August 14, 2012

Birchbox Review: July

Still loving Birchbox!  Here is what was in my second Birchbox, the July Glamour box.

Alterna | BAMBOO UV + Color Protection Fade-Proof Fluide

  • Birchbox description:  This finishing gloss prevents UV rays from fading color while organic bamboo extracts keep hair strong & soft.  Full-size, $24
  • My review:  I loved this stuff.  It came in handy as I was swimming so much this month.  I can't tell if it helped preserve my color, but it smells amazing & makes my hair super soft.  I probably won't buy this as my sun & swim season is coming to an end, but I highly recommend it for next summer &/or upcoming beach trips.

Jouer | Luminizing Moisture Tint

  • Birchbox description:  This lightweight award-winner is our daily shortcut to dewy skin that feels natural & looks gorgeous.  Full-size, $38
  • My review:  I liked this okay.  It went on well & stayed on all day.  It had a hint of shimmer, which I didn't love.  In contrast to my Laura Mercier, it didn't hold up.  Would be great for someone in their twenties with less fair/pale skin.  Good product, just not for me.

Oscar de la Renta | live in love

  • Birchbox description:  This elegant floral layers notes of hyacinth & orchid over a rich base of sandalwood & cedar.  Full-size, $25-78
  • My review:  I tried to wear this a few times, but it's not me AT ALL.  Too floral & perfume-y for my blood.

stila | lip glaze

  • Birchbox description:  This sparkly gloss from the limited edition It's Go Time Lip Glaze Trio combines sheer color with mega-watt shine.  Set of 3, $12
  • My review:  I actually had a stila lip glaze a few summers ago & loved it.  This one was great, too & a good reminder to keep one or two of these in stock.  I love stila.

LARABAR | uber

  • Birchbox description:  The latest addition to our snack drawer, these healthy & satisfying bars are packed with dried nuts & fruits.  Pack of 5, $12.69
  • My review:  I eat a lot of larabars throughout the week as pre-workout snacks & lunch substitutes when I'm in my car all day.  I like them & this was a nice addition to my snack stash.

Birchbox Exclusive | Earbuds

  • Birchbox description:  We designed these neon headphones just for you.  Pair them with your best playlist.
  • My review:  I haven't used these yet, but they're super cute!

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I liked this month's box.  I bought two products from my June box, but I don't know that I'm going to buy anything from this one.  I really liked the Bamboo finishing gloss, but don't need it in addition to all my other conditioners/stylers.  If I was going to be out in the sun/pool more this summer, I'd buy it.  Hell, I'm tempted to buy it just because it smells so good.  Hmm...


ND said...

I liked the Bamboo UV stuff too! I think that that's the only product (besides the headphones) on which we doubled up. I got some SuperGoop samples which I blew through pretty quickly, not enough product to form an opinion either way. An Eyeko liquid eyeliner pen, which so far is 1 for 2 in application attempts. Harvey Prince Hello perfume, which was a miss for me, and some mints. Overall, I didn't love this box. I am hoping that August's comes today! I wish they sent me more make-up - would have loved to try the lip gloss & the tinted moisturizer that you got in July.

The Blonde Mule said...

Nichole: I liked the July box okay, but definitely not as much as the June box. I got my August box yesterday & am SUPER disappointed. I essentially got a razor & some hand soap. #fail

ND said...

I still haven't gotten my August box. Tony is convinced that someone stole it. I wasn't too excited about its contents when I logged in for the spoiler on the website.

The Blonde Mule said...

Nichole -- I'm going to give it a few more months. Maybe August was just an off month for them. Fingers crossed...


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