So, here it is, the first day of August, and I am finally reviewing my July Birchbox. July’s box was curated by the awesome people at Glamour, which I love! And boy, was this a crazy month for Birchboxes. I got my email saying my box had shipped at the same time of the month as it always does. After about 3 or 4 days, I checked the package tracking, and it said that it had been delivered to me. But it hadn’t. So, I waited a couple more days, and still no Birchbox, so I sent an email to Birchbox and told them my situation. After about 3 days, I hadn’t heard back, so I called the customer service number and left a message, and later that day I received an email back from them. They were super nice, and they apologized and immediately sent out another box, which I received right away! Little side note: Once the boxes ship, and maybe even a couple days before, If you log on to the Birchbox website and go to the page for your box, it will show you what is going to be included in your box. I know, I know, ruining the surprise, blah blah blah. Sometimes I just get excited and impatient. 🙂 Anywho, I knew what was supposed to be in my box and I was pretty excited about it, so when they sent me a new box, I was happy that it was the box I was supposed to receive! Yay! Sooooo, I got my box last week, and just hadn’t gotten around to posting about it yet. Then yesterday, I got another box! The same exact box I had already gotten! Except in this one, my perfume sample was gone. The cardboard holder was there, but the actual sample wasn’t. I can’t really complain since I did get one in the first box. Point of all of this: They were just a little off their game this month. I read a lot of reviews about the July box, and as of yesterday there are people who have either gotten their boxes late or haven’t received them yet at all. I also read that they have had this problem before with curated boxes (this was my first, but they had previous boxes curated by Teen Vogue and Cynthia Rowley.) I’m not saying this to discourage people from Birchbox, in fact, quite the opposite! Keep in mind that the company is only a couple years old, and isn’t a very large company, so there’s bound to be a glitch or two every so often. Their great customer service totally makes up for that! Anytime there is an issue, they do whatever they can to make it right. So hopefully members will give Birchbox a bit of a break if they had any issues this month, because they WILL make it right.
Enough of the boring stuff! Ready to see what I got this month? Good, ’cause I have pics this time!
The card is included in each box, and gives you descriptions of all the products in your box and what the full-size price is. The first thing is the Alterna color protection fluide. I haven’t tried this yet, but only because I haven’t been styling my hair because it’s so darn hot! Maybe Friday for the Neon Trees show I’ll try it out. 🙂 Next in the box is the Blinc Mascara. This is the thing I was most excited about getting. It is a “tubing” mascara, which means….well, it’s all scientific and stuff, so I’ll use their description:
How it Works
This mascara doesn’t just paint your lashes to make them darker and longer — it uses a copolymer-based formula to create little tubes around each one of your lashes. And since it’s not a paint, the mascara won’t flake, run, or smudge. When you’re ready to remove it, each individual tube slides off in one piece — no more black smears under your lashline!
This stuff is so awesome. I mean, super super super awesome. And they don’t lie; this stuff DOES NOT move once its on. This is the only mascara I have EVER used that is truly water-proof, smudge-proof, sleep-proof, rubbing-your-eyes-proof….you get the idea. It’s amazing. The sample was practically full-sized ( I figured it to be about 3/4 of the full-size), and since I got 2, I have a full-size and a half!! You can imagine how happy that makes me!! OK, so next is the Harvey Prince Hello perfume sample. Its a nice, summery flowery citrusy smell, great for day-time! The last beauty sample in the box is the Jouer tinted moisturizer. This was the product I was most surprised by. I absolutely LOVE IT!!! Like, I might have to blow all my points to buy the full-size in the shop. It’s amazing. My skin tends to get oily, so I really don’t like to wear foundations, and I tend more towards BB creams and those types of products. I’ve always liked the idea of tinted moisturizers in theory, but most just make my skin extra oily because of all the moisturizers. NOT this stuff. I was blown away. It dries to a powder-like finish. Even in the 100 degree heat, my face didn’t get oily. And it ALWAYS does. If you have oily skin, this is for you. Seriously. TRY IT!
There were 2 “lifestyle extras” (non-beauty products) in this box. I’ve read a lot of posts from people who don’t like these extras, because they aren’t beauty products, but I really like them. I think they’re fun little extras, and the beauty products that are included are well-worth it (I figured the approx. value of the mascara alone was about $21, 3/4 of the $28 full-size price. This MORE than pays for your box, and that doesn’t include everything else in the box). The extras this month were the Tea Forte Minteas, which was a full-size tin (they are sold in the shop in 3-packs). They are supposed to be energizing, and I don’t know how energized they make me, but they taste good, so I’m cool with that. I drink coffee, that’s enough energizing for me! The other extra was the Birchbox/Glamour exclusive earbuds. How cool are these?!? SO CUTE, with the neon pink and green!! I LOVE THEM! And, you can buy them in the shop for $10, so again, that pays for your box.
So with all the shipping mishaps, this box was totally worth the wait. I can’t wait to see what next month box brings! Also coming soon (like, hopfully today!) is my first official Julep Maven box! I have already gotten my 2 add-on polishes (I’ll go into that more when I get my box) so any time now! And, in a little over a week I will be getting my first Conscious Box! I’m SUPER excited about this one….stay tuned to find out all about it…. 🙂
Love to all!!