Sunday, August 17, 2014

Birchbox Limited Edition CEW Mass Appeal and Prestige Headliners Boxes 2014 Review and Comparison

This is my first year trying any of the two annual Birchbox CEW Limited Edition Boxes and I decided to get both of them! They came in a big white box that shipped very quickly. I ordered on Thursday and they arrived yesterday. 

First I opened the blue box, which turned out to be the "Mass Appeal" edition. This box costs $15 but because I bought it with the "Prestige Headliners" box they only totaled $28 combined. 

Birchbox Breakdown:

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by your drugstore’s beauty aisle offerings, here’s something to help you cut through the clutter: the Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Insiders’ Choice Beauty Awards. Dubbed “the Oscars of the beauty world,” this annual event gathers over 6,000 industry pros to vote on the year’s best and brightest products. Every all-star in this box was a finalist in this year’s awards. So go ahead—sample this exclusive collection, from a life-changing hair serum to a breakthrough mascara. Once you’ve fallen in love, hop over to your local drugstore to replenish your favorites.

This is totally me. I do get really overwhelmed and then just buy what is on sale or what I'm used to.

This box contains:

Dove Go Fresh® Restore Body Wash (the only sample sized product in this box. Although, I don't think they could have fit a full size version in here. This is Blue Fig and Orange Blossom scented, intriguing combination.
Simple® Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15 This has good reviews on Amazon, and I love that this is a full size 4.2 oz product. Not the normal Birchbox foil packets.
L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara A full size tube of a new mascara! This box is spoiling me so much I may never go back to the regular Birchboxes and just buy the special editions.
Vaseline® Lip Therapy® Rosy Lips  I love having my Vaseline in the colder months when I get super dry all over. Since I don't like putting things on my mouth that I also put on my feet, this will come in handy then.
Burt's Bees® 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Spring Splendor This color looks really pretty, medium pink with a slight sparkle!
TRESemmé® Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Serum 
TRESemmé products are hit and miss for me. I like their Smooth & Silky Shampoo but don't like their Dry Shampoo. 

What a great box! This would have probably taken me an hour to put together at the drugstore. Saves me time roaming the isles and picking through things for my basket.

Next, the Prestige Headliners box!

Birchbox says this box is filled with some of the greatest luxury beauty finds of 2014.

This box is the more expensive of the two Limited Edition CEW boxes. It costs $18 (but since I saved $5 getting both together, it brought the price to about $14 each).

This box contains:

Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Crème  (2 oz) I think everyone has tried this who has tried Birchbox so this is not an exciting find. Not only that, but I've seen this brand in the Drugstore. So...wrong box Birchbox.
Josie Maran Cosmetics 100% Pure Argan Oil Light  (.15 oz) Now this is better, I see this brand at Sephora but I've never tried it. Can't wait to sample this as a moisturiser. 
100% Pure Creamy Nail Polish (Full size, colors will vary) I got the color "Forever" soooo pretty! 
philosophy miracle worker® overnight (.4 oz) This costs $68 for 2 ounces. I really enjoy getting to sample this since it seems like a gamble to spend that much and not be impressed.  
COOLA Environmental Repair Plus® Radical Recovery™ After-Sun Lotion (.5 oz) Nice inclusion for an summer released box, and not something that was on my radar.
Birchbox also included lifestyle extras: a pocket mirror, and some toe separators. I need a little pouch for the mirror, but it's a cute extra.

I am very pleased with both of these Limited Edition CEW boxes. Good job Birchbox and CEW ladies. If I had to pick a favorite just off of first impressions it would be the mass appeal edition. Only because it feels like a massive collection in comparison. It's like I just got home from the store and have a full bag of stuff.  

I am glad I got both boxes since they combine for a perfect mix of fun little discoveries. They total in combined value at over $80 too. I'm definitely going to check these out again next year for the 2015 editions!

Check out the 2014 CEW Beauty Award Winners List if your interested. It's kind of fun seeing which products I've tried so far.

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