Birchbox January 2016 Review + Coupon!


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What's in the box: Every month you'll receive 4-5 beauty samples that's based on a profile you complete. You can adjust this profile at any time through your online account and sometimes you get to choose a Sample Choice as well.


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Birchbox January 2016 Box

This month's box design celebrates a new year and a new resolution! I'm still thinking on what to put in that blank space, maybe "Monkey" in honor of the Chinese Year of Monkey ;)

First Look at Unboxing
First Look at Unboxing

A sheet of stickers! These will be perfect to put in my planner, yay.

Second Look at Unboxing
Second Look at Unboxing

Now you see the products, I wonder what's in that pillow pack?!

Each monthly box includes an info card that details the theme and items you received.

Info Card
Info Card (front)

Info Card
Info Card (back)

And here are my Birchbox January 2016 items:

Birchbox January 2016 Items!

Items in detail:

CLEAN Cashmere Eau de Parfum
Sample Vial 1ml, Value $1?

"This fragrance opens with bergamot, lime, cedar leaf and lavendin, and has middle and base notes that include mimosa, velvet jasmine, tonka bean, musk, and sandalwood."

So I'm not particularly in love with perfume samples, but I still welcome them as I've discovered great scents because of this in the past. This one though is not for me, plus I prefer my perfume sample in a spray vial so sadly this was a miss.

Ciaté London Nail Polish in Showgirl
Mini Paint Pot 5ml., Value $8

Yay, a nail polish! I always feel like I scored when I receive them in my Birchbox, but that's just me. The color Showgirl is a pinkish red base with red glitter specks. I've never been disappointed with Ciaté in the past so I know it's good. But unfortunately the glittery color is just not for me, so sadly this will be gifted which is a bummer cause I really wanted to keep it.

FOREO Day Cleanser
Deluxe Sample Size, Value $4.50

I've heard of the FOREO cleansing tool and although the tool itself looks pretty unique, I'm a big fan of Clarisonic brushes so I'm staying loyal. It's kind of strange though that they included a cleanser that's specifically intended for use with a FOREO device, but I'll use this with my Clarisonic Mia2 and would think it'll be just the same, a cleanser is a cleanser.

Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner
Full Size 0.12 oz. / 3.5 g., Value $16

Black eyeliners are a staple so I'm always happy to receive one. This is a chubby eyeliner and I must confess, I don't have one of these types yet. I go with a cat eye look every now and then, so this will help in making a bolder and thicker line towards the ends of my eyes.

TONYMOLY Delight Tony Tint in #2 Red
Sample Size 3ml?, Value $2?

No sizes were stated on the packaging so the value is an estimate.

This lip tint smells nice and goes on smooth, but you definitely need to exfoliate your lips before applying as I found it to have a darker color on the areas that are dry or chapped. Once on, the color does stay on and doesn't transfer at all, so I'm happy with that. It is a very bright red and from what I see on their website, they only have 2 other colors for this lip tint, Cherry Pink and Orange Cha Cha. Good thing Birchbox sent me the Red one!

My Thoughts: Well, I'm not sure yet what to make of this month's box. Although the variety and type of items I received were good, it just seemed kind of blah to me, especially since one of my 5 items was a perfume sample vial. That is unfortunate, at least for me. But good thing I get to review my products and get $5 back to spend in the Birchbbox shop, so that makes this box worth it. $5 for a full-sized Eyeko eyeliner is a pretty good deal. I guess I need to update my profile and hope that next month's items will be better!

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My Birchbox JAN 2016 Items

Product Price
CLEAN Cashmere Eau de Parfum $1?
Ciaté London Nail Polish $8
FOREO Day Cleanser $4.50
Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner $16
TONYMOLY Delight Tony Tint $2?
Subscription Cost $10