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August Birchbox: Lighten Up

August Birchbox: Lighten Up

As I already mentioned, I caved and picked up a second subscription to Birchbox. My first August box was the specially curated EveryGirl box which was packed with affordable luxuries. My second Birchbox is now here!

In case you aren’t familiar, Birchbox is a monthly women’s beauty subscription service. Each month they stuff a box full of 4-6 sample size beauty and lifestyle products for only 10 dollars! If you like what was in your box, you have the opportunity to review all of your products for points towards full size items in the Birchbox Shop. Each item reviewed lots you 10 points, when you hit 100, that’s 10 dollars in the Birchbox store! At an average of 5 products per box, that’s 10 dollars every 2 months toward full size products.

Birchbox has also introduced a new addition to their monthly boxes called Pick Your Sample. This allows subscribers to pick one of 3-4 preselected samples to have in their box. Additionally, this mont there was also a specially curated box to select from as well.

August Pick your Sample

August Pick your Sample

For this box, I selected the “Surprise me” option. If you select “surprise me” for a pick your sample, your box is selected based on your beauty profile as normal. You may end up with 1 of these samples, or something different entirely. Starting next month, I’ll include my beauty profile with both box reviews. This is a new subscription and I’m not sure that I filled out my profile in time for it to have any real impact on my box. Next time!

Just like my 1st August box, they used clever titles on the shipping labels. I hope they continue this trend!

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As always, the box in a box! I feel like everyone saves these. What do you use your saved Birchboxes for?!

The theme this month is Lighten Up and includes products to help lighten you up during the last few weeks of summer!

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First look! I had peeked online, but I really didn’t remember everything that would be in the box anyways. Even if I remembered every product, the sizes are always a surprise.

Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub: Full Size, 14.99. Sample Size, 3.75.

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This face scrub was in my EveryGirl box as well. It’s not my favorite, mainly because of the smell. But I’ll use it up. I like what it does for my face, it’s a nice scrub. I just can’t get past the dirty toothpaste smell it offers.

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Cologne Absolue: Full Size, 170. Sample Size, 2.35.

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This is a nice fresh orange fragrance. I could have sworn that C also got this sample a few months back, but turns out it was a different variety of the same brand. With the attached price tag, I doubt I’ll ever buy it and I’m sure it will take me a year or so to go through the sample, but it smells so fresh citrusy, I really do like it.

LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Menatour Purple: Full Size, 40. Sample Size, 8.

The color of this lip lube is rather shocking right on the pencil. It’s SO PURPLE. But as you can see in the swatches, as the name suggests, it really is very sheer. It would take several coats to build up to a super purple, which, if that’s your thing, cool. While the color doesn’t bother me in moderation, I think I just prefer the lip pencil I got in my July Ipsy bag from Pixi.

Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow: Full Size, 27. Sample Size, 4.73.

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I got this sample a few months back as well. I really like the formula of this BB cream, but the idea of a universal BB cream just doesn’t work. This is so dark it’s almost a bronzer.

Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream SPF 40: Full Size, 11. Sample Size, 1.87.

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I’ve gotten some other products from Supergoop! I really like. Their CC cream is fantastic and I love the way their sunscreen smells. The concept of this product was something new to me, but turns out most people start to show signs of aging on their hands after not using sunscreen. I’ll use this until my sample runs out but then I think I’ll just apply sunscreen to the back of my hands instead of buying a special product for it.

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Overall, my August Birchbox had a total value of 20.70. It wasn’t my favorite box, but like I said, I really don’t think my beauty profile is reflected in this account yet, so I think next month will be better. Also, with a second box, you take the chance of getting duplicates which could be awesome or terrible!

What do you think of August’s Birchbox? Do you like the new Pick Your Sample option? Want to sign up? Click here! Use my referral code plus BBSTORE100 to earn 10 dollars to spend in the shop!

August 18, 2014

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