Wednesday, May 21, 2014

My May 2014 Birchboxes Arrived Today!

This month there were so many good codes that I ended up getting THREE Birchboxes!  I haven't done that before but it turned out pretty well.  My main account has been getting pretty lackluster boxes but my two new accounts totally made up for it!

Birchbox is a subscription service that sends a box full of samples to your door each month.  They have a wide variety of samples and many box variations are sent out so you will not necessarily receive the same items as someone else you know.

The Cost: $10/month (Use code SUMMERSUB to get your first box for $5!)

What You Get: Samples including everything from make up and skin care to non beauty essentials like candles and tea.

Birchbox has probably one of the best points programs out there.  For every dollar you spend you get a point.  For every review you write you get 10 points.  For every 100 points you get $10 to spend in their shop.  This is one of the reasons its so hard for me to quit Birchbox.  It's only $10 and even if I don't love what I got, I can find something I *do* love in their shop and get it practically free.

I have been taking the blurriest pictures lately!  Maybe I accidentally took off the anti-shake mode.
I'll have to check. This was my least favorite box.  The one good thing is the Pixi!

Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, Shampoo and Conditioner- Sneaky foils is what these are! Either way I'm not a fan of hair care products in general.  My hair is boring, straight and super fine. I'm not picky about my shampoo either.  I am using Nexxus right now, though.  It's a giant Costco size and I'll probably never get to the bottom of it. 

GilChrist and Soames Spa Therapy Body Lotion-  a paraben free moisturizer that leaves the skin smooth, soft, and... calm?? It actually says that.  I'm not a fan of Gilchrist and Soames but this is a fantastic size.

Whish Shave Lotion in Acai Grapefruit- A shea butter packed shaving cream in a fresh new scent. 
I can totally use this and it does smell pretty good.

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Coral Crush- Hydrates your lips and adds color.  I think this is full size! This practically pays for the box since the full size is $8.  Wear alone or under lipstick.

32 Oral Care Effervescent Breath Crystals- I got honey-mint and peppermint flavors. They're breath-freshening pop rocks! Hilarious!  Tasty, too.  These are a lifestyle Extra which means they don't count toward the value of the box.

VERDICT:  I thought this box was boring but I guess I was wrong.  I like the shaving cream and the Pixi is cute and useable and the breathmint poprocks are unexpectedly fun.  Good job, Birchbox.

Next box up!  This is the box that I used the code for a Kate Space Necklace.  The necklace was not in the box and I have heard that they ran out of the ones for paying customers.  I have not received an email saying that I won't get the necklace but it's possible it's just shipping separately.

Smarty Pants Gummy Vitamins- At least these are for adults!  Bulu Box send kid ones in my last box.  This is a lifestyle extra.  They taste strange and are stickily gummy rather than gummy bear bouncy gummy.  If that makes any sense.

LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Purple- High gloss, semi sheer lip color glides on buttery smooth.  It smells like mint!

CoTZ Face Natural Skin Tone SPF 40- Oil-free sunscreen that blends in for a matte finish.  It's a tiny bottle but there's probably enough for two applications.

Number 4 High Performance Hair Care Volumizing Shampoo-  Sulfate-free, botanical rich cleanser creates bouncy hair.  Just what I need!  They've also included a Bonus foil packet of the matching conditioner. Nice!

Whish Shaving Cream in Acai Grapefruit- Can't have too much shaving cream?  This might go up for swaps after I try the first one.  Depends on how I like it.

VERDICT: I liked this box because of the LAQA and the Number 4 shampoo.  It looks like the Whish is a Birchbox Exclusive so that's fun.  I did forget to mention that each box contains a code for $25 off $75 at Kate Spades Saturday online store.  I won't use it, though.

My favorite box!!  This box makes me happy.  This is also the box that I used a code to get a Birchbox Snaptray with!  It arrived along with my Birchbox.

Caldrea Body Lotion in Coconut Fig Leaf-  I've been loving Caldrea since I got the Tea olive-Lime in my Mother's Day Glossybox.  Can't wait to try this one and see how it smells.

Caldrea Body Wash in Aloe Water Apricot- A good travel size bottle and it smells very nice.  Not as good as the Tea Olive Lime, though.

Votivo Candle in Azure Garden- This is a mini candle (very mini).  It smells like blueberries and hyacinth.  I love candles and I may light this one tonight next to my bed while I finish reading my book.  This is a lifestyle extra.

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm in Pixi Pink- This is REALLY pink!  I'm almost afraid to try it.  I love that I got both colors of lipbalms, though.

Marcelle New-Age 8 in 1 Power Serum-  A peptide packed antiaging gel that hydrates, firms, lifts and plumps fine lines.  This is right up my alley.  I need all those things!

SuperGoop Everyday SPF with Cellular Response Technology-  I'm not sure how a sunscreen can be technological but okay.  SPF 30 is good and its also water resistant which is even better.  I've never used this brand so we'll see how my skin likes it.  This is what samples are for :)

Here is the snaptray.  It's not very big but it's totally cute.  I'll be using it for something.  Probably right here on my computer desk.  I can put all the samples I need to try in it. The code was BBSNAPTRAY and if it's still working, you can get one of these, too!

VERDICT: Love!  Love this box.  I won't keep getting three boxes, of course, but I will keep one.  No matter how hard I try I can't hate Birchbox.  Even if my box doesn't thrill me, there's always the points to earn and spend.  If you want to skip the wait and get your own Birchbox next month, you can sign up with my referral code!  

*referral codes were used in the making of this post :)


  1. I hope I get the Whish shave cream! I keep hearing how it smells great. I'm a sucker for smell goodies.

    1. Did you get your boxes yet?! I hope you get the Whish, too!

    2. Yeah, it just came in today! I got the same one as your first box. I'm super stoked about the Whish cream and Pixi balm!