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Happy August, everyone! I can’t believe how quickly summer is winding down now. I also can’t believe how fast my Birchbox made it here this month! It is only the 7th of August and it was already in my mailbox! This is probably the earliest I’ve ever had a box ship, and I have a feeling it is because of the box I got, but more on that in just a second.
First, a quick look at how I wound up liking July’s products. I honestly liked every single product from July. My favorites are definitely theBalm bronzer/blush (but used as an eyeshadow), and the Stila liquid lipstick. It is so bright, but beautiful! If I had to pick a least favorite, I’d say the StriVectin eye serum, just because it is so hard to tell if it’s actually working…but I still liked it.
On to August!
So I did something I haven’t done before this month. I opted to receive the guest editor box this month for two reasons. One, I thought it looked like a good range of products that I’d be happy with, and two, I thought the box pattern for August was pretty ugly. I know that’s kind of a shallow reason, but Birchbox has totally stepped up their box pattern game and August’s grid design and pool just looked really bad to me. So I went for the guest editor box which was curated this month by Nicole Richie. I think the floral pattern is really lovely, and the products themselves are a great assortment.
My first sample is dr.brandt microdermabrasion exfoliant. This is a facial exfoliant that you use 1-2 times a week for glowing skin. I’ve had a few dr. brandt products in the past, and I always want to like them, but so far haven’t. This seems like a really basic product, so I’m hopeful it will work for me. It’s got a really nice, lemon-y citrus scent as well, and the sample size seems good for two or three uses.
My second sample is LAQA & Co. Cheeky Lip Crayon in Humble Brag. I really like LAQA & Co. products, so this was a huge draw to me. This is a brand new product that is a cream cheek and lip product. It’s a beautiful mauve-y pink, very soft and great for everyday. It sets to a matte finish (so it’s slightly drying on the lips), but it is beautiful. It sheers out on the cheeks to a super natural flush, which is my requirement for a cheek product. Definitely going to be getting some mileage out of this product.
My third sample is OPI Nail Lacquer in My Gondola or Yours? How stinking cute is this baby bottle of nail polish? I love mini polishes like this. This color is from the fall 2015 Venice collection. It looks black in the bottle, and it is in the black color family, but it’s also got hints of purple and brown. Definitely a shade I’ll use in fall if I’m feeling a little edgy.
My fourth sample is Rene Furterer LISSEA Leave-In Smoothing Fluid. This is a leave-in hair product that protects during heat styling, but also tames frizzy locks and flyaways. I’m mostly interested in the smoothing properties, so we will see if it helps tame my frizzy curls. This product definitely has a salon smell. I can’t pinpoint the exact scent, but it smells like something you’d get at a high-end salon. The sample size is also pretty small for someone with as much hair as I have.
My fifth and final sample this month is St. Tropez Gradual In-Shower Tan Lotion. This product is going to be a bit of an adventure for me. I always like the idea of self-tanners, but I have never had good results. They always look so fake and orange. This one promises to create a gradual, buildable tan that looks natural. I also love that it is an in-shower product. The instructions say to apply to damp skin, wait three minutes, and rinse. Easy peezy, and you get to avoid getting self-tanner all over everything. This is such a big sample size, and it smells fantastic. It’s very floral and fresh. I am looking forward to giving this a try.
So that is my August Candidly Nicole Birchbox! I am really happy that I chose this guest editor box because I think I can use every single one of these products. 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.
Savor the last month of summer!