August Birchbox

Ok so I got my Birchbox super duper early this month and I feel terrible that I am just now writing about it. Although to be fair, I like to try at least some of the products before posting. What good is a review if you haven’t tried the products yet right?

Birchbox: $10 a month sending awesome beauty samples to your door based off of your beauty profile. They do have a points reward and referral system to be used in their shop, make sure to do product reviews to get BB points! 

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Harvey Prince Ageless Body Cream, I love all of the Harvey Prince scents that I’ve gotten to sample so far and this lotion was another win for me. This is a fairly strong scented lotion, you don’t want to layer on any extra perfume with this. I kind of like that about it since I normally forget to wear fragrance these days. It also wears well, normally scents fade really fast on my skin, this one didn’t. The only downside? This has Red33 in it even though Birchbox says that this is a hypoallergenic lotion. There are many who get a bad reaction when using products with this ingredient, just a heads up. 

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Neil George Shampoo and Conditioner, This is a new brand for me to try out and I am pleased both with the sample size and that BB sent the set instead of just one to try. Sometimes I feel like hair care products work best when you stick with the same line instead of mixing and matching them. Im not crazy about the scent, it isn’t awful it’s just not for me. I still can’t wait to give it a go and see how it works in my hair. 

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nugg face mask-revitalizing, Yay! I never splurge on face masks and I can’t wait to try this out! I like the little pod it comes in. This mask is supposed to revitalize and plump dull tired skin, yes please! As a tired mommy, I will take anything that makes me look less tired and zombie like. 

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Laura Geller Cool Lids Eyeshadow in Silver Sands, This was my customized pick for August and it did not disappoint. You only need a little so this tube should last me a while. The color is really pretty and not too dark. You can layer to make it darker or keep it light and more sheer. I used this over my whole eyelid and I like it a lot. It dries quickly and lasts about all day with no smudging or budging. This is a first trying a liquid eyeshadow and I think I’d like to try more shades now. 

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All of the items were a win for me this month. Sometimes it’s hit or miss but for August Im happy with all of my products. I also feel like if I saved this for travel all I would need is a little shower gel and lip balm and I would be all set! Since subscribing to BB I have had a much easier time packing my beauty and skincare essentials : ).

On another note: I really like that Birchbox is changing things ups to offer more customization to the boxes. I was debating over whether or not to get the other box option and Im glad I didn’t. My mother in law picked the box that had set samples this month and sadly her Benefit eyeliner was all dried out, did anyone else have that problem? That new eyeliner has been seen everywhere and it does look really neat, but what a downer to have the sample not work. 

August Pop Sugar Must Have Box plus a Code for $10 Off!

August was one of my all time favorite Pop Sugar boxes! I don’t normally subscribe but I knew in advance that this was their anniversary box, which means that it would be extra awesome! On top of that I used a code so I could get another turkish towel that came in last month’s box. Im not sure if that code is still available but it was GWPMSA (as of 7-29 it was still working). After subscribing to many boxes the past two years I think I can say Pop Sugar has probably been my favorite. I love that you get so many different items in one box. Even though there are normally a few things I won’t use, there are many that I definitely used. I want to know what your favorite past box items have been! The things I have used the most are probably the beach wraps and towels, oh and any food items always go fast in our house ; ). IMG_4547

Pop Sugar Must Have Box-$40 monthly, cheaper with longer plan subscription. Each month get mainly full size “must have” items for the month, normally based around a specific inspiration or theme.   

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thinkThin Brownie Crunch High Protein Bar– Okay how crazy is it that in this tiny little bar there is a whopping 20 grams of protein!? Im not sure I need that kind of protein, sometimes too much in one sitting can upset my stomach. Im definitely going to try it out though, anything with brownie in the title is certain to be a win in my book. 

Festive Celebrate Cookie Mix $12– This looks so yummy! It’s also cute how it ties in with their anniversary this month, “celebrate”. What better way to celebrate with cookies that have sprinkles and chocolate in them? The only bummer is I totally thought that this came in an actual mason jar, Ive always wanted one of those cute cake mixes that came in a jar. This packaging is really adorable and I like that I now can make a batch of cookies anytime the craving hits. 

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Lollia At Last Shower Gel, $22: This is one of my current favorite luxury brands. I say luxury because there is no way I would ever spend that much on shower gel. I did however spend the money on a GIANT and beautiful glass bottle of bubble bath from this brand Lollia quite recently. It’s so big it will last me a long time, I really like my bubble baths!  This shower gel has a nice scent and the packaging is so bright and cheerful. It’s swapping out my current product immediately. 

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Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace, $50: Im not sure if I am bummed about not getting the earrings or not. But I really like this necklace. I feel like it’s just that extra something to add to an outfit without going overboard. I am really liking how small and dainty it is, I feel like I will be wearing this a lot. Although maybe I could swap to get the earrings too! 

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Paddywax Ocean Tide + Sea Salt Candle, $10 : This smells so good, I can’t wait to use it in the bathroom for one of my bubble baths. The blue jar is so pretty I think I’ll try and make a candle with it once I used this one all up. Has anyone ever made their own candles? It seems fairly easy, and a fun project! Ill have to do some research… 

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Goodbyn Purple Meal and Dipper Set, $8: I have been using the hot pink Bento set from Goodbyn that I got in P’s Citrus Lane box and we love it. Im excited to have a smaller one for myself. The little dipper set is great to bring along some fruit or veggie dip for us to snack on at the park (without it spilling everywhere in my bag).

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*Bonus Item using Code-Trina Turk Turkish T Towel, $32:Love Love Love these turkish towels this summer. I was using a bath robe when it was colder but these towels are a nice weight for warmer months. These towels are fairly absorbent and dry quickly. It doesn’t hurt that they are a nice blue and white stripe that goes well in our bathroom either! 

Missing Item: Bite Beauty Lip Gloss

I was really sad that I didn’t get the lip gloss in my box and guess what? Pop Sugar has the best customer service I have ever experienced. I emailed them late last night and today I already received an email back saying that they would be happy to send me my missing lip gloss! Seriously, I think that they might actually be better than Birchbox’s customer service just because they were so super quick to respond. I wasn’t expecting such to hear back for a few days! Boy was I wrong, hopefully I get my lipgloss in the mail as just as quickly. This lip gloss is from Bite Beauty a line of makeup that is already quite great in my opinion. I have a lipstick from Bite that I really love especially because their products are free of parabens and sulfates and infused with food-grade ingredients. This lip gloss looks really nice and has strawberry, coconut and avocado oils. PSMH says it’s like “a super fruit smoothie for your lips” I can’t wait to try it! I will update with a picture once I get it in the mail.

So happy with the August box, even with the missing item. I really love everything I received the scent of the candle and shower gel, the cookie mix, the Goodbyn will be used a lot. I think PSMH did a wonderful job of including items that are practical, tasty, luxurious and beautiful all into one box.  Oh right and also the code for $10 off is MUSTHAVEYT