Birchbox – July 2013

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It’s been almost a month since I received this box in the mail but since I went on a 3-week vacation I haven’t really had a chance to post about it. The theme of this box was “Power Play” and it featured products that are supposed to help you “take control” and achieve the best results with the least amount of effort. Some of this month’s samples were inspired by characters of the series SUITS. Here is what the box looked like:

This has probably been one of my favorite boxes so far. I received several products that I’ve been wanting to try and a few more that I’m excited to try. My box had a total value of over $30, 3 times what I paid for it so I really got a lot of bang for the buck. Here are the products of this month’s box in more detail:

Birchbox - July 2013 products

  1. Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect

    Sample size: 40ml, $6.40 value
    Full size: 200ml, $32

    I have not used this product so far but I’m a sucker for hair products that help to prevent damage. I have highlighted, thin hair and since I use styling tools quite frequently so it gets very dry and tends to split-ends. This is what the Birchbox page has to say about it:

    “As self-confessed blow dryer addicts, we put our hair through a lot of stress. To keep our strands from a styling-induced meltdown, we’ve been using this extra hydrating leave-in conditioning mist. It doesn’t just protect hair from heat damage; it also doubles as a color protector and UV shield. The sulfate-free formula sinks in quickly and has a pretty floral scent thanks to white freesia, amber, and musk.”

    I think it sounds like a great product and I’m excited to try it out.

  2. Benefit it’s potent! eye cream

    Sample size: 3g/0.1oz, $6.40 value
    Full size: 0.5oz, $32

    I’ve heard such great things about this eye cream. I tend to dark circles and this eye cream is supposed to help with that:

    “Thanks to this powerful cream, even stressed-out workaholics can feign eight hours of sleep. It fades dark under eye circles with day-to-day application. The thick caramel-colored refreshment works to preserve the elasticity of the delicate under eye area while protecting skin from free radicals.”

    I had taken this sample on my vacation but I also took a different eye cream sample that lasted me through the whole trip. I’m excited to try this one once I run out of the other one.

  3. Birchbox Bobby Pins

    Sample Size: 2 bobby pins, $1.66 value
    Full size: 6 bobby pins, $5

    I think that these look pretty but I’m not sure if they really fit my style. I think they would work better for a younger audience but hopefully I’ll find a way to incorporate them in a hairstyle. At least the color I received, gray, is neutral and can easily be matched to many outfits.

  4. theBalm® cosmetics InStain® Long-Wearing Powder Staining Blush

    Shade: Swiss Dot
    Sample size: 0.5g/0.018oz, $4.40 value
    Full Size:  0.09oz, $22

    This is the product that I was most excited about in this box. I had read about it when it first launched and when Birchbox announced that some subscribes would be receiving it in their July box I was having my fingers crossed that I would be one of the lucky ones. I’ve been using this blush every day since I received it. Since it’s a staining formula a little goes a long way but it blends very well and does last for most of the day. The shade I received, Swiss Dot, is a very universally flattering shade of peachy pink. Some of the other shades look beautiful as well but so far I haven’t seen this blush in stores yet and I want to wait until I can see the shades in person before making the decision to buy more.

  5. DDF® Acne Control Treatment

    Sample size: 14g/0.5oz, $12.94
    Full Size:  1.7 oz, $44

    Although I’m in my late twenties I still tend to have adult acne. Usually this is limited to blackheads and the occasional zit but lately my breakout have been pretty bad, especially on the chin and cheeks so this product came in really handy. I found that it doesn’t help much with really bad  zits but it does help with blackheads and smaller breakouts. I like that the formula is very moisturizing and actually absorbs into the skin instead of sitting on top of it. That way I can still use it under makeup (even though it is supposed to be an overnight treatment).  I don’t know whether I would pay $44 for the full size product.

What did you think of your Birchbox this month?

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