So I’m a little behind in reviewing my August BB, but I’m finally getting around to it. This month’s theme was “Beauty School.” I have to say, for the first time, I am a little bit underwhelmed with my box. 😦 I’ll get back to that though. First, here’s what I got:
The Beauty School card is actually a cute little booklet that has a few cool tips and tricks. The other card explains this month’s BB partnership with Pencils for Promise, intending to use a portion of all purchases this month to build a school in Guatemala, which I think is pretty cool.
The card with the contents of the box is the back of the little booklet.
OK, so here’s the breakdown of my box:
Schick Hydro Silk razor: I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I didn’t mind getting this. Razors can be expensive, so getting a free one is not a bad deal. HOWEVER, I DID NOT like this razor at all! The first time I used it, I didn’t get a close shave and I had like 4 nicks. I always put the little plastic cover back on the razor when I’m not using it, so the second time I went to use it, all the moisturizing whatever it is leaked out of the razor and into a big sticky goop in the plastic cover, which the razor got stuck in and was practically glued into the cover. So I was left with a big sticky boogery moisturizer goo blob on my razor. BOO! Honestly, I’ve tried lots of different, more expensive razors, and nothing works as well as my good old Bic Soleil disposable razors. Also, I don’t know if I’m thrilled about getting items that I can get at Wal-Mart in my BB, which is supposed to be high-end samples. As long as they continue to be “extras” in addition to my samples, I am ok with it.
Comodynes tanning stuff: I wasn’t too thrilled about this. I received 2 of the face tanner packets and 2 of the tanning towelettes. My main issue is that the face product is a gradual tanner, while the towels are not. I feel like I would have an uneven color. I also look kind of silly when I’m tan; it’s not exactly natural looking for me. BUT, I feel like I’d be willing to maybe try the towels on my legs…I don’t know. I don’t want to be half tan….
DDF Brightening cleanser: So this one I wasn’t really happy about. My profile says I have sensitive skin. They sent some people a version of the cleanser for sensitive skin, but not me. There is actually a sunburn warning on the back of the bottle, stating that the cleanser has ingredients that can increase risk of sunburn. Yup, that’s just what I need. Takes me 5 minutes to burn in the sun to begin with. I don’t think I need something that INCREASES that risk!
Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy La Fleur: This smelled good, but basically just like a watered down version of the regular Viva la Juicy, which I really like. I got a sample of it in my first box and I liked it so much that I bought some at Gordman’s (way cheaper, of course!). I think I’ll stick with that one, but it was a nice smell. Light and flowery.
Beauty Fixation Make-up Remover Swabs: I actually really liked these! I have read that a lot of people were unhappy about these and thought they were junk, but I really liked them! I always get mascara on my eyelids, or have eyeliner mishaps, and these are great for fixing those little mistakes!
So here’s why I’m kind of bummed about this box. I feel like BB has sort of gone off the rails a bit in the past couple months. Last month, there were crazy shipping disasters, but even with that I ended up with 2 boxes last month (my box was lost, they sent me a new one identical to the one I was set to receive, then I ended up with another one at the end of the month!), and I loved that box! This month the shipping issues seem to be happening again. I was fortunate to get mine fairly quickly. What I’m not happy about is that they seem to have completely disregarded the profiles they ask us to fill out (so that our samples are “tailored” to us). My profile says that I’m fair skinned, and my skin concerns are sensitivity and sun-protection. So I get sunless tanner and a cleanser that makes it easier for me to get a sunburn. Part of the BB experience is trying new things, and maybe you might not always like the things you get, but that’s the gamble of it. What bothers me is that they promise samples that are tailored to each person’s needs. If they can’t do that, they shouldn’t make that something that they base their service on. I’ve seen many people post this month that they have gotten things that just don’t make sense, like curly hair products for girls with straight hair, wrong foundation colors, etc. I want to get things that I can at least try, even if I’m not a fan afterwards. But I don’t want to pay $10 for a box of things I can’t use! That being said, this is the first box I’ve gotten that I have not been THRILLED with! I have loved my previous boxes! I don’t really know what went wrong this month, but it seems I’m not the only one who had the same issues I did. I think the issue is that they are a relatively small company, and they have BLOWN UP very quickly. I think maybe they are just having issues keeping up and trying to make everyone happy. I’m in no way ready to give up on them. Again, this is the only box of 5 that I haven’t liked, so that’s no reason to quit, but I do hope they get all their kinks worked out! I still love you Birchbox, but please, get your act together! 🙂
Little side note on a unrelated topic. I am a huge fan of Maybelline Great Lash mascara, so when I found out about the limited edition colored Great Lashes, I had to try it! I got the purple, and I LOVE it! Same awesome Great Lash formula, with just a hint of purple. Not enough to make me look like a club kid, but just the right amount to stand out in the sunlight and give a nice pop of color. TRY IT!!
Peace, Love, and MAKE-UP! ❤