February Birchbox

Good morning and happy Sunday! Sunday is my favorite day of the week these days; it’s also the only day where I don’t have to go to work or school. I usually spend Sunday catching up on housework or working on job projects or doing homework, but for the first few hours, while I’m having my morning coffee, I can just relax. Sitting in my smooshy bed with my smooshy dog, drinking coffee and listening to the Gentle Classical playlist while working on this silly blog is one of my favorite ways to decompress. 

The first two weeks of the month are always full to the brim with subscription boxes – especially when you have a weak month, like my January, and sign up for way too many while good promos are running. The first and most obvious example of this is that I ordered a February Birchbox. I don’t even like Birchbox! Though one of the first beauty subscription boxes, BB has really taken a turn for the worst over the past year. I think they’re affordable and fun for a few months, but they repeat brands and products regularly so the novelty wears off quickly. With $10/month competitors like Ipsy & Sephora Play!, I just don’t think Birchbox measures up. However, if you do want to test it out, you can get your first box for only $5 with this link, and there’s no commitment.

So, all of that to say … I did order a February Birchbox. They were running a promo where I could receive a free full-size Lipstick Queen “Hello Sailor” lipstick (normally $25) with purchase of the box, so I bit. To me, I ordered “Hello Sailor” for $10 and happened to get a box of samples along the way! Just like placing orders at Sephora 😉

My February Birchbox contained:

Total Paid: $10
Total Value: $27.22 (excluding the Lipstick Queen)

 Swatches of Supergoop CC Cream, Laqa & Co. Lipstick, and Hello Sailor

My box had a few items that are considered Birchbox staples – if you’ve subscribed to BB long enough, you’ve absolutely received them once or twice. Examples are the Vasanti scrub, Klorane dry shampoo, and anything from Supergoop. Thankfully, I’ve never tried any of them before, so I feel like my BB experience is finally complete. 
I’m happy with my lip products this month. The balm is thick and moisturizing for overnight use, and I’ve seen it get good reviews for prepping lips & filling in fine lines before applying matte lipsticks. I haven’t worn the Laqa & Co. yet but I love the shade and pigment and every review talks about how nourishing it is. 
However, my real, deep, true love is the reason I bought the box – Lipstick Queen Hello Sailor. I’ve used Lipstick Queen Frog Prince, but it’s a little too sheer hot pink for me to use daily. Hello Sailor turns into the most wonderful sheer cool berry. It reminds me of Clinique’s famous Black Honey Almost Lipstick, but I think it’s even better. I could see Hello Sailor looking not so great on warmer toned skin, but it has become an absolute staple for my no-makeup-makeup days. 

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