This month, Birchbox did a fun fashion inspired collaboration with Fashionista, a fashion savvy news site. You got the choice of getting the normal birchbox or choosing the curated Fashionista box. Although I knew it would spoil the surprise, I opted for the Fashionista box. It had some great products and a bunch I haven't tried so it will be fun to test out all these new items. I really loved that they partnered with Fashionista during NYC Fashion Week. It definitely seemed like they packed the box with some Fashion Week essentials!
Birchbox Take: This cleansing and conditioning foam is made without parabens or surfactants, so it's easy on your hair. It's good to use on all hair types, especially coarse hair, and continues to work even once your hair is clean and soft, adding additional hold and control during styling.
My Take: I love the Macadamia line of products. They smell deliciously nutty and make your hair super soft. I haven't tried this yet, but I heard from another birchbox subscriber to use this sparingly as it is extremely effective and if you use too much, your hair can look a giant poodle.NAOBAY Body Radiance Lotion
Birchbox Take: Olive oil, shea butter, and avocado oil deliver serious moisture, while aloe vera soothes and protects skin. More than 98 percent of ingredients in this creamy lotion are natural, and over 19 percent are organic-and like all of Naobay products, it's free of GMOs and made without paragons, formaldehyde, petrochemical, synthetic dyes, and a host of other chemicals that research suggest may come with health risks.
My Take: I got a sample of this in an earlier birchbox and it was definitely a product I didn't mind getting another of. It has a lovely citrus scent and is the perfect size to throw in my purse to keep moisturized throughout the day when I am out and about.
Birchbox Take: This mascara draws on tech from haircare: Its glazing formula softly sculpts and hold lashes in place all day long. The natural cotton fibers in this formula add thickness and length while the bullet-shaped brush carefully coats and curls each lash. Nutrients in the formula leave lashes softer and shinier after use.
My Take: I thought that this mascara was good, but not great. It looked really natural on and didn't clump too much, but it's still not as amazing as my Dior blackout mascara. However, I do like the consistency and it is the perfect size to throw in my mini makeup bag for end of the day, transitioning from work to play.
Birchbox Take: A gentle face mask that draws out dirt and oil like a magnet, clearing blackheads and tightening pores. Proven blemish-busters salicylic and glycol acid work to de-gunk pores, while ejitsu rose tightens them after the fact.
My Take: I really enjoy the feeling of this face mask. I've only been using it as a spot treatment on my nose area but it seems to be working. I can't wait to see what it can do in the long term. Bye bye big pores!Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner
Birchbox Take: These luxe, creamy liners deliver bold color that lasts and lasts. Choose from five wearable shades: Black, Silver Charcoal, Sky Blue, and Violet. Vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free, these liners feature Cynthia Rowley's signature gold foil design.
My Take: This was probably my least favorite product in the box this month. I will say this, it did go on super creamy and delivered a really bold pop of silver. Unfortunately, I'm definitely not a girl who can pull off silver eyeliner. I promise I will find another use for this product. Eyeliner tattoos perhaps?
What do you guys think of the Birchbox samples this month? Did you get the Fashionista box too?