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September Birchbox Review

I was so busy last month that I almost forgot to do my Birchbox review!  This was a good one to review because it was had a lot of products I have been dying to try.  Want to learn what I loved?  Read on!

Oribe Glaze for Beautiful Color | Birchbox $58:  I used to think that high-end haircare was a waste of money.  That was before I met my wonderful hair stylist, Luisa.  She taught me how to take care of my hair and now I know what it means to take care of your hair.  I LOVE this brand.  I use their texturizing spray on a regular basis and it smells wonderful.   This is a fancy conditioner that makes your hair silky soft after you’re done using it.  It reminds me of those conditioners you get after dying your hair in a box.  It has the same scent as the texturizing spray.  Great if you have color-treated hair!


Milk Makeup Lip+Cheek | Birchbox $24:  I have been interested in this new brand, so I was very excited to see it in my box this past month!  I actually thought that I wasn’t going to like this, but I LOVE it!  It’s great on your cheeks and it looks good on your lips.  On my lips, it’s a light coral pink . On my cheeks, it gives a really pretty coral glow.  I have to say that this definitely surprised me.  I am going to up to SF this week for work and this is definitely coming in my travel bag!


TOCCA Travel Fragrance Spray – Florence | Birchbox $34:  I love TOCCA soaps.  They smell AMAZING!  So how do their fragrances fair in comparison to the lovely smells of their soaps?  Ah-mazing!  It is very difficult for me to find fragrances that don’t smell musty on me.  This is a winner!  Maybe my new Fall scent?


Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser | Birchbox $25:  I have been wanting to try this for the longest time!  It’s world-renowned and won over 100 beauty awards.  I have been using this every night for the past week.  I don’t know if I am using it wrong or what, but I don’t get it.  The cleanser smells like eucalyptus which reminds me of my Malin+Goetz deodorant and the cloth is like the face cloth I use to wash my face.  Am I missing something that everyone else is getting out there?  I know this is great for sensitive skin which is a plus in my book, but my skin didn’t feel exceptionally better.  Let me know if you have other experiences with this, I want to love this stuff!

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COOLA Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer | Birchbox $32:  I have received a few COOLA items in my past boxes and and I’m not mad about that.  When I traveled to Utah and Las Vegas for work last month, I threw this in my travel bag and used it everyday. It’s lightweight and smells lovely.  Win win!


Out of everything I received, I really liked the TOCCA Fragrance, MILK Lip+Cheek Stick and the Oribe Glaze.  Everything else was just okay but I was happy to try them all out.  Glad I didn’t spend the money on the full size without knowing if I would like the product.  That’s why I love Birchbox, you can try things out that you may not normally purchase.  If you want to sign up for your own box for $10 a month click on this link!  Also, if you travel a lot for work like me, you will appreciate all the deluxe travel sizes that are TSA approved!


June Birchbox

June Birchbox 9 It’s my favorite time of the month!  I’m really starting to enjoy getting my Birchbox each month.  Last week I went to Vegas and it was perfect to throw in the sample size products that I have been getting.  It was even better that I have a few SPF samples that I desperately needed for the 110+ degree heat that Vegas was having.  Even though it was incredibly hot, it was a lot of fun to gamble (and sadly lose a bit), eat delicious foods, and be able to do whatever I wanted without having to worry that I had to be somewhere at a certain time.  Vacations are amazing!!!

Back to what I got this month.  I’m going to write this review a little different.  I’m going to review the products that I actually like and the ones I don’t – just a brief description.  However, I did get one product which I am going to do a separate post because I think it’s pretty important.  Here we go!

Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer:  I LOVED this moisturizer.  It has just the right amount of thickness that I prefer with my face creams.  Also, it has hyaluronic acid which I have been hearing a lot about in the beauty blog world.  What is this magic acid?  I googled it and it says that it draws water to the skin and helps prevent moisture loss.  This is important for aging since our skin loses moisture, resulting in loss of firmness and pliability.  Hyaluronic acid also helps to repair your skin’s barrier and is helpful for all skin types. This lotion is lightweight which is perfect for the summer and even better for my combination skin.  I have used the entire sample and am planning on buying a full size.  The price at $21.00 is not bad either!!!
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COOLA Mineral Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint:  I used this while I was in Vegas and it seemed to work pretty well.  It did go on matte but I can’t say for sure if made my face stay matte since it was over 110 degrees and was like I was sitting in an oven.  However, I wouldn’t mind using this again.  There are so many different SPF’s out on the market now.  I think I will stick to my Clarins one for now, but if you are looking for a matte one – this is a great option.June Birchbox 8 June Birchbox 2What I didn’t care for:

Whish Shave Cream with Vitamin K:  This was fun to use just because it’s a fancy schmancy shaving cream.  Do I still prefer using that one I buy from Target?  You betcha…. if it works, why replace it with something twice the price?  This does moisturize your skin, but I can do that with some lotion after shaving.  Skip!June Birchbox 7 June Birchbox 3

Living proof. Perfect hair Day (PhD) Night Cap Overnight Protector:  I usually put Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan Dry Oil on my hair once a week and sleep on it to help keep it mositurized.  However, trying this out.  It worked fine, but I wasn’t super impressed.  Great sample though.  Glad I was able to try something from the Living proof. line.  I have been meaning to try their hair products out and Birchbox does a great job in helping me do that.  Skip!
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The last product I got is the Benefit gimme brow volumizing fiber gel.  Separate post on this next week!  Stay tuned!

Still loving my Birchbox subscription.  Just got one for a friend for her birthday.  If you need a gift for someone who loves beauty, this is the perfect present.  At only $10 a month, you can get a 6 month subscription for $60 and they can customize it to their preferences.  Best gift ever!  Here’s a link if you want to join too!