July Birchbox


I just got my first Birchbox in the mail last week*!  According to their website, "Birchbox is the best way to discover new grooming, beauty and lifestyle products. Sample top products from high-end brands, get expert advice, buy new favorites and earn points with every purchase." In other words, they send you samples of new beauty products to try each month, and if you decide to buy a full size product you earn points you can use for rewards. Now, I'm not much of a girly-girl, and I'm very low maintenance. I don't really wear makeup (although I love makeup, I just don't want to spend the extra time every day to "put on my face"), and I'm certainly not a high end beauty purchaser, but these sample boxes sounded like an affordable way to ad some girly-ness into my life. I can definitely justify spending $10 a month to get something fun delivered in the mail!



Birchbox teamed up with Glamour for July's box, and although this is my first one, it seems to be a pretty stellar selection of products.
  • stilla lipglaze: A full size product in my first box! I'm not sure exactly what the color is called--I couldn't find it listed on the tube, but it's a very nice neutral shimmer. The applicator is like a paint brush and is very easy to apply evenly. I find lipglosses with the sponge tips to be a little harder to apply evenly. This shade adds just a hint of color and lots of shimmer for a very subtle natural look. I'll probably keep this in my purse so I can use it if the mood strikes me. As a bonus, it smelly yummy. The only down side is it feels like I have lipgloss on my lips; a little heavy and sticky, but a fair trade for the look
  • Color Club nail polish in Blue-Ming: A mini nail polish in a nice pastel blue. I have a ton of nail polish. And I mean a ton. I haven't counted, but I'd estimate I have between 150-200 different polishes, but none like this shade. I normally don't go for shades of blue, but this one is good for spring and summer, and is a welcome addition to my collection. I haven't polished my nails since getting pregnant because of the horrible morning sickness I suffered through, but I look forward to trying out this polish.
  • Tea Forte minteas in Lime Mojito: Another full size product! These mints are really interesting. The first one I had made me think of eucalyptus or tea tree. The next one tasted more limey/citrusy with mint aftertones. They have a very organic/holistic flavor, and I guess that comes from actually having organic tea as an ingredient. I like them. They're very light and refreshing.
  • dirt. luxe salt scrub in lemon leaf: I haven't used this yet, but I love the way it smells. I've always really enjoyed citrus scents, especially in the summer. They're light, crisp, and energizing. I'm really looking forward to using this.  *Update*  I finally used this and was really impressed with it!  The smell was amazing, just as I said before.  I was surprised that this scrub didn't feel very abrasive.  I like my skin to be pink and raw after a good scrubbing, but this was a lot gentler.  In fact, it felt so gentle I was worried it wasn't doing anything.  It still got the job done, however, and left my skin baby smooth and moisturized.
  • Birchbox exclusive earbuds: I'm not really a fan of earbuds. I have really small ears, and I've never found any that fit me without hurting me after about 10 minutes of use. These are no exception, but I know this isn't the case for most people. But it doesn't matter anyway because one of the earbuds was busted. I think it's fixable, and if it is, I'll find someone to give them to. Included with the earbuds was a link to a music playlist from Glamour on Spotify.com.


  • amika nourishing hair mask: I haven't had a chance to use this yet, but I love deep conditioning treatments for my hair. My hair is super long and I dye it, so I'm always looking for good conditioning treatments. The full size product is way out of my price range, though, so I hope I don't end up liking this too much!  *Update*  I used this and I LOVED it!  Even when I use deep conditioners I always feel like my hair is still frizzy and unmanageable.  It's mostly straight, but can't decide if it wants to be wavy or not, and if I don't blow dry it or use a flat iron I'm pretty much unhappy with it and just wear it in a bun.  After I used this, I just let my hair air dry like I usually do, and at first I didn't think this was much different than other deep conditioners as my hair seemed to be doing the usually frizzy act.  I slept with it in a bun after it was mostly dry, and in the morning my hair looked fabulous!!! Even after washing my hair a few times without this treatment, I can still feel the effects of the conditioner.  I'm pretty sure I'll be saving my pennies and getting a full size of this product.   
  • amika oil treatment: This is the biggest disappointment of the whole box. I was really looking forward to trying this hair treatment, but when I opened my box, the entire sample had leaked out! The sample pack had a cut in the side, probably from separating multiple samples for shipment. I don't know if the boxes are assembled by hand or by machine, but if they were assembled by hand, this should've been noticed and fixed, and if they were assembled by machine, they're lacking in quality control. The cut in the package would definitely be large enough to be noticed by the naked eye. Bummer.

Overall, I'd say this was a really awesome selection of products. Good enough to overlook the busted earbuds I wouldn't have used anyway and the disappointment of leaked oil treatment. I know not every box will be this good, but they really set the bar high!






*I got my first box so late in the month (actually on August 3) because I signed up really late in July. You have to request an invitation to join Birchbox and mine came through just in time to get July's box. If you want to sign up, click here.

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