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Cynthia Rowley + Birchbox

by Ashley on July 25, 2011

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Remember when I got all confessional and shared how I don’t take care of myself as much as I used to? And how I needed to have a Consuming & Passionate Love Affair with myself?  I’ve been trying to get back in the swing of that.  Partially by spending a little more time on my body than normal, and by playing with beauty products more.

I used to have a huge, huge love affair with beauty products when I was younger.  Face scrubs, nail polish, and colored mascaras, I loved experimenting with it all.  After months of peeping other ladies buying them, I decided to begin a subscription to Birchbox.

Birchbox is a monthly subscription ($10 & free shipping!) that sends “deluxe” beauty samples to you each month (approximately 4-5 each month).  You customize the profile based on your own needs (skin type & coloring, hair type, eye color, lifestyle, whether you like trendy stuff or classic items, what kind of style you have, etc.), so that each month the box is suited to your needs.  Each month you can earn points for purchasing boxes, writing reviews, etc, and those can be redeemed for $10 off coupons to use on full size products you love.

A little package of make-up treasties arriving on my doorstep each month? OH HAIL YEAH!

Because this was a guest curated box, the boxes are pretty consistent in product.  (Though I’m jealous not to have received the Nuxe dry oil!) This month’s box included:

  • Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist: This is a yummy smelling spray that goes on dry hair to pump up the shine.
  • Philosophy Purity Face Wash: I’ve used this in the past and found it rather drying (a feat since my skin is so oily!). A little goes a long way, and I may try using it in the evenings with a moisturizer so my skin can mellow out while I sleep.
  • Zoya Polish in Shay: this is a really pretty nude (and for me it is Nude, as it matches my skin tone perfectly).  It goes on a bit thick and has a slight shimmer to it.  I really love that this is mini-sized; I wish ALL nail polish could be bought in mini-size.  It takes me ages to go through it all, and at a cheaper price, I’d buy tons more.  My Milk Glass Heart‘s experience with the polish is that it chips very easily, and I haven’t worn it long enough to know yet.
  • Ahava Mineral Hand Cream: The smell is soft, clean, and slightly mineral-y, while the cream is really thick.  I’m no lotion connoisseur, so I’d probably use it until it ran out, then switch back to a cheaper drugstore brand.  The Ahava also has sulfates in it, so if you’re sulfate & paraben-free, this isn’t the lotion for you!
  • Kind Fruit & Nut bar in Almond & Apricot.  This was far more delicious than I thought it’d be.  It’s gluten-free and soy-free, but also packs almost 5 grams of saturated fats! Oh you fatty, delicious almonds!

And who’s that peeping in the upper corner? Do I see a fuzzy paw?
Why, whoever could be photobombing my photos?  Could it be…

Oh, Ainsley Hayes!

As soon as the mailman delivered the box, she was all up on me.  Trying to get in to the box, tear back the tissue paper.  She immediately found the ribbon tying up the Philosophy Purity and went to town.  (In fact, I had tried to record an unboxing video, but it turned in to The Ainsley Hayes Show.)

Story:  I was thinking about signing up to get the Birchbox monthly, and I asked the Beau, “Hey babe? Do you mind if I spend $10 a month to get a little box of beauty samples each month?” and he responded, “Go ahead! Anyways, that’s cheaper than my World of Warcraft subscription was each month.”

Bwah! That’s logic, ladies.

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