Birchbox January 2016
{2016: The Year Of Strength}

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Beautiful Nutrition Grapefruit Detox Shine Repair Shampoo
Full Size Price: $12.00
Sample size value is approximately: $1.00
This is a sulfate-free shampoo that has a very light and refreshing scent to it. It carries mostly citrus notes but is not very overpowering. It is made with grapefruit seed extract which claims to revive hair's natural shine and vibrancy. It also is safe to use on all hair types, including color treated hair. The shampoo has a great consistency to it and lathers up nicely. I enjoyed how refreshing it smelt and the way the scent lingered. I think with the claims, I would need a longer testing period as well as a larger sample but I did find this shampoo provided a deep clean to my hair and it did not dry out my scalp or cause any irritation. I would consider purchasing the full size of this product.

Beautiful Nutrition Grapefruit Detox Shine Repair Conditioner
Full Size Price: $12.00
Sample size value is approximately: $1.00
As a companion to the shampoo, this is the conditioner that is made with the same grapefruit seed extract. It is also sulfate-free and claims to reverse dulling effect of product buildup and hard water. It did not carry as strong of a scent as the shampoo but it is a citrus scent and is quite light. The formula of the conditioner is fairly thick and provides a nice moisturizing feel to the strands of hair. I found that the product did not feel heavy or weigh down my hair in any way. Like with the shampoo, I feel I would need a longer testing period and possibly a larger sample to fully test the claims but I did feel my hair was quite clean and moisturized after using this product. I would consider purchasing the full size of this product.

Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner
Full Size Price: $16.00
I have tried previous products from Eyeko and really enjoy their mascara, as seen in my favorites from last month which you can view by clicking here. This is a new eyeliner pen which is quite chubby! It claims to apply with ease and be smudge-proof, budge-proof, and carry a rich color. It is enriched with algae extract which is found to be nourishing. I am by no means an eye liner expert so excuse my newbie skills with the application. 

I did find that this eyeliner was quite easy to use, especially coming from someone who is very new to applying liquid eyeliner. I used the "connect the dots" method and I found it made application even easier. Now, because the brush is so large you do need to be aware of how thick your line comes out. The pigmentation of this eyeliner is very nice and dark. I did have some issues with smudging when trying to clean up my lines, so be aware that it does not dry very quickly and while wet it does smudge easily. Overall, I really enjoyed this product and it is the only full size product this month! I would consider re-purchasing this product.

FOREO Day Cleanser
Full Size Price: $29.95
Sample size value is approximately: $4.50
This is a cleanser that contains bergamot, probiotics, mandarin, and apricot. The formula of this cleanser is very creamy and light which turns into a light foamy texture when applied to the skin. It claims to penetrate pores to lift dirt, impurities, and the pollutants that cause aging. It is designed to be used with a LUNA cleansing device but can be used on it's own with your hands. I found the cleanser did a good job of removing my daily makeup and cleaning my face, the scent is very nice and light. It did not dry out my skin or cause any irritation. I really enjoyed the foaming aspect of the cleanser and how little it takes to clean my entire face. I would consider purchasing the full size of this product.

TONYMOLY Delight Tony Tint in the shade Red
Full Size Price: $6.00
Sample size value is approximately: $2.00
Being a lipstick junkie, I am always excited to see new lip products in my beauty subscription boxes. This is a lip stain in a classic red shade. You can apply this in layers until you achieve the color you prefer, so you can really customize how light or dark of a red you like to wear. It is a fairly pigmented formula that dries quite quickly into a sheer matte finish. It contains rosehip and argan oils to help moisturize your lips throughout the day. It also contains jojoba seed oil which promotes cellular regeneration and elasticity for younger looking lips. I did enjoy the color payoff and how the stain felt on my lips, as it was not drying at all.

There were two issues that I faced with this lip stain. The first was the packaging, which could simply be how the sample is packaged and not the full size version of the product. When I opened this lip stain, the color was already on several of my fingers and on some of the products inside the box. While this isn't a huge issue, it does mean that I have to wipe down the bottle after every use to avoid staining my clothes, hands, or anything else it touches. My other issue was how it faded. The last picture in the collage is just five minutes after the application.

It sets quickly but then within a few minutes, it leaves a patchy look to parts of my lips as if it has begun to rub off. I tried to reapply, assuming I did an uneven application but I continued to have this issue throughout an entire day of wearing it. I am not sure if there is a "proper" way to apply this in order to avoid the issue but I am disappointed in how quickly it rubs off. With this point alone, I would not purchase this product in the full size.

Overall, I was pleased with the first Birchbox of the new year. I was very excited with the cosmetics and loved getting a full size product. I am in between about the hair products as I feel I get those so often but I am pleased with how well they worked. 

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Down below, let me know what you received in your January 2016 Birchbox.

As always any requests, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. Talk to you soon!

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