Kate Spade New York Twirl – I’ve said many times that I’m not a big fan of perfume samples in Birchboxes. I feel like we already get these at every beauty counter and online cosmetic store we shop at. Because of that, this is my second or third sample of this perfume. Alot of people enjoy it, but I just don’t like it. I almost wondered if this was included in the box less for the smell, and more for the fact that it coordinated well with the pink and red packaging for the T.V. Birchbox.
Kerastase Elixir Ultime – Hair oils have been a big trend lately, so I wasn’t that surprised to see one pop up in this box. It was a decent size, and I like the little pump dispenser as opposed to a vial. When hanging out with one of my nieces, I decided to let her try my Mythic hair oil from a previous Birchbox. She said it smelled like a burned candle, so I let her use this one instead. She liked the smell much better and it really made her hair look shiny. I didn’t have remarkable results with it myself, but it is nice, and I will definitely use up the sample. As you might expect, it’s easy to use too much though, so it’s something I use very sparingly even though I have long hair that gets dry.
Twistband Hair Tie – I have one of these from a previous Birchbox, and find myself using it quite a bit. If you aren’t familiar with Twistbands, they are basically just a little piece of elastic trim tied at the end with a knot. After a few uses they will definitely live up to their name, and kind of roll up on themselves into a twisted loop. You might fight yourself continually smoothing it back out. They look nice enough, but if your hair is heavy, they might have trouble holding it up all day. I use them for low ponytails and they work well for that, and don’t leave a ponytail dent in your hair. I just feel that these are typically a little overpriced for what you’re getting. I was happy to get another one in my box though, since I do find them useful for around the house.
Essie LuxeEffects Nail Polish – This was a FULL sized bottle of Essie polish, which normally retails for $8. It nearly paid for this months box on it’s own! I got the pink color called A Cut Above. This polish contains small glitter as well as large round glitter pieces. I used it on it’s own, and found that one coat just didn’t look very nice. Used over another polish, one coat would be a nice accent, but I just went with multiple coats for the whole ‘jewel encrusted’ look. It seems to be a really nice polish. Although, as with any polish that has large glitter chunks – some of the pieces hang off the end of your nails and make them sharp, so it takes a little more care to either push those back before it dries or deal with them later. It’s DBP, Toluene, and Formaldehyde free, which is always a good thing. I would definitely purchase Essie polish in the future.
Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Tint – This is a cool little lipcolor that resembles some sort of jumbo crayon. The best part of it? Another full sized product! These little beauties are $24 each, so having a full size included in the Birchbox was a fantastic deal. The color I received was Amused, a very bright pink. I was afraid it was going to look terrible on me, but it actually works and I like it quite a bit provided that I don’t use too much. These lip tints claim to increase moisture content 6000%. Yes, you read that right, and I’m not making that up either- six thousand percent. While I did not apply this and say, “My lips feel six thousand percent more moisturized!” I did find it to be both moisturizing and long lasting. It’s nice to carry with you because you won’t need a separate liner, and you could always layer this with gloss if you wanted a shinier look. Lipsurgence is also formulated without parabens, sulfates, and other chemicals, which definitely impresses me. I would be wary of the lightest pink shade, I’ve seen it look unflattering on a few people, but otherwise it’s a really nice product and I’d like to try more colors.
Overall, I think this was a really great Birchbox. I absolutely loved finding two full sized products, which made this box an exceptional value. If you count the $24 lip tint, the $8 nail polish, and around $1.66 for the hair tie, it’s already almost a $34 value even before the perfume vial and hair oil sample (Not to even mention the reusable box, the tissue paper, and free shipping that always comes with Birchbox…and, review points too!). I’m so glad I decided to select the Teen Vogue Birchbox, and I hope they’ll do other special boxes in the future. I would’ve loved to be able to purchase this box separately to give some as gifts as well. The only thing I would’ve liked to see differently was the perfume but I definitely can’t complain! There were also a couple of coupons included, one for a discount for a subscription to Teen Vogue magazine and another for a discount at ModCloth. Nice!
Quick recap of what was included for $10, because I feel it’s important to list this all out – One reusable cardboard box, several sheets of tissue paper, little cardboard sleeve around the box, shipping, 50 Birchbox points if you did the reviews (which equals $5 but you can only spend in increments of 100 points), perfume vial sample, deluxe sample of hair oil, a hair band (trying so hard not to make an 80s joke there), an $8 nail polish, a $24 lip color, and two discount coupons. If you can find a better deal for $10… please let me know! And if you’d like to join Birchbox, you can click here! (Shameless plug to earn points). They have had a waiting list for a while, but I considered making another account to get both my regular box and the T.V. box, so I signed up for the waiting list with another email and it only took about a week to get through. Ultimately, I chose to just stick with one account though. I know that not every box is as great as the Teen Vogue box, but it’s boxes like this that keep me sticking with the service and always feeling like I’m getting my moneys worth and then some.