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Haute Stuff: July Birchbox is here!

12 Jul

My July Birchbox has arrived. This month Birchbox has teamed up with Glamour magazine and the collaboration brings some hits and misses. This box is supposed to be about “celebrating the five senses” and provided products that guarantee a “multi-sensory experience.”

For the me the Hits are the:

  • Eyeko London Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in black (presumably full sized)
  • Color Club nail polish in Blue Ming (very reminiscent of  the popular Turquoise & Caicos by Essie)
  • Tea Forte Minteas breath mints (I usually hate getting food items but I always like having breath mints on hand)

The Misses are the:

  • City Sunscreen Serum (this sample is useless and doesn’t come close to the recommended amount of sunscreen application which is supposed to be something equal to a full shot glass. These tiny pouches might be enough for my hands)
  • Harvey Prince Aeu Flirt (this is a new perfume, too “woodsy” for my taste)

On the fence:

  • ear buds (they are a fun cobalt/hot pink color combo but not something I would ever buy or even grab for free. But I suppose it never hurts to have an extra pair of headphones handy)

So 3 out of 6 Hits is good with me! Usually if just one product gets me excited I consider it a good month for Birchbox. These haute beauty products will help me stay cool and pretty this July!

Here’s a couple more pics:

Your Monthly Gift

19 Jun

Not that one. This is something you can actually look forward to! I’m talking about Birch Box. In some ways I’m a beauty product junky, I really like to buy new things. But I’m also a brand loyalist, so I don’t necessarily try the new things I purchase. So I would end up buying new products (not using them) and still buying the products I love, not exactly cost effective. Enter Birch Box – I get 5 new trial-size products each month without too much of an investment. I can try something new without having to sacrifice buying what I love.

Here’s how it works:

  • you pay $10 per month
  • around the 12th of each month you receive a box with 5 sample size products (sometimes you get deluxe size or even full size nail polishes)
  • when signing up you complete a profile and get products based on your preferences
  • you can (but you certainly don’t have to) buy the full size products. Plus, with each full size purchase you earn points (points = cash towards products)
My review:
  • I genuinely look forward to receiving my box each month
  • I’d rather spend $10/month on this instead of Netflix. $10 per month can definitely add up but for me it’s still a negligible amount that I can justify with 2 fewer trips to Starbucks
  • You get some hits and misses with the products. Some of the items are random and personally, I don’t like it when they include food items like a Kind Bar or vitamin C drink mix. Overall, there are way more hits. Some of my favorites have included the Zoya and Essie nail polishes, BeneTint by Benefit, Sugar lip balms and Philosophy face products
  • Sometimes the boxes are themed or feature a certain designer. May featured a Gossip Girl inspired box and a few months ago the box was Cynthia Rowland’s favorite things.
  • I’ve been subscribing for about a year and will continue. It’s a fun treat just for me!

May Birch Box – Gossip Girl inspired

June Birch Box – travel theme

This was a rare morning that I got to sleep in until 8am and enjoy watching a little bit of the Today Show! Such a treat! During the Today’s Beauty segment they featured Birch Box so I thought why not throw in my two cents as well.

Do you have a monthly splurge?