It’s the middle of the month and you know what that means – time for a Birchbox unboxing! This month’s boxes are super cute, and it wouldn’t be Birchbox if there weren’t some drama, but more on that later. I can’t believe June is half over and that summer officially starts in a couple of days. It just doesn’t feel like summer to me yet, and maybe that’s because the weather here has been insane. One day it’s blazing hot, the next raining, the next it’s back in the 50s. Hopefully with the official beginning of summer next week, we can get some serious summery weather.
From my May box, I’d say my favorite item was definitely the Coastal Scents Revealed 3 sampler. The shades are all super wearable and easy, and I don’t wear a lot of eye shadow, but I am seriously considering buying the entire palette now. The Aruba Aloe foot creme was really nice too, but nothing special. The LA Fresh makeup remover wipes were a joke. I tried one, but it couldn’t even remove non-waterproof mascara (and the wipes claim to be for removing even waterproof makeup), and I didn’t use the Number 4 thermal styling spray because, well, I don’t heat style my hair ever, and the Dr. Jart+ Night BB Cream was just weird. Weird consistency, weird smell, weird color, weird feeling on my face. May wasn’t a bad month, but it wasn’t a good one either. It was definitely just OK.
On to June!
The theme for June’s box is Say Yes, and the boxes are super cute this month. You could get one of three box patterns, each with a little saying on the front. I’ve said it before, but I really do love that Birchbox is doing special patterned boxes every month this year. I hope this is something permanent – it would be really hard to go back to the brown craft paper boxes after this year. Now, I never look at any of the product sneak peaks Birchbox releases, but I do follow them on social media, and I always watch the sample choice video they release each month, that usually has a tiny sneak peak of the box design and a couple of products. In June’s sample choice video (which was deleted by Birchbox), they told subscribers that everyone would be getting any Eyeko liquid eyeliner in their boxes, but of course when box previews came out, people looked and noticed that it wasn’t there. Birchbox said that their Eyeko liners got caught up in customs and would come in a future box. Now, personally, I don’t really care. I don’t use liquid liner so it really made no difference to me, but let’s just say people on Facebook and Twitter were mad. And I get that too because it is really not cool to promise something before it is official. This is just one in a string of incidents that have happened with Birchbox this year that have really made me stop and think about the type of company they are and if I want to continue supporting them. Overall, I’ve still been happy with what I’m getting from them, but moments like this make me stop and think, you know?
Wow. That was a downer, so let’s perk things up and get in to this month’s samples!
My box was packed this month with seven samples. I’ve been subscribed to Birchbox for two years now, and I’ve only gotten seven samples a couple of times. Six is usually the max, so this is definitely not the norm, but hey, I’m not complaining!
My first sample is CoTZ Sensitive SPF 40. Now, sunscreen isn’t exactly exciting, but it is totally necessary. I burn so easily, so sunscreen is a must in summer, but it is so hard finding a good one. This one says it is for sensitive skin. It is fragrance free, and goes on a lot like a moisturizer. It definitely doesn’t have that greasy feeling a lot of sunscreens have. The full-size is $20, so it’s pricey, but might be worth it.
My second and third samples are Klorane Shampoo and Conditioner with Mango Butter. Klorane makes my absolute favorite dry shampoo, so I have high hopes for this shampoo and conditioner. Plus, how cute is the little shampoo bottle? These products are supposed to smooth and hydrate dry hair, and the mango butter is supposed to nourish and restore. The shampoo smells amazing and like it could be edible (but of course, it’s not) so I’m super excited to try these products out.
My fourth sample is La Mav Green Clay Detox Mask. This is a clay mask that is supposed to extract impurities, shrink pores and brighten skin. I love clay masks. This sample is pretty tiny, so it is likely only one masks worth. It’s green in color and it smells good. I can’t pinpoint the exact scent, but it is very fresh and slightly citrusy. I will definitely try this out.
My fifth sample is Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner in Mulberry. This is the eyeliner Birchbox sent as a replacement for the Eyeko one. Everyone got a different color, I believe, and mine is a really beautiful eggplant purple. I really love this color (and own another similar liner) because it looks like dark brown or black, but has just enough color to be different. This eyeliner is super smooth and creamy, and I love that it is hypo-allergenic. I have sensitive eyes, so I always look for that in eyeliner. It is also shimmer-free which I greatly appreciate because nothing is worse than little flecks of glitter under your contacts or in your eyes.
My sixth sample is W3LL PEOPLE The Expressionist Mascara. I’ve tried a W3LL PEOPLE highlighter before, and wasn’t super impressed. The brand is all-natural, and while I like the idea of that, I usually find that the products just don’t work. This is a black mascara that is supposed to lengthen and lift lashes. The wand is a silicone wand, which I’m typically not a fan of, but I am in need of a new mascara so I’ll definitely try this out. I do love the simple, matte white packaging though. It’s very chic.
My seventh and final sample this month is an Emi Jay Hair Tie. It’s a pretty leaf green color, and is a ribbon style tie. I love the way these look, and have gotten other brands before, but they usually don’t work on my hair. They’re always too small and not stretchy enough to go around my hair enough times to actually hold it up in a pony tail. Still, it’s really cute so I’ll at least see if I can make it work. If not, I guess it can double as a bracelet!
So that is my June 2015 Birchbox! This seems like a really great box. I can already envision using each of the products, which is a good sign, and I love the variety in this box. Some skin, some hair, some makeup. If you are interested in signing up for Birchbox, it is a $10/month subscription service. You can pay monthly or pay for a full year up front. Everyone gets 4-6 different samples each month, tailored to the beauty profile you fill out and you can review your samples to earn Birchbox points. Birchbox has the best points system, hands down. You get 10 points per review and 100 points = $10 to spend in the Birchbox shop on full size products they sample. It’s like they pay you $4-6 every month just for taking your box. If you’re interested in learning more or signing up, you can click here for more details.