Thursday, June 25, 2015

Birchbox June 2015: Adventure

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I'm really pleased with June's Birchbox!  It has some great products and a nice mix of skin care, color, and fragrance.  Let me start by saying, I'm sorry for the picture quality in this post.  It really overcast and I had a hard time avoiding shadows and good images of each sample.

Here's a look at what I got.  This month's theme was Adventure and my box has "Say Yes" in printed in silver foil on the top lid.  I could't agree more.  I definitely do say yes to all of my June samples!

Coola, SPF 50 Sport - Mango (full size, $32): Price aside, this is one of the very best sunscreens I've ever tired,  EVER.  A big reason why is the scent, because I can't stand the way sunscreen normally smells.  On top of the fun, fruity scent it is also very moisturizing.  You could totally skip applying lotion when using this.  It has the perfect texture and a very sheer formula so you barely notice it's on. It's a bit of a splurge for me, but I am planning to pick some up for sure!

Marcelle, Waterproof Eyeliner - Electric Blue (full size, $11): The first time I got a blue eyeliner in a subscription box I was thrilled. Oh how different and exciting.  Well now that I have several I was less enthusiastic to see this.  Turns out, I really, really like it!  This shade is slightly different from all of the others I have and it's beautiful.  Plus it has great staying power.  It's available in a cute travel set that I think is a very good value for such high quality eyeliners.

Real Chemistry, Luminous 3-Minute Peel (full size $48): This is the only sample I've yet to try.  I'm currently using up a Vitamin C treatment so I don't want to add something new into the mix just yet.  I also need to give my skin time to recover from our road trip to TX.  All the time in the car, longer periods spent in the sun, the different climate...for me it all adds up to skin that needs a little extra tender loving care.

Once things are a back to normal, this is first on my list to try!  It's an acid free peel that gently exfoliates.  You massage it onto a slightly moistened face and as you rub it, the gel should combine with your dead skin cells and take it away, leaving softer, smoother, brighter skin.  Sounds cool, right?

TOCCA, Eau de Parfum, Bianca (full size $68): Normally, I would not be super excited to get a fragrance sample for the second month in a row.  However, I really like both of the TOCCA Crema da Mano Luxe - Hand Cream samples I've received in previous Birchboxes.  The scents have been lovely and I really like the Bianca scent as well.

Described as, "A light sparkling citrus blend of lemon Orpur and Mandarin.  Fresh Green Tea and Rose Petals bloom, leaving a dash of Musk and Sugar to linger on the skin."  I think the combination of citrus and tea is what appeals to me.  For a fragrance sample is pretty generous, but I do wish it had a spray top.  I'm actually really happy that I got to try it!

W3LL PEOPLE, The Expressionist Mascara (full size $23.50): I currently have so much mascara but the chic white packaging was just beckoning me to try it!  My natural lashes are so sparse and stubby that I need a little help and this gave me the perfect amount of oomph for lovely natural looking eyelashes.  Definitely a yours but better kind of look.  The real draw for me is that it's all natural, since it's not too pleasant to think about putting yucky chemical or dyes right next to your eyes.

Bonus! Emi Jay, Hair Tie (Pack of 5: $13): This style of hair tie are all the rage and like most of others, is made out of a soft and flexible material that doesn't leave dents in your hair.  Basically, you can wear your hair up in a pony tail and then take it down without the tell tale crease left.  We have a number of this style hair tie and I would not say this one is unique, but it is nice how 20% of the profits are donated to charity.

This was a bonus item and as such, I think it's a really nice one to include!  I'd much rather get something like this than a piece of chocolate or another foil pack sample.  While ours is a kind of boring brown color, it's just perfect for my daughter.  It blends in nicely and almost gives her that no tie pony tail look, without having to leave out a few strands to wrap around the pony as a last step.

I've already gotten my sample pick email from Birchbox for July and opted to get the Beachy & Bright Featured Box.  It will include the following: JUARA Radiance Enzyme Scrub, stila stay all day liquid lipstick in Bella, theBalm® cosmetics Balm Desert® Bronzer/Blush, Supergoop! Anti-Aging City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30, and Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray.

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