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18 May, 2015

Unboxing | Birchbox May 2015: Cupcakes and Cashmere

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Despite the iffy box I got last month, I think Birchbox is still my favorite cheap-o beauty box subscription. They carry a lot of interesting makeup brands in their shop, at least... did you know, for example, that they recently added a few bits and bobs from Peripera and Chosungah 22 to their product lineup? Now if I only I could get them to send me that stuff in my actual boxes, haha. Oh well. Let's see what sorts of tidbits they sent me this time!

Birchbox May 2015: Cupcakes and Cashmere review unboxing

New to Birchbox? They're a monthly beauty and lifestyle subscription service. For $10 per month, you get 4-5 samples, plus the opportunity to review the samples you received for rewards points to be used towards purchases in the Birchbox shop. Birchbox now ships to Canada too—check out the Canadian site for details. You can also check out a bunch of my past reviews here.

This month's box was a collaboration with mega-blogger Emily Schuman (of Cupcakes and Cashmere).

Birchbox May 2015: Cupcakes and Cashmere info card

I think cleaning my floor would probably elevate my everyday life more than any number of pastel macarons, but I suppose mop subscription boxes wouldn't be much fun, so I'll stick with the beauty products for now. (Or would they...?) Oh, and if anyone's interested in purchasing Schuman's new book Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home, the other side of the info card says you can get it for free with any Birchbox purchase $55+. Or you can just buy it for $19.95. Or you can buy three of them and get a fourth one for free, I guess? So good I read it four times!

Uh, anyway... let's see what I got in my box this time.

PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray

PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray (1fl oz/30ml, approximate value $4.90):
A texturizing sea salt spray that also contains nourishing extracts (like sweet almond). True story: I haven't used a single sea salt spray I got in a beauty box so far this year, but my mom and aunt sure do seem to like getting my rejects. I like that this one purports to be a moisturizing sea salt spray though. Maybe this will be the one I actually try. Sorry, ma!

Harvey Prince Sincerely EDP

Harvey Prince Sincerely EDP (2ml-ish? Approximate value $2.20):
Here's another true story: Birchbox looooves to send me Harvey Prince products, and I usually don't like them. Sincerely is an exception, to a degree—it's more floral than some of the other scents I've samples, which I like. It's a light, romantic scent with a bit of citrus in the background. Very spring-appropriate. Unfortunately, it doesn't last very long on me—seems to be the case with all the Harvey Prince scents I've tried. Oh well!

JUARA Candlenut Body Creme

JUARA Candlenut Body Creme (0.34oz/10ml, approximate value $1.72):
Candlenut oil, for the uninitiated, comes from the nut of the kuku'i tree. Don't know what that is either? It's a flowering tree found in tropical climates. Fascinating! Anyway, the oil is rich in fatty acids. This body cream is not pure candlenut goodness, mind you—there's some avocado oil, rice brain oil, and other less natural stuff (like dimethicone) in there too. In any case, it has a surprisingly nice, light texture that feels rich but soaks into skin quickly. I sometimes get bored with all the random body creams Birchbox sends, but this one is actually pretty nice.

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Day Tint

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Day Tint (0.17fl oz/5ml, approximate value $4.80):
A tinted SPF 15 base product that's rich with ceramides—ideal for dry skin. I really wanted to like this product, because moisturizing base products are something I really need in the winter, but the color of the tint was so, so yellow on me. Not even remotely going to happen. Also, SPF 15 is a little "meh" if you really think about it... I think most of the other Korean CC and BB creams I have in my hoardpile are at least SPF 25.

Benefit Lollibalm

Benefit Lollibalm (0.05oz/1.4g, approximate value $8.40):
Remember Lollitint? Lollibalm is basically the same color, but in sheer, nourishing lip balm form. I like this one a lot—it has a very smooth texture and actually does add some color to my lips, unlike some other light pink balms.


Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Day Tint Benefit Lollibalm swatch swatches

Ignore the other random swatch remnants. I have a lot of makeup-related testing going on right now.

Total box value: Approximately $22.02


Overall impressions:
I thought my box was pretty decent this month. I was excited to try the Dr. Jart+ Day Tint, even though it turned out to be a dud for me... and I liked the Juara creme and Harvey Prince EDP. Not loved, but liked. The clear winner of this round is Lollibalm though, which I have already worn a few times.

Like what you see? You can sign up for Birchbox here. And be sure to review all your samples each month so you can't start collecting those glorious, glorious rewards points!

What do you think of my May Birchbox? If you subscribe, did you get any of the same stuff?

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  1. I really like Harvey Prince scents but it's true--they never really last long! What a bummer.

  2. Wow we got completely different birchboxes, I really like that loli tint, It seems like it adds just enough color.

  3. I love the Parlour Sea Salt Spray! Well, except for the scent. A lot of people love it but I think it smells like the adhesive part of a band aid. Scent aside, though, I found that it worked really well on my thick ass hair.

  4. Seriously, I don't know what it is but they all vanish on me within a couple of hours. I thought Sincerely performed a little better than some of the straight-up fruity scents in that regard, but still.

  5. Yeah Birchbox tends to have a lot of variation, which is cool!

  6. Mmm, band-aid smell. Sounds delish. I'll definitely give it a try... I mean if I hate it, it's not like it's unsanitary for me to pass the leftovers onto my mom or something. :)

  7. That Dr. Jart swatch scares me. I would have expected that product to be awesome. I've used the Dr. Jart black label bb cream before, and it was amazing stuff. Oh, well. I've actually never tried a sea salt spray either.

  8. I'm intrigued by moisturizing sea salt spray! I only use it occasionally, then I always remember that it can be soooo drying. I've made my own DIY version before with oil in it, but it's gone and sometimes I just wanna be lazy and buy stuff.

  9. Black label BB is the one I really want to try! I've really many rave reviews, but I can't justify blind-buying a tube without sampling it first. It's just so hard for me to find a really good color match. I keep hoping that Birchbox will send me a sample, but all I got was this and another BB cream that was sort of yellow on me.

  10. Yeah I've always thought sea salt = drying, so a moisturizing salt spray is interesting indeed. I hear you on being lazy... I know how to DIY a bunch of cosmetics, but look at all the crap I buy instead. :P

  11. That Loli Balm is cute! Love the shade!

  12. I loved it and used it up so fast. The color wasn't a problem for me, but it was one of those that has a bit of a gray to it.

  13. I don't know if this will sound weird, but I actually like BB creams that have a slight greyish tone. They seem to work well with my (cool) undertones. I can totally understand why warmer-toned folks hate them though.

  14. Enjoyed reading your BB Edition of Cupcakes and Cashmere box!! I love Harvey Prince :)

    Ursula aka Blueridge Beauty


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