April Birchbox – Fresh for Spring

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There is nothing like ripping open that adorable pink box to uncover the surprises waiting inside a Birchbox. This month offered either an individual sample choice, or a Mad Men inspired guest editor box, and I went with the Mad Men California box. The theme is a fresh and easy. Here’s what I got:

In the past, I have received (and loved) the 12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment. This little multitasker is a favorite of mine.  Spiritzed on damp hair before styling, it both protects and repairs. It moisturizes, without weighing down my hair or making it greasy, for an oily haired girl, it is the prefect balance. Plus, it smells amazing! Retails on birchbox.com for $21.

The next sample is the LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil.  I received the shade honeypot in my box. This is the third time I have sampled from this brand through Birchbox, and I have since become quite the fan. The Lip Lube formula is sheer, glossy, and hydrating. The color is a pinky purple that lasts for hours and has a slight mint scent, which makes it that much more refreshing. Retails on birchbox.com for $20.

I have mixed feelings about the fragrance I received. The Clean Original Eau de Parfum is said to be inspired by soap, and I absolutely love the concept. However, it reminds me a bit of cleaning products. It also does not last more than an hour or two on me. It might be something that would be handy to keep in a gym bag for quick touchups. Retails on birchbox.com for $69.

The Not Soap, Radio Body Wash in the ‘Bathing with Sharks’ scent reminds me of an outdoor shower at the beach. It has a fresh, yet salty smell. I used it on a loofah, and a little bit goes such a long way. It works into a thick silky lather and feels smooth and cleansing on the skin. The scent does not really linger after the shower, and it is a bit drying to my skin.  Overall, a great and refreshing wash. Retails on birchbox.com for $16.

For me, it can be easy to overdo it on hilighter. For the most part, I usually come out looking like a Cullen. This stuff makes it really hard to do that. The Cynthia Rowley Beauty Brightening Illuminator is a beautiful hilighter that adds a beautiful glow to my skin, that is not glittery. The sample comes in a tube, but the full-size product comes in a brush tipped applicator pen, which is all the more convenient. Not to mention, Cynthia Rowley Beauty is exclusive to Birchbox. Great sample! Retails on birchbox.com for $28.



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