This is not cake. This is not brownies. This is not even some ridiculous, resolution-fueled raw recipe like carrots camouflaged as cookies. This is shampoo and nail polish and face cream. I know it's not the kind of thing we usually talk about here, but 2012 started with the kind of bang that doesn't leave much room for baking. Plus, so many of you seemed interested in the Birchbox subscription that I got my sister-in-law for the holidays that I thought it was only fair to give you a sneak peek inside my first delivery. (Did I mention that I bought myself this present too? I couldn't resist!) Lets open it up, shall we?
The first thing I pulled out was this C.O. Bigelow Lavender Mint shampoo and conditioner. I was quite pleased with this selection--not only does it smell great, but I'm always in need of travel-sized portions of hair products, so I know this will be put to good use.
Next up is Algenist's Firming and Lifting Cream, which Birchbox calls a "sophisticated moisturizer" that "uses a unique microalgae compound to boost skin's elasticity." I have no idea any of that means, but now that I'm an age that starts with a (gulp) 3, I feel like I'm supposed to use Serious Skincare Products, so I'm happy to try this one out as well.
Now on to the part I'm most excited about--this cute little bundle wrapped up like a present! Inside I found a sample of Juicy Couture's signature fragrance, a nail polish in a shade I never would have picked for myself but am excited to give a whirl, and a sample of By Terry Baume de Rose salve, which Birchbox calls a "cult favorite" lip balm.
This brings us to the dark and dangerous side of Birchbox. Did I really need to know about the existence of $58 lip balm, let alone "cult favorite" $58 lip balm? The answer is no--no I did not (no matter how good my lips may be feeling at this very moment).
The bottom of the box was lined with a card that suggests ways to de-clutter your mind, your closet and your diet. And speaking of your diet, I'll be back soon with a recipe that straddles the line between healthy (because it is January after all) and tasty (because this is still a baking blog. Most of the time anyways).