Birchbox: July 2014 and August 2014

It’s been a long time since I got a Birchbox! I get the sense that this particular box has fallen out of favor as the subscription box market has gotten more saturated. People seem to prefer Ipsy these days? Anyway, I ordered one box in late June, hoping the July box would get here just in time for my NYC trip so maybe I could have some useful travel sized samples. Sadly, it arrived at my doorstep a few hours after I’d left for the airport! Oh well!

I had quickly cancelled my subscription to avoid being charged for a second box, since I really only wanted the one for traveling. So imagine my surprise when I got a charge! I shrugged it off, but was delighted to receive an e-mail stating that they had charged me by mistake, and that even though the August box had already shipped, they would refund my money. Well ok then!

Here’s what was in my July box:

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I love the LAQA & Co. sheer lip lube pencil. The coral color goes on sheer and provides both moisture and color, but I do find if I have dry lips at all it looks pretty bad. I also like the Joie perfume. I know people hate getting fragrance in their boxes but I love it! I never ever buy fragrance because it’s so expensive, so I love getting these samples. They last a long time! I haven’t tried the anti-wrinkle serum, the Egyptian Magic skin cream, or the Davines hair products yet, but I have to say I’m quite pleased with the size of the shampoo! Saving it for future travel! Oh there was also a chocolate square, but since I was in New York I told my mom to open the box and eat it so it didn’t end up tasting like perfume or shampoo.

Here’s the August box:

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Yay surprise free box! I really love the Cynthia Rowley eyeliner, even though it’s silver. That’s a little out there for me! But seriously it goes on so easily, I’m sold. Through reviewing the samples I got I had $10 of credit, so I just paid $6 (free shipping!) to order this product in a more neutral color (charcoal). I also enjoy the Naobay lotion. I’m not sure what’s supposed to be special about it, but it feels nice and smells like grapefruit I think so I like it. I love the smell of the shower gel but the foil sample was difficult to use so I didn’t get a great feel for the product. The dry shampoo is a big sample but I just don’t like dry shampoo. Haven’t tried the eye cream yet, I’m just not into it even though I know at 28 I need to be. I’m sure it’s wonderful.

Overall these are good boxes. Good size samples, good variety, nothing that made me say WTF. Birchbox win! If you want to get your own please consider using my link so I can get credit. :)

Birchbox: January, February, and March 2013

I’ve decided to cancel my Birchbox subscription to save some money. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy my boxes, because I really did! It’s just that Birchbox provided me with so many samples that I felt I’d finally settled in to a beauty routine I was comfortable with. I still have some holes to fill in (namely a really good concealer) but overall, I’m good with what I’ve got. In case you are curious, here’s what I got in my last three boxes.

January 2013
bbcollage3 1. theBalm® cosmetics Hot Mama Shadow & Blush All-in-One. 2. LA FRESH® Eco Beauty Waterproof Makeup Remover. 3. Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè (24-Hour Miracle Cream). 4. DDF® Acne Control Treatment. 5. Aerie Shimmer Fragrance

February 2013
bbcollage2 1. Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle. 2. Color Club Fiesta Collection Nail Polish in Cactus. 3. Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm. 4. Juicy Couture Couture La La 3.4oz. 5. Ghirardelli Milk & Caramel Square.

March 2013
bbcollage1 1. Benefit Benetint. 2. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour® Cream Skin Protectant. 3. Madewell for Birchbox Nail Emery Board. 4. Stella Cadente Miss Me Discrete? Eau de Toilette. 5. twistband™ Headband. 6. Whish Shave Crave.

I’m not going to review each item like I normally do because that would take forever. My favorites: the Embryolisse moisturizer, the DDF acne treatment, the Dr. Jart BB cream, and the chocolate (duh). Least favorites: Color Club polish, Whish shave cream, and Benetint.

If you’re ready to get your first Birchbox please use my referral link! I can still use the points I earn to buy full size products!

All images taken from Birchbox.com except the Ghirardelli which is from Ghirardelli.com.