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May 23, 2014

Birchbox May 2014 #2 Review

I have three Birchbox subscriptions and this is the review for my second account. I've gotten some pretty good boxes on this account, and I think this one is great! I did get 100 points for this one shipping late, so that was fine with me.

My Birchboxes always seem to take a while to get to me, they sort of trickle in throughout the month, this one took 9 days to get to me from Tennessee to California. My third box came from Georgia, so why the change, I have no idea.

I received box #12:

Color Club Art Duo Pens in Black - ($8.33) I was interested in trying these, and I had no idea until I saw someone mention it on Instagram, that it has two tips. You unscrew the cap for a fine tipped brush, and pull off the very top cap for a very fine pen-like tip. This will be fun to try maybe with that monarch nail art design so many people do.

Caldrea Body Wash in Tea Olive Lime - ($1.50) I received this exact same sample in my April Glossybox and it smells nice. If you've been reading long you know I have a huge stash of body wash so this is going to go in it too! If I keep getting body wash or soap every month I'm never going to get through it all! I just have to hope that once B and I move in together near the end of summer I'll at least have one more person helping me use it all!

Caldrea Body Lotion in Aloe Water Apricot - ($0.75) I decanted this into a little plastic condiment container with a lid and whoa that is a strong scent! I put some on my hands and I like the feel of it, it's not greasy and dries to an almost powder-like finish. But I probably wouldn't buy it, even in another scent because this one was giving me a headache. To use this I'll probably have to put it on my legs or feet, too close to my face is bad!

Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint - ($3.75) This is very sheer, and I've heard so many good things about it's matte counterpart so this might be nice to try. I don't know if I'm really a fan of having glittery stuff all over my face, but it's hard to tell that it's glittery at least from a swatch on the back of my hand. I am worried it might be a smidge too dark. We'll see.

Kérastase Masque Cristal - ($4.75) I'm excited to try this the foil is pretty large I think I could get at least 3-4 uses out of this. The one thing I like about the Birchbox info cards is that they actually tell you how to use the product. This foil has about 10 languages on the back, but doesn't have directions.

Supergoop! Everyday SPF 30 with Cellular Response Technology - ($1) This is my third tube of Supergoop! so it's going in my purse stash of sunscreen. The one gripe I have against this brand is it's only SPF 30, and usually I buy at least SPF 50.

Overall, this month's Birchbox had a total value of about $20, which is fairly good considering I only paid $10 for it and also received $10 back in points when I signed up, and I'm getting $6 in points for reviewing my products. I personally don't mind foil packet samples, I know others dislike them, but I do have a problem when the majority of my samples are too small to really try more than once or twice. It's very difficult to be able to tell for sure if you like a product in such a short amount of time. And when I can't really tell if I like it, I'm less likely to buy it in the full size.

Do you subscribe to Birchbox? What was your favorite May product? Let me know in the comments!

Birchbox is only $10 a month and they send you 5-8 (usually sample size) products. If you really like the sample, they offer the full size version on their shop for you to purchase. If you sign up, use the code SUMMERSUB to get your first box for only $5, which is 50% off!

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  1. This looks like a great box! I'd love to try the Kerastase. I can't believe the full size is $61!

    FYI there isn't a huge difference between and SPF 30 and an SPF 50 sunscreen. (It's only about a 1% difference.) This article explains it well:

    "SPF is not a consumer-friendly number," says Florida dermatologist James M. Spencer, MD. "It is logical for someone to think that an SPF of 30 is twice as good as an SPF of 15 and so on. But that is not how it works."
    According to Spencer, an SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays.
    "After that, it just gets silly," he says.


    Love your blog!
    --Purple Orchid

    1. Oh yeah I know how BS SPF ratings are, but even though it doesn't make it work "better" per se, it does mean you don't have to reapply as often, which I am guilty of not reapplying as often as I should. Plus with such a tiny tube, I'll get less than one use out of it anyways.


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