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This month subscribers were given the option to pick their Birchbox for January. Out of the three options I went with the Relax & Recharge box, the headspace I wanted to be in to start the new year, and I was pretty satisfied with all of the products, unlike the last time I picked my box which turned out to be a letdown.


Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream

The Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream is anti-aging eye cream that mainly focuses on getting rid of wrinkles and dark circles. I’m of the mindset that no product completely removes wrinkles or under-eye dark circles, they can only minimize so if you’re looking for complete removal you better be saving up some money and hope your insurance covers the necessary procedure. I already have a go-to eye cream but I used this for about a week to see if there was any real difference and as to be expected I didn’t really see a difference. I don’t fault the product though, it’s widely suggested that to see real results you’ll need to consistently use the product anywhere from 2-12 weeks. Then again I don’t have under eye wrinkles or dark circles so this product wasn’t really for me although I do like the anti-aging claim. I’m officially in my late 20s, wow, and supposedly this is when we’re supposed to start building a good skin care regimen. I hope I’ll reap the results on my commitment to skin care 3-4 decades from now!


Briogeo Don’t Despair! Deep Conditioning Mask

I was a fan of the Briogeo Don’t’ Despair! Deep Conditioning Mask from the packaging alone because I was given a decent amount that I knew would cover all of my hair and might last me more than one wash. I got a wash and a half out of it so I count that as a win! My hair is more thick and kinky curly than it is long, it hits my collarbone, and I barely use shampoo so it annoys me when I get a whole lot of shampoo from a sample and barely any conditioner. This Deep Conditioning Mask is a hydrating hair mask restores and strengthens hair with a blend of natural ingredients. As any conditioner, you apply after washing and let it sit for 3-20 minutes. The tub says 3-5 minutes but says you can leave it in for up to 20 minutes. Yeah that’s for the birds. When it comes to deep conditioners, I leave them in for hours especially during the winter because my hair gets super dry. I left this conditioner in for about 2 hours and my hair felt very moisturized afterwards. I also enjoyed the fragrance which is light and fruity.


Manna Kadar Lip Locked – All Of Me

The only product I wasn’t a fan of in this box was the Manna Kadar Lip Locked in All of Me. This is an all in one lip primer, stain, and gloss that I already reviewed, and hated, and I’ll leave it at that.


Perlier Intensive Nurturing Body Balm in Shea Lavender

Lavender scented products are the bees knees so I was very excited for the Perlier Intensive Nurturing Body Balm in Shea Lavender. I use lavender oil to massage my scalp several times, I run it through my hair a couple of times a week because I love the way it smells, and I even put a couple drops in my bottle and tubs of lotion. An Italian skincare brand, this cream is so rich, and softens as well as moisturizes my skin. I’ve mainly used it after washing my hands and it’s great for the office because it dries quickly and isn’t greasy so it doesn’t get all over my mouse and keyboard. Shea butter is the second ingredient listed so you know this balm is chockfull of it and the lavender extract fragrance falls about in the middle although you only need a little bit of this to go a long way. This is definitely my favorite product on the Relax & Recharge January box!


When Travelmate Sheet Mask

I can never get enough of facemasks so this When Travelmate Sheet Mask also drew to selecting the R&R box. As with most masks, I applied this after washing my face and left it on for about 20 minutes. After removing the mask there was some residual serum left on my face which you’re instructed to rub into the skin rather than wiping off. I really dug this mask if not for the eco-friendliness of it but also because it contains coconut fibers which soothe and nourish the skin as well as giving me a nice glow! I have full nips and a not so tiny nose which makes some of these face masks a pain to use since the slits they cut out for the nose and lips are pretty thin. The slits in this face mask however were really generous and not only gave room for my nose and lips but also covered my whole face and almost extended into my hairline!


Teapigs Tea Temples in Chamomile Flowers and Liquorice & Peppermint

I love when Birchbox adds a bonus product to the box. This month as a bonus I got two tea temples from Teapigs – Liquorice & Peppermint and Chamomile Flowers. I wasn’t much a fan of the Liquorice & Peppermint tea but I am a creature of habit and drink chamomile tea every night before bed so I knew I was going to like the Chamomile Flowers tea better.

The products in this box were indeed Relaxing & Recharging and I was able to use three of them at the same time while relaxing – hanging out on my bed watching Harry Potter while I conditioned my hair and face masked accompanied by a hot cup of tea. If that isn’t relaxing to you then I don’t know what is!