Birchbox: July 2015

Along with the sample options for July, Birchbox offered their Beachy & Bright curated box. “…this collection is full of products perfect for a weekend at the shore—or for achieving that back-from-the-beach look.”
Box

“Beach look” works for me, so let’s get to the goods.
Open Box

Juara
JUARA Radiance Enzyme Scrub

(Full Size: $38.00)
Description: Gentle exfoliator that minimizes imperfections and leaves skin glowingly smooth..”
Verdict: Okay
I like scrubs but I’ve tried the Juara brand before and found that it’s not particularly impressive. It’s not terrible or anything, but it just doesn’t do much for me. I use exfoliators regularly so I will definitely give this one a try even if I’m not wowed by the brand.

Oribe
Oribe Aprés Beach Wave and Shine Spray
(Full Size: $39.00)
Description: This spritz delivers beachy, texturized waves—plus , it hydrates summer-dry hair and boosts shine.”
Verdict: I think I love you too much
Oribe is an awesome brand and every product of theirs that I’ve tried has been amazing. They have somehow managed to combine beachy waves and shine in one adorable little spray. This has made it onto my Birchbox list and I think I’ll be hoarding some points in order to pick up a full size.

Supergoop
Supergoop!® Anti-Aging City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30

(Full Size: $42.00)
Description: ”This antiaging serum blocks UV rays while hydrating skin and preventing future sun damage.
Verdict: Is anyone besides me super annoyed with the ! Is it really necessary?
What would happen if sub boxes just stopped including Supergoop!? Would the entire industry collapse? I am so damn tired of this brand. SPF 30 is too low for a ginger like me so I’m just going to set this aside and give it to someone else who doesn’t hate Supergoop(!) as much as I do.

The Balm
theBalm® cosmetics Balm Desert® Bronzer/Blush
(Full Size: $21.00)
Description: ”A blush and bronzer in one, this velvety powder gives a long-wearing fresh-from-the-beach glow.
Verdict: Hit!
This shade was easy to apply and worked well with my complexion. I also used it as an eyeshadow and it gave this great bronzey summer vibe.

Stila
Stila Stay all day liquid lipstick

(Trio Set: $20.00)
Description: This creamy, matte formula glides on like a gloss and yet lasts (and lasts and lasts) like a stain…”
Verdict: Miss
I love Stila so I wanted to like this, but the consistency just doesn’t work for me. I swatched it on my hand and found it to be drying so I tried it with a moisturizing primer. Unfortunately the primer takes away from the staying power and I had hot pink lipstick all over my water glass after an hour of wearing it. It did leave behind a stain on my lips, but not the rich saturated color that you would expect. I also think the red shade probably would have been more appropriate for my skin tone. It’s definitely a bright, saturated fun color for summer and if you use it without primer it should have more staying power.

Swatches of the bronzer and the lipstick:
Swatches

OVERALL
Birchbox 7.2015

Verdict: Hit!

I chose this box (despite the Supergoop!) so I knew what I was getting. I love the Oribe and the bronzer and those two products alone make the box worth the $10.70 I paid for it. After reviewing my products, I received $5.00 worth of credit so the cost to me comes out to only $5.70. This box for that price is really amazing.

Have you tried any liquid lipsticks?
What do you think of the texture? Do you find them drying?

BIRCHBOX NEWS!
Birchbox is offering two new specialty curated boxes for sale:

cew_massbox_press_04_900x900
Mass Appeal Beauty Collection – Birchbox for CEW

(Retail: $15.00)
Description: “This exclusive Birchbox collection features drugstore-available honorees from the 2015 awards—you’ll get a luxurious overnight mask, a lip pencil that packs a wallop of creamy color, and more. A $68 value!”

cew_prestigebox_04_900x900
Prestige Headliners Beauty Collection – Birchbox for CEW
(Retail: $18.00)
Description: “This exclusive Birchbox collection features honorees from the 2015 awards—you’ll get an indulgent glow-ifying face mask, a legendary liquid liner, and much more.”

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.

%d bloggers like this: