So… my newest obsession is BirchBox. New beauty samples delivered to me every month? Yes, please! Not just teeny little sample packets, these are lovely smaller sized bottles that allow for multiple uses before you dive into a full size purchase. I’m only a few days into my first box, but I already have some raves and rants.


Clockwise from top left corner: Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC CreamMadewell for Birchbox Nail Emery BoardWhish Shave Crave Shaving CreamJuicy Couture Couture La LaSerge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo

  • The Juice Beauty cream has a lovely texture and I love the SPF, but I like a little more coverage than a tinted moisturizer. I’ll bet this is excellent as a light alternative in the summer. We’ll have to wait and see if the anti-aging benefits kick in! 
  • The Madewell Emery board is a cute version of your every day one. I pretty much love anything from Madewell. They make everything… adorable. 
  • Whish Shave Cream feels so luxurious after shaving with soap or shampoo for way too long, but the super sweet smell was a little much for my taste.
  • The Juicy perfume was a bit of the same overly sweetness, but I don’t wear perfume too often to begin with. Just a little Chanel occasionally. 
  • I’ve been trying to jump on the dry shampoo bandwagon for a while now, but I can’t get out of the habit of washing my fine oily hair every day. I do like the texture of this spray a bit better than the others I’ve tried, but I’m still working up toward giving it a true test on unwashed hair!

I just can’t kick my love of beauty products after spending a few years working in cosmetics, and this is such a great way to try out fun new things each month without breaking the bank. I’m crossing my fingers for some hair volumizing product in one of the coming months, and maybe an amazingly moisturizing lip balm! Oh, and anything to help control my oily t-zone. Overall I was incredibly pleased with first shipment and am anxiously awaiting #2!

  1. I realIy want to try one of these monthly subscription things! I’ve seen them everywhere, but I’m nervous about it being a waste of money…:)
    I have a really oily T-zone, and I sometimes use a clay-based face mask on my nose, chin and just above my eyebrows, because clay is really drying, so it helps oily-ness. I also always have oil-absorbing paper with me, new discovery, but I love it! You can purchase it quite cheaply from Boots:) x

    • I feel like the boxes are a money saver, but that’s because I tend to buy a lot of new products and then end up not liking them and giving them away or tossing instead. Getting to try a little first works out well for me.
      Oooh! A clay mask is a good call – I haven’t used one in forever! And definitely yes on the blotting papers! They are life savers ;)

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