first thoughts & impressions: birchbox september 2017

september 2017 birchbox review

Birchbox is one of the OG subscription boxes available to the beauty community. I was a subscriber back in the day, but I wound up not using a lot of the products so I canceled after a few months. Of course, the thing that entices me back years later is an offer for half off the first box in a 3-month subscription. Why not try it briefly and see how I like it this time around?

Birchbox offers a couple of options for subscribers. The curated box is a “what you see is what you get” type deal based off your personal beauty profile. You’re able to see what’s inside your box – great if you’re interested in most or all of the products chosen for you. There’s also Sample Choice, where you pick one product out of a small selection, and the rest are a surprise depending on your profile. Or, you can do nothing and have it be a total surprise.

If you place your subscription order on the 25th or before of each month, you’ll receive that month’s box based on your profile. If you order the subscription after, you’ll receive next month’s box and be able to participate in sample choice. I didn’t know about this when I subscribed, and I would’ve waited until the 25th if I did.

I’m not really sure how I want to structure this. I was thinking of doing a first thoughts/impressions, and then seeing how I like it a few weeks later. We’ll see how this plays out! So, here’s what I got in my box this month…

Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow | Here’s where I wish that Birchbox was a little more accommodating: I don’t use foundations or BB creams at all! It’d be nice to opt out of products we know for sure we don’t use, though it’s not an option because “we’re a full discovery service, and experimentation is part of the fun“. This is already a hard pass without trying it on.

amika Un.Done Texture Spray | I’m actually excited to use this! I already have pretty voluminous hair to begin with, but I want even more! ALL OF IT! It’s an aerosol spray product which I’m not too keen on, but I’m interested nonetheless.

Vasanti Eye Wonder 2.0 Super Powered Eye Cream with Ceramic Tip | I don’t use eye cream, like, at all. I’ve used Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado eye cream in the past, but it ended up going bad since I’m just so bad with using it! I’ve heard that eye cream is really just an overpriced moisturizer anyway, though I know some people swear by it. I’m giving this a chance, but I’m not expecting anything life-changing.

Daily Concepts Your Facial Micro Scrubber | I guess this is perfect, since I’m about to run out of my physical exfoliant! I’m pretty sure a washcloth does the same thing, but perhaps a little scrubber like this is easier to use?

Lord & Berry Glow Strobing Pencil | Something else that interests me! Cream highlighters are nowhere near as blinding as a powder highlight, but I love how easy they are to use. Just apply and tap away with your finger to blend – no brushes needed!

Do you subscribe to Birchbox, or any other subscription services?

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