I love me some mail, so I figured sample boxes would be the perfect way to make myself feel the mail love on a monthly basis, at least before I leave the country!! Well, today I received my first fix from Birchbox.
Confession: Not sure if it was worth the $10.
Included in the box
Yu-Bu Moisturizing Skin Cream
Apparently, this is a best-selling Japanese skin cream. Now, folks, this tube is smaller than false eyelash adhesive! The tube says it's 3 grams. Remember waaaaay back to your high school chemistry class to what three grams looks like. It's nothing. The product should say "Careful, small parts. Could cause choking hazard for children 8 and under." And it smells like Carmex, but slightly more foul, when you put it on. Sure, that smell fades. And yeah, it makes your skin super soft in a non-oily way. But the tube provided wouldn't be enough to moisturize a single leg! The full size costs $16. I wonder how many grams that buys you. Okay, so I guess this is the hazard of sample boxes, but I feel totally ripped off.
Juicy Couture: Viva la Juicy La Fleur
Apparently this provides a "feminine blend of wild berries, mandarin, and waterlily." It's just the small size you can pick up at the counter at Macy's, but that's all I really expected anyway. I like the smell, even if it's smells a little like a baby prostitute, and it's been TPB-approved. When I saw him today, he said "mm, you smell good!" and I didn't even point out my new duds. I definitely wouldn't buy the $70 regular bottle mostly because I boycott Juicy on principle since they outfit 12-year-olds like...well, baby prostitutes.
theBalm cosmetics: Stainiac in Beauty Queen
Two-in-one cheek and lip stain, about the same size as the Juicy bottle and the full size would cost $17. I would never, I repeat: NEVER, pay that much for a cosmetic, but then again, I'm cheap. The applicator is one of those sponge applicators I am not a big fan of. I don't understand how that's supposed to work on your cheeks. However, I did use this stuff on my lips. It's not an extreme stain and I think it would require a couple applications to achieve a desirable result, but it's not sticky and not glossy. I like it, but again, I would NEVER pay that much for a lip stain.
The next two are weird ones. We've got a Schick Hydro Silk razor and Eye Rock: Designer Liner. The razor is...interesting. I feel like I could run down to the drug store and buy this for a couple bucks if I really wanted this razor. Why did it come in the box?? And the Designer Liner is the weirdest product I have ever seen. They are cat-eye liner STICKERS. So...you mean I am supposed to stick these stickers on my eyelids and still be able to blink normally? Heh, nice try. Check 'em out.
Get any good stuff in the mail lately?