9/7/14

Birchbox Review: August

Hello everyone! Today I wanted to share with your my first experience with Birchbox! I've heard so much about this particular subscription service that I felt it was finally time to give them a go. August was my first month and I was so excited to see for myself what all the fuss is about!




If you don't know what Birchbox is, it is a monthly subscription service that delivers health & beauty samples to your door every month. The cost is pretty reasonable as subscription boxes go - only $10.00!! I feel that for this price, it is certainly worth the risk to try it out!










I received five samples in my August box and felt that the samples were fairly well-rounded. It wasn't all skin care, or makeup but a bit of everything which I enjoyed.



First up is this Noir Cosmetics long-wear eyeliner. Pencil eyeliners can be a bit tricky for me. I personally have yet to find the perfect one that doesn't wear off my eyes. I have been using this eyeliner since my birchbox came and I can say that I am fairly impressed by this eyeliner! When I wear it over primer & shadow, it stays for hours with no smudging! However, I can say that when I opted for a simple look and just wanted some liner and mascara, it did NOT last even an hour. So if you are looking for a liner for your water line/tight light or to wear on its own, I would not recommend this one. Though, if you are looking for a liner that works well over other products then I would definitely give this a go. I think that since it is so creamy, it just doesn't work well on its own.

The full size of this liner is $15.00, and I believe we were given full size which makes the box already worth it!!




This K6 Skincare Clean Antioxidant Facial Cleanser had a few pros & cons...first off, I was happy to see that it did not have salicylic acid, as I am allergic to it. Additionally, I have pretty sensitive, cranky, combination skin and did not notice any irritation from this product. Now as for cons, I just didn't care for the smell or texture of this product. I felt it was very liquidy which made it difficult to control how much you were using and since it was such a small sample size, I didn't get a lot of use from it before it was all gone. My skin also didn't feel as clean after using this as it did from my traditional skin care products. I can't say that I would repurchase this product.

The full size of this product retails for $25.00 for 4 oz. I received .25 oz, so the sample size was worth about $1.50.



This Whish Shave Cream was a product I was very excited to try. Shaving creams and gels often leave something to be desired and I'm still looking for my holy grail product. I have used this sample size nearly all up and can say that I don't hate it, but I don't absolutely love it either. I liked that while it was a cream, it didn't clog up my razor like other creams have. However I could not get into the scent (and now that I see they have others, I really wish I had received something else like lavender, coconut or almond!!). To me it honestly smelled a bit too old and perfumed. I also cannot say that this left my legs astoundingly soft. I would consider trying this again though, if I could try another scent out. For me that was the clincher!

The full size of this product retails for $20.00 and my sample was worth about $3.00.




Now this next product is a perfume sample of Style de Paris from Catherine Malandrino and let me just say that perfume is tricky - everyone has different tastes so I won't go into this one too much. First off, despite being in a plastic pouch, my sample had still leaked so the scent was on everything within my box. Personally, this was not a scent I enjoyed. It was incredibly strong in my opinion and I prefer a scent I can smell but that isn't overpowering.

The full size bottle (3.4 oz) retails for $110.00 (!!) and my sample size might have cost about $2.00?





Last we have this lip lube from LAQA & Co in the shade bees knees. Ok, I really wanted to like this. It has a minty smell and when I swatched it on my hand it felt moisturizing and non-sticky. However this was wrong for me for two reasons - the color just looked odd on me and the formula was not very forgiving if your lips are even remotely chapped or have some imperfections. It sunk into every line on my lips and looked horrible. I tried to work with it, but it was definitely a no-go.

The full size of this product retails for $18.00 and the sample size was worth about $12.00.

Overall, for the $10.00 cost I can say that my Birchbox was worth it. I am excited to see what comes in my September box and am hoping there is a bit more success as far as products I really enjoy. Out of my samples for August, I only really enjoyed one product enough to repurchase (the eyeliner). However, the total worth of my box was  around $33.00 so I don't feel that is too bad considering the cost.

I hope this helped anyone who was on the fence about a Birchbox subscription. I would definitely suggest giving it a go! I would love to hear your thoughts, and to hear what others received in their August box in the comments! Stay tuned for a review of my September box in a few weeks!!


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