I never knew I needed Birchbox. That is, until my husband purchased me a one year subscription for my birthday. I was hooked from that first box.
*Please note that I am in no way affiliated with Birchbox or any of the brands I will be mentioning in this post…although that would be pretty awesome*
So, how does Birchbox work, you ask? It’s pretty simple. You create your account on the website or app and specify the types of products you’re mostly interested in. It could be hair products, facial products, or make-up. Next, you fill out details about your hair/face/skin. For example, if you have dry or oily hair and skin, if your skin is sensitive, if your hair is brittle, etc. Based on your selections, the team at Birchbox creates your box and every month, you get a present delivered to your door. Based on the package you choose, the boxes come out to roughly $10 a month, and you get 5-6 sample sized items in each box. If you decide to order the full size version of any of those items from the Birchbox website, you get a discount. Pretty sweet deal, I’d say.
Growing up, I was never too into makeup and beauty products because I never really knew exactly what products to use. Birchbox has helped me with that because now I know what my skin needs and what works for my complexion and skin type. I love that each box comes with a little card that describes each item and has instructions on how to use them.
Now, let’s get into it – my eight favorite items I’ve received so far.
I love this dry shampoo on days when my hair feels a little extra oily (my hair is so fine and gets oily super quick!). It doesn’t leave a residue like other dry shampoos I’ve used and it keeps my hair feeling soft after using a few spritz. My hair is also super easy to style after using this too!
So let me start by saying that I absolutely LOVE my Beachwaver Curling Iron. I can’t curl my hair with any other tool. My mom bought it for me for my birthday about 3 years ago and it still works like new. I was SUPER excited when I got this product in my Birchbox because I know and love the Beachwaver name already! Like I said, my hair is super fine so it’s hard to curl but this spray holds my curls all day long without feeling sticky and stiff.
This smoothing balm is a lifesaver on days when my hair is frizzy and full of static! I use a small amount, like a pea sized drop on my palm, rub my hands together and just run my hands through my hair. It makes my hair smooth without making it greasy or weird feeling. It’s especially useful for me after I straighten my hair and need to smooth it down on the top of my head.
This spray is sort of like a leave-in conditioner. I use it in my hair after I shower, while it’s still damp. I spray it all over and brush it through. It leaves my hair silky smooth and easy to manage.
I was NEVER a blush wearer until this. THIS blush is amazing. It stays on all day long for me. The color is warm and it goes on easily with a regular blush brush. You don’t need a lot to get the color to pop on your cheeks. I asked for a full sized one for Christmas this year because I love this product!
I’ve always been a bronzer fan. If you knew me in college during my Jersey Shore days, you know I never left my dorm room without a healthy amount of bronzer on my face. However, unlike my college bronzer, this one doesn’t leave you orange or fake tan looking. It defines your features while providing a warm glow that doesn’t look fake. This is the best bronzer I’ve ever used and trust me, I’ve been through my fair share of bronzers.
I have naturally thick, dark eyebrows (thanks to my European genes) so they’re difficult to maintain because of how unruly they can be at times. In addition to them having a mind of their own, my left brow has the smallest bald spot for some odd reason. This product tames my brows while filling in that small little gap. It stays on all day and doesn’t flake, which I know is an issue with many of these brow fiber products these days. I use this product every day and ever since I’ve started to use it, I’ve gotten so many compliments on my brows. Gotta get a full sized one soon because I’m running out!
A good mascara is hard to find. Although I wasn’t a big makeup user until recently, I always wore mascara because I like to have defined lashes. I’ve been through many mascaras from high end Dior to drugstore Maybelline and none of them compare to Benefit’s Roller Lash. This mascara has a curved brush which makes the product easy to apply with no clumps. I wear it every day and there is never any flaking, which has been a huge problem for me with other mascaras. I touch my eyes often without realizing it, and this mascara stays put. The only way it comes off is at night when I use micellar water to clean my makeup off my face! This product is my favorite of all my Birchbox products and has become a staple in my makeup drawer. I can never use another mascara again.
Maybe you need some last minute Christmas gifts for a lucky lady in your life. They’d be happy with any of these items! Or maybe you need a gift for yourself. Go for it – you deserve it!
What are some of your favorite makeup and hair products? Leave them in the comments below!