Birchbox: August 2015 Reviews and Thoughts


So, for the past year or so, I’ve been a subscriber to Birchbox. This is the first month that I’ve decided to review it outside of the review system Birchbox has set up. If you’re new to beauty subscriptions, here’s how it works. Each month you’re sent a box/bag of items to try out and sample. Sometimes you get full sized products or premium products and sometimes you get stuff you don’t care for. The prices range from $10 and up. Birchbox is my personal favorite because they have a great rewards system and the products are nice. Plus, you get cute boxes like the one pictured! If you’re interested in joining Birchbox, you can sign up with this link. I do get points if you sign up via that link so if you’re not cool with that, just head to and sign up!

On to the goodies I got this month!


Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer: It’s not bad, just has a strong smell. I have a head cold and I was able to smell it clear as day. The texture is thick and it went on well. I won’t be buying it because I love my Cerave more, but it’s a good product. The listed retail price is $20.

Beauty Protector Protect & Oil: I like hair oils, especially to lightly tame fly aways. The little bottle it came in will be perfect for in my purse (in a plastic bag at least). Seemed to have a mild smell, but wasn’t goopy or too runny. Another one I won’t actually buy because I have a product I use already that is like 20 dollars cheaper. The listed retail price is $25.95

Coola SPF 30 Organic Makeup Setting Spray: It worked at setting my makeup. I can’t really speak for the SPF aspect of it since it doesn’t make sense. I was always taught SPF goes on the skin directly. The nozzle did clog up, but I was able to fix this with some warm water. This isn’t going to replace my Urban Decay All-Nighter spray by any means. Good concept, just not digging it too much. The retail price is $36.

LAQA & Co. Charm School “Kit”: So the lip crayon came in the shade “Humble Brag”, as opposed to the full kit of lip crayons. I have a swatch under a flash that you can see after my reviews. I actually really really like this product. It says you can use it for cheeks or lips. When I wore it, I went for the lips. It has a matte finish and when it fades, it leaves a nice stain behind. Wear time wasn’t too bad, but I did have to reapply after eating dinner. It was a bit drying on my lips, so I might remember to grab some balm first when I wear it again. The kit with 3 different crayons retails for $20. This is one I might actually purchase.

RUSK Volumizing Mousse: It’s a mousse? I mean, there isn’t much more to say. It didn’t leave my hair feeling all crunchy and did lift my hair up a bit enhancing my natural volume. The sample size is rather large though. With my hair getting longer, this might work for give it some body and style. I won’t purchase it because of the price and I already have a full sized thing of mousse somewhere in my bathroom. This product retails for $18.

Here’s a look at that lip color swatch.


Overall, I’m incredibly pleased with this months box. For $10 I got some items I’ll get some use out of and that lip crayon may become a dark horse favorite down the road.


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