TA-DA! I found my July Birchbox photo. I’m overwhelmed with pride.
So let’s talk about what’s in these babies:
Color Club Mini Nail Lacquer in Blu-Ming
I love this color, but it’s too similar to Essie’s Turquoise and Caicos, a staple in my polish collection – so I handed it off to my sister.
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black
It’s “fine.” A felt-tip black eyeliner, very similar to the tokidoki Perfetto liner I have in Sabo-chan. The formula is a little more consistent than tokidoki’s – it goes on smoothly, like writing on my face with a fresh new fine-tipped Sharpie. I like it, and I always have room for another black liquid liner.
Harvey Prince Eau Flirt
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m pretty monogamous about perfumes. I don’t feel like I need to mix up the way I smell, but when I get samples, I’ll give them a whirl. I brushed off Eau Flirt at first sniff – it’s girly, sweet, and fruity.. not something I’m especially fond of. I dabbed it on anyway, and noticed a little more depth once it had absorbed. It’s slightly more sophisticated than a high school sophomore’s locker stash of body spray… but only slightly.
Supergoop City Serum Sunscreen
I actually have this already, and I dig it. It’s a nice alternative to scented, sticky, oily sunscreens. It’s an SPF product that feels like a nice facial moisturizer. These little sample packs will be great to throw in a purse or for short airplane trips when I don’t want to check luggage.
Tea Forte minteas in Ginger Pear
Odd in a good way, these tea-flavored mints are shaped like little leaves. They’re definitely more tea than mint, and the taste is unusual, but it grew on me. I can’t say they actually help me “focus” like it says on the tin, though.
Birchbox neon ear buds
I don’t use ear buds and if I did, I wouldn’t use these ones (ouch, sorry B-Box). I don’t like the way they feel in my ears, and this gaudy color combo didn’t help anything. These suckers were a total waste.
EYE ROCK Designer Stick-on Liner
These are the most interesting things in the box – four styles of stick-on cat eye liner. I’m a little scared about trying these out, and I don’t expect it to end well. At least it’ll be hilarious, and I can use the extras to put fake eyebrows on my Halloween jack-o-lantern.
Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy La Fleur
The name alone is a whole lot of fancy. Juicy Couture, in my opinion, often walks a very thin line between cute and tacky.. and what’s adorable on a teenager can be horrifyingly awkward on me. A spritz of this perfume smells like grapefruit and sugar-covered daisies. It’s sweet enough to entice the varsity quarterback, but that’s reaaallly not on my agenda nowadays.
theBalm Stainiac in Beauty Queen
I’m actually really liking this stain! It’s thick, red and gelatinous in the tube (not the first thing I want to slather on my face), but the result is a soft raspberry color. On my cheeks, it takes a few carefully blended layers to show up, but that’s preferable to a sudden blob of color. As a lip color, it soaks in quickly and doesn’t dry me out, so I approve.
Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream
This tiny tube (smaller than a super glue, much smaller than travel toothpaste) makes me feel like Yu-Be could’ve been a bit more generous. I hate stingy samples because I can’t get a good feel for 0.1 oz of skin cream. I guess my knee caps are adequately softened. Yu-Be seems like a decent lotion, but nothing special, and the strong medicinal scent is very nursing home. No, thank you.
Schick Hydro Silk Razor
One of my full-sized perks in this box was a razor. I know shaving is technically part of a beauty routine, but it feels like a stretch for a beauty box. At least it’s a crazy 5-blade mega razor, and it came with a couple of coupons (for more razors). I don’t know what more to say.
Beauty School pamphlet
This is a cute idea – a fold out pamphlet that talks a bit about brushes, how to read product labels, shaving tips (again with that?) and makeup quick fixes. Helpful little hints, but if you’re a makeup junkie, it’s nothing you haven’t heard before.
I’m holding out for a Birchbox that makes this subscription worth it. Two months in, I’m fearing the worst. On average, I place 2-4 orders a month (eek) to online makeup retailers, meaning I’m getting handfuls of samples and full-size products that I love delivered to my door. I’m a sucker for surprises of any kind, so Birchbox reeled me in with the novelty aspect, but I’ve yet to receive a sample better than Sephora’s freebies.
My fate is in your hands, Birchbox. Hook a girl up! (and not with a drugstore razor!)