Birchbox Full Size: Steps for a Perfect Face

I’ll be totally honest. Sometimes my Birchboxes aren’t the most exciting. But will I ever cancel? I seriously doubt it, because between the points from reviews and their excellent customer service I am completely suckered in.

I had a butt-ton of points to use and a coupon code, so I made a full size Birchbox order. It arrived in two separate shipments, so it was a tad anticlimactic to get the first one- but it only meant I could stay excited for another package to arrive! I love getting mail. Which is also why eBay is dangerous for me, but I digress…

Caudalie Beauty Elixir
I wanted to give this a try after all the hype I’ve heard about it, and oh my god. It’s worth it. Lush’s Breath of Fresh Air has been my go to morning toner, but I think I might have to make the switch. I still love the Lush one, but the Caudalie is perfect. The glass bottle and metal top make me feel like a fancy lady, and the mist from the aspirator is extremely fine and delicate, but sprays in a wide radius. And the smell! It’s a unique herbal-y time of smell, a little odd but fresh and clean and addictive. And of course, my skin feels amazing afterwards. I don’t really get blemishes, just some reddish patchy bits on my cheeks, and the toner cleared them up easily and made my skin smooth. This is a repurchase. Possibly a holy grail. I’m in love.

Supergoop CC Cream
So when I got this in a Birchbox last summer, I loved it, but I waited to order a full size. Now that I have the full size, I’m not sure I love it as much. It seems a bit darkish. Maybe I just need a bit more of a summer glow? That’s what I’m hoping, at least. The formula itself is creamy and moisturizing and made my skin look perfectly even, so hopefully it’s just my Casper the Friendly Ghost-ness interfering.

Benefit Fake Up
I’M IN LOVE. I’M IN LOVE AND I DONT CARE WHO KNOWS IT. I lusted after this concealer for forever, but I don’t buy high end products without getting samples and testing them out first. I just don’t. I can’t justify spending so many of my dollars on a product that I may or may not like. But lo and behold, I got a sample in a Birchbox and it was TRUE LOVE. It’s super hydrating, the color is perfect for my skin tone, and it covers up my dark circles like whoa. And now I have a full size, and life is complete. Also it makes me feel terribly elegant.

Whish Blueberry Shave Cream
I opted for the two free samples if you buy X amount deal, and wasn’t terribly excited by either. I don’t use shaving cream, and I got this in a Birchbox once anyway (and still haven’t used that sample). Oh well.

Harvey Prince Hello! Perfume
Another perfume sample to add to the hoard! Birchbox says “A top note of Meyer lemon captures the scent of fresh-squeezed lemonade, while Satsuma mandarin adds a double fruity note. Next up, summer forsythia and pink plumeria—traditionally found in Hawaiian leis—give the scent its heady floral layer.” I say it smells like WHOA OLD LADIES at first whiff, and then when it dies down I smell lemons. It’s not a youthful scent, or one that I would personally gravitate towards, but once you get to the lemon part it smells super nice.

Overall I was definitely pleased with my order. And remember how it accidentally came into two shipments? Birchbox sent me an apology code for 20% off my next order! So you know what that means? MOAR SHOPPING!

Any recommendations? I think TheBalm Nude ‘Tude palette is calling my name…

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