May 2015 Birchbox Unboxing
Time for a little Birchbox unboxing. I picked my box this month, so I knew what I would be getting. If you’re not familiar with this subscription it is $10 a month and comes with mostly sample sized beauty and makeup products.
The theme this month (if you selected this box) is beauty solutions. So each product was put in the bag based on issues us women deal with like dry skin, flat hair or acne…for example. The products are supposed to solve those issues for you. Let’s find out…
The first thing I’m going to point out right away is that ALL of my samples this month were VERY small and some of the containers were only about half full. So that’s a bummer. But here’s the first product. It’s Juara Candlenut Body Crème. Birchbox says this cream can fix the problem of dry, rough skin. The Birchbox card calls this cream velvety, never-greasy and skin restoring. I’m valuing the sample at $3.
I’m not super excited about the body cream, but I’m even more disappointed with this product…again another very small sample and it’s not even all the way full. This is CoTZ Flawless Complexion SPF 50. According to the card this helps with the problem of uneven complexion and sensitive skin by being a gentle sunscreen that gives you sheer coverage. I don’t even know if there’s enough in the container to give you an idea of how this really works, but I’m not super impressed with the brand or product. So, I don’t think I would use this. Valuing it at $3.
Up next is Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel. This product is designed to help with the problem of dull skin, dark spots and an overall stressed out complexion. All these words describe my skin right at this very moment. I am planning a big move next month and I am SOOOO stressed. Unfortunately, my skin has been taking the brunt of the punishment, so I’m looking forward to trying out this product which is supposed to be a vitamin packed hydrator that brightens skin and goes on cucumber cool. I’m valuing the package at $5.
While this is another fairly small sample I’m probably the most excited to review this product. It’s Number 4 Blow Dry Lotion. It’s touted to help with the problem of hair that takes too long to dry and gets fried and frizzy in the process. The solution, with this lotion, is that it cuts drying time and leaves hair shiny and smooth. This would be awesome, while I very rarely blow dry my hair, when I do…it takes forever. I’ll be interested to see if this actually works. The smell of the product is very faint and I couldn’t really detect any specific fragrance. I’m valuing this at $5.
Finally, last but definitely not least is W3ll People Expressionist Mascara in Black. This mascara should help with the problem of short lashes and easily irritated eyes. The product should be a solution because it’s a pro-grade, all natural formula that gives lashes length, lift and an inky black finish. I’m valuing this sample at $5.
SUMMARY — 2.5 OUT OF FIVE STARS
This may be the lowest rating I’ve handed out since I started doing these reviews and that’s because the samples were so tiny. I feel like I could’ve gotten the same amount, for free, by asking for samples at Sephora. The lotion and SPF sunscreen will be given away. The hydrating gel I’ll try, but I’m not super excited about it. I am happy with the mascara and especially the blow dry lotion because it’s a unique product with a unique promise of helping your hair dry faster. I am shocked I selected this option, but I do recall being very interested in the blow drying lotion and I’m always game to sampling new mascara brands. I guess, I figured the samples would be bigger and it would’ve made up for the products I didn’t like. I’m still a Birchbox fan and I just recently signed up for another year, I just hope I don’t get another box as disappointing as this one in the future. The box is $10 a month and the value is $21 which is the lowest value for a Birchbox I’ve had in the full year I’ve been subscribing.