March Birchbox: Reviews By a Non-Beauty Expert

Do you have a monthly Birchbox subscription?  Halfway into our time living at my in-laws’ house, I ended my subscription for two reasons — 1) I wanted to save that money or at least put it elsewhere and 2) The samples I was getting weren’t thrilling me.

Since then, I have a handful of products that are real tried-and-true for me (NARS Orgasm blush, BareMinerals foundation and hydrating gel, Dior Lip Glow, Drybar dry shampoo, Kenra Volume 25 hairspray).  I also began an intense regimen directed by a dermatologist to treat my acne last Summer, so my skincare products are pretty much set at this point.  But since there is a little bit of wiggle room in our budget these days, I thought I would start up the Birchbox subscription again since it’s only $10/month and after we received a Nespresso machine for Christmas, I rarely get a fancy coffee out anymore unless I am meeting a friend.

At least for the month of March, I was so happy with my box.  They teamed up with Draper James, which is a brand that I really can’t afford, but I love Reese Witherspoon and the style of the clothes and accessories.  So fun.

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Beauty Protector Protect & Volume

Not to start off on a bad note, but this stuff just wasn’t for me.  It weighed my hair down quite a bit and kind of flattened it out.  Although, I am not a beauty person, so I could have totally used this wrong — there were no instructions on the bottle.  Could have looked them up but #lazy.  😉

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Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

On the contrary, this stuff is awesome and the only product from the box that is like a must-have for me.  The cream is so luxurious and literally every time I put it on, I’m in my bathroom verbalizing how good it feels, lol.  Every time.  I have been using it twice a week, right after a very drying topical medication that I put on Mondays and Fridays before bed.  In the morning, my skin is plump and really well-moisturized.

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Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner

I have been really into smudging my eyeliner lately and I was happy that I could still do that with this eyeliner.  I put it on during the day, though, and it was too heavy for me for a daytime look.  Perfect for an evening going out.  It’s really easy to use as the tip is pointed and firm but not sharp on your lid.  For someone like me who isn’t super skilled at putting on eyeliner that requires precision, this was surprisingly easy.

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Klorane Shampoo with Mango Butter — For Dry Hair

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Klorane Conditioning Balm with Mango Butter — For Dry Hair

These were both nice and I enjoyed using them (I still have a little bit left of each), but they’re not must-haves for me.  I feel like it would take a lot for me to buy any other shampoo than the inexpensive shampoo and conditioner that I get at Target.  The best thing about these, though, is the way that they smell.  SO yummy.  I also do feel like they are really hydrating products.

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Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara

I’m really surprised that this product didn’t do anything for me!  I’ve seen so much about it on beauty blogs that when I opened my box and saw this, I was most excited for this!  I have a lot of eyelashes and they are also pretty long, but this mascara clumped them all together so it looked like I had just a handful of lashes — it took away all of the volume that my lashes have.  I’m much happier with this Dior mascara that I have been using or this budget-friendly option that I use when $$ doesn’t allow for the splurge.

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