Birchbox: June 2014

Since I haven’t gotten my July Birchbox yet, I’m not behind with this post of my June one. June’s theme was “away we go” and the idea was to include “travel-ready samples.”

Let’s bust into Birchbox’s super cute packaging and see what we got.

Box Box 2

Open BoxOpen Box 2

Egyptian
Egyptian Magic Skincream

(4 oz. Retail: $38.00)
Description: Celebs and health professionals alike swar by this all-natural, al-purpose salve. Use to moisturize, fight wrinkles and treat burns and bruises…”
Verdict: Gift
I actually already own a jar of this. I find it to be more of health product than a beauty one. I use it for heat rashes and to help with chaffing as well as a treatment for burns. It’s like a thicker type of Vaseline, but it doesn’t have much of a scent and just doesn’t have that luxury spa feel I go for in my beauty items. Since I have a big size of this, I’m going to add this little one to a travel kit I’m making for a friend.

Gloss
Cynthia Rowley Creamy Lip Stain in Sugar
(Retail: $20.00)
Description: A long-wearing stain from the NYC-based designer that gives unbeatable moisture and shine.”
Verdict: On the Fence
Well this is certainly sized for travel. I don’t care how tiny your bag is, you’ll be able to fit this little guy in there. This lip stain is a nice neutral shade of pink, but I’m not quite sold on the feel of it. For me it doesn’t feel moisturizing and the texture on my lips is a bit odd. I’ll have to try it out for a while and see.

Wash
Antica Farmacista Bergamot & Ocean Aria Body Wash
(Full Size: $25.00)
Description: “Made with sweet almond oil, this nourishing cleanser has a captivating seaside scent..”
Verdict: Love!
I love all scents and products that remind me of the ocean and this one is lovely. The size is large enough for me to get a few uses it of it as well.

Liz Earle
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit
(Retail: $24.50)
Description: “British award-winner that uses a two-step ritual to gently purify all skin types.”
Verdict: Love!
I’ve heard a lot about the Liz Earle cleansing system but haven’t had a chance to try it so I’m super excited to use this. I’m setting it aside for a “spa day” where I can use this cleanser and then give myself a facial and a mani/pedi.

Curls
Miss Jessie’s Original MultiCultural Curls
(Retail: $16.00)
Description: “First formulated for multiethnic hair, this styler smoothes and shapes curls of all types.
Verdict: On the Fence
I’m of Italian descent, but I look Scottish, does that mean my wavy hair is multi-cultural? As you know I’m always happy to try hair products since I need all the help I can get but I’m not sure this will work for me. I’ll give it a try and see what happens.  I also hate these packages since it’s so hard to use just a bit of it and save the rest.

 Full Box
OVERALL
Verdict:
Hit!

Except for the Egyptian Magic, all these items were things I hadn’t tried before and I’ll have fun testing them all out.

With tax I paid $10.70 and after reviewing each item, my points got me the equivalent of $5.00. The Liz Earle Kit alone was worth the $5.70 I ended up paying.

What did you get in your June Birchbox?

THE BACKSTORY

Birchboxsubscriptions cost $10 per month or $110 per year.

Your options: Women’s Box or Men’s Box

Points System:
Whenever you buy something at Birchbox they give you Birchbox points. $1.00 = 1 Birchbox Point.
Each 100 Birchbox reward points can be redeemed for $10.00.
You can also earn points by reviewing the samples they send you (10 points per sample) and referring/subscribing friends. If your review all the items you receive in your box each month, you’ll receive 50 Birchbox rewards points!
If you purchase a full size of one of the sample items they sent you in that same month, you receive free shipping on them and often extra points.

Once upon a time, long, long ago, Lisa attended Syracuse University where she studied singing in a giant castle surrounded by ice and snow. After she earned her music degree, she headed to the island of Manhattan, down to the West Village, to a place called the New School. There, she earned another degree in the great art of writing stories for children. She currently works on that same island trying to help real people, while making up stories about imaginary ones. Her first book, “The Ice Maiden’s Tale,” a fairy tale adventure, was released on May 30, 2017 and is up for sale on Amazon. In the meantime, she keeps herself occupied by obsessing over subscription boxes and home renovations.

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