Sequins and Sea Breezes: April Birchbox Review

April Birchbox Review

4/16/2014

Yay for Birchbox goodies! This month's "theme" was Rainy Days which makes sense since the saying is April showers brings May flowers. Unfortunately this little saying isn't always true here in Florida. April is usually one of our nicer months with less rain but you can almost guarantee rain every day in the summer! I will say this box had more products I was excited about than previous months so that's a good thing! But then again, my obsession with nail polish pretty much ensures that anything that includes a free nail polish will make me happy! 

1. theBalm How 'Bout Them Apples - I've been looking for a good cheek/lip stain and I'm actually really impressed with this one. I didn't want a liquid stain because I didn't want a harsh look so I love that this one is a cream. It gives a natural flush to the cheeks and a nice subtle color to the lips without being too overpowering. I love how easy it is to use and the color (I got the "Pie" color to sample) I just wish you could buy a large size of one color instead of 6 of the smaller sizes in one. 

2. Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eye Pencil - Usually I prefer liquid or gel liners because my eyeliner doesn't like to stay on and those generally last longer for me. I actually really liked how smooth and easily this liner went on for being a pencil liner. It's also easy to smudge which is great if you're looking to get that smokey eye look. I received the silver color which I wasn't really a fan of. It's a pretty color and has a nice shimmer to it but I don't really find a lot of reasons to wear silver eyeliner. 
3. Fekkai Technician Color Care Shampoo - I've heard lots of good things about Fekkai products but surprisingly I had never tried them. I've only used this shampoo twice now so I don't know if I can give a fair review but so far I like it. It definitely leaves your hair feeling silky smooth and looking shiny. It seems to be pretty gentle without too much of a scent. I can't tell you how it works with color treated hair since I haven't been using it for any length of time but it has good reviews!

4. Color Club Gala's Gems Collection - I always get excited when a nail polish is included in my Birchbox because I'm obsessed with nail polish. Not only that but how cool is it that a blogger created this collection? Getting to design my own nail polish collection would be beyond a dream come true! I got to sample the "Heirloom Pearls" color which ironically was perfect because I was planning on painting my nails white the day I received my Birchbox! The color is a bit of an off white with a shimmer, like a pearl, duh! I've had the nail polish on for a few days now and it hasn't chipped (which for me is pretty good, I wash my hands constantly and we all know water is the enemy of nail polish!). It definitely required two coats but I'm happy with the color! 

5. Kind Healthy Grain Bars - Not even going to sugar coat it. I wasn't a fan of these at all. I got the maple pumpkin seed with sea salt bar and maybe it's because I'm not a big pumpkin fan to begin with but I couldn't even finish it. I went online to read the reviews and a LOT of people actually liked it so it's most likely my aversion to pumpkin that made me not a fan. 

Did any one else get these products in their Birchbox? If so what did you think of them? Or if you've tried these before what are your thoughts? If you haven't signed up for Birchbox and you want to, you can sign up here!

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29 comments

  1. Great and items nice picks doll.
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  2. Love that apple lip balm palette. Too cute.

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  3. great finds sweety, love the lip balm colors!
    happy day!

    <3
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  4. The nail shades are so pretty, wonderful box! Hope you're having a great week so far!

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  5. My co-worker got the same birchbox and came over with all her goodies!! I love when you get a full size eye-liner because well that pays for the box right there!! The nail colors are great and I totally agree creating a nail polish line would be a dream job!! I've heard great things about the Fekkai line too so can't wait to hear your thoughts!!

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  6. Nice review sweetie <3
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  7. How fun! I miss receiving my birch box every month! I might have to resubscribe :)

    Maggie
    www.PolishedClosets.com

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  8. Looks like this month was a good one! I love The Balm products :)

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  9. Thanks for the review on that bar. I was going to order them but I may pass now ;)


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  10. I agree with those healthy grain bars! They sell them at gas stations so it weirds me out!
    XO
    Kayleigh
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  11. I think that silver eyeliner sounds really interesting! Would love to try it- great Birchbox! Hugs, Sissi

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  12. Love those nail polish colors!! And ya I don't know how I would like pumpkin seed bars??

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  13. Thanks for the review! I love those nail polish colors! May be I'll have to try it!

    -Hannah
    sweeterthanserenity.blogspot.com

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  14. i should get a birchbox one time because i love samples especially quality samples that i otherwise wouldn't pay the price for the regular size of

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  15. A blogger made the nailpolish!? Oh my gosh that is amazing! I love hearing stories like that!!
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  16. Omgsh that granola bar is making me starving--it looks so good ha! And I totally love that a blogger made that nail polish--how fun! Makes me want to buy it more :)

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

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  17. this looks good!

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  18. I think I need to start subscribing to birchbox!

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  19. I really need to sign up for Birch Box! It is like getting a present in the mail every month! Totally my kind of thing ;)

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  20. I've been hearing so much about that cream palette from theBalm! I've also been very tempted -- I'm glad you like it because I might just get it now! Hopefully it'll be popular enough that they'll come out with individuals.

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  21. Everything looks wonderful, though I am not sure about the bars either. I'd rather have beauty and make-up product than food items. x

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  22. Can you imagine having the chance to design something like that??? That is so amazing. Which color did you get? The stains look nice plus with many sample to try. Looks you got a pretty good one this month! xoxoxo

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  23. I love the box already, I'm in love with the nail colors! It does sounds like a good box :)

    xxx
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  24. So funny i had such a similar box this month! You need to give the fekkai shampoo more time - his products are the best!

    Abby
    www.champagneplans.com

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  25. The Fekkai color care shampoo works very well for my hair.

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