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Birchbox (September 2014)

Birchbox is growing less and less on me. Its great to try out different products, but I can’t seem to go through the products quick enough each month. Even with swapping samples, I’m finding myself drowning in beauty samples! Anyways, my yearly subscription is up for renewal in October and I think I may take a few months off. The box this month however was so much fun! Here’s what I received this month:
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Birchbox (August 2014)

Birchbox is the OG of the subscription box world. I continue to love the samples I get in my Birchbox. Sometimes the month isn’t that great and then months like this month, I love everything! This month’s birchbox theme is “Lighten Up”, to take a break from the hair dryer, the heat, and be free and natural! Here’s what I received:

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Hello Breathspray – Full Size $11.50
This has a weird taste of the grapefruit of mint, but I like the idea of a cute packaged breathspray like this!
Laura Mercier Tone Perfecting Eye Creme – Full Size $60
This sample size has a value around $25, so that’s a pretty decent deluxe sample! I’m excited to try this out on my mornings after work when I don’t get much sleep.
Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo – Full Size $21
I’m a huge huge fan of dry shampoo, so I’m excited to try this sample. Sometimes dry shampoo can leave your hair overly dried, so I’m hoping this one just gives enough texture to keep my blow dry an extra day.

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ModelCo Shimmer Bronzer – Full Size $22
I’m not a big user of bronzer, so this is going up for swap. Bronzer just tends to look weird on me, and this shade looks awfully dark as well.
Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream with SPF – Full Size $11-29.50
I’ve been a long time fan of Supergoop. They make great sunscreen and I’m sure this hand creme will be no exception. Our hands are often somewhere we forget to put sunscreen so this will be an easy and moisturizing way to add SPF protection to my hands.

All I can say is I love me some Birchbox. I recently reached out to Birchbox regarding not receiving emails allowing me to choose a sample to receive each month, or to receive the curated box. Hopefully next month I’ll have a little more discretion in deciding whether I want to pick a sample or wait for the curated surprises!


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Birchbox (July 2014)

Birchbox is the OG of subscription boxes. I purchased a year-long subscription last year at a decent discount and I still look forward to receiving my Birchbox every month! I recently was able to use points I had accumulated to get some awesome new Benefit cosmetic products. For a first time subscription box person, or someone who is addicted like me, Birchbox is a must have!

Here’s what I received!:
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Birchbox (June 2014)

My Birchbox arrived one day before I was supposed to leave for five days on vacation so I didn’t have time to fully enjoy it or even look really close at it before I left. I wish I would have though because I would have taken some of the samples with me!

Here’s what I got this month!:
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Birchbox (April 2014)

I wasn’t in love with this month’s Birchbox. The items unfortunately didn’t appeal to me too much, and the one item that I didn’t put up for a swap and actually tried, severely disappointed me. Anyways, here’s what I got!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel – Full Size $22
This was a decent sized sample, however I have no use for clear brow gel. If I’m using a gel, powder, or pencil for my brows… I’m using color!
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Birchbox (Oscars Party in a Box!)

I was lucky enough to win Birchbox’s Party in a Box from MySubcriptionAddiction (the wonderful lady who has gotten me hooked on so many subscription boxes)!

I unfortunately had to work the night of the Oscars, but I was able to catch up on all the highlights the next morning. Here’s what was included in the Party in a Box – I didn’t use any of the decorations so I’ll just describe them a little!
The box came beautifully packaged, which I expect from Birchbox by now. I immediately got the glitz and glam feeling from the box.

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Birchbox (February 2014)

I have to admit I was pretty underwhelmed by this month’s Birchbox, so this review will be short 😦 Here’s what I received:
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Paula’s Choice RESIST Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum – $26.95 
This serum went on super thick, almost like my Lancome primer that I use. I liked the feel of it more than an oily, or water-based serum, that leaves your face feeling sticky afterwards. The info card says the serum is supposed to balance skin and tighten pores, but I haven’t heard anything about the brand to know if it’s popular or actually works!
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