I had over 200 Birchbox points burning another hole in my pocket so it was time to get myself another full-size product from the Birchbox shop. I received a sample of Nyakio Hydrating Face Oil with Kola Nut in my April 2014 box and fell in love with it after the first use. I’ve been waiting until this baby came back into stock and now it’s here!
The full-size 1 oz. bottle retails for $49. I know that sounds a little steep but after cashing in 200 points ($20), the total came to $29 (plus free shipping)! Birchbox was also doing a summer promo where if you entered a specific code at checkout, you got 50 bonus points.
I did do some snooping around the Birchbox Bonus Shop to see if I could add any freebies to my cart. This is my one problem with Birchbox. Every bonus product requires that you put in a promo code to add the bonus product to your cart. You are only allowed to enter one bonus code per transaction. Since I already used the promo code to get 50 bonus points, I was unable to add any bonus products. The “Mystery Sample Pack” is the only bonus that you can add to your cart without a code and of course, that was sold out.
After perusing all of the bonus samples, I felt the 50 bonus points was the best way to go. I got 79 points back on this transaction (29 from what I spent on the full-size product and 50 from the promo code).
How I Use the Face Oil
The box says to use 2-3 drops, morning and night. I’d say I use about 2 1/2 drops (twice a day).
Morning: I wash my face in the shower with St. Ives Apricot Scrub and then I use a Stridex pad to clean my face after my shower. Once I put on my eyeliner and eye shadow, I put one drop of oil on each cheek and a very little amount on my forehead and chin. I massage the oil into my skin. I let my face dry for a couple of minutes and then put on my bronzing powder and blush.
Nightly: I wash my face before bed (using Noxzema) and put one drop of oil on each cheek and a very little amount on my forehead and chin. I massage the oil into my skin.
The Nyakio Hydrating Face Oil with Kola Nut has now replaced my daily facial moisturizer. Birchbox…you got me again!
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