Today Birchbox is launching a new limited-edition box called Everyday Glamour ($48 for 8 items, approximately $200 value). It's a really cute box filled with the perfect items to treat yourself or a friend with a transition into fall theme. For those new to Birchbox, this is a special limited-edition box that is different from the monthly subscription boxes. The Birchbox Team was kind enough to send me one as an early preview to share with you today. The contents of the Everyday Glamour Box:
All items are available to purchase individually (P.S. Juliette @jdalfeen, one of Birchbox's Social Media Managers has a live unboxing video on Periscope):
- NER:D Skincare Repair Master Mask (1 sheet)
- Cargo Texas Lash Mascara in Black
- Caudalie Divine Oil (mini 15 ml size)
- Ciaté Nail Polish in Paparazzi
- Jouer Powder Eyeshadow (shades will vary per box, mine has Espresso)
- Smith & Cult The Shining Lip Lacquer (shades will vary, mine has Life in Photographs)
- Stephanie Johnson Tinseltown Gunmental Medium Flat Zip Pouch
- Michael Todd Concentrated C Antioxidant Moisturizing Serum
I've been playing with the box over the weekend, some items are classic staples for me, others are new discoveries. First up are the four color items. The Cargo Texas Lash Mascara comes with a large plush brush. It's a true deep black that doesn't turn color once dry. I like how it thickens the lashes without clumping. In texting it over the past weekend it didn't smudge or flake. It holds the curl for a long time. It doesn't hold it all day, but I would say the curl stayed put for about 4-5 hours but I have super stick straight lashes.
Also in the box will be one Jouer Powder Eyeshadow (colors will vary per box). I owned several Jouer Powder Eyeshadows many years ago - I should explore these more. They have a wet-to-dry formula that's super soft and blendable. The colors are good everyday kind of shades and the packaging has these little sliders on the side so you can connect multiple colors together. Espresso is a natural medium brown with a hint of shimmer.
Each box will have one Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer, mine came with Life in Photographs which is a sheer pale milky pink. On my lips it's almost clear - but if you're the kind of person who likes to line and fill lips with a natural lipliner and top with a sheer gloss, this is a good one because it smooths out the lips, adds shine and doesn't feel goopy or too sticky. The glosses have a very moisturizing feel and stay put without sliding around. There's a soft vanilla scent but on the lips the scent fades after a minute. I have a few of these glosses and really like them.
The last color item is a Ciaté Nail Polish in Paparazzi which is the perfect cream vamp plum shade for fall. It goes on smoothly. Full coverage is achieved with two coats. I'm on day 2 of the manicure and so far no tip wear or chipping yet. I'll update the notes here after testing if for a full week on lasting power.
Swatches of Paparazzi and Life in Photographs:
For skincare items, the Everyday Glamour Box comes with three items to try. The first is a NER:D Sheet Mask called the Skin Repair Master Mask. I haven't had a chance to try this but I hope to this week. If you've tried anything from NER:D, I'd love to hear your thoughts. This one is supposed to have healing and soothing properties which sounds like the perfect end-of-week treatment.
There's a mini vial of the Caudalie Divine Oil which is a classic staple for me. It's an amazing dry oil perfect to add moisture and glow to the skin. I use mine on the body - it absorbs quickly and and has a really nice relaxing scent. I like to apply it on in the morning or night after showers. It's a good touch up product if you're feeling dry mid-day. The minis used to come with a spritzer, I do wish it still did. These days the mini vials don't have one.
Last but not least is the Michael Todd Concentrated C Antioxidant Moisturizing Serum. This is a new line for me. I'm super hesitant to try new serums on my face since I have very sensitive skin and in general extremely picky with serums. I've only tried this for a couple days - but first thoughts are that this is an extremely moisturizing and hydrating serum. If you have super dry skin I recommend giving this a try. I always layer moisturizer on top of serum. The dry-down texture of many serums doesn't work so well with foundation if you wear it alone. The texture of the Michael Todd is on the thick side, I was worried it would be too heavy because you can really feel it on the skin. However once it's absorbed it feels weightless. Throughout the day my skin feels less oily and greasy - it seems to hydrate while controlling oil. It's supposed to have ingredients that repair sun damage and reduce brown spots. It will take time to see results but so far I like the way it feels on the skin.
Overall, thumbs up. The Everyday Glamour Box does indeed have a good selection of items for everyday glamour. The plum nail lacquer in Ciaté Paparazzi couldn't be more perfect as a fall transition color. Smith & Cult Lip Lacquers add a nice natural shine to the lips, good to layer over your go-to fall lip color. The Caudalie Divine Oil is a must-have in my opinion, the travel size is pretty affordable so if you're looking for one new body product to try, I highly recommend it. The other items in the box are pretty new to me and I like the variety offered in skincare and body. I think it's a nice way to try a lot of items at a value price.
If you're looking for a treat yourself gift or a box for a friend, the holiday boxed sets are starting to trickle in. I'm usually a pick-your-own-individual-items kind of person but last year's sets were phenomenal and the ones trickling in this month look even better. The Birchbox Everyday Glamour Box is definitely worth looking into. You can find the Everyday Glamour Box online at Birchbox now. It is limited-edition.
Do you spot any favorites in this box? If you've tried anything from the brands, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Many thanks to Birchbox for sending a preview box for review.