Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August Birchbox ~ What I Got

I think by now, Birchbox is a well known service and everyone knows about it, right?  If not, sign up immediately!  $10 a month gets you 4-5 deluxe samples!
Everything comes in the most adorable pink packaging!  And the monthly boxes are sturdy and I actually use them to organize my craft stuff.
So here's my box, opened up, and notice there are still a few things wrapped up!  It's so fun!
So this is my August box. Now I've been subscribing to Birchbox since February, and sadly, this is my least favorite box.  I really was not impressed with anything.  However, there's always a caveat!  The Anastasia Lash Lifting Mascara is absolutely AMAZING!!!  My lashes look longer, curvier, and not clumpy even with 2.5 coats!!!  I'm going to be trying this layered over my Cargo mascara I purchased after using up the sample in my February box, see the video post here.
Now I also haven't yet tried the Earthen Instant Peel or the Anastasia Line Erasing Serum, but the Atelier Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue is absolutely amazing, albeit tres tres expensive.  At $145 a bottle, I won't be buying it lol!

So for what I did not like.  The Amika Oil Treatment is supposed to be along the lines of the cult favorite Moroccan Oil, which I swear by.  Now this little bottle LEAKED in the packaging, thank goodness it was wrapped up in tissue paper, but still.  When I went to try it out in lieu of my Moroccan Oil, it would not come out of the little plastic spout.  At all.  So I took the plastic spout out and just poured it into my hands.  It's ok, it works, but given the hassle with the sample, I don't want to deal with the full sized if it's going to be a pain in the ass.  It's in the same price range as my Moroccan Oil, I'll stick with it. :)

Now there's also this adorable hair tie, called a twistband, which sells for $5 for three.  Hair ties.  Now here's the best part, it's simply a piece of elastic, folded in half and knotted.  My jaw seriously dropped.  Whatever genius invented these is a millionaire off of others' stupidity.  Whoever buys them is silly, in my book.  So I decided to at least give it a shot, right?  The twistband's knot isn't very sturdy, so it tightens and tightens and moves towards the ends more as it does so.  What does that do for your ponytail / top knot?  If you guessed makes it fall you're correct!  Sorry twistband, I'll stick with my Scunci ties that don't slip and that I can buy 50 of for the price of three of your lousy pieces of knotted elastic.

So there you have it, my highly opinionated opinion.  I know it's late, but I just got my box last week (don't even get me STARTED on that one!)  I look forward to September's box, I think anything is better than this box that I received.



  1. Lol! I thought the same thing about the 'elastic' hair band! I wore it a few times and liked that it was pretty gentle on my hair but it started strecthing out and curling up on me.

    I wish I'd gotten the oil treatment and the Anastasia last mascara. I didn't like the blinc I got in my box at all.

  2. Very few people enjoyed their birchbox review..so you are not alone. I saw some of the other's boxes and I have to say...I wasn't terribly impressed. And a leakage?? Seriously btwn that and the broken jewelmint earrings...that stinx! ahhhh! Hope the Sept box will be awesome :D

  3. I have not joined Birchbox and probably never will. i am so not a beauty product girl. I love that you are always honest. I enjoy your opinions. XO

  4. The hair band looks super awesome. I kind of wish that I had kept Birchbox just for that.

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  5. my birchbox was sooo different. i got a sample of the smashbox primer that i cant wait to try. i got that hair tie too... it wont even fit on one of my afro puffs.

  6. i like your birchbox better than mine! the funny thing is that the hair tie actually works well for me but that is probably because i only have three hairs left after having my son. =)

  7. Ha! We got the exact same box and had the exact same reaction to the hair tie. I mean, seriously, how is that innovative? I'm pretty sure my cat Noodle could have put together something just as creative.

    I did love the perfume, too, though it's too expensive, and the mascara was ok, but it clumped on my lashes quite a bit and made them feel hard. :P I liked the hair oil, but I also had to take the top off because it wouldn't come out. It didn't leak, though. As for the peel, it was just ok. I'm really hoping for something awesome this month!


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