August 2014 Birchbox Review

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Birchbox is one of my favorite subscription boxes. I’ve found some really great products that I use every day, that I otherwise wouldn’t have ever tried without sampling them first.

Birchbox is only $10 a month and they send you 5-8 (usually sample size) products to try out. If you end up loving the sample, you can purchase the full size version in their shop. They also have a crazy good points system so you can rack up credit for significant discounts. It’s an auto renewing subscription which you pay monthly for, or pay for a full year at once (for a discount). You can also cancel any time.

Here’s the first look at my August 2014 Birchbox. I received five products this month.

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August’s theme was “Lighten Up.” It was all about not taking yourself too seriously, keeping your cool, and as they put it on their info card “laughing your way into fall”.

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Laura Geller Beauty Cool Lids Cream Eyeshadow -(value $12.35) –  Birchbox allowed subscribers to pick an item this month, and this is what I picked. It’s really easy to apply, lasts a long time, and stays put. It’s just not my favorite color.

Harvey Prince Ageless Body Cream -($0.90) –  This product lives up to its name. It’s very moisturizing, and a little goes a very long way. It also smells amazing! It is kind of funny to me that I have received so many Harvey Prince products lately. I think this is the third Birchbox in a row where they have sent me something from this brand. I don’t really mind though, because I actually like most of what I’ve received.

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nugg Beauty Revitalizing Face Mask – (value $2.99) – This brand has a variety of different facial masks, all in individual use pods. I received the Revitalizing face mask, and honestly it is the one I was the least interested in. The info card says that it should hydrate, and replenish dull, tired skin. However, after I used it my skin actually felt more dry then before. I also wasn’t a fan of the scent. It smelled too much like Vicks Vapor Rub, which I like…when I’m sick, but it’s not exactly something I enjoy on my face. I did appreciate the size of the pods (and if you have a way of sealing them up, or a spare empty container, you could easily get two uses out of each pod), and the texture and consistency of the product was nice. I’ll likely try a few of their other varieties, but won’t be purchasing this one.

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Neil George Shampoo & Conditioner –  (each valued at $4.50) – I haven’t tried this yet. Though it is getting rave reviews, so I’m excited to. But on the other hand, I’ve received so many shampoo/conditioner samples from Birchbox lately, I can’t say I was thrilled to get another one. They’re always good to have on backup for travel though, so there’s that…

I estimate the value of this box at $25.24. Overall, I had mixed feelings about my August Birchbox. I wasn’t wowed by anything I received, but I’ll probably end up using all of it. So in that sense I guess it was a successful box, and definitely worth the $10 I paid for it.

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