June is here! It’s officially summer and time for warm weather! June also brings a new Birchbox for me to review. (^.^) My last few Birchbox’s were a little iffy with a pretty even amounts of hits and misses, so I wasn’t sure what this month would bring. The theme for this month is Face the Day – and the box had an abstract art face design on it. I assumed this meant I’d be getting only face stuff, but I ended up with other things as well.
* As with any company you get samples from, ALWAYS CHECK AMAZONG AND OTHER SITES FOR CHEAPER PRICES BEFORE BUYING FULL SIZE FROM THE COMPLANY! If price isn’t an issue for you, buy wherever you like. However, if you are looking to get the best bang for your buck, look on Amazon and other sites because they often have lower prices! I’ve listed the links to other sites like Amazon where you can find each product! *
We kick off our June box with this product – Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle. While this is not a face product, I was actually pleased to see this product in my box. I’ve enjoyed the leave in hair treatments they’ve sent me before, minus the one that gave me headaches, and I was in need of a new one. This has a pleasant smell, yet not overly strong. I put it in my hair after my showers to help protect my hair during any styling, and it also makes it feel softer and healthier. There is no info on this product’s chemical rating on Skin Deep but the product does state it’s vegan and paraben free. I liked this product and will keep using it. I’m unsure if I will buy it full size as there are a few other leave in hair treatments I like too.
There is a reason I don’t like perfume samples and this is one of them. This sample leaked ALL OVER my June box! And it stinks! I had to remove it to another room to avoid the massive headache it was causing. Not a fan of it at all! Anything that makes me get an instant headache has waaaay too much fragrance and chemicals. And because it leaked, my other samples smelled awful for several days until the smell faded. It’s a very heavily perfumed fragrance. I did not enjoy this sample at all.
This sample I was actually very pleased with. It’s The Beauty Crop Blush Duo in the shade Papaya Don’t Preach. I am often a minimalist with my makeup depending on the day, and some days I just wear a little blush and lip gloss. This set was really cute and fits nicely in my purse! I liked the shades I received and I will be using this with me until it’s gone! It gave me a nice rosy and bronzy color on my cheeks that complimented my skin tone really well. I may order this product simply because the colors are great and I like products I can take on the go that won’t make a mess or spill. I use a lot of mineral makeups and they are not easy to take on the go since they are loose powders.
Next up is COOLA SPF 30 Rosilliance Organic BB+ Cream. This is the second one of these they’ve sent me and I’m still not sure why. I don’t use a major sunscreen on my face because I’m rarely out in it for more than 30 minutes. And the tint on this is so light it’s not even noticeable. I’d rather have one with more color so you can wear it as a light BB cream and get a little coverage. As it is, this stuff has so little tint that I used it on Little Divine on our park days as she gets 2or more hours of straight sun exposure. Don’t freak out – she’s almost 11. And like I said, there is basically no color. I did like that it wasn’t greasy or shiny on her face. You couldn’t tell she had anything on at all. And no skin irritation on her either. So if you get this, understand there is no coverage from the BB cream at all. It’s mostly just an organic sunscreen.
The last sample was Balance Me Instant Lift Primer. This stuff is really awesome! I didn’t realize it was going to make my skin all glowy until after I put it on and put makeup over it! Like the MAC Strobe Cream I received in May’s box, this made my face look radiant! I am torn between these two products, but I might choose this one for the face that it tightens skin as well. I love how my face looks with the glowy primers under my makeup! I haven’t used it enough to see major skin tightening, but it went on well under both liquid makeup and powder makeup. And again – glowing skin! Big fan. (^.^)
So to recap – a few samples I didn’t like and the rest were pretty good. No extra sample this month sadly. The perfume was awful and smelled up all of my products. The COOLA is not something I want to keep getting, yet they keep sending it to me…. The Balance Me Instant Life Primer was my favorite and I’d love to get it in full size! The blush set and the leave in hair stuff will get used up and enjoyed too. (^.^)
I honestly don’t know how much longer I will be staying with Birchbox. There have been several issues, including a specialty box review that it coming and boy the customer service with it was horrible!! Now they don’t give you any points unless you buy full size products. And the samples have been super iffy the last 3 months. I’ve signed up with another company as well, so if their 1st and 2nd boxes are amazing, I’ll be dropping Birchbox. They also send FULL SIZE products, not teeny tiny samples. I get not everyone can do the price difference on those boxes, but when I added both up or a year, there wasn’t a huge difference. So we shall see!
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