Thursday, May 10, 2012
May Birchbox: Gossip Girl
Miracle Skin Transformer Body SPF 20 in Glow: A tinted treatment from Sarah McNamara that erases blemishes and scars on arms, legs, and decollete. A full-size would cost $34 and mine is a .5 oz sample, which I think works out to about a $6.80 value. My chest could use some help, so I'll be testing it there. A swatch on my hand left behind a sheer wash of color with a slight shimmer.
Ojon Volumizing shampoo: Made with the ultra nourishing Central American ojon oil to make your hair look and feel thicker. I've used Ojon products before, but not this volumizing shampoo. A full sized bottle is 8.5 oz and costs $22, so my 1 oz. sample is worth about $2.58.
stila sparkle waterproof liquid eye liner in Starry Night: Waterproof, smudge-proof - check. This stuff doesn't budge once on. In fact, I had a hard time getting my arm swatch off, period. I used an oil based makeup remover followed by soap and a few flakes come off with vigorous rubbing. I'll try a bi-phase eye makeup remover on my next arm swatch. Until then, I'm afraid to use it on my eyes because I'm not sure I can get it off! Not kidding. It's pretty though, so if you are looking for a liner that could last all day, all night, and the next few days, these could be it. This was full size and sells for $22.
The Birchbox extra this month was a note card. Hand written thank you cards are always such a nice touch. A set of 12 costs $10, so mine is worth 83 cents. No wonder emails are so popular;-). It's cute, and I'll use it.
Overall, I'm underwhelmed with my Gossip Girl box, but that's because the perfume sample wasn't my style and I don't use liquid eye liners. It's not a bad box, just not my favorite. The overall value of my box this month was roughly $35, so not bad for my $10 investment. I do love getting my Birchbox's each month - they are quality, even if there are some samples that don't float my boat!
Clever marking on Gossip Girl's part and I know there was much anticipation for this month's box. I'll be interested to hear what other people got and if it met their expectations. Are you a Birchbox subscriber? What did you think of the Gossip Girl box?