Birchbox May 2015

Birchbox (referral link) is a monthly subscription box that sends you five personalized beauty items from hair, skincare, make up and Birchbox exclusives. The cost is $10 a month plus $4.95 shipping to Canada. You can fill out a style profile that will help them decide which variety of products they will send to you. You can buy full sized products through the Birchbox store and you can earn points towards purchases as well. After the 10th of each month you are able to go onto your account and view your box should you desire.

The Box

For May Birchbox collaborated with Cupcakes and Cashmere, which is actually a website that I follow! They were celebrating the launch of the new book “Cupcakes and Cashmere at Home”. The book is filled with entertaining ideas and home decor tricks. This is a bit more of a basic box than others I have received so far, but the simplicity of it is a nice change, The colors are great together, and aren’t colors we have seen on a box yet.

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There wasn’t anything that instantly stood out to me, and there wasn’t any familiar brands or products. That’s what I love about these boxes, finding new products to try! Let’s just hope they are items that I can actually use.

The Goods

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BeeKind Body Lotion–This product is free of parabens, phthalates, petrol-derived ingredients, mineral oil, DEA, TEA and prophylene glycol. Rather, it’s full of hydrators like honey, organic chamomile and Brassica plant extract. It has soybean and cottonseed oil for an added moisture boost. It absorbs instantly with no greasy residue left behind, but it does leave a zesty lemon verbena scent. Also, every BeeKind purchase helps support a healthier honeybee population by donating some of the proceeds from every purchase toward the Honey Bee Research Program at the University of California at Davis. The packaging is also recyclable. This is a great lotion. The scent is very discreet, but does have a slight flowery lemon scent. It made my hands feel extremely soft and absorbed quickly.

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LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Tube Pencil–This easy-to-use lip pencil provides high gloss and sheer color, without ever having to sharpen it. The softening shea butter moisturizes and fills in any lines, and is infused with refreshing mint. I’m not sure what it is with everywhere sending me purple lip color lately. As I was reading the description I was really confused, sheer color? Do you see how purple this is?! Shockingly, it does go on fairly sheer! I was really quite surprised by this. It gives my lips a very slight purple color, but it’s very faint. It goes on smoothly, and you barely even notice that it’s there. I love lip products that aren’t sticky and offer easy application.

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W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Bio Extreme Mascara–This is an all-natural, pro-grade formula so that we can take less-than-fluffy natural lashes to new extremes. It has a clump resistant wand that lifts and separates lashes, along with a nutrient-rich formula that coats them with luxe, glossy color. The pigment rich minerals add color, while a signature blend of palm and sunflower extracts nourish and plump up wimpy lashes. Boo, mascara. I think this is the first mascara I have received from BB, so I have to give them some credit. But still, boo.

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Rusk Paste–The formula in this paste is filled with stretchable fibers that bind to each hair for maximum lift and separation. The web-like texture provides flexible hold without freezing hair, so you can easily change up your style mid-afternoon. This is most ideal for creating piecey, tousled locks. It contains hydrolyzed quinoa, silk amino acids, and keratin that all leave the hair stronger and prevent color from fading because of sun or pollution exposure. I don’t know how I feel about this. I certainly have a lot of options for styling my hair now that I have gone short. That being said, my routine is wash, blow dry, straighten the pieces that aren’t acting properly. That’s it. No real styling involved, especially with paste.

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Raw Spirit Fragrance Desert, Blush Eau De Parfum–This fragrance is inspired by the Western Australian desert. The floral scent is based around Australian boronia, a tiny pink blossom that has a sweet, citrusy aroma. It also includes jasmine petals and violets mixed with warm musk, cedarwood, and sustainably harvested Australian sandalwood. It creates a romantic and airy scent. A portion of the sales helps support sustainable agricultural projects among Indigenous Australians. I rarely like fragrances so I’m happy that when I signed up I could select to receive a maximum of 6 samples per year. I can’t even figure out how to make this work without taking the lid completely off. Clearly I don’t know enough about fragrances. Definitely not a huge fan of the scent, and likely won’t end up ever using this.

Final Thoughts

This is definitely my least favorite Birchbox to date, the items just really weren’t for me. I’ll definitely use the lotion, and I do love that money from it goes to a good cause. At first glance I had written off the lip pencil, but it ended up being a big win. I loathe mascara and fragrances, and I don’t see myself using the hair paste. This box didn’t excite me by any means, but more than half of the items worked out for me. It was bad luck to receive a mascara and a fragrance in the same box. I’m hoping that this was a one time fluke and that I won’t see those items very often, together or separate.

  • The Nickel Nook

    Wow! That floral box is beautiful! I’m so glad they sent you one. 🙂