December 2013 Birchbox Swatches, Review & Photos

The December 2013 Birchbox theme is Sparkle and Shine – a perfect choice for Holiday! Oddly, no sparkle or shine was included in my shipment this month.

As you open the box the card resting on top gives you a little explanation and greeting on one side and a run down of what is in your box on the other side.

Let’s see what’s going on for December!

From Arcona, Magic White Ice. This is a face gel used for instant hydration. I use a face gel now from Reviva Labs (I need it for sure in the winter) that is wonderful, so I was interested to give this one from Arcona a go. While it feels similar on my skin it didn’t soak in as quickly as I’d have liked it to and the fragrance was rather stank and overpowering. At first I thought it was sweet but then it smelled like medicine. If you like that then you’ll be pleased, as the scent lingers. A lot. I couldn’t get it off fast enough.

From Dr. Lipp, Original Nipple Balm for Lips. I was really concerned when I first read that this was included. As someone with children I know what nipple balm is used for (and I’m sure those of you without kids could venture a good guess) and as soothing as it is I’m not sure that I could put it on my lips. For the sake of review I went for it and found the balm to be immediately and intensely hydrating to my lips. It felt thick going on, but doesn’t feel thick as it lays on the lips. The wear is comfortable and I’m impressed! It’s also a multi-tasker and can be used on cuticles and elbows. Unfortunately, a small size sample was sent and it was only about 1/4 full if that. Bummer.

From Toni & Guy, the Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray. I can always use a Sea Salt spray and this one is pretty awesome. It’s got a great fragrance to it, light – but there, and gives a good texture to the hair without making it crunchy.

From dr. brandt skincare, the BB matte with signature SHINERASE. Two packets, one in light to medium and one in medium to dark. Meaning only one packet was useable for my tone, which was the light to medium (which was still actually a little too dark). It’s oil-free and contains an SPF of 30. The finish is velvety and the coverage is buildable.

As a Lifestyle Extra a Starlight Votive Candle from Green Leaf Candle Co. was also included with this months goodies. This was my favorite part of the box, and technically the Lifestyle Extras aren’t part of the actual box, they’re just extras. So, while that’s sad I’m happy this was included. It’s got a wonderful fragrance even when not lit. I have some potpourri in the bathroom that needed replaced but I just set this near it (unlit) and have a lovely, fresh scent to fill the space.

That being said, this months Birchbox was a big let down for me. It’s hard to get super excited about it when ipsy is so wonderfully generous in what they give their subscribers every month for the same price.

In regards to continuing my subscription I’ve already cancelled. As much as I love the referral program and have excellent customer service I can’t ignore the fact that month after month it’s been a disappointment. If for some reason it turns around I’d definitely give thought to a renewal, but right now I’m stepping away.

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