My Thoughts: Birchbox January 2014 box

Monday, February 10, 2014

It's been a while since I shared my thoughts on one of my Birchbox boxes but here's my thoughts on my January 2014 box. Let's just say you'll understand why I was happy with my January Ipsy bag.

So in my January Birchbox I recieve a total of seven items from five different brands. While the items are okay, good even, the fact is that there are items I'm allergic to which makes this month's box a bust. If it weren't for my allergies then I would probably be much happier with the items received. My primary allergies - raspberries and bee stings - these two things can land me in the hospital.

I don't do much swapping on MakeupTalk but two of the items from the January box will eventually make it's way to my swap list.

100% Pure is a company that prides itself on being a company whose products are made from vegetables, fruits, berries and other types of plants and natural ingredients. As such I'm well aware that some of their products contains raspberry juice or extracts and unfortunately their Fruit Pigmented Mascara is one of those items that contains raspberries - to be specific it contains Rubus Idaeus Fruit Extract (Raspberry Extract).

Birchbox sample size: 0.1 oz / 3g
Sample value: $7.50
Full size: 0.24 oz / 7g
Retail: $18

The next item I'm allergic to is Whish's Three Whishes Body Butter. I was actually surprised by the ingredients in this one -  "Rubus Idaeus (Organic Raspberry) Juice" - since I didn't expect it to have any raspberries in it. Needless to say this is also another item I can't ever use.

Birchbox sample size: 0.75 oz / 22 ml
Sample value: $3.52
Full size: 150 ml
Retail: $24
Then there are the Ahmad Teas Assorted teabags that came in my January box. I saw that one of the teas was... can you guess what it is?... made from raspberries! Can you say I was VERY disappointed about that especially since I LOVE teas but obviously I can't drink raspberry tea!

Thankfully I received a mint tea, an English tea and a blackcurrant tea, all of which I can drink. Since I'm such a tea lover I have no complaints about the teas other than these are teas! Seriously Birchbox?!

Birchbox sample size: three bags
Sample value: $0.53
Full size: 20 bags
Retail: $3.50

Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Conditioner is definitely different. I'm use to dry shampoos but have never used a dry conditioner before. It's essentially like a dry shampoo and used in the same manner but the difference is that this is suppose to add a conditioning aspect that normal dry shampoos lack. Honestly, I still don't know what to make of it. I'm not a big fan of dry shampoos in the first place so I'm just not sure how I feel about this dry conditioner. I'll used it a few more times before I give a final opinion on it but right now I'm on the fence.

Birchbox sample size:1.2 oz / 34 g
Sample value: $9.37
Full size: 3.2 oz
Retail: $25

The last item in my box that I could use was Paula's Choice RESIST BHA 9 for Stubborn Imperfections and what an utter disappointment in the size of the product. It's a tiny, tiny vial that's essentially smaller than a perfume vial! Yes there is enough for a few uses but considering the rest of my box was a let down with two items I definitely can't use - ever - the size of the RESIST BHA was equally disappointing. I'll give this a shot, who knows maybe I will end up liking it.
Birchbox sample size: 0.03
Sample value: $3.70 (though it sells on the Paula choice for $5)
Full size: 0.3 oz
Retail: $36.95

My box total value: $24.62 ($25.92 if I use the $5 value instead of the $3.70 value). Overall, Birchbox's January box was a big ol' box of disappointment and it looks like my February box isn't that great either. At least I have my points from this and that box to make up for it.


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