Birchbox was the first subscription box I ever subscribed to and I have been receiving Birchboxes for a few years now (I think about three years). It’s one of the cheapest subscription boxes at just $10 per month, so I really think that it’s worth it even if I don’t love every single product every single month. I do find a lot of great products and brands through Birchbox that I probably wouldn’t know about if I wasn’t a subscriber, so that’s what really stands out the most for me when it comes to this particular beauty subscription.
I was soooo excited to see this month’s Glossybox and I have to say it really is one of the best ones I have seen in awhile, it might even be my favorite. I am soooo in love with the box design this month and I can’t wait to figure out how I’m going to use it/display it around my room.
Glossybox’s limited edition box design this month was Valentine’s Day-themed and so were all of the items in the box. I took a bunch of photos of the actual box this month (which I don’t usually do) just because it was so pretty.
It was a little hard for me to open up the box because I just loved the way everything was packaged. Glossybox always has their tissue paper plus a ribbon wrapped around the products inside the box, but I was loving the pink and white paper this month and I can’t wait to figure out how I’m going to use this hot pink ribbon!
I love the middle of the month — when pretty much all of my subscription boxes arrive right around the same time. I’m also loving the pink/red/love/hearts/girly Valentine’s-themed boxes I’ve been seeing, so this month I’m a little more excited than usual for my subscription boxes to show up at my doorstep.
I’ve been getting pretty awesome Birchboxes lately so I was kind of surprised to find this month’s was kinda meh … Also, this is my third February as a Birchbox subscriber and I remember liking the last two February boxes a lot better. Birchbox sends out products each month based on the Birchbox beauty profile that you fill out when you first subscribe to the service, so not all of the boxes are exactly the same.
This month’s Glossybox didn’t feature any makeup products and instead focused on skincare and hair products. I usually love seeing makeup products the most in the boxes I subscribe to, but I didn’t mind that they were nowhere to be found in the July Glossybox because all of the skincare and hair items were hardworking products for a number of different concerns, like skin brightening and clearing, hair restoration and lip treatment. A++++ products!
Each month I say the same thing – that the products featured in each Glossybox are more “luxurious” than a lot of their counterparts in other subscription boxes (although Glossybox does feature some brands that other boxes also send out). This month’s products were very top-of-the-line and definitely luxurious and many of them have already received rave reviews on Glossybox’s website and across the web.
Mitchell and Peach Body Cream (reg. $61 for 6.08 oz.; mitchellandpeach.com) contains steam-distilled floral essential oils straight from the Mitchells’ family estate in England. It is described as a “luxurious body cream” that contains pure English honey, organic cocoa, vitamin B5 and shea butter to leave skin “soft, nourished and delicately fragranced.”
I tried this lotion out quickly yesterday and I honestly didn’t think it really did much. I didn’t apply it all over, I just did a little test on the rough patches around my knees, but it just didn’t feel like it was actually moisturizing my skin … maybe it’s just me. I’ll try it out a few more times before I make a final decision.
Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm (reg. $12 for 0.35 oz.; malinandgoetz.com) is a hydrating gel lip balm that “melts into lips” to moisturize without leaving the sticky factor. It is scientifically blended to restore and replenish with fatty acid absorption technology.
This is one of my favorite lip balms and even though I already have a tube of this stuff, I was super happy to receive another one because it’s so awesome. It soothes lips perfectly and you can use it all over as a gloss or you can use just a little bit as a treatment for dry, irritated lips.
GLAMGLOW YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment (reg. $69 for 1.7 oz.; sephora.com) is a power-packed “facial-in-a-jar” that is supposed to work with skin’s natural collagen to exfoliate, tighten pores, smooth texture, reduce fine lines and absorb impurities. It is comprised of French sea clay, volcanic pumice rock and pieces of green tea leaf.
This is another product that I already use and absolutely love and I’m pretty sure everyone has heard about the awesomeness of GLAMGLOW’s facial treatments by now. I like their Super Mud Clearing Treatment a tad better than this one because I actually see crazy noticeable results with that one (it literally LIFTS the gunk out of my pores — way better than those pore strips do), but this treatment mask is great, too. A whopping 100% of testers “agreed it brightened their dull skin” after using it three times during a seven-day period.
Philip B. pH Restorative Detangling Toning MIst (reg. $24 for 4.23 oz.; philipb.com) is described as a “weightless, daily detangling mist that leaves hair shining and frizz-free.” It is a keratin-safe leave-in toner that works by adjusting the pH of tap water to seal the hair’s cuticle for a smooth finish. It contains Apple Cider Vinegar, a natural astringent and pH balancer, to boost manageability and shine, as well as a “featherweight blend” of essential oils to detangle and fight frizz and static. It can be used on wet or dry hair.
I have SO many different hair products from subscription boxes that I rarely use, so I love it when I find a unique one like this — I really don’t have another product quite like it. I haven’t had time to style my hair since receiving my Glossybox a few days ago (I’ve been doing the lazy-girl messy bun), but I did try this spray out quickly on my dry hair and my hair DEFINITELY felt a lot smoother after using it.
With that being said, I absolutely must point out that the smell of this stuff is like … wayyyy too vinegar-y. I actually didn’t know what the hell that smell was until I read more of the product description — I usually have a pretty good nose for this kind of stuff but my first guess wasn’t vinegar because … why would a hair product smell like vinegar? So I read the label and realized that Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the ingredients, which makes the smell a lot more understandable.
The plus side is that the smell (I wouldn’t really call it a “scent”) does subside a LOT after applying it (almost completely), but I would suggest spraying a perfume or body spray — even another hair spray — on top of it if you have a sensitive nose. I’m really not picky about scents, and this product does seem super awesome (and unique).
My hair was instantly softer and smoother after testing it, but I’m going to try it out for real tomorrow on my wet hair and then after it’s dry. I have a good feeling this product is going to become part of my regular styling routine!
Skin Inc Custom-Blended Brightening Serum (reg. $45 for 0.34 oz.; iloveskininc.com) is a “custom blend of tone-improving vitamin A, detoxifying chlorella and hydrating hyaluronic acid.” This serum features Skin Inc’s patented encapsulation technology that improves skin tone and the appearance of dark eye circles, tackles dullness and dryness and reduces the appearance of pigmentation for clearer, brighter skin.
Skin Inc is “the world’s first Skin Supplement Bar,” and offers “highly concentrated, 100% pure and active serums and skincare” from Japan. I haven’t really tried this serum out yet (just a quick test to see what it felt like), but it got amazing reviews on Glossybox’s website and the serum that I’ve been using is just about finished so I’m going to start using this one tomorrow and try it all week long to see how well it works. It sounds great and perfect for all of my skin concerns, including dehydration and dark spots/imperfections from breakouts, so if it’s as great as it seems to be then I’ll definitely be purchasing the full-size version 🙂
Subscription Box Breakdown:
Almost every single item this month really was top-of-the-line, “best of the best” in hair care and skincare. The only item I wasn’t that impressed with was the body lotion, but I’m going to try it out again before totally writing it off. All of these products are pretty pricey, but they seem to be well worth the full-price cost, and the value of the box this month (according to Glossybox) was over $90. Totally worth the $21 monthly charge!
Pricing & Availability:
Beauty Box Five is still the newest subscription box for me since I only subscribed a few months ago. I’ve really been liking all of the boxes I have received so far, and they always send out items in great sizes (not just small samples), so it’s well worth the $12/month price (for me).
I was a littttle disappointed to see this mascara again, since I just received it in the July Pop Sugar Must Have box. Revlon is obviously going hard trying to promote their new mascara formula across the beauty community, but I am SO stocked up on mascaras that it’s just kind of meh for me. Either way, I really can’t complain since it’s a full-sized product and I will definitely be trying it out over the next few days (I haven’t even opened up the packaging yet). I’ll probably pass along the second one to a friend.
Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara ($7.99 for 0.24 oz.; ulta.com) is the brand’s newest mascara with a “lacquered” formula that delivers volume and definition while actually lifting the lashes (the same way a curler would). It’s waterproof, smudge-proof and flake-proof.
I tried this deep conditioner out yesterday and it really did make my hair look and feel better (healthier). This packet looks small, but there is a LOT of product stuffed into it and I think I can get at least four uses out of it — I have medium-length hair.
HASK Argan Oil Intense Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment ($2.39 for 1.75 oz.; beautybox5shop.com) is described as a “super strengthening, hydrating treatment that will restore and smooth dry, damaged, chemically treated or over processed hair,” and results are supposed to last for two weeks.
I don’t really have curly hair so I’m not sure if this product will work well for me, but it is supposed to fight frizz, which I have plenty of (especially during the summertime), so I’m just going to try it out and see!
Miss Jessie’s Multi Cultural Curls ($16 for 8.5 oz.; beautybox5shop.com) is described as a “true hero product for ladies with multi-textured curls.” It is a styling lotion that fights frizz and delivers a “soft, gorgeous hold.”
I tried out this scrub on my face yesterday and I loved it! It’s so gentle and my skin felt so smooth after I used it. Beauty Box Five sent out a great sample size of this stuff so I’ll definitely get plenty of use out of it.
Anna Naturals Glowing Mama Walnut Face & Body Scrub ($10.99 for 4 oz.; beautybox5shop.com) is “a favorite of all-natural beauty devotees and expecting mamas.” It is described as a “luxe vegan scrub” that is infused with moisturizing botanicals for safe and gentle exfoliation without parabens, harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances.
The last product was probably my favorite in the box this month. It’s a moisturizing candy-flavored/scented lip balm and Beauty Box Five sent out a full-sized version of the product. This balm totally takes me back to my Lip Smackers-collecting days! I love it.
Body Drench Candy Licious Lips ($3.99 for 0.09 oz.; bodydrench.com) is a lip balm that is infused with beeswax, coconut oil and vitamin E to hydrate and nourish the lips. They come in six different yummy flavors/scents, including Cotton Candy, Lemon Drop, Red Licorice, Grape Lollipop, Peppermint Stick and Lime Gumdrop.
SUBSCRIPTION BOX BREAKDOWN:
This wasn’t the most exciting BB5 I have received so far, but there were definitely some good items nonetheless 🙂 I’m especially loving the gentle exfoliator (I might buy the full-size product) and the candy lip balm.
Beauty Box Five is a monthly beauty subscription box that costs $12 per month. To subscribe, click here, or visit Beautybox5.com for more information!
This month Birchbox teamed up with Women’s Health magazine to feature beauty samples that will “energize your routine,” plus a little booklet of 12 “Power Up Challenges” to inspire you to “maximize your workouts, sleep and everything in-between.”
I liked the box packaging (the blue polka dots) better than the actual Women’s Health-design box. I probably would have saved it if the actual box was in the same cute polka dot pattern. But, either way, it’s nice to see a change because the actual Birchbox box is usually the same plain design each month.
This month’s Birchbox also featured a full-year subscription to Women’s Health magazine (valued at $9.99). Birchbox teamed up with Women’s Health last year too, and I sent in the card for a free year-long subscription and it’s pretty sweet that I get another one since my subscription pretty much just ran out. They also give you the option of actually getting the $9.99 back as a rebate, but that seems like too much work and I’d just rather get a free magazine subscription.
I haven’t really used any of the samples in my July Birchbox yet, but most of them seem pretty good. I’m excited to use this leave-in conditioner/detangling spray from Number 4 Haircare; a lot of people have really good things to say about this brand and I never really got to try out any of their products except for a hairspray in a past Birchbox — which was okay, but I don’t really use hairsprays and I’d much rather get a product like this detangler to use instead.
Number 4 Super Comb & Protect ($32 for 6.8 oz.; birchbox.com) is described as a “sulfate-free leave-in conditioner” that “safeguards color, strengthens, and nourishes.” It contains natural conditioners, including black currant, soy yogurt, algae and yerba mate, that work together to restore hydration to dry hair, and a “unique UV/Color Polar Shield” to protect dyed and/or sun-exposed locks. It also smells really pretty.
I just tried this peel last night since it sounds sooo promising, but I don’t think I used it right. You’re supposed to use it on clean, dry skin, and my hands were still just the teeeeeniest bit wet when I used it so I wasn’t really able to properly rub it around my face to exfoliate. I’m going to try it again in a couple of days. I also thought that there would be a lot more product in this tube (it came in its own box!), but it seems as though I will only get about one or two more uses out of it.
Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel ($48 for 1.7 oz.; birchbox.com) is described as an “acid-free peel” that “gently exfoliates for instantly softer, smoother, brighter skin.” It is a pH-neutral protein peel with a unique gel that binds to dead skin cells, which form solids that are washed away to reveal luminous, younger-looking skin underneath.
These little shower gel packets were a “Beauty Extra” in this month’s Birchbox. I haven’t used them yet but I always love receiving shower gels in subscription boxes since it’s the kind of product I use all the time.
100% Pure Gingerade Shower Gel ($15 for 13 oz.; birchbox.com) is described as an “all-natural, richly foaming cleanser” that contains aloe to hydrate and green tea to nourish the skin. It is free of sulfates, detergents, artificial fragrances, dyes, chemical preservatives, and other harmful compounds.
Now THIS is a great eyeshadow sample. I can’t stand receiving shadow “samples” that are on those stupid sample cards where you can’t even actually try the shadow. I suppose the cards are good for testing out the color and texture of the eyeshadow on your hand or something, but you can hardly get a real feel for how the shadow looks or its durability. So this is a super cute eyeshadow sample and I am loving the colors, too. I can’t wait to use it.
Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Eye Shadow Palette ($34 for palette + three eyeshadow brushes; birchbox.com) contains 20 “rosy” eyeshadow shades, from “barely-there pastel pink” to “rich violet, dusty rose to pink champagne.” It includes both matte and shimmering shadows for both daytime and nighttime looks and it includes three specialized brushes to “help you perfect your look.”
The last product this month was this (also super promising) eye cream from Balance Me. I’m kind of in the market for a new eye cream, so this one is coming in handy. I’m going to try it out over the next week or so to see if I like it better than the one from Korres that I’m currently using.
Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream ($38 for 0.51 oz.; birchbox.com) is described as an “anti-aging multitasker” that “conquers wrinkles and dark circles at the first signs of aging.” It contains “99% natural ingredients” and includes virgin coconut, rosehip and carrot oil, which work together to soften dry skin, as well as a “soothing blend” of chamomile, cucumber and witch hazel to instantly brighten dark circles. It is also formulated with antioxidant-rich spruce knot and skin-plumping hyaluronic acid to provide anti-aging benefits.
SUBSCRIPTION BOX BREAKDOWN:
This was one of the better Birchboxes for me over the last few months and, even though I didn’t get to try out most of the items so far, I’m liking every single one of them and I will definitely be putting them all to use. For a few months there I was getting products that I didn’t really like/wouldn’t even use, but for the last 2-3 months my Birchboxes have been getting better and better and I feel like I did when I first subscribed over two years ago — finding products that I actually really like, and then buying the full-sized versions of them (which is really the point, isn’t it?).
Birchbox is a monthly beauty and lifestyle subscription service that costs a flat fee of $10 per month. To subscribe, click here, or visit Birchbox.com for more information!