Tuesday, December 31, 2013

December Birchbox Review

My goodness it's taken me forever and a day to get around to reviewing this month's Birchbox. With all the craziness from Christmas, I pushed it to the back burner (along with writing in general), but I'm back. Sort of. At least for now. I am consistently inconsistent. Here's this month's lineup:

Sheer Glo Shimmer Lotion by Manna Kadar in Birchbox Love
Number Four Non Aerosol Hairspray
Hello Perfume by Harvey Prince
Honest Healing Balm by The Honest Company
Hair Elastic by Twistband

*plus a weird little screen sticker for your phone...not entirely practical, but it's promoting the new app*

Surprisingly I didn't use anything straight away. The holidays were hectic and I didn't want to overwhelm myself any further, so I waited. I'm so glad I did because now I won't have to wait quite so long to review the next box. January is right around the corner! So let's get to it. 

Sheer Glo Shimmer Lotion

Personally, this one is reminiscent of the NARS Illuminator in Orgasm. That said, I do like the color. It's not something I'd want to apply over my foundation because I feel like it takes off what I've already applied, but it is a product I'll use over a tinted moisturizer or BB cream. Otherwise I'll be mixing it in with my foundation and applying it to my cheeks. On a day when I really don't want to wear much make up at all but still want a little rosy cheek, I'll be reaching for this tiny tube of shimmer.

Verdict: Not bad. It's not something I'll use everyday, but I will use it more consistently during the warmer months. A little goes a long way!

Number 4 Non Aerosol Hairspray

Not only does it smell like hairspray, but it smells like fancy hairspray. I don't really know what that means, but it just seems like a high end product smell. Anyway, it's sulfate-free and delivers a firm, yet flexible hold. I usually lean toward an aerosol hairspray, but this one will be great for when I'm on the go and need to make sure my hair isn't all over the place. One reason I love these samples is that they're a deluxe sample size or a travel size, so I can count on them when I need to jet set to my next location. I don't use hairspray often, but I'll use this one until the end.

Verdict: It's a hairspray that I would turn to in times of need. Smells great, works well. 

Hello by Harvey Prince

When I first asked my mom what she thought of this fragrance, she said it reminded her of summer, which was entirely appropriate since Birchbox touted this as a warm weather scent. For me, it sort of reminds me of my friend Rachel. Not sure why, but maybe it's because she has great taste in perfume. Anyway, I love that it's made with eco-friendly ingredients and it just seems like it's a big old bottle of cheerfulness. I'll definitely be dabbing this on from time to time regardless of the season. Between the citrus and the floral notes, this is right up my alley.

Verdict: It has staying power without being overpowering. This perfume really did have me at hello. 

Honest Healing Balm

The healing balm is part of a winter wellness kit, so I can't speak for anything other than the balm itself. First impression? It came out of the tube a little grainy. I double checked to make sure I didn't mistake this for a scrub and then I continued to rub it into my arms, focussing on my elbows since they were the driest. It says to apply liberally, but to be honest, I thought less was more. It's a little on the greasy side and I was nervous to pull my long sleeves back down for fear that it would leave greasy marks. While the scent was nice, I definitely needed to wash my hands when I was done applying it, though they still were soft after I did that.

Verdict: Great smell and it's organic! While I see the benefits of this balm, I think it's more of a night use product for your skin's driest areas (think applying it to feet and then putting on socks).


Did someone know my affinity for polka dots when they sent me this month's box? They couldn't have picked a better band to include. These little guys are fun, but surprisingly simple. Who would've thought you could sell a printed band of elastic that is knotted on one end? I've seen this type of product around and I never really saw what all the fuss was about, but after using it nonstop (or wearing it around my wrist just in case) I've grown quite fond of it. Sure, the center elastic piece is coming out on the short part after the knot, but it hasn't stopped me from using it because it keeps my hair firmly in place without giving me a headache. Fantastic.

Verdict: I can't really see myself spending $12 on a pack of 6, but I could see myself using my Birchbox points if I got the itch to have some more. I do like the way they work, but they aren't as resilient as my typical hair elastic. 

What does Birchbox have in store for 2014? I can't wait to find out.



  1. I just did my review to finally, glad I'm not the only one! I only got One thing that you did (well, two if you count the phone sticker).


    1. You certainly aren't the only one! I have a couple of Color Club lacquers (though not in blue!) and I have the Benefit Sugarbomb gloss, which I LOVE. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment! Your blog looks great :)