Unboxing April 2016 BirchBox

I decided to go with a Briogeo Don’t Despair! Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask  sample this month with Birchbox PYS choices for April.  I decided it was time to roll the dice again and go with a mystery box instead the curated box ~ plus I like the box design for the non-curated box better 

This month’s box was designed by Rifle Paper Co and it is stunning!  I love their botanical prints and this box is a keeper ~ so pretty.

My Box Revealed!

Informational Card

The theme this month is “Spring Awakening


Briogeo Don’t Despair! Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask   I do color my hair quite often, whether it is a full all over head of hair or just root touch-ups, and I find these deep conditioning masks to be very helpful.  I normally dislike getting one as a sample, but I have used Briogeo’s Deep Conditioning Mask before and I love the scent ~ it reminds me of New Hampshire, because it smells similar to maple syrup!   This mask works to help soften and condition my hair after I use dyes and I do need to leave it on for more than 5 minutes.  Prepare to keep it on for 20 minutes and for extra care, put on a plastic cap over your hair during these 20 minutes.  This one ounce sample is good for a couple of treatments ~ I have slightly longer than chin length hair.  If you have really dry or coarse hair ~ for the record, my hair is fine and oily ~ this might not be moisturizing enough for you.  For my hair type, it works quite well.   Deluxe Size 1 0z RV $4.25

Description:  A lifesaver for those suffering from dry, damaged, or lifeless hair, often the result of color treatments, heat tools, or climate changes, this blend of transformative hair nutrients will restore and replenish hair to a glossier, healthier state.Avocado, almond, and argan oils work together to nourish, repair, hydrate, and add shine. Strengthening keratin protein, conditioning rosehip oil, soothing aloe, and essential vitamins B5, D, A, E, and biotin help increase hair elasticity and moisture to prevent breakage. This formula is made without parabens, silicones, or phthalates. 

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Stearyl Alcohol*, Cetyl Alcohol*, Brassicyl Isoleucinate Esylate*, Propanediol*, Brassica Alcohol*, Isopropyl Myristate*, Panthenol, Biotin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Algae Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Laurus Nobilis Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Cetrimonium Chloride*, Cetyl Esters*, Glycerin*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Isododecane, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid    Coconut, vegetable, or plant derived ** Derived from natural essential oils and made without petrochemical or inorganic material   cosDNA.com analysis

Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution You know I love my cleansing waters! I have read a lot of good reviews on Marcelle’s Micellar cleansing water and I am excited to get this.   I use cleansing waters multiple times over the course of the day

  • AM Wakeup:  Quickly freshen my face to remove night-time skincare products. I am lazy in the morning and I do not get in the shower right away, so this helps get the yuck-feeling off my face
  • After Shower:  In case of any soap residue on my face
  • PM Home: Just to remove my make up quickly before making dinner, watching TV or other activities.  I still cleanse my face fully, but just later on
  • After PM Cleansing:  see After Shower reason 😉
  • Other Times:  After using a wash off/clay pack ~ to remove  the residue;  After working out;  After a long hot day and my face needs a quick pick me up.

This is an hypoallergenic water and it has aloe and cucumber to help soothe your skin.  is gentle enough for even the most dry or sensitive skin and is brimming with naturally calming ingredients like aloe and cucumber.  This has glycerin to help moisturize and salicylic acid, which will help exfoliate dead skin cells.  It uses micellar technology ~ micelle is a particle which has a head and tail ~ the head side loves water (hydrophilic) and the other side, the tail,  hates it and loves oil instead (lipophilic).  When you apply micelle water to your skin, oils and dirt are captured by the oil lovin’ tail and you don’t need to rinse your face with regular water after using this.  This cleansing water is free of parabens, oil, soap, and alcohol.   I honestly do not use cleansing waters to really get all of my makeup off ~ this doesn’t work well with mascaras and eyeliners, but for the most part.  I use them because I want to remove soap residue and have a quick picker-upper to freshen my face.  Deluxe Size 1.7 oz RV $3.57

Ingredients: Water, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cucumis Sativus (cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cetrimonium Bromide, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA, Salicylic Acid  cosDNA.coma analysis

My Daughter Fragrances Bloom 23 Yeah, no.  This has jasmine in it, so all I will do is repeat what BB has to say.  Sample Size RV $2.00

Description: A single spray of this luxurious fragrance is enough to transport you to the cobblestone streets of Paris. The classic French scent mingles jasmine and gardenia with creamy vanilla, finishing off with warm sandalwood. Like the rest of the perfumes from this all-natural brand, Bloom 23 is crafted from resins, absolutes, and essential oils—and completely free of parabens and phthalates.

REN Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot  This is interesting ~ it is a anti-aging gel serum that will tighten, firm and hydrate your skin, using hyaluronans, which are similar to hyaluronic acid.   I haz sad, cause this has rose water in it…   I love a good serum and REN is a brand that is very well known and popular.  Since rose water is one of the last ingredients, I might just do a skin patch test and see if I get an allergic reaction to it first as this sample is.. $18.00!   Firming Beauty Shot is cruelty fee, vegan, noncomedogenic and free of parabens, gluten, sulfates and phthalates.   Sample Size 10 mL (full size is only 30 mL, so this is a 1/3 of the full size!!)  RV  $18.00

Description: A daily gel-serum that visibly firms, lifts, and plumps skin for a dramatically smoother, tighter, and more hydrated appearance. Solutions for: firmness, wrinkles, dryness.  This makeup artist favorite is great for those that want to create the perfect canvas for makeup application. A liquid matrix of hyaluronans instantly supercharge the skin with firming moisture and supports natural elastin synthesis to visibly firm the skin over time. Similar to traditional hyaluronic acid, hyaluronans support increased moisture retention in the skin and reduce trans-epidermal moisture loss. This serum is also formulated with phycocolloids, which form with the hyaluronans to keep skin looking plumped and hydrated for hours.

How to Use: Apply 2–3 drops to freshly cleaned face, and reapply during the day as needed. If applying over makeup, be sure to pat (don’t rub!) into skin until the product is absorbed.

Ingredients:  Water, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Pullalan, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Porphyridium Cruentum Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Citronellol, Geraniol  cosDNA.com analysis


The Beauty Crop PBJ Smoothie Stick in Guava Nice Day  I am so happy to have this lip crayon!  This looks so intense and dark but when I apply this on, it actually is a nice mauve/pink shade ~ my swatch makes it look darker than it does when I apply it to my lips.  This goes on smoothly and has sweet almond oil and goji fruit extracts.   It is more of a creamy tint and the shade is so pretty ~ it is not a glossy tint, but a satin and it is very moisturizing.  I love the scent of this too, it has a fruity guava scent.  I did not notice a taste with this and the packaging is adorable too ~ with the pink smoothie blenders  Full Size .09 oz RV $14.95

Ingredients: Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ceresin, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax, Silica, Polybutene, 2-Phenoxyethanol, MAY CONTAIN Iron Oxide black, D&C Red No. 7 Calcium Lake , Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil , Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Fruit Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow iron oxide, D&C Red no 27 Aluminum lake, Manganese violet, FD&C blue no 1 Aluminum lake


I really loved this month’s box! I won’t wear the perfume, but the hair treatment, cleansing water and full size lip crayon are all winners and I really love the lip product.   I hope I able to use the REN serum, as it does sound amazing.   This month’s RV of items is worth almost $43.00 and I paid $10.00 for this box.   I also received a 20% off coupon from Rifle Paper, so I might have to look and see what they have right now.  I also reviewed my box, so I got 50 Birchbox points ~ every 100 points is worth $10.00 in their shop.  The twitter and Facebook share option for points has been discontinued 😦  Please fill out your review ~ it is just the questionnaire part and you will get 10 points for each product!

Do you subscribe to Birchbox?  What did you get this month and what was your favorite item?

If you want to subscribe to Birchbox, I would love it if you used my referral link   https://www.birchbox.com/invite/biancardi


Fun Stuff and New Releases

Check out Birchbox.com/April2016 and learn how to make paper flowers!


New Limited Edition Box: New Naturals

I did purchase this and will have an unboxing next week when I receive it.  This is one of the more exciting limited edition boxes I have seen in a while


Whether we’re stocking our vanity or our pantry, we always want to be ingredient-conscious. But we know it’s not easy to find natural beauty products that deliver results and feel luxurious. That was the inspiration behind this stylish collection of ingredient-conscious wonders. Each of these innovative products is free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, and phthalates—and instead, packed with good-enough-to-eat ingredients like coconut oil, pomegranate enzymes, and vitamin E. Radiant results and thoughtful formulas? It’s a true win-win.

  • One Love Organics® Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum
  • EXO Supply Co. Pure Remover™ in Lavender
  • Juice Beauty® Hydrating Mist
  • rms beauty™ lip shine in Honest
  • Au Naturale Cosmetics Organic Creme Highlighter Stick in Rose Gold
  • W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Mascara
  • Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask – Sample-size
  • ILIA Beauty Lip Gloss in Peek A Boo
  • Dogeared Lil’ Zip Pouch

These all look to be full sized except the Tata Harper product.  You can purchase this as it is still available (click here)  for $59.00 (this has a RV of $215.00) and don’t forget to:

  • If you can’t use a promo code (I couldn’t this time), check out their free sample shop ~ I added a lip gloss trio!

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