16 May 2012

Birchbox - May

Birchbox is currently the only beauty subscription service I have.  I say currently, because I jumped on the Glossybox bandwagon.  I know, I know.  I've gotten mixed signals about the awesomeness of the Glossybox, too.  But I'm gullible and am trying to use beauty subscription services to curb frivolous spending.  

May Birchbox Exterior

That being said, this is the 5th Birchbox I've received and after reading PinkSith's review for this months box, I was beyond stoked.  Alterna Caviar haircare samples, full sized Stila Sparkle Liquid Liner, Algenist skincare!?!  I want to try!! However, when I received my box, I received an entirely different set of samples alltogether.  Also, the box was Gossip Girl themed.  I follow Birchbox on twitter (@birchbox) and those girls love them some Gossip Girl, so it was apropos, and the box was designed to co-incide with this years GG season finale.

May Birchbox Contents


The Breakdown

Shipping - I was notified on the 9th that my box had shipped, which is per Birchbox's policy.  However, the box wasn't delivered until today (16 May).  Shipping is perhaps my biggest beef with BB, it is terribly inconsistent and oftentimes slow.  I've never been e-mailed my shipping notification on the same day twice (even though I am billed consistently for my box on the same day every month), and I've never had my tracking information for the box be accurate... EVER.  In fact my tracking says that my box is to be delivered tomorrow, but I have it today..... (and for the record no, I don't have a Tardis or a Delorean that can go 88 mph).  I've had boxes arrive in two days and some take two weeks, which is crazy if they are all shipping from the same location with the same carrier and type of shipping.  But I digress, I'm paying $10 for the box with free shipping (I'm choosing to assume it's free shipping and not bankrolled into the price of the box), so I try to marginalize this annoyance and desperately hope for something neat and unknown to me each month.

May's Products

 After reading Elvira's review of this months box I was hoping for similar parallels in awesome (BB does not ship the same products to everyone), and unfortunately I was slightly disappointed... Womp, womp.  But others might not be with what was sent out in my box... so here's what it contained!

Dior Miss Dior Perfume Sample - This is a typical perfume sample size, with an atomizer instead of a hollow cap/ blotter thing.  I haven't sniffed it yet, so I'm reserving my opinion, but it's nicely packaged.  Completely, useless exposition, I know.

DiorShow Exstase Mascara - This product has been out for a while.  At least a year if I recall, if not more.  The sizing is probably what you would get as a Sephora Beauty Insider 100 point perk gift.  But I really feel indifferent towards this.  I have an HG mascara and I doubt this sample will alter my opinion.

Shu Uemera Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo - Clever SU, trying to capitalize on the cleansing oil craze!  This is a huge sample packet, at least enough for two to four cleansing sessions.  The product itself is clear and has the consistency of a normal shampoo, and smells nice as well.  When in the hair it behaves as a regular shampoo, it lathers and cleans well and does not appear to be function as an oil based product (which I strongly suspect it isn't).  It has a light non-invasive scent and rinses clean away without stripping.  When the hair is left to airdry it becomes shiny and soft.  In more damaged areas of the hair, you probably need a split end serum or hair oil to make the hair pliable and smooth.  I have super short hair that is chemically treated and wavy in texture and my hair responded decently to this product.

Shu Uemera Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo product packet
Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer Body SPF 20 - A really fancy, shimmery, glowy sunscreen/ lotion/ skin perfector designed to make you look smooth, sleek and vaguely J.Lo-esque.  This has a faint sunscreen scent, which I love and reminds me of what I would imagine a shimmery BB cream would be, except you're supposed to slather it on your legs, arms and decolletage instead of your face.

Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer Body Unblended on forearm.

SMMSTB Blended - see the slight sheen?

Extras - Birchbox Thank You Card stationery and a postcard detailing the contents of the box with a coupon code for Romeoandjulietcouture.com.

Rating - I don't really have a ratings system, but I thought this box was a bit lackluster coming off of last months super cool organic/ all natural jam packed product box.  I think if this is your first box from BB, you'd be impressed.  I'd be impressed.  My favorite sample is definitely the shampoo, because it's something I've never heard of before and would never buy without the opportunity to sample it.  My least favorite samples are the Skin Transformer and the Miss Dior perfume.  I think these are generic.  Everyone has Miss Dior perfume and everyone wants shiny, glowy legs/ various body part, so while it's nice that it appeals to a broad audience I can't help but feel bored by it.

Anyways, for $10 USD a month you to can have your own Birchbox!  Just go to www.birchbox.com and sign up!

If you're interested, please follow me on twitter (@lachesissss) - I tweet about beauty, science, exercise and general things I think are cool/badass.  I also have a Facebook page, if you're interested :).

-/L.

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