THE BIRCHBOX EXPERIENCE

THE BIRCHBOX EXPERIENCE

Not gonna lie, one of my favorite Christmas gifts this past year was Birchbox’s Women’s Monthly Beauty Box Subscription because let’s be honest, it’s like getting a gift every month! I’m a big fan of subscription boxes when it comes to beauty products because it helps me find what products I love without having to spend the big $$$ on the full size version just to test it out. I wanted to share with you all my experience on my very first curated box and give you a peak into my very own Birchbox experience.


THE PROS:

  • Only $10 a month for 5 beauty samples – you can even choose one of the 5 samples each month!
  • Each box is customized to YOU based on YOUR preferences! Pretty cool right? I’ve found some of my current favorite products through these samples and I love it!
  • You can purchase full size versions of your samples for free shipping + you get loyalty points that = more money to spend on what you love! $10 spent = $1 in points on the Birchbox site!

THE CONS:

  • No cons yet but i’ll be sure to report back 😉

SO, WHAT’S IN THE BOX?

While the sample selection changes on a monthly basis (which is pretty awesome), below are the great products I received in my January box!

  1. Eyeko Skinny Duo ($36) I don’t use eyeliner often and i’ll be honest, I’m not great at it. I gave this bad boy a try and absolutely loved it! So easy to create a fun cate-eye look or in my case, just a straight line, with the pen-style applicator!
  2. Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer ($23): I’m ALWAYS on the hunt for a good moisturizer. I took the sample size with me on my trip to NYC and it did wonders after subjecting my skin to dry airplane air! 10/10 will purchase.
  3. Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel ($48): I’m always skeptic of peels due to having sensitive skin, but this particular one is targeted towards just that and get’s the job done without leaving my skin aggravated. Legit feel like i’m glowing immediately after using.
  4. Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo ($44): OK Ya’ll know i’m a huge Oribe fan and this product is no different. It smells good unlike most dry shampoos I’ve tried and is seriously the most effective one I’ve tried as well. 11/10 because I can.
  5. VERB Hydrating Mask ($16): I put my hair through a lot (aka bleach, curling iron, straightening iron, blow dryer, etc.) and let’s be real it probably shows. This mask does some serious magic on my dry hair leaving it shiny and taming that frizz! Also only $16? Yes please!

Overall I’m a huge fan and honestly plan on re-subscribing. I even got my SO a 1-year subscription to Birchbox’s Men’s Monthly Grooming Subscription Box for his recent birthday and he’s absolutely loving it! I seriously look forward to us both getting our boxes so we can go through them together and see what goodies what receive each month. Have you tried any subscription boxes? I would love to hear your experiences!

Xoxo

Your Favorite Five Foot Fashionista

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BLONDE HAIR DON’T CARE

BLONDE HAIR DON’T CARE

This one is for all you girls out there with color-treated blonde hair. Your hair takes a pretty serious beating through all the bleaching and upkeep, so it’s important to nourish those platinum locks. There are a few products in my arsenal which have been absolute SAVIORS to my newly blonde strands, and I want to share their greatness with you!


ORIBE BRIGHT BLONDE

All three of the below products are my absolute FAVORITES when it comes to keeping my hair the color I want (aka not yellow). The Shampoo, Conditioner, and Radiance & Repair Treatment work wonders when it comes to combating unwanted brassiness. Even better? The products are also dermatologist tested, provide UV protection, are cruelty and gluten free, and are totally vegan!

Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo for Beautiful Color

  • Violate pigments help eliminate brassiness and yellow tones
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Self 2015 – Beauty Award: Brighten

Oribe Bright Blonde Conditioner for Beautiful Color

  • Moisturizes and restores
  • Helps combat brassiness
  • Reverses damage by sealing moisture
  • Protects against future damage
  • Helps reduce split ends
  • Conditions your scalp to promote healthy hair growth

Oribe Bright Blonde Radiance & Repair Treatment

  • Repairs and prevents damage, brittleness, and split ends
  • Repaires damaged, porous blonde hair
  • Brightens and tones brasiness
  • Increases elasticity and softens dry and brittle strands

I’ve tried my share of purple shampoos that are supposed to help keep the yellow at bay, but this one really takes the cake in getting the job done! Also, the aesthetic right?! I’ll let you in on a little secret – TJMaxx occasionally carries it online at a great deal!!!


R+CO

R+CO High Dive Moisture + Shine Cream was suggested to me by my stylist as a great way  to keep my hair healthy and hydrated – man was she right!!! My hair is SO prone to dryness but I use this religiously after every shower and let me tell you, this stuff works wonders. Also vegan and cruelty free for the win!

R+CO High Dive Moisture + Shine Cream

  • Smooths and seals hair
  • Moisturizes and softens
  • Reduces frizz
  • Doubles as a leave in conditioner

I’m a skeptic when it comes to whether or not products actually work, but I could instantly tell after one use that my hair was more hydrated (which is key with intensely color treated hair). Moral of the story? I highly recommend! 


Total transparency guys, this is not an ad, i’m just a huge fan of good products and healthy hair :). Interested in more posts with my fave products? Let me know!

 

Xoxo

Your Favorite Five Foot Fashionista