Blogmas #1: Birchbox Review November 2016

I know it’s not exactly festive to kick off Blogmas with a Birchbox review, but I’ve written one every month since I started blogging, so I feel obligated to continue the streak. I promise tomorrow’s post will be holiday-oriented.

This month, Birchbox’s theme was “The Finishing Touch.” It was all about the little details that somehow manage to pull everything together. Overall, I really love this concept. We all have those products that just seem to complete a look. Needless to say, I was pretty stoked when this month’s box arrived.


Davines “This Is a Sea Salt Spray”(Great name) (Full-size, $28)

Product Details: This styling spray gives you beachy texture and megavolume without any stickiness. Mist onto wet hair to create body or onto dry hair to add texturized volume.

Rating: 5/5

Texture: N/a

Smell: Vanilla

Uses (sample size): So far, I’ve used it four times and I haven’t run out.

Impressions: Given how much I adore beach-inspired tresses, this product was perfect for me. I’ve found myself constantly reaching for it this month. I love applying it to dry hair and then tousling it for a few minutes. It creates effortless, texturized waves. (Not to mention it seems like candy.)


dr. brandt “microdermabrasion skin exfoliant” (Full-size, $79)

Product Details: This breakthrough at-home treatment gives a glowing complexion. Apply to damp skin and massage in circular motions, avoiding the eye area.

Rating: 2/5

Texture: Grainy

Smell: Soapy

Uses (sample size): 5

Impressions: I was honestly astounded by the fact that I disliked this product, given my love for all things dr. brandt. The real issue I had was that it was too rough on my skin. My face was covered in red patches after I washed it off. This simply wasn’t my cup of tea.


(I feel like I have to say this a lot, but sorry for my nails. I know they look atrocious. I haven’t had time to repaint them.)

jane iredale “Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain” (Full-size, $25)

Product Details: This magical color-changing stain uses olive and avocado oils to soften and soothe both lips and cheeks.

Rating: 4/5

Texture: Soft, creamy

Smell: N/a

Uses (sample size): I’ve used this sample three times and most of the product remains.




Product Details: Nourishing candlenut oil deeply penetrates for softer, smoother skin.

Rating: 4.5/5

Texture: Smooth, silky

Smell: Subtle, clean

Uses (sample size): 3+

Impressions: JUARA really executed nicely with this candlenut body cream. It has a soft, clean scent that doesn’t irritate my senses, and it nourishes the driest patches of my skin. I’d highly recommend giving it a try.


Lavanila “The Healthy Fragrance-Pure Vanilla” (Full-size, $19-58)

Product Details: This sweet and sultry scent blends notes of Madagascar vanilla, Tonka bean, and goji berry.

Rating: 3/5

Texture: N/a

Smell: Vanilla (duh…)

Uses (sample size): 4+

Impressions: As someone who likes soft, simple scents, I knew before I even opened this that it would be good for me. Madagascar vanilla is such a great scent to wear during the day. It’s sweet, but not too overpowering.


Thank you so much for checking out this review. If you enjoy these sorts of posts, feel free to check out my latest Birchbox review.

Also, you should follow me on social media! (I know you’re rolling your eyes at the self-promo right now, but still). I’m on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter, and the username for all three is currentlylately.

Be sure to check out my next Blogmas post. I’ll be blogging every day up until the 25th.

Until next time.

Sincerely yours,




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