But I can sum it up in 11 characters before I ramble in greater length:
It was meh.
Date of arrival: I can't remember exactly, maybe the 12th?
Packaging: BB had a fancy new box for the holidays, which apparently is the first time they ever changed the little brown box itself. Cute. They also included a gift tag. Why do you keep insisting I give away all of my goodies, Birchbox???
Theme: This month's theme is "All Wrapped Up", which I get from the packaging, but not so much the samples. The samples this month are supposed to "help you look and feel your best", as does the Rent the Runway promo (code BRCHBX50 gets you $50 off a $125 rental). I feel like they kind of phoned in the theme.
Contents / mini reviews: Eye gels, chocolate, shampoo, hand salve, blush. I was so underwhelmed I have yet to try out most of the products.
I am, however, fairly excited to try out the frownies eye gels. I am envisioning a luxurious bath with these on my eyes and earplugs in my ears, perhaps while eating the chocolate.
I have some other Nick Chavez stuff from my BeautyFix days (I really miss that sub, cancelled only due to $$ and sample overflow), but I haven't tried any of it out. I feel kind of meh about getting shampoo samples; I never rush to try them out, I just use them up one at a time for travel and in my gym bag.
My cuticles are always crazy dry in the winter, so I did try out the J.R. Watkins hand salve. I prefer the Lush lemony flutter cuticle butter, Burt's Bees Lemon cuticle balm, and Julep cuticle oil, and pretty much any other cuticle product I own over this. It was really wet and took forever to sink in. Would definitely not repurchase. F
I didn't try out theBalm's Hot Mama blush yet, as I have apparently lost all of my brushes (and because Captain RosaceaFace is still scared of blush). I am always excited to get theBalm in my box - they have quality stuff and the packaging is just so darn cute!
Value: Birchbox really cheaped out on this one - $17.62. D
|Click to enlarge|
Overall impression of the box: I got Box 7, you can see all of the boxes here. I think my dream box for the month is Box 23 - totally would love the atomizer + theBalm + benefit, and would prefer a dry shampoo over the regular kind. Box 7 didn't offend me - I was excited about two products, hated one, and didn't care about two. I really, really, really wish they would stop giving us chocolate. I know it's an extra, but I really don't want food. And this was a cheapo box, so I'd give it a C-.
Overall impression of the service: No change since November, B+.
Which box did you get? Love or love to hate Birchbox? Any of these products intrigue you?