April 2016 Curated and No-Sample Selection Birchbox Unboxings!

I wasn’t feeling any off the sample choices from Birchbox this month, so on one of my subs I opted for the curated box and a no-selection on the other. This is the first time I’ve chosen to try my luck with a no-choice box. I was definitely worried about what I would get in that box, but I needn’t have been worried. Birchbox came through big time! The no-sample-selection box had 7 products in it: 1 full size, 3 deluxe size, and 2 foil samples. Total of 70 points, too, since the foil samples each count. I don’t think I’ll hesitate to do a no-choice box again in the future.

April 2016 Curated Birchbox and No-Sample-Choice Subscription Box

Gorgeous Rifle Paper Co. + Birchbox boxes. Curated box is the yellow one box, while the coral box is the regular box for April.

April 2016 Curated Rifle Paper Co. Birchbox Subscription Box

April 2016 Curated Birchbox + Rifle Paper Co.

April Curated Box:

  • Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten in Grapefruit
    • Really love the color and shine of this blush. The color payoff is very good and a little goes a long way towards creating a sunkissed look. I imagine this good sized sample will last me quite a while. I think I’ll even use this as an eyeshadow, given how popular the new Too Faced Sweet Peach palette has been. This is my first Laura Geller product, but now I’m getting why people rave about them: they’re very luxurious feeling as you apply, buttery and smooth. I think I’d buy this again, but would like it better if the shine were less intense so that I could use it for more occasions.
  • Dr. Jart+ Liftra Contour Cream
    • I’ve not had this long enough to know if it’s going to lift, firm, and plump anything on my gradually aging face. That said, I’ve loved pretty much every other Dr. Jart+ product I’ve used thus far, so I bet I’ll like this one too. Also, a little of their products tend to go a long way, so this sample should last me a while.
  • Parlor Volumizing Lifting Spray
    • I’ve tried other Parlor products and been sort of “meh” about them…so when I saw this again in a box I was thinking “Birchbox! Quit trying to make Parlor a thing!” I did use this tonight and it certainly did give me some volume. It didn’t work as well as the Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Miracle Multiplying Volume Mist (holy *$#%, talk about a mouth full) that I got in my Ipsy GlamBag last month. I have hair that is both fine in texture and thin in growth…volumizing, thickening, texturizing sprays are my jam. The Parlor version works well enough to toss in a gym bag or my travel kit, but not well enough for me to rebuy it.
  • Tocca Crema de Mano in scent: Giulietta
    • Oh how I love thee, my dear Tocca hand cream! I have sensitive skin and eczema that is specifically worst on my hands. Unlike many scented hand creams, Tocca’s doesn’t cause an eczema flair up. The scent ( green apple and pink tulip notes) is fresh, light, and perfect for Spring.
  • Marcella 3 in 1 Micellar Solution
    • I’m late to the Micellar party. I just got my first bottles of Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water a couple months ago. I know this Marcella stuff well loved by MUAs and us normies alike, so I was excited to get my hands on it. I have to admit that I really liked it, but my Garnier did better at my super-duper-waterproof eye makeup. The Micellar felt better on my skin though. Not sure I’d spend the $21 for a full size bottle when the Garnier works just as well, if not better. This bottle will be great for my travel kit.
April 2016 Birchbox Beauty Subscription Box

April 2016 Birchbox Beauty Subscription Box

April No-Sample Selection Box:

  • POP Beauty Matte Velvet Lipstix in color “Satin Rose”
    • This is a pretty bright pink for my comfort zone, but I wore it out to dinner on a whim. It felt great on my lips, not too drying while still being fairly matte. Stayed well on my lips through a couple beer samples and a cocktail. Very little transfer on my straws or glasses. I was super pleased that this is a full sized product. High five for awesome value Birchbox!
  • Davines OI Shampoo and Conditioner
    • Have mercy! These smelled so good! Because of my thin/fine hair I was able to get two uses out of each of these. I really liked how the shampoo felt. It was a good cross between moisture and volume for me. The conditioner was very intense on moisture but definitely didn’t leave my hair greasy, which I enjoyed. I’m not sure I’d spring for the full sizes of these at $30 each. It’s not that they’re not worth it if they end up being a holy grail product for you…it’s just that there are better products out there for me personally.
  • Davines OI All in One Hair Milk
    • This bottle is a very generous sample and such a cutie on my counter. They say to use this right after a shower either after shampooing alone or shampoo and conditioner. I’ve tried it both ways. On my wimpy hair, the conditioner + milk were just too much for it. My hair felt limp and weighted all day. The following day I tried it after shampoo alone and it was much nicer. I really enjoyed the softness and scent in my hair. I think day to day use of this would be too much for my hair, but for a day when I want extra soft hair, this is great.
  • Comptoir Sud Pacifique in Vanille Coco
    • I’m not often a fan of coconut notes in perfume, but I think they temper it very well here. The vanilla is buttery without being too sweet. The heliotrope floats on top of the smooth vanilla and coconut. I love the scent of this and would totally consider a full size down the road. Nice for warm weather.
  • Acure Organics Pore Minimizing Facial Scrub
    • This is my second Acure Organics product. My first was a badass mud mask that I loved so much I bought a full size the same night I tried it the first time. This scrub is made with red clay, which I’m a big fan of for drawing out the gunk in my pores. As far as scrubs go, this one isn’t bad, but I don’t think I’d buy the full size. I got the Vasanti BrightenUp! scrub a few months ago and it’s my ride or die exfoliation cream.
April 2016 Birchbox Beauty Subscription Box Makeup Swatches


From left to right in this swatch:

  1. Holika Holika Waterproof Eyeliner from my Mishbox Haul.
  2. POP Beauty Matte Velvet Lipstix in Satin Rose
  3. Supergoop CC Cream in Fair to Light
  4. Acure Organics Pore Minimizing Facial Scrub

Worth noting: After this swatch photo, I used the scrub with warm water to attempt to remove the swatches. The Supergoop and POP lipstick came off, but the Holika eyeliner? Lasted through the scrub, some antibiotic kitchen soap, and the rest of the day without budging. Only baby oil took it off.

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    • Quaticus says:

      Boo! So sorry you missed out on the Rifle boxes. Their work is really gorgeous. If you want a 20% off code for Rife Paper Co.’s website, let me know! I got two with my boxes and I’m not going to use one of them.

  1. Fairy says:

    Birchbox sent me an extra box in error that I was not charged for. I was thrilled even though it was a duplicate of the one I chose so I missed out on the featured box with the lippies I really wanted. On the plus side I received 2 Laura Geller blushes in 2 different shades! I love Birchbox. With a chance to choose, I don’t understand why so many complain about this great $10 box!

    • Quaticus says:

      That’s so awesome that you got an extra LG Blush! And two different shades is super awesome! Those blushes are some of the favorite formulas I’ve found. They also make great eyeshadows 😉

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