Birchbox: September 2015

Time again to get through some of my Birchbox backlog with a review of my September box.

Let’s jump in.

Another gorgeous Birchbox that I will be upcying or recycling or whatever hipsters call reusing stuff.
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Malin + goetz
Malin + Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser

(Full Size: $32.00)
Description: This citrusy cleanser dissovles dirt and oil clears up breakouts, and balances skins natural pH.
Malin + Goetz vitamin e face moisturizer
(Full Size: $46.00)
Description: “BONUS – We added in this oil-free formula that nourishes all skin types with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E.
Verdict: Eh
I like Malin + Goetz but I have a lot of cleansers and I’m not a fan of foil packets since most of the time you can’t really tell if the product is working or not.

DaVines
Davines LOVE Smoothing Shampoo
(Full Size: $25.00)
Description: Enriched with olive oil and rice protein, this formula smooths frizzed out and tangle-proned hair.”
Davines LOVE Smoothing Conditioner
(Full Size: $29.00)
Description: “BONUS – We’ve thrown in this conditioner whtat caljms frizz thank sto Minuta Oliveit’s rich with fatty acids, providing moisture and shine.
Verdict: Hit!
I know I usually complain about shampoo and conditioner, but I actually chose the Davines shampoo as my sample. I’ve really liked all the Davines products I’ve tried and they are pricey so I love to try samples of their different lines. I also don’t mind having the larger shampoo versus the bonus foil packet since I can pair this with a lot of my hair masks and deep conditioners.

Perfume
English Laundry Eau de Parfum Signature for Her

(Full Size: $32.00)
Description: ”Quince mingles, white chocolate, jasmine, rose, and orris root make up this classic country-inspired scent.
Verdict: Miss
Perfumes are tough business for me as most give me headaches. This one is a bit too floral  for my taste.

Juice Beauty
Juice Beauty® GREEN APPLE™ Peel Sensitive

(Full Size: $39.00)
Description: ”An amazingly effective (and gentle!) peel with fruit-derived acids to exfoliate dead skin.
Verdict: Like
Juice Beauty is a great brand and I love trying out these small sizes of peels that are designed for sensitive skin. I find they are a great addition to my skincare routine.

Pop BeautyPop Beauty 2
Pop Beauty Swatches
POP Beauty POP Portfolio Eyeshadow Palette in Sugar Plum

(Full Size: $26.00)
Description: “A trifecta of long-wearing blendable eyesahdows in bold, pigmented purples.”
Verdict: Love!
They weren’t lying when they said pigmented. These shadows are absolutely lovely and the shades are spot on for Fall. Honestly, I hadn’t expected much since the palette is such a great value, but I was super impressed with the quality and will happily try more POP Beauty eyeshadows in the future.

OVERALL
Birchbox 9.2015

Verdict: Hit!
Except for the perfume, I will use all the items in this box. The eyeshadow trio really made the box for me and that along with the DAvines shampoo was more than worth the price of admission. I paid $10.70 and after reviewing the products received $5.00 of Birchbox credit, so I’m quite pleased with what I received.

Have you ever tried Pop Beauty eyeshadows before? If so, what did you think? And what are your favorite beauty bargains?

BIRCHBOX NEWS!
Birchbox is now offering new Limited Edition Boxes!

LE Charmed Life
Limited Edition: The Charmed Life

(Retail: $40.00)
Description: This collection is filled with chic treasures that keep your space organized in style, while adding modern design touches. From gilded accents to luxurious body potions, these treats will make your happy place that much happier. Welcome home! A $120 value!”

Everday Glamour
Limited Edition: Everyday Glamour

(Retail: $48.00)
Description: A Wednesday night out. A work meeting. A weekend brunch. Not everything can be quite as exciting as a black-tie affair, but doesn’t your day-to-day still deserve a touch of glam? This Limited Edition Box is packed with with gorgeous, timeless products that will elevate your everyday beauty routine to new (gorgeous) heights. From a big-and-bold mascara and cult-favorite lip lacquer to strand-nourishing hair oil and an antioxidant-rich mask, this collection will keep you feeling fabulous and looking glamorous—even on a Monday. A $197 value!

 

THE BACKSTORY

Birchbox subscriptions cost $10 per month or $110 per year (Women’s Sub)
$20 per month or $195 per year (Men’s Sub)

Points System:
Whenever you buy something at Birchbox they give you Birchbox points. $1.00 = 1 Birchbox Point.
Each 100 Birchbox reward points can be redeemed for $10.00.
You can also earn points by reviewing the samples they send you (10 points per sample) and referring/subscribing friends.

Popsugar Must Have Box: January 2014

I’ve been battling some ridiculous cold that won’t seem to die, so I’m a bit behind in my box blogging.  So ignore my sniffling and coughing and we’ll get into the January 2014 Popsugar Must Have Box.  For info on Popsugar subscriptions along with some coupon codes jump down below.
Box

 

Mask
Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask
(Retail: $40.00)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Verdict: Hit!
I love trying out face masks so these are always a win for me.  This one is described as a “five-minute foaming gel” that “uses antioxidants and vitamins to gently cleanse pores while sealing in hydration and brightening your complexion.”  I’m intrigued by the foaming gel and the antioxidants.  Once my skin has recovered from the constant abuse of tissues I’ll give this one a shot.

Book
The Juice Generation Book (Retail: $9.59)
Category: Must Have Food
Verdict:  Miss
Okay, so to start with I cannot drink cold vegetables.  I will gladly eat salads and all kinds of veggie dishes, but juiced vegetables are horrific for me.  No matter how much you try to bury the taste of that kale underneath lovely apples and oranges I still taste it.  I would much rather just have a nice kale salad and a glass of apple juice, thanks.  I’ve actually been trying to add fruit smoothies into my regular workday breakfast rotation so there might be  one or two recipes I can use, but for the most part this book is a miss.  I like the idea of a get healthy type food item for January, but a cookbook focusing on fruits and veggie dishes would have had a much broader appeal.  This also came with a coupon for 30% off a Juice generation six-pack.  This whole item feels very fad-like and unappealing and I was pretty disappointed.

Gloves
Jack + Lucy Tech Gloves
(Retail: $??? Estimate $20.00)
Category: Must Have Fashion
Verdict:  Hit!
I can’t find a link for these gloves, so I’ll have to estimate the cost.  They are grey tech gloves that allow you to use your smartphones and touch screen devices without having to remove the gloves.  I don’t own a pair of these so I’m happy to have them, but I ‘m not sure how much use they will get.  I use fingerless gloves because I constantly have to get on and off buses and subways.  Throughout the day I’m digging for passes and change and when I use regular gloves I always lose one of them.  I’m going to save these tech gloves for the super cold Polar Vortex days where my fingerless gloves are just not going to cut it.

Calendar
Rifle Paper Co. 2014 Flip Around the World Desk Calendar (Retail: $12.00)
Category: Must Have Home
Verdict:  Miss/Hit for Style
To start the artwork on this is lovely and the cities theme is pretty unisex.  If I’d gotten this in December it would have been a hit, but by January I already have a plethora of calendars and I imagine I’m not the only one.  I think a better option for “kicking off the new year” in the home category might have been a fun or interesting organizational item.  This was also packaged with a 10% off code for the Rifle Paper Co.  They had a bunch of things I’d love to purchase but most were sold out.  I’m hoping they come back in stock before the code expires.

Pipcorn
Pipsnacks White Truffle Pipcorn (Retail: $6.00)
Category: Must Have Food
Verdict:  Miss
Now I like popcorn a lot.  I have an air popper and I really enjoyed the popcorn treat in December.  But it seems a little bit silly to have popcorn again so soon after they just included it.  And these are tiny little popcorn bits and the flavor on them is fairly subtle.  Since January tends to be the healthy food type month, I would have preferred to see maybe some granola or dried fruit.  I think that would have been far more suitable and less repetitive.

Files
Revlon by Marchesa Box O’ Files (Retail: $4.99)
Category: Must Have Beauty
Verdict:  Hit!
I know these are on the cheap side and that they have been floating around various outlets as freebies, but I still love them.  They are a boxed set of tiny files and they have an adorable pattern.  They fit perfectly in my manicure kit and I’ll get a ton of use from them.  I’d happily buy these.

Full Box
Overall:
Mostly a Miss

With my discount for purchasing multiple months in advance I paid 33.88 for this box and it had an estimated retail value of $92.92.  Unfortunately, this box felt very lackluster and I didn’t get a sense of fun or inspiration from it.  This, more than any Popsugar box I’ve received felt more like advertising and more like “what products can we get for free” rather than a curated box of really cool stuff.  Now the mask alone already covers what I paid for the box, so I’ve gotten my value, but this box just left me wanting.

What did you think?  Was this box practical or just practically boring?


The Backstory

Popsugar is a women’s lifestyle subscription that delivers a monthly box of fun, full-size products hand-selected by Popsugar editors.

In addition to Popsugar’s monthly must have boxes, they have some seasonal special edition boxes that contain uber luxe items.  The price tag on these boxes is higher, but the products you receive are high end.

Popsugar Pricing:
Monthly – $39.95
3 Months – $109.85
6 Months – $214.70
12 Months – $404.40

Coupon Codes:  REFER5 = $5 off sitewide
POPSUGAR10 = $10 off a 3 month subscription