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Birchbox – May

My May Birchbox is here!
I have been seeing very mixed reviews this month.
I have to admit – I can see why.

May’s Theme: Beauty Diaries


Four samples and a pen.  Hmmmm….


DevaCurl 3-Step System
1 oz each No-Poo Cleanser – One Condition – Light Defining Gel
Retail $19 for 12 fl oz (each) – Sample Value $4.75

I am still doing my test drive for Aveda – so these will have to wait until next week.
I have been curious about this product line – so it’s cool I got it.
That said – foil packets just plain suck.


Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner in Suman (Black)
Retail $21 for 4 mini pencils / $11 for full size – Sample Value $5.25

When I first joined BB they sent me Eyeko in Navy and I was hooked.
I have brown eyes and it made them pop.

Black is fine – but I have five samples of black already – in better formulas.
This is too creamy and very smudgy.  Great if you are going for a goth look.
Since my goal is to wear my make up so I don’t scare my three-year old
or my hubby
this is NOT great.


Coola Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer
Retail $32 for 1.7 fl oz – Sample Value $4.48 for .23 fl oz

Now this is cool!
Organic moisturizer with high SPF – and it smells lovely
(if you like the smell of cucumbers – which I do)

I usually use ThinkBaby SPF 50 under my make up during the summer.
This will be great for days I am not outside too much.

This is a great moisturizer – light formula and the sunscreen worked great!


Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream in Blueberry
Retail $20 for 5 fl oz – Sample Value $2.93 for .75 fl oz

I haven’t tried this yet – but love the smell.
It gets decent reviews so I am hopeful!

This is not that great.  Feels like shaving with hair conditioner mixed with oil.
Plus it had a weird way of wicking moisture – like getting anti-perspirent on your hands.


Pilot Acroball PureWhite Pen in Turquoise
Retail $6.24 for 4 – Sample Value $1.56


On one hand this is better than a piece of chocolate.
On the other – were they low on samples and decided to hit the
stationary/office aisle at Costco??

Total Value for my May Birchbox – $18.97

Between the foil packs and the pen I have to say this box felt weak.
Especially after Ipsy’s amazing May bag.

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Birchbox – April

Yay!  My April Birchbox is here!
I was able to get a sneak peek when I was in my account so I have been pretty jazzed to get this.
This month Birchbox teamed up with Women’s Health Magazine for their picks for this month’s samples.

April’s Theme: Tiny Tweaks, Big Results


Let’s dig in!!


Weleda Replenishing Body Lotion
Pomegranate – Sea Buckthorn – Wild Rose
Foil Packs – 0.13 fl oz each
Retail $16.50 for 6.8 oz – Sample Value For All $0.99

Grrrr… Foil packs.  Nothing very deluxe about them.
That said it did give me the chance to sample the scents.
Wild Rose is very old lady sachet smelling – not my cup of tea.  The other two are nice.
Wonderful formula that really helped my dry hands!  I have been playing in the dirt a lot this week!


Youngblood Anti-Shine Mattifier
0.05 oz
Retail for $36 for 0.25 oz – Sample Value $7.20

Haven’t tried this yet.  My Juice BB cream has been doing such a great job I don’t get shiny.
Will give this a go when I am out of my BB cream sample.


Nexxus Youth Renewal
4 ml
Retail $20.99 for 28 ml – Sample Value $3.00

The first time I tried this the skin on my hands absorbed it immediately.
Then I mixed it with my hair gel.
Works well – smells like the Piña Coladas at Turtle Bay in the North Shore.
Very nice!!


Skin & Co Sicilian Body Gel
2 fl oz
Retail for $17.50 for 8.45 oz – Sample Value $2.80

I’ll be honest – I was so excited to get this.  Man, am I glad I got a sample before I bought it!
It is so over the top perfumey smelling.  Even my wash cloth reeked.
I tried to give this away – no one wanted it.
This is why I love Birchbox – I avoid spending money on full size mistakes 🙂


StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles
0.25 fl oz
Retail $65.00 for 1 oz – Sample Value $16.25

I have been dying to try this – and bonus this sample is huge!
It takes very little for me to use it so it should last me the full 8 weeks.
So far I like it.


Women’s Health Magazine Subscription
One Year Subscription – 10 issues
Retail $49.90 – Sample Value $9.99

I almost threw this card away!  Thought is was an ad like you get in your magazines.
But instead it is a free subscription.  I used to get this magazine – but we cut back to save money.
This was a very happy find!

Total Value of my April Birchbox – $40.23

I have to say I really enjoy the boxes Birchbox does with others and hope they do this more often.
They should get together with Oprah – can you just imagine how over the top that box would be??

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