
Another great product that I really have no use for. The Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub Sea Kelp + CGF is a nice little scrub that smells like mint green tea. For the price, I’m actually really impressed. It didn’t cause my face to become extra oily like most scrubs do, and my skin felt nice and smooth. If I wasn’t already using the Clarisonic Mia, I would definitely go for this because it achieves similar results and doesn’t irritate or dry out my skin. 1 oz, $3.75 value
I purchased a full-size version of the Benefit They’re Real! Push-Up Liner just days before Birchbox notified me of the option to choose this box. Since I have already reviewed this in great detail here, I’m just going to keep this short and sweet.
This is a matte, very black gel liner in pen form. The gel comes out of a slanted, rubbery tip by twisting the base of the pen, and is intended mostly for creating winged eyeliner looks. It’s supposed to be revolutionary because it pushes the lashes out of the way to get the eyeliner right at the base of them to make the eyes look bigger. I still find I have much more control using a gel pot and brush than I do using this pen, so it hasn’t altered my life in any significant way, unfortunately. 0.003 oz, $1.80 value
Total box value is $13.99. This box wasn’t a total dud, but I really don’t have any use for any of these things and I’m not really blown away by any of them. Better luck next time.
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