My December Birchbox came just on the heels of the BYO gift box, so I have to admit, I was a little disappointed since I couldn’t help but compare the samples to the full sizes I received in the gift box. Once I got over that disappointment, I felt a bit better about the box but overall it wasn’t the best fit for me. However, I will use a few of the products, and the others will be great as an extra in a gift or trade.
In addition to the samples, every subscriber received a gift card for $10 off a $35 purchase. I didn’t read the fine print, so I don’t know when it expires, but I’m sure I will manage to use it in a timely fashion.
Benefit They’re Real! Tinted Primer (RV $8): This can be worn alone for a natural, feathery look, or layered under mascara for extra length. I love that this is a two-for-one, as sometimes I want more dramatic lashes but I usually like them more natural. I’m assuming the wand is the same as They’re Real Mascara, so this is probably going to become a favorite.
Coastal Scents styleEYES Palette (RV $0.62): These two eyeshadows come in the formalEYES palette which features nudes and soft pinks, which happen to be the only colors I wear. I hadn’t heard great things about the CS shadows in the past, but these new sets seem to be well liked so I may actually try these out, otherwise this will be gifted.
(MALIN+GOETZ) clarifying clay mask (RV $7.20): About 6 months ago, I had a bad experience with a clay mask that resulted in bumps all over my face. Since then, I’ve been scared of clay masks and instead stuck with moisturizing ones. However, this one has pretty good reviews and I already know the brand works for me, so I will give this a try.