When I decided that I wanted to give subscription boxes another go I did my research and narrowed down my options. I had previously fallen into the Ipsy obsession and the 5 full size product allure of Boxy Charm. Now while I will say that I stuck with Ipsy for over a year and found that most months I did like a lot of the products they were including I did notice that I was getting many products I didn’t like of found no value in. While Boxy Charm left me totally dissatisfied and a bunch of products I didn’t like and ended up in my trash can. I swore off subscription boxes forever I said. I closed that door and never looked back… or so I told myself. Then suddenly that old itch came back, that I need something new itch, the I want some new makeup itch.
Having already tried the afore mentioned boxes I sought after something different. Something new and fun. Please enter from stage left BirchBox. Some where in the back of my mind sat her….. Ms. Rational. All prim and prop with her glasses placed just perfect on her nose and her neatly pulled back hair in her button up shirt and slacks just shaking her head. She always is my shoulder angel. My voice of reason and she always pisses me off. She smirking and saying “you know this will only end the same way your first two did.” Well what does she know!!! So I signed up and laughed at her and gave her a little push on to the ground, yea I bully her a little what of it, and sat patiently waiting for my box to arrive.
Finally it came!!! It came in my mail with all its glory and I couldn’t have been more excited!!! What was inside you may wonder? What goodies did I have in store ? Well its between me and my box so subscribe and get your own ……
HAHAHA!! Just kidding! Oh I could never do that to you my faithful and loving followers!! I was instantly in love it my box and all the goodies it had inside and now that I have had a month to trial them out I can give you honest reviews on each one.
JULY 2017 BIRCHBOX :
Expectations : So this product is a two in one spray that will give shine and texture. It says it is supposed to recreate beachy hair and works on all textures. It says it is safe for color treated hair.
Thoughts: I was probably most excited for this product. I have naturally wave hair that, to be honest, I am just not learning to embrace after spending years trying to tame it. After using it at least once a week this is what I think… I didn’t mind the smell it actually grew on me as the weeks went on. It sort of has this mix of hairspray with like salt water which sounds like it would smell weird but honestly it kinda works. This product comes out like a hair spray with I was surprised by. The other beach sprays that I have used in the past like John Frieda’s Beach Blonde (which I love by the way) spritz out and are wet. This product comes out dry. This was a good thing and a bad thing. I liked that my hair wasn’t soaking wet like with other sprays but I also think this hindered its ability to work as effectively. I think that someone who has thin or very straight hair might struggle creating wave and those that have very thick and curly hair will have a frizz problem on their hands.
Overall: I think that the product worked ok. Thin or straight haired people would probably not really find this product effective. I don’t think that I would purchase it since there are many other Beach Sprays that I like more and for $42 a can there are many other much more affordable sprays out there. It was a great addition to the box and I loved trying it out.
Expectations: Minimizes frizz by sealing the cuticles of your hair. Helps protect from UV rays and heat and also shines. Its vegan, paraben and sulfate free and works on all hair types.
Thoughts: Lets talk about my obsession with the smell. I literally just wanted to eat my hair, it smelt almost like my hair was baking me some cookies!!! I used this every day that I washed my hair as soon as I came out of the shower. My hair was smooth and easy to brush after its application. The great smell lingered all day which made for an afternoon treat. This product completely impressed me and I will definitely be repurchasing it when it runs out. I live in like 100% humidity most days and I think that my hair was less frizzy. I loved the light weight fee of the product and that it pretty much left like I had nothing in my hair at all.
Overall: I think that this is a great product. Works well and smells great. It was light weight so would work for all hair types. Everyone would not be disappointed with this product. The bottle is $23.50 but will last a while since you only need a couple of spritzes. I also loved the vegan and paraben and sulfate free aspect of it!!
Expectations: This cooling gel moisturizer is supposed to use green tea and cucumber extract along with Vitamin C and E to protect skin form pollutants and environmental stressors. All while soothing the skin.
Thoughts: I was probably least excited about this product because I have had bad luck with products being to harsh for my sensitive skin. BirchBox hit a home run with this product for me. I have been using this both in substitution for my moisturizer and on top almost as a primer and let me tell you. I love the feeling it was on my skin. It has a very nice consistency and feels super light weight and almost non existent on the skin which I loved. What I really loved though was the way my makeup went on with it. My makeup looked more pigmented, wore great throughout the day and my skin really just looked more vibrant. The effects worked better when it was applied over my moisturizer but for those with oily skin you may want to use this in place of your moisturizer.
Overall: Ended up being my favorite product in the box!! I loved the way it felt and I love the way my makeup looked when applied over it. Defiantly a great product and worth the addition to your makeup routine and at only $27 it really is a steal !!
Expectations: This new age lip balm adjusts to your personal pH and provides a color enhancing tint that is all your own. It uses mango seed butter to help achieve hydration and nourishment. Also paraben free, vegan, gluten free and cruelty free.
Thoughts: This lip balm really intrigued me and hey who cant have more lip balms in their lives am I right? I liked that about of moisture it provided for my lips and I think that the personalized tint was neat. It kind of looked like a peachy color on me. I do think that this product when on a little oily and it didn’t really get rid of any dry skin cracks that I may have had over the month.
Overall: It was an ok lip product. It did provide decent moisture for my lips but I didn’t like the oily application. I loved the personal tint but at $14 dollars I don’t think you really get a lot of bang for your buck.
Expectations: Receive both creamy and powder texture blushes in one compact. Fragrance and mineral oil free and nourishes with the help of kale, aronia berry, pomegranate, and papaya. Allows you to chose between a coral cream application or a peach powder.
Thoughts: I loved the idea of having the choice of a cream application verse a powder. The colors were right up my alley and really compliment my skin tone but… I found this product lacking. The sizing of the powder side made application with a brush difficult, now this may not be the case with a bigger full size version. The creamy side was bendable but only a very very small amount can be applied and be prepared to take your time blending because it is going to take time. I have not tried using both textures together because honestly I was scared to after the amount of time I took just to blend in the cream side.
Overall: The colors were great and if you have the time to blend a lot it provided vibrant pigments but the sizing made it difficult to work with. At $10 it is worth trying out and is very affordable.
I also loved that I received this free Pixie eye shadow mini palate. The colors were perfect for daily wear. They are shimmery but on when applied they are not overly glittery. They are pretty pigmented when applied to the lid. The only complaint I had was that the lightest color in the palate was slightly broken as you can see in the photo.
I hope that you enjoyed this review of Julys BirchBox. Have you tried any of theses products before ? I would love to read your comments on these products. If you liked these products please feel free to subscribe yourself at https://www.birchbox.com/discover
This was a personal review and all subscription boxes were purchased by me so not sponsored by BirchBox.