August Birchbox!

I was again lucky enough to get a late-shipping box, and it didn’t actually arrive until last Friday, when I was away on vacation. So I had a nice surprise waiting for me when I got home!
This is a great month to buy from Birchbox if you’ve had your eye on something. They’ve partnered up with Pencils of Promise, to donate 15% of their shop proceeds to build a school in Central America. So go ahead and pamper yourself!
I’m not particularly in love with anything in this month’s box – none of it was bad, but none of it was particularly great either. Let’s get to the goods! (Mediocres?)

This month’s theme was “Beauty School” and included this nice fold out booklet with lots of nifty beauty tips. It details types of makeup brushes, how to read a product label, tips for shaving, quick fixes for makeup mistakes, and a 3-minute plan for morning skin care.

This month’s perfume is Viva La Juicy ‘s La Fleur. It smells nice, very floral obviously. I like it and I’ll probably use it, but I have to be honest – it just smells… typical. Nothing really to distinguish it from any other floral perfume.

This is a teeny tiny sample of Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss in “Birchbox Pink.” It feels very soft and … moisturizing … on my lips. Haha. πŸ™‚ I am not a fan of this kind of lippy container (it’s got the fluffy applicator on the end of a stick attached to the lid) because there is SO MUCH wasted in the bottle. This tiny bottle makes it even harder to get any use out of it.

The bonus extra this month is this Schick Hydro Silk 5 blade razor. I haven’t tried it yet because I just shaved the other day and my hair grows really slowly. I’m sure it’s good though. The part I like about it is that it has a coupon on the back for 4$ off a refill pack, and 55c off Skintimate Shave Gel. I love coupons. Unless this razor completely stinks, I’ll be using that coupon, not gonna lie. Razors are expensive.

This is Apothederm’s stretch mark cream. I have a ton of “tiger stripes” on my tummy from pregnancy and I’ve tried several other things. None of them did a damn thing. I’ll be honest again – not expecting anything from this one, and I don’t really even mind. I earned those stripes, dammit. This was different from other stretch mark things I’ve tried, though – this was a cream, while others tend to be oils or gels. It had the old-lady smell though, and not in a good way.

The final items in this month’s box (it’s two items but it was packaged as one which totally feels like a ripoff) are these Shu Uemura Full Shimmer products for color-treated hair. The shampoo was much more liquid-y than most shampoos, but it smelled *excellent.* The “treatment,” which I basically used as conditioner, also smelled good. It wasn’t the texture that I generally need conditioner to be (I have very thick hair and this stuff just didn’t spread well). I don’t really notice any magical difference in my hair, but I did love the smell. I’m not paying what they want for it though, omg. I also want to register my dislike of the packaging. Aside from the 2-for-1 switcheroo, there were no instructions on the packaging! It’s obvious how to use shampoo, but I didn’t know what to do with the “treatment” and had to look it up on Birchbox’s site. Most uncool. (/Sweet Clyde)

So that’s it for this month!

If you don’t know about Birchbox, you may not know that they have a cool points program. I earned a bunch of points for my one-year subscription, and earn 10 points for each item that I leave feedback for each month. (If anybody signs up from this referral link, I get 50 points.) These points can be redeemed in the Birchbox shop – you get 10$ for every 100 points. I’ve been hoarding points and soon I’ll cash them in. What do you think I should cash in for?

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. studiokako
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 23:11:55

    Ugh, I hate lippy containers like that too. I’ve been scraping the bottom of the barrel with my Ulta MLBB color that I’ve had for like 3 years :/ (I’m pretty sure I should’ve thrown it away long ago, germs and such). I did pick up a new lippy from Maybelline at Big Lots the other day. For $2 I figured it was worth a shot and I like it a lot. Hoping I can find more. It’s a twist up applicator (that extrudes the product through cheese grater holes haha) so I think that I will get much more product out of it than my previous go to lippy. I also picked up another red lippy. I think I’m gonna have to go matte to get the result I’m looking for, but again, for $2 it was worth a try.

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    • Jamie B
      Aug 22, 2012 @ 23:45:42

      Yay for cheapies! I love cheap stuff πŸ™‚ And I agree, after Chapstick style lippies, the extruded kinds are the best. I love Burt’s Bees’ packaging.

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  2. Kyra
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 00:02:39

    We got identical boxes! I LOVE the hair stuff and I really liked the razor! The lip gloss is ok (I’m not a huge lip-product fan). I thought this was one of the best boxes I have gotten.

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    • Jamie B
      Aug 23, 2012 @ 10:20:30

      Yay matchie boxes! I loved the smell of the hair stuff; it just wasn’t a good match for my hair, I guess. I am expecting to love the razor as soon as I have hair to shave with it, lol. Lippies are some of my favorites (after nail polish) so that may have been my favorite. My first box was FREAKING AMAZING, so my boxes have a lot to live up to, lol.

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  3. EntropySylph
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 10:10:47

    Little tip for those kind of lip gloss tubes: If you have one you want to ‘save’ and get more out of, warm up a cup of water in the microwave (not boiling) and then put the tube in the water. The gloss inside should melt to the bottom after a while, where the applicator can get to it. After a rest to cool down, it should be ready to go!

    Hope you like your stuffs! I have no idea how to use makeup at all. I need a class. Whenever I try to figure it out I end up looking like Cirque de Soleil in a bad way.

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    • Jamie B
      Aug 23, 2012 @ 10:18:50

      Hey, that’s an awesome tip! I will definitely give it a try!
      I’m totally not much of a makeup person either. I am barefaced 99 days out of 100. My friend Kayla and I are fiends for nail polish, though, and we like to play with other pretties. But mostly I’m still like… “what is this even for”

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