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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!
New to Birchbox? They're a monthly beauty and lifestyle subscription service. For $10 per
month, you get 4-5 samples, plus the opportunity
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).
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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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.
Ignore the other random swatch remnants. I have a lot of makeup-related testing going on right now.
Total box value: Approximately $22.02
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.
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What do you think of my May Birchbox? If you subscribe, did you get any of the same stuff?
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