The specialness that is Birchbox + Gap

Birchbox GAP

Birchbox + GAP

One of the most unusual things about Birchbox is their collaborations. They’ve been working with different stores to create subscription boxes that are unique to the store. A great example of this is BIRCHBOX + GAP which is available in 7 locations. Both the Birchbox Gap for women and for men were sent so we could share these with you and explain the process of obtaining them.

Birchbox Gap for Women

Birchbox Gap for Women

The Birchbox + Gap box for women is one of the best I’ve seen from them. I have many Birchbox boxes and rarely did I get one that I’d use and love everything in it. Inside is a Gloss Gloss Nail Polish, Supergoop Sunscreen, Amika Dry Shampoo, Whish Body Lotion and Eyeko FAT Eye Stick. Three deluxe sample sizes and two full size are the makeup of this box.

Supergoop, Whish, Amika in Birchbox Gap

Supergoop, Whish, Amika in Birchbox Gap

SUPERGOOP Everyday SPF 50 is one of my very favorite sunscreens. This SPF 50 sunscreen is a lightweight cream that’s oil free and fragrance free. I love this deluxe sample size for my purse.

WHISH Three Wishes Body Butter in Lavender is an anti-oxidant rich formula that’s a terrific body butter. This one is in Lavender but Whish also has other yummy fragrances like my favorite Almond.

AMIKA Perk Up Dry Shampoo is one of the better dry shampoos out there. Everyone loves this weightless spray that refreshes your hair by absorbing oil without leaving any residue. The full size is $21 but you can buy this travel size for $9 on Birchbox’s site.

FLOSS GLOSS Nail polish in Wavepool

FLOSS GLOSS Nail polish in Wavepool

FLOSS GLOSS NAIL POLISH in Wavepool is so summer! What a beautiful shade to wear when having fun in the sun. This is a full size bottle that can be purchased for $8 on Birchbox.

Eyeko FAT Eye Stick in Satin Taupe

Eyeko FAT Eye Stick in Satin Taupe

EYEKO FAT EYE STICK in Satin Taupe seems to be exclusive to this box. This full size ($15) eye crayon is such a beautiful color. There’s nothing easier than applying the creamy eye crayon and adding some water resistant mascara to look great in the summer. This is my favorite item in the box and I hope they start selling it soon.

A Women’s Birchbox costs $10 per month. This is part of a set of three for $30. You’ll pay the $30, get this box immediately at the Gap stores that are part of the program and sign up to receive the other 2 Gap Birchboxes delivered directly to you.

Birchbox Gap for Men

Birchbox Gap for Men

Gap and Birchbox didn’t forget about the guys. The men’s boxes sell for $20 so the Gap collection is 3 months for $60. Here are the contents of the first box you/he will receive and the value is excellent. There are 4 deluxe sample sizes and one amazing full size.

Gap Birchbox for men

Gap Birchbox for men

PLANT Get It On Body Wash is the perfect size to try out or put in a travel kit. This is an all natural cleanser with essential oils of cedar, ginger and sandalwood.

BILLY JEALOUSY HYDROPLANE Super Slick Shave Cream is a latherless shave cream that uses silicone beads and essential oils to buffer skin against the harshness of a razor.

BAXTER Clay Mask is for the man who really takes care of himself. It’s a purifying blend of kaolin and bentonite clay for exfoliation and absorbing excess oil.

PARLOR Reworkable Hold Paste will make men’s hair soft, pliable but easy to style. This contains sweet almond and extract and fortifying Vitamin B5.

Brichbox Gap with LSTN Bowery Earbuds

Brichbox Gap with LSTN Bowery Earbuds

LSTN Bowery Earbuds is the item in the box that my husband wanted instantly. I had to grab them away to photograph them before he absconded with them. These are a $50 value so that makes the price of the box totally worth it. The earbuds are made from reclaimed wood (they are a cherry wood and browner than my pictures) and come with three sizes of earplugs so he’s sure to get a size to fit him. Plus you can “borrow” them and have a size to fit you. These are sold on Birchbox’s site too. “Made from reclaimed wood, the 100% electro-acoustic tested headphones pair superior sound quality with one-of-a-kind good looks. And, because each pair of headphones benefits a charity for the deaf, this is an accessory you can feel good about.”

There are 7 GAP Stores that are part of the Birchbox Gap Summer Beauty Shop. Some of these not only have this special subscription but even have a Build Your Own Box. Are you lucky enough to be near San Francisco Market Street, Houston Galleria, Los Angeles The Grove, Chicago State Street, NYC 34th & Broadway, NYC Lincoln Square or NYC 17th St & 5th Ave.? If so go there through June 23rd for these specials. There are even 4 stores with events that the first 150 people can win a free box.

Even if you are not a subscriber to Birchbox, you can still purchase items there so that makes the rest of you who are interested in some of these able to purchase without commitment. What’s your favorite product in these boxes? — Marcia

*sent by Birchbox for this article

Show dad he is an ‘Everyday Hero’ with the Father’s Day Birchbox for Men

Birchbox Everyday Hero Box

Birchbox Everyday Hero Box

Of course your dad is a hero every day…but Father’s Day is a great day to remind him just how much he is loved. The perfect gift is one that keeps giving all year – a Birchbox Man subscription. The cost is $20 a month, which brings the man of the family a personalized box of grooming products every month. One of the special Birchbox Man boxes for June is the “Everyday Hero” box that is only available with a subscription…and today, June 11th, is the very last day you can order it!!

Birchbox Man Everyday Hero Box

Birchbox Man Everyday Hero Box

Birchbox is a subscription service featuring a monthly box of five beauty/grooming/lifestyle items that are selected based on your preferences. The sample sizes allow you to try different brands and products and you can purchase the full sizes of things you fall in love with on the Birchbox site. The Everyday Hero box (again, only available with a subscription through June 11th!) has five manly products that dad will love.

Baxter Grooming Lotion

Baxter Grooming Lotion

  • Baxter of California Grooming Lotion is a leave-in conditioning cream for hair that gives a subtle shine and just enough hold.

    English Laundry Riviera

    English Laundry Riviera

  • English Laundry Riviera smells clean thanks to citrus top notes, and the base of pepper and oak moss give it a nice macho twist.

    SU Hair and Body Wash

    SU Hair and Body Wash

  • SU Hair and Body Wash is all a man needs in the shower and the Italian citrus extracts smell wonderfully clean.

    Jack Black Beard Lube

    Jack Black Beard Lube

  • Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave is a great multi-tasker. It’s a pre-shave oil, a shaving cream, and an aftershave all in one.  
Izola Soap Dish

Izola Soap Dish

  • Izola Soap Dish is a wonderful ceramic soap dish with a retro boxing glove illustration. This is fabulous, I love it! Dads will definitely love it too.
The Birchbox Man Everyday Hero box is only available through the end of the day today, so hurry and subscribe for dad now! Birchbox Man will remind him every month that he is loved and appreciated.  – Lisa
*received for editorial consideration

Father’s Day is smooth sailing with Birchbox Man Anchors Aweigh Box

Birchbox Man Anchors Aweigh BoxLooking for a special Father’s Day gift with a little variety?  Consider a gift that keeps giving all year – a Birchbox Man subscription. The cost is $20 a month, which brings the man of the family a personalized box of grooming products every month. There are two special Birchbox Man boxes for June – an “Everyday Hero” box that is only available with a subscription through June 11th (and I hope to have a review up for that one soon), as well as the Anchors Aweigh box that is only available with a subscription through June 9th. I was sent the Anchors Aweigh box to review and my husband gives it a big thumbs up.
Birchbox Man Anchors Aweigh Box

Birchbox Man Anchors Aweigh Box

Birchbox is a subscription service featuring a monthly box of five beauty/grooming/lifestyle items that are selected based on your preferences. The sample sizes allow you to try different brands and products and you can purchase the full sizes of things you fall in love with on the Birchbox site. The Anchors Aweigh box (again, only available with a subscription through June 9th!) has a fun nautical theme with four manly samples and a bracelet that any sea-loving man would be proud to wear.

The salty sea air inspired this special box and samples include some of Birchbox Man’s best-selling items.

Billy Jealousy Ocean Front

Billy Jealousy Ocean Front Body Wash

Billy Jealousy is a great product line name…definitely fun in a manly way! The Ocean Front Body Wash is perfect for the nautical theme and this body wash smells clean and refreshing. This gel soap takes care of skin with vitamin E and ginseng extract.

Parlor Sea Salt Spray

Parlor Sea Salt Spray

The PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray gives your guy beachy hair even if he is hanging at the office all day instead of hanging ten. Sea salt sprays can be drying, but this one gives hair great texture without making it crunchy.

English Laundry Riviera

English Laundry Riviera

If your guy can’t be out on the water, he can still smell like the great outdoors and English Laundry Riviera is a classic cologne that is up for the job. It smells clean thanks to citrus top notes, and the base of pepper and oak moss give it a nice macho twist.

Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen

Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen

Every sailor needs sun protection! One of my favorite sunscreens is Supergoop Everyday SPF 50 with Cellular Response Technology. The broad spectrum formula gives great UV protection that isn’t heavy or greasy.

Sailormade

Sailormade Charger Bracelet

I think the best item in the Anchors Aweigh box is the Sailormade Charger Bracelet.  The bracelet is a classic sailor’s rope and hook. The hook is a scaled down nautical Brummel Hook that is attached to a rugged marine cord. The bracelet adjusts to the size of your wrist and it really looks cool. If the dad in your life loves boats, he will love this bracelet. The retail value of the Sailormade Charger Bracelet is $45, more than double the cost of the box for the month.
The Birchbox Man Anchors Aweigh box is only available until June 9th, so hurry and subscribe for dad now! Birchbox Man will remind him every month that he is loved and appreciated.  – Lisa
*received for editorial consideration

December subscription boxes: Birchbox vs IPSY

I’d love to know which of these two subscription boxes you purchase. If you don’t buy any of these which would you pick after seeing what’s in the December boxes? I’m not going to comment until the end so you can form your own opinions (pretty unusual for me to keep my mouth shut!!)

BIRCHBOX DECEMBER 2013: Sparkle and Shine

Birchbox December 2013 Sparkle and Shine

Birchbox December 2013 Sparkle and Shine

December 2013 Birchbox

December 2013 Birchbox

Birchbox is $10 a month. Once you subscribe be sure you fill out the surveys to gain points that will help you get products they sell for free or for less money. The box is known to be a SAMPLE box though in the beginning I believe they’d have some full size items. December held 4 samples, a cookie and a Birchbox extra.

Birchbox goodies

Birchbox goodies

These are the deluxe samples: Number 4 Non Aerosol Hairspray, Secret Agent Beauty Nourishing & Plumping Lip Gloss in Foreign Intelligence Flirt, and Bee Kind Body Lotion.

Birchbox stuff

Birchbox stuff

This picture shows the Eslor Skincare System sample packet, Emily’s Chocolates Milk Chocolate Fortune Cookie, and a Birchbox Digimate that you stick on your phone when you want to purchase from Birchbox and get 20% off the purchase. birchbox december 13 cookie

Eslor packets

Eslor packets

IPSY DECEMBER 2013

Ipsy December 2013 products

Ipsy December 2013 products

Ipsy is also $10 a month and includes full size items although once in a while there will be a deluxe sample. There are variations to the subscription so you may not get the exact same cosmetic bag as your neighbor but they’ll be similar.
Every month the bright pink mailer brings you cosmetics in a makeup bag. This month’s bag is a black patent leather look textured one.

The products in my bag are Andrea false eyelashes, Pop Beauty eyeshadow trio in Naturally Bare, NYX Miracle Lipstick, Be A Bombshell “The One Stick” in Girl Crush, and Nikka K nail polish in a taupe shade (NY 112, I think).

Pop Beauty eyeshadow in Naturally Bare

Pop Beauty eyeshadow in Naturally Bare

Nikka K polish

Nikka K polish

NYX Lipstick in MIracle

NYX Lipstick in Miracle

ANDREA false lashes

ANDREA false lashes

Be A Bombshell The One Stick in Girl Crush

Be A Bombshell The One Stick in Girl Crush

Be A Bombshell The One Stick in Girl Crush

Be A Bombshell The One Stick in Girl Crush

Now that you’ve seen what’s in these subscriptions, do you have an opinion? I sure do. First thing you need to know is that I cancelled my Birchbox subscription in early November. I had removed my CC information and got a cancellation notice. Then voila, there’s the box in my mail and on my charge. I didn’t return it because the postage wouldn’t be worth it to me and I can use items in the BIZ giveaways. I will most likely use the BeeKind lotion on my legs though since my skin is so dry. There’s a chance I’ll use the Secret Agent Beauty gloss. The cookie will get eaten. Eslor and Number 4 hairspray will be given away.

IPSY on the other hand will get use. My sister’s next goodie bag will include the Andrea Falsies since she’s a makeup artist and someone may want these put on them. I have no skill at all when it comes to false lashes so I won’t even attempt them. Be A Bombshell’s color stick is a keeper. Not everyone can wear this light a color but I can and will. The Pop Beauty trio is very nice although I haven’t decided if it’s a keeper or giveaway but I’m glad it was in there. Nikka K isn’t a color I’d normally wear but it’s nice to have a shade I might just need in the stash. Last is the NYX Miracle lipstick which looks beautiful but isn’t my shade so someone will get this in a giveaway.

And the winner is... IPSY

And the winner is… IPSY

Even though you can see that I won’t use everything in my IPSY, you can also tell that this is the winner. IPSY has become a subscription I look forward to every month and a great value for my $10. — Marcia

Disclosure: I finally got a link for IPSY credits that can help purchase items so if you decide to become a subscriber, I’d love if you clicked through my link. Thanks

 

October Ipsy and Birchbox – which would you want?

As I’m sure many of you know, I love the surprise of subscription boxes. I think it’s a thrill to get mail that’s fun instead of those dratted bills. This oops last month two of the boxes I purchased were from Birchbox and Ipsy. Birchbox and I had a falling out but then I resubscribed a few months ago. Ipsy is fairly new in my life and for the most part has delighted me. I wanted to compare the two boxes and get your opinions. What would you want from these boxes and which would you keep if you had to choose? — Marcia

BIRCHBOX FOR OCTOBER

Birchbox for October 2013

Birchbox for October 2013

Birchbox theme: Beauty Buzz

Birchbox theme: Beauty Buzz

In general I find that most people get similar Birchboxes. There might be variations in color and sometimes a product but not that much unless you are brand new to the subscription. For October there were two full size products and “3” samples. This month their theme is devoted to award winners.

Liz Earle samples in Birchbox

Liz Earle samples in Birchbox

LIZ EARLE – this cute little box holds 2 of the samples. There is nice size of the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and 2 Pur Muslin cloths. Liz Earle is a favorite in the UK and these two products are big sellers for them. They cleanser is also an exfoliator. The muslin cloths are used for removal.

ALISON RAFFAELE – this very small sample of foundation could be good but it’s not my shade so I’ll never really know.

Pop Beauty Aqua Lacquer

Pop Beauty Aqua Lacquer

POP BEAUTY AQUA LACQUER  – yeah for full size ($14)! This is another British favorite. It’s a sheer gloss that plumps and hydrates with jojoba oil. I got Flowering Fuchsia which looks brighter in the tube than it applies. It looks like it would be a squeeze tube but it actually has a paddle style applicator making it easier to apply.

ChapStick Hydration Lock

ChapStick Hydration Lock

CHAPSTICK HYDRATION LOCK  – This is what Birchbox calls their Birchbox Find. Personally ChapStick doesn’t thrill me with all the great balms out there but in the winter especially we have lip balms everywhere in the house since you never know when you might need one. This is at least loaded with great ingredients like CoQ10 and Vitamin E so even though I’m not excited about it, it is useful.

Birchbox Oct. 13

Birchbox Oct. 13

You can read about other Birchbox boxes that I’ve reviewed HERE. I pay for my box but I am linking to my referral code if you decide you want to purchase their subscription. Referrals get points to purchase products in the Birchbox shop.

IPSY FOR OCTOBER

IPSY for October 2013

IPSY for October 2013

Ipsy is fun to receive mainly because it comes in a hot pink mailer so just seeing that in the mailbox brings a smile to my face.The theme this month is the Art of Beauty and I think they did quite well in keeping that promise.

Ipsy The Art of Beauty

Ipsy The Art of Beauty

Products are packed in a cosmetic bag which sometimes are great. This month’s bag is especially nice for me even though at this point I’m overloaded with cosmetic bags. I have to thank Pink Sith for being a better poet than I am and teaching me that this is from a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson. If you read Pink Sith’s post (after you are done with mine of course!!) you’ll see that Ipsy’s bags are not identical – our contents aren’t even close.

Ipsy's October cosmetic bag

Ipsy’s October cosmetic bag

WET N’ WILD FERGIE EYESHADOW PALETTE IN DESERT FESTIVAL – This is the full size product and from a pretty recent collection. I didn’t have good luck with my last Fergie palette but this one looks beautiful so I hope the quality is good. The orange is a wild card for most but I enjoy a little splash of color when I’m in the mood.

Wet n'Wild Fergie, Desert Festival

Wet n’Wild Fergie, Desert Festival

COASTAL SCENTS MEDIUM SHADOW BRUSH – This is my first item from Coastal Scents and it’s a very nice product. It sells for $2.49. This would be an extra for me since I have a lot of brushes but I like to keep some around for swatching so that’s where this might be used.

Coastal Scents  Medium Shadow Brush

Coastal Scents Medium Shadow Brush

SEXY HAIR – SPRAY CLAY  This is so not me. It’s a nice size for testing or travel but it’s not a product I’ll ever use. I’ve yet to use any hair product from a subscription mainly because they don’t send what’s right for my particular style.

Sexy Hair Style Clay

Sexy Hair Style Clay

LA FRESH OIL FREE FACE CLEANSER – I already know I love this since I had samples of it from reviewing the line. I’m happy to have this 10 wipe size and it will get used.

La Fresh Oil Free Face Cleanser wipes

La Fresh Oil Free Face Cleanser wipes

ZOYA NEVE NAIL POLISH – totally gorgeous blue that I can’t wait to wear. There were 3 shades that were sent to different subscribers and I’d have picked this one in a hot minute. I can’t wait to have the time to wear it. This is from the Fall 2013 Cashmere & Satin collection and it’s the one I’d have bought if I saw it.

Zoya Neve Nail Polish

Zoya Neve Nail Polish

I didn’t realize I hadn’t written about Ipsy for the last few months, I’m not sure why but this month was worth writing about. You can see my other IPSY reviews here. I thought I had an IPSY referral code but I don’t seem to have signed up for it.

So now you’ve seen my two subscriptions. Which is the one you think you’d buy and what products in these boxes would you like having? — Marcia

September Subscription box fun with Birchbox and blush Mystery Beauty Box

It’s subscription box time again. Confession: I’m back to 4 a month, I’m weak I know. My current boxes are Ipsy, Wantable, blush.com Mystery Beauty Box and Birchbox. I had quit Birchbox but I went back for this month and probably next month. I’ll be doing a separate review for Wantable since it’s always the most unique of the boxes and combining blush.com and Birchbox in this review. Ipsy is basically the same for everyone so I’m not reviewing it but it was a good month for Ipsy.

 

Birchbox contents for September 2013

Birchbox contents for September 2013

Birchbox – I had quit this box because I was getting tired of sample after sample after sample. But I follow Birchbox on Facebook and they reeled me in with the cutest nail polish brand. Besides being addicted to subscription boxes, I’m addicted to nail polish. So back to Birchbox but I did upgrade my supposed profile. Here’s what I received which is probably similar to what everyone else received:

  • Yes to Blueberries travel set of cleansing towelettes; a good one for me since I use towelettes often though I’m not sure I’ll like the blueberry on my face so it might just be for hands.
  • A sample card of 2 shades of Yes to Grapefruit CC Cream in light and light-medium. I love CC and BB creams and these samples are generous enough to actually use.

    Yes To products in my Birchbox 9/13

    Yes To products in my Birchbox 9/13

  • Amika Bombshell Blowout Spray – I’m totally sick of hair products in these boxes and it doesn’t fit my hair type so it will be in a giveaway soon. I’m sure it’s nice, it’s just not Marcia style
  • Racinne Ultimate Youth Power Eye Serum – you’ll soon see why I got a laugh out of this. But eye serums are always welcome in my life
  • Ruffian Nail Lacquer – this is why I went back! The color is Fox Hunt and it’s a metallic looking orange with pink undertones. It’s not a color I’d choose but it’s so darn cute and I will use it. Some people got the coolest looking green which I wish I’d gotten.
    Ruffian polish in Fox Hunt - Birchbox 9/13

    Ruffian polish in Fox Hunt – Birchbox 9/13

    Ruffian polish in Fox Hunt - Birchbox 9/13

    Ruffian polish in Fox Hunt – Birchbox 9/13

    So that’s my $10 worth at Birchbox and I got my money’s worth. The polish costs $10 so everything else is a bonus. There’s no way to tell retail value of this unless I took out my math brains which I’m not willing to do but I’m happy and that’s what counts.  (Disclosure: I pay for my own Birchbox but I’ve linked to my referral code which would get me points towards possible products.)

Blush Mystery Beauty Box for Sept. 2013

Blush Mystery Beauty Box for Sept. 2013

Blush.com Mystery Beauty Box – if you remember I was pretty miserable last month. The funny thing is after I published I started finding other people’s posts about the same exact box and they were delighted. So you pay your money and take your chances with a subscription box. A lot of friends were happy with my castoffs last month but this month less will be given away.

  • Racinne Deluxe Travel Set – I’d never heard of Racinne and suddenly two of my boxes have it. I did have a laugh about that. This is a very nice kit in a travel bag that contains 4 products: Ultimate Power Mask, Ultimate Youth Power Serum, Ultimate Youth Power Cream, Ultimate Youth Power Neck Emulsion. So now I have a clear bag with 5 products to try eventually when I run out of other skincare! The kit isn’t sold separately so I don’t have a clue as to value but Racinne prices are in line with most other quality skincare lines.

    Racinne skincare set from Blush Mystery Beauty Box for Sept. 2013

    Racinne skincare set from Blush Mystery Beauty Box for Sept. 2013

  • AmLactin Triple Action Alpha-Hydroxy Therapy Foot Cream –  this is a good one. My feet get awful in the winter and AmLactin has a great reputation. This is a full size that costs $10.

    AmLacton from Blush Mystery Beauty Box for Sept. 2013

    AmLacton from Blush Mystery Beauty Box for Sept. 2013

  • LVX Nail Lacquer – as you possibly know I love polish so this was a happy find. It’s a non-toxic polish. There were 6 shades in the various boxes and I received Sanguine which is a nice burgundy cream. I’ve always wanted to try LVX too. This $16 polish was part of LVX’s winter 2012 collection.

    LVX Sanguine and Ruffian Fox Hunt

    LVX Sanguine and Ruffian Fox Hunt

  • Pop Beauty Pouty Pop Crayon in Fuchsia Flirt – this box was curated by Sara Strand who is the Creative Director for Pop Beauty. She picked this product since not only does it make a great pink lip color but you can use it as a blush too. It’s actually part of a set of 6 in a Crayon Kit that sells for $25.

    LVX Sanguine and Poppy Fuchsia Lip Crayon

    LVX Sanguine and Poppy Fuchsia Flirt Lip Crayon

  • The rest are sample sizes: Brad Biophotonic Skin Care Ultra Peel; Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo and Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel.

    Blush Mystery Beauty for Sept. - sample sizes

    Blush Mystery Beauty for Sept. – sample sizes

Blush.com says the box is worth over $100 but I find it very hard to consider samples as being worth what they say they are worth. I’m sure the Racinne skincare set counts highly in that total but like I said, it’s not sold on the site so who knows. I am not unhappy with the box and will continue with blush.com Mystery Makeup Bag for another month. A subscription is $24.95 a month but they very often sell the box for a discount once it’s out if you sign up for a subscription. The October box is being curated by The Makeup Blogger so I’m excited to see what she’s allowed to pick out for the box.

All in all some hits and misses. I spent $34.95 to write this post and I’ve got half a dozen products I’ll use, some that are possibilities and a few hair products that will be given away. Not bad. Not Wantable.com but not bad. Are you a subscription boxer yet? — Marcia

 

Bye bye Birchbox, bye bye

The May 2013 Birchbox is my last one. 31 months of buying it for $10 a month has come to an end. In reality, I haven’t gotten close to $310 worth of products that I like. I’d been mulling this over since December but they redeemed themselves only to fail (in my eyes again).

Birchbox May 2013 contents

Birchbox May 2013 contents

My biggest problem with this box and almost all subscription boxes is fragrance. I’m actually the wrong candidate for some of the boxes because they love fragrance and every fragrance company around seems to love loading the subscriptions up. It’s cheap advertising. May’s fragrance was so strong that my entire box smelled like it from the second I opened it. Everything in the box is permeated with Folle de Joie. It’s probably a lovely fragrance – it’s just not for me.

Folle de Joie

Folle de Joie

Folle de Joie

Folle de Joie

The box seemed very skimpy to me as well. Besides the fragrance there’s a Coola sunscreen sample, a Sumita eyeliner, Beauty Protector and a Pilot pen.

Contents of May Birchbox

Contents of May Birchbox

Beauty Protector: “great for all hair types; this nourishing elixir locks in color, adds shine, and instantly detangles.”

Beauty Protector

Beauty Protector

Coola Clasic Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face: “this mineral sunblock is infused with organic antiaging ingredients like evening primrose extract and borage seed oil”. This will end up in my purse for emergency SPF coverage.

Coola Sunscreen SPF 30

Coola Sunscreen SPF 30

Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner: mine is black. This comes in a set of 4 mini pencils of other shades. “inspired by traditional Indian formula, this velvety liner glides on easily and lasts for hours”. In trying to figure this out I read that Kim K’s makeup artist uses this liner on her so maybe it has possibility. A full size one is $11, the minis are a set of 4 for $21.

Sumita eyeliner

Sumita eyeliner

And for my favorite product in the box (if it ever airs out) is the bonus of a Pilot Pen Acroball. “Acroball PureWhite offers vibrant ink colors and all the smoothness of a gel ink liner with none of the smudging or smearing.”

Acroball Pure White pen

Acroball Pure White pen

I personally think that Birchbox is a good deal IF you like the items but the fragrance drove me away. I opened the box to finish my review and the aroma is carried through my room. Bye Bye Birchbox, Bye Bye. — Marcia