I was definitely overwhelmed when I got my first couple boxes because there were so many new things to try. I only tried a few, select items out of those first boxes, but I am now making an effort to try everything, no matter how out of my comfort zone it is. So this is the first in what I hope will become a monthly installment of reviews of products from my Birchbox.
Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Shampoo & Conditioner
I don't have any strong preferences about shampoo & rarely even use conditioner, so I was pretty skeptical about this set. However, I loved it. I was worried that it would make my hair greasy, but it made it feel light and shiny. I probably still won't use it every day, but it is great for a day when you want your hair to look its best. Plus, the olive oil scent is very neutral so it won't interfere with any other fragrances you want to wear.
Coastal Scents Revealed Palette Sampler
The eyeshadow sampler consists of four neutral colors (bronze, gold, silver, & black), but the full set available in the Birchbox store has 20 color options in it. I don't wear lots of makeup on a daily basis, but I do wear eyeshadow when I dress up. This color set is perfect for that because the colors are shimmery, but not overtly sparkly.
Harvey Prince Hello Perfume
I find perfume to be one of the hardest things to shop for. I prefer light and citrus-y scents (Clinique Happy is my favorite) because they feel cheerful. Hello is a delicious combo of meyer lemon, mandarin, grapefruit, forsythia, and plumeria that smells like spring. It is fresh enough to wear for day, but sophisticated enough to transition into evening.
This is the item in this month's box that I was least interested in. There are a million and one breath fresheners out there, but most of them have a very strong after taste. I don't like tasting peppermint in my mouth for long periods of time, so I am personally a fan of Trader Joe's Gingermints. I tried the lemon flavor of the breath crystals and I was pleasantly surprised that there was not a strong after taste. However, I am still on the fence about these. They are packets of little crystals that dissolve in your mouth, which sounds harmless enough, except the crystals pop and fizzle. You are supposed to swish them around for 60 seconds, which means that for a minute your mouth is full of tiny explosions. It was a very strange sensation and not one I am particularly looking forward to repeating. But the end result was fresh breath without a strong aftertaste, so it ended up being worth the effort. I probably won't buy these on my own, but they were definitely an interesting experience and I'll try the spearmint flavor at some point.
I just received my March Birchbox today so I am looking forward to trying out the new products over the next couple weeks and reporting back to you next week! Want a sneak peek at what's in my March Birchbox? Here you go.