July 2014 Birchbox Review

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Birchbox
The Breakdown:
Monthly | Cost: $10/month | 4-5 samples | Beauty and lifestyle |
Ships via UPS or USPS | Ships to the US

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First look!

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Birchbox teamed up with Women’s Health Magazine this month and so that’s why we have an awesome new box design! Each box includes12 tips to “power up” as well as a free one-year subscription to Women’s Health. (If you don’t want it, you can also get a refund for $9.99 by following the instructions in the small print.)

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Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain in Valentine (0.079 oz/2.25 g, $9.29) – I had to double check to see if I had done my calculations wrong, but nope. This tiny sample really would cost that much because it’s about half of the full size! I love lip products but I might be tempted to trade this one… (only because I recently ordered some NYX Butter Gloss and NYX Butter Lipsticks). I did really like the CR eyeliners I received in the previous months, so I could just end up keeping it.

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Harvey Prince Hello Body Cream (15 ml, $0.93) – I was so excited for this! It does smell exactly like the perfume – although it’s definitely more citrus in lotion form. Kind of sad that it is such a small sample (the tube is totally not filled all the way, it’s not even one third full). I might end up buying the full size of this because it’s only $22… and for all you Harvey Prince Hello fans out there, Birchbox has also started carrying the Hello Body Wash! 😀

I still think that I prefer the perfume though (if I had to compare the two). And I don’t think this is really all that moisturizing. BUT… because it smells like Hello (as advertised), I really don’t care that it’s not the most hydrating body lotion because it means I can put this stuff on after showers and go to bed smelling like Hello all over!

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Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect (30 ml/ 1 oz, $4.80) – Yet another Number 4 product. Of course. OF COURSE. This is supposed to be like the Beauty Protector Spray but I’m not even going to use this because it smells absolutely vile. I refuse to use products that don’t smell tolerable. And you all know how much I hate Number 4 products.

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Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel  (0.17 oz/5 ml, $4.80) – After trying out Sonya Dakar’s Flash Facial and not being impressed… I don’t know if I want to try this because it’s somewhat of a similar concept. But there has been positive feedback about this so far so maybe it is worth a shot.

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100% Pure Gingerade Shower Gel (2 ml each, $0.50) – People were really mad about this sample. XD They were advertised as a “beauty extra” though. First, because these are “ketchup packs”. Second, because these were not at all effective as shower gel. Apparently this doesn’t foam or clean. I haven’t tried them yet so I can’t say if they are good or bad (though the size is pretty lame), but I do love trying new body wash, so I’m definitely going to see how these work out.

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Overall value: $20.32

Overall enjoyment: This isn’t my favorite box… but it’s not terrible either. The only real fail was the Number 4 product. (but all Number 4 products are fails) The Hello Body Cream is fantastic (and I’m totally going to buy the full size once there’s another promotion code out). Usually I would trade for more, but I feel like it’s a waste of time and money (shipping + shipping supplies) since the sample isn’t all that generous in its amount. Still undecided about the peel and the lip stain… but the shower gel will definitely be used.

I still have two more boxes coming and I can’t wait to show you guys what I’m getting in them! 🙂

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6 comments

  1. I got the Real Chemistry peel a few days ago and just tried it tonight. I absolutely LOVE it. My skin looks & feels amazing! I think I’m going to buy the full size. Don’t discount it just yet!

  2. I got the ketchup packs too and can’t imagine using them – I just know the time it takes to open and squeeze out the stuff the shower will just rinse it off before I can get it onto the scrunchie. I need to find someone with better stuff than mine (sorry yours was equally as bad as mine) and then ask if I can ‘copy off their paper’ so I can get those things too! I had a 3-month gift subscription that I think was never customized because it was a gift subscription (I took the quiz and even selected the Ruffian Polish but it was always generic – even the month with Kate Spade that subscription was a normal BB). My subscription (the non-gift one) has been decent so I shouldn’t complain – it’s just I see other things (box envy?) and think wow what should I answer on my quiz to get that stuff?

    1. I tried one of the shower gels and it wasn’t as hard to open as I thought it would be! But it really did not do its job at all. I didn’t feel clean after using it and it didn’t lather well.

      I think I’m actually getting a pretty awesome box on my other accounts! But I think the trick this time around was that if you got to reserve a Ruffian polish, then you got some pretty awesome items in your box.

      I don’t really know how they match up boxes to profiles because I purposely set up two other accounts. One, I marked everything and the other, I marked nothing. I somehow ended up with the same box for both accounts two months in a row, lol.

  3. I loved the Flash Facial and I’m bummed you hated it! Also, I tried that Harvey Hello from my last Birchbox and loved it. The ketchup packets are the most ridiculous form of sample. Especially for shower gel but oh well 😀 I didn’t know Number 4 was horrible but I’m not big on hair products anyway. I totally hope I’m getting the lipgloss though.

    1. I WISH I COULD LOVE IT!!!

      Awww yay I’m glad you love the Harvey Prince Hello. 😀 And lol, I guess I would be okay with ketchup packets for lotion, but it’s kind of inconvenient when it comes to shower gel.

      I’m just stoutly against Number 4 products, but I think some people really like certain lines within the brand. Did you peek at your box this month? 😀

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