January Birchbox review – why I’m glad I didn’t cancel yet

January Birchbox

January Birchbox

Last month I asked you for your opinions on my Birchbox subscriptions – I so enjoyed reading what you had to say. I didn’t drop it and now I have the January one in my possession. Each month Birchbox has a “theme” and for January it’s Best Year Ever. I’m not so sure that this box would constitute the best but I’m not unhappy with it.

January 2013 Birchbox contents

January 2013 Birchbox contents

As you can see by the pictures it contains 5 items though one is considered an extra. I’m listing them from best to worst (and there is a worst!).

theBalm Put A Lid On It sample eye primer

theBalm Put A Lid On It sample eye primer

theBalm cosmetics Put A Lid On It Eyelid Primer – this is just a small sample size but I love eyeshadow primers and when I saw on Facebook that theBalm was coming out with this I knew I’d buy it. Now I get to sample it first. A HIT

MY Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer

MY Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer

My Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer – My is a brand that’s terrific. My fellow blogger, Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog, has reviewed My products before and she is the expert on them. I’ve tried some of the line and this moisturizer is a great example of what they can do. This deluxe size sample (0.3 fl oz) will give a great idea if this works for you or not. A HIT

FROWNIES Eye Gels

FROWNIES Eye Gels

Frownies Eye Gels – this is another brand I’ve tried before and have had some success with although not all products work for me. There’s one set of the Eye Gels. They say you can get 2 to 4 treatments with these if you remove them within 30 minutes, place them back in the tray, rehydrate with Frownies Rose Water Hydrator and refrigerate in a sealed plastic bag. OK THOUGH IT’S REALLY JUST ONE SET OF GEL

Frownies Rose Water Hydrator Spray

Frownies Rose Water Hydrator Spray

Frownies Rose Water Hydrator Spray – they call this a beauty extra but it’s really a beauty necessity if you are going to get more than one use out of the Frownies Eye Gels. OK but not my cup of tea because of the strong rose fragrance this has.

Viva La Juicy sample vial

Viva La Juicy sample vial

 

Viva La Juicy fragrance sample – this is the worst thing in the box. Not only can you get this sample anywhere but I hate fragrance samples and this one isn’t special. A FAIL. I just wish they’d eliminate fragrance samples already. Let people buy a Birchbox box of all fragrance samples if they like them and leave the rest of us alone. Rant over.

January content descriptions

January content descriptions

All in all I’m actually pretty happy with this particular Birchbox. I’m excited about theBalm, already know I like My skincare, and it’s possible I’ll use the Frownies even though I already know I hate the smell of the Rose Water spray. I’ve seen a few boxes from different bloggers and almost everyone got different things. The two constants seem to be the fragrance and theBalm eye primer.

Another $10 spent and another month that I’m putting off my decision. What do you think of this January box?? — Marcia

Disclosure: I pay for my own Birchbox but I’ve linked to my referral code which would get me points towards possible products.

Comments

  1. I echo exactly what you said about the fragrance samples. Exactly. You got a good box.

  2. I agree with you about the fragrance samples. They are freebie “give always” in every department store and have no value, not something that you want to actually pay for in a subscription box! I don’t think this box of tiny samples measures up to most of the other boxes from other companies you’ve reviewed.

  3. I got the Frownies in last month’s box, but not the Rose Water hydrator. Consequently, I have not tried them yet because I was hoping to get more than one use from them. Oh well.

    I did get the MY Mattifying Moisturizer in January’s box, which I’m excited to try. I’ve yet to find a mattifying lotion that really works, so if this is good, score!

  4. I just received my first Birchbox. I was pleased with the contents except for the Juicy Vial sample and Uber Lara Bar

  5. @Lisa, I had the Lara Bar in another box. No fun. I’m not a fragrance person so the Juicy is a waste.