What's In My March 2016 Birchbox?

Birchbox time! I am so excited about this one, y'all. Normally, I let the Birchbox people choose all of my samples, so the items in my box come as a surprise every month. This time around, I chose the option of receiving their curated box full of pre-selected items, so I already knew what I was getting. I chose this box, because I was interested in trying every one of these products. I'm so glad I did, because I think I've found some new beauty favorites!

March 2016 Birchbox | www.thebellainsider.com

I loved the idea behind the "Ready for Anything" theme, because these sample items are the perfect size to toss into my makeup bag if I needed to get ready quickly for something. Now on to my thoughts of each of these products:

March 2016 Birchbox | www.thebellainsider.com

1. PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Smoothing Blowout Spray | Full-size, $24
I really enjoyed last month's box, because it came with a serum that worked really well for my hair. This month, I received this blowout spray, and I am in love with the fruity peach smell. I sprayed on a few spritzes before I blow dried my hair, and it made my hair really smooth and shiny. Though I need another product to smooth down my stubborn flyaways on top of my head, I like the smell of this spray more than the Beauty Protector spray. The price of this sample is around $4.90.

2. MILK Studios Lip Color in C.R.E.A.M. | Full-size, $22
The first thing I have to say about this sample is wow...it's very small. It's tiny and pretty adorable, but it's definitely not a lot of product, and I could see how it would break off easily from the base. The actual product itself is a lipstick that feels a bit chalky. It is pigmented, but it isn't hydrating. The pinky nude color is a shade lighter than my lips; it isn't flattering on me, but it might be on someone else. I wouldn't repurchase this product, because I like other nude lipsticks better. On the plus side, it's vegan and cruelty-free. I can't figure out the price of this sample, since it doesn't tell me the size of the actual product.

3. Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Filter | Full-size, $28
I don't normally wear eyeshadow, but when I do, they are neutral shades like the ones in this Smashbox trio. I love the unique swing-out packaging of this sample, because it's unlikely to open and shatter in my makeup bag. It comes with three matte colors that would work perfectly together for a daytime neutral eye. They're very silky, pigmented, and easy to blend with a fluffy brush. The price of this sample would be around $12.44.

4. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream | Full-size, $26.50
I've been wanting to try this Kiehl's product for a long time, so I was excited to find it was included in this Birchbox. The cream is thick and emollient, so I think it's best for nighttime use. I applied just a dime-sized amount before I went to bed, and I woke up with very supple skin. I think this cream is perfect for winter/post-winter skin. This sample size is worth around $4.04.

5. Wilma Schumann Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads | Full-size, $18
These pads were the first thing I tried from this box, because my tired eyes needed a break from staring at a computer all day long from finals studying. I enjoyed how cooling they felt on my undereye area after I applied them, and that I could go about doing other things while I had them on. It helped bring down my under eye puffiness, and it temporarily lightened up my dark under eye area. This sample is worth $3.60.

This box was worth over $25! Though I did enjoy most of the products in this Birchbox, I think a foundation/tinted moisturizer sample would have been perfect for the theme, since not all of us are blessed with great skin. Nonetheless, this box was a great value, and I'm sure going to be repurchasing the blowout spray. If you're not subscribed to Birchbox yet, click here to get your first box. It's $10/month, and I think you'll love the subscription if you're interested in finding new favorite beauty products. For all you Birchbox subscribers, what did you love in your box?


  1. Great review, very insightful! I received the Parlor awhile ago and I liked it too, so I definitely kept and used it a few times already. The smashbox colors are awesome! I love neutral colors because I feel like its gets more use than bright bold colors (don't get me wrong, I LOVE bold!).

    By the way I love your site, such a cute look! May I ask what font is your header/title? I've been looking for a fun font to play with and that just totally grabbed my heart! Thanks in advance :)


    1. Hi, Quynh! Thanks for reading the blog post! The Parlor was my favorite product out of the box.

      And thank you so much! I wish I could tell you what the exact font is, but I actually do not know. Designer Blogs makes some great blogger templates, and I was able to purchase them here: http://www.designerblogs.com/blogger-templates/

      Hope that helps! XO, Sarah

  2. I enjoyed your honest & insightful review of this March birchbox! I was able to get buy this after a few days online & received my regular box as well for March!



    1. Thank you so much! Glad you liked it! XO, Sarah