Today I came home to a little hot pink package sitting at my door step. Being the impatient, tracking-obsessed person that I am, I was already expecting it. For those of you who are not familiar with Birchbox, it’s a monthly subscription service that sends a box of 5-6 beauty samples to your door for a total of $10. Each box typically contains 1-2 deluxe sized samples, plus a few more smaller sized samples and packets. Sometimes there will even be a full size product, like this month (I will go into more details shortly). To subscribe, simply go to the Birchbox website and sign up. You will be asked to fill out a beauty profile, which I highly encourage you to do so. There are a variety of boxes that are sent out each month, and the content of the box often depends on your responses to the beauty profile. For example, if you filled out the survey with dry skin and oily hair and anti-aging concerns, then you will most likely receive products that are targeted towards those specific characteristics.
I first heard about Birchbox through Ingrid’s Youtube Channel, and six months (boxes) later, I must say that I am absolutely in love with this service! I was a bit skeptical at first because I was worried that I would receive many products that I don’t care for or can’t use (I have sensitive and breakout prone skin), and that the $10 would be wasted. However, since you can cancel the subscription at any time without any hassle, I figured that I will take the risk and give it a shot. And boy am I glad that I did! I honestly have never regretted it and did not even once consider cancelling! There were definitely months when I received more products that I liked than others, but overall, I have been very happy with every box.
Before I begin with the review, I must give a big thanks to Jen from frmheadtotoe.com. If it wasn’t for her amazing post and video on this product I would have never thought about buying these amazing blushes.
Left to Right: Lust, X-Rated, Kinky, All-nighter
I ordered these during R&R’s cosmetic sale that they had a while back and received a 50% in addition to 99c shipping. Normally these cost $40 each at full price, which is not cheap. However, for the price you get 0.32oz of product, which is twice as much as the Nars blushes. So if you do the math, these R&R blushes actually give you more for your buck. Not to mention, you can often find these on sale at Hautelook, Editor’s Closet, and Beauty Story for 40-50% off, which is an amazing deal 🙂
So onto the full review:
Texture: finely milled and not chalky at all.
Application: these are super pigmented and the colors are very buildable. If you are going for a more natural flush/glow, then I would recommend starting with a very light hand. Usually one swipe with your brush is enough to cover both cheeks.
Packaging: The packaging of these blushes are arguably one of the best I’ve seen. Each compact comes in a round box that looks a bit like a mini hat box. The compact itself has a metallic finish and feels rather weighty on the hand. There’s a mirror inside and the compact has a magnetic closure. Refer to pictures below:
Overall, these are very high quality blushes and I would definitely recommend them to anyone who’s looking for good blushes. If price is an issue, I would recommend waiting for a sale on one of the websites aforementioned.
I finally caved in and ordered the Nars Love Set. It includes the legendary Nars Orgasm blush, a lip gloss and the Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. It’s pretty much the most perfect Nars set (or make up set for that matter) that I’ve ever seen. Just about every girl has heard about the infamous Orgasm and I’ve tried it multiple times at Sephora but could never bring myself to spend $26 on a blush (though I spend $24 on a lipstick – don’t ask me about the logic behind that). The Nars lip glosses won me over when I received a sample duo from Sephora – they are simply amazing. And I’ve been dying to try the lip pencils since they were launched earlier this year. All in all, this has to be one of the most anticipated purchases I’ve made. Can you tell, I’m beyond excited 🙂