Following up on my shop tour of the Birchbox SoHo store in NYC, here are the details on the products I chose for my BYOB. The Build Your Own Birchbox feature lets you select the color of your box along with five samples from these categories: body &nails, skincare, fragrance, hair and makeup for $15. Yes it costs $5 more than the subscription Birchbox you receive in the mail but you get the products of your choice and it's instant gratification, not to mention it's a fun experience. From a value standpoint, I think it's definitely worth it as the Klorane Dry Shampoo I got sells for $9 on it's own and you still get the benefit of trying before you buy. Now onto the products... I think may have discovered a few gems. Have you tried any of these?
Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner in Black : I switched to cake liner years ago but would happily alternate it with this eyeliner pencil in a heartbeat. It's a true black with a creamy texture that applies smoothly and lasts the day without smudging. I'm impressed with the performance and it's so cute looking. Plus it's vegan, cruelty-free and paraben-free. I actually like it better than Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes and Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner. The full size sells for $16 and also comes in Charcoal, Silver, Violet, and Sky Blue.
Repurchase: Yes and in another color too
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk : I've been wanting to try this particular dry shampoo that features a pure botanical formula for awhile now so I was thrilled to see it among the hair product choices. This has a light fresh scent and leaves my hair clean and volumized. It does spray out white but if you make sure to spray it at least 10 - 12 inches away from your hair and give it a brush, this won't be an issue. The full size product which is 3.2 oz sells for $19.50.
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit : This two part skincare system has apparently won over 100 beauty awards and has a an enormous cult following around the world so I knew I just had to try it. The creamy cleanser contains a combination of cocoa butter and eucalyptus essential oil and rosemary though it smells mostly of eucalyptus. You massage the cleanser onto your face and follow by sweeping your skin with the muslin cloth soaked in hot water to remove it along with dirt and makeup before splashing with cold water. I was amazed by how gentle yet effective this process was and how it really does remove all traces of your makeup in one go. I'm not ready to give up on double cleansing but I really wouldn't mind incorporating this into my skincare regimen on a weekly basis because it does kind of feel like a mini spa treatment. The cleaning and exfoliating effect really softened and refreshed my skin. There is a starter kit for this product that's $24.50. It includes a 3.3 oz. cleanser and two muslin cloths.
Whish Shave Crave Shave Cream : Acai Grapefruit : This shaving cream made with eco friendly and organic ingredients is really more like a lotion since it doesn't lather up. And a little goes a long way to produce a close shave. The acai grapefruit scent was fruity and pleasant and I liked how soft it left my legs. The full sized version of this product is $20 which seems a little pricey for a shaving cream to me even if it does feel quite luxe.
Joie Folle de Joie eau de parfum : Folle de Joie translates to "crazy with joy" and this scent which is described as a mix of mandarin, rose and sandalwood has a sense of happiness. It's also very feminine and heady. I couldn't wear it all the time as this fragrance is a bit strong for me but this would be a hit with anyone who like fresh and bold florals. The full size scent is housed in a really gorgeous vintage inspired bottle and retails for $98.