Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Review and Swatches: Birchbox September 2012 featuring Color Club Tweet Me Polish

I am so excited to show you my Birchbox this month!
I mostly show you polish on my blog, so I thought I would lead with that :)  This is Color Club Tweet Me.  This is part of a collection of 4 colors made by Color Club exclusively for Birchbox.  Each color name is based on different social media sites.  I love the idea and lets face it, they had me at "exclusive" and "limited edition."

 Tweet Me falls into the "ugly/pretty" color category for me.  It walks the line between a chartreuse and a lime green.  The formula was a bit thin so I used 3 coats.  I was surprised to really like this color on me.  I think it is a great color for this time of year. It is a Summer bright, but it is dulled down enough to transition into Fall.

It is a mini .25 fl.oz, which is a fine size for my Birchbox, but I *need* the whole set!  I ordered the other 3 colors and I know it is going to bug me that this one is little and they won't match, but I'm weird that way :)  The full sizes are .5 fl. oz. and $8   

 This is everything I got.
 This month there was a well rounded group of samples.
 They also included a Fall Look Book with beauty tips and tricks for the season.  There was a discount code for Madewell, but I haven't checked that out yet.
 I got a tili bag this month... meh. This may be appealing for you jet setters out there, but I don't travel that much (although I wish I did!) so the only use I really have for this bag is food storage.  It is cuter than a plain plastic bag, but they are kinda pricey at $8.49 for a dozen.  
 I have yet to receive a Twistband from Birchbox, so I was excited to get one of these.  I have long hair and always could use another hair tie and this one is really cute.  The lace design is printed to there is nothing to raised that will snag on things and the best part is that it doesn't leave ridges in your hair after you take it out. You can get 6 for $14.
 This is actually the first blotting tissue I have tried.  I like them and 25 sheets is a really nice sample size.  I have only used a few, and while I do like them I don't think that blotting tissues will become a regular part of my beauty routine.  The full size includes 100 sheets for $10

Just another reason why I love Birchbox is that these monthly boxes introduce me to brands I never would have tried on my own.  I had never heard of Skin, An Apothecary before.  This is their Soy Body Whip in the fragrance Poppy.  It is a light and fluffy cream that is paraben-free and it has soy, vitamin C and coconut oils.  It feels very moisturizing and not at all greasy.  The scent is perfect for fall.  It is a warm, spicy, floral and I love it! The full size is a huge 16 oz tub and is $27.  I would have added it to my order this month, but it was out of stock. I guess a lot of people like it :)

I have mixed feelings about this one.  I really liked the products, but I couldn't get past the strange packaging!  This product is made for travel, which I already said I don't get to do very much.  It is a good idea for those who do, though.  This kit includes Real Clean a gelled oil cleanser and Ideal Skin Perfect Finish a color correcting CC cream in the shade medium.  
Lets talk about Real Clean first.  I have used oil cleansers before, but this gelled oil cleanser is a bit thicker and easier to use.  I completely removed all of my makeup, even my eye makeup!  My skin felt clean and soft afterward and not the least bit oily.  I wish this was sold in a normal bottle.  I would buy it for sure.  The "full size" is 3 .5 oz tubes for $26.  
The Ideal Skin Perfect Skin CC Cream is the first CC Cream I have tried.  CC Creams are Color Control Creams. This one offers buildable coverage and has botanical ingredients that brighten and even skin tone over time.  It comes in Light, Medium and Tan.  I used the Medium shade and it worked really well for me.  It is light weight, gives good coverage and wears really well.  But, the packaging?  A resealable packet like this is a great idea, but it was really hard to use.  I feel like there is still a lot of product in there that I can't squeeze out.  At least it will be easy to cut open :) Again, if sold in a normal bottle, I would be all over this.  The "full size" is 1 fl. oz in 3 of these resealable packs for $30.

Still there? Sorry this was a long, wordy post!  I always seem to have a lot to say about my Birchbox.  I really enjoyed trying all of the products this month, even the ones I wouldn't repurchase.  For $10 a month it is a great way to try new things and I almost always find a new product I love.

I can't wait to get my other Birchbox exclusive Color Cub polishes in the mail!  I will be sure to post swatches when they arrive!   I also ordered a set of brush guards :)

Do you subscribe to Birchbox?
What did you get this month?  Feel free to leave your link to your September Birchbox review in the comments below if you have one.  I would love to check it out!

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