Birchbox – April 2012

birchbox april 2012

I think Birchbox is on a pretty good roll lately.  This month’s box was filled with some good stuff.  I was worried for a couple of months that they were on a downward spiral but they seem to be coming back around.

After last month’s awesome Teen Vogue Birchbox, I was expecting not to like this one.  But happily, this month’s Birchbox was really good!  The theme of this month’s box is Natural Wonders.

birchbox April 2012 card

Here’s what I got:

Weleda Pomegranate Firming Night Cream (0.23oz) – An interesting blend of Turkish pomegranate, jojoba and macadamia nut oils in a cream form to reduce wrinkles.

weleda night cream birchbox sample

J.R. Watkins Foot Repair Salve (0.25oz) – A cute little tin of foot balm containing peppermint oil to refresh your tired, aching feet.

JR Watkins foot repair salve birchbox sample

J R Watkins foot salve birchbox sample

LIV GRN Fragrance – This eau de parfum sample is made from sustainable ingredients with orange and neroli.  Smells amazing, really nice and fresh.

Liv Grn natural fragrance sample birchbox

Alima Pure Organic Nourishing Tinted LipBalm (0.07oz, full size!) – This balm is made with plant butters and scented with organic peppermint oil.  I received the color Rhubarb which is a nice medium pink color.  It feels really great on my lips, makes them soft with a touch of color.  This full size item sells for $7 at

Alima Pure tinted lipbalm birchbox sample

Alima Pure rhubarb lipbalm birchbox

Birchbox sample alima pure lipbalm rhubarb

Alima Pure rhubarb lipbalm swatch


Alima Pure rhubarb tinted lipbalm swatch


Beauty Extra:

Yes To Blueberries Brightening Facial Towelettes (8 travel towelettes) – Facial wipes to remove makeup and cleanse the skin.  Made with a blend of apple, blueberry and lemon peel extracts.

yes to blueberries facial towelettes birchbox sample

What’s On My Nails – TheBalm I’ll Pink To That and China Glaze Snow Globe

TheBalm I'll Pink To That and China Glaze Snow Globe

In last month’s January MyGlam bag I received the perfect pink nail polish for Valentine’s Day.  The Balm’s I’ll Pink To That is a bright cream pink color with no sparkle or shimmer.

I added a bit of interest by putting two coats of the glitter nail polish Snow Globe by China Glaze on my ring fingers over the two coats of The Balm’s I’ll Pink To That nail polish.

Have a fabulous Valentine’s Day!!

TheBalm I'll Pink To That

I'll Pink To That

China Glaze Snow Globe

Snow Globe

QVC’s New Beauty Test Tube For Spring 2012

January QVC New Beauty Test Tube

My spring 2012 New Beauty test tube of samples from QVC is here!  I’m on the auto delivery plan and this is my third test tube out of six total shipments.  I previously posted what I got in my first New Beauty test tube and the fall New Beauty test tube.

I love these QVC New Beauty Test Tubes because they are a great value.  You usually get a few full size products along with deluxe size samples.  The samples in the test tubes are way bigger that the average samples you get with Birchbox.

At only $29.96 plus shipping you get 9 beauty and makeup products to try plus that month’s issue of the New Beauty magazine.  That averages out to only $3.33 per item, not including the magazine!

QVC New Beauty Test Tube

January QVC New Beauty Test Tube contents

January QVC New Beauty Test Tube

Here’s what I got:

Tarte emphasEyes Aqua Gel Eyeliner in Navy (full size)
Mally Volumizing Mascara (full size)
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum (0.5 oz)
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate (0.5 oz)
Philosophy Field of Flowers – shampoo, shower gel and bubble bath (1 oz)
Nick Chavez Yucca Root Shampooing Cream (2 oz)
Calista Tools Achieve 10 Hair Styling Cream (2 oz)
Philosophy Field of Flowers Body lotion (1 oz)
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Skin Cream (2 oz)
New Beauty Magazine

First off, the two full size products are amazing!  I’m a huge Tarte fan and I’ve been wanting to try the emphasEyes Aqua Gel eyeliners.  They’re supposed to be long wearing like gel eyeliners and the navy color is beautiful!  It’s a dark navy color with tint bright blue sparkles.  I can’t wait to test it out and write a full review about it.

Tarte navy aqua gel eyeliner

Tarte navy aqua gel eyeliner swatch

Mally volumizing mascara is awesome!  I already own a tube and love it.  It gives nice volume and amazing length.  Yeah for me, now I have a backup tube!

Mally Volumizing mascara

I am also currently using the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum.  I bought it sometime before Christmas to replace my empty bottle of Origins Plantscription serum.  So far I like it.  It has a gel like consistency that smooths out nicely and smells like citrus.

I’m super excited to try the ExfoliKate.  I’ve been tempted to buy this before but wasn’t sure how my sensitive skin would react to it.  Not too crazy about the medicinal scent though.

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate and Ole Henriksen Truth Serum

As for the rest of the items, they all smell really nice and I’m excited to try them out.  The Philosophy Field of Flowers is surprisingly not overwhelming.  I expected a strong floral scent but it’s actually soft and light.

Philosophy Field of Flowers

Nick Chavez traditions and Calista Tools achieve 10

First Aid Beauty repair cream

So what do you think?  In your opinion, is the New Beauty Test Tube worth purchasing?  It is still available to purchase on