My Birchbox Favorites

I first became a subscriber to Birchbox in August 2011. Back then "YouTube gurus" weren't even considered gurus then and watching the latest beauty hauls made you go shopping every weekend.

My affair with Birchbox ended in December 2015 as I tried other beauty boxes that featured more natural and cruelty free products. However, I can't deny that many of my favorite skincare products were introduced to me though Birchbox. And by favorite, I mean that I would not only purchase the full size product but other items from that brand as well. I guess that's the purpose of subscription boxes, right? Cultivate brand awarnesses to attract new consumers. Kudos to you Birchbox. Kudos. Below are some of my favorite products from past Birchbox monthly boxes. 

This Jouer Cosmetics Lip Enhancer is everything! It conditions your lips so they are as soft as a baby's bottom. Not to mention the glossy effect is perfect for wearing alone or during the day. I can even layer this underneath my lipstick with minimal transfer. While it does cost a bit more than I would prefer, I do believe it is worth every penny.

Prior to trying the Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator, the only facial scrub I'd tried at that time was the St. Ives Apricot Scrub. The particles in the St. Ives were too coarse and damn near erased the melanin from my face! Due to that experience, I was hesitant to use this scrub by Vasanti. So afraid that it sat underneath my sink for weeks before I got the courage to try it out.

I am so glad I took the dive into the deep in! The tiny microderm beads are powerful enough to exfoliate my face without leaving redness or irritation. With skin healthy ingredients such as aloe vera and Vitamin E, this product leaves my skin with a radiant glow that lasts for days.

If you have oily skin like I do, I highly recommend skincare products with activated charcoal. This ingredients does wonders in drawing out impurities and excess oils. No matter where you look online, the dermaE Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask has very high ratings. I use this once or twice a week and you can see the difference in my skin with every use. It dries matte but not to where it paralyzes your face. It also has tiny microbeads, thus transitioning it into a light facial scrub when rinsing the product off. 

Out of the products mentioned in this post, if I could convince you to purchase just one this mask would be it!

The Melvita Floral Spray was the very first facial mist I'd ever used. Before trying this product I thought it was a bunch of hype just to get women to spend money on things they didn't need. But then again, at the time I scoffed at the need for a toner. Yeah, I was definitely in skincare denial at the time. But this spray changed my mind (and face) within a few uses. 

I can't remember which scent I tried first, lavender or rose, but I quickly would alternate between the two when it was time to repurchase. That was another thing. Repurchasing this product wasn't always easy because it went out of stock frequently. I guess others found out about this magic potion. 

It wasn't until last year when I went off hormonal birth control that I decided to give Melvita another go. Oh the heartbreak when I saw that it was no longer available on the Birchbox website! The devastation when I went to the company's website and saw that their products no longer available at all in the United States! Seriously?! 

Le sigh. 

According to the brand's website, Melvita is France's leading ecological and organic beauty brand. So if you ever get the chance to travel that way, swap a croissant for this facial mist. I promise you won't regret it. Oh and please send me a bottle or two. 

I'm not sure what it is about this Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream, but it surpasses any lotion I've ever used before. Every time I applied this product, my hands were left moisturized and soft to the touch. The scent is very light and inviting which is great for people like myself who are sensitive to fragrances.

Unfortunately, this is another product that is no longer available from the Birchbox website. However, you can find it at Sephora along with other makeup and skin care products from this brand.