Sunday, April 15, 2012

Birchbox: April Preview!

I'm a lucky subscriber to  Birchbox, a service which sends you four to five samples of luxury beauty items in the mail monthly. Every month I'll give you both a preview of the box I got and a detailed review of the items after I've been able to sample everything. If you're interested in getting your own box or gifting a friend, let me refer you here!

I got my April box today, just a day after my MyGlam bag. (Which, by the way, was pretty worthless to me. I don't even know if I'm going to bother posting about it. I cancelled today after just one month!) This month's theme was "Natural Wonders," so everything was supposed to be themed appropriately.

From the box...
  • Alima Pure Organic Nourishing Lipbalm in Rhubarb: Both wholesome and chic, this tinted balm is made with plant butters and delivers a natural flush of color. full-size, $7
  • Befine Skincare Sampler: Easy does it. This exfoliator and moisturizer duo uses gentle ingredients like rice and brown sugar to keep skin supple and healthy. full-size, $24-$25
  • willa Gentle Cleansing Lavender Facil Towelettes: There's no need to cozy up to your sink - wipe away the day's debris with these aloe and lavender-infused wipes. 30 sheets, $7
  • Wonderstruck Taylor Swift: The pop-country songstress' scent is as catchy as her lyrics. We think it is worthy of a standing gig on our vanity. full-size, $49.50-$59.50
  • LIFESTYLE BONUS - dropps Laundry Detergent: Lighten your laundry day load with these single use, eco-friendly detergent packs. We love their convenience factor and adorable design. Pack of 20, $6
Initial Thoughts
I am pleased! This box didn't blow me away -certainly not like last month's Teen Vogue box! - but I'm pleased. I really, really like the theme, especially because I'd love to be more natural and eco-friendly but don't like buying new brands without sampling. I'm especially excited to try the Befine products! I got three foils of the exfoliator and two of the moisturizer. They say they're single use, but I honestly think they're big enough for me to get two uses out of each. I need a good exfoliating cleanser!

Also, my lip balm was broken, which made me sad. It's probably still useable, though I did send Birchbox an email about it. They've been pretty good about customer service, so we'll see what happens. I already have a ton of lip product, but it'll be nice to try a new one. Really, the only sample that doesn't blow me away is the Taylor Swift perfume, but that's partly because I don't really wear fragrence. I LOVE the lifestyle bonus. These detergent packets are just the kind of thing I'd want to buy but am always too afraid to do so in case they don't work.

Expect reviews forthcoming! I didn't post for almost two weeks because of exams and general stress, but I won't let it become a habit!

Do you have an experience with the brands listed? Which product are you most interested in getting a review on? Let me know in the comments! XO, Clueless!


  1. We got the same box! (I'm backlogged on blog posts though haha) I surprisingly liked it more than I thought I would. I was a little bummed at first when comparing it to other people's boxes, but everything is something that I would use, so I'm happy. That's terrible that your lip balm was broken though. Rhubarb is such a pretty natural color. I loved the detergent too! People were so pissed about that being in the boxes this month, but it was one of my favorite things. haha Enjoy!

    1. Yeah, I feel the same way! I would have LOVED the BB cream, but I honestly feel like it all balances out in the end (I got a beautyblender, after all!). I also like the laundry's a nice Lifestyle extra.

      Looking forward to your post!

  2. I just wish we had something like this in my country...
    I love your blog :)
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