Saturday, September 14, 2013

Birchbox September 2013

Rating: Love It!!!!
Cost: $10/month

I received my Birchbox this week! I couldn't wait to see what I would be getting this month and had already looked in my account, so I knew what I would get. When I opened my Birchbox the products were completely different than what I had seen in my account online. I was totally confused, especially since one of the samples was the same as something I received last month. I called customer service and asked them why the products that show in my account online for September were not at all what I received and they said they had sent me the incorrect box. They quickly said they would send me a replacement box of what I was supposed to receive. And I could keep the one I had!!!! BONUS! I was soooo excited! Now, that's amazing customer service!

So, I'm still awaiting the arrival of my correct box (that I'm excited about) but I decided to review the box I received, though a few of the products are definitely not for me and I'm thinking about doing a giveaway soon. What are your thoughts about a giveaway???

Below is what I received:

The first item I received was BCBG Max Azria Bon Genre perfume sample. I am not a fan of perfumes at all and very rarely wear them, especially if they are very strong and flowery. Clean, fresh scents do not bother me as much, but this was quite strong and not a scent I would wear.

The next item was Benefit Cosmetics Sugarbomb Ultra Plush Lip Gloss. I love this!!! The color is light and neutral and it is so soft on my lips. Not sticky at all. Makes your lips look slightly shiny and very pretty! And the sample is a nice size, so I will get multiple uses, before deciding to buy.

I also received Ruffian Nail Laquer in Hedge Fund. It's a green color polish and I'm already a fan of this brand after one application. It went on very smooth and one coat would have been enough. It covered evenly and the shape of the bottle made it extremely comfortable to paint my own nails. It dried very quickly and looked great! Every box for September was supposed to get this polish and I'm hoping my replacement box has a different color because I'm really excited to try more!!!

Another item I received (which was the same as a sample I received last month) was Uniq One Hair Treatment. I did not like this from my last box, so I will not be trying it again. This item will definitely be in a giveaway (if I decide to do one, place comments below if you would like a giveaway...)

The last sample I received was Soak Heel Foot Cream. The cucumber scent is amazing, very light and subtle! Not like the too sweet cucumber scents of other creams. It was thick and creamy, but soaked in nicely and left my skin feeling very soft and smooth. Would have been nice if the sample size was a little larger, so you could get more than one use. Other than that I was very pleased with this.

I would have been dissatisfied if this was the Birchbox I was supposed to receive, especially if I received the same sample two months in a row. (Not sure if that happens a lot. Has anyone had it happen to them?) I'll post my replacement box review on this same post once I receive it. I hope I like ALL the products in that box!!!

I received my replacement Birchbox (the correct box) about a week after I talked to customer service. I'm very pleased with their quick, courteous customer service and fast shipping! This box was much more suited to me and I was excited to try all the products. Here's what I got.

The first product was Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo. I was excited to try this as I'm always looking for a great shampoo for my fine, thin hair. This had a very subtle, sweet smell that was delightful and reminded me of cupcakes. Kind of made me want to go and eat a cupcake after my shower, but that's okay with me, because cupcakes are delicious!!! This shampoo is sulfate free and paraben free and vegan. I'm a fan of using healthy products in my hair! After one use my hair actually was shiny and soft like it promised. I didn't notice more volume, but I have yet to find a product that provides volume for my fine hair. I'm going to continue to use this sample to decide if it is worth purchasing.

I also received the Beauty Protector Protect & Condition. I'm happy I was able to try the shampoo and conditioner together to see how they work as a team. The conditioner is also paraben free and vegan, which is exciting! This had the same pleasant scent and made my hair soft and easy to comb after showering. I will definitely be using both these samples until they are gone to see if they have any long term benefits for my hair type.

The next item was Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive. This was the sample I was most excited to try as my face was in need of a good facial! The scent is very nice, not overpowering, but it didn't smell too much like green apple to me. I thought it smelled more like coconut, but maybe my scent is off. Still, I liked it very much. This is a nice size sample (not just one application), so I'm happy I get to try it a few times before deciding to buy it. It went on smooth (usually masks and peels irritate my skin and I end up having to take them off early). This felt great, but also made me skeptical it was working, because my skin just felt wet. It rinsed off very easily and my skin felt smooth after one application, but I'm thinking it might take a few times to notice any difference. I will also continue to use this sample to see how I like it after a few tries.

The next item was Ruffian Nail Laquer in Fox Hunt. I'm so happy I got a different color from my other box, because I love this polish! I plan on doing a manicure using both colors this weekend (or today if I can fit it in) Let me just say that if Birchbox was going to mess up and send me the wrong box I'm glad they did it this month, because two different colors of these polishes makes me so happy! This one is a nice orange color that I'm excited to try!!! Perfect for fall!

The last item is Soak Rinse-Free Wash. This sample is only one use and I haven't tried it yet. It's interesting and says to use a teaspoon of the wash with 1 gallon cool water. You soak the item for 15 minutes and then squeeze out the water and you're done. I can't wait to try it!!!

I also received a coupon for a free travel size Caudalie Divine Oil with the purchase of any Caudalie product in the Birchbox shop. Not sure if I'll use it, but maybe.

I'm so happy with Birchbox. It's only my second month subscribing and I feel like it is a great value. I love being able to try all sorts of products to make sure I like them before buying them. This is making my beauty routine so much more fun and exciting!!!

Do you love Birchbox too? What are your thoughts???

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