Friday, February 17, 2012

The goodies in my February Birchbox!

FIRST AND FOREMOST I want to take a moment and twirl my dress and let you take it in.  Do you notice anything different?  A brand new blog design and tagline!  Once again Cindy from Blessed Design Studio did it and she did an amazing job.  It's everything I wanted and makes me do lots and lots of {HAPPY DANCES}! Did you notice the new tagline? "PB&Jstories: Where paint, sawdust, and design go together like PB&J"
Would love to hear what you think of the new makeover!
Need a reminder what it used to look like?

And now for the actual post for today:


Have you heard of Birchbox yet?  It’s pretty amazing!  I have never spent a lot on makeup or skin care products.  It’s a blessing … and a curse.  I’ve been blessed that I don’t have to invest in the high cost skin care products to keep fairly clear skin, but at the same time I’ve always shopped at Target for my makeup and by whatever “looks pretty”.  That’s right.  I’m a marketing/packaging fool.
I just have never been able to stomach the idea of shelling out $50+ for a makeup or skin care product that I don’t even know if it works. 

Enter Birchbox.

It’s a monthly subscription deal that only costs $10 and you are mailed a box of amazing goodies the first of every month.  There’s usually four to five luxuries beauty products spanning from cosmetics to high end skin care products.  They’re the perfect sample size items that actually allow you to truly use the product and see if you like it.

{Anyone else ever get the samples that Sephora gives out that are essentially a one-time use sample? How do you truly know if it works and you love it?}

Well with Birchbox the samples are of ample size and allow you to truly test and wear the product before deciding if it’s something you would want to purchase.

This is my second month of goodies and I wanted to share what I received this month.


Typically it’s a combination of skin care and cosmetic products {which when you sign up you answer a small survey of questions so they know what type of skin care and coloring you have to send you the correct sample}. 

Here’s a detailed list of what was included for me this month:
Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint  $38.00
This might be the buyer of February’s box.  I la-la-LOVE this product!  It’s so smooth and lays so nice on my skin!  I’ve never tried a tined moisturizer before and I just loved this one.  It’s light-weight but gives the perfect amount of glow for a base coverage. 
WEI  Chinese Rose Foaming Cleanser $32

Orofluido Elixir $29.99
{hair care product}

Chuao Chocolate Bars $6
{Yahhh, this isn’t in my box picture as I pretty much ripped this open the second I opened the box! It was a mixture of chilies, chipotle and dark chocolate!!! How could I resist?!}

Colorscience Glow and Go Travel Puff: which contains the powder minerals of Mineral Bronzer Face Color in Kissed By The Sun $50.00

And since I didn’t do a post for January’s Birchbox I wanted to do a specific shout-out to this product.

VMV Hypoallergenics Re-Everything Eye Serum $80.00
I have tried a few different skin care products to help with the lines around my eyes.  I most certainly do NOT get enough sleep every night, plus with stress, age etc etc etc it’s all starting to show.  I have never seen a product truly actually work the first application like they typically say the do, well this one DID. And here’s why I have fallen in love with Birchbox because no way would I EVER have purchased a product that cost $80 since I didn’t know if it’d even work, especially since most eye care products haven’t for me.  This one does. This one I’m obsessed with.  The sample size has lasted me a MONTH and is still going strong.  That’s right ladies & gentlemen over a month from a sample size.  I have been debating if I am going to make the big purchase once I run out and I’m 99.99% sure I will be, all thanks to being able to sample it first!

As most websites now, Birchbox offers discounts and points for referring others to their website which I would LOVE it if you do sign up through me as I’ll collect points and be able to use them on purchases like for my uber expensive eye cream.  But that is not why I’m writing this post or telling you all about it.  I’m doing this because as with any other product sponsored post I promise to ever write about – I am telling you because I’m excited about it.  Because I love it.  Because I can’t wait to receive my cute little Birchbox the first week of every month now, and it only costs $10/month.
Easy – Peezy.

I’d love it if you do join to come back and let me know so I can send you a big thank you!
So click here to sign up and start you monthly box of goodies being delivered to your doorstep!



  1. Oh my, your Birchbox was way better than mine! :-) I wonder why they are different?

  2. I LOVE your new design! Cindy is amazing, I just adore her! I love your goodies from Birchbox this month! I really want to sign up!

  3. I keep hearing Birchbox mentioned, but never knew WHAT it was until your post.. Awesome! I kinda want to subscribe now! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

  4. Oops, got hung up on the Birchbox that I forgot to give you my 2 cents about your blogs new look! I love it. Grey and yellow are my fav together, and that tag line is perfect!!

    1. Thank you SO much Katy!!! I really appreciate that!
      You should sign up for birchbox it's pretty great and fun to get new things every month for only $10 it's a good deal :)

  5. I loved your old look but I'm also diggin' the new look! And the tag line is awesome! =)

  6. I'm just discovering you for the first time tonight. I know...where have I been? Anyway, I love everything about your blog design...the colors, fonts, and the tagline. I think it's all wonderful!!

  7. I love the new look of your blog! And the name! ;)

    I am super in love with Wei after receiving the pomegranate buffing beads in this month's box. I'm definitely going to try out the cleanser next!

    I did my review and unboxing here:


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