Monthly | Cost: $10/month | 4-5 samples | Beauty and lifestyle |
Ships via UPS or USPS | Ships to the US, Canada
The physical box this month was GORGEOUS. It’s probably the best one they’ve sent out so far. I tried to capture the color/sparkly design, but I don’t think I did a very good job. 😄 Regardless, if you get a December Birchbox, you’ll know what I’m talking about!
Acure Organics Lip Lush in Birthday Suit (Full size, $7.99) – I was all set to love this product but I can’t really get over its flavor/how it tastes. Unfortunately it has a weird artificial taste that reminds me of now and laters in apple or some other kind of cheap apple candy. Also it leaves my lips feeling super greasy. But maybe that’s from the argan oil in the formula?
I will say that the color is gorgeous and the microshimmer really makes all the difference!
Color Club Art Duo Pen in White (Full size, $10) – I’ve actually received this before (on another account)… and I haven’t used it at all! (which shouldn’t really be a surprise seeing as how I don’t paint my nails haha). Though I think I would really like this if I did enjoy painting my nails because you can really get creative with this product. However, it’s not for me and I’ll add this onto my trade list. :p
Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream (0.1 fl oz/3 ml, $1.28) – This sample is just kind of lame, imo. I’m not even going to open this because one, it’s a skin cream and I already have more than I need (plus I like the ones that I already have) and two, all the reviews say that this stuff does not smell good, as in… it smells like Vicks vapor rub/bengay. I think this will just go into my “samples extra” pile in which I send out small extras when I swap.
Benefit They’re Real! Mascara (3.0 g/0.1 oz, $7.67) – I know people are getting tired of receiving this in their subscription boxes… but not me! This is my favorite mascara and I love getting these minis so that I never have to actually buy the full size. Also having these deluxe sample sized mascaras means that I don’t have to feel guilty about throwing them out after 2-3 months.
Davines Replumping Superactive (50 ml/1.69 fl oz, $19.75) – This is an EXTREMELY generous sample as it’s half of the full size! I love the smell and it is made with hyaluronic acid, which means it’s super hydrating. It’s a volumizing spray and while my hair does already have enough volume, there are definitely some bad hair days that can be fixed by this. 😄
Davines Replumping Shampoo and Conditioner (12 ml/0.4 fl oz each, $1.22 and $2.04 respectively) – These were considered bonuses that came along with the spray, which I’ll gladly take! It’s fun trying out new shampoos and conditioners as I like changing it up every so often and Davines always makes great hair care products.
My December 2014 Birchbox!
Overall value: $49.95
Overall enjoyment: This has to be one of the highest value Birchboxes I’ve ever received! Sadly it’s not my favorite. :p The Yube skin cream is a dud. I didn’t really like the Lip Lush and I won’t be using the nail art duo. However, I’ll happily use all the Davines items and the Benefit mascara. 😀