Sunday, August 24, 2014

August Birchbox Review

My August Birchbox was okay; it had some good items that I'll definitely use, but I wasn't overly-enthused about any of them.  I don't expect every box to blow me away, though, so as long as I get some good samples that are relevant to my lifestyle I'm happy!

My August box had five samples (two are in the stupid pillow pack -- I hate those so much).  There was a pretty good assortment of different types of products, and some were things I would never even consider trying, so it was nice having the chance to.

  • ModelCo Shimmer Bronzer - Birchbox is now allowing members to choose a sample for their box, and I picked this bronzer (the choices this month were just so-so).  Last month I was bummed because I didn't get the email alerting people that they could select their sample, so I emailed their customer service and they ensured me that I'd be on the list next time.  Well, come sample selection time, I didn't get the email again.  I emailed their CS and they gave me a direct link to the sample choice and confirmed that I definitely should have gotten the email, so hopefully for September's box I will get the email.  Anyway, I like this bronzer a lot.  I prefer bronzers with shimmer, and this one gives just enough color and compliments my skin tone really well.
  • Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40 - I feel like I've gotten a lot of Supergoop! products from Birchbox lately and I'm not the biggest fan of them (I think they're boring).  I do like hand creams, but this sample is so tiny that it doesn't even seem worth it.  I mean, really Supergoop!, could you spare it?  I think I like it, but I wish I had a bigger size to try.
  • Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow - This is a Birchbox exclusive sample and I really like it.  I like using BB Creams, and this one gives me pretty decent coverage.
  • Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume - I was really glad when Birchbox allowed users to select the option to only receive a few perfume samples a year, because normally I am not a fan of them.  However, the ones I've gotten from them this year have all been really nice.  This perfume only has one note, Cetalox, and I love the spicy scent.  What I don't like is that it isn't long-lasting at all, and I definitely wouldn't pay $120 for a full-sized bottle.
  • Cailyn Cosmetics Dizzolv'It Makeup Melt Cleansing Balm - This product is really interesting, it's an antioxidant cleanser that dissolves waterproof makeup, dirt, and oils.  It has the consistency and texture of a body butter (kind of), but when you rub it on your skin it turns into an oil.  It smells great and does remove makeup pretty well.
Bottom Line: I liked the Cailyn Cosmetics Dizzolv'It and the ModelCo Bronzer the most this month.  I don't really need the Dizzolv'It, but it's such an interesting product and I enjoy using it!

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  1. The cleansing balm sounds interesting! And yeah, Birchbox sends out waaaay too much Supergoop. I get that they're all slightly different products, but I guarantee that nobody wants to get three nearly-identical SPF products in a row.

    1. Plus the samples (at least the ones I've gotten) are so small, so I can't even really tell if I like the product that much, or if it's effective.


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