August Birchbox Review

It’s that time again!  It feels like I’ve had my August box forever, but that’s probably because it came hot on the heels of my wayward July box.  August had some excellent samples, so let’s get to it!

August Birchbox

1.  R + Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo (Full size:  $17-29):  As I’ve discussed before, dry shampoo is one of those things that I see the use for, but don’t personally use all that much.  This was a decent dry shampoo, but I preferred my previous sample, and would purchase that before this one.  It simply wasn’t the perfect dry shampoo for me, but I’m certain it is the perfect one for someone else.

2.  Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37 (Full size:  $45):  When I read the description of this cream I was excited about what it promised, but was unsure it could really deliver.  Because you need so very little of this cream to coat your under-eye, this small sample lasted me a week.  I was happy to see that it really did depuff for me.  I think it also reduced my dark circles, but because I didn’t take pictures to compare, I can’t be sure it wasn’t just me wanting to love this product.  I would probably buy this product because it delivers and a little will go a long way.

3.  LAQA & Co Charm School Kit (Set of 3 $20):  This product was thick and creamy, and it was easy to apply.  However, my sample was an orange/coral sort of color and it just did NOT work on me.  It looked pretty terrible with my complexion.  The other colors might be better for me, but I wouldn’t purchase this since I know for a fact that one third of the set won’t be right for me.  However, I’d be willing to try out more products from this company, and if purchasing the colors individually was an option, I might consider it then as well.

4.  Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer (Full size:  $20):  I LOVED this product.  I was so excited to get another moisturizer to try out because of my very dry climate.  I really liked how my skin felt and looked after applying this product.  It really felt like a treat for my skin.  I will be purchasing this product.

5.  Curly Hair Solutions Silk Leave-in Conditioner (Full size:  $18):  This product alone made this box amazing.  I am always looking for great products for curly hair.  I hate crunchy hair, and I hate how my hair is often dry.  I tried out this leave-in on its own and with other products.  I was amazed how fabulous my hair looked when I just used the conditioner.  I will be buying this product, I’ve already recommended it to my family members, and I can see this becoming a staple in my hair routine.  I will even be checking out other products they produce because I loved this that much!

There you have it!  This was an AWESOME box!  Two products I can’t wait to purchase, one product I will probably get around to, a company that I’m interested in (even if the one product wasn’t my color).

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July Birchbox Review

My poor July Birchbox went through quite the ordeal to get to me.  It made it all the way to Flagstaff (a town about an hour away from me) before it was inexplicably sent to Massachusetts.  My box went from about 70 miles from me to 2500 miles from me.  SO STRANGE.  It took a bit, but customer service was super nice, and a replacement box was mailed out.  I’ve had my replacement for about a week now, so I’ve had a chance to try out everything, though not as much as I would have liked.

July Birchbox

  1. amika un.Done texture Spray (Full Size:  $24):  Last month I got the amika dry shampoo.  I like this brand because it’s meant for curly hair.  I’ve tried this spray about three times now.  It isn’t great for me on its own, but it works well at helping produce defined curls when I use it as part of a series of products in my hair.  It’s an aerosol, which I’m not a huge fan of because that usually means product gets everywhere.  Which it did.  In my mouth.  It doesn’t taste very good, and it was hard to get the taste out of my mouth.  Bottom line:  it’s a decent product, but not the right addition for me.
  2. stila look at me liquid lipstick trio (Set of 3, $20):  This product was my sample choice.  Basically we had 3 color options (bright pink, classic red, bright coral), and I went for the red because I’ve been dying to find a really red lip color.  This stain went on super smooth with lots of saturated color.  The finish is matte, and I was all about the bold red lips it gave me.  I did have a bit of color transfer onto glasses, but I think that’s more on me not using the product completely right than anything else.  I would totally buy this, but I’m just not sure about the other two colors.  I guess I’ll see if I like them if I follow through on the purchase.
  3. COOLA Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint (Full size:  $36):  SPF is very important to me because I have very fair skin that burns easily.  I don’t usually wear an SPF with a tint, but I’m not opposed to them either.  Unfortunately, this wasn’t the tinted SPF for me.  It felt gritty when I put it on, and the tint didn’t seem to do anything for me.  (It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t good either.)  I can certainly see how this works for some people, but I am not those people.  This was a miss for me.
  4. Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator (Full Size:  $34):  This face scrub was surprisingly deceptive.  It went on gritty and almost felt like a fine sandpaper on my skin, and I really needed to be aggressive with my rinsing to get it all off my face.  After my first use, I was positive I hated it.  However, I always try the products multiple times (unless I have an allergic reaction), and I found that each time I used this, I liked it more and more.  My face really did look glowing and smooth after every use.  I was all out of my Suki scrub, so I went ahead and ordered this along with the foaming face cleanser so I can alternate using them.  Would I buy this product?  Obviously.  I already did.
  5. Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow (Full size:  $27):  After my experience with my last BB cream (where I turned bright red), I was wary about giving this one a try.  However, I didn’t need to be so concerned because this one didn’t cause an allergic reaction.  It went on smoothly and did a decent job evening out my skin tone.  I tend to have some blotchy redness on my face, and this helped with that.  When combined with the BrightenUp!, I felt like my skin look picture ready.  Would I buy this?  Maybe.  I actually don’t care too much about the red splotches I sometimes have, but it’s nice to know I have options (besides foundation) to deal with that.

Overall, I’d say this month’s box was a HUGE success.  I haven’t been able to try everything as much as I’d normally have before writing my review, but the trajectory of my box was out of my control.  I found one product I bought, a lip stain I loved, and a BB cream I’m considering.  Wins all around!

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June Birchbox

How was everyone’s 4th of July?  Mine was fun!  We had guests, which doesn’t happen a whole lot since we live so far from our friends and family.  I wish I could also say that my June Birchbox was a lot of fun, but this month just wasn’t great for me.  Let’s discuss why.

June Birchbox

  1. Dr. Jart+ BB Night Beauty Balm (Full size:  $38):  I’ve never used a BB cream before, though I’ve read about them, and I was excited to give this a try.  Unfortunately, when I put this on, my face turned red and stayed red for several minutes, so I decided to wash it off.  It didn’t hurt, and the redness went away when I washed my face.  I’m not sure if something in this reacted to something else I had used, or if I had a reaction to something in the product itself, but this was one and done for me.  I didn’t bother trying it again.
  2. Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel  (Full size:  $48):  I had no idea what to expect with this product.  A peel is another thing I’ve never used before, but also something I had no real interest in trying.  I’m happy it came in my box, but I have no idea if this product does anything.  To use this peel, you apply it to a clean face, and massage it in until it starts to ball up under your fingers, then simply rinse.  It did do what it said, balling up, but I couldn’t tell a difference when I was done, so I wasn’t sure if I had basically applied rubber cement to my face and then used its gum-like qualities to help remove it.  (Obviously it wasn’t that thick or sticky, but you get the idea).  I didn’t notice any difference to my skin, even though it says you will have instantly softer, smoother, brighter skin.  Another bust for me.
  3. Supergoop Everyday SPF 50 with Cellular Response Technology  (Full size: $19-48):  I was very excited about this product.  I burn pretty easily, and I live in a place that is sunny most of the year.  A quality sunscreen is a must for me.  This was a highlight for this month’s box.  This went on light and wasn’t greasy, effectively dealing with my two biggest pet peeves about sunscreen.  I wore just this sun screen while spending around 2 hours of peak burn time outside.  I didn’t use a hat or anything else.  With how light the lotion was, I was concerned it just couldn’t hold up, but it absolutely did!  I wasn’t even pink when I got back inside.  It also says it is water resistant, but I didn’t really test that.  Will I buy this?  Probably.  But first I need to work my way through all the thick, greasy stuff I have sitting in my cabinets.
  4. Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo  (Full size:  $21):  Dry shampoo is something that sounded lovely for curly hair, but I had never heard of one that the directions didn’t direct you to brush it into your hair (a big fat NOPE for curly hair).  I was pleasantly surprised to find that there are now dry shampoos that are meant for curly hair that don’t look like there’s white powder resting on your hair and don’t require a brush to use properly.  I really enjoyed trying this out.  I can see a ton of benefits to using it, but I’m not sure that I would have a lot of use for it myself.  This is something I might have in my cabinet, but one can would last me a year or two simply because I don’t use it much.  I loved that one of the bonuses of using this shampoo was the added volume.  I’m a sucker for super big hair.
  5. Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner (Full size:  $11):  WOW.  My sample came in blue, and holy smokes was it blue!  This eyeliner packed a bright, colorful punch.  It was super easy to put on, and lasted all day.  My concern is that I just don’t know how to wear something this bright without looking like myself in high school when I started playing with make-up.  I really liked it, I just didn’t know how to utilize it.
  6. (NOT PICTURED) L. Erickson Barrow Grab & Go Ponytail Holder (Full size:  $12):  Also this month I got a ponytail holder.  While it is not discreet since it’s kind of bulky, it makes up for that with a firm, but not overly tight grip.  My ponytail stayed put all day, even as my thick hair and gravity tried to fight it.  It also doesn’t pull my hair when I take it out.  I don’t need a discreet ponytail holder, so this was actually perfect for me.  I would totally buy this.

Overall, I walked away with zero products I want RIGHT NOW. There’s the sunscreen that I’ll most likely eventually buy, and the dry shampoo that I don’t have a lot of need for now (though I could see my life changing and that shampoo being a much larger part of my needs).  Finally there was a hair tie I loved.  That’s it.  Everything else I wasn’t super excited about (though I will take any tutorial videos on wearing that blue eyeliner).  But, again, for $10 a month, it was super fun to try out all of these items.  Even when I have a box of things I’m not in love with, I still have fun trying them all out.  Think you’d like to try Birchbox?  Here’s my referral link.

Finally, I wanted to say that Birchbox has some AMAZING customer service.  I realized last month that I didn’t get my sample choice email, so I put in a help request asking what was up.  Birchbox has kept me informed while they work on why I didn’t get it, even if their email just says “still working on it” so I don’t go too long without information.  When July’s sample choice came and still no email, they gave me a call and did my choice over the phone.  A+ customer service.

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