Monday, August 27, 2012

August 2012 Birchbox

Birchbox's theme this month is Beauty School. Birchbox focused on creating a Beauty School Supply Kit, filled with beauty essentials. Birchbox partnered with Pencils of Promise, an organization that works to provide all children with quality education. Birchbox is donating 15% of all proceeds in the month of August to Pencils of Promise to help build a new school.
This Month's Box
The info cards this month are so adorable and came extra special with Beauty School tips that anyone can use. Instead of a normal card, there was a fold out pamphlet with great tips that I often forget and my "Supply Kit" was listed on the back. (Click to Enlarge)

Beauty Fixation Cuticle Conditioner $25 - These swabs are made to soften your cuticles. I never pay attention to my cuticles besides pushing them up so I think this item came at the perfect time, since I just had my acrylics removed.

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy La Fleur $70 - I love the original Viva La Juicy so I had extra high hoopes for this scent, and yes my expectations were met. This fragrance is so flowery and fruity and just pretty. I really want the full size!

Stila Stay all Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm Foundation and Concealer $38-$44 -  I was psyched to see this item in my box but sadly when I saw the sample size and shade provided for me, I became disappointed. The samples are on sample card and can barely be enough for one use. The shade is "warm" which is so dark for me. I am an olive toned gal and this shade is for someone at least 10x darker than me.

WEI Pomegranate Buffing Beads 20 Packets for $20 - These buffing beads are designed to be mixed with a cleanser of your choice to lightly exfoliate the skin. My box came with two single use packets. I can't say I'm totally thrilled with the size and I'm still on the fence about this product. I understand this line is expensive but it is difficult to decide if you like something based off of two uses.

WEI Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask $42 for 8 masks at 8ml - This facial mask is made to dust away debris, dirt, and oils away from your face without leaving the skin dry and taut. Apparently the full size product comes with a reusable brush that is used to apply the mask onto your face with. This mud mask did leave my skin feeling so soft and supple, like porcelain but the price is just to high for this college girl.

Schick Hydro Silk Razor $9.99 - This razor is so amazing! I love Schick razors but the refills are so pricey. I love that this razor came with a $4.00 off coupon for the refills. Lately I've been using my bf's Schick Hydro for men razor and this is the perfect equivalent to that!

I rate this box a 7/10. I was not impressed with the sample sizes this month. I cringe at the sight of one time use samples because like i stated before, it is so difficult to try and products and form an opinion after one or two uses. This month was a mediocre follow up to last months.  

So what do think of my box? Any items you'd like to try? Link your Birchbox posts below so I can check them out!


  1. Some of the boxes can be so hit and month great...the next down right poor!!And i do agree with the tiny samples on earth can you form an opinion just from one small appliation!
    Found you via the May Issue Blog hop and have followed xx

    1. Thank you for commenting! I love your blog! Yeah, but what can we really ask for $10? I mean sure we want at least a true deluxe size sample, but we rarely get it.

  2. Pretty fun box! Oooh, I'd love a larger sample of that Stila BB! I agree with you (and I've told Birchbox) that the card samples are too small to serve a purpose. I've never bought anything based on a card sample like that... not even from a magazine. What in the world can you tell from putting it on your eyelid, right? lol. They should send you many of those, if they're going to send them. That mud mask sounds super cool! I bought a pack of those swabs, but I got the eye makeup remover ones--love em! Still a fun box w/cool stuff to try out :) The face wash I got really stinks... I have to hold my breath and wash as fast as possible haha but it worksss.:P

    1. I've thought about writing them, but still have decided not to. As a paying customer, my opinion does matter, but I will hold off for now because this is the first cards sample. What's more upsetting is that the color was so off!


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