Birchbox July 2015

With Birchbox you get monthly boxes of five personalized beauty samples, tailored to your profile. They promise to help you try cult brands, up-and-coming lines, and everything in between.  They also say you will never receive the same product twice.  Birchbox runs at $10.00 per month plus $4.95 shipping but you can get yearly plans for $100.00 plus shipping as well.  This makes it one of the more affordable boxes out there. Each box is different and reflects the theme of the month.

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I got one of the themed boxes again this month, which is always pleasant.  This month they have teamed up with Best Health and want you to Go For The Gold.  They say this box is filled with products to help you have the happiest, healthiest summer yet.

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The info card give you a bit of a rundown on Best Health magazine.  On the back you have your list of products and the retail prices of full sized versions.

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Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub-30mL $3.75

I was so not expecting this to come out and be super dark brown.  It has that weird smell that I associate with things that are supposed to be good for you.  The scrub is pretty gentle and definitely exfoliating.  It also promises to stimulate cell growth.

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Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Mascara-3g $10.24

I’ve received this mascara before and I like it.  It gives a great full lash without the clumping and smearing that is the worst part of summer makeup wearing.  I like these sized samples of mascara.  They last me a month and then I can try something new.  I have always found Benefit makeup to be good and I’m happy to get more.

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Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Lotion-40mL $3.04

I just finished using up a body wash made by this company I received a few boxes ago and this has the same scent.  I find it a touch on the masculine side but it’s light and fresh.  This absorbed super quick and is not greasy feeling at all.

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Rusk Hair Care Heatshift Re-Styling Cream-28g $6.47

I find it odd that this came without a cap.  It looks and feels like it should have one.  It was not in the box and since it was not a mess I guess it doesn’t matter. You can use this as a regular styler on damp hair right out of the shower, then when you want to change it up you blast it with a hair dryer and then redo it how you want.  I’m not sure about how well this will work on my hair (more from lack of effort on my part) but it smells fantastic!!!

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theBalm Cosmetics Balm Desert Bronzer/Blush in Take A Dip-0.8g $2.67

I normally shy away from bronze/tan blushes but this one is just so shimmery and looks almost peachy on my skin I think I’ll give it a go.  The sample is oddly small for something you would apply with a brush but I’m sure we can make it work.

This months value for this box was $26.17. That is the lowest I’ve received and half of that this month is the mascara.  I’m shocked because I like everything and was expecting a higher value. You get points for reviewing your box items, that you can then use in their store.  If you find a product you love, any item in your box has free shipping for the month also. The American boxes do have a few more perks like selecting one of your samples and a mens box but I am hopeful once they get settled in Canada the same types of options will be available.

If you want to sign up send me a message and I can get you a link.  You can also go to their Canadian site by clicking here.

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