february birchbox review

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Well, here we are with another lip-themed February sample box! But who am I to complain… I love lip products! I also love the design of the Birchbox for February. Like I said, there was a definite lip theme going on, and the box had adorable lip prints all over it!

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The first lip product I grabbed was the Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm . I love that this is a product that you can use in a ton of different ways – for lips, cuticles, dry skin patches, brows, etc. The info sheet that came in box even says it soothes sunburn (okay but like this would be enough to cover half a shoulder so…?) Anyway, the worst part about this product was how dang hard it is to squeeze out of the container. I squeeze suuuuuuper hard and get the littlest bit out. But what comes out is gold… super moisturizing and glossy and amazing. A definite handbag necessity! The full-size of this product is about 5x the sample size, and comes in at $16.50 – not too bad, but it looks more like a drugstore product to me, so I’m not sure I would spend that price.

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The other lip product this month was The Beauty Crop PBJ Smoothie Stick in Saucy Marsala. This lip crayon is super creamy and hydrating, but also has a huge color payoff. The tint reminds me a lot of my Clinique Chubby Stick in Rum Raisin, but with just a DASH more orange. It’s definitely a wintery color, but it’s an easy go-to when I’m not looking to go through the exfoliating process and exact application it takes to do a real lipstick. I received the full-size of this product which normally costs $14.95. I would definitely be interested in trying some other colors at this affordable price!

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My next product this month was the bbrowbar Brow Definer in Indian Chocolate. First of all, I love the name of this color – why does Indian Chocolate sound so appealing?! Anyway, I *gasp* had never used a brow pencil before, so I was pretty nervous, but figured this was my chance to give it a go! I definitely need some more practice, but I think this pencil matched my brows really well and went on light at first which was good for my first try. My only complaint was that I felt like I couldn’t draw a hair-like line – it always drew on too thick. But maybe that’s user error and I just need more practice 🙂 I’m excited to finally have a brow definer to use here and there, and it looks like this full-size product normally comes in at $25 so this was a steal!

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The final makeup product in this box was the Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35+ in Light/Medium. If you remember, Birchbox had sent me this product before but in the Medium/Dark color which is SO not even close to my skintone, so I was pretty excited to try one that might actually work on me! I admit this one is still a BIT too dark for my complexion, but I know it will be perfect once I have a bit of color to my face. I love that this product has SPF 35, and although it’s a bit more coverage than I wear on a daily basis, it successfully blurs out any issues.

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Alert, alert! This product is NOT what it seems! Okay that was dramatic, but when I opened my box and saw this perfume sample (Lollia by Margot Elena Dream Eau de Parfum) I was super intrigued by the apparent “white tea & honeysuckle” notes. In reality, the only notes I get in this perfume are BABY POWDER. Literally, I smell nothing else. The info sheet says that “the fragrance sprays on fresh and powdery, but deconstructs into a clean, sheer, classic scent.” Okay, no… that does not happen. It stays nasty baby powdery forever. Honestly, I just tried it again as I’m writing this to make sure… it’s terrible. Especially for $50. Just, don’t do it.

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Here is my look using all the products. As D was taking this pic of me, he decided to call this my “L.A. Look.” Don’t ask – he’s a peach. As you can see, my brows are a bit more intense as usual, and my skin has a bit more coverage than usual, but I still feel like I look natural. I put a light layer of the lip crayon on with a coat of the miracle balm on top for a nice glossy sheen. I also used the miracle balm as a bit of a highlighter on my cheekbones – it stayed a bit tacky but I loved the look!

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Well, lip month was fun! I like that I got to try a few new products this month, even if the trade-off was a terrible perfume. I’m super excited for next month’s Birchbox – get ready, we have a curated box with one of my FAVORITE celebrities! See y’all soon (hint, hint)!

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