Friday, August 19, 2016

August Birchbox and July Reviews

My Birchbox came super early this month!  I never even got a shipping email and it arrived on my doorstep so that was a fun surprise.  For August, I ordered the curated box because I wanted to try out a few of the items that they showed in the box.

August's theme was all about hair.  Here is what came in my August box.

Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Oil - $38 for a full size
Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle - $23.50 for the full size
Stila Stay All Day liquid lipstick in Patina - $24 for a full size
Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow - $28 for full size
Acure Organics Coconut and Argan Oily Cleansing Towelettes - $6.99 for full size
Bonus: Hum Nutrition Raw Beauty Green Superfood Powder

I love the Beauty Protector spray and I wanted to try the Living Proof, Stila, and Marcelle products which is why I chose this box.  Keep an eye out next month for my reviews.

Now onto my reviews of the July products.

Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris perfume - You all know I can't describe scents.  I like this one because it isn't too floral or sweet smelling.  My complaint is that it is not a spray bottle which means I just won't use it often.  Those dabber ones tend to spill and make a mess and I just don't reach for them.

MD Solar Sciences Sunscreen - I haven't used this at all.  I've gotten about 5 sunscreen samples in the past few months from different boxes and I don't go through them that fast since I only wear them when I'm not wearing my makeup that has SPF.  I didn't want to open this until I'm ready to use it.

Balance Me Radiance Face Mask - I used this mask once and I liked it.  I didn't notice a big different in how radiant my skin looked but it did feel nice.  I might see more effects if I am using it multiple times instead of other masks in between.

Cargo Blush and Bronzer Duo - I was very excited for this product because I like Cargo and I love blush.  However, I can barely get a brush into this product because of the size.  It is impossible to only use the blush and get any on my brush.  I may end up swirling them together and using it all over my face.  I am definitely disappointed in this product, not because of the quality, but because the packaging makes it impossible to use.

Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara - This was my sample choice in July because you could choose one of three mascaras.  Marcelle is one of my favorite finds from Birchbox.  I love their micellar water and eye makeup remover so I was excited to try a makeup product.  This mascara applies nicely, isn't clumpy, and doesn't smudge on me.  However, it doesn't give me the volume I like on a daily basis.  I have been using it when I'm going for a low-key makeup look but not a daily basis.

Overall, not as impressed with the July box as when I first opened it.  But I know that some months are better than others and that is certainly true with my Birchbox boxes.

While I like Birchbox, their recent point changes and the fact that I get so many samples has been considering whether I want to continue with my subscription.  Stay tuned for updates on that.


*All opinions are my own.  All products were purchased by me.  I was not compensated in any way for this post.


  1. I did not like the packaging of the Catherine Malandrino perfume either. I need to look into getting a curated box!

    1. I am honestly not real excited about any of the September options. We will see what happens.

  2. What a disappointing box! I read your reviews after review, do you think if the blush would have been all on its own you would've liked it better?
    xoxo, simona and indre

    1. I have tried Cargo blushes before and I do like them so I think the packaging was the downfall. Their full size duos are so much larger that you can probably get a brush in there much easier. Thanks for reading!