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Despite it having some off months lately, Birchbox is still one of the subscription boxes I look forward to most. Complain as I might about some of the samples, I've discovered a few of my favorite products via their service: Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle, Eyeko Skinny Liner, etc. Was this month's box filled with new favorites or flops? Read on to find out!
First though, wondering what Birchbox is? 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.
The theme of this month's box was "Adventure Is A State of Mind/Say Yes."
this page and scroll down to where it says "Not a subscriber?" in pink letters.)
Sample time! There were a couple of bonus items this month, so seven samples in total. Woo!
Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear™ Micro Water (0.7fl oz, approximate value $2.67):
Dr. Jart's version of a micellar water. For those who don't know what micellar waters are, they're basically an all-in-one makeup remover/cleansing water. To be honest, I don't really have much experience with this type of product—I follow a pretty standard double-cleansing routine (oil + foaming cleanser) and I never feel burdened by how long it takes, so I don't naturally gravitate towards products that promise to make a process I already find to be easy even easier? I don't know if that makes sense. In any case, curiosity finally got the better of me, so I opted for the Dermaclear water as my sample choice this month. Initial impressions: Doesn't really smell like much of anything, which is good. Seems to remove foundation fairly well and eye makeup okay, but it stings a bit if it gets into your eyes. Based on those impressions I'd say it's effective at cleansing the face, but I still don't really get the appeal. Probably not a buy for me.
Klorane Shampoo & Conditioning Balm with Mango Butter (0.8/0.3fl oz, approximate value $2.11):
Nothing gets me more excited than samples in PACKETS! (Yawn.) In all seriousness though, Klorane makes a pretty decent dry shampoo, so I figured I'd at least give these a shot. Conclusions: They both smell great, like mango. Leave hair feeling soft and conditioned. Would I buy them though? Not sure. I love the scent, but I'm pretty frugal when it comes to basic shampoo and conditioner, so a product has to be borderline magical for me to pay more than Herbal Essences level prices.
L. Erickson Grab & Go Pony Holder (1 piece, approximate value $1.20):
A ponytail holder. I totally hate this color, but I can't actually see in when it's in my hair, so I guess that's not such a big deal. It does seem to stay put when I'm moving around, which is good. Nothing worse than a ponytail holder that slides out of your hair while you're doing stuff with your hands and can't fix it.
Caudalie Vinoperfect Day Perfecting Fluid SPF 15 (3ml, approximate value $3.68):
A hydrating serum/tinted SPF fluid that promises to act as a primer, moisturizer and sunscreen in one. I'll be honest—Caudalie is one of those brands I've sampled on occasion through beauty boxes, but don't really "get." Their products are expensive and usually kind of unremarkable, in my opinion. I only swatched the Day Perfecting Fluid on my hand because it contains avobenoze (which sometimes makes my skin freak out) and it seems like it would work better as a primer than anything else, because (a) it's not that moisturizing and (b) SPF 15 is weaksauce. The tint is subtle though, so at least there's that.
CLEAN Fresh Laundry Eau de Parfum (0.03fl oz, approximate value $0.98):
Scent description from the Birchbox product page: "With notes of Brazilian orange, rose otto, and woody musk, even one spritz of this pure fragrance will have you reminiscing about tossing on your favorite tee straight out of the dryer."
I dig "laundry" scents when they come in the form of candles or air fresheners, but not as a personal fragrance. I wouldn't say this is straight-up Glade-style clean though—it definitely has a slightly floral edge to it. Still not my thing though, and it didn't last very long on me at all (maybe one or two hours?) Pass.
Marcelle Mini Waterproof Eyeliner in Indigo (1x 0.8g pencil, approximate value $4.50):
I want to give Birchbox a huge round of applause for sending out color eyeliners! (Seriously, I could probably build a river dam out of all the black pencil liners I've received in beauty boxes.) This liner is sold as part of a travel set (linked above) or individually on the Birchbox shade. Indigo is... well... indigo blue (duh) with a bit of sparkle. Swatch:
As for the formula: It's very soft and creamy, which means no painful eyeball tugging, but I find that it's difficult to get full pigmentation with just one pass. It's definitely waterproof (the hand swatch survived through a shower!) but not 100% smudgeproof, if that makes sense. Overall I would say that this is a good eyeliner, but not amazing. I do like the color though.
Total box value: Approximately $15.14
I have mixed feelings about my Birchbox this month. On one hand, I was happy that there were seven items because variety is awesome and more items = more review points, but on the other, there were few among them that made me feel all swoony. My favorite products from this batch turned out to be the shampoo and conditioner—never thought I'd see the day when I raved about packet samples of conditioner in a Birchbox, but it is pretty nice. Runners up are the eyeliner and hair tie—cute, but not amazing. I also think the Dr. Jart water performed well, it just isn't really for me, I guess.
Like what you see? You can subscribe to Birchbox here. Use coupon code BBJETBLUE10 when you sign up to get an extra 100 points (worth $10) to use in the Birchbox shop.
What do you think of my June Birchbox? Which of these items would you have been most excited to try or most disappointed in? Let me know in the comments!
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