Monday, December 12, 2011

Holiday Birchbox: Dec 2011 (Box Opening)


Can you believe that the Christmas is just a few weeks away? What a busy and wonderful time of the year!

I must admit, I had a bit of "extra anticipation" about this month's Birchbox! Would Birchbox be doing something special for us for the Holidays? Would the box be "extra big"??? I became even more excited when I opened up my mailbox to find my hot pink Birchbox with a white snowflake pattern (sorry ya'll, I forgot to snap a photo of the outer box before I recycled it!). Yes, Birchbox went with a Holiday Themed box for the month of December.

What is Birchbox? It is a monthly sample subscription of deluxe beauty samples wrapped up cutely and delivered right to your door for only $10.00 a month. Plus, you get access to the members-only site (with great shopping), you earn points (that can be used towards product discounts) for referrals and reviewing the items on the Birchbox site, and they offer great free shipping discounts on current box items. I just love being a subscriber! I look forward to my box every month! Check out some of my previous boxes: Birchbox Introduction PostJan 2011 BirchboxFeb 2011 BirchboxMarch 2011 BirchboxApril 2011 BirchboxMay 2011 BirchboxJune 2011 BirchboxJuly 2011 Birchbox, August 2011 Birchbox, Sept 2011 BirchboxOct 2011 Birchbox, and Nov 2011 Birchbox.

So, how did this month's box compare? Was it extra-special for the Holidays? Keep reading to find out!

December 2011 Birchbox: "Frolic & Fancy":
This month's theme is "Frolic & Fancy". Instead of the traditional maroon and pink tissue paper and post-card note, you open the box to reveal white sparkly tissue paper and a white snowflake card. The products in this month's box are supposed to get you ready for frolicking and fancy fetes. Also, the Birchbox site is featuring holiday-themed info: celeb-inspired party looks, red lipstick tips, and a guide to Aspen.

But, what impresses me the most is that Birchbox is partnering with a non-profit organization, Baby Buggy, for the Holidays. Birchbox is donating 100% of their profits from full-sized purchase to Baby Buggy. Baby Buggy supplies needy families with essential items for their children. Way to go Birchbox!

Also, another reason I have been anticipating this month's box? Birchbox posted to Facebook (before the release of this month's box) about Jouer doing a custom Birchbox-only shade of lipgloss...so, I am quite curious to see this special gloss...

So, what was in this month's box?
Alright ladies, I am going to go ahead and say that I think the box seemed "small" this month. Maybe I got myself too worked up thinking it was going to be a "bigger and better" Holiday box. Plus, I loved last month's Nov 2011 Birchbox so much that I think I had my hopes set a little too high. This December box just doesn't seem as "meaty" as some of my previous boxes. What can I say, I love *big* samples, and overall, these samples do seem a bit small. But, lets see how it all adds up.

The Goods:
  • BeneFit | The POREfessional (.25 fl oz sample, full size $29 for .75 oz) This is BeneFit's primer. I am a HUGE BeneFit fan, so I am pretty thrilled that there is a BeneFit item included in this month's box. Like all BeneFit products, it has a catchy and cute name. The sample is a pretty nice size and I am looking forward to trying this! Camouflage visible pores with this velvety face primer. The translucent formula works wonders beneath makeup. 
  • Harvey Prince | Ageless (small sample vial, full size 50 ml $55 and 100 ml $98): Okay, ya'll know that I am not a huge fan of getting these small perfume samples as one of my 4-5 deluxe samples. But, with that said, the scent of this one is quite pretty. I just wish if Birchbox sent perfume samples that they would truly be a deluxe sized sample. Most scents just smell pretty, but this one is designed to make you smell more youthful, high-tech, no?  
  • Jouer | Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Birchbox Pink: (2 ml sample, .21 oz full size $20): Okay, lol...this is the tiniest lipgloss I have ever seen. Literally, I LOL'ed when I saw the size of this sample. I would have been thrilled if this had been a full-sized sample! Birchbox-maybe next time we can hope for a larger gloss? Anyways, it is a hot pink gloss. I have never tried glosses from Jouer. So, I am egar to test this out. We teamed up with one of our favorite brands to create this custom fuchsia shade. Apply one coat for semi-sheer pigment, or build it for a hot pink pout.  
  • Orofluido | Beauty Elixir: (.17 fl oz sample, full size 3.4 oz $29.99): OMG...Yum!!! This product smells absolutely divine! Seriously, I can't stop smelling it! I can't wait to apply this to my hair! For sure the best thing in this month's box. I am not familiar with this brand. So, I am excited to test out this hair oil. The sample is sizable yet also purse size for smoothing on dry ends while on-the-go. We don't know what we love more- this hair treatment's trio of nourishing essential oils (argan, linseed, Cyprus) or its intoxicating vanilla amber scent.  
  • Birchbox Extra: "PREP" Showstoppers (2 strips, full size 24 strips for $9.99): This is a little foil packet containing double sided tape. Celeb stylists swear by these double-sided tape strips, which will ensure that your party dress stays perfectly in place.  
  • Birchbox Extra: "RECHARGE" EBoost: Orange Natural Energy Booster: This is a powdered vitamin supplement. This might be helpful if you have a late night on New Years or over-indulged during the holidays. ;) Bounce back post-party with this tangy citrus energy booster, packed with mega-dose of nutrients.
So, that is it for this month's box! As I mentioned, the box seemed a little bit smaller than my two previous boxes (just because the sample sizes were very small). Ya'll know me, I love it when the samples are huge and the box is heavy. But still, there are certainly items in this month's box that I am excited to try out. I can't complain too much though, especially since the profits from purchase of full-sized items from Birchbox this month go directly to charity.

Fellow Birchboxers, what did you get this month?
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10 comments:

SiSi Sparkles said...

Pammy, I loved the idea when it first started because they had larger sample sizes. But now, it seems to be getting smaller and smaller! I walked away with my $10 this month, and I'm glad I did.
Thanks for sharing hun!

Pammy (PammyBlogsBeauty) said...

@SiSi Sparkles-Yes, I was suprised with how small some of the items were in this month's box. The last few boxes I got were very generous. So, I am hoping its a fluke...and that next month will bring a "meaty-er" box.

Nicole said...

I received the EXACT same Birchbox as you! I, too, thought it was pretty weak. I thought there would be something extra special in there for the holidays. I'm happy with what I got, even though I'm not a big perfume fan. I've already tried the BeneFit primer. I used it Sunday when I went to see "Wicked". It worked wonderfully! I'd definitely considering buying it in a full-size tube!

Pammy (PammyBlogsBeauty) said...

@Nicole-Can't wait to try that primer now! :) Yes, I will for sure be leaving specific feedback to Birchbox about this particular box. It seems that they have listened to my feedback in the past and adjusted boxes accordingly. So, fingers crossed for a bigger box next month!

Jenni said...

I got the same box and was actually happy to have bigger samples this month. lol I felt I got a pretty weak box last month, now I'm starting to really re-think keeping this subscription. It's sort of like gambling, I keep thinking I'll 'win' with the next box and get something fab.

Pammy (PammyBlogsBeauty) said...

@Jenni-LOL, good analogy! I am thinking the same...leave some feedback and hope for a "win" next month. Honestly, my boxes have been really consistantly good for months. So, I am not that bothered by this box being overly "light"...but, a full sized gloss sure would have redeemed the whole box for sure!

MarciaF said...

I'm getting disillusioned with the boxes. Mine is the same as yours. When it started we got a full size item and now we're lucky to get a deluxe sample. I know a lot of people are starting to complain so I hope they step up their game soon.
I do like being able to try the Benefit though.

Pammy (PammyBlogsBeauty) said...

@Marcia-Yes, agreed! I miss the full size samples!!! The last one I got was a Laura Gellar blush, which I adored...Seems like a lot of people got this exact same box...

marfar said...

I received my second birchbox this month and I am pretty pleased but I have been searching around to see what everyone else got! I have to say, I am a makeup junkie so I really wish that I got an eyeliner or the primer!!!! Anyway, here's what I've got...

1.Recharge EBoost Orange Natural Energy Booster
2.Incoco® Nail Polish Appliqué
3.ShowStoppers Designer Fashion Tape
4.Amika Obliphica Hair Treatment
5.AHAVA Mineral Body Lotion
6.Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss

Love the lotion, it's great! The lip gloss is ok, but seriously small! The hair oil leaked all over the place, but it smells nice and worked well. The nail things are pretty cool but the other stuff I probably wont use! I won't unsubscribe, but after seeing that there was a full sized Laura Gellar (my favorite) in the past my fingers are crossed for a seriously superb box! Just once! :)

Pammy (PammyBlogsBeauty) said...

@marfar-Oh! I would have loved to get those nail stickers! I haven't tried those yet. :) The Ahava lotion is nice too (I got that in a previous box). I was one of the lucky ones to get the Laura Gellar blush and it is one of my favorite blushes actually! Lets cross our fingers for some full sized products next month! While this month's box was very light (I mean, tiniest lipgloss I have ever seen!), I am overall still very pleased with my Birchbox subscription because of previous boxes. :) Thanks for commenting! :)

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