July 2016 Birchbox

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 7.53.01 AM.jpgWoohoo! I got a bunch of products that I really enjoyed in my first Birchbox so I was really excited to get my second one in July. Have any of you signed up for a Birchbox subscription yet? If you already did, what came in your first box?

  • Benefit They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara$24.00
    • This is the second Benefit product that I have received in a Birchbox. This mascara adds length and volume and doesn’t smudge! I hate clumpy mascara and I didn’t have that problem. I did not like the brush in the sample size because it was too short and hard to use.
  • Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris – 1.7 oz$80.00
    • I do not like receiving perfume samples because the chance of me actually buying one is slim to none. BUT, I really liked the fresh orangy scent of this one. It says that it has hints of orange blossom, sweet jasmine, and fresh gardenia.
  • Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Soothing Moisturising Cream$46.00
    • I’m not sure how I feel about this product yet. It’s intended to protect sensitive skins from flare-ups and reduce redness while providing all-day hydration. I definitely have redness but I didn’t notice it get any better while using this product. I will try it a few more times before I decide if I like it or not.
  • Davines This Is a Sea Salt Spray$28.00
    • I received 100ml of this and a full size is 250ml. Unfortunately, I wasn’t that impressed by it. Granted I was at the beach and my hair was already dirty. The product smells great and I’m going to need to try it a few more times before I know if I like it.
  •  Supergoop!® Anti-Aging City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30$42.00
    • This product is a moisturizer and a sunscreen. SPF 30 is pretty high considering most drug store moisturizers are between SPF 10 and 15. This product is intended to fight signs of premature aging and prevent further damage from UV rays. I wanted this to go on more like a moisturizer. It is intended for sensitive skin because it’s fragrance-free and shouldn’t clog pores.

**These prices are for full-size products



June 2016 Birchbox

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These are the products that I received in my June Birchbox. If you also have a Birchbox subscription I would love to hear about the products you got in the comments section below!

  • Benefit gimme brow-volumizing fiber gel$24.00
    • Wow, this stuff actually works way too well. I already have pretty thick eyebrows so when I tested this product I looked crazy. This would be great for anyone who needs more definition. This product definitely works and does as promised.
  • The Beauty Crop PBJ Smoothie Stick – Raisin the Roof -$14.95
    • I’ve never used a product like this before and I was really put off by the fact that it was called a PBJ Smoothie Stick. If this product smelled anything like peanut butter and jelly there was no way I was going to wear it. It goes on really smooth and makes my lips feel moisturized. This color isn’t really visible on me and it smells a little weird. BUT, I will definitely buy this again when I run out.
  • Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant $28.00
    • So I don’t really understand this product. This product is supposed to get rid of acne while making skin smoother. It’s also intended to calm redness and even unclog pores. I wasn’t impressed by it. I have really soft skin that I’ve dried out by using too many skin cleaning products. I will try it a few more times before I get rid of it.
  • COOLA® Mineral Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint$36.00
    • I have very pale skin and I should wear sunscreen every day. So the idea of a matte face lotion that also provides SPF protection is awesome. I was originally put off by the color of this product because I am so pale. However, after getting a sunburn I decided to try it and found that the color blended just fine into my skin. I ended up giving this product to a friend but if I received another sample  I would keep it for myself and use it.
  • Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray$44.00
    • When you read the description this product sounds amazing but I just couldn’t get into it.  The product is part dry shampoo and part texturizer. I’ve never had much luck with dry shampoo and I definitely do not use texturizer on my hair. I have very thick wavy hair and these types of products make a mess of it. I had my mom test it and she didn’t give me much feedback. I do remember that it smelled fantastic.
  • BONUS – Birchbox has a bunch of deals where when you spend a certain amount you can get samples of certain products free. Check out this retailmenot.com page with a bunch of items you can get right now. So for this month since it was my very first box I was able to redeem one of these codes.


**The prices are for full-size versions of the products I received.

Birchbox Subscription

I started my Birchbox subscription in June. So far I’ve received two boxes and my August box should be arriving soon.

I’m planning to post about the products I receive and then a follow-up post reviewing those products. I am by no means an expert on beauty products.

The Birchbox subscription for women is only $10 a month and you receive 5 items. The items are almost always sample sized. I like this subscription because it gives me the opportunity to try new products that I otherwise would have overlooked.

If you’re interested in going on this journey with me follow this link & sign up for your own Birchbox subscription.