Birchbox: June 2015

My bout with the plague (otherwise known as an upper respiratory infection) has really taken a toll on my blogging and so I find myself with lots of boxes and products to tell you about. I’ve still got a few June boxes left amidst all the new July hoopla so I’m going to start this week with my June Birchbox.

Adventure was the theme of the June box, so let’s dive in and see what “adventurous” products are included.
Box
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Caudalie
Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid SPF 15

(Full Size: $49.00)
Description: This ultra light weight moisturizer preps skin for makeup, minimizes pores, and blocks UV rays.”
Verdict: Miss/Gift
Caudalie is a great brand, but no way is SPF 15 enough for me. I’ll have to pass this along to someone who isn’t a soulless ginger.

Perfume
CLEAN Fresh Laundry

(Full Size 2.14 oz: $69.00)
Description: Citrus, floral and wood notes make this fragrance as crisp as your just-folded linens..”
Verdict: Miss/Gift
Perfume is typically a miss for me as many scents can give me headaches. This one was a bit strong for my taste, but I can definitely see the appeal of it so I’ll  pass it along to someone else who’ll appreciate it.

Microwater
Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear™ Micro Water

(Full Size: $32.00)
Description: ”Made with active hydrogen mineral water, this cleansing water removes makeup and brightens skin.
Verdict: Love!
I chose this sample for my box because cleansing water has been such a huge trend and I wanted to see what the hype was about. I honestly didn’t expect much but this is a really refreshing cleanser that does a great job of removing makeup while still being gentle on the skin. I think this would be a perfect cleanser to throw in your weekender for a summer getaway.

Shampoo & Cond.
Klorane Shampoo with Mango Butter

(Full Size 13.4 oz: $20.00)
Description: Made with rich mango butter, this creamy formula nourishes, smooths and hydrates parched strands.”
Klorane Shampoo with Mango Butter
(Full Size 5.07 oz: $16.00)
Verdict: Like
I know, I know, I usually complain about getting tons of shampoo and conditioner from Birchbox and I’m always talking about my hatred of foil packets, but since Nina Garcia blew my entire haircare budget on fancy hair masks, I need to get some basics wherever I can. In this case the foil packet is just an extra and since it’s for the conditioner, I can just use the excess shampoo with one of my oh so numerous conditioning treatments and masks. I like Klorane and fruity scented things so this one is a win for me.

Eyeliner
Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner

(Full Size: $11.00)
Description: ”This blendable waterproof eyeliner goes on smoothly and stays put all day.
Verdict: Like/Gift
I love blue liners, but I currently have a plethora of them so I’m going to pass this along to a friend. It’s still a nice item to receive and a great size for a sample box.

BONUS ITEM

Hair Tie
Erickson Grab & Go Pony Tube

(Full Size: $18.00)
Description: ”We’ve added in this ponytail holder from L. Erickson for a chic pop of color.
Verdict: Hit!
This is a bonus item and I’m really happy with it. I have long hair and am constantly looking for hair ties to use around the house. The ubiquitous elastic ribbon style we get in so many sub boxes stretches out in no time at all, so I’m hoping this type will be more durable.

OVERALL
Full Box
Verdict:
Like

Okay you caught me, I’m giving this a “like” just because it had no Supergoop. But really, although a lot of the items weren’t a fit for me, I think they made sense in the overall box and were good picks for summer. I’ll use the shampoo and ponytail holder and I really enjoyed trying out the Dermaclear.   My box cost me $10.70, and I received $6.00 worth of Birchbox credits after my reviews, bringing the total down to $4.70. I think that’s a fair price for the samples I’ll use.

Have you tried any “cleansing water” yet? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it!

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.

Birchbox: February 2015

So my February Birchbox arrived quite late due to weather and a slight billing snafu with my card.  For security reasons my card had to be reissued with a new number and it happened right before Birchbox billing so the charge didn’t go through. I got an email from Birchbox about the problem and within a couple hours of sending the email I corrected the problem. If you’re familiar with Birchbox you know that they offer their members the option of choosing one sample for their box or selecting a curated box. Unfortunately my billing issue somehow negated my sample choice and as punishment I received this terrible box (sorry for the spoilers). Birchbox customer service was however awesome as usual and did manage to scrounge up my sample choice (the sea salt spray)and send it out to me separately.

So now let’s get to this box.

Like so many things with a cheerful exterior, this one harbored much sadness within.
Box
Marcelle Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover For Sensitive Eyes
(Full Size: $15.00)
Description: Hypoallergenic formula that’s tough on even long-lasting makeup, but gentle on the eyes.”
Verdict: Miss/Gift
This was one of our sample choices. One that I didn’t choose. But I assume that my payment snafu means that my punishment was getting all the leftover samples no one else wanted. Now this is a good size sample, but I don’t use eye makeup removers because they are typically drying and not very effective. Instead, I use an oil cleanser. They easily dissolve even the most hardcore mascara and eyeliner while still keeping your skin hydrated. I can’t recommend them enough.


Gloss
theBalm® cosmetics Read My Lips™ Lip Gloss in BAM!
(Full Size: $15.00)
Description: Fortified with antioxidant-rich ginseng, this gloss imparts rich color and loads of shine.”
Verdict: Miss/Gift
Oh look it’s another of the sample choices that I didn’t choose (from the curated box). Normally I like makeup samples but I feel like I keep getting these same type of glosses over and over. I’ve got so many lip products so I’m just going to pass this along to a friend.

Scrub
derma e® Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Scrub

(Full Size: $12.75)
Description: This all-natural cleanser sloughs off dull ksin, fades dark spots, and cleans pores.”
Verdict: Goddamn it Birchbox, I got the point.
Three for three on the “samples I didn’t choose because I don’t really want them”. This was another one in the curated box. I actually don’t mind this one as much as the others because I do use face scrubs, but I have a ton and this just isn’t that interesting to me.

Soap
Proper Bar Soap Elderflower

(Full Size: $15.00)
Description: ”This French-milled soap hydrates skin with she and olive oils as it cleanses.”
Verdict: Wow, it gets worse
Thanks for the free hotel soap. Wait, this might actually be smaller than the soap hotels give you for free. Seriously, what the hell? If you’re going to put in bar soap at least make them a decent size. The scent on this sounds nice but I have plenty of full size bar soap and this is just too chintzy to even give someone.

Conditioner
BeeKind™ Conditioner

(Full Size: $15.00)
Description: ”This gentle formula, made with honey and organic calendula softens hari and ups shine.
Verdict: Go home Birchbox, you’re drunk
You know what will go great with our free hotel soap? A foil packet. Just one. Oh and not for shampoo, just for conditioner. What do you mean your hair is dirty? Just scrub it with the hotel soap and then use this foil packet.

OVERALL
Full Box

Verdict: You win Birchbox.
I do solemnly swear that I will never, ever, ever, did I say EVER?, let my billing info get screwed up again.
Pinky swear.  So we’re cool now, right?

This is by far the worst Birchbox I’ve ever received. I know some of you will probably like the bigger samples, but they were all things I didn’t choose because I don’t use them or already have too many. The soap and foil packet are pretty ridiculous and should only be included as extras.

I paid $10.70 for this box and couldn’t use or hated everything. I reviewed all the items so I received $5 worth of Birchbox points, which is the only saving grace. I didn’t select a sample for March, so it will be a total surprise box.   I did snag a Birchbox plus item so there’s at least one thing I’ll like in the box.  Be sure to come back and see if I got yet another Shampoo/Conditioner or lip gloss.  Hell, maybe the next one will include one of those free hotel toiletry kits.

What did you get in your Birchbox this month? Did you get an foil packets or super tiny samples?

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.

Birchbox: July 2014

So it’s almost time for the August Birchboxes to ship, so that means it’s time to get my July Birchbox review posted. This month’s theme was “Power up” and featured a free Women’s Health magazine subscription (or rebate) and some “Power up Challenges” that are supposed to inspire us to “maximize your workouts, sleep, and everything in between.”

Box

So the usual cute Birchbox has been spruced up with a cute theme.
Box#2

Now for what’s inside.
Box3 Box4

The offer card and little booklet of challenges. I appreciate that if you don’t want the magazine, Birchbox will send you a rebate instead. I opted for the latter since I already get some great magazines that I never get around to reading.
Offer

Let’s move onto the products…

Juice
Juice Beauty® Stem Cellular™ Repair Moisturizer
(1 oz. Retail: $65.00)
Description: This organic hydrator uses fruit stem cells to firm as it smooths fine lines and wrinkles…”
Verdict: Like
I thought this moisturizer went on nicely, but I found it to be slightly heavy for this time of year. I think it will work better for fall as we’re heading into cooler weather. But I did find that it hydrated my skin and the scent was pleasant.

Shave Cream
Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream in Acai Grapefrui
(150 mL Retail: $20.00)
Description: A shea butter packed shaving cream in a pick-me up grapefruit scent..”
Verdict: Like
Lately I seem to be getting a lot of shaving cream in my sub boxes. I actually love the size of this since it will fit in my shower without taking up too much space. I’m still working my way through a giant container of Eos, so I haven’t given this a shot yet but I’m doubtful it will wow me enough to go from my under $4 purchase to $20. But hey, it could end up being the bestest shave cream ever and then I’ll have to fork over the dough.

Marcelle
Marcelle New Age 8 in 1 Power Serum
(1 oz Retail: $34.00)
Description: “This peptide-packed antiaging gel hydrates, irms, lifts a, and plumps fine lines.”
Verdict: On the Fence
I don’t know, do I really want my fine lines “plumped”? I’d rather just have them go away, thank you very much. I generally like getting serums since you can change them up in your beauty routine and it’s nice to have a variety for different purposes (like when you need extra moisture or brightening or targeted anti-aging). I didn’t really notice much of a change when I used this one, but I may just have to use it a bit longer.

PolishPolish Swatch
RUFFIAN Nail Lacquer – Rosary

(Retail: $11.00)
Description: “”Streak-free metallic polish in a trendy, summer-perfect shade.”
Verdict: Like
I got to try Ruffian for the first time with my Birchbox LE Mermaid box and I liked the formula. I actually got to choose this shade, since Birchbox sent me an email with a couple options. I really like the rose-gold color and I think it’s actually a nice transitional shade for fall. I enjoy getting these polishes in my box, but I probably won’t purchase them on my own at the $11 pricetag. I feel like Zoya has a better formula and so many more interesting color options and their polish retails at only $10.

Polish Wipe
RUFFIAN Dressing Room Nail Lacquer Remover Towelettes
(Set of 10 – Retail: $12.00)
Description: These black wipes will brighten up your next polish change. Free of acetone, they have a subtle lily scent that’s fresh and elegantly floral. Bonus: They’re infused with vitamin E to strengthen nails.”
Verdict: Hit!
I keep a ton of different types of polish remover and I love wipes. I try to keep a few in my work bag so when I end up chipping my nails horrifically I can run to the bathroom and remove my polish, so I don’t spend the day with a hot mess on my nails. I love that these don’t have acetone and they contain vitamin E. I haven’t had a chance to try them, but if they work well I could easily see myself picking up a set.

Coastal Coastal Swatch
Coastal Scents® Revealed 2 Palette Set
(Retail: $34.00)
Description: “From the just-launched palette, these matte and shimmery shades will have you tickled pink.”
Verdict: Love!
I’ve seen a lot of bloggers review different Coastal Scents palettes (particularly as dupes for the ubiquitous and pricey Urban Decay “Naked” palettes) so I was psyched to try this out. This little quad was ballerina inspired and I actually loved the shades. They applied easily although the lightest shade blended right into my skin. I found the shades not to be super pigmented, but nicely blendable. I have a ton of palettes I am working my way through so I won’t be buying the full size of this, but if I had space I would definitely consider it.

 

Full Box
OVERALL
Verdict:
Hit!

Everything in this box was an item I could use and most were new brands for me. I’m quite happy with the selections and can’t wait to see what August includes.

With tax I paid $10.70 and after reviewing each item, my points earned me the equivalent of $6.00 which I think is a steal for the items I received.  And that’s not counting the $10.00 rebate from the magazine offer, which means I made some money this month.

What did you get in your July Birchbox? Did you opt for the magazine sub or the rebate?

THE BACKSTORY

Birchbox subscriptions cost $10 per month or $110 per year.

Your options: Women’s Box or Men’s Box

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. If your review all the items you receive in your box each month, you’ll receive 50 Birchbox rewards points!
If you purchase a full size of one of the sample items they sent you in that same month, you receive free shipping on them and often extra points.

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