Getting over Matt Smith will be a much easier task than anticipated.
I subscribed to birchbox in April, and it was a very smart decision because it’s a shining spot in every month, and some months really need that. Thank you, mollydee, for the recommendation. I feel like every month it’s a gift from you.
So if you wonder what comes next in this post, read the title.
First and foremost:
A lovely perfume, Something Blue, from June. It smells like honeysuckle, lilies, and lychee, which would probably be my spirit scent. It’s just perfection, I need not place more words on top of it.
My second favorite perfume came from the month before.
Folle de Joie, from May. This one is lighter, wispier. It’s hard to choose between these two as favorite, but as this one is simply lily-scented and the other one is honeysuckle, lily, and lychee, (though they are different types of lily), my choice is made for me. I suppose they are both suitable for different types of days.
Caudalie Divine Oil. This was from my first April box, which of course immediately made me fall in love with birchbox to begin with. Honestly I haven’t used it so much because I have so little of it, but when I use it, I put it on my dry hands and I can feel the difference for days after. They describe the scent as “fresh notes of Moroccan and Bulgarian rose, grapefruit, vanilla, and the subtlest floral undertones.” I suppose that’s what it smells like, I really couldn’t tell you, I just know that it smells better than anything ever, except mayyybe the aforementioned Something Blue. If they made this exact scent as a perfume, I’d be sold forever.
And on the note of dry skin, the most USEFUL item I’ve received is:
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream, from my July box. My face is terribly dry. So are my hands. I’m doomed! But then we have the wonderful Dr. Jart and his Ceramidin Cream! I’m always wary to put anything on my face, it’s a real bitch, so birchbox items are always a risk. But this little bastard right here is the only thing that can go on my face without my face getting throwing a fit. It’s possibly the most useful thing in my medicine cabinet. Apart from, y’know, pillz pillz pillz.
I could go on about the July box since it had the greatest amount of loved things, but I’m going to step back again to June because this next one is probably the second most useful thing I’ve gotten from these guys:
Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls. When I saw the name of this product and it’s design I felt like I was about to walk into a brothel of some sort in a small town in the 1800’s. Maybe it’s just because anyone who calls herself Miss Something just sounds like a brothel matron to me, the sign is like a billboard from the 1800’s, and the coloring and fonts are a little too cutesy for some hardcore orgy brothel. Listen, don’t even try to understand the workings of my brain.
But back to the actual product. I haven’t been able to get my hair cut in a while, I won’t go into details, it’s boring (though I continue to talk about it to anyone who listens in the real world, poor souls). Thing is, having a hard time making my hair live up to my personal standards. And I don’t generally like to put product (ugh, I really hate that term) in my hair because you never know, too often it comes off greasy and whenever you touch your hair you feel like you’re touching slimy, sticky cotton candy. THIS, however, is not slimy nor sticky, and it keeps my curly hair from getting too terribly tangled. And considering how thick my hair is, that is a significantly difficult task. Thank you, Matron Jessie! I should check out more of your products!
Back to July! My second favorite of that month:
Instain Blush. I should say first of all that my good friend littlecookie makes excellent blush at Bad Bitch Cosmetics. Until I acquired this birchbox blush I used BBC products for all my blushing needs. She’s excellent. You should look at her shop, you won’t regret it. But if she’s so great, why do I use Instain now? It’s so fucking easy to carry around. I’m not terribly graceful (you should see me try to open my contacts container) so I would always accidentally spill her blush when I would attempt to open it. The packaging on Instain, though, is perfection. So easy, tiny, magnetic close, like a little book. Mind you, it’s much more expensive than BBC, so really I think you’re mostly paying for that fantastic packaging. DAMN, do I ever love samples. You get quite a bit in the sample, too, though it doesn’t have a mirror.
This next one is… Let’s just say we have a weird relationship:
Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper, July. The first time I used this, I took a shower, put this in my hair, and then immediately went to sleep. The next morning I woke and my hair looked amaaazing. The best. I thought, jeez, this is something I’m actually going to buy from birchbox near immediately! But I decided to test it one more time to see if it was just a fluke, and my hair looked nowhere near as amazing as it did the first time and in fact was fairly frizzy. The second time, though, I didn’t go to sleep immediately after and I probably used a different amount than I did the first time (Fyi, lying down for an extended amount of time after washing curly hair is always the wisest thing to do as it looks better without fail.) I have tried a couple times since then, and I still haven’t gotten the same amazing result as before. So… I don’t know, it takes a very specific set of steps to make it work properly, at least for my hair, and I have no real clue what those steps are. First World Problems, amiright.
I’ve gotten a couple different nail polishes from birchbox. They were all kind of, eh, sure, whatever, not my color. Until this one:
Ruffian Nail Lacquer, from September. The color they gave me was Fox Hunt. It’s… glorious. I haven’t put it on my fingers yet (which I’ll probably do tonight or tomorrow to be Thanksgiving themed with the orange/red - when did I become such a girl?) so I’m not sure how it will sit on them. I did, however, put it on my toes, and it stuck like a motherfuck. Other brands they’ve given me in the past have chipped or been too gelly and soft. This one just sat on there. I’m a sucker for a flat finish, though. I don’t like my nail polish to look too bubbly. I want it to cling to my nails like it’s a part of them. I look forward to seeing how it will react with my fingernails tonight.
August was so-so. They gave me another Matron Jessie product, a shampoo, though I haven’t had the chance to really use it yet. I’m always afraid to use shampoo in packets because, remember, I’m not graceful. I used it the other day, though only a little bit, and I think it worked well! But since I’ve only used it once I don’t really feel like I should put it anywhere in my list except to fill something in for August. Instead I’ll put another one in the August slot that is also so-so, but we already talked about Matron Jessie before and we already know we like her, so:
Jasmine Seven Fresh Feet Wipes. The reason I say it’s so-so is because I feel like it’s a waste of money and resources. $10 for 10 wipes? I feel like I could find a much more economical way to wipe my feet. However, it did make my feet feel really refreshed, it smelled very nice, and I am grossed out by feet to begin with, opposite of foot fetish, and I feel very uncomfortable if they feel even slightly unclean. So this was really quite nice and I might actually buy some some time.
October was a cool month, it had a lot of nice things, but I wouldn’t really put any on my favorites list. They gave me a sort of concealer stick for under the eyes which would have been nice if I hadn’t left it in the car in the heat where it melted… So I can’t really endorse it because I haven’t really tried it more than once. But I feel bad leaving October out of the mix, so I’ll choose one I have been using:
POP Beauty Aqua Lacquer. I really like this, but then this could be because I never use lip gloss. It’s a little sticky right after applying, but it looks great and it feels pretty nice too. It’s easy to apply as well. I think the color they gave me was Splashing Scarlet, but it could have been Flowering Fusia, who really knows. Whatever. I enjoy putting it on.
November really didn’t have one to make the list. It was oddly one of my absolute favorite boxes, though. That could be because they gave me delicious Ghiradelli chocolate, or it could be because they gave me a nice smelling perfume, though not my absolute favorite. I’m going to give a special shout out to the Beauty Protector Brand, though.
November had samples of both the shampoo and conditioner, May had the detangler. I don’t feel like the size of the samples I was given gave me quite enough to work on, but I think that all three of them put together should definitely make my favorites list. They smell like candy, which I wouldn’t ordinarily like, but somehow it’s really great with them. I’d like to try out the trio some time, but I’ll wait until I have money, because with each one valued at $22, I get angry that I have to spend $5+ on my Aussie shampoo, and when I have to buy the conditioner at the same time I get quite annoyed. You know the feeling, standing in the store, holding them in your hands, agonizing over how much left you have and maybe you can get by for another week, feeling guilty for spending what little money you have on your fucking hair, come on, you should really eat tonight, you can’t eat Cracklin’ Oat Bran for every single meal, Emily, get over it.
So… Those are my favorite birchbox items so far! I look forward to many more in the future. I would sell a kidney to keep getting my birchbox if I had to.
Though I may hold off for December, for completism. (That’s not a word.)
- Nog: I like The Searchers better [than Shane].
- Vic: Yeah, who doesn't.