Saturday, June 7, 2014

Birchbox (May 2014)

Yippee!  I finally got my May Birchbox.  First, let me say that it wasn't due to any misdeed by Birchbox that I didn't get my box until June.  It was actually thanks to their quick acting that I even got a May box.  I signed up on May 31.  I didn't really think I was on time for May but was pleased to find out that I was.
I wanted to do a great video box unveiling but was a little too impatient, and maybe not quite tech savvy enough, to do that.  Although I think I may have figured it out for the future.  So I took pictures much to the dismay of my impatient husband who, despite my telling him that it was just "a box of samples," seemed far too eager to see what I had gotten.
It's a beautiful presentation.  First being delivered in a yellow logo shipping box and opening to find... another box.  Hmm.  I think if I were Birchbox, I might slow down on the cardboard.  Save themselves and their subscribers a little moolah.  But inside the second cardboard box were three beautifully laid out products, and... another little box.  What do you guys think we're doing, saving the boxes???  At first I thought maybe it was something that required a little box, like bath beads, but no.  There were just two small products inside.  Let's start saving the planet, yo!

But I digress. The contents of my kit were listed as full-sized and priced items on the card to the left, but to give you a more detailed account and review of what I received, here they are:

1)  Happy by Harvey Prince fragrance sample came in a cute little (probably 1mL) spray bottle.  I cannot tell if this is an eau de parfum or what, but it claims to be a combination of meyer lemon, mandarin, grapefruit, forsythia and plumeria.  It is a lovely fresh scent... probably a little youthful for a 35-year old woman.  You can definitely pick up the citrusy smells, but unlike other fruity perfumes it does not have that sickeningly sweet candy smell to it.  It's something I might wear out to a day at the park with my nephews and niece.

There's a note on the attached card that reads, "Join the Harvey Prince family of perfumistas. Use code: MORNINGGLORY for extra magic. HARVEYPRINCE.COM."  So I went to the website, but could find no where to join the "perfumistas" or to enter the code.  I have sent them an email.  I'll let you know what they tell me.

2)  Perlier Shea Butter Intensive Nurturing Body Balm is a generous sample, close to travel size (1oz).  It goes on a little thick and kind of greasy, but my hands do feel moisturized, softer, and the sweet almond milk fragrance is delightful.

3)  Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Leave in Conditioner is also a nice-sized (probably 1oz though it doesn't say) sample in a spray bottle.  It took about forty pumps to get the bottle to spray, leaving me thinking in the meantime, "Great, of course I got the broken bottle!"  But fear not, it finally worked.  The container claims that it instantly detangles, thermally protects, UV protects, seals cuticles, smoothes hair, locks in color, adds shine, is weightless, is non-greasy, conditions, and is for all hair types.  I tried a little on a small section of my hair, and it did leave it feeling silky, not at all greasy like most that are spritzed on dry hair.  What I liked best though was the smell.  I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but as I walked past my husband, he said, "Mmm... you smell like cotton candy." 

4)  Cynthia Rowley eyeliner (black), a 0.3oz trial sized pencil, is great.  But warning, it goes on VERY thick and dark.  And... it does not want to come off.  That's perfect if you want to go out and have your eyes make a statement without your makeup running, but not so good for blogging!  My husband came around the corner and said to me, "Put that on a little thick, didn't ya?"

5)  Supergoop! Play Everyday Sunscreen SPF 30 with cellular response technology came in a small 0.34oz tube.  It is a very thin lotion, and smells very much like every other sunscreen I've used.  Being so thin though, probably helps to keep your pores from clogging easily, especially since sunscreen needs to be reapplied so many times throughout the day.

Also included in my box was a $25 coupon code for purchases of $75 or more to Kate Spade Saturday stores or online at  I personally won't use it, but I'm not looking to spend $50 just because.  It's a nice extra.  Then again, it doesn't expire until July 1st, so maybe I'll need something before then and be able to splurge since I have this.

I was a tiny bit disappointed.  A lot of bloggers had said they received samples of Miss Jessie's Pillow Soft Curls.  I keep wanting to try Miss Jessie's products.  When they were giving away samples on their website for just the price of postage, I missed it.  I was excited to see it was included in so many people's May Birchbox's.  Guess I'll just have to suck it up and buy some.

My June box should be arriving sometime late next week, so until then, happy surfing!

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