Unboxing Birchbox July 2016

Hope you all are having a relaxing Sunday and maybe reading some beauty blog posts.

This month I wanted to take the time to explain the Birchbox point system because it’s one of the reasons I’ve stayed subscribed. For every $1 you spend you receive 1 Birchbox point. 100 Birchbox points equals $10 to spend in the Birchbox shop or store. You can also get points by inviting friends, each friend that uses your referral link will earn you 50 points= $5. Recently Birchbox made some changes to their point system allowing you to spend as you receive, instead of waiting until you hit the $10 mark.

Just in case I haven’t convinced you that Birchbox is a great subscription yet, they consistently send a good variety of products that match my profile. I also love that I have the option of choosing one sample, choosing a curated box, or being completely surprised.

Every month Birchbox provides a curated box of beauty, grooming, and/or lifestyle samples for $10/month. You can either pick one sample each month or choose the curated box with all products chosen by the guest editor. They also have a point system that translates to cash for purchases online or at the Birchbox store. A beauty profile questionnaire is available to better suite your interests. I find that they do generally follow your profile answers. Birchbox tends to send higher end products so they rarely include full-size items. Birchbox can be purchased yearly or gifted. They have now added a build-your-own-box feature. You can subscribe to Birchbox here.

I opted for the featured box this month because I was really looking forward to trying Milk Makeup Sunshine Oil.

Birchbox July 2016 Featured Box: Rise and Shine

Birchbox July 2016 Rise and Shine

Birchbox Rise and Shine

dr. brandt: PoreDermabrasion in sample size. A boost of salicylic acid unclogs pores, caviar lime brightens, and lentil seed improves skin texture. Full-size $58 USD.

dr. brandt PoreDermabrasion

Milk Makeup: Sunshine Oil in sample size. This portable rollerball brightens, deeply hydrates, and gives the skin dewy glow thanks to seven essential oils. Full-size $38 USD.

Milk Makeup Sunshine Oil

Elizabeth Mott: It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara in sample size. A single swipe of this volumizing mascara curls and thickens without clumping, smudging, or flaking. Full-size $15 USD.

Elizabeth Mott Mascara Elizabeth Mott Mascara Wand

Klorane: Smoothing and Relaxing Patches with Soothing Cornflower in sample size (1 set of patches). Soothing underage patches packed with fast-acting botanicals that fade fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness. Full-size $24 USD.

Klorane Eye Patches

Living Proof: No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream in a deluxe sample size. This light-weight cream blocks humidity, conditions, and smooths each strand to eliminate frizz. Full-size $27 USD.

Living Proof No Frizz

BONUS: Living Proof: No Frizz Shampoo & Conditioner Packet duo featuring a patented molecule that blocks humidity and keeps hair cleaner longer. Full-size $25 USD each.

Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo & Conditioner

Impression: Overall the box had good variety; hair, makeup, and skin. I love when Birchbox adds a bonus item, as long as it’s not a hair product. Hair products are my least favorite because my hair is very fine which makes it limited in what I can use. Dry shampoos…yes! No Frizz Cream….NO! I did not enjoy any of the Living Proof products because they just didn’t work for me but that’s not to say they won’t be amazing for you. That leaves me with 4 products left to review.

I have been a fan of dr. brandt’s MicroDermabrasion for a long time and PoreDermabrasion is very similar in texture and does a great job of exfoliating and softening the skin, however I didn’t notice any pore minimizing. For now I will stick with the original MicroDermabrasion because they are both extremely pricey and I don’t see the point in owning both with no added bonus.

Milk Makeup’s Sunshine Oil looks like lemons and smells like fresh limes. I love that it’s made with 8 essential oils. I’ve tried this several ways and not all of them worked. My favorites are using this at night as a sleeping mask or using it as a base moisturizing. When I use it under makeup, it takes a bit for it to sink in before I can apply foundation. When I tried it over my makeup, it just didn’t sink in and kind of just sat on top of my makeup. I did try blending and it caused slippage. I have used a tiny bit to add a little shine to the cheeks as Milk Makeup shows in their video and it was just ok. I think it’s great to keep in your bag when you need a moisture boost.

Elizabeth Mott’s It’s So Big Mascara is NOT so big at all. The brush was not my favorite type and this is not a dramatic mascara at all. It gives a tiny bit of volume and subtle length. I think it’s great for work or casual days for a toned down look. It did last all day, didn’t clump, and didn’t smudge. I won’t purchase the full-size.

My favorite in the box is Klorane’s Soothing and Relaxing eye patches. These patches are exactly what I need every morning! The fit great and stick well. They are so refreshing and minty. Relaxing is an understatement. When I peel these off, (even though I want to leave them on all day), my eyes are brighter, the puffiness is gone and my fine lines are faded. They make my under eye supple, in-turn making makeup application much easier. I have already purchased the full-size.

Overall I rate Rise and Shine a 6/10.

That’s it, I hope you enjoyed this unboxing post. Give Me Some Lip!

~Kristy

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I am a married mother of two adult daughter's and a teenage son. I am a pediatric oncology nurse and a former beauty school drop out (pause to sing the song .lol). My daughters have taught me more about beauty and fashion then I could ever teach them. We are three independent and uniquely different women that bring a variety of intriguing ideas and advice based on personal experience. The one thing we do have in common is that we love the beauty and fashion industry and love to test and review new products. Together we decided to create this blog to share our opinions and promote discussions.

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