October 2014 Birchbox Review

Disclaimer, this post contains referral links.2014-06-11 18_FotorIt’s Birchbox time again! This month they were celebrating the fan girl in each of us; sharing their passions and obsessions, and encouraging us to do the same.

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 October 2014 BirchboxBirchbox_October2014_box

Screenshot 2014-10-17 18.26.37Here is a breakdown of the products.

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Macadamia Professional™ Flawless Cleansing Conditioner – (value $15) – A multipurpose, no-suds conditioner which is supposed to cleanse and soften hair, plus cut blow-dry time. I’m not all that excited about this. I am pretty loyal to the conditioner I use and like, plus I don’t blow-dry my hair so that benefit is lost on me. I’ll probably swap this. Having said that, I’m a little disappointed that this was the highest value item in the box.

BORGHESE Fango Brillante – (value $3.58) – This mud mask is infused with a blend of vitamins and minerals to brighten oily and congested skin, purifying pores, clearing up blemishes, and banishing dullness.  I was skeptical at first because this just sounded too good to be true. It was the first product from this box that I actually tried out, and I might be in love with it. First of all, my face felt like it was burning when the mask was on, which was a huge drawback because it was super uncomfortable. It actually made me wonder if I was having an alergic reaction to it because I had never used a face mask that felt like that. But, I kept it on for about seven minutes. You guys, the result was kind of amazing. The next morning I noticed a significant clearing of the breakout I had been experiencing on my chin, and my skin just looked brighter. I was really impressed! The only thing I’m not impressed by is the price tag. A regular sized pot of this stuff sells for $64.

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Benefit The POREfessional – (value $3.90) – An oil-free balm that shrinks the look of pores, smooths skin, and mattifies shine. I don’t have a big problem with pore size, but regardless I think that this probably acts much like a makeup primer. I love primers, so I’m sure I’ll use this.

Skin&Co Roma TRUFFLE THERAPY™ BODY MILK Super Enriching Anti-Aging Truffle Body Milk – (value $1.64 for 2 packs) –  This is an olive oil and shea butter lotion, rich in antioxidants, which hydrates and softens skin.

Lord & Berry Paillettes Eye Pencil – (value $4.50) –  Oh look, it’s another black eyeliner pencil. This is a blendable pencil, studded with bits of silver shimmer. In the last six months, Birchbox has sent me four black eyeliners. Seriously Birchbox? Stop with the black eyeliner already. Please, and thank you.

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I estimate the value of my October Birchbox at $28.62, and though it isn’t the highest value Birchbox ever, it was still a good deal. I found one product I really like, and another eyeliner to add to the growing pile (though if I get one more black eyeliner I may scream). I do hope next months Birchbox is more exciting though!

Also, as a side note I was pretty disappointed by my sample choice experience this month. I had requested the Mally Beauty High-Shine Liquid lipstick in a pretty melon shade, but I guess they ran out and weren’t able to fulfill my request. It was a total bummer, because I was really excited about that item in particular. They still seem to be experiencing a lot of kinks with their sample choice program, and I sure hope they get them ironed out soon.

September 2014 Birchbox Review

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I love Birchbox! This month they celebrated their 4-year anniversary, sent out adorable boxes with the theme “Fresh Paint,” and in my opinion killed it in regard to the samples. This was hands down my best box yet.

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 September 2014 Birchbox. I should have received five products this month, but my box was missing the eyeliner. No big deal, their shipping me out a replacement.

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Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream -(value $2.94) – I’ve seen it around for months, but had never tried it. So this is a win for me. It’s made in the U.S. with eco-friendly ingredients, and the non-drying formula is supposed to give you a close shave without leaving your legs devoid of moisture. It’s also designed not to foam up, which is an interesting concept.

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Real Chemistry Luminous 3-minute Peel – (value $4.80) – When I realized this was in my box I was thrilled. I’d seen this sent out in past boxes to other subscribers and was really interested in trying it. Needless to say, I am beyond happy that I get to. Lately, I’ve really been trying to nail down a skin care regamin that works for me, and I’ve been looking to incorporate a peel into the mix. I hope that I love this!

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Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gold Couture – (value $1.35) – I’m typically pretty on the fence when I receive fragrance samples, as I’m really picky about my scents. But I really enjoy other fragrances from Juicy Couture, so I am actually really happy to receive another one. This smells great, and is said to include a blend of wild berries, honeysuckle, and has warm caramel notes.

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Rituals Foaming Shower Gel –  (value $3.75) – Made with rice milk and cherry-blossom. I’ve never seen shower gel in a foam dispenser before. Having used it, I like the effectiveness of the product, but I really disliked this particular scent. I seem to be in the minority though, based off the online reviews people really like the scent, lol.

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Chap Stick duel-ended Hydration Lock Moisturize & Renew – (value $3.49) – This was the Birchbox Find that was included as an extra in my box this month, and was a complete surprise. It wasn’t listed in my sneek peek when I looked earlier this week. It’s a brand new product from Chap Stick. I love that it’s duel ended – one each side serving a different purpose. I love this chapstick, and I’m sure I’ll buy more when this runs out.

I estimate the value of this box at $31.33 (I included the value of the eyeliner pencil, which I didn’t receive, but which is being shipped to me). I can honestly say that I love and will use everything in my September Birchbox. It is by far the best one I have received yet. Bravo, Birchbox! You killed it on this one. And from what I can tell, everyone seemed to get pretty awesome boxes this month. I hope they keep it up.

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.

July 2014 Birchbox Review

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I’ve been subscribing to Birchbox for over a year now, and it is hands down 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 was kind of the pioneer when it comes to the subscription box trend. It 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.

July’s Theme was “Power Up.” Birchbox partnered with Women’s Health Magazine to curate a box full of ideas and ways to power up your month. It included a fun little booklet of 12 Power Up Challenges that will inspire you to maximize your workouts, sleep, and everything in between.

Here’s what I received in my July 2014 Birchbox.

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Here’s the Item Card:

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Ruffian The Rapture Collection in Ambrosia –  Streak-free metallic polish. This was the item that I selected myself this month, so I already knew that I would like it.  I love, love, love the pretty purple metallic shade. I also really like Ruffian polishes. They give great coverage, even with just one coat, and last for a while. As a bonus with the polish, they also included an acetone-free towelette to remove polish.July2014_Birchbox_product3

Harvey Prince Singular Scentsations Imperial Gardenia – A scent focusing on a single fragrance, in this case Gardenia. I didn’t love this scent, it just wasn’t for me. Though if you like the smell of gardenias, I’m sure you’ll love it.

Ofra Universal Eyebrow Pencil – Water-resistant, universally flattering pencil that glides on for long-lasting definition. I don’t really use eyebrow pencils, plus this shade was actually a little light for me. I’ll probably give this to a friend who will find better use out of it.July2014_Birchbox_product2

Supergoop! Advanced SPF 37 Anti-Aging Eye Cream – A peptide-packed antiaging cream instantly brightens eyes and protects with SPF 37. I don’t usually use eye cream that includes SPF. I’m excited to try it out.

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer – An organic hydrator using fruit stem cells to firm as it smooths fine lines and wrinkles. I haven’t tried this yet, but am interested to see if it performs any differently than the many other moisturizers I’ve tried.

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Lastly, the Power Up July Birchbox included a free 1-year subscription to Women’s Health Magazine. Typically, I would have been excited to receive a free subscription, but I actually got a free subscription to this magazine last month in a different box. I was happy to see that there is a refund option, where you will receive $9.99 back if you don’t need or want the magazine. That basically makes this box free!

So, what did you think of the July Birchbox? What products did you receive?

Birchbox Modern Mermaid Limited Edition Box review

Every once in a while Birchbox offers a limited edition box, and this time around it was the Modern Mermaid Box.

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I went back and forth on ordering it, but at the end of the day fell in love with at least half the products in it and figured that justified the cost (plus I had a killer coupon code, and some Birchbox points to use, so I got it for something like $15)! It just looked like a really great box for summer.

Here’s the info card that was included in the box:

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This box had a value of about $115, which is awesome in my opinion! My favorite items were the Ruffian Endless Summer Collection, Vasanti Kajal Extreme Eye Pencil (in Electric Navy), and the Stephanie Johnson Mermaid Round Snap Mirror.

How cute is this mirror??

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And, though I wasn’t in love with either the lip treatment or the cologne, I did like them both, and will use them. Overall I think it was an awesome box, and I can’t wait to see what limited edition box Birchbox offers next!

 

June 2014 Birchbox Review

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I’ve been subscribing to Birchbox for over a year now, and it is hands down 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 was kind of the pioneer when it comes to the subscription box trend. It 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 what I received in my June 2014 Birchbox. I received eight (8!) products. That’s a record for me.

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June’s Theme was “Away We Go.” It was all about travel, and was a perfect theme for the beginning of summer. Birchbox also partnered with JetBlue this month, and included a fun travel quiz in each box (I got Austin!).

Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo, Davines Love Smoothing Conditioner & Davines Ol /All in One Milk –   First off, I was very impressed by the size of the shampoo sample in particular (a full 2.5 fl oz). These products have gotten pretty good reviews, but honestly they didn’t really do much for me. They are supposed to help frizzy, tangled hair. Though my hair is super curly, it’s not particularly frizzy, so it didn’t really do much for me. It’s also very strongly scented, a cross between floral and grapefruit, and I don’t love strongly scented hair products.

Egyptian Magic Skin Cream – This product lives up to its name. It’s very moisturizing, and a little goes a very long way.

LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil – I really liked the minty scent, and the overall ease of application of this Lip Pencil. I wasn’t in love with the color, and would have preferred the purple hued one, but it was still a great addition to the box. I’m sure I’ll wear it.

Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum –  I haven’t tried this yet. Though it is getting rave reviews, so I’m excited to.

Catherine Malandrino Style De Paris – This perfume was ok, but a but too strong for me.

Overall, I loved the value of this box. I also loved how many samples I received. Unfortunately I just didn’t fall in love with any of the actual products. I’ll use most of them, I just don’t know that I’ll be adding any of these to my daily routine long term. Still love Birchbox though!