Monday, August 15, 2011

Birchbox: August Edition - Beauty Innovation

I received my Birchbox for August last week and wanted to share what I got. This is my 3rd month receiving the Birchbox service. If you don't know what it is then let me tell you about it...

Birchbox is a monthly subscription like a magazine. $10 a month gets you 4-5 deluxe beauty samples delivered right to your door. When I say deluxe I mean like travel size but maybe a bit bigger and you even get FULL SIZE products every now and then! I like it because it gives you the chance to try products you might not normally try so you could find something you fall in love with! When you sign up, you take a little beauty profile quiz so they know exactly what to put in your Birchbox! Then once a month you'll see a little pink box in your mailbox full of goodies! =) If you like a product you can purchase a full size product at a discounted price once you've accumulated enough points from purchases and referrals.

So, this months Birchbox was all about beauty innovations... products to take us into the future and help us out! When I first opened the box I was immediately excited because I saw Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primer.

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Primer - I've been wanting to try this but just didn't want to spend the money unless I knew it worked well. It's oil-free and it claims to smooth skin with a matte finish before applying foundation. I must say it does make my skin extremely smooth but I'm not sure I see a big difference after I apply my foundation. I also think it may have been the culprit to the break out on my chin =( So, I'm glad I got the sample to try but I don't believe I will be buying a full size.

 Shaveworks The Cool Fix Targeted Gel - I'm IN LOVE with this stuff. I have KP (Keratosis Pilaris) and I have a major issue with razor burn after I shave. This stuff has literally fixed that problem. I just smooth this gel on my legs after I shave and it soothes and cools and gets rid of those horrible bumps. I've used it twice and I already can tell a major difference in the feel of my skin... LOVE IT.

 June Jacobs Papaya Purifying Enzyme Masque - I love masks... I got an Apple Peel mask from Birchbox in my first Birchbox (June) and loved it. So I immediately opened this up and tried it...! So did my mom! My first impression was it smelled yummy. It was thick and creamy and felt like a moisturizer going on my skin. After we applied it we waited about 10 minutes (the directions say 3-10 minutes) and then we washed it off with warm water. My skin was definitely softer but I felt like it made my skin a bit oily. My mom, however, loved it! Her face was smooth days after using it and she didn't need to put a moisturizer on afterwards. I'd say this product is best for people who have normal to dry skin.

Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel - Ok, I usually hate to talk about a product if I haven't used it so I'll make this short and sweet. I'm totally excited to try this product but I haven't been able to yet. Hopefully I will wear my hair curly some time this week and be able to review this. It claims to respond to heat and humidity and leave your curly hair without frizz! We will see.....

Sorry I forget the name where this hair tie comes from... maybe because it's lame.

So, I will say I've been pretty happy with my Birchbox's thus far. This might have been my least favorite but I did LOVE the Cool Fix product. I look forward to September and what Birchbox has in store for us!

Fall is right around the corner and I really hope there are more makeup samples and less skincare samples next time!

Who's with me???!!! 

Please share your Birchbox experiences below... I'd love to hear what you think! If you haven't signed up for Birchbox and would like to, let me know and I will send you a referral email!



  1. omggg the shaveworks reallly works?!??! i have those nasty bumps as well!! =[ btw I got the same sample of ouidad on my sephora online order but never tried it yet.. never read wat it was for lol but i have super curly/frizzy hair.. it might end up working for me? =] thanks for sharing hun =]


  2. Yes! It definitely worked for me.. I'm sad ebcause I'm almost out of the stuff so I need to purchase it!