A Look Inside My First Birchbox: Unboxing & First Impressions

As many of you probably know, Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription box service that matches you with products you may like based on your skin type and tone, hair color and type, etc.

I received a Birchbox subscription as a 23rd birthday gift from one of my best friends, Emily. While I have never tried Birchbox before, I have received Ipsy Bags in the past, so I was excited to see how these two beauty monthly subscription boxes differed.

A look inside at the products:

Benefit Cosmetics BADGal BANG! Volumizing Mascara 


I was initially very excited to try out this mascara as I have really enjoyed using Benefit’s other mascaras, They’re Real and Roller Lash, in the past.

Unfortunately, I did not like this one as much as I liked the other mascaras that Benefit has produced. While BadGal BANG! was nice for separating and lengthening your lashes, I found that they weren’t…well… voluminous enough for my liking.

I found this to be a bit irksome as the name suggests that the mascara does just that when it does not.

Vasanti Makeup Magnet Wipes 



I loved that these wipes were not at all greasy or irritating on my sensitive skin, but still managed to get all of my mascara and eyeshadow off, most likely because they are infused with micellar water. 10/10 would repurchase.

Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Portofino


To be honest, I was never one for the liquid lip trend. I often find them uncomfortable because they dry out the lips and look unflattering when they wear off, as they often crack and wear unevenly.

I tried it out regardless — while the color, which Birchbox describes as a “pink rose shade” was a pretty one for fall, seemed to be long lasting and also dried evenly, I do not see myself reaching for this one. I would definitely be interested in trying out the satin finish lipsticks in the line though, in hope that they are a bit less drying.

Number 4 Super Comb Prep and Protect 


I spray this leave-in conditioner on wet hair after having showered and was pleasantly surprised at how easily it detangled my thick hair upon bushing it out. It was very soft to the touch and left my hair feeling silky smooth and smelling amazing. I am definitely interested in trying this out again to see if it ends up repairing my hair from its color and heat damage.

Balance Me Congested Skin Serum 


Upon first impression, I put a bit of this serum on a few breakouts on my chin. While I cannot tell if this helped to clear them up any faster, I loved how it made my dry, sensitive skin feel smooth to the touch and added a bit of moisture back into it.

After having read some rave reviews on Amazon, I feel that I will definitely have to keep testing this one out!

The verdict: As a recent college grad, I do my best to avoid spending a lot of money on makeup. If I choose to purchase a high-end product, it was most likely heavily researched to ensure that I can justify the price.

With this in mind, I loved being exposed to new products that I would not normally know about at an affordable cost. I also like that they are sample size, because I can try it out and then repurchase the full-size product if I see fit.  I look forward to receiving my next Birchbox and trying out more products next month!

2 thoughts on “A Look Inside My First Birchbox: Unboxing & First Impressions”

  1. How fun!! I’ve never tried Birchbox before! I also have never been a fan of the liquid lip…I hate the way it feels on my lips!

    Ashley | sweetandsimplysouthern.blogspot.com

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