The Birchbox December 2014 box arrived in a beautiful blue box with gold detailing. It was such a nice box to open. The theme was ‘Decked out’ to tie in with Christmas.

First look

 

 

The products

amkia Perk Up Dry Shampoo
Sample size 21.3 grams
Sample value $6.77US

Birchbox says – ‘Weightless spray in the brand’s signature obliphica scent that refreshes hair sans residue. Shake can and hold 8-10 inches from head. Spritz roots, than massage through strands.’

I have been wanting to try this brand for ages! I love the gorgeous packaging and it smells really nice, which I think is always a plus in a dry shampoo.

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara
Sample size 40 grams
Sample value $10US

Birchbox says – ‘Formula with all-day wear for lashes so long and thick, you may be accused of fakery. Gentle wiggle the wand from the roots to the tips of lashes.’

Benefit Cosmetics is my favourite make-up brand. I have a few mascara’s at the moment though, so I gave this to my sister 🙂

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre
Sample size 5ml
Sample value $2.66US

Birchbox says – ‘A makeup artist fave, this French moisturizer heals dryness and preps skin for foundation. Smooth onto face and neck. Or try unexpected ways to use it at birchbox.com/creme-how-to.’

The French are so elegant and put together. If this is renowned in France than it is good enough for me! The moisturiser is nice and creamy, and I have been enjoying using this. According to the video you can also use it as an eye makeup remover. I’ll have to give that a go!

Essential Elements Wake Up Rosemary Body Gel
Sample size 45 ml
Sample value $3.56US

Birchbox says – ‘Luxe cleanser that infuses skin with nourishing honey and softening rosemary and mint oils. Massage onto damp skin with a washcloth or loofah to generate lather. Rinse clean.’

What a great energising shower gel for the mornings! I am loving this at the moment. The mint and rosemary is so refreshing.

Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge in Paris
Sample size 1.7 grams
Sample value $7.04US

Birchbox says – ‘Velvety color with a modern matte finish. No need for lip liner: This stain stays put. Glide wand over lips. Wear as is for bright color, or blot for a subtler look.’

Wow! I don’t think I have ever tried a lip colour with this much staying power. It set quickly, was long lasting and bright. I’d like to try it in another colour though as the Paris is pretty intense. I’m also pretty impressed that this is an Australian brand.

How much does it cost?

Birchbox costs $10US a month. I signed up for a 12 month subscription of $110US, you get one month free and it works out $9.16US a month

I use Shipito to ship the box from the US to Australia. This months shipping cost was $6.33 US using Airmail Economy. It took just under 4 weeks to get to me.

TOTAL COST $15.49US (on today’s dollar that makes it $19.57 Aussie dollars)

Was it worth it?

Yes!! This was a great box for me. Everything in it made me super happy and was useable right away. The value of products was almost double what I spent, including the costs of shipping it from the US to Australia. So really that’s like getting great stuff that you love for 50%.