Birchbox May 2016

In case you are unaware, Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription box. It costs $10 a month and you receive multiple sample size item. These boxes allow you to try tons of new products that you may have never even heard of before. The other fun thing about Birchbox is that every time you purchase an item from their site, or review a product from your box, you receive rewards points! Once you collect 100 points, you get $10 off of your next purchase. These points definitely add up quickly between buying your box, and reviewing the products.

Each month, Birchbox allows subscribers to pick one of their samples. If you prefer surprises, you don’t have to pick one. You can choose to be surprised instead. They also offer full boxes that have been made by a guest. The sample choices this month were Supergood! Sun Defying Sunscreen Oil with Meadowfoam SPF 50, Real Chemistry-Luminous 3-Minute Peel for Body, Vita Liberata Fabulous Self-Tanning Gradual Lotion, and COOLA Classic Sport Face SPF 50 Whit Tea Moisturizer. There was also the offer of a Naturally Radiant Featured Box.

The products I received this month were as follows:

Juliette Has A Gun Another Aud (Full-size $145- This perfume is described as deep and woody with bergamot, raspberry, and musk. I feel like the Raspberry is very prominent as this perfume smells very sweet to me. I think it’s ok, but I would never pay $145 for it.

Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel (Full-Size $26)- This is a gel that is meant to tame frizz and shape curls. It claims that it won’t leave them crunchy, so I’m curious to see if it really works. My leave-in conditioning cream was recently discontinued, so I’m on the look-out for new hair products.

ModelCo Lip Lacquer in Morocco (Full-size trio $16)- The shade of this lip color is very meh. It’s the typical pinky nude that I feel like I always get in samples. I don’t like the smell at all. It smells very similar to some other product. I can’t remember exactly what it is but when I smell it I have this feeling that I’ve smelled it before and didn’t like it then either.

Supergoop Everyday SPF 50 with Cellular Response Technology (Full-size $48)- In the summer, you can always use another small SPF that’s water resistant. It’s a bit stronger than what I usually use, but I’m sure I’ll use it.

Vita Liberata Fabulous Self-Tanning Gradual Lotion (Full-size $30)- This was my sample choice. I’ve never used a self-tanner before, so I’m a little wary about this. Unfortunately, the sample choice selection wasn’t great so I picked this one over others. I hope to try it out on my legs and see what happens.

Overall, I’m a bit meh about this book. They’re not bad products, but I’m not overly excited by it. I’ve been playing with the idea of not continuing my Birchbox subscription and the last two months have confirmed this a bit for me. For now, I’m going to take a break from Birchbox so this will be the last unboxing you see from me for a while. I don’t have any hard feelings towards Birchbox, but for now I’m going to take a break.