Birchbox is a beauty sample subscription box that sends 5 new items to test out each month so you can try before you buy. Birchbox recently made some changes and is now $15 a month, or sign up for longer terms and save a buck or two per month. Birchbox lets you choose a monthly sample during selection time or let Birchbox decide. You can also pick a pre-curated box and from now on they are supposed to have at least two different curated boxes to choose from (June will have 5!). This is a review of a curated box!
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Birchbox sends the cutest boxes and I have them all over my dresser, corralling beauty products.
Even the inside of the lid is decorated this month!
Back when I first started getting Birchbox my items would be wrapped in tissue paper but that stopped somewhere along the way. I guess it is back!
Birchbox sent an extra card this month.
May’s box features products from female-owned companies.
The information card gives brief details on each item as well as the price if you were to buy the full size. Keep in mind that Birchbox sends a variety of product combos each month and your box may vary from mine.
There was an offer for a free gift with a $35+ shop purchase.
Everything in the box! I filled out a profile when I joined so I could let Birchbox know which types of items I would like to receive, plus I selected my skin type, hair type, and other info so they could send products that work for me. Of course, then I went and chose the curated box so these items were not necessarily a match for my profile, I just wanted to try some of these products!
Everything in my box!
There was a bonus sticker.
Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Doe My Dear ($18) What can I say, the promise of a full-sized Smith & Cult nail lacquer for a fraction of the cost (I think I paid less than $10 a box when I ordered my yearly sub) was too much to pass up, so that’s why I went with this box! FYI: The lid of this product, like other products from this brand, is supposed to be dented!
The formula is 8-free and the color, Doe My Deer, is described as gray-taupe. I haven’t worn it yet but plan on doing a mani as soon as school ends and summer begins!
Moroccanoil Treatment Light ($6) I normally wouldn’t use a hair oil but this one is specifically for fine haired peeps like me so I gave it a try.
It is made with argan oil and has a light exotic floral fragrance. I skipped my conditioner and added a small amount to my hair and tangles just fell away. It was hard for my hair to hold a curl afterwards but wasn’t as heavy as some similar products I have tried.
Real Chemistry Environmental Rescue Daily Serum ($4.40) It took me a while to figure out that I had to pierce the top of this applicator before any product would come out! It has hyaluronic acid, which is supposed to help keep skin moist, and has a light floral fragrance. It felt slightly tacky until it dried completely. It is supposed to help soften fine lines and wrinkles.
Benefit Cosmetics High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter ($12) Benefit is another brand I am always happy to see in beauty boxes, mainly because I won’t spend a lot of money on makeup and this is a pricey brand!
High Beam is a highlighter/illuminator and can either be applied directly to the face or collarbones or wherever, or mixed with a moisturizer for an all-over glow. I found it was easier to apply a bit with my finger, and then blended it with a brush. Just a little was needed and I had to really blend it out the first few times I used it because I was like Rudolph with my nose so bright!
Grande Cosmetics GrandeLIPS Hydraplump Plumping Liquid Lipstick in Vintage Rose (No size given, $8.33?) I gave this a value based on it being about 1/3 of the full-sized product.
It is a plumping lipstick but I forgot about that when I first tried it out and was worried when my lips started stinging shortly after application! The color turned out to be perfect for me and I thought it lasted a decent amount of time. I don’t think it helped my lips look fuller but I still liked the formula.
Here I have swatched High Beam, then the lip product, then I smeared the rest of the High Beam below that.
Beautyblender Beauty.Blusher Cheeky ($16) A full-sized Beautyblender was another good reason to grab this box!
Instructions were included in the box.
You moisten it with water and then use it to gently apply and blend makeup products to your face. I used it with a powder contour and the tip was perfect for placing fine lines down the side of my nose and under my cheeks. I then used the fuller side to blend it all in. This would also work well with the High beam.
What an amazing curated box from Birchbox! I was really happy that this one was still available at sample choice since I am not an ACE and had to wait an extra day before making my choice. I was excited by the products and think that the sizes of some of the products are definitely a step up from the last few years. The value for this box was an outstanding $64.73! I was looking forward to seeing the changes that Birchbox promised and so far I am happy with the way this has been going. They even had 5 different curated box choices for June along with 3 other sample choices!
What did you think of the May 2019 Birchbox? What did you get in your box?
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